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Old 21 April 2015, 05:17   #1
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Key float

What do you guys do with keys that you need access to on the water and also keys that you only need access to on land?

When I'm on a river and moor up I use a long cable lock to secure the boat to a mooring ring to deter opportunists, so I need access to at least the padlock key. The rest of the keys can stay somewhere safer but I still take the entire bunch with me when I leave the boat and the thought of dropping the lot overboard scares me!

I'm contemplating buying one of these...

Any other thoughts?
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Old 21 April 2015, 05:22   #2
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They'd look quite impressive if you ever carry your keys in your trouser pocket !

I just have one of the foam Yamaha floaty type.
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Old 21 April 2015, 05:23   #3
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I would think it's pretty unusual to need a key on a SIB except in your scenario. If I did I would leave the big bunch in your on-boat storage (in my Pelicase) to avoid any disaster and tie a big cork to the padlock one and tie it to the boat* or on your person.

*obviously not when you leave it....


But knowing how sensible Ribnetters are I doubt you're one of those would be prison guard types like in Porridge with a huge dangling mass of keys on your belt clip...
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I'm contemplating buying one of these...

Any other thoughts?
They start to crumble & break down after a (Short) while
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Old 21 April 2015, 06:28   #5
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They'd look quite impressive if you ever carry your keys in your trouser pocket !
Well I do like to buy things with multiple purposes!
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I would think it's pretty unusual to need a key on a SIB except in your scenario. If I did I would leave the big bunch in your on-boat storage (in my Pelicase) to avoid any disaster and tie a big cork to the padlock one and tie it to the boat* or on your person.

*obviously not when you leave it....


But knowing how sensible Ribnetters are I doubt you're one of those would be prison guard types like in Porridge with a huge dangling mass of keys on your belt clip...
haha, I do have a huge amount of keys for the boat,
outboard lock, trailer wheel clamp, trailer hitch lock, cable lock, car key, house key etc.

I normally wear waders so I can leave the big bunch inside my waders and be quite comfortable that they aren't going anywhere, maybe as you say I just needs a float for the one padlock key... or should have got a combination lock!
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Old 21 April 2015, 06:31   #7
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They start to crumble & break down after a (Short) while
oh maybe a foam spongy one instead? I chose those as I thought for a big bunch of keys they'd be the most bouyant. but for a single key maybe a spongy one would be better
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>>>They start to crumble & break down after a (Short) while

I guessed they might when I bought mine so painted it in orange gloss... easier to see bobbing in the water and has lasted 7yrs plus so far. BTW I'm just a one ball guy... only one or two keys needed on it.
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I use the cork float and one of these - Davis Key Buoy Self-Inflating Keyring

Not only will it help them float, but the orange should give a nice colour clash against the sea to actually see them.
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I just use the foam float, available at chandlers for a couple of bucks. The ring has 3 keys: one for the RIB, one for the padlocks for the console, and one for the anchor locker (rarely used.)

They work: A couple of years ago I was topside support on a dive jaunt, and just after the divers dropped, I saw a flash of yellow emerge from under one of the boats. Chased it down as it drifted off in the current - turned out to be one of the other boat's ignition key, which had been stowed in a drysuit pocket.

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