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Forespar Man Overboard Pole - Sinks

This may be a no brainer for some - however, we were hosting MOB practice with a weighted dummy - and utilizing all of our equipment and styles i.e. life sling, figure 8, quick stop and new MOB pole.

It sunk! to where only the flag showed (due to the depth of the bay) We anticipated it coming back up and it never did - practiced the drill several times - are we stupid - the instructions say nothing - and before we contacted forespar - I thought I would research from actual users.

We checked our float and it has a perfect hole in it - as does our friends' pole.

Can someone enlighted us?

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We replaced ours this year because the old one sunk. I was a little dismayed to say the least. Those things aren't cheap.
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I believe that the hole is for adding foam to the float. If the foam degrades, it may fall out. Could that be the problem? I have used a lot of these poles. but have never had this problem.
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Thanks. BTW our pole was brand new -
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In our case, the weighted end developed a small crack in the bottom which allowed water to enter the hollow fiberglass pole. The vinyl cover over the bouyant bulb also degraded some, but the floatation material was still there. Looking at it, it seemed it should still float but when we put it in the water to test it, it sunk. That was quite a surprise. If it wasn't my pole, I would have even thought it was funny in an ironic sort of way. I wasn't laughing though.
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It was fortuitous that neither of you had to use the pole in an emergency.
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With the orange float?
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With the orange float?
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Forespar - Excellent customer service - they are sending a new pole/float to us today - to arrive by week's end - Monday at the latest. Just before we go offshore!
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