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H170 Mast Floatation

Discussion in 'Day Sailers' started by Marie T. Murphy, Jul 13, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Marie T. Murphy

    Marie T. Murphy

    Joined Jul 26, 2017
    20 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter H376
    Un Kent Is., MD
    PLZ, Any suggestions for Mast Floatation on H170 other than the Hobie "Big Boy , expensive "egg" ?? Will bending a fender over top of mast ( secured thru holes in top ) suffice ?? Stuffing Mast with " Noodles " ?? Many Thanx, MRF
     


  2. BobbyFunn

    BobbyFunn

    Joined Apr 16, 2017
    264 posts, 124 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Tampa
    Any resealable big container will do. For a while i had an empty orange arm and hammer laundry detergent bottle hung from mast.

    I figured it looked just as idiotic as the hobie float.


    I later popped the rivets for the top and noodled the top 5 inches or so. Just enough to keep water from rushing in. Worked great in flip tests.
     


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  3. RussC

    RussC

    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,104 posts, 443 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    I once owned a Capri 14.2 and built a mast float from a lobster float. purchased at Hamilton Marine as I recall. worked great for about a $15.00 expenditure.
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  4. BobbyFunn

    BobbyFunn

    Joined Apr 16, 2017
    264 posts, 124 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Tampa
    Was it hard to source the aircraft machine gun barrel?
     


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  5. Marie T. Murphy

    Marie T. Murphy

    Joined Jul 26, 2017
    20 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter H376
    Un Kent Is., MD
    Thanx, BO, I've read @ stuffing "Noodles" in the mast from both ends. How do you pop rivets, and do they have to be replaced?? RussC, great suggestion. Lobsta Buoys look similar to the Hobie mast floats. And a lot cheaper!! Fair Winds.... MRF
     


  6. RussC

    RussC

    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,104 posts, 443 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    Not at all. also useful for tailgaters wile trailering.
     


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  7. JimInPB

    JimInPB

    Joined Aug 22, 2017
    866 posts, 240 likes
    Hunter 212 & 170
    us West Palm Beach
    Most people seem to stuff the mast full of pool noodles. Some people pour the mast full of expanding foam, but that option leaves you committed & if you later want to get in there for some reason, you are not going to be happy about it. Some people try to seal the mast head after noodling. I would not bother.

    https://hunter.sailboatowners.com/mods.php?task=article&mid=11&aid=7454&mn=170
     


  8. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,669 posts, 99 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    We tried all sorts of things on our clubs C420s only two things worked the Hobie Bob a couple of PFDs attached to the main halyard (worked but not really realistic).
    I know the Bob is not cheap but was really the only way to go
     


  9. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,669 posts, 99 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida