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Old 11-10-2018, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hook & Moor boat hook

Anyone have any luck fixing one of the Hook & Moor boat hooks? Got two for free (they are not working right) and was hoping someone has done this before me. Web site and instructions are no help.

Give me something to do over the winter.

Maybe if I tackle this I can post pictures for the next person.
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Send one to me, I'll figure it out and send you instructions!
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Come on up here and you can have it. I drove up from San Diego a few weeks back and would have swung by and dropped it off if I had known. :-)
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One is partly extended and won't retract. So the hook won't open all the way. The other one functions but is REALLY hard to make work, harder than is should be. Tried spraying them with lube but that did not help.

One the jammed on I can see little white balls or plastic bearings inside the hook.

It is a neat idea but a LOT of moving parts, which is why I am trying to get information before I end up with a bucket of small things.
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On our when it started to get stiff, soaked it in fresh water then worked it back and forth for a while, after that lubed the sliding parts with teflon grease....now it is back working super slick.....
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:29 PM   #7
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Very hard to describe in words, it is a fiendishly clever mechanism. But lots of sliding and rubbing parts. The balls are driven around a track by the sliding mechanism, those balls also drive the hook part. I've not had the two that I own apart, but they aren't so complicated that it couldn't be done. If it's jammed, probably a broken or deformed ball, or some debris in the ball tracks.

I've always thought it would work better with better quality balls, like Torlon instead of Delrin. I may try replacing them someday.
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Mine jammed up a few years ago and I contacted the company in Norway (maybe Sweden) and got a reply from the inventor. He had me try a couple things, then wanted to see the mechanism that was giving me grief. He shipped me the new mechanism and I shipped the jammed one back to him, all at no cost. Excellent service!
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One is partly extended and won't retract. So the hook won't open all the way. The other one functions but is REALLY hard to make work, harder than is should be. Tried spraying them with lube but that did not help.

One the jammed on I can see little white balls or plastic bearings inside the hook.

It is a neat idea but a LOT of moving parts, which is why I am trying to get information before I end up with a bucket of small things.
I've got one and it stops about one ball diameter away from closed. I've wiggled and jiggled it, open and closed it, been gentle and forceful. Very little use on it and it almost works like it is. It would be real nice to be able to fix it.
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I've had two now and they just get tough to operate once they've had some salt water on them. Have to clean them up and even then. Way too much trouble for the benefits.
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Talook at this if you have a need to pick up a mooring a lot. It"s $45.00 and looks simple to operate. I am thinking about getting one. EasyMoor Home
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Talook at this if you have a need to pick up a mooring a lot. It"s $45.00 and looks simple to operate. I am thinking about getting one. EasyMoor Home

I have one and it works great. However, the rings on the top of the WA State Parks mooring balls are too thick for it to work. As such, I donít end up using it.
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Mine seized up as well due to salt water ingress. the salt crystal bonds are very hard to break. seems I had to do a hot fresh water soak for 15 minutes to free it up, hen it worked fine....I now give it a fresh water spray periodically.
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I have one and it works great. However, the rings on the top of the WA State Parks mooring balls are too thick for it to work. As such, I donít end up using it.
We've had ours for 4 years and it has grabbed a mooring ring 100% of the time. HOWEVER, those new, larger plastic WA State Park buoy rings lay on their sides and are very challenging to pick up (not like the easy old tire buoys). It has taken an extra attempt (or three), but we've always managed to make it work. You just have to get a good angle on it - which is right about when you're floating off and can barely reach it anymore!
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We've had ours for 4 years and it has grabbed a mooring ring 100% of the time. HOWEVER, those new, larger plastic WA State Park buoy rings lay on their sides and are very challenging to pick up (not like the easy old tire buoys). It has taken an extra attempt (or three), but we've always managed to make it work. You just have to get a good angle on it - which is right about when you're floating off and can barely reach it anymore!

I can give it try again. Now I use a hook that came with my boat that never fails to grab. The catch is that it is a hook that is designed for temporary use, ie grab the mooring ball while you attach a more permanent line. Maybe I'll try my Hook & Moor to feed that permanent line.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:23 PM   #17
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I've had to take ours apart a couple of times.



You have take the two halves apart and get the little nylon balls re-located to the proper side of the sliding component in the hook. It's a real fiddle but it's a great device when it works...


I'm intrigued that the inventor will send out a replacement if it's jammed. That might be your best bet.


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Talook at this if you have a need to pick up a mooring a lot. It"s $45.00 and looks simple to operate. I am thinking about getting one. EasyMoor Home
Had one, didn't work that well in the real world (hook is too small), then it broke. I didn't bother replacing it. The Hook and Moor works much better in my opinion, but could work smoother as this thread suggests. The Hook and Moor also works both directions - you can push to activate it or pull. Depending on what you are going after, sometimes one way works better than the other. All the other devices I've seen (I own I think 4 of them) only work one direction.
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