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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 03:41      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
HI ALL_________________________A friend sent me an E-mail with these photos, I then searched and found this site.


http://www.lukeknipe.com/stories/strange_watercraft.asp

Now for those that know boats, does that look like an Arenson drive, on the back of that pontoon?

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 04:24      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First reaction: oh wow! that is incredibly cool!

Second reaction: now that's a nice piece of engineering, but what's the use of a shock absorber when the hulls are inflated? Wouldn't the hulls themselves absorb shocks? (OK, maybe the hulls are inflated by sections, and maybe the pressure needed to hold the full thing doesn't allow for much absorbtion. Still, to add something so big seems redundant.)

Thanks, MoMan!

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Oh boy, does that look menacing! Menacing and evil, and sinister. Looks like something from a dystopian future sci-fi film. And fun. I want one :) It's like an aeroplane but much harder to crash.
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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 09:59      Profile for catgoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The full text of what the boat actually is can be found here.

These images (photographer unknown) began making the rounds in October 2006, generating a good deal of discussion on Internet message boards, where a consensus was rapidly reached that they are authentic and reveal the prototype of an inflatable power catamaran designed by Antrim Associates based on a concept by oceanographer Ugo Conti.

According to Yachting Monthly, the experimental vessel is 100 feet long and 50 feet wide and powered by twin diesel engines mounted to the rear of the inflatable pontoon hulls. The cabin is suspended on flexible legs about 15 feet above and between the hulls, allowing them to glide independently over the service of the water.

The "mysterious" craft was first spotted during sea trials in various locations off the northern Washington state coast, including Anacortes, where it was assembled, and the Port of Ilwaco, where the foregoing snapshots were taken. It was also reportedly seen in San Francisco.

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 11:57      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by catgoddess:
... allowing them to glide independently over the service of the water.

*Gasp*
Are you letting Clippy do your editing again goddess? [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 13:54      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
stereo u missed the third reaction which was: where do i get this thing and how much?

Thanks for the link Moman i will be keeping my eye out for that vessel.

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Official site of the Proteus Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) catamaran: http://www.wam-v.com/

Patent describing the craft in far more detail than the official site: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6874439-fulltext.html

(The patent is not illustrated; reader exercise to see if the patent illustrations are available online elsewhere)

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 16:04      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Google patents: http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT6874439&id=AqQTAAAAEBAJ&dq=6874439

Illustrations under the "drawings" page.

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catgoddess
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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 17:34      Profile for catgoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
quote:
Originally posted by catgoddess:
... allowing them to glide independently over the service of the water.

*Gasp*
Are you letting Clippy do your editing again goddess? [Big Grin]

No... That was a direct copy and paste from the original site.. that's why I stated the FULL article could be found via that link.

It's sad what actually makes it to "print" these days. [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 19:21      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Phew. Faith restored [Wink]

In any event, that's one sweet looking watercraft.

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Ugh... don't you know by now that I would never use such horrid grammar?? [Wink]

Agreed on the watercraft... it looks like a big spider! It's freaky and cool!

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 21:09      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
CG - I heard that the editor was on strike... but don't worry - normal surface will resume shortly.

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Icon 5 posted January 18, 2007 22:19      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
Oh boy, does that look menacing! Menacing and evil, and sinister.

And is in Washington... Redmond, anyone?

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Icon 1 posted January 18, 2007 22:22      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It does look a bit like a water strider. I wonder if the design can actually catch on or not.

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