Would be hamster wheel ocean crosser arrested again

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  1. mitchgrunes
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    I do hope they're making him pay for all those rescues.
     
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    According to him, its a financial enterprise.

    According to previous interviews, Mr Baluchi said he was attempting the voyages to raise money for a variety of causes, including for the homeless and the Coast Guard.

    "My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the Coast Guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department," he told WOFL-TV in Orlando in 2021.

    "They are in public service, they do it for safety, and they help other people."
     
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    Repeat offender.
     
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    Yeah, well, getting serially arrested by the Coast Guard seems like a pretty strange way of raising money from the Coast Guard, and I doubt if he's raised enough in donations to cover the expenses we've all paid in tax dollars to fish him out of the drink.
     
  6. comfisherman
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    It's high time we let nature take its course, after 3 strikes let him drift and if he makes it, we'll cool story bro.... if not.... well we saved him 3x as a society. More than most of human history had extended to eccentric folks over the last few millenia.
     
  7. mitchgrunes
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    Has anyone heard the phrase "evolution in action"?

    Maybe he could be persuaded to start smaller, like crossing between two nearby islands in the Florida Inland Waterway during fair weather. Perhaps he just needs to scale down his goals a little, and add a powered lifeboat to deal with emergencies. Or be by followed by another boat to perform rescues if needed, like people do on some long distance swimming contests.

    The idea actually seems pretty cool, if limited to places and extents where it might work. And we've seen some whitewater craft that resemble his idea.

    I can imagine a contest to race similar boats for short distances under controlled conditions.
     
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    This guy is a deranged Selfish publicity Hound, (willing to risk his life for it) that has found a way to periodically get into the international news, while passing on the cost of his risk to others, JMHO. Lots of that irresponsible /costly / risky Behavior going around, including the recent Titanic submersible disaster, and some other things. Confiscation, fines, billing for costs, jail time , Etc might help discourage that behavior, (or not) depending on the level of the derangement?
     
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    I can't see how this could possibly work. Where is he supposed to put his food, water, and other vital stores? Since it appears the whole thing has to rotate, everything must be placed so it perfectly balances along the entire cylinder surface. And we are talking about more than a thousand pounds of such stores and likely several hundred pounds of equipment. One thing he'd really need is a very effective sea anchor for his periods of rest, and for times of adverse winds. This is far worse than cross-ocean rowing, which I consider to be little more than a slightly controlled drift.

    When doing a stunt like this, one must be sure to do the math ahead of time. If he could meet the conditions I mentioned above, and if he could choose a route in which the prevailing winds and currents would take him there anyway, he might be able to pull this off. But it appears that he doesn't have a mind for such details.
     
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    Or, and hear me out on this.... he's only doing this as a publicity stunt as a manifestation of psychosis and or trama.... and math or planning has little or nothing to do with it.
     
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    Something like that...
     
  12. Will Gilmore
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    How does he steer?

    Do the two paddle wheels turn independently if he runs inside one or are they both fixed to the central cage?

    Sounds like a good one to start on Key West to the Marquesas Keys and back. 70 mile run across the Gulf waters.

    Maybe a catamaran with a treadmill for a bridge deck, connected to propellers under each hull.
     
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    Who called the CG, anyway. No one stopped Sven from drifting around in the North Atlantic.

    -Will
     
  14. portacruise
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    Hold my beer, and watch this, as I try again! Mom, call the media before I start, because somebody is going to get hurt, arrested or rescued! No shortage of volunteers, for any kind of audience of reporters and followers- that will gather to see the dangerous, illogical, and scientific / engineering unviable stunts?

    Along similar lines, a few Riders of barrels over Niagara Falls had success, as did "Lawn chair" Larry with his spontaneous "aircraft".

    Houdini, Siegfried and Roy, Evel Knievel, and many other circus type acts even managed to monetize The General concept, and made a living at it, by using a little more planning, ha...

    BTW, I'm pretty sure that the hamster wheel concept works for slow propulsion under perfect, protected conditions, like say a for crossing a covered Olympic pool situation- he could get exercise or proof of concept by going back and forth thousands of times. But I doubt that reporters and authorities would show up for that!
     
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    My guess is is shift the weight steering by running along one Edge or the other on fixed Wheels. Very slow response, and probably not very effective because of the many other huge surrounding forces, but that's not the main point for him anyway, ha!
     
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