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Of course you'd need to have a retractable rig, since the mast and such would cause a lot of excessive drag if they weren't retracted.
Originally Posted by davidpm
A couple of the scariest risks for cruisers because of the lack of full-proof solutions is storm damage and pirate attack.
My fantasy solution to solve both of those problems is a submersible sailboat. At one foot the water pressure is about 15 PSI at one-hundred feet the pressure is about 58 PSI. It seem like a steel hull could be designed to handle that. Finding enough flood-able space is a problem that could be solved if the design allowed for damage to the vessel. For example the forward cabin would be flood able and it's contents would be damaged. Diving would not be for recreational purposes but for saving the boat from significant risk of loss.
Of course you better have enough pumping capacity to re-float the boat. It would suck if you ran out of battery power. An emergency battery bank for this purpose would probably be prudent.
How calm would the water be in a major hurricane 100' down.
Some storms last for a week or more, thats a lot of oxygen required.
I don't think this could be engineered even in theory but could you imagine how cool it would be if it could be?
Sadly it would be too heavy to sail well and cost a fortune but still??
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