How to sit down in comfort on a Paddleboard and Include your Pet.
When people attempt to do standup paddleboard (SUP), many people tend to use their knees or kneel down. For anyone who may have knee issues, they may only stand or sit to avoid the discomfort that kneeling may cause. The FloatnThang™ gives them the option of sitting in comfort and gives a 5 to 6" boost off the board. This opens the door for users who would prefer to otherwise sit or just sit and rest on those longer journeys. One big benefit of the #FloatnThang is it can hold beverages and other misc items. "We keep it simple," said Doug Masi, founder of the Float'n & Boat'n Thang™. Most users would rather not have to fuss with clips and straps to adjust. Nor do they want to permanently attach stuff to their boards. With the FloatnThang™ you just drop it on the board and off you go. Keeping it on the board is obviously based on calm conditions. The device has a recessed area on each arm that is sized to fit a standard velcro strapped leash. For safety, the leash is always recommended to be attached to the user. Having a 2nd Thang on board can also be beneficial, as in the case of helping someone who was struggling to swim. See the story about a teen boy who was saved from almost drowning on June 10th. Even in rough conditions, the device tends to stay in place. As water conditions have been known to change quickly, standing at that point could be challenging. Such was the case with Matt, of Lake Pleasant, who shared how the FloatnThang™ provided a means for sitting and allowed him to paddle back to safety this past Memorial Day Holiday.
Many new boards come with rubber cords to stretch around items, therefore, allowing a second FloatnThang™ to be secured to a board. Having two is good for extras, as in the case of Linda with her Maltese, "Turbo". Generally, he loves going on our board, but he tends to run all over and he likes to stand on the front of the board, which is not safe. This is the 1st time I was able to take him on the paddleboard, since the FloatnThang™ keeps him within the area right by me. Turbo was relaxed and just loved being able to prop his two front legs on the top of the device to let everyone know he thinks he's the captain! As you can see, he loves just hanging out within the arms of the FloatnThang™. Linda says,"I think it makes him feel secure".
This new product has opened an entirely new chapter for paddleboarding pleasure. Anyone with a SUP should consider getting more than one. Everyone should have at least one for comfort, safety, and to keep water nearby. It doesn't take long to get dehydrated in the hot sun.
Check out how easy it is to include a second FloatnThang™ on your board to hold beverages and misc items. Just having the spaces built right into the device is an advantage on a SUP. Each Thang has two holders. Almost like having a 2nd pair of hands! One direction for holding beverages when the device is out of the water and another direction when the user is floating on the FloatnThang™ (see upright beverage holders.)
Video posted on YouTube - How to Standup and Sitdown in Seconds on a Paddleboard.
We are taking online orders now, having completed a market test in April and sold out of all prototype units. See our story on Lake Havasu Boat Show within our Blog menu. NOT to worry, we're doing the final testing of the production mold and will have units going out starting mid-June. (6/15 update - we are now on Amazon). Our goal was by Memorial Day, but at least we had units to sell at the show, as well as demos for retailers.
Orders can be processed right on our website or on Amazon.
July 15th delivery maybe sooner / month early 6/15. All pre-order customers will be the first to get the early online release of the product.
We look forward to hearing about your fun FloatnThang experience. Follow us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @FloatnThang
IMPORTANT SAFETY FEATURE – The option to sit down on a paddleboard (SUP) can be a big safety feature: Over Memorial Day weekend, a strong Sunday morning breeze kicked up and caused the lake to get small white caps. It was enough to cause an experienced SUP rider (Matt) to begin getting caught in the wave chop, which resulted in the paddleboard catching the edge and tilting over.
“Standing was very difficult in the rough conditions. And riding on my knees (which is quite uncomfortable), was not necessary this time, since I added the Float’n & Boat’n Thang™ ” said Matt of Lake Pleasant. “It provided me the option to get into a sitting position within a few seconds. When I first tipped over, (my daughter was not with me at the time), the FloatnThang™ provided immediate flotation and aided in boosting me back onto my board. The lake can get rough quickly, and attempting to stand can be almost impossible with the nasty chop. The boosting effect of the FloatnThang was perfect and I had plenty of power to paddle out of the chop. In my experience, trying to sit flat on the board (without the FloatnThang) provided no lower back support, making it harder to paddle due to the discomfort and pain in my lower back. Thank you for offering such a great device for my paddleboard. I would recommend anyone who uses a (SUP) Standup Paddleboard to get at least (1) one FloatnThang™”
With the FloatnThang™, you now have the ability to sit down on the device with a 5″- 6″boost, giving the SUP user the benefit of a soft cushion support, allowing for ease of paddling through the rough chop.
We recommend keeping an extra leash to connect to the FloatnThang™, keeping it close by for those emergencies and rough water conditions.
Product Purchase and volume discount: Many people have asked about a multi-pack purchase. They have found that 1 is just not enough. They need one for a friend, at least one on hand for a boat bumper and in many cases just to have (1) nearby to hold beverages and other accessories.
Shipping is costly (due to the size of the device). Volume helps us get the price down (shipping 4 units at once, per case, is almost the same as one). By saving us money, you save!
See new 4 pack offer coming in June.
VIDEO DEMO while on the Paddleboard (SUP)
Simply the easiest way to enjoy your Standup Paddleboard (SUP).
Go from standing to a comfortable sitting position in a few seconds. While in the sitting position you immediately increase paddling power.
Don't forget to bring your favorite beverage.
VIDEO - Using as a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
The video shows it all. Try it, you will love the buoyancy of this type of in-water flotation.
Floating with a vest (also invert vest) or other PFD's tends to be bulky and not as buoyant.
Within seconds you're in the water floating comfortably on your back with arms and legs free. The Thang even makes it easier to get back on the paddleboard.
This Device is not to be considered for life-saving purposes. Rather intended to work as a functional booster seat, floatation device, boat fender/bumper, and is considerably flexible.
Deploy as boat fender in seconds
Locate in areas where other funders can't be tied on.
Perfect for those hard to reach areas.
Resilient closed cell foam for extra protection.
Use as boat fender for added safety while docking or during tie-ups.
Remove the risk of finger or hand injuries by keeping your Boat'n Thang near by. The durable and flexible rubber provides an excellent cushion between small boats during tie-ups or when pulling into your slip. (Not recommended for heavier Boats/Sailboat over 23')
Deploy as Paddle-board seat in seconds
Paddle with ease for greater distance.
Perfect abdominal core work out while underway.
Support to lower back for core abdominal muscle training routines
Go places you never thought possible when in kayak mode.
When used as a booster seat now makes sitting on your board more comfortable. Support for your back, having your cold beverage right nearby, while paddling with ease. What more could you ask for?
Short Video Examples
The ease of coasting along.
What an enjoyable way to paddle around and enjoy the amazing mountain views in Arizona.
Sitdown Paddleboarding (SDP) is Fun!
Just when you're tired of standing, now with your PFD (Float'n) Thang you can quickly use as your seat. The horseshoe shape and flexible construction allows for easy adjustment.
- Store your beverage
- Paddle with more power
- Feels like you're on a streamlined kayak
- Less stress on lower back vs. trying to sit in an uncomfortable position.
Exercise with Rowing
We can't wait until we can share the many photos once America starts Float'n on The Float'n & Boat'n Thang™ Try it on a SUP
Check out videos posted on the blog.
Avoid Lower Back Pain or even CTS
Do you get that aggravating lower back pain while sitting? Sitting in that office chair? Add the Thang to your seat in seconds and surround your lower back with support and comfort. The U-shape and flexible construction allow for easy adjustment.
- Position just where you need it most
- Support your arms
- Help keep your hands positioned above your mouse and keyboard, to help avoid CTS - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Handle holders when needed.
*No guarantee to help everyone. If you are experiencing severe back pain you should seek medical attention.