boats

Time Lapse:  Lego Ship in a Bottle

Time Lapse: Lego Ship in a Bottle

This build from Julia Morley took “a week of planning, three days of building, a large number of expletives, and some interesting use of very long tools.” And you can enjoy the whole process (minus the expletives, which have been replaced with soothing music) in three minutes of 32X time-lapse bliss here. [via The Brothers Brick]

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Zipper boat!

Zipper boat!

Yup. Somebody–specifically Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki–went to the trouble of building a motorboat shaped like a zipper pull just for the sake of the aerial sight gag of its wake suggesting a parting zipper. And just for the record, this is clearly a jacket-zipper-pull motorboat, not a pants-zipper-pull motorboat, so let’s not have any off-color jokes about what strange creatures might be surfacing in its wake. [via Dude Craft]

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Hand-built Cuban refugee boat

Hand-built Cuban refugee boat

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, from user huebner5000. He quotes an unnamed source:

This Cuban chug arrived Wednesday, December 16th, 2009. The chug held 17 Cubans who are now legal U.S. citizens. The chug, we were told, left Cuba at 5am December 14th and landed at Dry Tortugas at 2am December 16th.

It’s all made from scrap metal and junk. The hull, reportedly, is flattened corrugated roofing material. There’s one more picture here.

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Bobbing naval generator runs “eternally” on ocean’s heat

Bobbing naval generator runs “eternally” on ocean’s heat

SOLO-TREC is outfitted with a series of tubes full of waxy phase-change materials. As the float encounters warm temperatures near the ocean’s surface, the materials expand; when it dives and the waters grow cooler, the materials contract. The expansion and contraction pressurizes oil, which drives a hydraulic motor. The motor generates electricity and recharges the batteries, which power a pump. The pump can change the float’s buoyancy, allowing it to move up and down the water column.

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Ephemerisle floating festival

Ephemerisle floating festival

Based in the Bay Area, the Seasteading Institute’s mission is to “further the establishment and growth of permanent, autonomous ocean communities, enabling innovation with new political and social systems.” They just hosted their second annual Seasteading Conference, and this weekend, they host the first annual Ephemerisle Festival of Politics, Community, and Art, being held October 2-4, 2009 in the Sacramento River Delta.

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