In my research I did not discover mooring whips used back in ancient Egypt. Also to my surprise they do not show up searching Wikipedia, which I may soon contribute some information. So they must be a recent development. While applying for a patent, a search is required for existing patents. I did uncover several patents pertaining to basic deck mounted, casted bases with a hole for a pole dating back some 50 years. Little change has been made since then. As an inventor/engineer involved in boating as well as sailing for most of my life along with owning a marine service business my exposure to everything marine is extensive.
So, how many times have you said “this damn thing does not work there must be a better way.” For me I take that remark seriously and start thinking is there a better way and how would it work, usually this takes a few minutes. Sometimes I have an immediate flash but the details can take many hours in my mind to develop but knowing I’m on the right track.
The problem I always encountered with mooring whips which are prolific in Florida, my home state, is that they were screwed to decking which was never designed to support a mooring whip base. For so many years the only thing available to boaters was a small casted or plastic base with three small mounting holes not sufficient for mooring whips. Also they were attached to deck boards held down with small screws meant only to hold deck planks down. Many times I saw the only available mooring whips break or pull decking boards up especially on older decks.
That’s when I said there must be a better way. So I designed a mooring whip that was very securely mounted to the strongest member of the dock, the piling to which the entire dock is secured. From there we now offer a swivel mooring whip that goes completely vertical eliminating interference with boat structures and especially sail boat rigging. For those without pilings, which I discovered there were many, these whips come in a deck mounted version but with a large mounting plate (5”) with four 3/8” screws or thru bolts. There is even a deck mounted version that swivels out of the way.