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 Post subject: Re: Flotation bags
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:10 pm 
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Don't dismiss a pool noodle because of the simple sounding name. They are far more reliable than any vinyl or plastic air filled bag. Pool noodles can't leak - they never lose their floatation ability. They won't break down. They create tremendous floatation, forever.


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 Post subject: Re: Flotation bags
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:43 pm 
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I use several pool noodles in all my SOTs. They stay to the sides and don't get in the way of any other gear. Also they displace a lot of water so there is less to deal with if swamped. I can add or subtract as needed. Just thread them in along the sides and done. They can not deflate.

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The Canyon Lake video is one of the my favorites.
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 Post subject: Re: Flotation bags
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:03 pm 
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Okay... I have a confession... The more I hear about pool noodles on this forum, the more I'm being won-over to their graces. It's just that I've seen a lot of improvised gear that didn't work out so well for the poor souls who relied on it. Perhaps this has made me overly suspicious, as I find that the older I get, the harder my safety-related habits are to change. Maybe I'll go pick up a couple noodles & start experimenting with 'em.

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 Post subject: Re: Flotation bags
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:41 pm 
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Beautiful lake. Looks like an ideal place to sail.


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 Post subject: Re: Flotation bags
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:28 am 
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georeubs wrote:
I have one of the early TI's that didn't include foam. One of the first things I did was to install NRS float bags inside the bow and stern. Both bags are clipped in so they're secure but easy to remove. I've never had a problem with interference of rudder lines, nor have I had any issues with storage at either end of the hull.

I read all the posts above and was impressed with some of the math that others have done, and many suggestions are great ideas. Nonetheless, I simply feel more secure on the water with the purpose-built flotation bags.

I was in a search and rescue helocopter squadron in the U.S. Navy, and one thing I learned is that water is absolutely unforgiving. As such, I'd never trust my life to simply cramming a pool noodle into the hull. You spent a LOT of money on the boat. A few more bucks for two flotation bags won't break the bank.


Good advice I think, and for the type of use I am doing storage is not too much of an issue. My flotation bags are in and so far no issues.

Many thanks.


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