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Old 09-12-2010
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As some boats are prone to turn turtle, does anyone make a automatic inflating flotation device for the top of the mast? Seams it could prevent a catastrophe in some boats.

My First boat was/is a Hobie 14. First time ever sailing it, I was on a puddle of a lake, with high winds, having a great time cruising on one pontoon - learning the joys of owning a Hobie. The best winds were within a few feet of the shore, so I was coming about right on top of the shore. There was a guy taking pictures called out asking how hard it was to right the boat if it flipped? I stated I had no idea as I popped it up and sailed away, just to be hit by a quick large gust and went over. The mast sunk and stuck into the mud below. Needless to say, I had to be towed in. I have since filled the mast with spray foam. This now keeps the boat on its side as the mast floats. I've unintentionally tested it since then.
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Sailing a large boat on a small lake is very tacky.
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