Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ship 41 Interlux Challenge Flotsam Net

The next design to be tested involved a different concept. Several scouts had designs involving nets and the handbook for the Ohio Clean Marinas program recommends the use of swimming pool skimmers. However it is generally agreed that pool skimmers do not hold up to the wear and tear of marina use. A more robust design was needed, hence the "flotsam net".
The net, a mesh bag, one of several samples provided by Kandi Greer of the Volm Companies, was attached to an aluminum hoop by carabiners. The net worked very well and was the only tool that could be used, because of its light weight, from a 10' bulkhead. The problem was that the bag was not easily removed from the hoop once full. Gabriel suggested turning the bag upside down and tying a slip knot in the bottom of the bag to ease emptying it in trash bags. This helped in emptying the mesh bag but the original thought was to fill the bag then dispose of it. An easier way of attaching the bag to the hoop had to be designed - back to the drawing board. Stay tuned for "flotsam net 1.01".

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