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Old 08-13-2022, 07:40 PM   #1
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Fancy Leather Boat Hooks

Does anyone have a good source for those fancy leather boat hooks? FendMaster if FL looks interesting, but I'm not sure they are still in business.

Yes, I know they are expensive.
No, I don't want to make my own.

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Old 08-13-2022, 11:46 PM   #2
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Try Megafend in Fort Lauderdale or Boatleather in Seattle.
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Old 08-14-2022, 12:05 AM   #3
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I use boat leather in Seattle but I think he is actually in Bainbridge Island.
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Old 08-14-2022, 05:17 AM   #4
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WTF are leather boat hooks?

Add: oh, ok, clicked on above links.
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Old 08-14-2022, 08:07 AM   #5
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Just as another approach to consider......


On the past two boats I installed a sail track around the areas where fenders might hang. In most places it's in the lip of the overhead of the companionway, but there are a few on outside surfaces where needed.



Then sliding "cars" that can be positioned anywhere along the track and locked into place. Then the fender lines have snap clips that hook to the sliders. You can clip a fender to any slider, position it wherever you want, and easily move it if needed. Then when no longer needed, unclip the fender and stow it.


It works well, and the total cost was probably about the same as one of the fancy leather hangers.
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Old 08-14-2022, 09:00 AM   #6
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Personally I just use the adjustable fender hangers Taylor Made sells (the vinyl strap ones). Same idea of just putting it on the rail wherever you want. And I've found that if you snag a fender, the hanger will break before you can apply enough force to hurt any part of the boat (of course you then have to retrieve the fender from the water).
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Old 08-14-2022, 10:33 AM   #7
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WTF are leather boat hooks?

Add: oh, ok, clicked on above links.
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https://boatleather.com/product/cam-style-fender-hook/

Take look here.
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Old 08-14-2022, 10:42 AM   #8
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After 55 years, a clove hitch has never failed.
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After 55 years, a clove hitch has never failed.
Absolutely.
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Old 08-14-2022, 01:49 PM   #10
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Yeah, that's about as ridiculous as it gets

$80 to $1200 because some can't be bothered to tie a bowline or clovehitch
And enough people out there to make a business from it
While others are homeless and go hungry
Shakes head.
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Just as another approach to consider......


On the past two boats I installed a sail track around the areas where fenders might hang. In most places it's in the lip of the overhead of the companionway, but there are a few on outside surfaces where needed.



Then sliding "cars" that can be positioned anywhere along the track and locked into place. Then the fender lines have snap clips that hook to the sliders. You can clip a fender to any slider, position it wherever you want, and easily move it if needed. Then when no longer needed, unclip the fender and stow it.


It works well, and the total cost was probably about the same as one of the fancy leather hangers.
Sounds incredibly complicated vs a bowline or clovehitch
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Old 08-14-2022, 02:33 PM   #12
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I had 4 of them for the N46. When the N446 was dropped I gave them to a friend. I suspect he put them on eBay. I bought them used.
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Old 08-14-2022, 02:58 PM   #13
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I can probably tie a clove hitch faster than using on of those.
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Good fender hangers are handy if you're coming back to the same dock frequently as they'll maintain the height (provided each fender goes back in the same spot). Otherwise they don't save much time vs just trying the fender on.
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After 55 years, a clove hitch has never failed.
Loop with 3 half hitches works for me
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Look 3 half highest or a clove hitch is fine. Just admit, you can’t afford a $1,200 fender hook. It’s ok to be poor. ����������LOL
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Look 3 half highest or a clove hitch is fine. Just admit, you canít afford a $1,200 fender hook. Itís ok to be poor. ����������LOL
This is what separates the men from the boys.

Real Men know how to tie a clove hitch and aren't afraid to use it to fasten their fenders at the base of their stanchions. Much faster than adjusting a $1200 gismo and just as quick to remove.

I also admit that I am too poor to own a single $1200 fender hanger. In fact my whole supply of 10 fenders, all with lines and custom spliced loops at the fender end wouldn't be worth a boat buck. If I had fender hangars that fancy I wouldn't have any place to stow them as there is no safe on my boat.
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This is what separates the men from the boys.

Real Men know how to tie a clove hitch and aren't afraid to use it to fasten their fenders at the base of their stanchions. Much faster than adjusting a $1200 gismo and just as quick to remove.

I also admit that I am too poor to own a single $1200 fender hanger. In fact my whole supply of 10 fenders, all with lines and custom spliced loops at the fender end wouldn't be worth a boat buck. If I had fender hangars that fancy I wouldn't have any place to stow them as there is no safe on my boat.
I was makinG A joke, hence the LOL at the end. Letís be honest, you canít tie a clove hitch as fast as one can pull a line through a cam cleat. You can tie a lot of clove hitches for $100. Also, $1200 is cheap when you own 200í yacht.

While $100 fender hooks are not necessary for most, they do have a necessary place in the world.
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Donít know about that, I can tie a clove hitch pretty quickly.
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Could be DIY using a sailboat mainsail cleat.
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