For standard tinnies, V-nose & flat-nose punts,
most fibreglass & plastic hulls, canoes and kayaks
MOVE FREELY, WITHOUT FEAR OF FLIPPING
Boats have always been like this, so you just put up with unsteady boarding, strict rules about keeping to you own side and having scared passengers. Is this why you put-off getting out?
ENJOY AMAZING DIRECTIONAL CONTROL
You're not fond of crossing bars, because you know (or have seen) how easy it is for boats to broach, nose-dive & capsize on small waves. Maybe just wake freaks your boat out.
SAY GOODBYE TO ROUGH, WET RIDES
You & your back suffer the "bang" through choppy conditions, and you're sick of arriving at your destination wetter than your fish and colder than the lunch in your esky.
THE CONTROL & STABILITY
OF YOUR DREAMS
Your boat getting a mind of it's own, through wake or worse, can lead to a capsizing or serious accident so fast that you don't have time to grab your Epirb or lifejackets. With a KBC, however, your boat obeys your every command, so that you can do things like turning at-speed, while remaining level (instead of "banking" - riding on the side of the hull), overtake waves in a following sea, and head-out over waves at an angle (so you're not shot to the sky).
BUT HOW, IF IT'S JUST "A BIT OF FOAM"?
HINT: BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST THAT, AT ALL
IT'S CUT ON A
KBC's are cut to give your boat a specific down-angled reverse chine that is large enough to slice into the water, laterally gripping it. Surfboard fins work the same way, for control.
Nose-diving is a top fear when crossing bars, which is why a KBC follows all the way to the bow. The reverse chine pressurizes water under your bow to lift your nose out of danger.
IT'S TOUGH, TO
For all the water pressure a KBC cops, it has to be strong. So it's made of marine-grade rubbery foam, with pockets of metal plates that long screws fix into.
4.5m Savage w/ BarCrusher cab
"In a large following sea, the transformation is equally pronounced, with the vessel maintaining a far more consistent running angle. Especially as you approach the backs of larger swells ... the bow shows no tendency to plough, but just lift." - Colin B.
4.2m Quintrex Dory
"I turned sharply to the left and ended up in a deep compression wave. The bow started to dig in, but the Boat Collar lifted the bow up, and I was able to keep the power on and get us out of it."
- Ranger Geoff J.
4.2m fibreglass Rouge
"Even when the the chop was a good 2 metres, I was so impressed. The boat handled so well, I didn’t even think about the waves. I can take any waves at any angle, no worries." - Jake A.
"The boat now tracks straight no matter the swell and fighting the tiller is a thing of the past... Coming into the river mouth at day's end was a breeze. [When] the afternoon swell...turns into a veritable washing machine fraught with danger...the boat tracked true and it was a real non-event." - Mike N.
FINALLY, SOFT & DRY RIDES THAT AREN'T ALL TALK
Because you basically get hydrofoils
Yes, hydrofoils. Pat's been mad-keen about them since the mid 80's and included this feature as a must-have. It's all about the down-angle of the reverse chine shape that traps vast volumes of water between your hull and your KBC, when you travel, which generates a great amount of pressure, for lift. "Lift" means you ride higher in the water, lessening the ups and downs and slowing vertical impact. And, of course, all that spray that's used for lift, makes for the driest ride you've ever experienced.
"Chop turned to smooth on the way to Maroochy Mouth, and it was gusting to 41km/h at test time... No spray in any direction." - Ben W.
"I used to arrive at the boat ramp drenching wet, but now I laugh at the other guys dripping wet, because I'm bone dry."
- Andrew Taylor
4.35M Allycraft Intruder
"...at 31 knots...we would get a fair spray over the bow and windscreen but not this time. Absolutely no spray and no more tinny slap."
- Steve F.
550 Savage Cobia
"...600 to 700 mm chop, and I travelled straight in to it. Normally I would have to slow down so I would not have the spray in my face!!" - Neil G.
"[she] immediately said how much smoother the ride was. One of the kids napped on the casting deck on the bow on the way home [at 19kts], previously unheard of." - Mike N.
3.9m Haines Hunter
"...a good 15 knots... swells coming fast and thick, but with the collar you could not feel any of that. The collar just glided thru the water and kept the spray back also." - Jacqui
YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT,
WHEN YOUR BOAT IS THIS STABLE
You'll be able to get the most out of your time on the water, enjoying the freedom to move around all you want and fish from the same side!
That's because you don't just have exterior flotation, you've got it down at the water-level, so it works immediately.
4.2m Stessco Catcher
"[the kids] were moving about the boat like it was an aircraft carrier. I was about to remind them of our earlier brief, but the boat was so steady, I let it go, and they had a ball."
- St John J.
"...It’s like I’ve got a different boat altogether. It feels even bigger... The stability of my boat is now fantastic. In the two years I’ve had it, I can’t fault it, and I always recommend it to other boaties.” - Andrew Taylor
4.35m Allycraft Intruder
"Rhonda found it far more stable to climb into... Great stability and supreme confidence in moving around... We increased load to 3 adults and a small dog and felt like nothing changed at all. " - Steve F.
3m Bluefin Tinoo
"Just the wake from a passing boat used to almost tip me out, whereas now, they don’t bother me at all... I’ve now got a big boat in a small boat – something I never thought possible." - Allan B.
How did the KBC come about?
Below right: Pat talks about what he's doing in the Go-Pro footage of wave-riding.
The boat you see on waves in this video is me, an old surfer since the 1960s, who has been addicted to boating since I was a boy. It's what drew me into becoming a qualified boilermaker - to build boats! I built many boats for others, before building my own sailing yacht in 1993, which we swapped for the family home, for 8 fantastic years. However, the unsafe choice of either a tippy tinnie or deflatable RIB, for my family's daily travel, really got under my skin.
However, it wasn't until 2009, when a bar crossing nearly capsized my 4.3m tinnie, that I was pushed to invent the Kapten Boat Collar. The near-miss scared me enough that I quit the best job of my life and put all my effort into solving the problems of most small boats, that had bugged me for decades.
To this day, I still live and breathe the Kapten Boat Collar (and now Waverider boat) solution, because life on the water is a full life.
It's easy to combat capsizing risks, with the width and powerful buoyancy a Kapten Boat Collar gives your external hull. You understand air always wants to sit above water, but have you realised that's what makes underfloor flotation [alone] so dangerous?
For safety, all commercial boats in Australia must have Level Flotation, by law. In the US, every boat must have it. That's how effective it is.
And remember, if you tip out, so does all your expensive gear... that can't swim.
"...we have attempted to sink her (pulled out the bung and filled her up) and she stayed afloat with both Bryce and I onboard. In the event that we did need to abandon ship and were caught in rough weather, we would use this same technique (filling her with water) to lower her center of gravity." - Alissa and Bryce
“My 4.8m boat is well designed with good high sides, but it still got swamped by a wave and capsized, despite the seas being relatively calm that day.” - Andrew Taylor, who got a Collar after spending 10 hours clinging to his upside down hull (Epirb and flares sank). After sunrise, he swam 4 klms ashore, and his close-call made the paper.
Commercial 3m Polycraft Tuff Tender
Passed level flotation to 315 kgs (3 people + weights used for test). Passed by Nick Lockyer, of KPSmaritine.com.au. Two boats used for commercial day hire.
- Redcliff Hire Boats
Air spaces flooded, too
Commercial 4.2m Allycraft
"It is worth noting that the boat [with KBC] is in survey for 5 people - one more than the boat compliance places state."
- Club Crocodile
BELOW: WHY IT'S LEVEL FLOTATION THAT MATTERS.
NOT "POSITIVE" OR "BASIC" FLOTATION.
BELOW: "LEVEL" FLOTATION WORKS TO KEEP YOUR BOAT LEVEL WHEN SWAMPED
DO YOU HAVE COMMERCIAL BOATS THAT NEED CERTIFIED LEVEL FLOTATION?
We've got you covered - Kapten Boat Collars are just about the easiest way to get it! Click the button to see how.
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