Monday, July 02, 2007

Suggest a boat design.


Found out, today, that there is a cardboard box boat race
at Goose Lake (here in LA) the 21st of this month!
There should be plenty of time and materials to
build an entry...test our knowledge of boats and
design, maybe.
Ideas, guys! Gimme!

17 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

Would suggest you make your boat out of waxed fish boxes - water proof and will absord less water than regular cardboard. if you paddle fast, you may make it across the finish line - suggest a life jacket just in case my concept is wrong.

FishTaxi said...

http://www.blue-room.com/onetruth/archive/000591.html

Good Luck!

Shana said...

can you use any other materialls? Count the buffies in on planning...we will make a clan boat! Maybe 20 footer or so?

Anonymous said...

I got a great idea, but don't know if I can share it's so great. But if I share I can't tell anyone but you. Serious racers only. A little bird thought of this one. (hint)

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

JD Plumma said...

The site mentioned by taxi is linked on the photo on post, as well. good ideas and critique.

JD Plumma said...

Rodrigo is making his rounds...

Stan said...

Is Rodrigo a freind of yours as well, we have so much in common! I had to make a cardboard boat for my Chief's iniation (SIC) but I had to do it by measurements given to me by the court in cubits. Took me two weeks to figure out what a cubit was! It kept me afloat for several hours, even in the icy arctic, ice laden waters, while I was standing plane watch with my Coors Binoculars

Tormen Tagain said...

I have old friends back in the midwest who entered a number of these boats in races over the years. The designs I remember was a locomotive engine, a stealth bomber, and one year they trouped as a gang of bikers. They would take the same boat/or boats to a few races race up and down the Ohio river until it couldn't float anymore and began deteriorating. One could conclude that after all the fuss, loss of work, and dollars spent on such extravagance to a hobby turned passion turned obsession would qualify them for a board seat in the "Get a Life club" and I don't know if they still pursue it or not. But anyway. Heres a link to a page from the organization [yes] that they used to follow, The "Great cardboard boat regatta" . Anyway, this page has lots of time tested tips for construction.
Have fun with it.

http://gcbr.com/tips.html

P.S. I can't help but think it would be funny as hell to see a huge toilet floating down the river or lake with a few heads and arms sticking out of the bowl with paddles.

JD Plumma said...

A toilet IS a good idea! The proportions might not be right for balance, though. There HAS been a variety of designs built in the past - some that held 20 people - not a toilet that I've found....and I think waxed cardboard is against the rules. As well as epoxy or other resinous glues.

Stan said...

Since when did you follow any rules in the games that you play?

Talking Boy said...

who is rodrigo? They make some inflatable cargo securement pillows which could be recycled as flotation devices for your boot

Talking Boy said...

The master of the zip line can construct anything. I believe, I believe

Talking Boy said...

Want me to slap a ninety for ya

Talking Boy said...

just "google images" for cardboard boat regattae

JD Plumma said...

http://www.muni.org/iceimages/parks/ActivityGuide.pdf

4th annual cardboard boat race
July 20...Goose Lake...1 - 5 pm
got the rules today. may have the woodpecker collecting supplies...

Tormen Tagain said...

build a platform like "they" do sometimes when adding an extra bathroom. Build the cardboard toilet on top of it and not only will it float but you could place all the paddles designed as accessories such as plungers and brushes around it.
I'm thinking way too far into this aren't I for an observer.
Whatever you build fly the Jolly Roger Matey.
ARRR !

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