A few years ago, I hit a rare home run in the Father’s Day gift department. My dad loves Lake Martin, but his family has had a cabin since the 1950’s, so there’s not a lot of lake gear left to surprise him. But this one is so simple. How could it have eluded our family for so long? It’s embarrassing.
Yep – it’s the $15 telescoping boat hook. We pester our passengers with it. We also use it to stretch out to someone on the dock to help pull us in, as it is a lot easier than throwing them that rope from the boat that never seems to make it. We also use it to grab the ski rope when turning around to a downed skier. To us, the funnest application is being able to grab a bumper, life jacket, or even koozie that is floating in Kowaliga Bay without an owner. We don’t even have to slow down much. Scoring flotsam is a big deal in my family, so for this use it is a thing of beauty. If you’re heading into the gas docks too quickly, though, and need to fend off your bow, it will probably break.
A few years later, I bought one for myself at Anchor Bay Marina for about $15. Or maybe $12? Even if it breaks, it’s worth buying one per summer at that price. You can get them everywhere – Academy Sports, other marinas, online stores. The one I bought my dad was about $40 and a lot more heavy duty. I have two kids and figured that my best option would be a more disposable one.
Do you have a favorite boat tool? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment in the box below.