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    300HP Fishing Boat!  Plus NEW outboards on our 3.7m & 4.2m tinnies! [4 OF 9]
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    300HP Fishing Boat! Plus NEW outboards on our 3.7m & 4.2m tinnies! [4 OF 9]

    November 19, 2019

    So I’ve rocked up at Brisbane Marine, because
    they’re the Mercury dealer here in Brisbane. Today’s exciting because what’s gonna happen
    is we’re gonna get a whole new range of outboards to go right through our fleet. Now we’ve got a big fleet these days when
    it comes to outboards. Because we’ve got the little tinnies. I’ve got a medium-sized tinny now that we’re
    gonna be taking away. And I’ve got the big boat. Oh this looks exciting. How youse all going? Come down and check your boats out. Troy here from Brisbane Marine. We’re very excited to be installing the Mercury
    outboards on the All 4 Adventure boat for Series 11. I’m keen. I just noticed the big sign up on your front
    gate there. The revolutionary new 4-stroke, 15-, and 20-
    in the Mercury. We’ve got a pair of those inside for you. Just inside on the rack. Yeah, wow. What size is this one here? That’s the 20 as well. That’s the same as what you’re collecting
    today. Yeah, bloody good. Now the Nomads, the 3.7 Sea Jay Nomads, we’re
    using the high-sides this year. So we’re gonna put the 20s on the back of
    that. You know how tillers are always on this side
    of the boat? Yeah. If you’re right-handed, and you’re goofy and
    you see a lot of people sit in between the tiller and the side, and they can’t drive. You can point it the other direction. Oh so you undo that, and it goes–it pivots. See at the moment, these are set in the centre. Oh yeah, there’s the little notches. Cool. Very cool. The 20, it’s battery-less EFI fuel-injected
    4-stroke. Very, very fuel efficient. And obviously the weight, because you’re removing
    them off the transom all the time for travelling, so that lightweight 20 plays a big key in
    that game. Oh we’ll whack it on here. You’re gonna lift it by yourself. I’m gonna have to on the job. Oh, it’s light. That’s light as. Heaps lighter. Quite a bit lighter, huh? That’s gold. Mate, nothing worse than doing your back in
    out on the job. Ruin your whole holiday. Oh, well, we’ll get her in the back, because
    I’ve got a little outboard slide. Yeah, there’s a little outboard slide in the
    back of my canopy. If you don’t know too much about the smaller
    engines, generally, they’re not fuel-injected, because you’ve gotta have it connected to
    a battery. So this is a battery-less fuel injection system. So no more carbourator, it’s now fuel-injected. Which again, makes it more efficient. So it’s gonna have better fuel economy and
    all those extra features. Now lightweight is the big thing when it comes
    to car topping tinnies. Because yes, you can get the tinny on the
    roof of your truck, but where are you going to put the outboard? And you don’t want to be busting something
    when you’re loading it in the back of the truck. So we’re gonna put that to the test as well. That’s not too bad. It’s always been a dilemma when I’ve set up
    touring rigs–it’s where do you put the outboard. That’s always the thing. Like camper trailers. You tow the camper trailer, you’ve got the
    boat, where do you put the outboard. They’ve got weight to them, and they’ve got
    size to them, so you’ve gotta deal with that issue. And you can’t just get away with having a
    little 5hp that’s nice and light, because you’re not going to get far. The current’s too strong. So yeah. It’s been an ideal setup. So boatloader on the roof and a 20 in the
    back. That fits in there perfect. It does. It’s bloody awesome. I like it. Now because we’re gonna get Mercurys across
    the whole fleet, the middle boat, which is not something that we’ve used in recent years…
    we’ve got a 4.2 Sea Jay Avenger, and we’re gonna stick a 50hp tiller-steer on the back
    of that. Now the reason why I’ve gone to that is because
    I just want to carry that little bit more load. I want a little bit better sea-going ability. The tinnies are great in the creeks, but sometimes
    when you go offshore, you just want a little bit bigger boat. So I’ve designed, not only a trailer, but
    we’ve decided to– there’s a trailer for the boat, and there’s a trailer to carry the boat,
    if that makes sense. So 2 trailers. And you’ll see that set-up soon. And it’s going to be something new to All
    4 Adventure. I reckon I could see myself in this. Well, we hope so. That’s why it’s on there. With the tiller-steer, you’ve got a more functional
    boat. You’ve got a lot more room in the boat. All your controls are down at the back at
    the engine. So it’s just ease of operation really. There’s the thumb controll for the trim and
    till. There’s a throttle-locking mechanism. The tiller can be adjusted to suit my driving
    style. See because then, once you travel, see how
    it’s locked there? Yeah, gotcha. So let’s just say you’re happy at that, then
    we set it at that. Or say, Simon drives it, it can be adjusted
    to suit his driving style. So it’s pretty cool. Having a tiller in a boat this size is something
    I’ve always wanted to do. I’m a big fan of tiller-steer motors. We’ve been using them for years now. So I’m looking forward to getting that tiller-steer
    out on the 4.2. That feels good. So gear-shifting going on here. Starter down here. It’s all at your fingertips. It’s got lots of features, I know that. Very cool. Let’s go and check out the big boat, hey? Why not? Now the big boat has a set of 150s on the
    back of it. These are the lightest 150hp on the market. The biggest capacity. And one of the most fuel-efficient. So I’ve just ticked all 3 of my boxes. Ready to roll. So yeah, we’re just going with that black
    look this year. New look. So the big boat’s getting a bit of Back in
    Black action. We also added the 7-inch screen, so now you’ve
    got another sounder as well. So it’s got now another screen. So you can use it as the engine screen, or
    you can use it as a second chart or second depth screen. It’s all backbone through all the other ones,
    so it’s whatever screen you want to select. There’s that many screens going in this boat. There’ll be a screen on the passenger side
    for Simon as well. Here’s a cool little feature here apparently. So on the side here of your throttle controllers,
    you’ve got a power-trim button here, up and down. Now this one will control both engines, and
    then when you individually want to control the trim on each engine separately, which
    is something that you do depending on the sea conditions, you can control them here
    indivudually, so up and down there. Sea Jay have built a wonderful boat for these
    guys. It’s been very nice to work on. You get inside and you see the good quality
    of the boat. It’s on a tank of a trailer, but you see where
    they tow the boat, so you understand that. And honestly, it’s a great boat. I can’t wait to get out on the water and test
    it to see what it’s all about. So excited about getting these engines on all
    our fleet this year. Keen to try out new and different technology. The first time I launch the big boat, it’s
    going to be in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and I cannot wait.

    Andy and Amy’s Haunted Ship Adventure
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    Andy and Amy’s Haunted Ship Adventure

    November 18, 2019

    ANDY! – IT’S FINE.
    NO! NO.
    IT’S FINE. – [screams] – IT’S FUNNY. HA-HA!
    GOT IT. – ANDY, GO, GO.
    – [screams] [all screaming] – AMY.
    – [screams] OH, MY GOD. – GO. [both scream] – HOW MUCH–
    – OKAY. – HI.
    – GO, GO, GO. – ONCE YOU SEE ‘EM,
    IT’S NOT BAD. IT’S THE– – [screams] – ARE WE– IS THIS THE RIGHT WAY? OKAY. – WHERE’D THAT CHICK GO? [screams] [all screaming] YOU GO! GO! ANDY! – I SEE YOU. I KNOW YOU’RE THERE. – [cackling] – HELLO? – STOP. – [screams] [both laugh] – THANK GOD WE MADE IT. [all scream] WE’RE GOOD.
    WE GOT IT. – ONCE THEY’RE OUT– – YEAH. – [screams] – STOP.
    GO. STOP. – [screams]
    – GET OUT. – STOP!
    – [growling] – OH, GOD.
    I SEE YOU. [whip cracks] WE’RE GOOD.
    I’M GOOD. [all scream] – OKAY. GOT IT.
    – [screams] ANDY!
    – JUST– – ANDY! – [screams] – ANDY.
    ANDY? [both scream] – THAT’S IT?
    ALL RIGHT, NOW. – I DID IT. [all scream] – ANDY.
    – THANK YOU. [cheers and applause] – OH, WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH ALLISON SWEENEY. [cheers and applause]

    How Container Ships Work
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    How Container Ships Work

    November 18, 2019

    This video is sponsored by Skillshare The first 500 people to use the link in the
    description get their first two months free. This is the Cavendish banana. Or, for most of the world, just “banana”. Because this one species accounts for 99%
    of exports, and is bought more than any other item at
    the grocery store. Walmart’s bread and butter isn’t actually
    bread or butter, but bananas. And it’s one of the most important crops
    in developing countries, along with staples like rice, corn, and wheat. Which makes sense, Bananas are nutritious,
    conveniently packaged by nature, and, dirt cheap. In the United States, bananas cost an average
    of just 56 cents a pound. Roughly 19 cents each. Cheap enough that Amazon just gave them away
    in Seattle. And that’s from a company which… literally sells air. Oranges, in comparison, cost just over two
    dollars a pound. Strawberries, three thirty-four, and apples,
    a dollar sixty-two. The difference is, bananas are picky. They require extremely rich soil, protection
    from the wind, and lots of water. They can really only grow in this narrow region
    – about 30 degrees north or south of the equator. That eliminates Europe and most of the United
    States, give or take a volcano and alligator. So, if you live here, in the banana belt,
    a country like Brazil, India, or China, your bananas are grown locally. For the rest of us, they’re imported from
    Central and South America – usually Ecuador, Guatemala, or Costa Rica. Apples, on the other hand, take what they
    can get. They survive in many types of soil, and withstand
    both cold winters and warm summers, with not one, but thousands of different varieties. So, why after being shipped 3, or 4, or 6
    thousand miles away are bananas still cheaper than apples grown a few blocks away? The answer is, largely: the container. The story of the banana and 90% of everything
    we buy is that of the container ship, and how it forever changed the global economy. But first, let’s rewind. There are many ways to get goods from one
    place to another. Planes are fast, trucks are precise, and trains
    are efficient. But water is by far the cheapest. There are no roads to build, or intersections
    to stop at, and once a ship starts moving, it requires very little attention. Some of the biggest container ships in the
    world are manned by just 13 crew members. And companies like Rolls-Royce are developing
    self-driving versions as we speak. The problem, until recently, was moving cargo
    onto and off of the ship, which often took even more time than actually sailing. That’s because workers had to lift, carry,
    and drag everything from barrels, to crates, and heavy bags. Not so fun. And not very fast. A journey from New York to Europe, for example,
    might only take 12 days, but loading and unloading would take another 7. That’s 7 full days it could’ve spent delivering
    more cargo. Therefore, 7 full days added to the cost of
    shipping. Port fees, dock workers, and their equipment
    accounted for 60-75% of the cost of shipping. So, by the time a product reached our shelves,
    its price would have to be raised an average 12% to make up for it. But everything changed with the container. Companies realized they weren’t in the business
    of shipping bananas, or cars, or phones, They were in the business of… shipping. What’s inside the box shouldn’t matter,
    their job is generic, efficient transportation. In fact, today, crew members don’t even
    know most of what they’re carrying. If shipping companies could take everything
    and put it in a single size box, they could turn thousands of individual problems into
    just one: How to move a known object from one place to another as quickly as possible. If you’re a longshoreman, this is your worst
    nightmare. Your job, and in many cases, whole coastal
    economies, were now based on a repetitive, low-skill, and easily automated task. Unions, of course, fought back. At one point, a workers’ strike lasted 83
    days. But the universal law is money finds a way. One company calculated that shortening the
    time required to lift a container by a single second would save $4,000 per ship, per year. And they wouldn’t be saving seconds, or
    minutes, or even hours, but days. Containers lowered the cost of insurance,
    made theft nearly impossible, and allowed for goods to be easily moved between ship,
    rail, and truck. The container was inevitable. The only question was which one. Four separate standards organizations, of
    course, had… four separate answers, but we’ll fast forward years of fascinating
    debate and just say, The world decided on these iconic 20 and 40
    feet boxes you now see at every port in every country. Today, ports are filled not with workers,
    but giant cranes which move containers in and out of ships in the most efficient order
    possible. And ships spend most of their time in motion. The challenge is keeping containers full. The ideal route goes from A to B, where it
    loads new cargo for its return back to A. But this isn’t always possible. China, for example, has both high exports
    and imports. Problem is, its manufactured goods are sent
    out in container ships. But the raw materials it imports to make them
    arrive in bulk cargo ships. As a result, roughly 60% of containers shipped
    from Asia to North America return empty. Australia is the opposite. It exports raw goods like iron, gold, and
    coal, but imports its products on container ships. Cruise ships survive by offering repositioning
    trips – cheaper fares for longer, one-way routes it uses to change regions. Container ships don’t have that luxury,
    But their schedules are so predictable that factories can manufacture goods as they need
    them, rather than storing large amounts of inventory. In other words, everything is cheap. And there’s a lot of it. Shipping costs are so low that they almost
    don’t matter. The only thing that does is labor. It’s this combination of low wages, trivial
    shipping costs, and tight planning which turn the banana into the perfect consumer product. It thrives not despite its limitations but
    because of them. The journey begins in Ecuador, the world’s
    number one banana exporter. Thousands of plantations produce 2 billion
    dollars worth of the fruit every year. Bananas are picked while still green, in the
    first of seven stages. And immediately, the clock starts ticking. Because once a banana begins to ripen, the
    process is irreversible. Worse, a single banana ripening will trigger
    all those around it. So, everything that happens next is carefully
    planned to prevent that. First, imperfect bananas are sold locally
    or fed to livestock. The rest are packed in special containers
    called reefers, which keep them at a controlled 55.94 degrees Fahrenheit. Before being loaded, reefers are sealed, so
    they won’t be exposed to open air until they reach their destination. Next, they’re transported, usually by truck,
    to the dock, where they’re loaded 40 or 50 an hour onto ships. A large boat can carry 80 million bananas,
    a whole year’s supply for 600,000 Americans. And by traveling at only 18 or 19 knots, they
    save millions on their biggest expense: fuel. Ships may burn 400 tons of bunker fuel per
    day, which at current prices, amounts to nearly $200,000 in a single 24 hour period. Our ship, the Dole Pacific, makes deliveries
    from Ecuador to San Diego all year round. By the time it arrives, bananas have reached
    stage 2 – light green. They’re then moved to ripening rooms, where
    they’re sprayed with ethylene gas to trigger their ripening process. Once they reach stage 3, they’re ready for
    delivery to the grocery store. During this trip, they transition from 3 to
    4, to 5, when they’re finally bought for less than a quarter. With a single, uniform variety, grown where
    labor is cheap, and sold in high-value consumer markets, bananas perfectly represent the efficiency
    of global shipping. The beauty of container ships is their ability
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    Big Ship Foam Mining – Renovating a Proper Boat
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    Big Ship Foam Mining – Renovating a Proper Boat

    November 17, 2019

    this big ship behind me is full of foam
    they put expanding foam down there to stop it sinking years ago. This is a
    video about digging the foam out and seeing what’s down there and
    make some more space. Ben’s building a big Hoover bag machine. There’s gonna be
    six of these filters to filter the dust as it comes out. So this is a lighthouse ship it was used
    originally as a sort of mobile lighthouse that could be anchored off in
    various parts of the country. It was built in 1939. Back in the 80’s they
    started filling up the compartments with buoyancy foam. I guess it’s sort of 30
    year old phone that we’re digging out. It’s full of it. All the
    different bulkheads are filled with foam and slowly Ben’s been carving it out. The
    Hoover box is taking shape.The phone goes in here, gets munched and then goes
    down the pipe. The time for the first test. Here we go.
    Okay here’s the bag. Boy it’s high-pressure. This is a beautiful
    machine. It’s time to start excavating. The excavation begins. You’ve already said that. No I wasn’t recording. Basically its gonna be a lot of that for a long time.
    Yeah. The moment of truth. The nozzles is going to
    suck up this foam. There’s no dust at all. This is like excavating. It’s like archaeology. We’re digging into the boat. How big a hole you gonna cut? So this is
    gonna be the new hatch. So you’re cutting a new hole where. Hey look at all that foam.
    Wow that’s a really big kind of crazy bit. All right, foam ahoy. Oh its a lovely big of foam. Time for the Hoover. Unsheathed the
    Hoover. Tis time to unsheathed the Hoover. cutting out all the phone by hand is a
    very slow and painful process so we’ve been having to think about what we could
    do to speed things up and we were looking on the internet, there’s nothing really
    available but then we did find this, the 800 watt garden tiller. So this is an
    electric kind of plough for your garden. If you wanted to sow vegetables you could
    use this to rip up the soil. Hopefully this is gonna speed things along. It
    might just be a terrible failure. Anything where you can use an electric
    tool rather than doing it by hand is definitely a good idea. The electric tiller is just making
    mincemeat of the foam. It’s like a hot knife through foam. We burnt it out. Its died, but it did
    prove that this is a good solution as long as we don’t let it overheat. So we just need to get some more. Ben can we get some more? How much was that. It quite a lot actually. 69 pounds It’s a shame. First bag is full, full of foam. Hopefully it’s had a chance to cool down.
    Then it’s gonna work again. He’s happy. Happy face. Pretty spacious, it’s like silence of the Lambs. It does feel like being down a mine. We’ve let the machine cool down for a
    minute and it’s now working perfectly. Two bags of foam. This is the foam. It’s really
    lightweight. In chunks like this it feels very manageable but in large
    quantities it’s actually quite hard to budge. When the foam is poured in it was
    ported in two parts. It mixes together, expands and then sets and you can see
    here where it’s formed around the contours of the boat. You look like a sheep that’s got a load of
    turds congealed around its bum. Ben’s been shopping. Oh yeah, 550 watts. How much was that? 40 pounds. Fail. Fail. The electric hedge trimmers
    rubbish. Sawing is too big so it doesn’t go through the mulching machine so
    that’s Ben now cracking on with the electrics tiller so I’m gonna give him a hand. It’s a relentless and hideous task but I
    can’t stop myself just carrying on. Today is the big push, we’ve got
    another electric tiller and there’s backup coming. Hopefully
    we’re gonna clear a massive space. Ben sometimes seems a bit grumpy but I know he loves me really. Is that bag number six or biog
    number seven? That’s bag number seven. I’ve always wanted to go into a giant foam pit. Get back down the hole we’ll hit the back. Then what? Then we get a
    special treat? Yeah I’ll buy you a coffee and
    maybe a Snickers. Do you feel a bit let down? Hopefully I’l
    graduate to a big one in a minute. It’s sort of addictive. Yeah it’s strangely satisfying. That’s the second batch of bags. That’s eight.. nine.. ..that’s bag number ten. That’s seven bags of foam off
    to be recycled. I’ve been away for a few days and
    I’m looking forward to seeing what progress they’ve made downstairs. I know
    they’ve got different coluor suits, they’ve gone for white and they’ve also got
    different type of bag. Transparent foam sausages. That’s a lot of bags, another five bags. Thats a pretty big space now.
    I think we’re nearly there now are aren’t we. We’ve broken the back of it. It’s very dusty down there. I don’t
    recommend it, if you if you want to try this at home just don’t do it because
    it’s very dusty. We’re nearly hitting the floor either the next time all the time after that. Do you enjoy the mining process? No. I mean it’s satisfying though it’s bloody horrible. It is quite satisfying. Do you think we are slightly addicted to it? No. It’s the holy grail, we’ve reached the floor.
    It’s one big thick flat sheet of steel How’s it going? You’ve broken all of the tillers. I thought you ordered some more? I ordered more yesterday, the tillers have all
    died. God this is an exciting point in the YouTube video guys. This is tiller
    number 5 that’s died. This cog has been completely stripped. This ship is really big inside, it has
    two separate apartments, it’s got two offices and downstairs there’s a large
    recording studio. The boat is about 46 metres long, weighs about 550 tons. How many bags have we done today? I don’t know. I think maybe this was a bigger job than
    Ben anticipated. There’s still a bit more down there but it’s
    pretty much done. The sausages are going. It’s like a proper room. We’re gonna do ten bags and then we’re pretty much gonna be done right? Well ten bags I
    reckon we’ll get it done. Ben says not. It’s gonna look like a room in ten bags time. Today’s the new record for bag loading
    we’ve done 11. I think we’ve done something like 60 bags to actually get to the bottom. It’s like a proper room. It’s the final day isn’t it? Probably not…
    sorry yes! Let’s get down the hole, the big reveal.
    it’s not the big reveal stop saying THAT. This is the last bit you go. We finally got there, floors uncovered.
    There’s just a few bits more foam to be Hoovered. A lot of time has passed since we’ve
    started this mining project it’s now the winter. A lot of port holes.
    Okay the Foam is all gone and it’s really looking quite spacious. It’s gonna be bathed in light in here. Bathed it light. The original port holes hulls were there from when it was made. They were covered over in the 1980s and now Ben is cutting them open again. Looking really nice I mean it’s got a
    completely different feel to it down here now. Ben has done two windows on the
    other side the light is already streaming in. Suddenly you can feel the
    space. It’s not just a big dark box. It’s like a proper room now though it
    really is. This is how thick the hull is it’s
    pretty bloody heavy. So this is what you’d use to break into a safe or some
    other valuable storage area. This drill is magnetic. It sucks
    onto the wall and it’s like a pillar drill. You just set it going and
    it holds on to wall and drills straight through. That’s Ludo he started the big job of
    painting this place and it’s already looking much much whiter. Side wall will go straight back.
    So what another three months… who knows. Great well look forward to seeing it
    finished. Next up floor yeah? Floor is all done. It even has an echo in here now. It is going o be a lovely flat floor. The metal
    floor here slopes but it will be flat. How’s it going on there, finished it yet?
    We’ve been doing this for so long it’s now the middle of the winter and it’s
    snowing on board. Ben wants to make it into a passive house so it’s gonna be completely sealed with a heat exchanger unit. The air is going to be sucked out and the heats gonna be taken out the air and put back into the rooms. it’s going to be very eco. Insulation is going in and it’s
    already very nice and warm. The walls are going up. This is like a beautiful woodworking video. It’s looking good down here.
    Oh look. So the windows are boxed in. Ben has added a double
    glazed panel to keep the cold out. Wiring is going in. Built in shelves, very
    nice. It’s like a proper room. Rockwool is on, then this foil goes on then plywood on top. It’s going to be very well insulated. So most of the boarding out has happened. There’s a lot of light coming in. There’s a new skylight in. It’s gonna be a very nice office. Speakers are in, stereo.. Oh nice.
    Don’t touch it… don’t touch it. Workbench is going in over there.
    Kitchens going here, plumbing.. storage. This project has been going on for a hell of a long time it’s been over a year Ben’s been fiddling around down there
    he’s just doing the last little finishing touches before this becomes a
    proper room. This is the companionway.. It’s the main entance. Yep. Also there’s the stairs… oh yeah! It’s looking smart down here. Kitchens is pretty much there isn’t it. Basically Ben wants this to be done by
    Christmas… If you’ve ever watched those shows where
    people do up their own houses they never get in by Christmas but god I hope they
    do because I want to get this video finished and edited and on the Internet. Ben, hey open your door I think it’s probably more
    light than it was before actually because it’s reflecting around and these these
    two windows are covered up as well so. You’re gonna have an inner hatch here? An inner hatch with double glazing. Hhey it’s got everything but the kitchen sink.. Oh no no kitchen sink as well. It’s got lights down here, power, cupboards.
    Looks great. The proper room is now being properly painted. This is gonna be a professional finish. It’s gonna be a very nice office space. Ben’s gonna be able to sit down here and do big deals and be big businessman.
    Maybe I’ll be allowed down there too you know, now and then to use the
    photocopier. So how far away are we now. The lights
    are in. It feels really warm in here now. it’s 20
    degrees, so does this control.. oh. last night it lights up the heating is
    in its gonna hold that engine Casey yeah So basically all the portholes are gonna
    be double glazed like this. Sockets are in.. with USB. Sink is finally in. It’s like a
    proper room. It’s been two years… no it’s not. OK it’s been a year in 10 months
    but it’s been worth every minute. I’ve been here doing all the work Ben’s been
    just fiddling with stuff. look at this its like a proper room it’s looking pretty smart down here, Ben is still fiddling around, looking almost done. There’s still a bit to do. Floor is down. Ben’s doing the final just
    bits and bobs and finishing off. internet router is up on the wall over
    there. Ben’s still here fiddling around so it’s
    nearly done it’s been nearly two years but I think
    it’s finally there.. somewhere down in that ship there might just be a proper
    room. Lets go and have a look, follow me. There he is, the man himself.
    After you Ben please, let’s go check it out. well no I mean it’s definitely slicker
    than I thought. it’s very white isn’t it. New chairs, look at that
    brand spankers. The kitchen is all done. Very nice, fridge… obviously every office
    needs a big desk like this. this is no exception. We’ve got the lighting in, there are power sockets here there’s plenty of storage.. ah hold on it’s a very large… I believe A1… A3 printer. I mean
    they really have thought of everything. We’ve got more storage down here, great!
    Ink cartridges. Over here.. what will we find… oh it’s a printer, it’s a scanner.. yes! Well done Ben. Here we’ve got knickknacks. Who lives in an office like this… Vicki and Ben.. because this is their office. it’s great. look at this.. hey you got some good pencils.. yeah this feels very comfortable. who’d have thought this was once full of
    foam storage… great. storage. Ben sits there. Are you proud? Yes. You’ve done a very good job. thank you. Thanks. this is a proper room, it’s a proper office.
    it’s been nearly two years but what a transformation. Remember those days when
    it was full of foam? This has been a video about mining
    a lot of foam in creating an office. I’ve been Harry Dwyer. It’s like a proper room.

    MIT’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
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    MIT’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

    November 16, 2019

    The Head of the Zesiger is a cardboard boat regatta in which three students put together a boat. They can actually have as many boat builders as they like, but they need to be in the cardboard boat, paddling during the actual competition. The real challenge each year is the fact that the race course changes so there are different challenges. And so, when designing the boats there’s a different theme and focus in mind. I was terrified on Thursday because we were like only halfway through, a bit more really, but we didn’t yet have the hull so that was a bit of an issue. But we got a lot of people to help the last two days so we able to finish it and paint it, and, well, we’re going to win. My freshman year was the first year I competed and my brother, he went to MIT as well, he’s two years ahead of me so when I got here as a freshman my brother Brian was like, “Oh man, there’s this cardboard boat race and I’ve always wanted to do it but I could never get a team together.” I’m a mechanical engineering so it sounded like a really good challenge mostly because everything you do you have to innovate. There isn’t any set way to do this sort of thing. It’s not like, you know, everybody that builds a Formula 1 ® car, well people build Formula 1® cars and there’s a way to do it, so you do it. But a cardboard boat you have to completely come up with how it’s going to work on the stop, every time. The difference between most cardboard boat regattas is the students actually design it ahead of time. They don’t design it day of. Most schools that offer this type of competition will give the supplies and they have one hour to put some duct tape together, use some styrofoam and different formats. This is purely based on cardboard, paper tape and paint, that’s it. They’re not allowed to use duct tape. They’re not allowed to use styrofoam or anything that has natural buoyancy to it. So we went into this with a little bit more of a challenge then you’ll see at most schools. I think MIT students just like to problem solve things and this is a really good opportunity to try it out. Some people have tried it, maybe in High School or something, but MIT really takes almost everything to the next level when we do this sort of thing. A good fraction of the students are young students, in the first couple of years. Maybe some who haven’t declared. Others are graduate students so they’re pretty far down the road. The goal of building a cardboard boat to navigate a course in water, however appeals to all of them, many of the core disciplines of mechanical engineering happen to be well represented. If you just look at our core classes: mechanics of materials, well there’s the cardboard and the strength of beams. There’s the dynamics, when the boat go unstable with people trying to control it and the steering. And then there’s fluid part, both in the efficiency of the hull and in the use of paddles and other propulsion devices. And these are very broad themes across the school of engineering and science as well. So they bring in their boats and they line them up next to the pool. They are judged before they go in the water for of course infractions, that’s bad, but then we’re looking for the style, the spirit, the quality of the design, and these are all things you look at and you make an assessment on paper. Now that’s a minor fraction of the score. Most of the score and what determines the winner, will really be success of the mission. And I think that’s in line with the way an engineer has to think. We can analyze and make things beautiful, but it’s got to get the job done and it’s got to finish the course in order to take the big points. I just like to try new things and even if they don’t work out it’s fine, it’s the trying that’s the fun part not necessarily the winning or having the fastest, most efficient boat. And it’s really good to look at your calculations and then see that it all works out in the end. That’s one of the best parts. When you can go from a computer to actual, physical boat that is just like you imagined it; that’s one of the most rewarding parts for me. During the actual event we will have boat-handlers on deck to help the participants get onto or into their boats by holding the boat steady as they get in. Throughout the entire competition they need to have all three of their participants in the boat during their paddle session. If any of their participants fall out, then they’ve got to get back into the boat somehow before they can advance. Not very many succeed actually, quite a large fraction of these boats will sink. And I think if they were all successful the students wouldn’t enjoy it quite as much. I think one of the best sinkings that I’ve seen was last year, I believe it was. There was one boat and they got maybe 15 feet out on the course and it started sinking. And they didn’t try and panic or anything they just had one guy stand up and play an imaginary violin while the boat sank into the ocean. It’s a lot of fun even if you don’t have a solid boat. Being able to design an event that the students could do each year and each year it’s a little more difficult is something that we wanted the students to be able to have here on campus, but also to open it up to other universities. So the future of the Head of the Zesiger is definitely a bright future, and I can definitely see a lot of different colleges coming onboard to compete year after year. Hopefully we’ll have a good turn out from other schools in the future.