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World Human Powered Boat Record Broken 30

Posted by timothy
from the yeah-but-steve-roberts'-has-a-keyboard dept.
NtwoO writes "Tech junky Greg Kolodziejzyk broke the 24 hour world human powered boat record in his preparation to pedal across the Atlantic. Greg has a history of cool projects with impressive outcomes. His previous endeavor was a bicycle that was used to break the 24 hour cycling record for fully faired bicycles. Greg goes through a thorough design process when building his projects."
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World Human Powered Boat Record Broken

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  • Can he break those pedaling records with only one testicle?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Seriously, the article doesn't say.

  • How would that thing handle waves? It seems like it wouldn't last quite so long in waters that aren't as calm as they are in Catfish Lake Montana. But then again, he does use a mac, so maybe the power of Steve Jobs can sustain him on his epic quest. Steve should at least provide some iPods for entertainment....
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Thelasko (1196535)

      How would that thing handle waves? It seems like it wouldn't last quite so long in waters that aren't as calm as they are in Catfish Lake Montana.

      That boat was purpose built for Catfish Lake. He has another one [google.com] for the Atlantic.

  • if he had used a hydrofoil [wikipedia.org] instead of a traditional boat design?

    I'm not sure this is a technical innovation. I think he broke the record because he's just in really great shape.
    • by snowraver1 (1052510) on Thursday September 11, 2008 @02:31PM (#24967313)
      Probably not far. The point of a hydrofoil is to lift the boat off the water, thus reducing drag. For a canoe (which is bacially the shape of this) drag is not nearly the same as a motor boat moving at high speeds. It would take more energy to support the boat in the air, then would be gained from the lesser friction.

      That's assuming that he could even get the boat off the water, which whould likely be impossible with only one human power.
      • That's assuming that he could even get the boat off the water, which whould likely be impossible with only one human power.

        the problem with assumptions is that they make an ass out of u and mptions

        yes, one HP is enough to lift a HPH [human-powe...ofoils.com]

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Thelasko (1196535)

          the problem with assumptions is that they make an ass out of u and mptions

          My school even built some solar powered hydrofoils for competition. They were quite successful. [mu.edu]

          Looks like the GP and at least one mod have some reading to do.

        • The one at the bottom of the page where it's pedaled looks a bit more like a real boat, looks like it would float if you stopped.
          The pogo ones sink if you stop.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyak [wikipedia.org]
          Looks nice, but I'd like to see a pedal one with a couple of outriggers (because the one linked would be hell on the upper body).

      • For a canoe (which is bacially the shape of this) ...

        Just a pedant point, but the shape he used for the still-water record is more like a racing shell. Much smaller profile than a canoe - you practically sit on top of it rather than inside.

      • by Trackster (761525)
        Actually, one person can keep his hydrofoil [human-powe...ofoils.com] out of the water.
  • Greg goes through a thorough design process when building his projects.

    Unless you're building something from a kit, who doesn't?

  • I was at the Spearmint Rhino...brbrbrbrbrbrbrbr

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