Devices and Designs

At the Annual Float-Building workshop and on other occasions, TOGA will either help you build some of these devices, or will build one for you.  Or you may purchase them at our float sales. Keep posted with our Newsletters and calendar.

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Flipfloat

9in. by 23in. by 6in. Holds up to 300 market-size oysters. Use with standard ADPI bags.

Taylor Float

3ft. by 2 ft. by 1 ft. Holds up to 400 market-size oysters. With or without lid. Use with standard ADPI bags.

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Bottom cage

39in. by 23in. by 6in. Holds up to 300 market-size oysters. Use only with firm bottom.

Tidal Tumbler

36 in. long by 12 in. diameter. Holds up to 150 market-size oysters. Hangs on line beneath dock. Can be set to tumble automatically with tide change. Wire end pieces replaced paint can lids in 2022. More durable with less fouling. Same as Rough Rider (below) with floatation tube added.

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TOGA Tidal Tumbler 
Diagram

See the the diagram on the left to understand the functionality of the Tidal Tumbler.

ADPI Bags

These ADPI bags can be purchased from vendors offering aquaculture supplies.  The fine-mesh bag on the left is for new oyster spat.  The larger mesh bag on the right is for juvenile oysters 3/4" to 1&1/2 in. long.  Larger oysters do not require a bag if kept in a float.

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Float Tools

Some tools we use for making cages. We also use power or hand saws for cutting the 4 inch thin-wall drain pipe for the floatation devices.  NOTE: do not use thick-wall (schedule 40) PVC.

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Spat Tube

The spat tube fits inside a Tidal Tumbler. Small or medium mesh available. Start with 1000 spat and move to larger containers as they grow.

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Bender

Handy for making your own floats and cages.  Options - 42in. or 50in.

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Rough Rider

36 in. long by 12 in. diameter. Holds up to 150 market-size oysters. Hangs on line beneath dock. Good for high-energy water on big rivers and Bay. All wire construction minimizes fouling.

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How to Build a TOGA Float Yourself

We understand that many of our members want to learn how to construct their own oyster gardening floats, like the ones above. Therefore, we compiled a helpful how-to guide on float building. Click below for the free instructions.