Container boat

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  1. gonzo
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    There are some boats designed specifically to fit a container. What would your idea be for a design where the hull is the container itself?
     
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    Maybe a bolt on bow that fits inside.
     
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    I am thinking of something the same size and with the same locks as a standard container. Maybe it can unfold into a catamaran.
     
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    I would rather keep this thread focused on the subject. Thanks
     
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    That would defeat the purpose of being able to ship the whole boat in one package. I think something like a folding catamaran is possible.
     
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    While your at it, make it self-trailering, with retractable road wheels,

    otherwise I'd think you loose a lot of the practically of it transforming into standard container, as I don't think you are going to find a trailer or crane to launch it outside of big-time professional boat yards.

    How about a 40' box with 19' bow and stern sections that nest and fold out to create stream-lined bow and stern. I'm thinking amphibious calm water 'passage maker'.....58' x 8'.


    My "modular container-able cat" has a displacement of over 11,000lbs with water line about 1/2 way up the hulls, and the tare on 40' container is just under 8,000lbs, so it is almost possible to carry its own container on deck.
    http://www.boatdesign.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/17326/ppuser/22518
     
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    The top of the container can have three parts. The center is the coach roof. Both ends fold out to form a bow and stern.
     
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    It's not at all what I am talking about. This is about something that folds into a standard container.
     
  11. whitepointer23

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    you could give it retractable arms and legs so it could fight evil robots from other planets.
     
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    Containers have the reinforcement on the outside to have a smooth interior. If it was designed as a boat, the framing would go on the inside and that would give a smooth skin. Rectangular sections are good for initial stability. A hinge for the end sections can be welded in. The hinged sections would lock on the standard corner locks for containers.
    Whitepointer23: I am looking for ideas on boats. There are threads in general discussion for silly people.
     
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    inflatable bow and stern

    goodyear once made an inflatable plane wings and all
     
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    sorry, thought it was a silly thread
     

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    That could work. Two inflatable sections with some kind of attachment. I like it.
     
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