I've checked out the Hobie floats. But they sure aren't cheap!Looking at these:
The Hobie "baby bob" teardrop mast float is appx 1/3 of the displacement and would do the job.
Thanks for the reply & your experience with the mast floats. I like too that they are one of the least expensive mast floats. There's some on EBay for I think around $47 delivered from the UK.
I contacted a seller in the UK by email & asked them if the floats would work with the Catalina 14.2. They said that they were not familiar with the 14.2 sail boat. Well, they really aren't familiar with the 14.2, and/or don't want to commit that they will work with or won't with the 14.2. I'm going to purchase a set myself on EBay for 47 delivered.My concern also. I need assurance that it will work as well as the Hobie Bob before I would get one.....
So I'm getting slugs installed on my main to facilitate easier hoist / lower /reefing operations. Seems like the Optimist would work best sliding over the original bolt rope but not slugs, so I'm not comfortable ordering these and then maybe it won't work.I'm watching this thread closely. The mast for mine JUST fits into the garage and a Bob of any sort would make it too long. Plus I like the pricing on the Optimist way better
I read in another forum that a boat fender could be used also. Anyone done that?
I had the same question. Since the season is fast approaching I will err to the side of caution and get the Bob. Being a solo sailor makes this essential. The guy I'm dealing with will make up a custom bracket for mounting, I can forward his contact info if you like. Also I have the version 1 (1986) and see that there are foam blocks under the seat areas. You need to secure the cuddy hatch cover when underway which will keep the air pocket intact, there's the floatation system.
10-4 on that!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.
How about sliding some pool noodles down the mast for buoyancy?For a boat the size of the Capri and smaller...I expect you could just run a couple of the large dia pool noodles up, tied like pennants to the halyard and grommet at the top of the sail.
Should keep the mast out of the mud if the water is more than a couple of feet deep.
Cheap... and you can simply do the test of laying the boat over where and when its most convenient to you and seeing if its enough flotation.
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 material.Craig, it looks like it just ties to anything at top of the mast. I can vision attaching to an eye on side of mast at top. Should not interfere with sail. More like a flag. I like its light weight. Has two built in eyelet attach points. For some reason I can upload a pic
RUK Sport 10l Mast Float | eBay