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    Posted: 20 Apr 05 at 1:14am

I have a bell flyer and when turtled it is a nightmare to rite, what do ppl think of the idea of attaching a inflated 25litre gul dry bag to the top of the mast as an ecconimic mast float?? any other ideas?? want to sail it single handed but its takin two people to right it at the moment.

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Capsize it and find out up-thrust you need on the end of the mast. You don't want to put something too heavy up there!

I have seen people with small mooring buoys or fenders tied up to the top of the main halyard - about 4 to 6 inches in diameter might be enough.

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I tried it with a 5 litre Squash bottle(when empty) and it helped but it still turtled, so recon its goin2  take quite a bit to keep it up.
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but theres so much diference between 5L and 25L try again with 2 5Lbottles (not nice looking ) and see if that stops it turtling, if nto try with another to find the smallest volume that will hold it up. then just find one container that size,

Andother question is do you have a hollow mast if so this will be filling up with water so when you go to bring it up right you will have to counteract the force of the mast full of water. If it is hollow you could fill it with foam to stop it filling with water and add some extra boyancy. (some other helpful person on here could help you with details abou this as I dont know what is best)

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inlatable mast head floats.
go here....

http://www.crewsaver.co.uk/Crewsaver/Industrial_Commercial_Products/index.html?catid=46

job done!

Edit by Mark to make the link work


Edited by Mark Jardine - 23 May 12 at 5:03pm
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Originally posted by flyermatt

I have a bell flyer and when turtled it is a nightmare to rite, what do ppl think of the idea of attaching a inflated 25litre gul dry bag to the top of the mast as an ecconimic mast float?? any other ideas?? want to sail it single handed but its takin two people to right it at the moment.


matt!



ping pong balls in mast and try to seal your mast are other ideas often suggested on here.
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Inflatable mast floats or closed cell foam cut to fit the top of the mast work well.
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