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The boat hook is often the unsung hero on the boat. Something went overboard? Need to reach a cleat or mooring bridle? It's the extended arm that we need so often, but it's also not the most glamorous item on the boat.

I've never bought one, come to think of it. I made a nice wooden one with a bronze tip for my wooden boat, and my Formosa came with 2. One is a 3part extending pole but very flimsy. Great for the long reach. The other is non-extending and better for grabbing mooring rings or anything that might bend the other pole.

Is there anything new under the sun here? Is there a strong, light, long extending, floating, boat hook that does it all?

BTW in the realm of things to add to the end of the boat hook, this thing looks simple and very cool. dockingstick.com - Home

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"Swobbit"!huh?
Pics are a blue ?mark; but I would assume it's very near like the Lowe's extender paint roller handler in use..for near 1/3the $$. $18.95 +$6.99 and done! :D 5-9' three section anodized aluminum w/plasfriction rings. Add a plastic boat hook for utility over just. a deck. brush. . enough to fendoff the. approaching pier at 5KT it will either collapse or stick in the open position; but that's. what I have a 9' hickory oar for! ;)
Workswell as a whisker pole on the jib DDW, too :D. Hook through the gorillaloop at the clew and handlento the main mast Cleat.
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Best boat hook?
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Yep that'd get me hooked on a new boat. What was the question?
 

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Bigger boats have higher freeboard and need longer boat hooks to snag the hat in the water or the mooring line, or COB. I have two WM boat hooks. One telescopes to 8' and the other telescopes to 14'. The latter would be overkill for a small boat, but it gives me great reach when singlehanding my 35 foot boat.
 

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Another for the WM 3-section extendable. Floats, seems solid, and gets out of the way when you don't need it.
 

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Deltaten, The Swobbit doesn't use a friction lock. It has one of those buttons that pops up through a hole to lock it. I've done some pretty hard pushing on mine and it's never collapsed on me. The handle is very strong because of the shape of the extrusion. I wish it floated but it doesn't. But I haven't lost one, yet.
 

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Med, have you seen Snap Fittings | PVC Snap Fittings The docking stick looks like a piece of PVC pipe with one of the double-sided fittings (about half way down the page) attached.
I haven't seen those snap fittings before, and thanks for that link. I may use them in some projects in the future. PVC can be a fun and cheap medium to play with....

Having said that, even though the docking stick is pretty easy to reproduce/copy I didn't think of the idea myself and I feel obligated to buy it from them to support their intellectual property rights. The fact that it's simple is both a negative for them (too easy to copy) but a positive for the user, ie simple is good.

Nice to hear people like the WM boat hooks. They're easy enough to obtain. I've eyeballed the pain rollers before and may have to look at them again.

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A friend at the yacht club has a double hook on his - makes picking up the mooring line way less stressful. Haven't been able to find one for sale, unfortunately.
How does that help pick up the mooring line more easily? I'm having trouble picturing this....

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These are awful nice looking. But they are pricy:
..and they're ridiculously easy to make, so why would you buy one?

It's easy enough to make a boot-hook from a length of hardware-store dowel rod and a suitable hook... and it gives you the opportunity to practise some fancy rope-work. :)

FWIW, our 2 shiny wooden boathooks double as a boom-crutch.
 

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..and they're ridiculously easy to make, so why would you buy one?
+1 Buy the bronze end fitting, a length of wood and a little beeswax and you have a really nice looking stick. That's what I did for my wooden boat and the stick was a thing of beauty! Until I started using it... then it wasn't, but I'm hard on my tools.

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