Sailing Canoe Flotation
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, flotation, sailboat, boat
Problem: The canoe itself it made from Royalex and has seats with flotation. It is designed to float while full of water. However now that I have added a battery, bilge pump, mast, and boom, they added a significant amount of weight to the canoe.
Action: My initial remedy was to bundle together five or six large 4 inch diameter long swim noodles and run them under the various cross pieces and tie them in place. I noticed that they were deteriorating due to the UV rays and bits of the foam were coming off and leaving a mess. Subsequently I encased these noodles in a couple of pillow cases so that they are all together and easier to handle, either putting in or taking out of the boat, as a bundle. The UV issue was solved as well. I also was fortunate enough to have a neighbor who saw a canoe swim flotation bladder in the water that he retrieved and gave to me, which is now in the stern of the canoe.
Result: It works great. Luckily I haven’t had to see if it keeps the boat afloat.
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: 3 hours
How much money it took to develop: $25.00
Current status: Available for use.
Since it was originally done: