Boaters Feedback Wanted

April 12th, 2011
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Float inflatedOn our April CCTV show, we decided to test the local waters with an infomercial about a new ocean rescue device that was developed by Hawaii Kai inventor, Dr. Rob Yonover. It's an inflatable paddle board type life raft, which folds into a carry-on bag that weighs just 15 pounds, and takes up very little space on boats.

For you boaters and fishermen, I have a question: What do you think of the $350 price, which includes Dr. Yonover's patented RescueStreamer® as well? The streamer is a signaling device that unrolls to a length of 40-feet, and has plastic struts to keep it from twisting up when deployed in the water or on land. Here's the link for the Life/Float order page, which includes videos for that and the streamer (at bottom of page).

According to Dr. Yonover, most boats in Hawaii don't carry standard life rafts because they cost upwards of $3,000 and take up room. The rigid life rafts must also be serviced regularly... so $350 for the Life/Float and streamer combo seemed like a good offer to us. But is that too pricey to sell on TV or through the internet? Would you be more inclined to buy it at a retail store or boating show, where you could see it up close?

Your opinion is important to us because we're considering doing a 1 or 2 minute version that can air on the Mainland in other markets where there are lots of boaters. You can tell us what you think in the comments below or by emailing me at richfigel@gmail.com. Mahalo!

F at night

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Do you click on the Honolulu Pulse pictures links on the Star-Advertiser front page? If so, you may have seen the photos from the Venetian Masked Ball at the ArtZone. A few months ago, we did a feature on Kurt Kaminaka -- the owner of the ArtZone house -- and it's really a pretty interesting story. You can view the video on the CCTV YouTube Channel by clicking here. I hear KK has plans to create a new ArtZone house project, but am not sure if he sold the first one yet, which was his plan.

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Speaking of remodeling projects, one of our sponsors has moved into new office space that used to be occupied by the bookstore at the corner of Bishop Street and Hotel Street. Over the past two years, Argosy University has seen enrollment grow to the point where they needed to expand their facilities. Their admissions and administrative staff are now at the new location, and the old offices were converted to additional classrooms on the fourth floor of the American Savings Tower at Bishop Square. You can see that segment on the current show or click here for the video. They also have regular open houses, which usually are tied to academic programs they offer. To find out more, you can call them at 536-5555. Tell them Career Changers sent you!

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4 Responses to “Boaters Feedback Wanted”

  1. Mr. B:

    I'm not much of a boater, but my dad is. All I know is that $350 is a small price to pay for another layer of safety. When you're way out in the ocean, and the "you know what" hits the fan, and you find yourself in the water, you're gonna wish you invested that $350. Is ones life worth $350? If you anwser, "Yes", then go and buy this device. If you answer, "No", then pass on it


  2. Rich Figel:

    Actually, the RescueStreamer is also a very good investment. Costs about $38 for the personal 40-ft. long model, which can be seen from over a mile away when stretched out in the water or on land (or snow too)... I think hikers should get them too.

    Re the Life/Float, I'm not sure viewers of the TV spot or video on our website can tell how sturdy the thing is. It's been approved for military use though, and is being distributed by Aqualung, which has a good rep I think.

    BTW, if anyone on Oahu orders the Life/Float, I'll personally deliver them to their door! I was really surprised when we were shooting at the Hawaii Kai marina and Ilikai boat harbor that hardly any boats we saw had life rafts on board.


  3. Mr. B:

    Hey Rich,

    I think many Hawaii fisherman know that, if they had to abandon ship, their large ice chests could be used as a floatation device. Personally, I think this is a bad idea. Your inflatable board is much better.

    In my opinion, when you go out into the ocean, you should ALWAYS wear a life vest of some kind. I don't care if it's too "hot", "bulky", etc. STOP making excuses! Today, there are many lightweight, streamlined life vests available. Besides, cops wear bullet-proof vests and their gun belts all day long. Construction workers wear harnesses and tool belts all day long. If they can do it, so can boaters. You should also have an emergency beacon on board, in addition to a radio, cell phone, flares, and a Good first aid kit. But don't forget the most important thing - common sense.


  4. Rich Figel:

    Mr. B - Can we use you as a spokesman for our next Life/Float infomercial spot? Seriously, you're saying exactly what we want to hear from boaters or their family members!