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Old 08-23-2010, 07:18 AM
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After looking at fish, airplanes, birds, and other things that move through a fluid media ( air or water ), why are boats made backwards? Will they work if they where turned around? Should I build one turned around and find out? Whats up here?

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Old 08-23-2010, 08:01 AM
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After looking at fish, airplanes, birds, and other things that move through a fluid media ( air or water ), why are boats made backwards? Will they work if they where turned around? Should I build one turned around and find out? Whats up here?

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Because "birds and fish"don't run on the surface, don't have to face waves. Whitch would win a race,a deep V or a barge ? Sail boats cut through the water,not plow. Tie a string to the back of a boat,and pull it,than to the front and pull. whitch took less effort??
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:08 PM
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Default RE: Question? Why are boats made backwards?

Have a look at really fast fish.  They do tend to have a very pointy front end.
Then again, as Blizard says, boats work in two fluids, one compressible, one not.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:32 AM
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Things that are subsurface like Torpedoes, Submarines, Keel Bulbs do tend to mimic nature.
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Sail boats more than any other type of craft are shaped like nature shapes sea creatures. Blunt and round in the front and tapering back as you move aft. Look at a whale or a shark you will see a shape similar to most modern sail boats.

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There was a fairly wide ranging disscussion regarding this and other things here..
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1155891.
It is a long thread that continues to grow,mostly concerned with IOM but has the occasional wander
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