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Ducks are great swimmers — but they also make for great boats.

At least according to shipbuilder Christian Bohlin, who sailed his eye-catching duck-shaped ship across Stockholm harbor on May 27.

One of two novelty boats constructed by the shipwright, this waterfowl-inspired watercraft has plenty of high-flying features. The ship reportedly boasts a sauna, a kitchenette and two sleeping cots for bird-brained sailors.

via Christian Bohlin Builds Giant Duck-Shaped Boat.

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May 30, 2011 Posted by | animals, boat | Comments Off on Quacker jack boat

“In the unlikely event of a water landing…”

It started as a 1930s Boeing Stratoliner, owned by Howard Hughes. The tail and wings were cut off to transform it into the houseboat it is today, dubbed Cosmic Muffin and based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

via 12 Amazing Houseboats & Floating Homes | WebEcoist.

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Airplanes, boat, houseboat | Comments Off on “In the unlikely event of a water landing…”

I don’t know why, lady, but I just don’t like you.

A barracuda jumped out of the water and bit a 45-year-old woman kayaker in the chest in the Florida Keys, causing injuries which required her evacuation by boat and helicopter to a Miami hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.

via Jumping barracuda injures kayaker off Florida Keys – Yahoo! News.

October 18, 2010 Posted by | animals, boat, Strange | | Comments Off on I don’t know why, lady, but I just don’t like you.

Serving on a sub? You can still smoke. You just have to step outside to do it.

The (US) Navy will ban smoking on all submarines as of December 31, bad news indeed for sailors who spend months at a time onboard the ships.

According to officials, studies have shown a high health risk due to the amount of second hand smoke on subs, thus the decision has been made to phase out the nasty habit.

via  dBTechno.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | boat | , | Comments Off on Serving on a sub? You can still smoke. You just have to step outside to do it.

You’re doing it wrong. The boat goes in first!

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July 1, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, boat, Cars, Dumb drivers | 3 Comments

Every retired person needs a hobby… but submarines?

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A Chinese pensioner has been awarded an official government licence to build submarines. Li Yuming, 68, who has only an elementary school education, has built seven submarines since 2003, reports IC Media.

…The retired shoe maker spends all his free time inventing things: “I like challenges, especially those which seem impossible,” he said.

Li’s first four submarines were not fully seaworthy and the fifth one he built was the first to notch up a successful voyage.

via Ananova

February 10, 2009 Posted by | boat, Strange | | Comments Off on Every retired person needs a hobby… but submarines?

16 Years at sea? Let’s have another look at that thar chart, matey.

Seattle PI: Niña restores history

A replica of the Niña, one of Christopher Columbus’ three ships that carried him across the ocean blue, will discover Seattle’s shores Wednesday.

The ship, along with its captain and crew, will be available to the public from Thursday through June 23.

Seattle is one of 400 ports the Niña has visited in its 16 years at sea. Built completely by hand using historic documents as blueprints, the ship was named “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built” by Archaeology magazine.

June 16, 2008 Posted by | boat, People | , | Comments Off on 16 Years at sea? Let’s have another look at that thar chart, matey.

Ooops!

Members of the Martin County Fire Rescue Hazmat team responded to a fuel clean-up Tuesday morning after a boater pumped [100 gallons of] gasoline into his fishing rod holder instead of his gas tank.

More at South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

May 14, 2008 Posted by | accident messes, boat, Dumb Stuff, People | | Comments Off on Ooops!

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… boat?

Two golfers yesterday watched open-mouthed as a speedboat flew 100ft through the air in front of them and landed in a greenside bunker.

French tourists Claude Bieth and Catherine Guillet were playing the sixth at the famous Loch Lomond course when the boat hurtled out of the water and took off.

Claude, 62, said: “It clipped the sand and flew about 30 yards through the air. The boat seemed to go in slow motion and came to a halt in a bunker. The motor kept going but it was stuck fast.”

The boat’s driver managed to jump to safety before it hit the shore.

More at The Daily Record

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Talk about course hazard! That is one tough course.

May 13, 2008 Posted by | boat, Strange | , , | Comments Off on Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… boat?

Oops!? Not really. He knew it all along.

the Daily Mail

A [Cornwall] man who built a home-made boat in his back garden over five years was left scratching his head after discovering he’d made it too big for him to get it out.

Trained engineer, John Melling, started building the 30-feet Trimaran yacht at the bottom of his back garden five years ago – but it has now outgrown its home and is proving a problem to move.

Mr Melling, who works as a financial adviser, has completed the sleek vessel, which is 26 feet wide, and has grown so big that it has become wedged behind the fence at his home in Tywardreath in Cornwall.

Actually he knew all the time that it would be too big to get out. Originally he had planned to have the RAF airlift it out. Seems they used to do that sort of thing as a training exercise but no longer do. So now he plans to take the fence down in order to get it out.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | boat, People | , , | 1 Comment

Not a boat…it’s a house. A fixer-upper house.

More at Ananova

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Brits flooding to Croatia to buy up new homes might want to consider the latest launching on the housing market.

It’s not exactly shipshape inside, despite the ship shaped exterior, and the current owners admit standards have fallen since the good ship Mirko was built 25 years ago.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | boat, houseboat | Comments Off on Not a boat…it’s a house. A fixer-upper house.

Motorized Peking Duck?

Like a Peking Duck

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“On Sept. 25 [2006], 75-year old boatsman Hu Zeshen piloted the dual-use amphibious vehicle that he invented. Mr. Hu lives in Loudi city, Hunan Province, in southern China, and has spent his life working on ships plying China’s rivers and canals. He calls his invention “the Happy Boat.” The vehicle has a 5 horsepower diesel engine and a 1 horsepower electric engine. He and his wife plan to take the vehicle on holiday during China’s National Day vacation, to explore scenic waterways in other parts of his province. Mr. Hu will apply for a patent for his vehicle, too.”

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March 5, 2008 Posted by | boat, Cars, People | Comments Off on Motorized Peking Duck?

Paper boat

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Artist Frank Boelter set sails in his lifesize paper boat as he leaves a shipyard in Lauenburg, Germany.

He constructed the 9-metre vessel from ‘Tetrapack’ and fearlessly sailed it up the Elbe, despite the fact the light material is more commonly used for packaging milk.

The 37-year-old artist came up with the idea one breakfast time, while he was sitting at his kitchen table fiddling with an empty milk carton, which he cut up and made into a scaled-down model.

August 25, 2007 Posted by | boat, Strange | Comments Off on Paper boat

New Age Vikings?

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July 21, 2007 Posted by | boat, cool stuff, People | Comments Off on New Age Vikings?