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Old 02-03-2016, 10:28 AM   #16
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I wonder how they Planned to cool the motor over the road? Or how the boat controls would hook to the car systems like steering and brakes. Designers like Stevens fan the flames of desire, then dumps reality on the engineers... and yes, the bean counters.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:34 AM   #17
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Too many moving parts. 'Tis not boatswains mate proof.
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:51 PM   #18
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What do you do with the car part at the boat ramp once the boat's been launched? Presumably taking with it the "over the road" (and up the ramp and into the parking lot) power plant (but leaving the winch...)?
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:18 PM   #19
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Boat ramp? This ain't no city slicker toy, this is to go where no man has built a ramp before, where men are men and ramps are vacant. You have to see the Big Picture, otherwise you can't fit all the advertising copy in.
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:12 PM   #20
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Old 02-09-2016, 02:27 PM   #21
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She looks like the Royal Clipper.
Here's her insides.
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:30 PM   #22
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All that opulence just a tiny hole away from being the fanciest submarine in the ocean.
Holy shit, 56,000 square feet of sail.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:08 AM   #23
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Speaking of submarines, this is close...
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:25 AM   #24
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How much money did we sink into killing Castro? Now he's playing 2nd base for the Yankees.
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:20 AM   #25
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They say it's small and "quiet." I wonder what it used for propulsion. With a range of 110 miles, I'd assume a gasoline or diesel engine. And I don't think of either of those as being "quiet."
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:32 AM   #26
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According to this PDF, it was gasoline powered and was very dangerous because the fumes would settle in the bottom of the boat.
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During one test, a single crew-man was in SKIFF, standing in the open deck hatch. Unbeknownst to all present, a fuel leak had occurred and fumes had gathered, but the crewman had neglected to turn valve #15. With the flip of a switch, the ignition of the engine, or some other spark-generating event, the fumes ignited. Due to the vessel’s small size, there was little space for the explosion to expand—except for the open deck hatch. Thus, as powder ignited deep in the breech of a cannon that expands dramatically through the barrel, the force in the small SKIFF sought the open hatch—and, as with a cannon, there was a moveable obstruction: the crewman, who was shot through the air. He went straight up, like a missile from a submarine, and eventually landed in the water nearby. Remarkably, he was plucked from the water unharmed, except that he had lost all his body hair. As Smith described the scene, other than his swim trunks, he was “nude as a sausage.” Smith also noted how fortunate it was that he had been standing straight up and well centered in the opening, which was exactly the same width as his shoulders; if he had been lower, perhaps with one shoulder under one side of the opening, he “would have left more than his hair in the hatch.”
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:59 PM   #27
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...I don't think of either of those as being "quiet."
That's probably 1950s 'quiet'. As in 'quiet to the ear'. It would probably be noticed from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off by a modern sub's listening equipment.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:53 AM   #29
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Gondolas are for tourists and wimps.
But the flimsy little wires on the rudders don't look too safe.
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