Optimist mast floats

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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 lake once where I had to paddle in my 12' Kolibri.
 
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I used Search Tempest to check all of the Craigslist sites in the US and turned up a used Baby Bob for sale. It was listed at $30.00 and it cost me another $30.00 for shipping, which was a tad bit high but still, all in all, way better than $130.00 for a new one. I've already cut an oak base to mount it on the mast, so it won't take long to have it finished.
 
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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.
How about sliding some pool noodles down the mast for buoyancy?
 
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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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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
 
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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
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.
 
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Just found these in a float search online. Great way to keep mast head afloat at least for awhile. Not sure how buoyant......BUT it has less windage and weight than a mast head float.

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