Boat made of toothpicks

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by bootmen, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. bootmen
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    bootmen New Member

    please view the attached file
    I have no clue how to start with the project
    i need help

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  2. Petros
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    Petros Senior Member

    looks like you need to design a small boat that can received a dropped bottle of water from 15 cm high, that will not fail or allow any water into the boat when the water bottle hits the boat.

    You have to estimate the weight of the finished boat, determine the max load on the boat caused by the dropped bottle, and determine how strong to make it, and how much freeboard (or height of sides above the water surface) you will need to keep water out of inside. And than make it as light as possible, so you would want some extra height to prevent splashed water from entering it, but not too much since it adds weight.

    You might search the web for pictures of boats used in similar design/build contests. It will give you some ideas.

    good luck.
  3. bootmen
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    bootmen New Member

    Thanx for ur help petros
    but im having a hard time sticking the toothpicks together
    and also how do i attach the vertical part of the boat ?
    ps-im using super glue

  4. TeddyDiver
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    TeddyDiver Gollywobbler

    Might be best to devide the boat in two stuctures. The hull itself and a collapsing superstructure (like shock absorber) taking the impact of the bottle and to hold it in place after the impact. my 2c
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