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   Undertoad  Wednesday Aug 23 03:11 PM

August 23, 2006: Former coal miner builds scale cruise ship in his back yard



Many thanks to bargalunan, who noticed this item and remembered us!

Men build stuff; it's what we do. Somehow, it's a natural tendency; it's in our dreams. Sometimes one of us follows through on the dream.



François Zanella was a coal miner in Lorraine, France. He would sometimes build model boats.

Then he decided to build his own dream, a 1/8 scale replica of a Royal Caribbean liner, the Majesty Of The Seas. 33.50 meters long, 4.75 m broad, 6.60 m high.

He first conceived of the project and started drawing it in 1993; began construction in 1994; and finished it in 2005.



Much of the project is documented in French, and with very small pictures, on Zanella's own site; another related site thankfully offers an English version, which gets me more information than Babelfish translations.



Zanella got a lot of help from a lot of people who heard of the project - and he's now met a few of the real Royal Caribbean cruise ship captains too. As far as I'm concerned, he's the real Captain. Hats off to this gentleman and to all gentlemen everywhere who set off to build their dream.




ferret88  Wednesday Aug 23 03:18 PM

so, um, now what? does the town now become know for having the "world's giant-est cruise ship model"?

and i wonder if it floats...



Trilby  Wednesday Aug 23 03:48 PM

Sometimes, when I see people like this guy who has this life-long dream and then goes on to make that dream a reality, I wonder, "What kind of weird life-long dream is that?"



Spexxvet  Wednesday Aug 23 04:03 PM

Now he just needs a BIG fucking bottle to put it in.



glatt  Wednesday Aug 23 04:11 PM

He launched it.
Pictures are kind of small.



MaggieL  Wednesday Aug 23 04:15 PM

I believe it's already in the water. See

http://bateau-francois.site.voila.fr/18a/index.htm



Slothboy  Wednesday Aug 23 04:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet
Now he just needs a BIG fucking bottle to put it in.



dar512  Wednesday Aug 23 04:26 PM

I get a lot of sappy stuff in my inbox from various relatives, but just yesterday I got an email from a friend purporting to be from Dave Barry titled 16 THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME OVER 50 YEARS TO LEARN.

Number 3 was:
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

I'm not sure why, but I thought of that email just now.



dar512  Wednesday Aug 23 04:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaggieL
I believe it's already in the water. See

http://bateau-francois.site.voila.fr/18a/index.htm
But does it have a radio control motor?


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 23 05:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
But does it have a radio control motor?
Hell no, it's got a crew.

Oh, he's not fooling me with the 33.5 meters....I know it's 73.27 Cubits long.


MaggieL  Wednesday Aug 23 05:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Number 3 was:
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
That's a pretty strong statement; I'm not sure there's actually a boundary.


Spexxvet  Wednesday Aug 23 05:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Hell no, it's got a crew.
Is it the lollipop guild? or the lullabye league?


Elspode  Wednesday Aug 23 06:01 PM

Any minute now, he's going to have to deal with a real small fire, a little bit of food poisoning, and a mild case or two of Legionaire's Disease.



The 42  Wednesday Aug 23 06:51 PM

Quote:
Now he just needs a BIG fucking bottle to put it in.
No, he needs a 1/8th scale chamagne bottle to christen it!

Any pictures of that miner guy in which he isn't covered in soot? If the idea was to let us know what he looks like, it isn't working


Wombat  Wednesday Aug 23 07:02 PM

Quote:
33, 50 m de long
4, 75 m de large
6, 60 m de haut (avec cheminée)
4, 60 m de haut (sans cheminée)
97 tonnes
That's heavy!

I wonder what it's made of?


milkfish  Wednesday Aug 23 07:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat
That's heavy!
(Clicking away on the calculator...) So the draft is 60 cm.

Quote:
I wonder what it's made of?
Why, the stuff of dreams.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 23 08:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet
Is it the lollipop guild? or the lullabye league?
That's a 110 foot boat.
This 110 foot boat carries a crew of 17.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Aug 23 08:57 PM

Damn.... and I have a problem vaccum cleaning the carpet. My cover's off to this dude.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 23 09:05 PM

Length: 33.5 m = 110 feet
Width: 4.75 m = 15.5 feet
Headroom: 3.5 m = 11.5 feet
Draught: 1.06 m = 3.5 feet
Weight: 90 tons in fresh water and 96 tons in salt water.
Two 100 hp engines
Two 38 kw stem propellers
160 m² living space = 1722 sq/ft
60 m² upper deck = 646 sq/ft

And the bottle of Champagne to Christen it.



chrisinhouston  Thursday Aug 24 07:17 AM

Brings to mind that line from Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come."



Griff  Thursday Aug 24 07:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Number 3 was:
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
This may be nuts, but its a very good kind of nuts.


Elspode  Thursday Aug 24 09:03 AM

Um...am I to understand from the specs above ("living space") that this is *not* a functional scale model, but one which is actually intended to be operated as an inhabited recreational vessel?



glatt  Thursday Aug 24 09:10 AM

I think that's correct. It looks pretty nice inside too. This thing rocks!



Elspode  Thursday Aug 24 09:18 AM

It is pretty darn cool. Hell, I'd be proud if I could build a rowboat, let along a 110' motor vessel.



Shawnee123  Thursday Aug 24 01:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by milkfish
Why, the stuff of dreams.
:p


Elspode  Thursday Aug 24 05:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Weight: 90 tons in fresh water and 96 tons in salt water.
I'm sure I missed physics that day, but...how the hell does something have a different weight depending on what the composition of the water is? A different buoyancy I can understand, but weight?


MaggieL  Thursday Aug 24 07:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
I'm sure I missed physics that day, but...how the hell does something have a different weight depending on what the composition of the water is? A different buoyancy I can understand, but weight?
Possible that those numbers are in fact the displacement?


bargalunan  Thursday Aug 24 07:11 PM

Watching this man on TV : it's fantastic to realise how a crazy and personal dream can merge so many people around him. (Like Forrest Gump).

His neighborhood isn't even spiteful after years of din.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 24 07:26 PM

But the Displacement is the actual total weight of the ship.
If the density of the water varies,(warm, cold, fresh, salt) what changes is how far the ship settles into the water. But, the weight of the water displaced will always equal the weight of the ship.

Because Archimedes wouldn't lie to us, his oldest and dearest friends, I've no idea what they meant by the two weight figures.



milkfish  Thursday Aug 24 08:05 PM

It must be that when they take it on the ocean, the sea anchors they have to take along weigh an extra 6 tons.



Clodfobble  Thursday Aug 24 08:06 PM

Maybe it's not the weight of the ship itself, but the amount of weight it can carry.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 25 05:13 AM

From the English link;

Quote:
His model, if one may still call it so, has become a real masterpiece whose structure weighs 70 tons, out of a total weight of 90 tons.
It also mentions;
Quote:
You've got to think about how to pass under bridges or into tunnels.
The boat is too tall to pass under the bridge. What can you do to lower the boat ?
Easy for François : the radar mast, the funnel and the guardrail of the sun-deck are removable and there is a second hold you can fill with water.
The boat is now 22 tons heavier and thus, lower.
But that may just confuse the issue.


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