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Jabe and his '53 DR 15 Mar 2019 12:08 #94016

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I wonder has anybody ever done a sink test on one of these boats to see if the flotation under the seats will have any effect on a metal boat with a motor on it? Will it keep it a float or prevent it from sinking?
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Jabe and his '53 DR 15 Mar 2019 00:33 #94012

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I don't think I would remove the Styrofoam under my seats to make storage room.
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Jabe and his '53 DR 14 Mar 2019 20:13 #94008

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Thanks guys, i am just doing an ounce of preventive thinking.......as little space as it seems, it took a sheet and a half of 1" extruded foam...4 cubic ft........for 15 bucks....it may just be that difference of sitting on the bottom of the drink or suspended 6" above the bottom of the drink..........and it will help support my seat decks.........i will find unique ways too store whats required .........lots of room up under the bow deck as Marc pointed out........just gots to get creative........:arrr:

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I can believe that. I haven't done the math, but I doubt that what I took out of my '54 would have been enough to float it. Maybe a bare hull, but not with a motor and hardware.
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Jabe and his '53 DR 14 Mar 2019 13:53 #94005

Boatboy wrote: I wonder if the flotation under the bow deck alone would keep a swamped Feather Craft afloat?


We had a 57 Vagabond when I was a kid and two different times I saw it sitting flat on the bottom after torrential rains, the boat was nearly new when Dad bought it in 1957 but who knows the previous owner might have removed the flotation.
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I wonder if the flotation under the bow deck alone would keep a swamped Feather Craft afloat?
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Jabe and his '53 DR 14 Mar 2019 11:29 #94002

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Two life jackets per seat sounds about right, I doubt that you will ever have more then 4 people in the boat at one time.

I keep my life jackets under the front seat, and I keep ropes, rags, gas siphon, funnel, spare prop, and my trailer straps under the back seat. I know that the Vagabonds have flotation built in under the dash.
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Jabe and his '53 DR 13 Mar 2019 23:28 #93993

Any room under the bow? You probably don't want to do this but maybe you can hook them on the back of the back rest? Or the inside of the gunnel.
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sgower wrote: I use my under seat area for storage on my Vagabond. Otherwise these boats do not offer to much for storing life jackets

The DR we got from Don has swim noodles I believe under the seats. For Dawn's DR she has a clear Vinyl container to hold her life jackets.


big difference for under the seat with the DR....maybe 2 life jackets per seat.........not much room under there.........will have to come up with a storage plan on this one.........:eck:

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I use my under seat area for storage on my Vagabond. Otherwise these boats do not offer to much for storing life jackets

The DR we got from Don has swim noodles I believe under the seats. For Dawn's DR she has a clear Vinyl container to hold her life jackets.
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