Dockhead has addressed the problem I was going to write about. The intrinsic problem with oil
drums is their lack of connectedness with each other, causing flexion which will surely ensure break-up in anything more than virtually smooth seas. Boats are built with longitudinal 'stringers' that stiffen the hull
. I can see ways of increasing longitudinal stiffness on a length of oil
drums, such as welding on 'I' profile steel
bar stringers but I'm not sure I'd trust the welds.
The message is the journey, we are sure the answer lies in the destination. But in reality, there is no station, no place to arrive at once and for all. The joy of life is the trip, and the station is a dream that constantly out distances us”. Robert Hastings, The Station