The Windlass & Moving Your Island


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    The illustration shows a Windlass. Itís true, you can buy other types of machines to make lifting heavy loads easy, but this one is easy to weld together.

    It consists of two steel pipes, one larger than the other, so that when the flexible line, such as a steel cable, or strong rope, will roll one way up one side, and down the other, changing the length of line to the pulley. You not only get the assistance of the crank, but also the differential between the two pipes and the doubling of the pulley like in a hoist.

    The bearings must be fastened solidly to your island. And the line may be long, bent over a pair of poles for a crane.

  Moving Your Island

   You can haul it with a tug boat or a jet ski. However, you may wish to move it yourself. Any of the Alternative Energies available to you will work. Wind has been used for centuries, itís free, and it works in most places. Place a mast just forward of center, and hoist a sail on itóthe bigger the better. This can be a typical triangular Mainsail with its boom, or a Spinnaker style if you intend to only go down wind.

    However, you will need to have a keel, (long vertical board either under your island, or two of them, one on each side, like a small catamaran.) You will also need a rudder to guide it where you want it to go. And given the extent that your floats go below the surface, you may need large ones.

    You can use a parachute kite, they really pull.

    Another method is to use a Floppy-Mill to power (mechanically or electrically,) a powerful pump, that can pump water rapidly out the rear to make a jet, which must be steerable.

    You can also use a big fan on a gasoline engine. It works, but is expensive.

    Steam engines also work, but are also expensive.

    Inboard and outboard motors also work, but are expensive.

    In Thailand they use an automobile engine with a long pipe with a propeller on it. They move the whole thing in a yoke to steer it. So, grow your own fuel.

    Itís also possible to use wave power. Waves move in a circular fashion. So you need a hinged flap that can catch the water going one way, but will be hinged up when the water moves the other way. That way it can pull your island, it is hooked to, in only one direction. It also must be steerable.

    Itís theoretically possible to surf it, but not likely.

    Paddles are too slow, and take too much beer!

    Donít expect your island to move fast. However, if you move it away from shore as soon as itís big enough for building new floats, it may be easier to build them at sea, rather than near the shore.

    Have Fun!


Meet the Scientist

Meet the Scientist
Meet the Scientist
    John N. Hait

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