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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:13:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do these floating keychains really work? I'm afraid to test them - what if they don't work?!
-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

Homeport: Chalfont, Pennsylvania

In the know

RO# 20824

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:25:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This thread gets my un-official nomination for the YTD 2008 dumbest thread.



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Perry

RO# 3836



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:27:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2nd

pull...



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concorde mike

RO# 28718

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:31:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It may be a dumb thread but floating key chains have saved my a$$ quite a few times.

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psugar

RO# 8116

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:34:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, take the train from your house into Phila. Go to the 30th Street station public toliets. Throw the floating key chain into the dirtiest toilet you can find.

If it floats no problem pick it out, if it doesn't feel around the bottom of the bowl for it.



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MichaelNJ

RO# 14778

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:35:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They float as long as you don't put too many keys on them. Why don;t you put yours in a pail of water and test it?

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OBX Boater

RO# 5301



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:37:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,
You could put together a ring of old keys or something of similar weight and do test series. You might want to take a look at how long it will float, how high it rides in the water, how visible, etc. Be sure to post your findings for us.



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Robski97

RO# 7334

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:48:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The inflatable key chain sunk with only 2 keys on it .... it did deploy ... then sunk...



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WALSHIE

RO# 2124



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:53:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob - here's your sign.



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WaxedElvis

RO# 20940



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  14:59:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If this is a real question, I suspect it isn't, you should not own a boat.


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Silverton_34

RO# 23572

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  15:05:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,
Rather than taking a chance of losing a key to yuor boat, put your house key on it and throw it over the side. At least if it doesn't float you can still get into your boat.



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Brian N

RO# 3970



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  15:19:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, you are a heck of a fisherman, I'll give you that.



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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:04:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was just day dreaming today and noticed the keychains I scored at the AC boat show, and wondered if anyone had any real world experience with them. Do you have them on your boat keys only, or do you put one of those floaty thingies on your house and car keys too? Does that make you a showoff, like, "look at me, I own a boat", when walking around with your house/car keys on one of those floaty thingies? I wouldn't want to look too presumptuious.

-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

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Grady Wahoo

RO# 16408

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:10:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I was just day dreaming today and noticed the keychains I scored at the AC boat show, and wondered if anyone had any real world experience with them. Do you have them on your boat keys only, or do you put one of those floaty thingies on your house and car keys too? Does that make you a showoff, like, "look at me, I own a boat", when walking around with your house/car keys on one of those floaty thingies? I wouldn't want to look too presumptuious.



A showoff? I guess it would depend on the audience...


Mike
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Boater_Dave

RO# 29093

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:13:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From experience, a black bobber isn't the best color for trying to find lost keys. Being paranoid one day, I put my keys in my pocket at the cove to swim and (of course) they fell out. Well, a black bobber bobbing around with a ton of beer bottles bobbing around and I couldn't find them. I went back to the boat to figure something out and a water patrolman came over and asked if these keys were mine. Now I have a yellow and orange together so it's easy to spot. I have one I clip to my car key when I'm on a dock.


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Sandy

RO# 1159

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:42:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Multiple floats on the chain are a really good idea , and for that matter replacing the chain with a non-rusting split ring or crimped cable,etc, is much better. My key chains would often fall apart (onboard luckily) and though I never tested the set of keys with 1 float I did try the multipurpose deck-fill key with one float and it immediately started to sink like a rock. 2 large foam key floats worked OK in salt water. I bet there are a lot of full sets of keys or especially deck keys with single floats lying on the bottom of a lot of harbors' marinas and gas docks.

Sandy

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Flutterby

RO# 14378

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:48:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use three: one, bright orange, is for the dock and shower access, and the dock box; two, red/orange, is for the boat ignition and the dock box back up key; three, is the car and house key I use when I go to the boat. It is black/yellow. Never take keys to your boat that really aren't going to use while there, such as storage shed at home and work keys.

I've never lost any keys overboard, but I did lose a $700 pair of RX sunglasses that were only one month old! I had a stringy thing for them, which did not prevent the sinking. Now I use a black/teal floaty designed for glasses. It really works; I've tested them!



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KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:54:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If they are the ones that snap in two so you can put your registration in it, my experience is they don't work worth a damn for either purpose. My ignitions are inside the boat so it's not an issue. My deck fitting key is on a float that was attached to the zipper on a foul weather jacket I bought some time ago. I believe it is made out of the same stuff a lifejacket is made from then coated in orange. It works very well. I know.

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Capt. Bill1

RO# 2017

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  16:59:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here ya go:



"The ultimate key fob for boaters! When keys fall in the water, Key Buoy self-inflating key ring opens up, releasing an air tube which inflates automatically. Within 30 seconds, your keys rise to the surface, and the 14" inflated tube extends above the water, allowing you to reach over and pick them up.
Strong enough for items weighing up to 4.2 ounces such as keys, small tools, deck plate keys. Suitable for single use only, so keep a spare on hand!"



Now you won't look "presumptuious" till after you drop them in the water.




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Fco_Sanchez

RO# 2836

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  17:06:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Do these floating keychains really work? "

You just asked a very complicated question.

Are you in freshwater or Sea Water? What is the water temperature in your area? Weight of your keys? Air Temperature?



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Robski97

RO# 7334

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  17:08:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yea thats it ... provides 4 oz of bouyancy my ass... two keys GONE.... Didnt help i was throwin them at my wife from the dink..... Shes a better catch but was having a off nite... ALCOHOL...

Thing went off... then SUNK!!!!!!

I was pissed... I spilled my drink on the throw.... it was perfect..


Rob


2006 44 Sundancer

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Harlan

RO# 15327



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  17:17:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They work so well you can put one in your pocket and throw the PFD's away.

First they told them - "you don't need your guns, then they told them, get on the train".

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Roy

RO# 114

Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  21:39:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just be careful about floating key rings. I put mine in my swim suit pocket one day, jumped into the water, and was surprised (and fortunate) to see my keys floating away.



"Livin' life in the laid back lane" - Sunny Jim

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Britanic

RO# 27562



Posted - Feb 14 2008 :  22:07:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Is that a Key Buoy in your pocket or..."


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Skeetobite

RO# 23118

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  07:38:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WARNING


The following items DO NOT make good floating key chains. These items have been extensively tested in a salt water environment for a period of at least 12 months. Note that during testing not a single one of these items was able to return to the surface of the water on their own.

















America... A hole in the map I throw money into.

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Veebyes

RO# 11224

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  07:49:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Must be a slow day here.


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Double D

RO# 10727

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  08:17:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These two items have also been tested.....and DO NOT return to the surface.







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Edited by - Double D on Feb 15 2008 08:22:58

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Thompson gunr

RO# 27420

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  09:07:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was at the dock about 3 years ago when another boater slipped while walking to his boat and went over the side of the dock. At the time he was carrying a LARGE toolbox! I watched as he disappeared under the water. He was under for some period of time(about 10 seconds) and he popped to the surface. (I was running down the dock stripping off my shirt about to jump in when he surfaced.) After talking with the guy he said he did not want to let go of the box because he had a lot of valuable tools in it. He was walking along the bottom trying to walk the box to shore. Unfortunately, he got disoriented and was walking the wrong way. Luckily my friend had his scuba gear on board and was able to recover the box. After getting the box onto the dock the guy remembered that he was also carrying his keys in his other hand. It took 40 minutes to find them. Must have been 25 keys on that ring plus a bottle opener etc! Even with the floaty thing it sunk into the silt on the bottom. Taught me my lesson. I only carry my boat essential keys on my "Hooters" floating key fob. I love having a Hooters right on the water! They have the best floaties!

;-)



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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  09:26:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thompson gunr

I love having a Hooters right on the water! They have the best floaties!
;-)


I can only imagine what the Hooters floating keychain is shaped like!


-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

Homeport: Chalfont, Pennsylvania Go to Top of Page

defboat

RO# 9541

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  10:40:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OBX Boater

Bob,
You could put together a ring of old keys or something of similar weight and do test series. You might want to take a look at how long it will float, how high it rides in the water, how visible, etc. Be sure to post your findings for us.









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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  10:50:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if the floaty thingies work in jello?

-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

Homeport: Chalfont, Pennsylvania Go to Top of Page

Flutterby

RO# 14378

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  11:10:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I watched a guy tied up at the dock one Saturday. He sent his ten year old boy to the car to get something while the other two boys were fishing. It was a two inch ring loaded with a zillion keys and no floatie. That wouldn't have done any good anyway. As the kid returned, he casually tossed the key ring towards his dad and it fell short between the dock and boat. The father jumped in, dove to the bottom and came back with the keys on the first try! [The bottom in the Delta is 3-4 feet of muck.] I told the guy he should go buy a Lottery ticket, 'cause that was the luckiest day of his life!


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Surfer

RO# 12580

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  12:05:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I wonder if the floaty thingies work in jello?


just keep on fishin', Bob.
Oh, how far down this road are you planning on taking Boater Ed, anyway?

someone get the hook. Or a large net.
Buzz



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KiDa

RO# 16492



Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  12:23:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I wonder if the floaty thingies work in jello?



Your first question was legitimate. Now you are just being a Dick, Bob.


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David
Saint Max
'99 330 Sundancer

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-- Me

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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  12:24:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
????

Why is it that when someone else posts a "funny", it gets laughed at, but when I do it, I'm a "troll" or I'm "fishing", or I'm putting out "bait"???

Whatever.


-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

Homeport: Chalfont, Pennsylvania Go to Top of Page

rommer

RO# 12280



Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  12:30:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sometimes the past is hard to overcome grasshopper.



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RamSport47

RO# 28240

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  12:44:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KiDa

quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I wonder if the floaty thingies work in jello?



Your first question was legitimate. Now you are just being a Dick, Bob.



Which one is he...Dick or Bob?



Kenny
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waterskier_69

RO# 5345

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  13:20:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
About 20 years ago with my sister and her then boyfriend, we launched my Dad's boat and he went and parked. When he came back he tossed me the truck keys (no floaty) while I was standing in about a foot of murky lake water. You can guess the rest. It took all 3 of us an hour of fumbling around to find them. At least back then there was no remote key fob to be ruined.



Work sucks, I'm going skiing...Chris

Edited by - waterskier_69 on Feb 15 2008 13:20:52

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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  13:34:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's getting to the point, with all the car fobs, HID proximity thingy for work, supermarket and video store and gym keychain ID cards, and floaties, I can't even fit my keys in my pocket any more!

-Bob-
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"Annabo": 2005 Larson Senza 206 w/5.0L Bravo III

Homeport: Chalfont, Pennsylvania Go to Top of Page

psalzer

RO# 4570



Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  13:37:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, go and have a NEW set of keys made for your boat, then take the old keys and the "floaty thingy" to the end of the dock and throw them the water, then you will have your answer, and if they don't float, you have a brand new set of keys.

Pete

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Live2Dive

RO# 13471



Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  15:30:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


I don't think this guy floated very well either. He needed one of "those floatie things"


Mark

Carver 530 Voyager
"Turtle Time"
Blazer Bay 1960
"But my chart plotter says the rock is over there..."


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Live2Dive

RO# 13471



Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  15:32:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's a Jimmy thing...

Mark

Carver 530 Voyager
"Turtle Time"
Blazer Bay 1960
"But my chart plotter says the rock is over there..."


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Capt. Bill1

RO# 2017

Posted - Feb 15 2008 :  21:58:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"I can only imagine what the Hooters floating keychain is shaped like!"

Sadly:



That's it.



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Capt. Art

RO# 25924

Posted - Feb 16 2008 :  09:16:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks all this was really a very funny thread.


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