Thinking about float pods...

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by StumpJumper, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:17 AM.

  1. StumpJumper

    StumpJumper Refuge Member

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    1542 alumacraft with a 25 yami four stroke. I'm going to add a cmc trim unit to it.

    Are float pods worth the hassle? They seem a little expensive for what they are. Would a fab shop be able to make the, cheaper? If not, which ones should I buy?
     
  2. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    I got the medium sized ones from cabelas on my 1542 modv. When i upsized my longtail motor the stern was riding low. It definitely helped offset the extra weight and they make for a easy step in/out of boat. Make sure you install them at the correct angle/rise and if you don't know how to weld aluminum, get some help or hire it out...it's very easy to burn thru the hull and then you'll be chasing pinhole leaks and it can be a PITA. 20170422_194537.jpg
     
  3. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I have a fab shop, and weld these things on. I can't make them for what you will pay a mass producer. :no
    Only way I can fab them up and make it pay for the customer is if they have to have something special; something not available in standard sizes or configurations.
     
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  4. chuam

    chuam Elite Refuge Member

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    I put them on my boat after adding a 40hp 4-stroke that weighed significantly more than the 25hp 2-stroke we had on. It made the boat float flat, was a great way to get both myself and the dog into the boat and definitely helped us get into skinnier water. I had mine fabricated by Boyd's welding but it sounds like they don't make them anymore. I think beavertail pods are the best you can get pre-fabbed. If you're going to get them you should definitely be looking at getting a jackplate as well.

    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/mounting-float-pods-question.868177/

    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/pods.965827/

    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/beavertail-pods.889051/#post-9090693

    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/floatation-pods.932754/#post-9622634

    http://www.refugeforums.com/threads/boat-pods-which-ones.919957/

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  5. grnhd

    grnhd Elite Refuge Member

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    They're worth the hassle. Do it.
     
  6. Okie Fowler

    Okie Fowler Senior Refuge Member

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    I have run Beavertail flotation pods on a couple of boats, and now have Phowler's flotation pods on my Phowler Exteme. I really like them and appreciate that you can use them as a step to get into the boat.

    Be careful with the Beavertail pods, though, I have split the welds on them. I don't think they are MIG/TIG welded like you see in most marine fab'd stuff. Looks like they are diffusion bonded instead. I had all the seams TIG welded because they were starting to crack. The Phowler pods are solid, no problems with them.

    Like already stated, if done properly, you will like the flotation pods.
     
  7. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    You can bet they are not DB'd. If they were, you could buy a new F350 Dually for what they would have cost you. Maybe several of them.....

    More likely is that they were GMAW'd, then the beads were dressed down because of unsightly welds. This removed the weld's reinforcement and left them weaker than they needed to be. I hope you had the welder leave the pretty beads in the as-welded condition?
     
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