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And there's been no known deaths from containers.
I wonder how many of those unexplained disappearances of small boats were for that very reason. We'll never know.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Was it foam lined? Empty?
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Hee in BC we prefer to hit logs. One lightweight racer on the way back from the Vic-Maui a few years back hit a log and promptly sank.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

My fear is one is just submerged below the surface. So much for "engineered" hulls with very thin walls and a grid to stiffen. They will puncture like a tire.
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Hee in BC we prefer to hit logs. One lightweight racer on the way back from the Vic-Maui a few years back hit a log and promptly sank.
Yeah, the logs/deadheads here in the PNW are pretty brutal. I can't for the life of me understand how/why people have go-fast boats out on the sound going 60+

I'm real happy to have slowed down to 6 with a steel hull
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

It might be cheaper to make shipping containers that sink, but what about all those plastic toys and other buoyant crap they might contain? The top of the container would need to release (explosive bolts?) so those decayed plastic bits could later clog the craws of sea-birds.

May be the real cure is to just stop buying stuff made in China? And save some American jobs?
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And there's been no known deaths from containers.
That didn't pass the smell test... them things are killers.
https://www.google.com/search?q=ship...iw=827&bih=718
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

I suppose it's obvious that MarkofSeaLife meant that there were no recorded deaths due to a sailboat hitting a floating shipping container.

The only dumb question is the one that you didn't ask because you thought it would make you look dumb.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

"May be the real cure is to just stop buying stuff made in China? And save some American jobs? "
Right, isolationism, that's been proven to work. (Not.)

The US forcibly opened trade iwth Japan, a closed kingdom. The Chinese actually BURNED all their fleets, which we are now suspecting ranged halfway around the world and included vessels of incredible unprecedented size. That didn't work any better than their Great Wall.

Or Hadrian's Wall in England. Damned barbarians keep slipping by...

Save American jobs? OK, but a chinaman's gotta eat, too. You'd save more Ameican jobs by opening gen-you-whine American franchises to serve those billion hungry chinamen lunch. In China.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

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It's not uncommon for shipping containers to float just a few feet below the surface for a few hours or so on their way to the bottom, meaning there is no way you'd see it on a dark night and you might just notice a strange wave pattern during the day - if you're looking that way. Given that they are usually only lost during storms, you'd have to be sailing through a shipping area a day or so after a storm, so the chances of hitting one are slim, but, like the chances of hitting a whale or a sunfish, it does happen..

A nice old timber motorboat was crossing Whitsunday Passage one night late last century when it was sunk by the periscope of a submarine on route to Cairns. Stuff really does happen out there.
I've always suspected that the thought of hitting a shipping container is one of those things you hear talked about disproportionately to the amount of times it actually happens. Sort of like great white sharks in swimming areas. Because it is such a terrible thing if it happens, it preys upon our feelings of powerlessness and is probably thought about a whole lot more than it is likely to happen.

In the rare (but not unheard of) event that they do fall off a ship, like someone else said, they probably don't float all that long (even below the surface) before they sink. I would venture to guess that your chances of hitting a whale woud be far greater than hitting a storage container.
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