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Old 05-19-2009, 06:54 PM
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I saw this in a previous thead and I though it was a cool concept.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...bean-bags.html
They are called Sea Bags of Florida and are actually a marine bean bag that can be hooked together to create a floatation device in case of an emergency. I thought the concept was pretty cool in the fact that most center console boats do no have room for a liferaft. From my understanding these will not take the place of a liferaft but provide an alternative in an emergency situation when you do not have a liferaft.

Aubrey, a fellow forum member, PMed me and gave me some information on the bean bags after I posted about them in his thread. He told me that their website will be up soon. He also told me they are manufactured by Ocean-Tamer which is a very reputable marine bean bag company and highly used by SKA members. We actually have 4 of the Ocean-Tamer bean bag on our 32 Contender and I know the quality of them is outstanding. He said that Ocean-Tamer is only manufacturing the bean bags for his company and not actually selling them on there website but he will actually be setting up his own website soon.

Has anyone else heard of these new safety bean bags and what are your thoughts on them?
Old 05-19-2009, 07:16 PM
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I read the original post an it said they float for a while but are not intended as life rafts- so they may be an "emergency" alternative but not a solution.

They look like nice bags (for bean bags)
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That is what I am thinking too but I would be interested in seeing some more video and reading more about them. The way I read the orininal post was that they will float forever but just get water inside them after awhile. If they are filled with polystyrene beads then I would imagine they would float forever becuase styrofoam floats.
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They have a pretty good website.
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And when the seas get rough??
good luck hanging on to that.
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Originally Posted by spearfisher3122 View Post
They are called Sea Bags of Florida and are actually a marine bean bag that can be hooked together to create a floatation device in case of an emergency. I thought the concept was pretty cool in the fact that most center console boats do no have room for a liferaft. From my understanding these will not take the place of a liferaft but provide an alternative in an emergency situation when you do not have a liferaft.

Don't get me started. Anyone who even suggests that some bean bags tied together is "an alternative in an emergency situation" should not be allowed to own a boat. The quote above is so ridiculous that it is hard to know where to start.

It is NOT a fact that most center console boats do not have room for a liferaft. They all have room for a life raft but there are those who do not make safety paramount and find room for everything but a life raft. Are you really telling me that if you have room for a bean bag, you don't have room for a life raft? Surely that is not your suggestion. You may make a choice to take a bean bag instead of a raft but I would hope that a reasonable person values his life more than that.

I will say what I have said before, if you do not have room for a life raft on a boat that you are taking offshore, you shouldn't be offshore. There are many rafts that are about the size of a cooler these days. No one will say they don't have room for a cooler of beer but they will use that excuse for a life raft because they don't want to cough up the money for one.

There is a whole bunch more I want to say but I am biting my tongue.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
Don't get me started. Anyone who even suggests that some bean bags tied together is "an alternative in an emergency situation" should not be allowed to own a boat. The quote above is so ridiculous that it is hard to know where to start.

It is NOT a fact that most center console boats do not have room for a liferaft. They all have room for a life raft but there are those who do not make safety paramount and find room for everything but a life raft. Are you really telling me that if you have room for a bean bag, you don't have room for a life raft? Surely that is not your suggestion. You may make a choice to take a bean bag instead of a raft but I would hope that a reasonable person values his life more than that.

I will say what I have said before, if you do not have room for a life raft on a boat that you are taking offshore, you shouldn't be offshore. There are many rafts that are about the size of a cooler these days. No one will say they don't have room for a cooler of beer but they will use that excuse for a life raft because they don't want to cough up the money for one.

There is a whole bunch more I want to say but I am biting my tongue.

Thank you oh most holy one.

Now get a grip.
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Originally Posted by spearfisher3122 View Post
. I thought the concept was pretty cool in the fact that most center console boats do no have room for a liferaft.
If you have room for bulky bean bags then you have room for a small compacted life raft!
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
Don't get me started. Anyone who even suggests that some bean bags tied together is "an alternative in an emergency situation" should not be allowed to own a boat. The quote above is so ridiculous that it is hard to know where to start.

It is NOT a fact that most center console boats do not have room for a liferaft. They all have room for a life raft but there are those who do not make safety paramount and find room for everything but a life raft. Are you really telling me that if you have room for a bean bag, you don't have room for a life raft? Surely that is not your suggestion. You may make a choice to take a bean bag instead of a raft but I would hope that a reasonable person values his life more than that.

I will say what I have said before, if you do not have room for a life raft on a boat that you are taking offshore, you shouldn't be offshore. There are many rafts that are about the size of a cooler these days. No one will say they don't have room for a cooler of beer but they will use that excuse for a life raft because they don't want to cough up the money for one.

There is a whole bunch more I want to say but I am biting my tongue.






Im with you, this bean bag idea is plain stupid thinking...

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truepursuit, open your eyes. 3 people just died off the west coast of Florida near you BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE A RAFT. If doing the right thing makes me holier than thou, so be it. Tell me about your experience offshore with a sinking boat because I want to know how you handled it. No experience...what I thought. I do have experience. Burning boat, 6 passengers and we all got off without a scratch because of preparation. I can promise that when the time came to ditch that if I handed my crew bean bags...I probably would have been strangled on the spot. Instead, I gave them the tools that saved all of our lives.

So call me what you will but I am right.
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Jagsare1 speaks with the voice of experience. He is 100% correct. I don't even go out in LI Sound without our life raft aboard. Our water right now is in the 50s. I wouldn't want to be floating around in the water with PFDs in that for a few hours if God forbid our boat sank. The bean bags may be comfortable and they may float but they are not a legitimate substitute for a life raft.
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Jagare1 those 3 people didn't die because they didn't have a life raft they died because they made some dumb choices.

I don't think the OP was implying that the bean bags should replace a life raft but if you would be going out without one any way the bags couldn't hurt. Hell, if I'm ever on a boat that is sinking I want everything around me to float.
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If I was getting more bean bags they would be E-Sea riders. I have had many of them and damn they sure are nice. Not nice enough to float around on for a few days waiting to get rescued but nice enough to roll through 3-4 ft and not spill your beer
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...and it restarts!!................

anything that floats is a good idea, if your in a high speed whip/crash and you and all your stuff on deck fall overboard and your boat keeps going, or sinks that bean bag will save your ass.

I have a life raft too, but if your going to have a beanbag anyway might as well have straps to hang on too.

I also keep a THT APPROVED fast deployable hot air balloon on my t-top just as back up!!
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WOW! Ok there is no reason for everyone to get worked up. I certianly wasn't implying that these would take the place of a liferaft and I don't think the guy who posted the original thread was either. In fact I think he actually said in his post that he does not intend for these to take the place of a liferaft. I just thought it was a cool concept because a lot of guys use bean bags on their boats already. Having a liferaft is always very importants but at least if you didn't have one these bean bags would be better than nothing. I fish a lot of SKA tournaments and the fact of the matter is most of those guys use bean bags but a lot of them do not have liferafts. We have a liferaft onboard our boat but it would still be nice to have other objects that would float and possibly save a life. All I was saying is if you are going to purchase bean bags to use on your boat then these would be a great idea that would serve another purpose other than just relaxing. Like The Edge said above, if my boat was going down I would want everything around me to float.
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I checked the web site and it is up looks like still more to come but information is there and some more details. They have a disclaimer that says they hope they never go in the water. I too agree that we should have a raft but the fact is less than 50% of the boats do. An exaple already mentioned is the football players that lost their life off the coast of Fl. They could afford it but it was not a priority. The way I look at these is if you are going to have them on the boat for comfort why not have the added ability to create a flotation device if nothing else tie them to your raft and have added visability.
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What is the website URL? I want to read more about them?
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This brings back memories of a 4 hour nap in a bean bag on the way to the stream ......wait then it was my turn to drive when it was 3-5's all the way back..........never works out right. Like the idea, if your gonna have it, may as well have it float
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The web address is

www.seabagsfl.com
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The dea of a life raft is to not only stay afloat but to avoid exposure (the Fla boaters suffered from Hypothermia- while the bean bags may help you float, you would still be in the environment and eventually get dangerously cold, regardless of water temp)An ice chest floats too, but I wouldn't want to hang onto one in the water for 5-10 hours!

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