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snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 4:28 am
by jwassoc
The University of Minnesota has developed a flotation system for snowmobiles that crash through thin ice. Each year in the US and Canada 50 people die in these types of accidents. The Nebulus device senses 2 feet of water pressure and deploys a large inflatable donut measuring 6 by 4 feet from the seat of the sled. The submerged sled remains attached to the donut and serves as a stabilizing sea anchor. Rescuers can remove both the rider and the snowmobile without entering the water.

You can see the device in action at www.jtwfloat.com

Any comments?

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 8:01 am
by MeanGreen
if nothing else just go and watch some of the videos demonstrating the project. Don't know why anyone would want to submerge themselves in that cold of water. But if you're trying to sell it...why not

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 12:40 pm
by polarisman415
Here's an idea... Dont go on the d**n ice if its not safe. I cant believe people are actually sell that junk. If your that stupid buy a friggen life vest and save yourself some $$$!!!!!

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 12:54 pm
by wilson
I agree with polarisman415. I just do not agree with ridding on the ice. Later!



*THINK SNOW*

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 1:17 pm
by jwassoc
Polarisman-

We hear what you are saying to the chuckleheads who purposely drive their snowmobiles onto thin ice, but what about the Sheriff's deputies, DNR officers, Search and Rescue teams and others who have to travel by snowmobile in the same areas to keep things safe for you and I? Don't they desrve some protection? As well there are plenty of tragedies involving people who just didn't see open water, like the 32 year old father and his 3 and 5 year old kids on Lake Vermillion in Minnesota

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 1:34 pm
by Joshua
That is on of the funniest things I have ever seen. Great videos!!

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 2:44 pm
by kenlacy
If you don't ride on the ice than you can;t trail ride very far in MN - a majority of all our trails utilize lakes. You be stuck with almost no where to ride without em.

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 2:50 pm
by kenlacy
You know what would be really funny - going about 90 mph down the trail - suddenly the thing malfunctions and goes off - thus lifting you and your sled off the ground like a parasail - now that would be d**n funny!

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 13th, 2001, 2:56 pm
by jwassoc
kenlacy-

No way the thing goes off going down the trail. We've almost got a foolproof system. 6 Sheriff's departments in Minnesota are being oufitted with systems this winter. We are sure enough about the system that we are telling the Sheriff's deputies that if they come across a drowning victim and there are no other options they can simply drive their sled out to the victim. The sled will sink, the inflatable device will deploy, and the deputy will save a life they might not be otherwise able to save.

snowmobile flotation

PostPosted: December 14th, 2001, 6:22 am
by kenlacy
jwassoc -

I have no probelm with the dnr and cops using them - its actually a great idea. But if Polaris ever puts this on their sleds - it better be an option only. Because 99% of the people out there will not be happy about paying extra for it. Just out of curiosity - how much will the system cost?