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Old 09-17-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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I think the idea is to still be able to drive the bus on land, right? I'd love to be able to barge around the Americas and drive up on land to adventure.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:03 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by nat_ster View Post
The plastic barrels are tapered, making them rise when the ice freezes and expands. As long as I use enough so they are not floating to deep, with the water line passed the center of the barrels.
You'll have to do a LOT of research on this train of thought. I've yet to see any clever designs that can accommodate Canadian fresh water ice. It's evil stuff. The effective designs usually employ serious rock cribbing + concrete. Ice grabs on to everything and - in big bodies of water with decent expansion/contraction - shreds man made structures to pieces. I see the damage every year: the dock that wasn't pulled in; the piers of boat houses... Ice is impressively destructive.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:25 PM   #13
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I hear you on that. I grew up a few miles from a lake, and could hear the ice heaving miles away. It would push up 10 feet high ridges at the shoreline.

Every dock I have seen left in the water also gets destroyed. The hydraulic force of ice expanding is one of the most powerful forces of nature.

My thoughts are it needs to be out of the ice. As in on top of the ice.

Might have to climb out of the water to the land till she freezes, then head back out on the ice.

I would love to do a test this year, but live in a way to populated area to mess around in the water. I would called in for sure.

And I don't know anyone close with a dug out.

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:41 AM   #14
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Here in Albany they have this busses that are boats, they drive on the road and into the river they go:
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:44 AM   #15
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:41 AM   #16
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Saw this and thought of this thread.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:44 AM   #17
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I notice they didn't show any other boats going by making a wake it had to bounce thru, or sliders.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:51 AM   #18
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Glen-L has a number of houseboat plans you might want to check out.
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