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 Post subject: Float bags? Worth doing?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:00 am 
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After watching the YouTube video where the guy left the back hatch on his PA14 open I got to wondering about something. The open hatch allowed enough water in to almost sink his kayak. It occurred to me that if he had been alone then re-entry and bailing might not have worked. So here's my question: has anyone put float bags in the empty spaces in their yak hull. Seems to me it would limit the amount of water that could enter the empty spaces. Specifically I'm wondering if it make the kayak float high enough that you could do a deep water re-entry and be still be floating high enough to bail effectively.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:23 pm 
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Hobie has been installing foam blocks, for the last few years in order to meet USCG regs......the blocks will float the kayak to allow bailing.
Another thing you can do, to gain more flotation, is to stuff pool noodles inside the hull as long as they do not interfere with the rudder lines.

I added pool noodles to my first Hobie, a 2010 Outback that was made before positive flotation was mandatory.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:24 am 
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I'll check my PA 14 for foam blocks... glad to hear it is not a crazy idea. I had an 18' sea kayak and had to a deep water reentry. Float bags made the difference. Given that I'll be using about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time in salt water, I'm also going to install a step style rope/strap on the side to aid in righting the yak in case of a capsize.

On a side note, I spent many years chasing steelies in Michigan and other parts of the Great Lakes with a fly rod. Lots of good memories. Developed a fondness for spey rods thru it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:48 am 
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We put 4 large pool noodles in each of our yaks (non Hobie) meant years ago. Thankfully, we haven't needed them.

I just acquired a used PA14 (2017?) and haven't given it the treatment. I'll have to check for foam in the hull.

I used to think my WS Tarpon 160i was heavy to load. Seems like a cakewalk now. :D

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