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    Default Pool noodles

    Back in the day, 4" solid pool noodles were a dime a dozen. Now they seem to have all but disappeared. The originals happen to work exceptionally well as flotation under the gunnels in my Sea Pearl. Now they all seem to have holes in them (decreasing bouancy).

    Amazon wants $20 a pop for water black water aerobics noodles that are just right. Surely there is another source for big foam noodles. Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    Tom

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    We have a Dollar Store here, and I know they sell them for.... $1.00 each.

    Or:

    5 for 13 bucks at Walmart:

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Oodles-of...9YdpUWEQQSrjaM


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    Solid core are still available. 3 for $15. Since you don't intend to swamp for extended periods, I would buy the less expensive hollow core noodles, cut one up and use it to plug the holes in the rest.
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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    I use them over my mooring pennant to keep it from wrapping under the ball when I'm sailing. I use a boat hook rather than a pick-up buoy with wand so I used to float the end with a small pot float tied by light stuff to the eye. This lets me get rid of the clutter of the pick-up alltogether.


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    LOVE NOODLES!!!

    i pick them up on the road to the barn which is a major route to n frum one of our local lakes

    they make great padding when moving furniture & boats

    BUTT, my favorite use is HOME MADE BUMPERS for my dinghy

    the hole is the same size as the new colored/flexible water tubing like they use in RV's

    i cut the tubing a bit longer than the desired bumper length and attach cordage to both ends for hanging purposes



    sure kept the dinghy wales off my trawler topsides



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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Check in with the life guards at the local cement pond for old noodles. Cut off the parts that have been chewed or otherwise mangled by young sea nymphs. Slit them along one edge and use them as fenders along companion bulkheads.

    Joe

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    You can check and see if Academy has any jumbo noodles on clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coreywms View Post
    You can check and see if Academy has any jumbo noodles on clearance.

    Ok. I'll keep my eyes open. And welcome to the forum!

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Thanks, where are you located in TX.

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Forget noodles. Poor shape for packing. Sheet is easier to use to fill volumes.

    Having said that, cylinders (noodles) go for ~$21/cubic foot here: EDIT $44 oops.
    http://www.foambymail.com/PE2C/polye...cylinders.html

    Sheet material, 1.2lb should be like the packing foam, also $21 per cu.ft.:
    http://www.foambymail.com/polyethylene-foam.html

    Minicell is much finer and tougher, but 3 times the price per cubic foot. NRS has adhesives and other useful stuff
    https://www.nrs.com/product/2076/minicell-foam
    Last edited by MN Dave; 10-17-2017 at 01:36 AM.
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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Quote Originally Posted by coreywms View Post
    Thanks, where are you located in TX.
    I'm in Austin (for as long as I can afford it....) You?

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Thanks Dave. That stuff is pricey.

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    Default Re: Pool noodles

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    I'm in Austin (for as long as I can afford it....) You?
    I'm north of Dallas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Thanks Dave. That stuff is pricey.
    It's all pricey. Do the math on the noodles.
    Walmart 2.5" with 1" hollow, 5 each, 52" gives you 0.62 cubic feet for $15.28 comes to $24 per cubic foot.
    The 3 pack of solid 2.5" x 60" comes to $29/cu ft
    Then check my lousy math on my previous post where the round ones were more like $44 than $21. The $21 flat sheet price was right for 1.2 and 1.7lb material.

    If you want inexpensive foam, EPS insulation is messy, but cheap. XPS is not so messy and not a lot more cost. This is the one place where Gorilla Glue is as strong as the material.
    Last edited by MN Dave; 10-17-2017 at 01:39 AM.
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