The worlds most ridiculous or unique ship up for sale

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by Corley, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

  2. LostInBoston
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    The Navy should keep it incase they have to re-storm Normandy.
    Planing and SWATH don't mix. I cant believe they wasted a dime, much les 80mm of such a provenly bad idea.

    edit: by proven bad idea, I mean that the concept of a planing SWATH was model tested and failed miserable.
  3. kach22i
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    I do not think that the barge mode was intended to be planing, but could be mistaken. I think the objective was to have a heavy seas alternate to the fair weather hovercraft LCAC. Storms provide excellent cover for invasions.
  4. heatedsoul
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    heatedsoul New Member

    Aren't this sort of design limited to low weight distribution models? I do wonder why it did not work out for lockheed. Bargain price at $2 mill contact your local government representative to hook you up with a fine looking piece of crap.
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    Would it work at 1/3 scale?
  6. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    SWATHs really don't scale well because of the form factors of the power plants and the structural realities of the bridge deck height.

  7. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    this French thing seems pretty legit and besides their 4 they have sold two to Egypt and IIRC those were part of the deal to sell 4 to the Russians that was cancelled due to politics. IIRC the Russians were quite eager to get them and that was in turn was big part of the reason Russians wanted the French amphibious-assault Minstrel-class carriers.

    They don't seem "Swath" but more like deep narrow cat-hulls.
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