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    My wife is wanting to get one of those 12x18 floating foam pads that everyone is using now. I balk at the extreme price of them, about $600-$1000 dollars.. for foam. Surely this foam is used in some other type of commercial application and is super cheap by the cubic yard. Is this something made specifically for boating where they can charge obscene prices, or does it have a more common name or is otherwise used for something commercial and could be super cheap?
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  • #2
    material specific to the market they are in.

    the lilly pad brand 18' is $490 (12' is $425) on their site, cheaper at places like Target
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    • #3
      See, I think thats still too expensive. I can buy a whole used boat engine for $490, I'm not going to buy a piece of foam for that. To me, that's just insane. Looks to be around $80-$150 tops for something like a piece of foam that is super easy to make.
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      1991 Kawasaki 550SX
      1990 Kawasaki 650SX
      Two Kayaks, 1 tandem, one single
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      • #4
        boating is an expensive hobby. infact BOAT is an acronym for Break Out Another Thousand

        I personally wouldnt trust a motor for under what a good set of gaskets costs.
        1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

        Past Boats
        1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
        2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
        1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

        What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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        • #5
          Going off topic here, but boating isn't that expensive when you do your own maintenance and take care of your things. Accidents happen, but if you maintain your equipment and don't rely on dealers or super expensive markups on "boating" equipment that has the automotive equivalent, it can be done on the cheap and safe.

          At any rate, until prices go down on the foam, I'll not be a buyer. I'll continue to use inflatables that work almost as well and take a whole 2 minutes longer to get out on the water.
          1998 Wellcraft Eclipse 2000 SS (5.7 VP/SX-C1)
          1991 Kawasaki 550SX
          1990 Kawasaki 650SX
          Two Kayaks, 1 tandem, one single
          ISO another standup

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          • #6
            Funny, my wife and I have been seeing those things rolled up on passing boats. We were wondering what the heck they were and how they were used. We figured some sort of flotation device, but we thought that would be dangerous if it were to wrap around you. Thinking like the bubble wrap solar cover on our pool. There are warnings on how someone can drown if they get tangled in it. So, enlighten me....how are these things used?

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            • #7
              joe, a pic is worth a thousand

              taken from the Target web site


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              Past Boats
              1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
              2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
              1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

              What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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              • #8
                I'd prefer individual foam pads. That way when someone wet-farts one, you can still get away.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
                  joe, a pic is worth a thousand

                  taken from the Target web site

                  Thanks for the picture!
                  Seems to me, for the price of those things, just buy a boat!

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                  • #10
                    you cant roll the boat up, strap to the front of the pontoon and move to another location and unroll it though
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                    Past Boats
                    1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                    2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
                    1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                    What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                    • #11
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                      Ha! A roll-up boat!

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