Hand made pole floats

TrickyD

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Put in an order for some floats, but my question is, with a limited selection of body shapes and materials to make them from, what makes one persons float better than another, is it just the finish ?
 

Neil ofthe nene

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Design not limited if you have a CNC lathe. Dean of DT floats uses one. He can then turn out any shape he likes and in quick succession.

Body material can be foam or balsa Stem can be carbon, cane, glass, wire and bristle hollow or solid and various thicknesses. By the time you account for all variations in those you will have hundreds of combinations before considering body shape.

Although not hand made I have never seen a float anywhere similar to the BGT Blood and I only one float similar to the BeeDee.

I think someone's assessment of which is "best" comes down to their personal experience and what they want to believe.
 

Ken the Pacman

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All pole floats are hand made the term was originally coined when people started making floats at home mostly by assembling the various components and painting or varnishing them......A better term would have been home made but that does not sound as special :LOL:
 

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All pole floats are hand made the term was originally coined when people started making floats at home mostly by assembling the various components and painting or varnishing them......A better term would have been home made but that does not sound as special :LOL:
A bit like shoes, people think they are getting a good deal if they buy "hand made " shoes for £100 a pair, but try buying bespoke shoes for less than £500. Looking online, you can buy bodies of foam or balsa, carbon,nylon,cane or wire tips and stems, so unless ,as Neil says, you turn your own bodies, then there is not much between floats apart from build quality/finish. I ordered some SRG floats.
 

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Build strength and quality of finish clearly separates hand made pole floats from mass manufactured. What separates individual hand-makers is more subtle.

There is actually a lot of choice of material: grade and weight of stem, density of foam/balsa, tip material etc, and of course there is an infinite amount of body shape to be considered. Specialist makers have spent time sourcing and testing different materials, and have far more available to them than the average DIY enthusiast.

So, I think the difference that separates float making specialists, is how they combine the different elements to achieve their own individual ideal of perfect balance and trim.
 
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