The other week I waxed lyrical about the Hook & Moor boathook. What I didn't mention in that blog is that it has turned out to be (apart from a great bit of kit) a means of keeping many a sailing couples' marriages or relationships intact! The only down side (if you can call it that) of the Hook & Moor is the price, it's not cheap at £167.95 inc UK delivery (terms & conditions apply). Having said that there are now out on the water a growing number of foredeck crew, both male and female, who no longer fear the bark of the helm when it comes to picking up a mooring buoy, entering a lock or securing a line to pontoon cleatswhen it's blowing old boots! As for the feedback: "despite the price it's excellent value for money, superbly engineered to the highest standard from top quality materials and, of course, it is so versatile." This very clever boathook will effortlessly pass a line through a mooring ring to secure the boat, feeding a mooring warp through a pontoon mooring cleat is easy peasy and of course it can be used on a wide variety of varying diameter ropes should you so wish!
Having said that if you are one of those folks who simply wants to take a line over a cleat or a bollard, be it in a lock or on a pontoon, perhaps the Pole Position, a patented rope handling device, is the one for you? It's less than half the price of the Hook & Moor at £69.95 but not as versatile, as you cannot pass it through a ring or the centre of a cleat just round one. And you can only use it on a 'specially adapted rope' for each application! As a keen sailor, Wade Marine's boss man, Colin Wade, saw a need for a rope handling devicethat would make mooring a simple stress free task that can be performed by all levels of sailors, from the novice to the keen yachts person.
Pole position is a rope handling device that allows a length of rope to be manipulated and accurately placed at a distance from the user. When mooring a boat, for example a pleasure boat, at a mooring or dock it is often difficult or unsuitably timed to jump ashore and secure the boat to the mooring bollard. This could be because the boat is being operated singlehandedly, so it would be unsuitable for the Skipper to leave the helm or it could be that it is not possible to get close enough to the dock to jump ashore.
This leaves the only option of throwing the loop of rope over the bollard, rarely achieved at a first attempt and subsequently see’s the boat drifting away from the dock or mooring.
Pole position will address this primary mooring issue, but can, as will be described, be used in many other applications.
The rope manipulation is completed by means of a receiving part attached to the rope in a permanent secure fixing, at a suitable position from any end of rope feature, such as a loop or another device. The manipulation device can then be used at any point by sliding on and down the rope to meet with the receiver and subsequently securing the rope end, the pole attached can be extended telescopically if required to allow accurate placement of the rope end and easily released when the manoeuvre is completed.
Primarily designed for use as a mooring device the Pole Position unit can also be used with a number of items of safety equipment such as rescue devices allowing them to be passed accurately out to the person in distress. For example a person in the water is often thrown a life ring which then free floats, and on occasion it could be that the individual has been in distress for some time and is suffering fatigue and can struggle to receive or swim to the life ring, Pole Position can be applied in the same way as when mooring, the life ringrope would have the receiver attached and the pole would then be used to position the ring close or even over the person in distress, allowing an easy return to safety. This would be the same for man overboard slings, allowing over the head placement or even catchment of an unconscious person.