Review this refugee design

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  1. dinoa
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    This washed up on Mickler Beach, Fl south of Jax yesterday. Where there is a will, there is a way.
     

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    Rat Rod or, Rat Boat
     
  3. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    The essence of engineering:
    practical problem ---> practical solution.
     
  4. dinoa
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    some more
     

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  5. SukiSolo
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    .....putting the 'Rigid' into RIB......;)
     
  6. PAR
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    You can fit a lot of immigrants in that puppy, per trip, say $1,200 a head, bring your own PFD . . .
     
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    A piece of art, really. A masterpiece of improvisation.
     
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    Obviously a "Keeper"...... the ratchet strap says so.

    Jeff
     
  9. PAR
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    Seeing as how the Fish and Wildlife officers are taking it under tow, it was considered a hazard. As far as it being art, well I guess everyone has their own eye, but I've seen little to recommend it for anything more than the landfill or metal scrapper.
     
  10. Mr Efficiency
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    I thought it looked quite ingenious considering what was used to make it.
     
  11. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    But it did the job it was built for, and I guess the overall building cost is unbeatable. ;)
    I wouldn't call it a piece of visual art either, but it definitely is a great example of how the necessity and wit can create something out of nearly nothing. :)
     
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    I think the bow treatment sucked me in, who'd have thunk it, it is called "tortured drum" construction. Patent pending.
     
  13. daiquiri
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    LOL!! :D

    The engine mount is interesting though. Looks like the boat is reinforced exclusively by that internal framework which connects the drums, and the engine is suspended inside that cage.
    The bare structural minimum, in the perfect spirit of a disposable boat.

    I guess everyone was instructed to remain sitting on the drums during the trip, no walking around allowed. The internal cage served just to keep drums together and little more. A reliable weather forecasting must have been a fundamental part of the "design". :)
     
  14. Mr Efficiency
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    I have met people like that, who can imaginatively conjure serviceable projects out of junk, but they have become a rarity in the throw-away age. I'm tipping that mindset hadn't quite reached wherever that "vessel" departed.
     

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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

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