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When coming in to port folds up.
When out at sea and unfolded gives hours and square kilometers
of fun, more than any land park could give. The slide down from
the ship means extra fun.
The sharks across the glass floors are real life, adding a thrill you
can never get from watching horror
movies in a binge.
one for kids
[xandram, Sep 03 2021]
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[xandram, Sep 03 2021]
||That's so crazy it just might work! Not sure about square
KILOmetres, but an inflatable (some air bladders for
buoyancy, some water bladders for ballast) structure beside
a cruise ship would allow space to escape the crampedness
of cruise-ship-life. Slides, bouncy-castles, "beaches",
inflated palm trees...
||I like it, but it just wouldn't fold. Not the way you mean.
||A floating replica of Venice for those monster ships
to dock with would be a winner. I once proposed a
replica of the Galapagos Islands (will try to find)
||I did a search and believe that Galapaghost, as I
think it was called, got zapped along with about 30
other of my postings when the halfbakery went
into a spasm a few years ago. I'll find it and repost.
I have a print out.
||I posted two links which would make me call this
idea baked, except that there is not enough
description in this idea to know for sure.
||im not fish boning Im just saying its sort of
baked. Except for maybe the * folding* , Which
really has not been explained how it folds where it
folds where it goes where it comes from etc. etc.
||It's a pretty image. Folding glass floor is tricky.
||Let's say, hypothetically, you need 5 mm of solid surface
over the entire structure. (Whether that's decking or
"glass" panels". And another 5mm for a thin wall
inflatable structure to provide buoyancy and support the
decking. 1km^2 of park would then collapse down to
10,000 m^3 of volume. A standard cabin on a cruise ship
is ~100m^3 (I think). So you'd be giving up 100 cabins for
the park materials, out of about 1800 on a large cruise
ship. And that assumes relatively straightforward
requirements for maintenance, folding, crew, etc.
||Not impossible, but I think you're likely to see much
smaller initial sizes. Of course, the largest water parks in
the world appear to only be about 1/4 km^2, so that's
||(ETA: There's 1 in China at 1.87 km^2, but all the others
are significantly less than 1)
||I'm imagining an origami pop up book with pneumatic hinges and bladders. Bladders have internal shock cord tendons for folding up. Due to the size, a suction pump will be needed for packing away. The rigid origami panels could even be an internal skeleton inside the inflatables. Semi soft if you going to land on them though.
||The folded up gigantic contraption is towed behind the ship
and left out at sea to be gathered again when the ship goes
into the harbor.
||Glass floor folds with Rubber/silicon frames and hinges
allowing it to be folded in parts. It is held in place floating
water by thin floats all along, and wider floats on top so it
||Then again, after watching [a1]'s "a night at the opera"
link, maybe it would all fit into a cabin.
||And I'm thrilled to be talking again to MechE
||As a rule, unmanned, unpowered floating objects are
frowned upon. You'd basically required a reserved
mooring location at every port. Not impossible, but
expensive. And my suspicion is that a continuous float
design is more space economical than an intermittent one
for a given displacement. But I haven't done the math on
||A sunken design (that is, rigid walls and the horizontal
surface below the water line, so basically a boat, or more
likely a series of boats) would
probably be the most space efficient, but it's not
positively buoyant, which means that rogue waves or rain
could sink the entire thing, which seems undesirable.