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||Posted: June 11 2007,05:17
Pool noodles may be a very inexpensive addition to your safety equipment. We've all heard that if you store, say five noodles in your hold that will float a kayak. I always wondered if that was true.
So I ran the numbers.
Based on an average length of 58 inches, diameter of 2.5 inches and a half inch hole I came up with 1092.72 cubic inches, displacing 0.036127 lbs of water per cubic inch.
Total: 39.48 lbs of buoyancy per noodle. Five noodles would displace 197 lbs. Actually the old advice isn't all that far off, but I have a few questions:
1. Are the noodles made of closed cell foam? All of em? How could you examine or test them to be sure?
2. Distribution: seems important to distribute them fore and aft to balance the kayak if you take on water. Also I wonder how low you'd ride in the water if you used this method? And how would that affect handling?
All told using em is better than nothing and could easily save your life. Truth is we don't think about what it'd be like to have to lose our kayak and gear and have to swim to shore.
Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 11 2007,05:27
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