Stainless bungee hooks - where from?

Yngmar

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I have plenty of bungee (shock) cord, and used it to replace the worn one that holds my lazarette lid open, but I lack hooks. I can find some pre-made bungee cord with stainless hooks, but nowhere to just buy stainless steel (A4) hooks (and the little bendy clip that goes around the cord). The usual suspects (inox.ie, seascrew) don't have them listed. Any source please?
 

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I know it's not quite what you asked for, but I bought something like these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-5MM-X...299?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item20ad83eb53 and squeezed one end in a vise to make a closed loop. Then secured the bungee through it using a racking seizing in waxed sail thread.

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Suggest a PM to Roy Spottydog5 on the Mobo forum. This is the sort of thing his firm Rapidmarine specialises in.
 

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I would urge against the use of any steel hooks on bungee. Just too dangerous if cord is released and the hook lashes about. Use plastic.
We had a freak accident some years back where a school kid was earnignpocket money collecting trolleys ina supermarket carpark. He used a bungee with steel hooks to hold the collection of trolleys together. The bungee came loose lashed around and took out his jugular in his neck. He was killed instantly.
Certainly eyes would be at risk using steel hooks.
I make a loop in one end of the cord I use thin ss wire and or twine to make a tight lashing. I doi similar on the othe rend using a plastic hook.
https://www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?item=43786&search123=43786&intAbsolutePage=1
www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?item=43754&search123=43754&intAbsolutePage=1
www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?item=77404&search123=77404&intAbsolutePage=1
All better options than SS the latter being adjustable witha built in clam cleat. good luck olewill
 

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What and why are hog rings ?

The wire crimpy things used to make a loop in bungee. If you have any of the car roofrack style ones where the hook ends in a conical spiral around the cord, you'll see the end of the bungee is folded over and secured with a hog-ring to make a stopper.

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simonfraser

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your eyes will be at risk from whatever material you use for the hooks.
dont go there, get rid of the whole bungee idea.
if you are not convinced ping an elastic band into your eye and see what you think of that, not a serious suggestion !
 

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+1 for plastic hooks. As a surfer I've had too many close shaves using bungees to hold boards on the roof rack. Plastic ones may hurt about the same, but they don't cut as well as metal ones. Also they don't rust. There shouldn't be so much tension on a bungee that a plastic hook won't hold it.
 

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Thanks everyone for hook suppliers, freak accidents and adding "hog rings" to my ever growing vocabulary! :)
 

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I've now got rid of all bungies aboard except one. I used to sue them for sail ties - sick of conks on the head when accidentally letting one go. Whips round the boom and plunk off my conk! Used them to stop halyards thwacking against the mast. Rusty eventually. Used for tieing sail cover - rusty marks and thwacks on the head.
Now using tape ties, similar to what Salty John sells, but made my own. (various parts on eBay).
Only one in use now holds my notebook onto its mount for navigation. That one has plastic hooks and under very little tension.

Stored energy in the form of a spring or stretched rubber seems to be an accident waiting to unleash itself.
 

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I have hence re-used the stainless steel hooks (and hog rings) that were originally on board. They hold the lazarette and anchor locker lids open, although some day I may find the time to install gas springs instead. For various other purposes (such as tying down the stylish blue tarpaulin that covers my binnacle while I ponder why it costs so much to get a proper one made) I've bought a bunch of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330889118488 - they're easy to use and you can make adjustable length bungee cords for temporary purposes.

So far both stainless and plastic have held up well, although we'll see how long the plastic withstands the sunshine.
 
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