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Ok, this is a new thread to have a little fun with... but those of you that have lived aboard or cruised, you can't tell me some of these thoughts have not crossed your mind!! So, with a laugh or two, here goes:

1) VHF is Line of Sight, right? So why can't you fly a kite with a metal string (as your antennae) and communicate with China??

2) You know, we are always resticted by space. I don't care if I was on the QEII, I would fill it up. So, since we are limited by hull speed anyway, why can't you build a small boat that looked like a floating POD behind you and tow it with you? Hey, come to think of it, if you are towing... wouldn't that give you right of way over almost everyone too!

3) Ahh the Abacos. South America. Polynesia. Now, I undersatnd the rules of checking in & out of a country, but why couldn't you anchor in the Abacos way off the beaten path and make yourself self suffient and dissapear from the world? Who would really ever know?

4) Need money? Now, with the rediculous amount of money our country throws in the crappers, why can't you put together a grant proposal to study the global effects of Coral Reef Bleeching and go cruising for free???

5) Why can't I fill my dink up with Helium and totally reduce the drag when pulling it? Hydrogen came to mind too, but after my experience with the grill (Old Chronicles of Cruising), it sounds a little dangerous. But Helium... hmm. Kinda like a balloon for grown men!

HAHA! Now that was fun. I don't want any of you gjys stealing my ideas. I am writing my patents right now!!

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1) Unless you are on the same side of the globe as China, the planet gets in the way...besides the kite would also have to be very, very high to get any significant gain in LOS, and that is difficult when hauling up a COAX cable. Also, the signal loss to the length of COAX would essentially render the antenna useless.

2) The cargo pod would result in significant loss in seaworthiness to the boat, and no towing attachment system would be able to survive some of the storms you'll run into at sea. Also, the drag of the pod would seriously impact your boat speed... you would be limited by the "hull speed" of the pod if it was large enough. Therefore, the pod would only be filled with "unnecessary" non-critical supplies... so why would you carry them anyways?

3) You could anchor there, but it is unlikely a small cruising sailboat will ever be self-sufficient enough to stay there for any extended period of time. While the sea can provide a lot of the sustenance you will need, there will be certain vitamins and minerals that you will not be able to get from the sea—ever hear of SCURVY???

4) To get a grant issued to go study those effects, you would need to be a scientist with documented credentials more likely then not. Most are not.

6) The material on most inflatable dinghies is relatively porous to Helium. The dinghy would deflate rather rapidly, as the smaller, higher energy helium molecules escaped...leaving you towing a relatively heavy, drag inducing, uninflated dinghy.

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LOL... most of the answers are common sense mixed with a bit of knowledge...
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Damned old SD is always getting serious on me!!

Now, SD, you are wrong on every point, and let me explain:

1) The kite ISSS tall enough for LOS to China. Ask the astronauts on the Space Station... they see it going by every few hours.

2) The POD is NOT decreaasing the sea sorthiness of my boat becasue I have rigged dual 454's CHevy Blocks on it with matching props. In fact, it often pulls me.

3) Everyone that has been in the Abacos knows that the Mermaids have weekly deliveries of Vitamins and Minerals. The trick is to not let your wife see you gaping at them.

4) As far as credentials, I am avery skillful writer and have an awesome imagination. Enough said. And if that did not work, I luckily know Jack Abramoff and he can help.

5) I am not even going to ask you how you know that Hypaoln is porous to Helium... if you did not make that up. SD, really, I am worried about you. You need to stop by our boat and let me fix you a couple of drinks that will free your mind (and stomach the next day). Now, luckily I have coated the Dink with a special concocktion of bi-polar Di-Hydrogen Oxygen with 30% Sodium and Chloride to prevent any seepage from the material. In addition, I have developed a special paste of Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) which I have coated the dink with and is guaranteed to stop any deflating.

Now that we have that straight...

Why can't you make the hull of a boat out of plastic? A blow, fill, seal type of thing?
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Maybe if your kite string is long enough you could ride the solar wind, why limit ourselves to the terrestrial?
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why can't computers do what you want them to do instead of doing what their told...

why can't teenagers do what you want them to instead of doing what they want to...
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two inventions I want ...

Why can't you make a telescoping mast, so instead of stepping the mast or waiting for a drawbridge, you crank a winch and the mast retracts from, say 50 feet to a 15-foot stub, go under the bridge and crank it back up to 50 feet again once you get to the other side?

I'd also like to invent shrink wrap that really shrinks the items you wrap in it ... what a great storage solution!

Thanx for this thread CD, I'm in the office facing a huge bureaucratic pile of paper and it brightened up my day
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why can't computers do what you want them to do instead of doing what their told...

Because Bill Gates has a sense of humor.

why can't teenagers do what you want them to instead of doing what they want to...
Because you are paying for your previous sins as a teenager. Your parents revenge.
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