tagged w/ Boat
What do you get it you cross a Great White shark with a boat? The Sea Breacher X.
The SeaBreacher X is a two-seater boat that has been designed to look like the king of the seas, a great white. It has a 260hp engine that can hurtle this fun-machine across the surface of the water at 50mph and 25mph underwater. Yes, you read it right, underwater! Jules Verne would be spinning in his grave with excitement
http://www.p1superstock.co.uk/news/holy-shark-fins-What do you get it you cross a Great White shark with a boat? The Sea Breacher X.... more
Last week there were photos of the whale which landed on top of a boat owned by Paloma and Ralph Mothes. Though now footage of the incident is on youtube, it looks like it is still unclear why the Whale breached onto the boat.Last week there were photos of the whale which landed on top of a boat owned by Paloma... more
Official World Golf No. 18, Justin Rose, has tee'd off in probably his most unusual location to date - on the bow of the Maurice Lacroix P1 SuperStock powerboat.
http://www.p1superstock.co.uk/news/justin-rose-tee-s-off-in-styleOfficial World Golf No. 18, Justin Rose, has tee'd off in probably his most... more
Workers excavating the World Trade Centre site have unearthed the 10-metre hull of a ship believed to have been buried in the 18th century.
The vessel was probably used along with other debris to fill in land to extend lower Manhattan into the Hudson river, archaeologists have said.
It was hoped the artefact could be retrieved by the end of today, said archaeologist Molly McDonald. A boat specialist was going to the Ground Zero site to examine the find.
McDonald said she wanted to at least salvage some timbers; it was unclear if any large portions could be lifted intact.
"We're mostly clearing it by hand because it's fragile," she said. Construction equipment may be used later in the process.
McDonald and Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist, were at the site of the 11 September 2001 attacks when the hull was discovered on Tuesday morning.
"We noticed curved timbers that a back hoe brought up," McDonald said. "We quickly found the rib of a vessel and continued to clear it away and expose the hull.
"We're going to send timber samples to a laboratory to do dendrochronology to help us get a sense of when the boat was constructed." Dendrochronology is the science that uses tree rings to determine dates and chronological order.
A 45kg (100lb) anchor was found a few yards from the hull on Wednesday but the experts are not sure if it belongs to the ship. The anchor was about a metre across, McDonald said.
The archaeologists are racing to record and analyse the vessel before exposure to air makes the delicate wood deteriorate.
"I kept thinking of how closely it came to being destroyed," Pappalardo said.Workers excavating the World Trade Centre site have unearthed the 10-metre hull of a... more
From the NY Times Magazine (June 21, 2010)
In the international waters south of Malta, the Greenpeace vessels Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise deployed eight inflatable Zodiacs and skiffs into the azure surface of the Mediterranean. Protesters aboard donned helmets and took up DayGlo flags and plywood shields. With the organization’s observation helicopter hovering above, the pilots of the tiny boats hit their throttles, hurtling the fleet forward to stop what they viewed as an egregious environmental crime. It was a high-octane updating of a familiar tableau, one that anyone who has followed Greenpeace’s Save the Whales adventures of the last 35 years would have recognized. But in the waters off Malta there was not a whale to be seen.
What was in the water that day was a congregation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, a fish that when prepared as sushi is one of the most valuable forms of seafood in the world. It’s also a fish that regularly journeys between America and Europe and whose two populations, or “stocks,” have both been catastrophically overexploited. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of only two known Atlantic bluefin spawning grounds, has only intensified the crisis. By some estimates, there may be only 9,000 of the most ecologically vital megabreeders left in the fish’s North American stock, enough for the entire population of New York to have a final bite (or two) of high-grade otoro sushi. The Mediterranean stock of bluefin, historically a larger population than the North American one, has declined drastically as well. Indeed, most Mediterranean bluefin fishing consists of netting or “seining” young wild fish for “outgrowing” on tuna “ranches.” Which was why the Greenpeace craft had just deployed off Malta: a French fishing boat was about to legally catch an entire school of tuna, many of them undoubtedly juveniles.
Oliver Knowles, a 34-year-old Briton who was coordinating the intervention, had told me a few days earlier via telephone what the strategy was going to be. “These fishing operations consist of a huge purse-seining vessel and a small skiff that’s quite fast,” Knowles said. A “purse seine” is a type of net used by industrial fishing fleets, called this because of the way it draws closed around a school of fish in the manner of an old-fashioned purse cinching up around a pile of coins. “The skiff takes one end of the net around the tuna and sort of closes the circle on them,” Knowles explained. “That’s the key intervention point. That’s where we have the strong moral mandate.”
But as the Zodiacs approached the French tuna-fishing boat Jean-Marie Christian VI, confusion engulfed the scene. As anticipated, the French seiner launched its skiffs and started to draw a net closed around the tuna school. Upon seeing the Greenpeace Zodiacs zooming in, the captain of the Jean-Marie Christian VI issued a call. “Mayday!” he shouted over the radio. “Pirate attack!” Other tuna boats responded to the alert and arrived to help. The Greenpeace activists identified themselves over the VHF, announcing they were staging a “peaceful action.”
Aboard one Zodiac, Frank Hewetson, a 20-year Greenpeace veteran who in his salad days as a protester scaled the first BP deepwater oil rigs off Scotland, tried to direct his pilot toward the net so that he could throw a daisy chain of sandbags over its floating edge and allow the bluefin to escape. But before Hewetson could deploy his gear, a French fishing skiff rammed his Zodiac. A moment later Hewetson was dragged by the leg toward the bow. “At first I thought I’d been lassoed,” Hewetson later told me from his hospital bed in London. “But then I looked down. ” A fisherman trying to puncture the Zodiac had swung a three-pronged grappling hook attached to a rope into the boat and snagged Hewetson clean through his leg between the bone and the calf muscle. (Using the old language of whale protests, Greenpeace would later report to Agence France-Presse that Hewetson had been “harpooned.”)
“Ma jambe! Ma jambe!” Hewetson cried out in French, trying to signal to the fisherman to slack off on the rope. The fisherman, according to Hewetson, first loosened it and then reconsidered and pulled it tight again. Eventually Hewetson was able to get enough give in the rope to yank the hook free. Elsewhere, fishermen armed with gaffs and sticks sank another Zodiac and, according to Greenpeace’s Knowles, fired a flare at the observation helicopter. At a certain point, the protesters made the decision to break off the engagement. “We have currently pulled back from the seining fleet,” Knowles e-mailed me shortly afterward, “to regroup and develop next steps.” Bertrand Wendling, the executive director of the tuna-fishing cooperative of which the Jean-Marie Christian VI was a part, called the Greenpeace protest “without doubt an act of provocation” in which “valuable work tools” were damaged.
(This story is much, much longer and continues at the link!)From the NY Times Magazine (June 21, 2010)... more
During a week in which the public is being urged to review lightning safety, one man is killed and another injured in Texas.During a week in which the public is being urged to review lightning safety, one man... more
Like all good marriages Stuart and Sara Cureton agree on most things -groceries, domestic chores and disposing of the garbage - but when it comes to powerboat racing neither husband nor wife concedes defeat and will fight fire with fire until the finishing line.
Swimming teacher, Sara, currently owns bragging rights, courtesy of her victory margin at the season-ending grand prix in the Isle of Man in 2009, but Stuart, a salesman for JP Morgan in the city, assures us that pre-season pleasantries are already up and running and he is the first to stake his claim ahead of the inaugural Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship Grand Prix of the Sea in Penzance on May 21-23.
http://www.p1superstock.co.uk/news/meet-the-pilotsstuart-curetonLike all good marriages Stuart and Sara Cureton agree on most things -groceries,... more
You may have seen them breathing fire, performing at raunchy car and FMX stunt-shows or displaying wild behavior that would even make rockers such as The Rolling Stones look on in shock. Now the Fuel Girls can add a competitive motorsports team ...
http://www.fueltopia.co.uk/xn/detail/2735193:Topic:66338?xg_source=activityYou may have seen them breathing fire, performing at raunchy car and FMX stunt-shows... more
Makers hopeful that maiden voyage of world's largest solar-powered catamaran will prove that the sun can fuel the world
Considering its 85 tonnes and its potential to shape the future of maritime travel, the launch of Türanor was a surprisingly reserved affair. The world's largest solar-powered boat made a gentle plop as it was lowered by a huge crane on to the waters of the Kiel firth in northern Germany today, and triggered the polite applause of onlookers – mainly fishermen and shipyard workers. "We've made it, she's safe, and she floats," whispered its owner, Immo Ströher, with tears welling in his eyes.
But the real challenges for the gleaming white catamaran still lie ahead, as its makers seek to use it to prove that the sun can fuel our world.
Next year, after an intense testing phase, Türanor – the name, inspired by JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, means "power of the sun" – will embark on her maiden voyage, a round-the-world trip during which her two-man crew will attempt to chase the sun in order to capture as much available solar power as possible and navigate her at an average speed of 7.5 knots.
Ströher's granddaughter christened her today by smashing a bottle of champagne against her teak deck, and pronouncing: "May you always have plenty of water under your bows, and sun on your deck."
The 31-metre-long multi-hull vessel, the brainchild of Swiss former ambulance driver Raphael Domjan, is topped by scores of photovoltaic panels, with a total area of more than 600 sq metres, that covers most of the catamaran's surface. Additional panels are attached to outriggers on its starboard, port and stern sections, that can be retracted in stormy weather. The solar energy, which will be stored in the largest lithium ion battery in the world, will power the vessel's silent, pollution-free electric motor.
"The mission of the skippers will be to chase the sun," said Dany Faigaux, a member of PlanetSolar, the Swiss team behind the ambitious project. "Up until now, sailing navigation has involved working with the three parameters of the waves, wind and tide. But we've added two new dimensions – namely, sunlight and the lithium ion battery. It's a completely new form of energy management."
The £16m catamaran – chosen for its energy-saving ability to "slice" rather than "ride" through waves – will store energy in its batteries by day. It can run on its stored energy in the absence of sunlight for around three days at 7.5 knots, the speed of an average oil tanker. At slower speeds it could run for up to 15 days, according to its makers.
Türanor, which will travel along an equatorial route – to take most advantage of the sunshine – will be helped by French meteorologists who will advise the most efficient path along which to steer it according to current conditions and forecasts.
If it is a particularly cloudy day, they might recommend a diversion to sunnier parts, even if the route turns out to be longer. "Its all about maximising its energy efficiency," said Faigaux.
The 34,000-mile journey will take the vessel across the Atlantic, the Panama Canal, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean over a scheduled 160 days. The voyage is intended not so much to revolutionise sea travel – the technology requires the vessel to be as light as possible, so it would not be suitable for heavy container ships – as to prove the under-exploited potential of solar energy.
"We want to be the Phileas Fogg of the 21st century," said 38-year old Domjan, the project's pioneer. "But beyond Jules Verne's dream, our project is meant to serve the environment and to enable solar energy to replace fossil fuels, and to motivate engineers and scientists to develop these technologies," he said. Appropriately, one of the patron's of the project is Jean Verne, the great-grandson of the French author of Around the World in Eighty Days.
"I don't know why no one has tried it before," added Domjan, whose company also boasts what they say is the world's only solar-powered computer server. "But what we want to show is that all the technology that is in this boat is technology you can already find on the market, rather than just in the lab, and all of it can be applied to our normal, everyday lives."
Gerard d'Aboville, his fellow skipper for the forthcoming voyage, is no stranger to maritime challenges, having become the first person to row across the Atlantic Ocean in 1980.
"We'll have to learn a new kind of navigation," he said. "It's very different from any of the other challenges I've faced, which is what makes it so interesting. It's strongly symbolic for the future of solar energy, but I would not dare to say that tomorrow a merchant boat or a passenger plane will be powered by the sun."Makers hopeful that maiden voyage of world's largest solar-powered catamaran will... more
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren’t really that FAIL. I try to find the glimmer of goodness in everything, so this is another edition of some FAILs that I don’t think are really FAILs.
A dog shit near your gifts. I guess that's a FAIL, but at least you got gifts. Plus your mom told me that one of those presents is a gift certificate to Stanley Steemer.
He could have gotten drunk in the banquet hall, and made a fool of himself and his fellow employees. This jacket is the cruiseline's equivalent of a dunce cap.
This translates as "Snacks Mister Urine." You called this a FAIL, because you say you don't want to walk twenty meters to find snacks. But it's really not that far dude, remember twenty meters is only sixty feet. If you took the time to remember the metric system, we wouldn't keep having this same problem.
Are you so stupid that you actually tried to plant these Cheerios, and expected that donuts would grow? Idiot! You can only grow more Cheerios from those seeds.
Oh you're disappointed that they didn't pluralize MAN. Clearly the bathroom at this Thai train station can hold only one man, and several women.
Fake watches don't keep time, they are made of plastic and silly putty. Genuine fake watches look like they're made by Gucci, but actually keep time. So who you calling a FAIL now?
How is preventing violence a FAIL? Save your quarters for ten-for-one Tuesdays.
The thought process for this FAIL was: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A DOG IN A PLACE WHERE IT SHOULDNT BE. THIS IS SO FUNNY TO ME." But this isn't funny to any of us. Sorry bro this isn't a FAIL. But if it makes you feel any better your dog is sort of cute.
Catch up on your FAILs that aren’t FAILS.
- Some FAILs that I don’t think are FAILs #12
- SFTIDTAF #11
- SFTIDTAF #10
- SFTIDTAF #9
- More STIDTAF
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren’t really that FAIL.... more
London, England (CNN) -- The captain of a huge "flying" boat that has smashed world records for speed on water now plans to sail round the world in under 40 days.
Frenchman Alain Thebault, skipper of "Hydroptere," a revolutionary sailing boat that looks more like a plane, says his next project is to circumnavigate the globe in half the time of the Jules Verne novel "Around the World in 80 Days."
"My dream is to cross the world in 40 days," Thebault told CNN. "It is a project that is very close to my heart and that I believe in."
"Hydroptere," currently the world's fastest sailing boat, gets its speed from foils, or underwater "wings" that lift the boat and enable it to "fly" several meters above the water.
This innovation, which uses principles similar to those of airplanes, avoids drag and allows the 18- by 24-meter boat to achieve previously unimaginable speeds.
Inventor Thebault started working on the design for "Hydroptere" nearly 25 years ago.
"Many years ago when I said I wanted to make a boat fly people said I was crazy," he told CNN.
Thebault is aware of the dangers of his chosen sport.
In 2008, "Hydroptere" reached extreme speeds of over 60 knots per hour (about 111 km per hour, or almost 70 mph) before dramatically crashing.
"When you sail at very high speeds, around 100 km/hour, the water becomes like a rock," he said. "So yes, it is dangerous.Sailing at very high speeds is similar to high altitude for alpinists -- up there, you have to spend the least time possible."
Thebault and his team rebuilt "Hydroptere" and in late 2009 it became the fastest boat on the planet, traveling at over 50 knots (over 100 km/h) over 500 meters and one nautical mile.
Thebault is currently building a larger version of the boat, "Hydroptere Maxi," to make his attempt at crossing the world in under 40 days.
At 30 by 30 meters, Thebault hopes that "Maxi" will react better in heavy seas and be able to accommodate a group of 10 sailors. He expects "Maxi" to be sea-ready in 2013.
He likened his previous records and the round-the-world attempt to the difference between a 100-meter sprint and running a marathon: "They are completely different, but we want both."
But before all that, the maverick sailor, who admits this project is both his profession and obsession, has another goal: He will attempt to cross the Pacific in three days in 2011.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/26/hydroptere.flying.boat/index.htmlLondon, England (CNN) -- The captain of a huge "flying" boat that has... more
A skipper hoping to become the first to sail round the world using solar power said his catamaran could carve a wake for pollution-free shipping as he unveiled the record-breaking yacht Thursday.
"This is a unique feeling to see in front of me today a boat which I so often dreamed about," said Raphael Domjan as the covers came off the 18 million euro (24 million dollar) boat, the world's biggest solar-powered vessel.A skipper hoping to become the first to sail round the world using solar power said... more
Very efficient dude. He beached the boat and unloaded the cargo and himself all at once.
http://yesbitch.net/2010/funny/how-not-to-stop-a-boat/Very efficient dude. He beached the boat and unloaded the cargo and himself all at... more
Those crazy guys in the Mikey Needleman Band have figured out the single most viral Christmas parody idea EVER. Santa + Autotune + The Lonely Island’s idea
http://www.bigredkev.com/2009/12/im-on-sleigh.htmlThose crazy guys in the Mikey Needleman Band have figured out the single most viral... more
Built in Germany the Planet Solar boat with 500m²
solar panels operates day and night with stored solar
power in Li-ion batteries.
Read More> http://tinyurl.com/yzxsqjmBuilt in Germany the Planet Solar boat with 500m² solar panels operates day and... more
Come fishing with me and my son. We'll kick back some cold ones and have some fun. I own my own boat and have an extra fishing license. You'll need your own life perserver, but they're easy to come by. The river is flowing and my son is stoked.
$2 per person
8 hour round trip Sunday Nov 8th
Text BoBCome fishing with me and my son. We'll kick back some cold ones and have some... more