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Old 20-06-2010, 07:26   #511
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Actually it takes an outboard.



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Old 20-06-2010, 11:08   #512
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Nice roll cage!
Wellll, you know what some say about Cats flipping.
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Old 25-06-2010, 06:15   #513
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Manual for SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM

Personally I think it'd be perfect for Niagara Falls!
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Old 25-06-2010, 15:18   #514
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Is that a giant coffee cup? Or a very round bathtub? I am surprised that it floats.
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Old 26-06-2010, 06:11   #515
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Manual for SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM

Personally I think it'd be perfect for Niagara Falls!
How long before someone tries to set a record & cross an ocean in one?
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:43   #516
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Semi-serious question.

So this is a semi-serious question. Is it really safe to tow your dingy with people in it? I know, should probably have posted this in the seamanship thread!

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:38   #517
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Self righting cat

I saw a strange looking vessel being towed up a ramp a few years ago and had to go talk to the owner. It was a cat (6-7 metres) with a massive dome cabin. The owner/builder/designer told me its a cat the right way up, a mono hull on its side and a monohull when upside down. But becuase of the large dome it will will flip back on its hulls when knocked down. He says he has been knocked down entering bars in it and it flipped back up. He went on for ages about its design features.

He told me quite enthusiastically how it surfs down waves on its side all the way through the bar then flips back up. He commented on how keeled boats have the "hammer" effect where the yacht broaches and keel digging into the water while moving sideways cases a roll over which dismasts the yacht. His is also a mono hull on its side so surfs on its side without flipping all the way over and his mast stays intact. He said most cats surf then pitch pole, where his has a flat front on the bridgedeck which digs in to slow the boat when the nose digs in and allows the wave to pas under (prior to where other cats would pitchpole)

His method of going through bars is to ignore the channel and go through the 50cm deap water on its out skirts where the waves can't be very big due to the shallow water. Has got me stumped what he does when he gets further out, and what effect the flat bridgedeck has on the on coming huge waves when he gets to deeper water.

Definitely an interesting Character! My mate and I were going to ask him if he could take us on some bar crossings for a thrill. We were going to take surfboards so we could surf back in should the unthinkable (or in this case highly probable) would happen.
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Former President Bush's Boat Runs Aground

Beachgoers in Maine had an unexpectedly close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush (Sr.) when his fishing boat ran aground. Bush can often be seen piloting his 38-foot boat off the coast of Kennebunkport. This time, the Fidelity IV ended up stuck on Gooch's Beach for several hours.

It's not clear who was steering the boat, but the former president and some family members were aboard, Bush's personal assistant Jim Appleby told SeacoastOnline.com. The boat had trouble navigating through heavy fog that rolled in at midafternoon and got caught in swells that pushed it onto the public beach, Appleby said.

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He says he has been knocked down entering bars in it and it flipped back up. He went on for ages about its design features.
Yeah, yeah, I was in Tony's bar the other night and I think I saw him surf through. Or maybe not. Maybe it was President Bush. Lighting was kind of dim.
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Beachgoers in Maine had an unexpectedly close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush (Sr.) when his fishing boat ran aground. Bush can often be seen piloting his 38-foot boat off the coast of Kennebunkport. This time, the Fidelity IV ended up stuck on Gooch's Beach for several hours.
I so want to make what would be construed as a political comment, so I'll just have to bite my tongue

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Old 22-07-2010, 08:25   #521
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Beachgoers in Maine had an unexpectedly close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush (Sr.) when his fishing boat ran aground. Bush can often be seen piloting his 38-foot boat off the coast of Kennebunkport. This time, the Fidelity IV ended up stuck on Gooch's Beach for several hours.

It's not clear who was steering the boat, but the former president and some family members were aboard, Bush's personal assistant Jim Appleby told SeacoastOnline.com. The boat had trouble navigating through heavy fog that rolled in at midafternoon and got caught in swells that pushed it onto the public beach, Appleby said.

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I guess no one knows how to use a radar onboard
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Beachgoers in Maine had an unexpectedly close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush (Sr.) when his fishing boat ran aground. Bush can often be seen piloting his 38-foot boat off the coast of Kennebunkport. This time, the Fidelity IV ended up stuck on Gooch's Beach for several hours.

It's not clear who was steering the boat, but the former president and some family members were aboard, Bush's personal assistant Jim Appleby told SeacoastOnline.com. The boat had trouble navigating through heavy fog that rolled in at midafternoon and got caught in swells that pushed it onto the public beach, Appleby said.

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Good news - when you're former president Bush the your staff and the secret service get your boat off the beach.
Bad news - 500 people show up to watch.
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Beachgoers in Maine had an unexpectedly close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush (Sr.) when his fishing boat ran aground. Bush can often be seen piloting his 38-foot boat off the coast of Kennebunkport. This time, the Fidelity IV ended up stuck on Gooch's Beach for several hours.

It's not clear who was steering the boat, but the former president and some family members were aboard, Bush's personal assistant Jim Appleby told SeacoastOnline.com. The boat had trouble navigating through heavy fog that rolled in at midafternoon and got caught in swells that pushed it onto the public beach, Appleby said.

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Apparently Bush Sr. is still so pissed at Clinton about losing the 1992 election he refuses to use GPS with the SA turned off.
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This is wierd

As the vessel gets bigger the people shrink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Probably a 1:25 scale maritime pilot training vessel at Port Revel, near Grenoble (sp?), France. Been training Captains and pilots there since late 1960's on a 4-5ha lake with various scale vessels. Shoreline set up various berthing and docking configuations. The are canals, shallows, wind and current generators so you can run the whole gamut of bad things you might have to deal with. Oh, and the old 18ton scale VLCC (supertanker) has a 1/10th hp motor, comparable to the real thing.
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I so want to make what would be construed as a political comment, so I'll just have to bite my tongue

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me too. After all, it really is an ugly boat.
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