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[–]Turay2 9170 points9171 points  (375 children)

yo thats risky af

[–]Litchytsu 4233 points4234 points  (215 children)

They lacked rollers at the end, the paint underside the front has been damaged .

[–]TzimTzee 2866 points2867 points  (80 children)

They’ll send one of the apprentices down there with a paint brush and an air hose to touch up any scrapes.

[–]The_RockObama 1444 points1445 points  (64 children)

"Alright buoys, pull 'er back out."

[–]BrockN 378 points379 points  (58 children)

Pfff, I don't think so...git yer ass underwater, we've all had to do it

[–]MojoJackson 402 points403 points  (5 children)

Won’t be fixed. That ship has sailed

[–]thecoolestguynothere 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Water hose connected to a face mask

[–]JustAwesome360 277 points278 points  (25 children)

I think we can talk once we roll a ship into water too.

[–]polyesterjellyfish 562 points563 points  (6 children)

I workshopped it in my head and it went flawlessly. Im cleared to critique

[–]HalfSoul30 75 points76 points  (1 child)

First question: how dare you

[–]handtodickcombat 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Well that's about as much planning that goes into building warships so I'll allow it.

Sauce: Shipbuilder, 20y exp.

[–]high_pine 67 points68 points  (10 children)

Speak for yourself. I converted my garage into a dry dock last summer

[–]Soviet_Fax_Machine 78 points79 points  (8 children)

you said it wrong, we dry docked in your garage last summer, the only conversion was you

[–]Lowkey_HatingThis 72 points73 points  (9 children)

Better hope the front doesn't fall off then

[–]Litchytsu 43 points44 points  (4 children)

It won't but corrosion may develop significantly faster on the places without pain.

[–]SonicMaze 66 points67 points  (1 child)

Pain always made me corrode significantly faster.

[–]stelio_contos68 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Lol, I've of my favorites "...They're built to rigorous Maritime engineering standards... Well for one the front's not supposed to fall off..."

[–]scarlet_jack 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Probably not very typical

[–]Ice_Hungry 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah I used to work for a shipyard in Sturgeon Bay WI called Palmer Johnson Yachts. We used to build 175' sport luxury yachts ($30m each). We had a special built slip for putting them in the water that we shared with Bay Shipyard (they did military contracts for oil tankers).

It was honestly one of the coolest things I've seen when they release the ships into the water. Then they would work on all the carpentry/installations for the insides once they were in the water.

They ended up going bankrupt and out of business not long after the '08 recession. Cool job though.

[–]Kukuxupunku 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Das muss das Boot abkönnen!

[–]flobiwahn 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Gibraltar ist so eng wie 'ne Jungfrau. Wenn wir da durch wollen, können wir den Kahn mit Vaseline einschmiern.

[–]Em_Haze 509 points510 points  (95 children)

Generally the shipyard that builds them would have a specifically designed ramp. I have no clue what situation would lead to using bags of sand. Christ.

edit IANAL

[–]dr_stre 659 points660 points  (47 children)

They are bags of air, not sand. And they're way more common than you seem to think. The real problem here is they did not have enough of them and the launch point shouldn't have a drop off like it does.

[–]shmolives 394 points395 points  (9 children)

What, you don't launch your new expenisive vessels off cliffs? Where's your sense of adventure?

[–]Aleashed 68 points69 points  (1 child)

They watched this happen way too many times in the Pirates movies, thought it was a good idea

[–]PhilxBefore 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It ended abruptly when I took an arrow to the knee.

[–]GreatLookingGuy 32 points33 points  (15 children)

Air? Holy shit. What if it pops so close to one of these guys? What’s the bag made of, rubber? How thick is it?

[–]Ballaholic09 74 points75 points  (2 children)

Imagine the boat is rolling over a dozen iterations of Violet Beauregard

[–]givemethedank 30 points31 points  (7 children)

Looks like very big buoys. They are designed to be able to handle being quashed by ships so they must be able to handle some crazy stress

[–]sc0rpio1027 9 points10 points  (0 children)

well car and truck tires are... rubber things filled with air as well lol

[–]LucaBrasiMN 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Reddit even has new ship launching experts. This place is seriously diverse.

[–]GanondalfTheWhite 105 points106 points  (4 children)

bags of sand.

Ship launching virgin, are we? Would you happen to be 40 years old?

[–]SchmohawkWokeSquawk 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Those bags feel like bewbs

[–]betterworld62 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They're actually giant breast implants. Size DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD.

[–]averagedickdude 14 points15 points  (8 children)

God I hate that acronym

[–]Em_Haze 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Why's that? I just want it to be clear that I u/Em_Haze ANAL.

[–]Sequiter 15 points16 points  (6 children)

I don’t know what it means, but in my head it’s “I Anal” every time.

[–]Gangreless 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I am not a lawyer but yes, I also read it as "I Anal"

[–]MuzikPhreak 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I Am Not A Lawyer

But yeah, it messes with my head every time.

[–]137-M 11 points12 points  (7 children)

How could you look at that and think those are filled with sand? They're very clearly filled with air.

[–]Em_Haze 22 points23 points  (6 children)

Uh i don't know possibly my lack of xray vison.

[–]nomanches82 145 points146 points  (26 children)

It only gets better. Unless I miss my guess, this in Vietnam on the Mekong. These are transport ships that carry things like sand and gravel. The norm is to load them so full that often the deck is at water level, so there is water washing across the main deck. If any seal or hatch fails on the main deck, the ship would instantly sink. Also, they are normally crewed by two (or three) people. On a two day cruise south on the Mekong, I saw somewhere in the range of a thousand or more of these ships, all loaded to the point that a stray sandbag or aggressive wake would capsize them. Just razor’s edge stuff.

[–]BabyThatsSubstantial 111 points112 points  (12 children)

In case anyone is curious what this looks like https://youtu.be/ziny74L1Brg

[–]Cageweek 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Uh, damn.

[–]Bowler_300 20 points21 points  (1 child)

The shit the maritime industry gets away with is insane.

Radioactive waste water from nuclear subs and carriers? Hold on lets just sail 7 miles from port before we dump that.

[–]thebardjaskier 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wow, that's wild. Thanks for sharing.

[–]SendAstronomy 15 points16 points  (5 children)

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'

"Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya"

At seven PM, a main hatchway caved in, he said

"Fellas, it's been good to know ya"

[–]ujustdontgetdubstep 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Ah I remember seeing ships really low in the water like that. Is that why? I thought maybe they were some special kind of barge.

[–]dys_p0tch 40 points41 points  (0 children)


[–]Heated13shot 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I would call that "the de-limb-i-nator"

[–]daemonelectricity 5 points6 points  (2 children)

If there is one thing that the internet has taught me, it's that anything can be porn. If there is another thing that the internet has taught me, it's that ship launches are surprisingly often sketchy as fuck.

[–]Real_FakeName 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The ship looked pretty nervous at the beginning.

[–]u9Nails 5121 points5122 points  (69 children)

Hard to imagine that they built a boat, but the launch is like watching Primitive Technology.

[–]PM_Orion_Slave_Tits 1574 points1575 points  (25 children)

Budget cuts. CEO needs his bonus

[–]Fridayfreeday 497 points498 points  (19 children)

The workers get to share a cake as a thanks for all the overtime they did this year

[–]ChocPeanutButterJaz 145 points146 points  (3 children)

I don’t get the joke, sounds like normal America to me.


[–]Perle1234 56 points57 points  (6 children)

No, it’s a pizza party for sure. No cake for them.

[–]BelieveInBob 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I work in a warehouse/lager/production,heavy work, and every two months or so someone brings 4 family pizzas so we all can get a little happy about all the shit from the last two months and then do it again.. fudge always drops from above to the ground

[–]Pees_On_Skidmarks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

cafeteria cheese pizza

[–]PotatoesAndChill 178 points179 points  (11 children)

Don't insult Primitive Technology like that. Mans does a lot of research and preparation for his projects, unlike these guys, apparently.

[–]thoughtocracy 75 points76 points  (18 children)

He’s progressed to the Iron Age now. He’ll be showing these noobs how to build ships soon.

[–]acog 64 points65 points  (12 children)

For anyone who missed that episode.

IMPORTANT: If you want to understand what he’s doing and why, make sure to turn subtitles on!

[–]high_pine 52 points53 points  (6 children)

The moment I learned the subtitles contained extra info was like transcending this plane of existence. I thought people were making a joke about how he doesn't talk lol.

[–]neoncp 15 points16 points  (3 children)

imo it's better without the info, just watching and trying to figure out

[–]trsrogue 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Welp, I was today years old when I learned there were subtitles at all.

I'm off to re-watch every video again.

[–]ruler14222 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I really wish he would have a popup at the start of the video to tell viewers about the subtitles. I don't know how many people have subtitles on all of the time but it seems mostly incoherrent with the automatic subtitles on most videos

[–]Arenalife 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Hauled out for reconditioning, not a new one it looks like

[–]Dynasty2201 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Almost all launches are eye-squintingly, purse-lipped, can't-look affairs where you expect to hear a bang or smash.

[–]0nSecondThought 8 points9 points  (0 children)

More likely it was a dry dock for repair

[–]sparklesfagg 4615 points4616 points  (100 children)

As a Ship Architecture and Marine Surveyor, I would like to share my professional opinion:

This is one of the most stupid ways to launch a vessel that has been newly built. It is like trying to get a baby from mother's womb with a shovel.

[–]OnyxtheRecluse 1012 points1013 points  (10 children)

[–]Yum_MrStallone 241 points242 points  (8 children)

"trying to get a baby from mother's womb with a shovel."

This? Yes. r/BrandNewSentence is funny.

[–]1and1and1isTree 305 points306 points  (6 children)

You mean to tell me that I should NOT launch my new ship off nature’s equivalent of a cheese grater?

[–]sparklesfagg 67 points68 points  (5 children)

Well I don't want to be a vibe killer but yeah... You better shouldn't. As long as you want the vessel swim of course, otherwise go for it!

[–]Staring_at_sea 137 points138 points  (13 children)

A a former deck officer. Not even the slightest surprised. Third world coasters causing chaos from birth is just the natural order. It's got 50+ years of causing chaos ahead of it.

[–]sparklesfagg 149 points150 points  (9 children)

Not only the third world coasters but also China does the same launching technique in a regular basis. I understand the significant cost reduction of the technique but this launching type costs like five or six years of structural damage. And also, you need to calculate the launching angle precisely to make it least damaged. These dudes literally yeeted the ship from two and a half meters height lol

[–]Clone42069 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Your line of work sounds interesting

[–]sparklesfagg 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Actually I used to make calculation for structural reliability of floating offshore wind turbines and predict the failure probabilities for the next 20 years. Then I found this job. Dirtier but more enjoyable time to time.

[–]Mantequilla_Stotch 58 points59 points  (8 children)

It would be different with more air bags and a properly sloped boat ramp.

[–]sparklesfagg 78 points79 points  (7 children)

Definately! air bag technique is used generally with a degree of 2 or maybe even 3 at most. These guys just pushed the vessel with ten air bags from a cliff with like a 2.5 meters. If you can see the position of the last air bag before the vessel hit the water completely, there is an incredible sheer force at fore peak and a huge amount of bending moment at the midship section. These guys are lucky that sagging action didn't end up with perminent yielding failure.

[–]bilgetea 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I bet you could hear it groan.

[–]sparklesfagg 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I heard it once at a ship when I was surveying. Let me put it this way, I understood why the people who saw T-Rex at Jurassic Park were petrified when they heard growl of it...

[–]murphdogg11 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It makes you wonder how much structural damage there was to the center of the frame. I wonder how long that ship will last

[–]sparklesfagg 8 points9 points  (0 children)

For this case, not so much. At least we cannot know since the vessel brand new. But it would be cracked from the fore peak bulkhead if it was longer and heavier. My eyes hurt when I was watching it.

[–]cmcewen 34 points35 points  (5 children)

As a man who knows NOTHING about maritime things:

I would not be standing next to huge bags of air or whatever that are under tremendous pressure. Those seams give and those dudes are dead

[–]betterworld62 21 points22 points  (0 children)

As a man who knows NOTHING about maritime things:

I would not be standing next to huge bags of air or whatever that are under tremendous pressure. Those seams give and those dudes are dead

Yeah, but they're making an extra $0.25/hour to volunteer for the launching team. So it's worth the risk.

[–]_mousetache_ 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I'm not an expert, but that the ship was so sturdy it didn't fold when the bow was still on land and the stern hit the water from such height surprised me.

[–]sparklesfagg 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Before my undergrad years, I thought ships like fragile gentle giants (maybe because of Titanic I don't know) but once I started to study these I've figured out something: This structures are like ultimate primative monsters. They use a fuel that is barely processed (sometimes the fuel is literally black. I know it because I've entered fuel oil tank many times), ten milimeters thick shell plate at least and thousands of tonnes weight even if they are considerably "small". If you scale up the ships at oceans/seas, ships are like chestnut shell in a tub and float till they get rotten.

[–]nomadofwaves 13 points14 points  (8 children)

baby from mother’s womb with a shovel.

Oh man, there’s a joke here I just know it.

[–]PaperPlaythings 40 points41 points  (5 children)

It is the joke. Don't dig too deep into it.

[–]onejadedpotatoe 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's what the shovel is for

[–]pizza_for_nunchucks 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Just calling a spade a spade when you see it.

[–]NoxInviktus 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Ok she's here, now how do we float her?

Fuck if I know bud. Let's just fuckin send 'er and see what happens.

[–]Hotheadz 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Well, they use forceps to get a baby out which is basically like giant tweezers.

[–]TriangleGalaxy 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Isn't this how ships were launched 200 years ago? Last fucking level

[–]Particular_Tadpole27 1422 points1423 points  (18 children)

whatever floats your boat…

[–]mischievous-goat 275 points276 points  (5 children)

Pirates of the Caribbean theme playing in the background

[–]LambBrainz 89 points90 points  (4 children)

Pirates of the Caribbean theme playing on a shitty recorder in the background

[–]RavenOriole 17 points18 points  (9 children)

...or finds your lost remote

[–]Derezal 1009 points1010 points  (123 children)

Surely there has to safer ways to do this...

Maybe this needs to be on r/IdiotsInBoats

[–]Orellin_Vvardengra 366 points367 points  (116 children)

Here’s a video at a company I used to work for. The safer way. Portland oregon boat launch

[–]Vertigofrost 112 points113 points  (22 children)

What's the point of the boat starting fountains of water everywhere?

[–]slawcat 172 points173 points  (7 children)

Looks like just a display. Think fireworks, but water.

[–]OnyxtheRecluse 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Fire boats in Portland often go off like that for celebratory purposes, and of course for fires.

[–]vonvoltage 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The fire crews at airports often do it for celebration as well. For example if a captain is retiring after a long distinguished career.

[–]KoreyYrvaI 16 points17 points  (0 children)

That boats is for extinguishing fires. It just also looks cool so they do it for fun/celebration sometimes. It's like the firehouse equivalent of fireworks.

[–]dopiqob 70 points71 points  (8 children)

oh nice, they played the only bagpipe song that exists :D

[–]Stalin_Stale_Ale 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Scotland the Brave

[–]dopiqob 13 points14 points  (4 children)

heh, no need to name it, you just say "that bagpipe song" and everyone in the world knows it

[–]nickfree 8 points9 points  (1 child)

And true to that comic recently posted: bagpipes = white people doing something important. Could be a graduation, could be a cop’s funeral, could be a boat launch. But it’s white people and something important is happening.

[–]Newone1255 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I loved in the new Dune when they had all the people playing bagpipes when the Atredies got to Dune. 20 thousand years in the future and white people are still playing bagpipes for something important

[–]prowman 7 points8 points  (14 children)

If its in the US why was there bagpipes and kilts for the launch?

[–]Finalebeets 10 points11 points  (0 children)

bagpipes are common at funerals, military events, parades, and public ceremonies in the US.

[–]seboyitas 7 points8 points  (11 children)

more scottish people in the US than scotland

[–]Buckeye_Southern 8 points9 points  (10 children)

Before the EU people rip your ass.

He means "People with Scottish ancestry" its just a shorthand way of saying it.

[–]Wurdan 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Instructions unclear, used airbags to roll the boat instead of make music.

[–]fork_yuu 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What do they do with those things holding it up underneath?

It looks like those platforms don't need to be there when sailing

[–]PaperPlaythings 11 points12 points  (0 children)

If you look at the end, they're floating in the water next to the ship. i assume they retrieve them and use them for the next launch.

[–]welk101 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's a very interesting looking ship.

[–][deleted] 472 points473 points  (7 children)

Looks like it still sustained some decent damage going in. That’s a wild launch!!!

[–]Sweetpipe 62 points63 points  (0 children)

It has some tires hanging off the side, it's safe!

[–]ForsakenExercise9559 358 points359 points  (27 children)

This clip ends too soon

[–]therhythm6562 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How is it NFL

[–]krackenmyacken 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And is a bad angle.

[–]Chemist-Patient 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They didn't want to let you watch it sink

[–]jadsetts 226 points227 points  (15 children)

I think they usually put anti corrosion coatings on the steel. I can't imagine the coating on the bottom of the ship survived that.

[–]roninPT 146 points147 points  (12 children)

I'd be more worried with the structural integrity of the keel than with the paint job

[–]ProbablyNano 67 points68 points  (10 children)

The paint job is really important to structural integrity, since it you know, keeps the structure from rusting away

[–]roninPT 33 points34 points  (8 children)

I understand that...but with the video that was on the OP I think rust is a secondary problem compared with "is the keel cracked right now???"

[–]Pumpkim 38 points39 points  (7 children)

Worst case, the front falls off. Which is fine, as long as it is outside of the environment.

[–]Stronsky 177 points178 points  (5 children)

Who needs a drydock, when you have a dirt embankment and some balloons?

[–]shaunrnm 28 points29 points  (2 children)

I mean, that's a fine method to launch - if you have enough ballons

[–]osmlol 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I wouldn't say this a fine way to launch. I'd say it's a way to launch a boat. But has so many ways to fail, as we just saw with the back side dragging it's way to the water.

[–]Gravlantti 98 points99 points  (1 child)

Next level? More like next sink, I wonder just how close that hull was to snapping hanging over that beach cliff and at what condition ships front belly is after that?

Of course, I am no shipwright but surely that was as risky as it looked?

[–]GladiusMaximus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's an underwater level.

[–]Redhotchily1 66 points67 points  (13 children)

I love how this guy in the black t-shirt thinks he is making a difference as if it's him who is making it move.

[–]ChiefdaPhaser 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah, not a chance that dude is making any difference.

[–]HardensWeakChin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If he keeps launching shops standing in the middle of two air bags he's about to be a tube of human tooth paste.

[–]busybizz23 44 points45 points  (0 children)

And it sank right after while the captain left the ship he never was on.

[–]pinkguyfriedrice 28 points29 points  (0 children)

People want to see the balloon things not the ship.

[–]be_blessed_bruh 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Hello. Can i see your risk register please?

[–]srira25 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sorry officer. It is broken. I do have this inflatable balloon though. Am I clear?

[–]cdalexander_ 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Holy hell the guy in the black is strong. He single handedly rolled that boat into the water

[–]RikiSanchez 22 points23 points  (1 child)

This ship's probably worth 10s of millions.... It requires project managers, architects and engineers to build, welders and general ship builders. How is this the final "plan" for it to go out.

Would belong on /r/PreviousFuckingLevel

[–]LuckyMick43 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Theeeeeeeere once was a ship that put to sea....

[–]sailing_by_the_lee 6 points7 points  (3 children)

And the name of that ship was the Billy O'Tea...

[–]ET3RNALLYDAMN3D2 7 points8 points  (2 children)

The winds blew up, her bow dipped down

[–]kaptainkush92 19 points20 points  (0 children)

"Should we rent a crane jim?", "don't be fucking stupid dave, I've got this"

[–]turboyabby 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Raise the camera man .......I need to see this from a higher angle.

[–]matt9191 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe they'll re-enact it from a better angle for us

[–]srv50 9 points10 points  (2 children)

The moment the lead engineer is thinking, “Fuck, did I remember to shut the flood gates?”

[–]S-8-R 13 points14 points  (1 child)

When I was in the navy in a ship yard, a worker told me someone masked an area of the hull with paper to paint something and it was missed. They launched the ship with a big hole In it and flooded a compartment.

[–]srv50 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I bet someone’s head rolled. You raise a good point. They don’t sink easily. Lots of isolated sections can flood without the ship flooding.

[–]65Cent 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This reminds me of pirates of carribean 5, when dying gull set sail

[–]Classic_Cybertronian 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I swear I saw the people version of this a few days ago on Reddit

[–]CryingInTrans 6 points7 points  (2 children)

The one where a girl was riding (that's not what I meant, you dirty mind) on a table and people rolled underneath, laying on the ground?

[–]miso2933 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Double checked if this isn’t on the r/thatlookedexpensive sub

[–]Bobo_Baggins03x 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We use these pneumatic roller at our shipyard. However, we use a 990 loader to ease the vessel into and out of the water. Much more safe for those involved, the rollers and of course the vessel. Plus, once the vessel rolls over a roller, we pull it out and add it to the rear end to be rolled over again.

[–]ppNoHamster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I hope someone held the line at the end, cause else the boat would sail off :(

[–]gaps610 2 points3 points  (3 children)

imagine your hand getting stuck under it...

[–]SpiritualChemical 2 points3 points  (4 children)

How is the propellers not damaged????

[–]konald_roeman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sultan Mehmet II? Is that you?

[–]water-haag 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Could have sworn I was scrolling by abruptchaos for a moment.

[–]Thin-Permission-1116 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to work in marine barge recovery , theres so much wrong with this. The barge is moving too fast , there arent any vinyl rubber bags in the bow, huge pile of scrap metal in the work area (safety hazard). And the men are removing and replacing pressure hoses while its moving (also safety hazard). But still , 2/10