My job, as first mate, is to be on the bow of the boat when we leave our slip or come back into port. I’m in charge of catching or stowing the bow lines with my trusty telescoping boat hook – that’s right, I’m that important! Personally, I think John gave me this job simply to keep me out of his way on the stern.
One of the challenges I face in my important position is putting the docking lines back on the piling hook when we leave the marina – floating lines are a definite no-no as they can easily foul a propeller. So, I have to be pretty meticulous in wrapping the line on the pilon. There’s no way I could do this without my trusty telescoping boat hook.
We have the Garelick 12-Feet Telescoping Boat Hook. I like this particular boat hook as it just seems sturdier than the others we’ve had in the past. If we decide to anchor out, it makes catching a mooring buoy a breeze.
As an aside, I’ve been known to be pretty handy with my telescoping boat hook, especially when fishing things like nets, shoes, or small dogs out of the drink….