time to bump 'container-able' boats 60% more volume with new 53' boxes!

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  1. ImaginaryNumber
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    You might consider making your land vehicle and your sea vehicle one and the same. Ben Carlin did an east-bound circumnavigation with Half-Safe.

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    http://jalopnik.com/5970321/the-tim...sailed-across-the-ocean-in-an-amphibious-jeep
     
  2. FAST FRED
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    I had the pleasure of visiting the container sail boat and must say the interior volume would work for a couple.

    Yes the insanity of ripping off the mast, keel and rudder was too much to contemplate/

    The Atkin Seabright style box keel looks like a simple design that could be unboxed with rollers and a couple of crowbars.
     
  3. rustybarge
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    Perhaps it might be more practicable to design the container boat to fit on an open container 'cradle' which still gets the benefit of cheap box transport, without the outrageous expense of an 'on deck ' lift and chock arrangement.

    A further development of this idea would be a conventional boat that had demountable 'twist locks' that slot exactly into the container box mounting points on the ship; the boat could be craned directly into the water from the ship, removing the twist locks when afloat.
     
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    Of course there are ships that specialize in carrying yachts. I'm sure they aren't cheap but for some boats they may possibly be less than the gas.
     
  5. rustybarge
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    rustybarge Cheetah 25' Powercat.

    I'm led to believe that the states to the UK for a 40' deck cargo boat is about $10k, whereas a container box is about $1500....(freight charges have decreased by 20% in the last month)

    How about two containers that slot together to make a boat of 16' by 53': now you're talking!!!:D
     
  6. Rurudyne
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    It would be great except that I think it might take different crane etc hardware at the docks.

    Of course this is no issue for David Copperfield: who could put his boat in the extra wide container on one side of the Atlantic, slide a thin metal plate down its length, separate them, ship them, put them back together, pull out the plate, remove the boat and go sailing.

    Actually, that would make one heck of a magic trick if anyone could do it!
     
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    rustybarge Cheetah 25' Powercat.

    That's the magic trick I was thinking about.

    Take a 53' by 16' boat, cut it down the middle,(twin engines would work out well as one would be on each side), replate the inside with steel plate to above the water line on each side.....

    Ship in 2 separate boxes: Each side could either be sent on an open box cradle, or actually inside the box.

    At least you would have a sensible beam, and two containers is still less than half the price of deck cargo.
     
  8. Rurudyne
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    Heh ... or go bonkers with slot A-tab A type instructions and kit where the keel, plumbing, electrical, etc and propulsion are already put together (or require just a simple plug hook up) ... so simple a ten year old could put it together!

    (10 year old not included)
     
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    rustybarge Cheetah 25' Powercat.

    :D:D:D

    Lego bricks maybe?
     

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