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The lesson was learned with Titanic, so now all ships have
enough life boats, but the reason Titanic didn't have
enough (they were ugly and took up space) is still quite
valid. Inflatable life rafts aren't nearly durable enough,
but if we inflate life boats with a quick curing expanding
expanding foam, they could become sturdy rigid
vehicles minutes after inflation. These can be stored
inobtrusively, packed into the railings on multiple decks.
These would of course be modern fully enclosed life boats.
The door would be made of conventional materials, and
actually be part of the railing, so after the boat was fully
inflated and cured, the railing could be opened and the
passengers could step through it and down the foam-filled
stairs into the body of the life-boat. Cranes would fold out
of the railing to lower the boat into the water. The
section of railing with the boat would break away... Oh,
wait, we might want to leave some railing there for the
safety of those still loading onto other boats. Minor
During the muster drill at the start of each cruise, one boat
should be chosen at random to inflate. Some lucky people
get to see it in person. The rest get to watch on video
monitors. That boat gets lowered into the water and is
piloted to shore by the captain before he returns to the
ship to cast off. Obviously the ship is equipped with a least
one extra so they don't have to replace the test boat before
||I thought the passengers were supposed to want the captain
to die. So, the demo might have a different effect than
||I thought initially that this was expanding foam life boots. One needs very good balance to use life boots, or things quickly turn heavyside down.
||We are fairly sure this is Baked ... will try to find a link.
||Maybe a few cans of Great Stuff could save the