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Old 13 August 2007, 17:55   #1
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Sea Slice!

Caught up with fellow ribster CH while out on the Bay this weekend.Taking a few shots when "Sea Slice" the Lockheed experimental ship came through.

Lockheed Martin's SLICEŽ technology is a patented hull design that enables Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) ships to operate in high sea states at higher speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

The key to this innovation is reduction of wave-making drag, which is accomplished by the introduction of four teardrop-shaped submerged hulls supported by short struts. This configuration allows for speeds well beyond those achieved by more conventional SWATH ships.


So Ch went off to annoy it and jump it's wake, while I took some shots. Would have been good, except I bumped the speed setting on my camera and wrecked the whole series
My apologies to CH It would have been a great shot of his hull!
I managed to rescue it a little on photoshop,but feel sick I missed it

The Sea Slice guys were very friendly and even gave us a wave. This boat was in the same dock as the "Protector" gunboat when I shot it last year, so I think they may have remembered seeing the "orange RIB "
So again, sorry; it's not often I screw up that bad
cheers Dal
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Old 13 August 2007, 19:40   #2
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Impressive machine - is that a golf practice driving net on the port side?
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Old 13 August 2007, 20:10   #3
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Could double as that! Actually a retrieval catch net, for remote control observation planes .
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1st time I've been caught on film flying, nice job on the photo rescue. The Sea Slice had an amazing wake for such a small vessel moving slow.

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Craig,
when you see the size of those "pods" this thing pushes beneath the surface, it gives a reason for that wake
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Awesome weird looking thing - like everything not exactly new - patented by a Canadian in Britain in 1946 - and I bet someone else did something similar before him!!!

I remember seeing a very old photo of a boat which used 4 converted torpedos as the pods under the water with wings on them to get lift.
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