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Batter Up!

In the summer of 2008, Bill Page stumbled upon an old lobster buoy beached along the chilly Maine waters, handed it to a little girl, pitched her a tennis ball and ba-ba-buoy, she hit it out of the proverbial park. In that instant, The Original Buoy Bat was born and Bill was on a mission to create a new novelty sport that kids from age 2 to 92 can enjoy.

Unlike Bill’s first prototype, today’s Buoy Bats are made from brand new,
authentic lobster buoys finished with bat-grade hardwood handles. The secret fun of the bat is in the giant “sweet spot” of the bullet-nose buoy, making it easy to connect with a ball and send it flying. Each Buoy Bat comes with a Little Blaster ball that’s soft and floats, making it perfect for the beach or the backyard.

Denyse Miller and Buoy Bill were neighbors growing up and reconnected on Facebook. She suggested Daily Grommet test his invention. Buoy did our testers have fun swinging for the beaches in sunny Santa Monica.

For sluggers young and old, it feels great to step up the plate and take a swing with a Buoy Bat. Play ball!

-- Julie
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bill
    Bill

    Hello out there! “Buoy Bill” Page here…signing in from Buoy BatTM World Headquarters in South Berwick, Maine USA! Wicked excited to be here to share The Original Buoy BatTM with all of you! Fire away, I’m ready for your questions and comments! Buoy BatTM is pretty simple…it’s a lot of FUN for all ages and COOL looking, too. Kids love it, adults love it, people who like lobster love it, people who love the coast love it…even DOGS love it! (But don’t let ‘em chew on it…just hit a tennis ball with it and watch ‘em chase it.) Thanks for checking out The Original Buoy BatTM on The Daily Grommet!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/4/11 1:40 PM

    @Jen Houghton: Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! We definitely love the community feel surrounding Buoy Bats. I am personally looking forward to taking it on a big family beach camping trip in just a couple of weeks!

  • Cathie McCoomb
    Cathie McCoomb
    4/4/11 1:46 PM

    I was also at the "hill" playing Buoy Bat. I am not an athlete in any way shape or form, but found myself running the bases and having so much fun in the snow! I and am also very excited to include Buoy Bat in a Derby fundraiser this summer for Breast Cancer. Ofcourse the Buoy Bats will be pink! So proud of Buoy Bill Page and my whole family LOVES Buoy Bat!!!

  • Bill
    Bill – Special Guest
    4/4/11 2:10 PM

    Thanks to Jen, Cathy, and Tori. We (Buoy Sue and I) are excited about the potential Buoy Bat holds for becoming a new tool to generate interest in community activities and events. As Cathy mentioned, Buoy Bats will be used in Team Laffalots Annual Home Run Derby in South Berwick this summer. (they started with real baseballs and bats but will have a Buoy Bat division this year!) Team Laffalot is a group of women who've walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for 3 years running...this will be #4 and Buoy Bat is proud to be a part of it!

  • Bob Breneman
    Bob Breneman
    4/5/11 10:50 AM

    @Bill Page: Congrats to Bill and his wicked cool invention. The thing that makes this bat different is you can stand it up on a table or a mantle and it's a conversation starter because it looks like artwork.

  • buoysports@comcast.net
    buoysports@comcast.net
    4/5/11 6:07 PM

    @Bob Breneman: Thanks Bob!...that's an angle I hadn't considered but you're right. You don't even need to use it to enjoy it. Just set it on the counter and stare at it. I'm trying it now after a long day...and it's relaxing...but maybe I'll pick it up and hit Daisy (the dog) some tennis balls!

  • Nancy Cunningham
    Nancy Cunningham
    4/4/11 2:42 PM

    Hey Bill,

    I've seen the Buoy Bat and Ball used at an ice rink. And the kids were on skates! What fun they were having!!! I'm going to send them to my nephews' families- they'll love it. What a great idea.

  • Bill
    Bill – Special Guest
    4/4/11 3:07 PM

    @Nancy...that's awesome! I used to play a lot of hockey and was a rink manager in a previous career. I think I've forgotten how to skate but think playing buoy bat on the ice would be a good way to reward kids for working hard during practice with a little change of pace at the end.

  • Jen Houghton
    Jen Houghton
    4/4/11 3:17 PM

    My first experience playing Buoy Bat was this past winter at a ski hill! We had about thirty people divided up into two teams. Everyone was playing from ages five to sixty five. It was such an incredible community day and I still can hear the laughter and giggles. The perfect game to bring people together!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/4/11 3:23 PM

    @Jen Houghton: Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! We definitely love the community feel surrounding Buoy Bats. I am personally looking forward to taking it on a big family beach camping trip in just a couple of weeks!

  • Sally Page
    Sally Page
    4/5/11 7:18 AM

    What a great idea, especially playing in the snow! An all season sport! I'm sure my grandchildren will love it.

    Another great idea is the Daily Grommet. I'll look forward to more creative ideas and a novel place to shop.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    4/5/11 8:01 AM

    @Sally Page: That makes us so happy! We'll be sure to keep the good ideas coming. And we hope you'll let us know if you (or your grandkids!) come across any great new products we can help spread the word about.

  • Bill
    Bill – Special Guest
    4/5/11 6:10 PM

    @Sally Page: I've had enough Buoy Bat in the SNOW for a lifetime...it's been a tough winter here in SOuthern Maine...time for some summer fun.

  • Leanne
    Leanne
    7/5/11 3:00 PM

    Would love to have a T-ball set of this! Great idea and fun execution of a product. GO MAINE

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/5/11 3:16 PM

    @Leanne: Great idea!

  • Buoy Bill Page
    Buoy Bill Page
    7/6/11 6:55 PM

    @Leanne: YES!!! We are on the same page Leanne! I have the makings of a tee here in my living room and have been trying to find time to create a prototype for future production. Thanks for the incentive.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/18/11 10:07 PM

    What a great idea! I would love to see you offer this with a choose of balls...either the small one or the bigger one. To buy this for a younger child you have to buy both the bat and a set of the larger balls. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/19/11 10:48 AM

    @Lisa: Great suggestion! I will forward it on.

  • Bill
    Bill – Special Guest
    7/3/12 12:03 PM

    hello again daily grommet! I can't believe it's been over a year since our initial launch on DG...and we're still in business! We've been having a blast since we were last here...a wicked busy blast sharing the fun of buoy bat with people from all over the US! Thanks for having us to the grommet team!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    8/27/12 11:42 AM

    Hi Bill!

    We already have a buoy bat at our house--I wanted to get another for a gift. Mine has our name on it--do you still do that?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/27/12 8:30 PM

    @Nancy: Great you enjoyed yours so much, you want to share the pleasure with others. Our Customer Support Team will be in touch directly on how to customize your gift.

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