For the Multi-tasker: Bridgenorth Bailer
Boat hook/deck brush/hand pump gets those hard-to-reach places.
The Bridgenorth Bailer is a combination hand-pump, telescoping boat hook, and deck brush, but it has more than three uses. As a boat hook, it is&emdash;as Dr. Evil says&emdash;pretty standard, really. The hook tip is smaller than many, but stout, and will work to snag lines and pendants up to about 3/4 of an inch. The tip of the hook has the intake/discharge hole for the pump, and can be fitted into the deck brush.
Unlike a typical boat pump like the Beckson Thirsty-Mate, the Bridgenorth has no flow-through valve for a separate discharge&emdash;you push out what you pull in through the same hole, so itís not meant for serious de-bailing. Instead, the first purpose of the Bridgenorth is to suck water out of hard-to-reach places like the catacombs of the bilge, a dinghy skeg well, or under floorboards. The second is clean-water squirting. The volume is not great, but the pressure is excellent. Itís ideal for spot rinse-offs, and with the brush attached, decks can be scrubbed without hauling around a bucket or hose.
The Bridgenorth has nitrile pump seals, a Lexan plastic tip, and foam grips. The pole is anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Itís as robust as any telescoping boat hook weíve seen, with a pin-lock system thatís more secure than twist-locks. The piston seals can withstand the effects of oil and salt, and can be lubricated or replaced.
Weíve used the 5-foot Bridgenorth for three months, with no complaints. Boaterís World sells the devices for $40 (5 feet) and $50 (8 feet) with a no-rust guarantee.