ABOUT MB FLOATS

MB Floats was first founded as a mail order, Brochure based supplier of Hand Turned Specials way back in 1993.

MB  Canal Specials website, was also one of the front runners in the early days of online ordering 1998 and is still online today at www.mbcanalspecials.co.uk mainly for the hardcore canal match anglers. All balsa patterns there were 100% hand turned by myself. With many now available here as well.

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BRIEF INTRODUCTION

Hi Folks

MB Floats was first started as a mail order, Brochure based supplier of Canal Specials way back in 1993.

MB Canal Specials website, was also one of the front runners in the early days of online ordering 1998 and is still online today at www.mbcanalspecials.co.uk mainly for the hardcore canal match anglers. All balsa patterns there were 100% hand turned by myself. With many now available here as well.

HISTORY

As stated I started supplying to the public way back in the early 1990’s, but have actually been making floats for myself since the Mid 1980’s. Back then the pole was new and the only float patterns available were produced in Europe and of cause for there venues. So of cause after much tinkering around, the only solution was to make your own, which I did!

The first floats I made for myself were all turned on an open drill chuck and had piano wire stems and the bristle’s were made from yard brush nylon. With just one coat of dope which was sanded down and a very thin coat of varnish to finish off the balsa bodies! “With the correct grade of balsa, I  think this is still the best finish for a canal/small silvers pattern” But sometime during the mid 1990’s I think us anglers got a bit fashion conscious and the clear or black bodies soon turned into every possible colour available.

I still use the same machinery now, as when I first produced floats for my mail order brochure over 20 years ago, they were developed by myself and I still believe two decades on, the best way to grade balsa is “by turning floats by hand”!

The last couple of years has seen me making and introducing more and more foam patterns, especially as this composite material is getting better. Which I only Hand-Assemble and Hand-Finish.

PHILOSOPHY

My thoughts regarding making and selling floats has never changed, “If its not good enough for me then it isn't good enough to sell” simple!

So I will always strive to make the best possible float using the best materials available and if it is hand turned  by me it will be tagged as such, likewise if the bodies are made else where it will be tagged so.

MOTIVATION

When you do something you enjoy!

That is motivation  enough!

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