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# Wide boat

Like a narrow boat but the other way round
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Narrow boats on the British canal system are, typically, 7ft wide and between 30 ft and 70 ft long.

A wide boat could be 7ft long and up to 70ft wide. You then just cruise sideways through the canal system.

 — nononoyes, Sep 05 2008

 and you are on?

[marked-for-deletion] um, stuff turned around to face a different direction.
 — po, Sep 05 2008

 oops I forgot -1

try harder next time
 — po, Sep 05 2008

 Why stop there?

 Why not one boat that fills the entire canal system?

"One boat to rule them all"
 — normzone, Sep 05 2008

like a snake. locks and all?
 — WcW, Sep 06 2008

Good point normzone. My original idea was to have a boat, whose width was the length of the canal system, making it possible to walk to any destination without leaving the boat. However, this is clearly a silly idea; it doesn't allow for all the bends, bridges and locks etc.
 — nononoyes, Sep 06 2008

Well, the bends would be easy to deal with, but building the locks into the boat will represent an engineering challenge.
 — normzone, Sep 06 2008

Yes, an articulated wide boat is certainly an option for bends, but as soon as you make the articulated joints detachable, in order to negotiate locks etc. you're really just describing a lot of wide boats joined together, rather than one very wide boat.
 — nononoyes, Sep 06 2008

Your bluff will be called when you hit the river and have the option of going "forwards".
 — david_scothern, Sep 06 2008

I can see where you're coming from there David. The key thing is to remember that in a wide boat one always travels sideways.
 — nononoyes, Sep 06 2008

…through time…
 — Ian Tindale, Sep 06 2008

I think this is funny. I may be alone in this, but... [+]
 — wagster, Sep 06 2008

 Hawkwind reference appreciated - thanks Ian T.

Particular thanks also to Wagster. You're not alone; there's at least two of us.
 — nononoyes, Sep 06 2008

Murray Leinster too. "Right angles to reality".
 — nineteenthly, Sep 06 2008

Keelhauling mutineers would be a tad difficult.
 — 4whom, Sep 07 2008

Keelhauling would certainly be a more treacherous experience (for the keelhaulee) than on a narrow boat. The space between the boat's shallow draft and the canal's limited depth (approximately 3 feet) would pose the same problem however, regardless of whether the boat were narrow or wide. The more portly mutineer would always be at risk of getting stuck.
 — nononoyes, Sep 07 2008

Contrariwise, walking the plank would be a walk in the park.
 — Ian Tindale, Sep 07 2008

Believe the Chinese tried this idea but discounted it as being a load of old junk.
 — Ah Supp, Oct 05 2011

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