The boat hook
is a piece of nautical
equipment. It is used for grappling
s, retrieving lines
and maneuvering floating objects such as log
s or raft
s or even people in life vest
s from the safety of a boat deck
or dock. A boat hook consists of a long handle, usually a pole
made of wood or metal, with the hook at the end. The hook is a single hook, and on its back (pointing straight out from the handle) is a knob
or a spike
. The hook is used to grab hold of boat railing
s, docks, ropes and etc; the knob or spike is used to push objects away. Given this, it tends to be long - 1.5 to 2 meters (4.5-6 feet) generally, sometimes longer.
Given humanity's normal tendencies, it should be pointed out that the boathook makes a pretty darn good weapon in an emergency, and many a sailor has grabbed one in a pinch or boarding action.
The boat hook: