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Fitting Flotation to a Hull....

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I’ve never been a fan of flotation below the ‘floor’ of a small boat. It’s better than none at all but tends to force the boat to ‘float’ upside down after a calamity. Air tanks or water tight bulkheads in the bow and stern are a good way to go providing they float the boat with enough gunnel above water that you -- inside the boat -- can then bail the water back to where it belongs. How about a set of hard shaped foam sponsons just below the outside of the gunnels, laying fore and aft on the port and starboard side of the hull and shaped to accentuate the boats sheer, providing flotation. Wasn’t there some sort of ‘sport canoe’ that had this feature? Seems with a bit of effort this flotation system would retain the space inside a small boat, and, provide a level upright position with the boat swamped that one could bail to dry...


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  • Fitting Flotation to a Hull.... - Thom V 16:22:14 05/04/02 (0)


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