How could I secure multiple 2-liter bottles for use as emergency flotation for a homemade skin-on-frame kayak? Answered
I'm working on a Yostwerks-design skin-on-frame kayak, and have seen pictures of inflatable bags that fit in bow and stern for emergency flotation - in case you're swamped, they'll help keep your water-filled boat on the surface.
Part of this project is the joy of spending time making something that I will enjoy.
Part of this project is about not spending a lot of money - I could go out and buy a kayak, but would need several hundred dollars all at once to do so. I can afford to buy individual components: a sheet of plywood, or a plank, or fabric, so can work little by little on building my own.
The specialized flotation bags, while nice, would be an added expense - I'm assuming on the spendy side. But I drink cheap diet soda, and believe I could reuse the bottles as cheap (essentially free to me, since this would otherwise be trash) flotation. It would take lots of these to float a kayak plus any camping gear I might put in it - about 25, I've figured out.
What I can't figure out, though, is how to have 25 empty bottles split between the bow and stern, filling the awkward pointy kayak spaces, and not rolling all around or falling out if I capsize.
So what do you think? How would you go about this? Please let me know what you think. Thanks!