Originally Posted by kikii875
I have added water to my self bailer for lava. I filled the empty front ice chest with water and filled to 5 gallon jugs with water and strapped them to the inside front of the boat. We torpedoed through the V-wave, .................
That's the same idea I had with making a fabric pool for the front of the boat.
Mass is worth something.
The way this could be done to a self-bailer for the Canyon would be to make a fabric 'pool' that would be between the inside of the boat and the frame. Its supported only so high up to limit getting too much water in. This fabric floor could be made of a better tarp material, not the lighter parachute fabrics. It wouldn't have to be absolutely water tight.
Its put in place at Lee's Ferry.
The cams, (or other fastener), are loose and it sags down normally and the floor bails OK.
Until it is snugged up off the inside rail of the frame.
Some nuance is going to be required here. Depending on how any given boat is crammed with gear against the tubes.
It gets hooked up where its functional for 6-8 GC events at the scouting landing.
At the end of a rapid there is still no bailing.
There could be two or three segments to it.
A front pool pre-filled with a remote release. Doing what you did with the cooler in Lava.
A mid section catching water across the flat of the boat ..........
Maybe just skip the rear with all the cargo in that bay.
Sort of a Grand Canyon special without much use elsewhere.
One doesn't need to install it on the John Day anyway.
Although I think I could make this tub double as a boat cover for other rivers. Lowering sun exposure on boat fabric is desirable.