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Burning Man Barge Project

2002-08-08 19:57:00+00 by TC 8 comments

Welp I am officially in panic mode and have begun work on the barge. I've been calling it flutterbarge but it's not very graceful or butterfly like so I'm not sure if the name fits. I would love some suggestions on how to give it a look for this years Burning Man "Floating World" theme. Here are some Pictures & Sarcasm to take a look at.

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#Comment made: 2002-08-08 20:04:38+00 by: TC

I've thought about plywood sides and painting it to look like a ship or fish. Perhaps some EL wire(If I can find any this late) for night. I have also though about taking copper tubing and creating a wire serpent cage and going for the Nessy/Scylla look. With a bit more work some kinda shell could be made to give the turtle look(which would be speed appropriate) but that might impair the trailers carrying capacity.

#Comment made: 2002-08-08 20:27:40+00 by: Larry Burton

Copper sheets attached to the sides and cut with a torch to give it the appearance of a snail might work.

#Comment made: 2002-08-08 22:28:48+00 by: ebradway

Copper will be lighter than plywood too. I assume you're running this off marine batteries? How much torque are you getting out of that motor?

Looks good though!

#Comment made: 2002-08-08 22:37:48+00 by: Dan Lyke

Actually, the whole reason I bought the Honda EU2000 was to drive this thing last year. So we should have 1600-1800 watts continuous, and I think Todd said the motor was 2HP.

#Comment made: 2002-08-08 23:32:37+00 by: meuon

EL Wire and similiar is available at Target and WalMart in the 'customize your Honda just like in the fast and the furious' department.

#Comment made: 2002-08-09 00:22:53+00 by: ebradway

Hey! Drive it off a the Honda with a battery charger and a bank of deep-cycle batteries - you'd have a hybrid electric trailer!

#Comment made: 2002-08-09 14:26:29+00 by: Mars Saxman

That would be so completely pointless yet beautifully cool, ebradway. Very Burning Man...

#Comment made: 2002-08-09 17:18:06+00 by: TC

If it's elaborate work it will need to withstand the 75(what am I saying)85+ mph winds of the trip up there.

Yup AC power sorta makes the creature comforts happen like a like a blender for Playa Margaritas yummmy. I need to put some kind of lighting on for night operation port and starboard lights and something cool.

Mars: sometimes cool is the point plus I could see use for quite operation (battery only) but it's not practical for this years project.