View Poll Results: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

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Thread: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

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    Default Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I was taking the 17' bowrider up to the place the kids are renting for 2 weeks so they'd have a boat to use. I launched about 10 miles away* & took it up by myself. I peeked above the windshield @ about 20 MPH & off it went. I dropped the revs, circled back around, saw it & headed for it. It was a ways - maybe 500 ft. but by the time I got to it it was about 2 ft down & sinking. No boat hook on that boat & I wasn't about to dive for it with no one in the boat & 15MPH wind. I'll admit the hat was fairly well used - but no rips or tears - so quite new by my standards! At least I have a Center for Wooden Boats hat to use.

    * Boat ramps - for some strange reason - tend to fill up on the 4th of July weekend. Whoda thunkit? I ended up launching at a muddy canoe launch - which worked fine for launching, but I sure wouldn't try to haul it there. Lost the license plate somewhere along the ways too. Seems some moron forgot to tighten the bolts when he put it on.
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    It should sink very slowly

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    Only if its made from lignum vitae.


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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Dumb question
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    We all know I'm good at dumb questions!

    I'm a bit slimmer than that...
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Now if you'd had your WoodenBoat boathook (that's designed to float upright!), you'd have had no problem picking up your WoodenBoat hat. Perhaps we should all get together and encourage the WoodenBoat Store to carry WoodenBoat hat floats, shaped like tiny lobster buoys, in a suitably wide selection of colors, of course...

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    I couldn't find a price, but it doesn't look comfortable.



    Besides, there are a lot of wooden boats that don't float, either.
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I've got two wide brim Wooden Boat hats that float. One even has a chin strap.
    I've also got about 6 of the baseball cap style.
    Luckily, I haven't lost one yet.
    That said, I rarely go screaming about at the ungodly speed of 20mph!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I put foam tucked into the inner band of the Quaker Marine Atlantic Roll-Up you can see on my pic here. I also add a functional chin band.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I've come across a couple of sailing hats on the water. One of them I was able to return to the owner.
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    My favorite kayaking hat was a straw hat from the hardware store. Those heavy canvas hats don’t do it for me.

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    If it doesn't, you should get your money back. What does WB Management think this is, some kind'a apres-boat outfit, just sitting around the YC yacking about boats? Our local Experimental Aircraft Assoc Chapter's slogan is "We FLY our airplanes".

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Dumb question
    I am so impressed! One of the best, ever, I think. Which may say too much?

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    Putting floating hats aside for a moment, I contend that all winch handles on sailboats should be capable of floating!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.
    Skiing is the next best thing to having wings.

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    African or European?

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    Picking up anything, most commonly caps, was a standard man overboard drill for us. Must be a hundred or so.
    We never lost any though because lanyard. Random thought, The LPBC must have 20,000 miles or so at sea...who knows..a few anyway, it survives.

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    There is an advantage in saltwater in that caps sink slower than in fresh, if at all.


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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I pick up hats like that on beach walks all the time. Terrible design. Fly off your head if you look up at the sky every time.
    A society predicated on the assumption that everyone in it should want to get rich is not well situated to become either ethical or imaginative.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    If it doesn't, you should get your money back. What does WB Management think this is, some kind'a apres-boat outfit, just sitting around the YC yacking about boats? Our local Experimental Aircraft Assoc Chapter's slogan is "We FLY our airplanes".
    No, most certainly not sitting around the YC yacking {sic} about boats. It is for sitting in front of your keyboard, pontificating.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I loose hats all the time sailing my dinghy………. my 'wooden boat hat' is only worn on land…...

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I loose hats all the time sailing my dinghy………. my 'wooden boat hat' is only worn on land…...
    Of course you’d lose your hat if it were loose. Tighten that thing up!

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    This one also floats.. Assisted by Drua
    20190905_151158.jpg

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    As much as I love my WB ball cap, on the water I stick with a full brimmed hat. I've had enough skin damage for one lifetime, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Hazard View Post
    As much as I love my WB ball cap, on the water I stick with a full brimmed hat. I've had enough skin damage for one lifetime, thank you.
    I had cancer on the top of both ears. I also wear a full brimmed hat on the boat.
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    My floppy sailing hat has a piece of foam in the crown. I should help it float (lesson learned from losing the last one) and it does help a bit if I misjudge the boom (lesson still not well learned).

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    'zact same color & general condition. Hmmm... how'd it get over to your part of the world so quickly?

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    This one also floats.. Assisted by Drua
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Buy a Tilly.
    basil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    'zact same color & general condition. Hmmm... how'd it get over to your part of the world so quickly?
    Handed to me by a WBeffer in,in...early 19 it must be.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    keeps yer cap on and yers ears and neck outta the sun

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Depends on what wood it is made from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    My favorite kayaking hat was a straw hat from the hardware store. Those heavy canvas hats don’t do it for me.
    Tilley hats come in a lighter weight fabric now, with ventilation, too. And the top of he crown has a thin piece of closed cell foam that insulates from the sun and helps the hat float. They call it the Airflow. Highly recommended.

    I like Wiz’s solution, too.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    As a practical matter, how would we change the hat in order to prevent it sinking (without it becoming a plastic Trucker's Hat)?

    My Lucky Racing Hat is a bucket from a local clam shack, I think there must be foam sewn into the brim or something because it's been overboard a dozen times and it keeps on coming back. (twice it's been picked up by other boats and handed to me at the after-party)
    What color are their hands now?

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    I could glue ping-pong balls around the circumference of the hat. Wouldn't look goofy at all!

    Or Rob's idea above - hang some floaty lobster type ornaments off it.

    One of the things I like about the WB hat is that it fits fairly flush on my head - so Ian's idea of foam defeats that to an extent. While I get that Tilley hats offer great protection, I've never cared for the wide brim all the way 'round the hat. Life is so complicated!
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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    Actually, I think what makes a ball cap sink is the plastic bill stiffener. Change that to one made of polypropylene and it might just float.

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    Default Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    A couple of times on Dalia we went back to fetch a hat that blew off. Once we were going wing-and-wing in a 25 knot breeze, but the hat floated so it was retrieved. To me they were great opportunities to practice MOB drill. We would toss the doughnut and flag and everything.

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