Construction "go ahead" for massive "SeaOrbiter" monstrosity?!?! :)

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  1. Squidly-Diddly
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...s-unlock-secrets-worlds-oceans-set-start.html

    Now this is the sort of govt excess I can get behind. Isn't really hurting anyone except a few taxpayers and worse that can happen is they find another way NOT to build a ship. Plus, as an American is isn't my tax money.

    Since it is a lot of (French) tax money and it is all for nice peaceful purposes I think they should release all the blueprints for educational purposes. Can't imagine anyone else 'stealing the design', or otherwise horning in the market for these.
     
  2. rwatson
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    Looks like they exceeded their initial 'float'
    http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/the-eye-of-seaorbiter/wall

    "This campaign ended on January 27, 2014"
    Raised E330,000

    Only another $us48,000,000 to go !

    edit:

    Aha - found the official website. Its all getting clearer
    "the official partnership between SeaOrbiter and the Principality of Monaco, SeaOrbiter has signed a collaboration agreement with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Oceanographic Museum of Monaco"
    http://seaorbiter.com/collaboration/

    Tax minimisation anyone ?
     
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    Big sister to the flip ship.

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    I get the feeling that the design is more about style than substance
     
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    Maybe the designer's brother is inventing a device to scrub barnacles?
     
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    Personally, I want to spend hours and hours in the exposed lookout post, next to the whine and grind of the wind turbine just behind my head.
     
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    It saves on having to install suicide booths. :D
     
  8. rcnesneg
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    I suggest this, a bit smaller, easier to maintain, and a lot cheaper!

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  9. upchurchmr
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    Wing and Solar powered?
    No apparent bouyancy tanks to compensate for changes in loading in the ship, or flooding and de-flooding (if that's a real term).
    No apparent stored power from wind and sun?

    Most of all no power you can trust on demand when there is a storm? By that I mean nuclear or gas/diesel.

    I wonder how much of a heel this thing will have from 100kts abeam.

    Just imagine all the potential issues that kill regular boats.

    I call BS. Of course most on this forum will also. IMHO.
     
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    Hey I have "living quarters at atmospheric pressure" on my boat. Copycats
     
  11. Cpalm
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't a design like this with a very small water plane area and heavy ballasted keel move very violently in rough seas because of the lack of form stability and it being 80' tall?
     
  12. Rurudyne
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    From what I've read so far while learning about boat design it's the amount of movement combined with quickness of same that makes things bad.

    I'm guessing they are hoping for a rate of movement that's relatively slow, like if you were in the crows nest of a ship just settling on even keel like in that one Bugs Bunny cartoon with Pirate (Yosimite) Sam.

    Of course the designer could just hate the people who'll be eating in the dining room....
     

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    Just checked Glen-L designs to see if they have one of those designed in wood.

    Surprised to see the engine room so far above the water line as they are normally below water line to assist with ballast.

    But 32 metres deep to study underwater. Considering the depth of the ocean 32 metres is basically on the surface.

    I would have thought a detachable submarine from the bottom of a craft that could go a lot deeper and yet still have a power line and air hose fed from the craft above.

    Another reason for the over the top artistic design is because they have VIP rooms. It looks as is the project will be financed by rich people who will pay to have a holiday on the research ship, because nobody will want a holiday in a square box, which is possibly all that is required for marine research.

    Poida
     
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