Date: 10 November 2022. Nicole
Necessity (grapnel hook)
made her way toward Florida many people were busy preparing for the
storm. I was fortunate in that the winds were predicted to be from
the north. Seaweed is tucked in to the south of mangroves and behind
a multi-story building, thus I was in a good place to avoid damage.
In the aftermath however I discovered an old purchase that was a
real help in retrieving wayward items.
Years ago I
was wandering around
and spotted a small grapnel/grappling hook. (Both words are used to
describe this cool gizmo)
The hook is five inches (13cm) from the loop at the
top to the bottom. The span between the hooks is the same 5" inches.
When purchased from
eBay I bought
the least expensive stainless steel one available for $5 several
years ago. They appear to be approximately twice as expensive now.
Mine has been used quite a few times over the years. I am pleased with the
quality of this item.
buying on eBay:
Pick the least expensive one that you like. You will notice that
many utilize the exact same description and pictures though the
photo order does differ. I chose a Stainless Steel hook because
I boat in salt water.
Though stainless steel the
POINT PROTECTORS ↑ did allow humidity
to stay on the points, thus a bit of surface rust has occurred.
Over the years
I have used my grapnel hook to retrieve a dock line I dropped overboard. It
is useful when swimming from my dinghy. The hook is light weight,
thus I can easily move it. The grapnel hook would not secure Algae
permanently, however it does keep the dink from drifting away
quickly when I
am searching for seashells. I have also used it when beachcombing by planting the hook in the sand past the high-water mark.
It is amazing as I looking
back over the years afloat at the small things which have made life
easier, both before and after a storm. For me this silly hook has
turned out to be more useful than originally anticipated. I am
curious as to any "oddities" which have found space aboard your
article, I discussed lessons learned while at anchor during that
When a storm is impending while at anchor we all debate "move and
hide" versus "stay put and hunker down" scenarios. Wise mariners do
take into consideration not only the set of the anchor but who might
be around your boat. The LAST THING you want is some bozo with
minimal experience to set their anchor directly in front of your
vessel, where if they drag they will harm you!
After the storm passes through the water will be churned up. Rather
than brown, Nicole caused muddy water:
Storm Nicole left a lot of debris in the water on the east coast. A
log was in the middle of this seaweed patch:
Lots of leaves and small branches covered the boats over here on the
After a storm checking drains is a must. Next to me a fly-bridge
drain was clogged with leaves.
Clearing drains from below is a great idea IF you
want an instant bath.
self: Remove leaves clogging drains from above unless wearing rain
Seaweed did have a clogged drain in the cockpit. There was
approximately 3 inches (8cm) of standing water back there. IF things had gotten
bad, the water would have spilled over into my galley, then drained
into the bilge where my pumps would have taken care of the
did get quite a few leaves stuck on the top of my boat. My solar
panels were not producing because of the debris.
Removing the leaves from my solar panels was a top
priority, after the cockpit drain that is.
Hurricanes Irma and Ian tides were low for Nicole.
After the storm there was quite a
lot of stuff in the water. I spotted a blue cushion behind my
The seat cover was far away... too far to be caught
with a boat hook.
Fortunately I had just the thing to attempt a seat cushion
My grappling hook is a nifty tool. Although I do not
use it frequently, there are times when it is essential.
When I first attempted to snag
the cushion I failed. Approximately 15 minutes later it drifted
closer. I was then successful.
I tied a piece of 3/8" (1cm)
braid to the loop at the top my hook. The opposite end was secured
to a cleat so
I could not accidentally lose it. I left the point protectors in
place. That way I would not damage the cushion.
owner was reunited with his blue cushion the next day.
Seaweed came through Nicole a-okay. Ditto Buddy, who
was happy when I opened up the boat and put my plants back outside.
Skipper is inside, looking at either the night heron
Buddy or me.
All in all, I was
fortunate Nicole was not bad over here. The storm did deposit debris
everywhere. Clearing that mess was a pain in my transom. There are still
sporadic rains, plus heavy dew. These two combine to make the leaves
stick to the boat.
I am wondering if you have any
tricks for removing the inevitable stains that come with leaves being
stuck on a boat. Please post a comment or send me an email to
janice@janice142 with your suggestions. Thanks.
Thank you for reading. I
Do you have any gizmos that make your life easier?
For next time, I would appreciate any advice you might have for wet leaf
removal along with the stains too please.
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