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Re: How to do your own marine survey
VERY interesting article, boatpoker.
However: "This fella should read up on the Hindenburg."
The Hindenburg did not explode because of the hydrogen fuel, it has long been proven that the disater was because it was painted with a new thermal aluminum paint, which essentially was the same as THERMITE. That's right, the classified German analysis of the incident, duplicated years later (like tne years ago) shows that the airship was painted with thermite. The hydrogen flame would have gone "poof!" upwards and spared the airship, but the entire skin was painted with thermite, and that's what did sucha great job burning.
Memo: Be careful about using metal-rich silver paints on your airship. Or boat.
And in my limited understanding "a microsecond later the diesel fuel will ignite and try to send the piston in the opposite direction. " No, really, one microsecond after a combustion event has started, the cylinder will still be in the compression stage, which it normally IS in when the fuel-air charge ignites. The ether will cause a slight pre-igntion or "ping" which is quite normal and tolerable in engines. An awful lot of tractors and big rigs and construction equipment are started with ether in cold weather, you can thank the cheap-ass boatbuilders who didn't order cylinder preheaters for this.
I'd be more concerned that a can of something flammable was stored without restraint in an engine space.
Niether of which should detract from a very nice piece of work!
Last edited by hellosailor; 03-18-2012 at 03:40 PM.