U.S.S. Independence

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  1. boatindad
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    {Well an image should be here but its not}


    I search around and could find no discussion about this very interesting boat. I wondered about everyone's opinion about it and if it could be down scale-able. A smaller version might make an efficient cruiser. All thoughts welcome.
     
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    Thank you the search here is shoddy
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    Well i checked and there is not much there any chance of some disscusion about down scaling for a cruiser.
     
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    What size do you have in mind ?
     
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    Define...efficient
    Define...cruiser
     
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    I give up, a "cruiser" is a police car ?
     
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    What's sad is this is something that they have plenty of experience avoiding, it probably shouldn't have happened at all.
     
  10. boatindad
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    The size I'm toying with in my head is between 1/5 and 1/10 of the original 418ft .
    By efficient I mean in the relative sense, as in less fuel burned per mile traveled in a "cruiser" comparably equipt.
    I'm not sure how to define cruiser I thought it was a common way of describing a boat people travel and sleep in.
    I agree that someone should have thought about the galvanic reaction. I know of it from installing hot water heaters you must have a dielectric union between your copper pipes and the steel tank or you might as well buy two.
     

  11. Rurudyne
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    If you are looking for a boat for lake/river/ICW service at moderate cruising speeds: I've been tinkering around with this kind of concept in the size range in question. My observations are those of someone from a family with weak knees (and a handicapped sister) so I've a logical desire, even in my daydreams, to avoid unnecessary steps or high furniture that you may not share.

    Based on some of the things said / pictures given about beam to draft ratio in this paper: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/7671/ on wave resistance for trimarans (and placement of amas for wake reduction) it seems that one might be able to substitute a somewhat beamier shallow draft main hull for a truly narrow but deeper draft main hull of similar displacement (think something like a Bolger state cruiser with stabilizing amas rather than some thing like Johnny Wasabi: http://www.yachtsforsale.com/yacths_listing/451.html ). This could, if that line of reasoning holds out, enable simpler/cheaper construction being my hope.

    PS: I can't remember exactly where I downloaded the paper, if the above link isn't where it can be downloaded from, but it is freely available somewhere if not there, sorry.
     
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