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I purchased a EZ Rig Hook ($90) today at Academy to replace my old rig hook. This is the rope type, etc. I noticed when I got home that there is no warranty or manufacturer contact information on the sales card. Before I use this thing and find out if it works or not, I was wondering if anyone else here uses it and what they think of it?

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I have never used one because of safety concerns. I would rather idle up to the rig and toss a rope over it. You can do this from a distance when you get good at it. I have heard of rig hooks breaking and nearly whacking heads.
 

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Kim I have looked and looked at them, but haven't heard anyone talk about using one. It sounds like a good idea, it seems it would keep you out of the rig, but Im not sure. Im interested in how this thread goes. That may help me make my mind up about buying one.
 

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I purchased one a few years ago. The first time I used it the seas were pretty rough and we idled up fairly close to the platform and threw it over the horizontal girt. It proceeded to make two complete wraps around the girt and the hook part just dangled below. When it was time to leave there was no way we could get close enough for someone to unwrap the darned thing so we cut the line and kissed the money goodbye.
 

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My dad has made all of our rig hooks. A piece 3/4 bent about a 16" truck rim. Then has a has a 1/4 or 3/8 rod eye welded on the end for the rope. then on the top of the bent there is a small eye to attach a small rope to flip hook loose when ready to go. So the whole thing cost a few bucks to make so it doesn't hurt to cut loose if it gets hung up.

Which happened yesterday cause I for some reason the small rope had been cut off for some reason and when the wind picked up yesterday I wasn't taken the chance to getting close enough to the rig.
 

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Most of the time, when you tie up with a rig hook, it is above the boat. I had one break right at the bend in the hook and it came back at the boat so hard it would have killed me if I hadn't got my leg up between me and it. As it was, I was knocked completely off my feet. You are much better off throwing a rope over and bringing it back to the boat or using a milk jug full of water, attached to the end of the rope as a weight.
 

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ez rig hook

looked at the web site a few months back when we had a thread about sheperd hooks and decided they were to much $$$. So I went to 1.25" alum I got from a T-Top place in Fla and bent it at a buddies shop pressed the end flat and ran a shackle thru it. Tested it on Memorial weekend when it was nasty and it worked like a charm.
Mont and others are correct about the dangers of rig hooks but I feel more comfortable with the hook just because I don't want to be that close to a rig. I look for a spot about the same hight as the boat and toss it from a safe distance and never had a problem. Untieing is just as easy, just put some slack in the rope and flick it back. The ez rig hook has a rope on it to pull the hook off the rig but i didn't incorperate it into mine
I have seen more than one boat with a smashed bow from kissing the rig but I guess it is a give and take cuz I seen the hook pop off the rig too.
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I've bent a few myself and have since made my own and seems to work ok. The problem with throwing a rope is sometimes there are only vertical pipes and cant throw sideways. The hook works good in this situation. This is the first I've heard of one "rocketing" back to the boat. THIS HAS ME CONCERNED! Mine have always bent the hook and just let the boat go.

Sounds like a long "boat pole" and a rope might be the ticket. I was thinking about getting some Poly rope and "lasso" the rig and cut the rope each time. At .25 ft seems like a cheap way to tie up.
 

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Rig Hook

I almost bought one at Academy also, but have a friend who can get the aluminum pipe and bend it for us for free, (I take him fishing for free). We have straighten a few of them before, but he just makes us another one. We added a 10' piece of polypropylene stretch rope (used for towing cars) that we found at a hardware store and have not had any problems with the hook since adding that. I will not tie up to a rig if the seas are over 3 - 4 feet, it is too dangerous, and you cannot get close enough to get the hook back off. The bottom line is the one's at Academy will work if your boat is not too heavy, and I would buy that stretch towing rope- We got ours in Austin at Ace Hardware!!!
 

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Use a bouy

Tie your rope onto a bumper style bouy and toss it over or around the structure and let it float back to the boat. Grab it with a gaff and tie it to the cleat. When you're done fishing untie and pull it back over. Safe and smooth. Just my 2 cents. Btw, I think I still have my ez rig hook, never been used by me. (don't tie off too often) If anybody wants it I'll take 50% of the going rate.
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I have a 30ft Grady White CC and was given one of the large EZ Rig Hooks several years ago. It was customized with a 75ft piece of rope rather than the 30ft that is shown on their website. I installed a heavy duty shock abosrber purchased from Boat US to ward off the concerns of the others on this thread. I have used it hundreds of times now and absolutely love the thing. You can toss the thing from as far as 30ft away from the rig so you don't have to worry about getting too close to the rig. My particular rig hook is so heavy that it has never come loose and never wraps around pipes. We have used it several times in seas to 3ft and have never had a problem. The particular model that I have is the large one so it is significantly heavier than the one you probably see in Academy. Because of the weight and the shock absorber, we have never had any of the problems mentioned on this thread. I do agree that if you have a smaller boat and purchase the lighter rig hook then all of their concerns are accurate. I don't know what size boat you have but you might want to check out their website and look into their largest model.
 

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Tie your rope onto a bumper style bouy and toss it over or around the structure and let it float back to the boat. Grab it with a gaff and tie it to the cleat. When you're done fishing untie and pull it back over. Safe and smooth. Just my 2 cents. Btw, I think I still have my ez rig hook, never been used by me. (don't tie off too often) If anybody wants it I'll take 50% of the going rate.
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It works best when you got someone that can throw straight, (First Time)
 

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I have one but have only used it a few times. I don't try to tie up in conditions that make it difficult so I have had only good experiances with mine. Do not use a snubber or any kind of strechable material on your lead as this is what usually adds the velocity to a broken hook comming back at you.

If you can get one for half price, I'd take it. The main reason I boought mine was because they store easy and I can leave it on board (below) without having to fuss with it all the time.
 

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We (Dad & I) have straightened a few rig hooks over the years. Now we put 2 snubbers and 100' of rope out and have not straightened one since in up to 3' seas.
 

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I can back what Boomer is saying and it probably looks easy to him because it is usually me that is throwing the **** thing. The large hook works better on the bigger boats and the longer rope definitely helps. However, the others are right, you can make a bad throw and if it goes in the wrong place, you may lose it.

By and large, we have had great luck on Boomers and I already had one of the smaller ones that we use on my 24 ft center console. It worked equally well on that size boat. For my 2 cents, I would say that the snubbers and longer lines are worth while. We have never had one bend or break loose and have used them a bunch. It is expensive, but I agree that the stainless spring snubbers from Boat US are far better and easier than the rubber ones. I think that the rubber snubbers work better with two rather than as a single when the seas are pushing 3ft.

Also, make sure that you let a buddy throw the rig hook so that if it hangs up you can shame them into buying you a new one! LOL
 

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Rig Hook Alternative

My Dad owned a 24 ft. Falcon Malibu and when we wanted to tie to the Rigs, we used of all things an outrigger with the rope in the clip. I would hold up the extendable outrigger and tug on the rope to release it over the rig. We tied a big loop in the rope so we could flip it off after we got slack in the line. We never got closer than 20 feet from the rig.
 

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Thanks Guys!

I've also bent a few rig hooks over the years but never had one whip back from any rigs. I really don't like just using a rope to tie off from the rigs but your responses have certainly given me a reason to give the EZ Hook a second thought. I actually have an old rig hook in my garage that I might be able to modify to save a few bucks.

Again, Thanks!
 

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if you need any of those rig hooks that look like a shepards hook i have 4 of them in my storage unit that you can use for parts or what ever. i hate them and have managed to straighten them out when i had the little glacier bay...rick
 

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I haven't used a rig hook in years, but what I did was made my own shock cord at West Marine. I used three lengths (probably 7') of heavy bungee cord "braided" down to a length of probably 6' and crimped on each end to a SS ring. One end clip-ringed to the rig hook, the other to a rope. It really took all the jerking out of the swells and worked like a champ.... even if I do say so myself.
 

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Based on some advice on this board, I have been tying a bleach bottle filled with salt water to the end of a poly rope and tossing it over some rig structure to tie off. The weight of the water in the bottle works as a counter balance and holds my 26 foot boat just fine in seas up to about 3 feet. I dont like the idea of a big aluminum pole shooting back at me, and feel much safer with just a plastic bottle on the end of the line.

It will not work in all sea conditions, but it is the easiest method I have found yet to tie up to a rig.
 
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