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Would a ship, made entirely of styrofoam, survive an ocean voyage?

Asked by john65pennington (29192points) February 7th, 2010

I realize this is a lame question. my wife and i were discussing taking a cruise. in the middle of our conversation, the wind blew a piece of styrofoam plastic in front of us. this is the text of my question. would a passenger cruise ship, made entirely of styrofoam plastic, survive a voyage out on the open seas? why or why not?

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susanc's avatar

Take the cruise in a normal ship. Please.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I will have my mother-in-law test that out ;))

Trillian's avatar

Wouldn’t your wife’s stiletto heels poke through the ballroom floor and on down through steerage and into the depths of the ocean blue?

Zen_Again's avatar

I don’t have a problem with ridiculous questions. I have a problem with the grammar and punctuation.


john65pennington's avatar

I know it was a stupid question. if i could retract it, i would. i forgot about the ladies spiked heels. my wifes shoes would sink us all.

john65pennington's avatar

Does Fluther have a Dumbest Question Award?

Harp's avatar

Well, it would have to be shaped very differently from a standard cruise ship. If you reproduced a standard hull in styrofoam, it would sit too high in the water and capsize extremely easily. To correct this tendency to roll, it would have to be shaped more like a barge than a cruiser..

john65pennington's avatar

Harp, thanks for a logical answer to a really lame question. i just had a moment of stupidity. john

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@john65pennington-I believe there is a boat manufactured that is based on that idea.They used to saw them in half in the commercials to demonstrate their bouyancy.I have been on one before(quite a while ago).Not the smoothest ride and a bit pricey too.They are called a Boston Whaler.I don’t know if their technology is the same now.
I liked your question because anything that requires imagination is thought provoking amusement for me :))
You rock!!;))

Trillian's avatar

Actually, a museum in Norfolk, VA called Nauticus has an interactive software program that allows one to build a ship using various specifications, and at the end it shows you whether or not your ship will float.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

Not much of a chance for a small ship – too light to sit in the water and be usable. And a big one would break apart.

Bugabear's avatar

If it’s really big then YES. That would be awesome.Think about it, you’d be cruising on the most hazardous thing to the environment and leaching toxic chemicals to all the dolphins.

Trillian's avatar

@Bugabear yeah, but if you weren’t flooding the area with sonar and driving them onto the shore in droves, you wouldn’t be putting your best effort into it!~

Tenpinmaster's avatar

I think the force of the ocean currents would tear the thing apart. Perhaps under normal weather conditions it may have a chance but the light density of styrofoam would create a very dangerous voyage indeed. Not to mention the high probability of cascade.

phoebusg's avatar

I’m thinking no. But you should definitely e-mail mythbusters about this. They’ll make a ship and run a test alright—love that show :)

Trillian's avatar

@phoebusg What an awesome idea! Can you imagine the stir on this site if they actually did it? One of you please keep us all posted!

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