Ice boat?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Anthony Appleyard, May 30, 2018.

  1. Anthony Appleyard
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  2. JosephT
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    I've heard of icebergs being towed, but that's about the extent of moving ice I've seen. You can put any dream into a cartoon. Some of those dreams become reality!
     
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    Not until now...
    Why do you ask?
     
  4. Rurudyne
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    I imagine, given descriptions of that bit of water racing around Antarctica, that it might well be a lot safer to attempt this in the Arctic, unless you kept reasonably close to shore.

    But that aside, I could foresee difficulty in just knowing how to direct the thrust from any motor so a random chunk of ice could hold a course because they aren't going to be terribly regular underwater. Those WW2 proposals were always for a ship and not just something found.
     
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    Not only that, the water was mixed with sawdust before it was frozen. It wasn't pure ice - it was really a cellulose fiber composite structure with a water ice matrix.
     
  6. Tiny Turnip
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    Ice carousels are a ' thing' at the moment and use outboards for propulsion, but as other posters have pointed out there are significant directional issues in open water.

     
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    You might be better off with paddles than an outboard.

     
  8. Rurudyne
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    One would imagine that using brush coir might have some potential for pycrete and address the issue of using trees.
     
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    Possibly, although large quantities of sawdust are created as waste, and it would be a good use for recycled wood. So no trees need be felled for pycrete production.
     

  10. David J Ritchie
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    the allies in WWII looked into making aircraft carriers out of pycrete with onboard refrigeration.
     
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