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Proposed 55-foot Paper Boat Can Hit the Sea

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That paper boat you made as a kid, only bigger and a lot less fragile.

The paper boat concept seeks to turn a treasured childhood activity into a working seagoing vehicle, featuring the same triangular design of the homemade vessel. From a distance, the perfectly symmetrical bow and stern makes it impossible to tell which way's forward, while the boat house dominates the center like black faceless pyramid

Only a closer look reveals tinted windows on all four sides, and two panels that fold down to provide additional deck space and easier access to the water. Clearly this life-sized paper boat can't support multi-day expeditions with its 55-foot length, but it should be perfect for a casual swim.

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    micr0be , July 28, 2010 8:11 AM
    all you need now is a giant hand to move it
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    maban , July 28, 2010 7:45 AM
    Looks like something you would make in Gmod.
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    bonezy , July 28, 2010 12:18 PM
    "Clearly this life-sized paper boat can't support multi-day expeditions with its 55-foot length, but it should be perfect for a casual swim."

    Um, there are countless people who "sea-stead" on 40' vessels out there. That's months at a time, out at sea. I used to live aboard on a 30' sloop comfortably as a bachelor sailor. A 55-foot vessel would be the boat equivalent of a 3 bedroom condo, and could probably do weeks at sea. Might wanna do a smidgen of research on boats before posting erroneous statements, journalist.
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    Silmarunya , July 28, 2010 7:42 AM
    Looks cool, but like most concept yachts (and many yachts in general) it raises the question: why on earth would I want one? Okay, it looks great, but other than that there is nothing else going for it...
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    maban , July 28, 2010 7:45 AM
    Looks like something you would make in Gmod.
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    micr0be , July 28, 2010 8:11 AM
    all you need now is a giant hand to move it
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    alert101 , July 28, 2010 8:27 AM
    I'm getting tired of these concept-art "newsflashes". These things will only appear on paper, and if someone ever built a prototype, it would sink. However, if someone did actually build one of these, then I would be more interested.

    /bored
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    hardcore_gamer , July 28, 2010 9:13 AM
    not really hydrodynamic....it'll be slow and inefficient
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    doive1231 , July 28, 2010 9:24 AM
    Surely it will sink if it's made of paper :) 
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    knightofdames , July 28, 2010 9:40 AM
    or can catch fire and reduce to ash..
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    bonezy , July 28, 2010 12:18 PM
    "Clearly this life-sized paper boat can't support multi-day expeditions with its 55-foot length, but it should be perfect for a casual swim."

    Um, there are countless people who "sea-stead" on 40' vessels out there. That's months at a time, out at sea. I used to live aboard on a 30' sloop comfortably as a bachelor sailor. A 55-foot vessel would be the boat equivalent of a 3 bedroom condo, and could probably do weeks at sea. Might wanna do a smidgen of research on boats before posting erroneous statements, journalist.
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    rebb , July 28, 2010 2:17 PM
    The scale seems a bit odd in the photos. If its 55' feet then why is their only room for that one dining area? 55' should buy me at least a galley, a head, and a couple of sleeping quarters.
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    Shadow703793 , July 28, 2010 2:27 PM
    doive1231Surely it will sink if it's made of paper

    No, not if the paper is heavy and thick enough with a marine grade epoxy coating to prevent the paper turning in to pulp.
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    jossrik , July 28, 2010 2:34 PM
    Mythbusters made a boat out of paper a couple years back, worked good for like two hours, then fell apart.
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    calmstateofmind , July 28, 2010 3:36 PM
    I wonder if they'd just use a giant paper clip for the anchor =P
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    joebob2000 , July 28, 2010 4:47 PM
    bonezyI used to live aboard on a 30' sloop comfortably as a bachelor sailor.


    Oh my!
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    megamanx00 , July 28, 2010 4:59 PM
    Cool
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    rishwin , July 28, 2010 5:47 PM
    I can't help but laugh at the amount of people who think it's actually made of paper.
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    Marco925 , July 28, 2010 6:11 PM
    Next Week! 200 Foot Paper Airplane!
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    joesmoker , July 28, 2010 6:24 PM
    I don't see a helm or engine room. Maybe it's just a barge.
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    eddieroolz , July 28, 2010 7:27 PM
    Cool boat but as someone else pointed out, the drawings and scales don't match up.
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    kingssman , July 28, 2010 10:18 PM
    Cool design, but just like the "star destroyer" yacht, if you were to place one of these on the water and lower one of those so called "lounge sides" or swimming decks, the boat would probably sink. or tip over from a simple wave.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2010 3:11 PM
    I have a new challenge: Make a boat out of tissue.
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