Re: An Oceania-type project that *might* work...
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 09:31:08 EDT

[ . . . catching up on backlog after EXTRO4 . . . ]

In a message dated 99-08-04 17:30:58 EDT, (Upgrade!) wrote:

> >
> Also check out <>. Latest reports
> I've received indicate a reasonable probability that this project will
> succeed.

I'm still fairly skeptical of this project. Comparing the size of this vessel to MAJOR marine construction projects I've been involved with, it seems like this construction would cost AT LEAST a billion dollars. It would be THE shipbuilding project of the decade, at least. I don't see the names of any of the major shipbuilding firms being advertised as associated with the project. (Of course, Daewoo and Hyundai might offer cut-rate prices these days, but you're still looking at high nine figures to get this thing launched.) And this doesn't address the basic design issues I've mentioned before: It seems like a multi-hull design would be right for a vessel of this size, rather than the "big canoe" layout that's depicted at the website . . .

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