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post #230 of 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.

RL 24 NEW to me April 25th 2014
AFC 17' 2+2 (sold in 2012)
Hobie 14'
Sunfish project boat

Sailing a large boat on a small lake is very tacky.
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