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Old 01-19-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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How does your key floater work??

I would expect that most if not all of you use a floater for some or all of your keys you take on or have on your boat to prevent Murphy from disposing of them when your least expecting it. So I went to the Toronto boat show yesterday and as usual some of the insurance companies and other retailers hand out free floaters for your keys. Well this morning going through my loot I pulled out a couple knowing that my old soap bar float was about shot. So I put a new one on, the first, oval one on the left in the picture. I was finished and about to put them away and I thought to myself, I wonder if these things actually will float my keys. So out came the milk pitcher for a test. With 1average size engine key and 5 small padlock, locker and misc. keys on the float I dropped it in the water and, you guessed it, right to the bottom. Next I tried the cut foam key, centre in my picture. One is about 3/8" thick and same thing. Tried two together as pictured and it worked floating about 3/4 under water and 1/4 above but that's fine. Just for comparison I put my old soap bar floater, the one on the right, and it floated 1/2 and 1/2. The point is all floaters are not equal and a extra key or two can make the difference of retrieving or swimming. Have you checked your floater lately???
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:33 PM   #2
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Of course! And my family ridiculed me. I even got one of those self inflating ones in my stocking the following Christmas.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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I use on of these, after the clip on my old one broke I tried it out......it worked!
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:47 PM   #5
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Just when you though you heard about every interesting question asked... Someone takes it up a notch!

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kinda like a keyless boat..no real need for starting, neat new locks for entry, etc...kinda like cars have evolved....

keys are destined to be lost or sink...
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Now I have to tell a story on my dad. Back in the seventies we ended up with a bunch of toilet floats in the store. You know, that big plastic ball in your toilet at home. As you can imagine they don't sell well in a marine store. My dad took some brass screw eyes and bead chain and made key floats out of them. Damn if they didn't sell.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:20 PM   #8
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... Back in the seventies we ended up with a bunch of toilet floats in the store. My dad took some brass screw eyes and bead chain and made key floats out of them. Damn if they didn't sell.
You`d need big pockets.
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Deep pockets...............
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:29 PM   #10
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So is that a floating keychain in your pocket or are you glad to see me?
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We have the Davis inflatables on all our key sets, particularly those that will have any exposure to the boat environment. 2 of these units have been grandchild tested & worked well. In all fairness, the key sets were rescued pretty quickly. One in a fairly deep creek, one in a toilet bowl (prior to the flush).
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What makes those Davis things inflate? I would guess there is a chemical that reacts with water and gives off a gas.
Baking soda and a powdered acid?
Anybody taken one apart?
How fast do they inflate?
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What makes those Davis things inflate? I would guess there is a chemical that reacts with water and gives off a gas.
Baking soda and a powdered acid?
Anybody taken one apart?
How fast do they inflate?
A tablet inside and yes it works......
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Alka Seltzer Tablet, of course!

Reminds me of another story. Oh be quiet, you love them.
Back in the 1950's someone tried to market a combination rain jacket / inflatable life jacket. The jacket had a zippered pocket on the inside where you put a little plastic bag of white powder. (insert cocaine joke here) The plastic bag would melt when wet and the powder inside would react and inflate the jacket. My dad decided to use me as a crash test dummy. He had me put on the jacket fully clothed and jump into a swimming pool. After several minutes of treading water, I felt a tingling where the chem packet was and it got cold at that spot. Slowly the jacket inflated. If I didn't know how to swim, it might have helped in recovering my body.

Have I told you the ones about the Rescue Frisbee or the Damage Control Umbrella?
I'll save those for another time.
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Have I told you the ones about the Rescue Frisbee or the Damage Control Umbrella? I'll save those for another time.
Oh c'mon, just two more!
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A tablet inside and yes it works......
Hmmm ... hardly, with tide or current that key would be far way and hard to locate in choppy waters. The deeper the water the worse it gets.

Thanks for posting ... I have had contemplated buying it ... not anymore.
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Oliver, you're close enough that I'll tell you the stories in person one of these days.
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Oliver, you're close enough that I'll tell you the stories in person one of these days.
Fair enough. I gotta grab my dad one day and head over, one of these days, one of them.
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Now I have to tell a story on my dad. Back in the seventies we ended up with a bunch of toilet floats in the store. You know, that big plastic ball in your toilet at home. As you can imagine they don't sell well in a marine store. My dad took some brass screw eyes and bead chain and made key floats out of them. Damn if they didn't sell.
Damned ingenious of your dad!
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I have one or two keys that we use regularly, on one of the long foam floaties, one for each key to keep the weight down. I change the floatie out about every other boat show or marine event.

Everything else (car/house keys, etc.), is locked away in a Pelican Case and stowed until we're back firmly on dry land.
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