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River Tubes as back up floatation

Old 08-21-2019, 10:28 AM
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Default River Tubes as back up floatation

Has anyone used a river tube before. I am thinking of keeping one in my back pack and a couple on my boat as back up to epirb and lift raft. I am sure you can get them sturdy enough..some approach $200..but there are ones for every price point. As low as $15. Looking for one that is easy to blow up..not one with the little clear pinch tube. I assume if I am treading water I will have a lot of air to exhale. also would be nice to have a bit of an insulated seat.
Old 08-21-2019, 10:32 AM
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Just get you a raft
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I have one in my ditch bag with a hand pump. The hope being that the epirb and hand held VHF will work so we are really just waiting on pick up and it is better to float than sit in water. I can't think of one reason not to have one. A full life raft is too large and heavy for my boat, this is better than nothing. For fun mine is a a 6 person Corona Extra float.
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if you do that, i suggest you add a mountain bike co2 inflator kit with a spare cartridge and a bike pump tube adapter fitting. they make fat bike tire sized cartridges now that should get the thing inflated enough to take shape, after which it is a lot easier to finish manually or with a hand pump.
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I have a couple of those and tons of other various floats we use to float the Edisto river. Those are OK durability wise but the ones that hold up the best are the old school canvas beach floats. Even dogs claws generally don't puncture them. They come in two lengths but both would be smaller to store, easier to blow up, and easier get on in the water than what your looking at but not keep you out of the water as much if it's cold. .................................................. ....
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Maybe close to shore, I mean anything is better than nothing. If possible, stowe a round tube, like pull behind boat, on hardtop or someplace can quickly access in emergency.

But if offshore, invest in an actual life raft, along with an eprib, handheld vhf.

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