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Old 03-05-2012, 04:22   #16
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

Someone mentioned Kevlar.

It would be relatively easy to apply a Kevlar shield on the stem of the boat, all the way down to the junction with the keel. If you hit something hard, it could save you from being holed. I installed Kevlar pads on the bow and stern of my whitewater canoe years ago, and they did a great job of protecting the hull from all the rocks I ran into. Tough stuff!
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

How about a head-on collision with a Harley--in a moving van.

Mind boggling.
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

Speaking of Harleys... not sure if mentioned on any of the Japanese debris-field threads already, but the latest bit of debris to wash ashore here in BC is a Harley motorcycle, which had been stored in a container. The bike had the license plate on, so the owner was located in Japan. Apparently, Harley-Davidson is offering to restore the bike to original condition. Can't make this stuff up.
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

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Speaking of Harleys... not sure if mentioned on any of the Japanese debris-field threads already, but the latest bit of debris to wash ashore here in BC is a Harley motorcycle, which had been stored in a container. The bike had the license plate on, so the owner was located in Japan. Apparently, Harley-Davidson is offering to restore the bike to original condition. Can't make this stuff up.
Thats what I was referring to.
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

A couple of things that I can think of, which you may already have is a very good life raft, up to date with extra's like GPS, EPIRB, food and water, also possibly a gasoline powered water pump. I think you can buy them at Habor frieght fairly cheep. Hopefully you will never us it and can sell it at the end of the journey.
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NOAA has a forecast of where they expect the bulk of the debris to be based on models of ocean currents. Looks like they see it north of Hawaii, this would put it right in the way. It will be mostly submerged debris and I doubt radar would pick most of it up.

http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/im...omegraphic.jpg
"submerge debris" that's the big ugly.
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

there is no substitute for eyes or ears. use them. be safe and watch well.
mebbe add forward looking sonar?
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Re: Collision avoidance, tsunami debris

I remember reading a catamaran blog somewhere....he took some long wooden oars and fit them to his bows vertically to absorb some of the impact from debris. One of them took a pretty big hit on a log if memory serves me correctly.
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