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    Optimist mast floats

    Where can I find this float online? Can you tell me the website?
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    Optimist mast floats

    I was thinking that the Ruk sport float could be tied & the grommet could be screwed into the mast. I think for looks sake. Mounted on the very top FRONT of the mast. There are comments about pin leaks. This type of material I'm sure is what's used in rubber rafts, etc. Not a poly vinyl cheapo...
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    Optimist mast floats

    Is anyone familiar with Ruk Sport mast floats? These are inflatable. They come out of the UK. They are sized by liters. I can't find any info or pics of how they attach to the mast. Or what size or pound boat to choose.
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    Forestay attachment

    A fiberglass boat can get soft spots. It's always something to check when you are going to purchase a used boat. Large sailboats that are cradled & hauled out of the water are inspected for soft spots in the hull.
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    Forestay attachment

    I'm sorry, maybe I was not clear. It's the fiberglass strength I'm asking about. Do you think the fiberglass could get brittle or lose its strength over time? Enough that the chain plates or jib plate could pull through the fiberglass?
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    Forestay attachment

    As long as you're talking about forestays. Can I ask this. With a boat stored outside for many years. (In FL) Not been in the water since possibly 1989? How can you tell if the forestry & the 2 shroud plates still have their strength in the fiberglass?
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    Optimist mast floats

    How about sliding some pool noodles down the mast for buoyancy?
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    Tightwad Bob - an affordable DIY mast float

    What about sliding a pool noodle or two down the mast?
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    My Motor Mount

    I'm going to give the battery powered hand drill with the prop attachment sold on EBay a try first. But it's cheaper at Wal-Mart for $34.00. I'll keep 2 battery packs in the boat. I'll keep 2 each, 56" paddles @ $20.00 a pair delivered on EBay. A couple of YouTube vids pushing a rubber raft...
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    My Motor Mount

    Why not just store your electric trolling motor in the cuddly? If it will fit through the door? Then there are no problems with it mounted on the transom getting in the way etc. when you're not using it. I'm going to try the paddle drill idea. Probably 1st try it on my kayak. Plus keep 2 each...
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    My Motor Mount

    Ok, I've been reading about paddle drills. You know, battery powered hand drills. I've watched some vids on YouTube about them. Demos show pushing around rubber rafts, canoes, kayaks, aluminum fishing boats, a 2 person paddle boat. Depending upon which boat, (water resistant) the weight of the...
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    Optimist mast floats

    So, do you know if that Minn Kota 30 has enough power to get you into shore? I see that motor is sold on EBay for about $104 delivered & no tax. What will happen to a gas motor taking in water when you capsize? I get that not venturing out too far with light winds. I think I got caught out on a...
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    Optimist mast floats

    Well of course the only other option, beside paddles is an outboard on the transom. There's quite a bit of cost in an outboard. I like the cost idea of an electric, but not the issue of the battery weight.
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    Optimist mast floats

    I had a 12' Kolibri back in the day. It had a styro foam block in the bow storage area. There are no floats in my Capri 14.2. Should there be? If it would help. Would pool noodles be a good choice. One noodle can keep up a body in the water. Or something in case of a capsize?
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