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Old Feb 02, 2016, 01:51 PM
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It's not often you see a boat with a forward facing water intake! I hope that is just a sticker to look like an air intake, or the first wave crest will be in your lap.

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Old Feb 02, 2016, 07:54 PM
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I had to research that. I finally found a few boats like this under name of "Larson Falls Flyer", with the models I found running from years 1956 to '59.

I finally confirmed the front grill intake is a fake when I ran across this neglected example, perhaps a bolt-on item rather than a graphic...

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Old Feb 03, 2016, 01:09 AM
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Spreckels Lake is full of these guys!
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Old Feb 03, 2016, 10:59 AM
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I think I spilled my coffee !

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Abandoned cargo ship lists dangerously in Bay of Biscay

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Old Feb 03, 2016, 11:29 AM
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Wasn't that a car carrier that got off balance because her pumps weren't working right? A salvage company got on board and righted the ship and off she went with a ton of damaged cars.
Two things on the container ship: Why can't the containers be secured so they won't fall off the ship no matter what? Why aren't the containers water proof and made to float for retrieval?
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Old Feb 03, 2016, 11:43 AM
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Not sure about the auto carrier.

But with the container ship, I have seen photos of some that show the containers tied with big turnbuckle devices in criss-cross configuration to hold them in place. I would imagine that they are also interlocked to each other at the corners the way they lock to the trailer frames for road travel.

The containers do have seals around the doors. If they were all brand new in perfect working order, they should be watertight, at least for a while. Containers that have been in use for a while would be a whole different story. They take a lot of abuse and I imagine they rarely get the maintenance and repairs they really need. Just look at them when you get behind them on the highway.

However, the forces involved in heavy seas are tremendous and you just can't realistically build something that would handle "every" situation. The decision makers have to weigh the risks against the costs and decide what they are willing to pay for when designing ships and containers (and anything else).

All these things are probably designed properly. But one of my favorite says is; "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
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Old Feb 03, 2016, 12:20 PM
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You really cannot design anything that will absolutely survive all that a high sea state can give.
Containers are airtight, and will float when they fall off a ship, that is the reason they are considered a navigational hazard, it is an ongoing problem.
Mother nature is far stronger than man.

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I think insurance companies would prefer that they sank quickly. Would you rather pay for the contents of the container, or for the possible damage to multiple ships which encounter a floating one?

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