Originally Posted by HappySeagull
...steel boats-the only way to go?
Steel is not invulnerable, ask the Captains of the Titanic and the Andrea Doria.
yachts can get their keels torn off in a close encounter with a shipping
container, so the boat not only sinks, but often turns over and sinks inverted.
Depending on the circumstances, this might be as bad or possibly worse than being just holed. I imagine a steel hull
might go down very fast in such circumstances, loss of the keel
would probably leave a hole into the hull
and if she rolled over (likely) it would fill from the deck
up to the keel
, probably quite fast. Those below might well have little chance of getting out in such a circumstance.
boats might do a little better, since the keel is integral, but it's still highly likely to knock a huge hole in the hull
, in an area that is probably not easy to get to in a hurry. I don't think it's an experiment
I would like to conduct. Any takers?
Perhaps it's time to consider a collision
bulkhead and a forepeak packed with foam or something in the most likely point of impact.
That forward looking sonar is looking more and more attractive.