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Old 07-04-2014, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey colorado family, at what age would you buy your little peanut a float tube? I have a boat but I seem to use my Float tube more. My peanuts 11 and 5' tall, I don't wanna take any chances with her.
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Make sure she has a GOOD life jacket on, and maybe keep in shallow water for awhile until she gets used to moving with the flippers. The Chatfield ponds are a good place to teach her. I had my son on a tube at age 10. Stayed close to him, but it was all good. He caught lakers at Jefferson at age 11 floating.
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I would suggest the old style round tube. I had my 10 yr old granddaughter in a float tube with the v back. As we headed off the lake because of wind, she got hit with a micro burst that picked up the rear and flipped her upside down. She was stuck in that position because of the stripping apron. Fortunately her cousin was close by on a round tube to keep her head above water till I could pull her up on my pontoon boat. Lesson learned.
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I started taking my daughter out with me when she was 9 or 10. Stuck to smaller waters. Keep her tied up to my tube.
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find a one man pontoon boat for her. She can kick and row as well. I take my almost 11 yr pld down the Gunnison river with and he does fine. I think they are way more safe!
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I would suggest the old style round tube. I had my 10 yr old granddaughter in a float tube with the v back. As we headed off the lake because of wind, she got hit with a micro burst that picked up the rear and flipped her upside down. She was stuck in that position because of the stripping apron. Fortunately her cousin was close by on a round tube to keep her head above water till I could pull her up on my pontoon boat. Lesson learned.
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I would suggest the old style round tube. I had my 10 yr old granddaughter in a float tube with the v back. As we headed off the lake because of wind, she got hit with a micro burst that picked up the rear and flipped her upside down. She was stuck in that position because of the stripping apron. Fortunately her cousin was close by on a round tube to keep her head above water till I could pull her up on my pontoon boat. Lesson learned.

That's my fear, and why i'm asking. Thanks for the help!
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I had my son in a round style float tube at 6 years old, I tied a 15ft rope around the tube and drug him around with me! A good fitting life jacket is a must!
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