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post #9 of Old 05-21-2013
Michael K
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Re: Making Your Boat Unsinkable


I have a home built catamaran that has no lead keel but also no built in flotation. Not knowing/trusting the boat well enough for its initial week-long trip home, I stuffed both bows and sterns with large air bladders. My calculations were made so that the boat would float at least a bit above the water's surface (if both hulls were holed) and I suggest you do the same. Having the hull and deck completely awash just isn't an effective method of self-rescue. I admit secured foam is more durable than the air bladders I strapped into position, but I was only trying to give myself some extra time in the event of cat-astrophe (pun intended).
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