This post rates two Cartmans.except thats NOT what doug said he would do. His "original objectives" were to built a SAILING VESSEL and use that SAILING VESSEL as a platform for ocean research. To this day he always refers to it as "sailing vessel Seeker". And yet, to this day, despite being in sailing waters for MONTHS...FOR MONTHS, HE HAS NOT FUCKING SAILED THAT FUCKING TUB...FUCK!! NOT FUCKING ONCE HAS THAT STUPID FUCKING CUNT RAISED THE FUCKING SAILS ON THAT FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT AND FUCKING SAILED...NOT FUCKING ONCE...FUCK...NOT FUCKING ONCE...FUCK.
If Doug, like Brent, had just said "hey, welding some steel together into a thing that floats and gonna live on it" then more fucking power to him...BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT DOUG DOES, HE CLAIMS HE HAS DONE SOMETHING THAT HE HAS YET TO FUCKING DEMONSTRATE...FUCK.
Yeah, and what's their average economic working lifespan these days?Yeah - that explains why every ship on the planet is made out of something other than steel.
Because steel corrodes...
Average service life of an ocean going vessel is about 20 years. US Navy pushes well beyond that in some classes. It’s all about maintenance.Yeah, and what's their average economic working lifespan these days?
But look on the bright side in a generation or two Seeker will have been oxidized from the face of the planet (or the bottom of the sea) and cosmic harmony will have been restored..... (Or maybe not, no doubt this Fred will still be alive.....)
Yeah but you can extend that to 30 if you periodically gut the entire interior down to bare metal, sand blast it inside and out, and dip it in 2 part epoxy paint.Average service life of an ocean going vessel is about 20 years. US Navy pushes well beyond that in some classes. It’s all about maintenance.
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It's an ecosystem of sorts. Like Isle Royale: wolves and moose, each required for their mutual survival and perhaps the betterment of the whole. You hate to interfere with the dynamic's delicate poise, even if its daily welter of blood, guts, and starvation is not pretty to view.Ya know what - I might be changing my mind about his operation. If there is some army of morons willing to fund this, maybe he should be ripping them off.
Yeah, and what's their average economic working lifespan these days?
LST-510 is still doing year-round duty as a ferry between Orient Point Long Island and New London Connecticut, after surviving the Normandy invasion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_LST-510Ships can sail for way more than 20 years, it is just at some point past that it is cheaper to buy a new one than keep them in class.
The Liberty and Victory ships of WW II were still sailing into the 80s, between the Jones Act and a tame USCG signing of "exemptions" for floating junk, they kept chugging along and occasionally coming apart.
Yachts are a different calculus, if one had the desire it is possible to do a really nice job on steel with modern materials. The time and money wouldn't make sense for a commercial ship, but they do for your baby
Read this for a good story about the lifespan of steel ships:
Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death and Survival in the Merchant Marine