Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by 4tortuga, Jan 10, 2013.
Which ones do you like and why?
I've used the Big Mouth 70' from Salamander for the last few years. Consider how quickly you can repack it, so test them out before you buy.
Mine is from NRS. On each of my boats. Very satisfied, simple and even the kids can use them.
I have a bunch of them and the problem with any throw bag is that it takes regular practice to become effective. I've taken numerous water safety classes and the funniest part is watching all of us experienced boaters trying to throw the stupid things.
Then, a few years ago, I ran into a new type at a tradeshow. First time I threw it, it was deadly accurate. They said their tests showed even 8 year olds could use it effectively and I believe that, at least compared to normal ones. I bought one for a friend's cataraft who I knew was unlikely to train with a regular one and I wish I'd bought one for me so I'll probably get one too.
It's made by the Fox 40 Whistle company and is called the Fox 40 Water Safety Throw. It's a bright yellow hard plastic torpedo-looking thing with a handle you hold to toss it. It looks strange and almost toy-like but it was very easy to throw - and re-throw if you missed as the plastic torpedo weight provided enough mass to get it out there again quickly.
I teach safe power boating classes through USsailing and have the same problem that Freestone has. You have to practice with these things. Better yet, go through an entire capsize drill.
Freestone, that Fox throw bag looks good & well priced, but how do you stuff the rope back in it once used? Easy?
Robert, it is very easy to stuff back in but the beauty of it is that it can be re-thrown very easily without re-stuffing.
It is great to have on board for passengers to use so you can still row. It is especially great if you are the one in the water that they are trying to rescue! It reminds me of the old avalanche beacon joke about giving the easiest to use one to your buddy so he/she can save your butt!
Thanks Freestone looks like a pretty cool design. I too was wondering how easy it is to stuff. Nice that you can re-throw without re-stuffing. Just put in an order
Thanks, Sue. Nice tip.
+1 Thanks! I needed to get one of these, and I'll take your recommendation!
Whoa! I'll have to reconsider. I went to the site, and they want $14.41 for shipping!!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! $35 isn't too bad for the throw bag, but $14.41 for shipping....that's too much!
There must be some place where I can get one without supporting a rip-off shipping charge.
OK, I found some called "Fox 40's" on Amazon for much less. don't know if they're the same thing Freestone linked to, but the price is looking better. On sale now, one with 50 feet of rope is about $18.89 and shipping is $6.99 for a total of only $25.88. A similar one with 90' of rope totals out at about $35 including the shipping. that's much more like it.
I don't paddle whitewater, but I think a throw bag might be good to have along on any float.
Throw bags suck. Hate them. Yup, practice, practice, practice! I heard about the Fox ones, my throw bags are getting damned old and need to start replacing then.
I always thought a spear gun would be way to go. Just make sure you shoot for a non vital. Guaranteed if you hit them they won't get away. Lol
The Throw Bag is a conventional throw bag; not the same as the Fox 40 Water Safety Throw Sue posted the link to.
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Thanks. I think I'm going to follow Jerry's advice and see if I can't find my old spear gun.
So far, 95% of my paddling has been solo, on flat and/or slow moving water, with no one else around. I don't kayak whitewater. I float some rivers with friends, usually in a drift boat, so I suppose one might come in handy for rescue during a river float.
However, a throw bag would be useless dead weight for me to bring along on my solo estuary and tidal creek paddles, as well as on trout lakes.
Well I bring a throw bag on just about any trip, flat water or otherwise and just use it for my boat rope. I like Jans, sturdy bags and reasonable price. If you can't get good at throwing a regular throw bag with a few practice throws, you might want to rethink being a boater