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P15 mast float

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bbxsb

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Nov 21, 2011
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Anyone know if sealing the mast with foam will prevent it from sinking? Is there a nice way to add a float?
 

Ross S

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Oct 20, 2011
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Precision 21 Great Sacandaga Lake
Without knowing more details of the size of the mast and the physical properties of the proposed foam, I can not say with any certainty that filling the mast with foam would work or not. Even if it helped the mast float I think it would cause other problems. That volume of foam could be somewhat heavy and make the mast more difficult to raise. Additionally I think it would raise the center of gravity of the boat making it more likely to capsize.

There are a number of commercially produced mast floats out there. There is a float that is designed for Hobie Cat's that I have seen retrofitted onto a Precision 15 mast which I think would be a better option than filling the mast with foam. Google search Hobie Mast Float for some options.

Hope it helps.
 
Apr 17, 2012
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Thanks for the information. I will look into the mast float.
Besides the Hobie "football" on the top of the mast, Precision sells a more subtle float that goes on the top of the mainsail and is intended to serve the same purpose. I don't think it's more expensive.
 

bbxsb

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Nov 21, 2011
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I see it on the precision web site. I am not sure what it looks like though. How many pounds of flotation are required to keep the mast afloat?
 
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