Awesome boat lift

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+37 1. sec commented 11 years ago

How uplifting... :)
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+49 2. Daeph commented 11 years ago

You gotta admit, that's pretty ingenious!
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+18 3. cotter69 commented 11 years ago

We have a similar thing where i'm from its called the Falkirk wheel
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+25 4. PortugaL26 commented 11 years ago

This is truly a marvelous piece of engineering.
Gravity + water only. amazing
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+9 5. cotter69 commented 11 years ago

Sorry for re-posting here is a short video for anyone interested in the Falkirk wheel :)
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+29 6. ui236 commented 11 years ago


it does not change, for every kilogram a boat weights, 1 liter water is pushed away, the lift always carries the same weight.
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+5 7. badboy007 commented 11 years ago

They have something like this near where I live.
At a place called Falkirk but that is more of a tourist attraction.
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+4 8. USAnumber1 commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) If you were do do as you suggest then the lift would be unable to raise your lead-filled boat. That is beyond the capacity of the lift.
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+4 9. the_puiu commented 11 years ago

Waterproof technology! :D
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-2 10. irishgek commented 11 years ago

lol #3 and #5 ya the only difference the english(scottish) one has style and its massive
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+6 11. sux2bu commented 11 years ago

#10 The Scottish lift has less than half the lifting capacity of the Canadian lift. I would say that is a pretty BIG difference.
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+6 12. regata4 commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) Archimedes principle, the boats displace water equal to its weight...... e.g place a tub of water on a weight machine and read its weight, now throw a tennis ball into it, then another and a few more (as long as they are floating on the water surface) and read the weight .... it'll be the same throughout
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+4 13. watsonlr commented 11 years ago

Went through it with a group of canoeists... They aren't supposed to allow canoe's but we asked nicely!
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+4 14. Urmensch commented 11 years ago

Great engineering
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+7 15. MsZoomy commented 11 years ago

that's an amzing piece of engineering. I've been through old fashioned lockes before and they take forever!! this is so much faster and so cool!!
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+8 16. AL7AIR commented 11 years ago

#12 It sure is the Archimedes Principle at work here in that a floating object will displace it's weight in water, but your example is incorrect, the scale will add the weight of every tennis ball you throw in based on the fact that your tub is a closed container and the water has nowhere to go. The lift lock however has a door that closes once the boat is in, so the displaced water is pushed outside the lift, thus making the lift weight the same every time. So your example only works if the bath tub is filled up to the brim and every drop of water that is displaced overflows, but who wants to clean up that mess in the bathroom after the experiment?
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+4 17. sux2bu commented 11 years ago

#12 & #16 The difference between the English and German education systems is astonishing! :O
#16 Explained and demonstrated that fact perfectly and correctly.
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+5 18. Highmeadow commented 11 years ago

What is truly amazing is when you stop to think that it was built 100 years ago and is still in constant operation.
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+6 19. jhvh1 commented 11 years ago

this is the best thing I have seen in weeks.
(well, other than porn of course)
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+3 20. ZaMpTi commented 9 years ago

in 1904 - thats amazing!
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+3 21. prekazi commented 9 years ago

#20 - you beat me, I was thinking the same when narrator mentioned 1904
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+1 22. thundersnow commented 4 years ago

That video has true snotr quality, very interesting!