I try to picture myself onboard this contraption. Incredibly bad design for sub or a surface vessel alike. Not event a seat you can strap yourself to.
I’m all about adventure, stepping into the unknown. Me Personally, if I knew this vessel had made the trip a couple of times before I wouldn’t hesitate to take a ride in it.
I’m not much of a materials expert, but I do have an engineering background, and my father is a mechanical engineer with a truly deep expertise in materials. I’ve gleaned a little knowledge from him. I’m also a cyclist, and have seen first hand what happens to carbon fiber bikes when they’re stressed past their limit. They fail suddenly and catastrophically.
Knowing it was made of carbon fiber, there’s no way in the world you could have convinced me to get on that contraption. That builder was an irresponsible idiot taking risks with his and, worse, other’s lives.
I remember the first Carbon/Alum bike frames, I still ride one. They were very fragile.
The same reason Titanic is on the bottom of the Ocean… you cannot save money on people’s lives…
Yep! On the other hand, I have the steel bike my dad bought in Queens in the 50’s, and its been hammered on for God knows how many thousands of miles by him and me, and it’s just fine, because it flexes. Its been crashed more times than you can count and its still a good road-worthy frame that I take on hard rides.
As a qualified and experienced submariner, whose idea was it to use carbon fiber for a deep dive?
Back in my day, HY80 steel creaked and made enough horrible noises that maybe 1 out of a 127 after their first deep dive at 600 feet, scared the living crap out of them and they wanted off!
Some days we just had to open the screen door and let them off!
You had to be there!
With all the training on land nothing says squeeze me like 5000 psi, in a carbon fiber tube!
Just looking at how the people are situated and how little viewing room there is, I would not have gone in that thing. I am pretty adventurous but no way would I try that.
You have to be on the toilet to look out the window for crying out loud …
that cracked me up
Watch James Cameron’s documentary for an authentic look at the risks associated with the adventure.
If I wanted to risk my life (again) and look @ an Old Wreck I’d look in the damn Mirror!