Anyone know about this floating egg?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by stonedpirate, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. yofish

    yofish Previous Member

    Another silly aspersion. Use your imagination Mr Inefficiency - chines! And, there is no reason the topsides have to be as the indomitable Mr. Brude chose.

    So, during TeeVee time I did this four chine model of what I'm talking about. Crudish but the idea is sound and could be used to make a sphere should one wish. Already the plates are nearly developable, no need for all the monkey-motion of rolling compound curves.
     

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  2. Mr Efficiency
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    Whatever you say yofish, I just hope for his sake he doesn't take too much encouragement from your idea. The whole thing might be a brain explosion, inspired by stonedpirate looking at Easter eggs recently.
     
  3. whitepointer23

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    If stonedpirate is serious he could just go and buy an out of service lifeboat . I have seen them go for under 5000 with a 4108 perkins ready to go.
     
  4. stonedpirate
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    That is an option, but i never see them for sale.

    Any examples?
     
  5. stonedpirate
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    If there was a sturdy lifeboat <6m that was trailerable and under 2 tonne i would seriously consider buying it.
     
  6. Mr Efficiency
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    I don't follow the idea of a 'lifeboat' being the desired vessel, lifeboats are not designed to go from A to B on a regular basis, they are more intended to save lives in emergencies.
     
  7. stonedpirate
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    True, but they are just boats all the same with the same marine diesels as any other.

    On my quest to find a suitable pocket cruiser i run into the same old problems. Either the interior is too small or the boat cant handle rough conditions or they cost big money.

    As most already know, small boats rarely sink from be holed, they sink from being swamped.

    I like the idea of a lifeboat because;

    1) its a small boat

    2) it maximizes interior space by doing away with traditional layouts of actual boats

    3) if built right, they are pretty much unswampable

    Show me a small boat that can handle the middle of the ocean and can be comfortably slept in.

    The downside is no real deck space and being indoors the whole time. I plan to fish from the deck when its calm.

    Really i want a boat that can go to offshore reefs, fish all night, come back to the bay and anchor, sleep and repeat.

    A planing hull aluminium fishing boat with 250hp outboard on a trailer would be better for this but $50000+ then $$ for fuel etc etc..

    A lifeboat would be a slow and steady camper of the sea that wont necessarily kill you if you are caught out.
     
  8. WindRaf
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    this boat is perfect in ferrocement system
     
  9. Mr Efficiency
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    Lack of speed is the problem, you are down to around 5 or 6 knots, which could almost be halved if the tidal run or ocean currents are against you. That creates safety issues in itself, you cannot out-run unexpected storms etc. It depends how far you want or need to travel, and for much offshore use, the distances become onerous. What area are you thinking of ?
     
  10. stonedpirate
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    That is exactly the point.

    All small boats suffer from slow speed. Take any 18' sailboat, has the same speed as this thing.

    If you get caught in a storm, what would you rather be in? A lifeboat? Or boarding an inflatable lifeboat when jumping from just about any other small boat in a storm.
     
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    There is little practical utility in a lifeboat, as, for example, a fishing boat, what with it being so enclosed, which will stop water and fish coming aboard !
     
  13. stonedpirate
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    I started fishing from sit on top kayaks and later on jet skis so fishing from small platforms is my thing.

    I could get a fish on the roof of that thing, gut it and have it in the icebox no problems :p

    :) I like how it says

    "'WARNING', LIFEBOATS ARE DESIGNED FOR ONE PURPOSE,'TO SAVE LIVES'.
    THEY ARE, IN THEIR PRESENT CONDITION, NOT SUITED FOR EXTENDED SEA PASSAGES, THEY HAVE 'NO' FACILITIES',NO TOILET,NO HEATING,NO COOKING FACILITIES ON BOARD,THEY MUST BE MADE SUITABLE FOR CONVERSION TO CRUISING, LIVABOARD CRAFT OR FOR WHATEVER USE"

    I actually just found several lifeboat conversions so it seems i am not the first.
     
  14. Mr Efficiency
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    For starters, you don't want to contemplate barred inlet crossings in these slow-coaches, unless you want to be on TV.
     

  15. stonedpirate
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    All boats make their compromises.

    18ft sailboats wont cross them either.

    Its not a fishing boat, but i could catch a fish from it. Its not a liveaboard cruiser but i could live and cruise on it.

    Its all about making do and trying new things.
     
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