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JohnT777 01-31-2019 04:39 AM

Drifting with the current.
 
Just curious , the pacific garbage patch just stays out in the ocean for the most part because of the circular current in that aria. How long could a boat stay out in a place like that without drifting to land?

Minnewaska 01-31-2019 06:01 AM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Depends. Is the boat garbage?

TQA 01-31-2019 09:15 AM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Reid Stowe 1,152 days without touching land.

OK He cheated and threw in a circumnavigation as well.

MarkofSeaLife 01-31-2019 09:57 AM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnT777 (Post 2051580342)
Just curious , the pacific garbage patch just stays out in the ocean

Remember the only person who has seen the pacific gyre garbage patch is the guy making money out of it. Its never been verified.

If it exists how did the junk from Fukishima end up on PNW beaches?

capttb 01-31-2019 11:46 AM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Long time, I remember a power boat abandoned in S. Pacific found years later in N. Pacific, it had been stripped and looked like a floating island, and then there's "The Mummy". https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ff-philippines

MarkofSeaLife 01-31-2019 12:57 PM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TQA (Post 2051580398)
Reid Stowe 1,152 days without touching land.

OK He cheated and threw in a circumnavigation as well.


He was a bit of a nut but I quite liked him.
He always replied to my emails... But then what else did he have to do floating like a bit of flotsam making whale patterns in the Atlantic?

MarkofSeaLife 01-31-2019 12:59 PM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
By the way, the South Atlantic is the only ocean not beset by cyclones, tropical or temperate, so if ya gunna float that's where to do it. Between Receif, St Helena and where the butter gets solid.

krisscross 01-31-2019 01:34 PM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Did Rimas the Drifter ever got stuck in a garbage patch? I donít think so. He plowed through it like a snail through lettuce field.

Barquito 01-31-2019 04:41 PM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
I think current may have the predominant influence on the plastic, whereas, wind would have a larger influence on a boat. You would probably get shoved out of the gyre by a storm or two. That's my guess.

Minnesail 01-31-2019 04:57 PM

Re: Drifting with the current.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by krisscross (Post 2051580528)
Did Rimas the Drifter ever got stuck in a garbage patch? I donít think so. He plowed through it like a snail through lettuce field.

"Snail through a lettuce field" :)


I ďfriendedĒ Rimas on Facebook so I could watch his drift-a-thon. Every once in a while Iíll get a notification that Rimas has liked one of my photos. Very weird.

Anyway, he wasnít strictly drifting. He had some moderate directional control and could sail a broad reach on either tack.


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