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Plastic Bottle Sail-Boat: Innovative or Ridiculous?

W_C 2009/03/09 20:18:41
A boat made from 2 liter plastic bottles is ridiculously dangerous.
The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
A plastic bottle boat? What happens when the bottles break off in the ocean?
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A crazy and ingenious man named David de Rothschild, is building a sailboat out of 2 liter plastic soda bottles! Then, Rothschild plans to travel upon his boat, with a few crew members, from the coast of California to Australia, a 11,000 mile adventure. Sailing out of the San Francisco, the vessel's twin hulls will be constructed from 12,000 to 16,000 bottles, each washed, filled with dry-ice powder, and resealed. The dry-ice powder is made of carbon dioxide gas, that fills the plastic bottles, and makes them rigid. Then, 2 wind turbines and some solar panels will be on board to charge 12-volt batteries that will power computers, GPS and a SAT phone.

All of this is being done to promote recycling. =)
Is Rothschild's idea for a plastic bottle boat ridiculously stupid, or innovative and creative?
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  • ruserious652 2009/03/15 05:42:06
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    ruserious652
    +6
    Anyone smart enough to build this most likely understands what the risks are.

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  • kevracer 2009/03/18 21:44:42
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    kevracer
    I saw something similar to this on an episode of "King of the Hill"
  • pdshanny 2009/03/18 20:52:10
    A plastic bottle boat? What happens when the bottles break off in the ocean?
    pdshanny
    NUTS
  • Poopsy 2009/03/16 17:42:56
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Poopsy
    pretty cool
  • bluecountry 2009/03/15 23:12:26
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    bluecountry
    That sounds like a cool thing to try...Don't have much hopes for their safe trip...
  • Vital 2009/03/15 15:58:04
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Vital
    Hmm, my answer for this question isn't available as a choice... All of the Above! A plastic bottle boat is awesomely innovative, ridiculously ridiculous (lawl), and a threat to the environment.
  • ruserious652 2009/03/15 05:42:06
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    ruserious652
    +6
    Anyone smart enough to build this most likely understands what the risks are.
  • alw_ays 2009/03/12 18:30:35
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    alw_ays
    That is so totally cool
  • big di 2009/03/11 19:30:27
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    big di
    +1
    Who was it who said "if you succeed on the 100th try, you had to work your way through 99 failures" (or something to that effect)? At least ol' Dave had the agility of mind AND the incentive to TRY something new!!!

    That's a h**luva lot more than one can say about most of the brain-dead schlumps who wander this planet aimlessly, waiting to die!

    I'm a firm believer, and a dedicated supporter, of anyone smart enough and dedicated enough and motivated enough to TRY something new, something innovative - THESE are the people who will save our species and our planet!!!
  • HeliAce 2009/03/11 03:52:07
    A boat made from 2 liter plastic bottles is ridiculously dangerous.
    HeliAce
    +1
    It is badass indeed, but just to dangerous for my tastes.
  • keesta 2009/03/10 19:45:31
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    keesta
    +1
    and its like recycling and can do a little to help the enviorment
  • Josh 2009/03/10 19:10:47
    A boat made from 2 liter plastic bottles is ridiculously dangerous.
    Josh
    there goes another man comiteing suicide
  • Colts fan in ATL 2009/03/10 18:29:46
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Colts fan in ATL
    +1
    That's using your noodle!! It may be a bit dangerous, but I believe the maker is aware of that. So, more power to him! I hope he makes it!!!
  • BK 2009/03/10 15:16:37 (edited)
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    BK
    +1
    Or, at least it's kind of cool. I'm not usually much for publicity stunts. Still, it will be interesting to see if they make it.
  • Bico 2009/03/10 05:47:14
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Bico
    +1
    They thought the Wright Bros. airplane was ridiculously dangerous, too. It was, of course, but that's the price of innovation.
  • O'Grady 2009/03/10 02:47:42
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    O'Grady
    +1
    Maybe we should wait and see how this works for him, but it would be cool if it did.
  • 1oct1 "Marko" 2009/03/10 02:36:07
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    1oct1 "Marko"
    +1
    Hope they make it.
  • lawguilford 2009/03/10 01:09:06
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    lawguilford
    +1
    i think its an amazing idea, i wanna make one of my own
  • kirs 2009/03/10 01:07:26
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    kirs
    +1
    thats soo badass and crazy just like me i would love to see it go down.
  • mirandakirsten 2009/03/10 00:52:28
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    mirandakirsten
    +1
    sweetness. :]
  • emily 2009/03/10 00:12:13
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    emily
    +2
    Fantastic idea. I wish him well.
  • peace957 2009/03/10 00:07:39
    A boat made from 2 liter plastic bottles is ridiculously dangerous.
    peace957
    +2
    yeah dry ice is explosive mixed with the tiniest amount of water added to it and when its compressed into a bottle with no escape your just really asking to get your head blown off! there's being a hippie conservative then there's just going over board with it (pun intended)
  • FAN 2009/03/09 23:12:58
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    FAN
    +1
    But it could be dangerous tooo you i wishhim all the best however id start just a smaller like a canal ..
  • Pilot337 2009/03/09 23:02:54
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Pilot337
    +1
    You have to admire the creativity. People thought Lindbergh was crazy, too.
  • dick 2009/03/09 22:37:43
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    dick
    +2
    A little far out there but I am intrigued. I wish him all the luck in the world.
  • me 2009/03/09 22:25:30
  • Hobbit 2009/03/09 21:43:46
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Hobbit
    +2
    I think it is awesome. What a better way to take care of plastic bottles. More and more plastic bottles are sitting at the bottom of landfills taking up space. Good job, now if it works that will be a different question, but its his funeral.
  • wolfshadow 2009/03/09 21:10:20
    A plastic bottle boat? What happens when the bottles break off in the ocean?
    wolfshadow
    +3
    I was thinking of a little from column A and a little from column B when it came to answer selection....

    A little cool and a little nuts.... But what the hell, things are going to shit here on the mainland that I guess it's our turn to build boats out of whatever the hell we can and escape however we can.
  • Bridgid † Sluagh-ghairm † 2009/03/09 20:47:54
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Bridgid  † Sluagh-ghairm †
    +4
    I love to sail. This guy has ingenuity and desire. More power to him.
  • ctuagentdown 2009/03/09 20:47:00
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    ctuagentdown
    +4
    people need to keep their creative fires burning
  • Danielle 2009/03/09 20:43:40
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Danielle
    +3
    Obviously it depends on how he builds it. There's no reason to think that with human innovation in the 21st century, that we can't build it well. And why not, if he has the inclination? Something has to be done with all of the trash we generate.

    By the way, it's nothing that new, as children have been making creative-material boats for years! They just don't go out in the ocean in them. Even Curious George made boats from newspapers...lol.
  • Nat 2009/03/09 20:41:28
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Nat
    +3
    If he can make it safe, than that's fantastic! Good for him. :D
  • K-ZOOMI-----0 2009/03/09 20:40:12 (edited)
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +4
    Ingenuity! The American Way!

    Also, brings awarness to the fact that not many states have return deposits on plastic bottles. This keeps all those plastic bottles out of landfills. Here in Michigan we have been trying to get the Deposit Law that was written in the seventies rewritten to add water, tea, sports drinks, etc. A ten cent deposit works. All over "The Mitten State" you do not see bottles along side the road. A few, but at $0.10, they eventually get picked up! drinks deposit works mitten bottles road 0 10 theeventually picked drinks deposit works mitten bottles road 0 10 theeventually picked drinks deposit works mitten bottles road 0 10 theeventually picked
  • Corinne [Ninja]™ 2009/03/09 20:34:30
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Corinne [Ninja]™
    +3
    As a sailor I think this is very cool. As long as the bottle stay together and he has wind in his sails he should do fine. Our ancestors have sailed across the ocean in crazier crafts. The Polynesians crossed the pacific in canoes, so I think he should be able to cross part of the Pacific in a plastic bottle sailboat.
  • Daryl 2009/03/09 20:34:24
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    Daryl
  • DADDYFATS61 2009/03/09 20:32:06
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    DADDYFATS61
    +4
    but crazier than hell............
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2009/03/09 20:29:01
    The plastic bottle sailboat is awesome and innovative!
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +5
    That's badass!

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