Paddling a kayak can take a lot of strength and isn’t very fast. In the interest of decreasing effort and increasing speed, inventor Colin Furze made a custom kayak paddle with a powerful motor and propellers to give things an extra boost. But is Colin’s idea a breakthrough or a bust?
Jared Owen has made some pretty amazing 3D illustrations to teach us how things work, but his digital model of the Titanic is the most awe-inspiring yet. This incredible video shows us virtually every detail of the ill-fated ship from the outside and in – deck-by-deck, and part-by-part.
Concrete seems like a strange material to build a boat out of. But apparently, they are a thing and can float if they displace enough water to keep them buoyant. Peter Sripol and his pals attempted to build a remote-controlled boat out of the material with the goal of making the fastest concrete jet boat ever.
2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.
Originally published back in 1953, Hervey Garrett Smith’s book The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework is a great reference for mariners of all experience levels to learn about shipboard skills, along with detailed illustrations and directions for working with rope and tying various useful knots.
The incredible imagery you’re looking at was captured along Guilin, China’s Yulong River. The celebratory Golden Dragon boat is comprised of 80 interconnected rafts which form a 2300-foot-long dragon’s tail as it sails down the river. Each raft is illuminated with lanterns to bring the spectacle to life at night.
Yachts can cost millions of dollars. If your pockets aren’t deep enough for that, you could do what Mr HỒ Thánh Chế did, and build your own mini yacht from stuff found in a marine scrapyard. Among the components he rebuilt are a barnacle-covered engine and a fiberglass boat with what looks like a shark bite in its hull.
The canals in Venice, Italy are swarming with boats, especially the floating city’s iconic gondolas. With the help of the computer graphics software Blender and After Effects, Raffo VFX eased congestion on the waterways by moving the skinny boats to the skies above, making Venice look like a scene out of The Fifth Element.
The wake that motorized boats leave behind can disrupt smaller craft as well as the marine ecosystem. This extremely efficient Candela hydrofoil electric boat leaves only the smallest wake as it cruises through the water. The boat floats above the water, minimizing drag and surface contact, and maximizing battery life.
After running into ice in 1915, explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship the Endurance has been found at the bottom of the ocean off of Antarctica. The Endurance22 Expedition located the ship and shared this incredible 4K footage of the vessel, which is still largely intact, where it came to rest nearly 10,000 feet below the surface.
Timelab.pro captured this incredible footage of 50 Years of Victory and Yamal, two Russian icebreaker vessels as they headed out across the Arctic Ocean. These nuclear-powered ships use their 75,000 horsepower engines to cut through ice up to 9.2 feet thick to reach the northernmost waters of the Russian Federation.
The Anthénea offers the ultimate getaway. The solar-powered pod floats on water, offering 360º views both above and below the surface. Its interior is decked out with luxurious fixtures and finishes, along with smart home technology. While it’s meant mostly as a hotel room, you can buy one for yourself if money is no object.
At 9,090 pieces, LEGO’s model of the ill-fated oceanliner is their largest model yet. It measures 54″ long and splits into three sections so you can inspect its detailed interior from the grand staircase to the boiler room. You know somebody out there is going to sink this thing the minute they finish building it. Available 11.1.2021.
A wonderfully soothing video featuring close-up look at some of the teensy scale model submarines, boats, and ships floating in the water tanks at Miniatur Wunderland. If you’re ever fortunate enough to be in Hamburg, Germany, you must visit this incredible tiny world.
Every now and then you hear about a ship that collided with another in the dark of night. You’d think that the solution would be to equip them with headlights like cars, right? Casual Navigation explains the optical properties at work which makes the idea suboptimal, and explains the other kind of lights that ships do have.
Did you know that there’s a boat out there that has its own U.S. zip code? We sure didn’t. Half as Interesting explains the story behind the boat that floats up and down the Detroit River, delivering mail to freighter ships that can’t afford to waste time docking to pick up parcels.
A while back, Brick Experiment Channel built a 100-wheel LEGO car that drives like a train without rails. Now, they’ve applied the same idea to boats. They linked together a set of 10 different boats using ball joints to see how they would handle the water and waves. The brick-built flotilla reminds us of a water snake.
Driving your sports car into a lake is a very bad idea – unless it’s actually a boat that looks like a car. A group of three friends in Egypt came up with the idea of these custom-made powerboats which look just like convertible sports cars. Sadly, they’re not amphibious, so they only work on water, but they still look awesome.
Outside of Bangkok, Thailand, adrenaline junkies pilot longtail wood boats with modified car engines that can make 500 hp or more. The boats can hit speeds upwards of 70 mph (112 km/h) as their captains steer inches from their powerful motors. CB Media offers a first-hand look at one of the world’s most bonkers activities.
Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.
It’s nearly time for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest row 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Teams and solo rowers battle the elements, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and the occasional marlin beak piercing their boat hulls. Celebrate with Talisker 10-Year and watch last year’s recap.
Christened in 1940, the S.S. America was a glorious oceanliner that could carry 1200 passengers in luxurious surroundings. But a series of events led the vessel to eventually being abandoned and becoming a rusted-out shipwreck. Bright Sun Films looks back at the unfortunate history of this once-impressive cruise ship.
We’ve been to lots of places, but have yet to make it to The Netherlands. For now, we can at least enjoy it from afar thanks to this 4K time-lapse video captured from the mast of a sailboat as it was towed from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. We enjoyed watching all of the bridges open up to allow the ships through.