Choose the Right Boat Hook

Three models to consider when you're looking for a new boat hook.

A boat hook is one of those tools that you don’t realize you need until you don’t have one on board. Of course, it’s primarily used to snag dock and mooring lines, but a boat hook can be used to fend off at a dock, place a loop over a piling, or even grab a gear bag. When you start thinking about it, a boat hook can be used for many tasks. Here are three models to consider.

Best Boat Hooks
Davis Telescoping 3-Section Boat Hook
The Hook: Davis boat hooks come with poles in 4- and 6-foot lengths (retracted) and extend out to 8 and 12 feet, respectively. Both models are anodized aluminum and float. Threads on the tip of the pole allow a brush or mop to attach. It has a soft vinyl top that protects the boat's finish when fending off. The Miss: Telescopic boat hooks may collapse unexpectedly. Price: $40.99 (4-foot model);
Best Boat Hooks
West Marine Shorty Telescoping Boat Hook
The Hook: This hook also floats and is made of aluminum tubing that telescopes and twist-locks. Nylon heads are curved to aid in line retrieval, and the soft tips prevent scratches. The Shorty model telescopes from 3 to 7 feet and is designed for smaller boats that do not have a place to stow longer boat hooks. The Miss: Telescopic boat hooks may collapse unexpectedly. Price: $23.99;
West Marine
Best Boat Hooks
Robship Hook & Moor Boat Hook
The Hook: This hook helps crew members thread a rope through a mooring ring with a push or pull. It uses your mooring line directly — no messenger or guidelines needed — and it works as an ordinary boat hook when the hook head is locked in place. Both 6- and 9-foot models retract to 447/8 inches for storage. The Miss: It's expensive and doesn't float like some other boat hooks do. Price: $179.99 (6-foot model);