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By Pete McCarthy (simply_peter) on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 3:41 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Any opinions for or against using waterbed tubes for ballast?

Thanks!

 
By Joe Mama (spoon) on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 3:42 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yeh, they are really groovy, especially when paired with lava-lamp running lights.
 
By alex (98_searay) on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 5:15 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
whatever works! my friend uses a water-bed. its a v-drive so we fill it up and it stays in the middle of the boat.
-alex-

 
By Joey Mantor (jojomantor) on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 5:31 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
hell ya i have a water bed i never thought of that but its a really sweet idea
 
By Paul (psudy) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 6:42 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Pete, I have used the tubes before. It beats paying 150 bucks on a sac. They will spring leaks quite often, but duct tape can fix that.
 
By derek boyer (toyotafreak) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 8:04 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I looked at them a while back for use under the bow cushion area. They're the right diameter, and it looked like two to three could fit on each side. The problems seemed to be: too small to hold any meaningful weight, generally thinner/less durable than sacs, and really not that cheap. Don't want no dang leaks, you know?
 
By sid7 (sid7) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 8:24 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have used a few of them for a couple of years now. They work awesome I use them to put/hide in smaller places in the boat. The wait is actually pretty good. 125lbs per sack.
 
By derek boyer (toyotafreak) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 11:47 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Sid, where'd you get them, how long are they, and do they seem as thick as a regular sack?
 
By Pete McCarthy (simply_peter) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 12:44 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here is one of many places...

http://www.e-waterbeds.com/softside-waterbed-tubes.asp#Free%20Flow%20Tube%20Sets

 
By derek boyer (toyotafreak) on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 1:50 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks Pete. Might also try: http://www.abcwaterbed.com/tubes.htm

Still wondering about sid's experience, though.

 
By Greg Davis (vortech347) on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 7:34 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I used two of them in my ski locker for a couple of years. Never had any problems. The only reason I took them out was the desire for more weight in the locker. I paid about $15 each for them at a waterbed store and they held 10 gallons each. A little over 80lbs each when full.
 
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