Thursday, December 22, 2011

Float testing

As liveaboards, we like to do our part in advancing the boundaries of human knowledge.  Here on Eolian, we believe in the Scientific Method, so we collect data.

One kind of data we have been collecting over the years, is how this whole Archimedes-discovered thing about displacement and floating actually works.  As you have probably guessed from the title, we have been float-testing random objects.  So far, we can definitively report that the following do not, in fact, float:
  • A B6S sparkplug for the outboard
  • A 6' length of 1 1/2" PVC pipe
  • A cell phone
  • Several hamburgers (cooked on one side only)
  • A 3/8" combination wrench
  • A green serving bowl
  • An uncounted number of Christmas lite bulb covers
  • A part of the mounting bracket for our bow light
  • A couple of 1/4" allen wrenches
  • A large and random collection of screws, washers, nuts and bolts.
Take that, Science!


Drew Frye said...

* Fortress F-12 with chain (but no rode attached).
* Presription glasses. It seems the cheap reading glasses have a lesser afinity for water.
* Maglight flashlights.
* Hats, all types.
* Sail bags.

There testing is on-going....

bob said...

Drew -

Marvelous variety - keep up the good work!


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