For those guys who have used milk or water gallons/jugs for mast flotation, how did it do with preventing turtling after capsizing?
I was wondering how my fully inflated mooring bumpers would do for this purpose if attached to tip of mast.
Any thoughts guys?
Just tried my mast float shown above. Works great.
I have never sailed in strong winds thus hav not capsized before. I am so impressed with how much it took for me to tip the boat. I weigh 160 lbs only but was able to easily right the boat with just hanging on the centerboard. Will post the video soon.
The only thing I can say about the idea of having bumpers aloft is every ounce of weight up at the mast head equals many pounds taken away of stability acting like a fulcrum. Try using light weight styrofoam.
I haven't tried it yet but I have an inflatable Kayak Float Bag that I plan to attach to the top of the main. Lightweight and can be folded when not in use. Will report back when I get the chance to test it. Volume is about 15L.
I've got the Baby Bob up there. Had a nice custom bracket made which inserts into the mast with a small wing nutted through bolt to hold secure. Very easy to mount, so on a given day I can use or leave it off. It does add some fulcrum effect and looks a bit different but it's a secure feeling to know I can't turtle. Here's some pics.....