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here's a lil story, ive owned my sanger for about five years now. i run it about 10 times a year maybe more if the weather right or someone wants a ride. well, ive always noticed these lil packing peanuts/popcorn come out from somewhere everytime ive taken it out. so, I changed my steering set up from a rotary to a rack set up and im looking around under the bow and find a few more of these nuts/corn. i decide to pull the upolstery panel off from under the bow & WALLAH! the whole bow was filled with these things. it looked as if i ran a packaging company under there.
i also found a lil water. these use to be in 2x3 ft. bags that have deteriorated & letting this stuff loose all up under there.
i pulled every single piece out & restuffed them back into trash compactor bags and stuff them back under the bow.now that leads me to my question, whats under your bow? do you think that these would actully help your boat float from sinking? or just keep the bow eye up making it easier for the vessel recovery team? ive seen the mythbusters episode with the ping pong balls & had that runnin thru my mind when i did the clean up.lol!
 

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Seen everything from styrefoam popcorn , inner tubes ,flat green "beach balls" "blow in constuction foam" and recently a live cat ;) Gunslingers, Rogers had the remains of thousands of foam BB's etc etc floatation as you suggested or thought is the key ! these boats had testing standards (sinking swamping etc) the manufacturers had to submit to for the various length and size mine has "air" :D
Tom
btw took days but we caught the cat
 

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The best one I ever saw was in the mid 90's, we had a guy bring this boat in and said it would not run a good speed and turned terrible, we bring the boat in and we checked literally everything, 454, Berkekley, it seemed to run pretty good, had a newer A impeller with a homemade stuffer, really pretty nice.

So we decide to bring it to the water and do some testing, get the boat off the trailer and noticed the nose of the bow is only like 6" above the water level (18' low profile), I was blown away, so we decide to pull the kick panel that was bolted to the bulk head to see WTF.

Under the deck was a 460 Ford short block and three rusty old cylinder heads, along with a bunch of other marine related parts. It seems the guy bought the boat from an auction yard and it did not have an engine in it when he bought it (well so he thought)..To this day cannot figure out how they got all that junk in there. (BBF's are heavy)

Once we got all of the crap out of the bow, the boat hauled ass....:)devil

BTW the BBF was cracked in three places.:)sphss

GT :)hand
 

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I have a 10 gal fuel tank and a set of speakers in there.
I am curious, would the boat handling improve if replaced the bow tank with two side bullet tanks closer to the transom? In that case, the bow would become a nice storage area.

Other than that, the bow looks empty.



The flotation stuff is not gonna save you from the bottom (most important) part sinking.
 

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Seen everything from styrefoam popcorn , inner tubes ,flat green "beach balls" "blow in constuction foam" and recently a live cat ;) Gunslingers, Rogers had the remains of thousands of foam BB's etc etc floatation as you suggested or thought is the key ! these boats had testing standards (sinking swamping etc) the manufacturers had to submit to for the various length and size mine has "air" :D
Tom
btw took days but we caught the cat
I still have to get that crap out of there Tom. I can only imagine how annoying it would be on the water with all those little bb's flying around. LOL:D
 

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The flotation stuff is not gonna save you from the bottom (most important) part sinking.
so i take it, that stuff will not make it float bow up above water ?
i just pictured it being like a lil iceberg with the bow eye just above water to save her. lol!
 

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Under the deck was a 460 Ford short block and three rusty old cylinder heads, along with a bunch of other marine related parts.

I think that is great, my buddy keeps telling me his lightweight boat is going to smoke me :D and now I think that I found a place to stash that spare engine block. :D:D
 
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