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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:01 pm

maverik94 wrote:Hah, yeah but you would need a hell of a cannon to penetrate the hull of a ship like that.

To penetrate the hull of a ship. Yes.

Alas, our pirates tend to stage assults from what amount to little more than motor boats. "Ship" does not even begin to apply.
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Unread postAuthor: McCoytheGreater » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:18 pm

D_Hall wrote:Alas, our pirates tend to stage assults from what amount to little more than motor boats. "Ship" does not even begin to apply.


The special that aired showed the pirates used those cheapy fiberglass boats. Good for boat building, bad for projectile repelling.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:24 pm

Ideal targets for any well-built spudgun. :D
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Unread postAuthor: velocity3x » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:04 am

maverik94 wrote: At high velocity wouldn't the golfball pretty much disintegrate on contact with such a dense target (i.e. the ship's hull). Or would it actually make it through the hull at a supersonic speed? Anyone know? I guess there's only one way to find out for sure..... :P :evil: :twisted: :P :evil:


Golf Balls at high velocity do not disintegrate on impact. A golf ball at supersonic speed definitely will not penetrate a heavy steel hull of a ship however....they will certainly penetrate "soft targets".
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:24 am

@velocity
what about accuracy at longer ranges?

I guess you'd need ammo with higher sectional density, such as steel ball bearings, basically something that isn't as much slowed down by air friction as GBs... in most situations your target won't be 10 or 20 meters away but up to 100 meters or more
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Unread postAuthor: velocity3x » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:41 am

POLAND_SPUD wrote:@velocity
what about accuracy at longer ranges?


IMO...golf balls are only good for cheap fun and nothing more however they can provide a serious punch.
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:17 am

Ummm.... Were those shots from 100ft(') or 100in(") ???

I'm guessing 100ft, so you might want to edit your photo tags...
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:24 pm

Are we really discussing the best way to sink a ship?!?!?!?!

What if they get funny ideas?
We might have sparked their interest..I know of some members that have tried to contact them..

*shouting at the treehuggers*

THIS IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL!!!
We are against voilence and piracy.
Do not damage other people's property..

Oh..but we do love whales.. :roll:

Okay..continue :D
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:34 pm

Brian the brain wrote:Are we really discussing the best way to sink a ship?!?!?!?!

What if they get funny ideas?
We might have sparked their interest..I know of some members that have tried to contact them..

*shouting at the treehuggers*

THIS IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL!!!
We are against voilence and piracy.
Do not damage other people's property..

Oh..but we do love whales.. :roll:

Okay..continue :D


We are discussing suitable backstop materiels, and ...um... trying to figure out the most environmentally friendly method of scuttling Pirate ships...er...I um mean... abandoned vessels, yeah thats it, abandoned vessels, for use as artificial reefs to provide habitat for sea animals...

Yeah, we don't want to frighten the poor fish by using explosives to sink "artificial reefs", yeah we want to use 'taters, or nontoxic golfballs...
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Unread postAuthor: McCoytheGreater » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:51 pm

Brian the brain wrote:Oh..but we do love whales.. :roll:



Yeah we do! Their oil/blubber is great!
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:39 pm

velocity3x wrote:A golf ball at supersonic speed definitely will not penetrate a heavy steel hull of a ship however....they will certainly penetrate "soft targets".


Has the movie been released yet?
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:17 pm

POLAND_SPUD wrote:in most situations your target won't be 10 or 20 meters away but up to 100 meters or more

Whether or not you can ID a pirate attack (and presumably start shooting) at 100 m, is largely irrelevant. What IS relevant, is that to get aboard your ship, they DO have to be within 10 or 20 meters.

Basically the pirates are climbing aboard at the fantail. OK, so how far off the water is the fantail? MAYBE 20 feet? Voila... You're basically guarenteed that the bad guys will have to be within 20 feet of a very specific part of the ship.

Suddenly 10-20 meters is totally doable. You'd likely want to harden your location, but that's easy. Point is don't expose yourself or let them know you plan on shooting back until you see the proverbial whites of their eyes. And then put a hole in the bottom of their boat.
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:32 pm

well yeah but if they are just 20 meters away you might as well use a water cannon

but probably you are right that you won't be sure that it's a pirate attack until they are really close
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:20 pm

POLAND_SPUD wrote:well yeah but if they are just 20 meters away you might as well use a water cannon

Except that water cannons don't force them to stop/disengage. They're just a way to frustrate the bad guys until such time as they (hopefully) get bored and move on to other targets. Punching holes in a boat forces the boat captain to disengage.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:38 pm

modify a water jet cutter for long range :)
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