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Old 09-22-2016, 01:38 AM   #1
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Glass-bottom boat

Hi there,
I had found something interesting in the Blount small ship adventures portal, a glass-bottom boat. Here is the image link of the boat (bottom glass) https://www.blountsmallshipadventure...23_625x455.jpg. I felt it as quite interesting. Does anyone have an experience in such ships?

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Old 09-22-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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It's not new. We used to go on these down in central Florida on family vacations in the 60's. Good touristy thing to do, not sure I'd want to own one.

What might be cool would be some sort of "window" in the hull, but you'd need to keep it clean. Then again, it would be cheaper and easier just to poke a camera on a stick down in the water and display it on a wide-screen TV.

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Old 09-22-2016, 08:58 AM   #3
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John, do you have any personal interest or ownership of that site or business?
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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There are a couple of glass bottomed boats and a semi submersible submarine with glass siding and bottom in use for tourist attractions in Avalon on Catalina Island, SoCal.
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:13 PM   #5
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A company I used to work for retrofitted a glass bottom in a 65' sightseeing boat. It was a novelty that seemed to wear off quickly. As CaptTom suggests, keeping it clean can become a pain.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:27 PM   #6
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Mechanics Illustrated used to publish a book of boat plans. One I had back in
the 1950s had plans for a dinghy with a glass bottom. Lost the book somewhere
over the years.

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Old 09-22-2016, 02:35 PM   #7
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We built a few glass bottom boats in Bermuda. We used lexan as "The glass" the most effective way to keep clean we found was vaseline and mixed with fine ground "Hot" peppers. Once in the wtaer the vaseline becomes clear and depending on pepper colour just has a slight hue. just need a occasional dip and smear of fresh stuff.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:51 PM   #8
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Faithfully, I hadn't had any adventurous trips in my life. I was busy with my career. I thought to have a change and looked for an adventure, there I found out that. I am new and don't have any experience in cruising. But I liked that innovative idea.

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