South Chatham Tackle Flying Gaffs start with 5/8ths inch diameter 304 stainless steel - this being the strongest of the 300 series stainless steel.
We TIG weld the barb and rope eye in a fixture and then grind the point and barb to a sharp wedge point. Over the years our customers have made suggestions and helped us improve on the point and barb style. We are confident you will agree we have the most effective point and barb - able to penetrate the toughest shark hide effortlessly. We also have a reinforced style. SCT will also make custom hooks, please ask us for a quote.
The South Chatham Tackle Flying Gaff hook is then electro polished. We electro polish the Flying Gaff because:
· Electro polishing stress relieves the surface of the part
· Electro polishing provides an extremely high luster on the part
· Electro polishing removes oxides and reduces friction
· Passivation of stainless steels (neutralize for superior corrosion resistance)
At this point we attach 3 feet of vinyl coated stainless steel cable with an eye for splicing on 18 feet of 3 strand nylon rope. All cable crimps and rope splices are covered with heat shrink tubing
South Chatham Tackle Flying Gaff Handles
The handle for our Flying Gaffs is made from 1inch diameter 304 stainless steel with a .052 wall thickness. The Flying Gaff handle is drilled and counter sunk, then polished to a mirror finish. This tool is medium weight and very strong. With a little more weight than the aluminum, the stainless steel handle gives more force when harpooning and less flex when gaffing.
The aluminum Flying Gaff handle is made from 1inch diameter 6061 aluminum with a .0625 inch wall thickness. The handle is drilled and counter sunk. After the machining is finished, the handle is anodized and dyed a color - either gold or black.
The Anodizing process changes the molecular qualities of the metal and makes it resistant to corrosion from salt and the elements.
This tool is lightweight, yet very strong. This handle works well for harpooning alongside the boat
The Flying Gaffs receiver and end cap are made from Delrin. The receiver has a locating slot for the flying gaff hook to slide into to keep the hook from rotating. There is a 1/4 inch thumb screw threaded into it to apply force for the proper amount of resistance for the hook set. The 5/8 inch diameter socket is precision reamed for a proper fit and will receive all of the additional tools made by us, such as Harpoon Iron, Tuna Swimming Hook, Tail Roper, and De-Hooker. The end cap is pressed and glued into the end of the handle and drilled for a lanyard.
We offer any custom configuration you want. Our handles, both stainless steel and aluminum accept all of our tools. We are now offering counter balancing in the handles for the larger hooks and also weight forward for harpoons.