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 Post subject: Float Bags
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:25 pm 
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Hello,

I am fairly new to the folding kayak world having purchased a used Folbot Cooper earlier this summer. I have a question about float bags and was curious if anyone uses them or not? I understand that if your hull is punctured or torn somehow that your boat will be gone but how often does this happen?


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 Post subject: Re: Float Bags
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:18 pm 
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Float bags are used to displace water. Hull rips are rare, capsizes are not.

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 Post subject: Re: Float Bags
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:51 pm 
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So if I do a wet exit then there will be less water to pump out if I use the bags.

Cool,

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 Post subject: Re: Float Bags
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:47 am 
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That is correct. And the boat should float high enough in the water to stop more water pouring in as fast as you can bail. Sponsons (or side air bags) also add to the stability of a flooded boat, which if it only has end floatation can be unstable around its axis, making it difficult to get back into.
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 Post subject: Re: Float Bags
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:01 pm 
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Previous answers explained well why they are needed.

I would add, since you are new to them, that you do need to be aware of not leaving the float bags (as well as any integral inflatable sponsons in the kayak itself) overly inflated in hot weather when they are on shore or being transported. I have had a sponson rupture a seam from leaving it highly inflated while transporting the boat on a hot day. They can be patched but it's a pain.

Not a problem in the water since immersion keeps them cool enough (in fact, in cold water you often have to add air as the bags contract.) And make sure they are tethered to something inside the hull or they can float out in a capsize or blow out while you are transporting on a car roof. All the ones I own have a molded in grommet to which I can tie a short piece of cord to anchor it to the frame inside the hull.

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 Post subject: Re: Float Bags
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:43 pm 
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Wow, lots to know. Thank you for your (no doubt) hard earned pearls of wisdom! I am buying some float bags this weekend and I think they'll give me some added peace of mind when on the water.

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