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Questions tagged [shipbuilding]

For questions about the process of building, modifying or enchanting a ship. The ship can be a boat or a spaceship.

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Spaceship design and modelling tools

I'm not quite sure if this question fits in with worldbuilding but I have honestly no idea where else I would ask it. I've recently stumbled upon a 'ship designer' tool that allows you to build and ...
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What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure below ...
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Is there a good reference for the evolution of ships over the ages?

So in Sci Fi we have this tendency to want to compare ship designations to modern sea faring ships. It dawned on me that this is probably completely wrong. Even though we want to refer to warships as ...
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A modern Noah's Ark

This is not a duplicate of Building Noah's Ark or Can We Build Noah's ark?, because the former asks only about a relatively small number of species and the latter is set in Biblical times. ...
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Repurposing A Cargo Ship In A Post-Apocalyptic World

How would one go about repurposing a small cargo ship, no more than 50,000 tons, to run on an alternative fuel source/propulsion other than oil? And what alternative source would work best for ...
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What are the different areas or compartment would a colony-ship have? [closed]

So I'm trying to create a sci-fi colony ship for a science discussion that we have in class. So as a sci-fi fan (Hard sci-fi to be exact), I want to portray a realistic ship and not those cliche ...
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Would it be more efficient to build fleets in orbit?

My Dino theme park business didn't end well and I reluctantly fall into depression and decided to go into suspended animation to seek a cure. 200 years later, a lady claims she works with the military ...
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Post-Apocalypse Vessel To Sail The Great Lakes [closed]

What would be a good design for a vessel that has to transverse the Great Lakes region, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario, and do so fairly regularly? Some Info Resources: a good amount ...
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Submerging to avoid storm damage [duplicate]

The land is full, there are no roads, and cars can fly. Some spend their whole lives in a single square mile. Life isn't entirely miserable for the average person, but trust me. You wouldn't choose ...
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How much mass does an object in low earth orbit need to create visible gravitational effects on the surface?

The question stems from watching a scene from ID2 and seeing the massive alien mothership landing/crashing on the North Atlantic. What mass would a starship, or any other artificial object ...
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Biggest possible battleship that can be built?

Disregarding how battleships are really big targets and not really viable in the modern era anymore, I would like to ask how big a battleship can be built before it starts being so large it sinks. ...
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How small of a boat can sustain itself in the ocean?

So my hero (henceforth Bob) has become disgusted with all that society has to offer. He decides to set sail on a ship, never to return to the mainland supercontinent again (this is WWI tech, so you ...
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How could an outrigger or catamaran ship be modified for age of sail naval combat?

If Age of Sail era Ships were to come into regular contact with Polynesian outrigger and Catamaran ships like the Hōkūleʻa, and the people using the ships did not start using the foreign design of ...
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Is a windmill battleship in a medieval setting viable?

Imagine a giant Chinese Treasure Ship-class. Could it ever be possible that a warship like that could be propelled by windmills and a water turbine/wheel instead of sails?
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Could a giant floating self-supporting city survive a thousand year voyage?

One of the main plots in my world is that a huge ship arrives in a strange group of isles. This ship a gigantic city that completely self-supports itself with farms, houses, gardens, parks, and even ...
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Water pressure generates heat? [closed]

Assuming an infinite supply of water at significant pressure. The city is situated underneath a large sea. If some of the water is allowed to depressurize using a pipe of increasing diameter, what ...
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Is possible to make an “almost-perfectly” sealed ship?

In a series I remember that a group of people were trying to make a colonization ship and they had a big problem: the air. Ships (like every object) aren't perfect and they have micro fissures in the ...
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How to hide ocean Fleet Construction at dawn of Industrial Age? [closed]

Setting Pseudo-fantasy medieval setting at the dawn of industrialization. Gun powder is now a secret. The first ships with black powder weapons in the world are being built several days upriver of a ...
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Optimal position for an orbital dockyard

It is a known concept that if ships were to be constructed in space, it would save a lot of fuel and allow for larger ships. My question is, what would be the best location for an orbital "dockyard" ...
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Why are alien buildings/ships unusual looking?

Wouldn't they follow similar engineering principles? What forces them to create weirdly shaped structures in movies/games?
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Why design the reincarnated HMS Hood to be able to fly? [closed]

It has been almost a century since the pride of the British navy was sunk by the greatest threat to the allies that ever floated. The fateful day came when a plunging shell from Bismarck exploded the ...
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A Cargo Ship Big as a Star Destroyer

In the world of steampunk, regular means of transportation are bigger in size than in real life. This scenario regards cargo transportation. The largest so far is China's CSCL Globe, no longer than ...
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Sensor effectivenes during reentry

What sensors and communication systems would function as intended on a military vehicle during reentry into Earth's atmosphere? (And passing through thermosphere, ionosphere, stratosphere... etc, ...
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Why would your stasis pods participate in your grid computing network?

Say you have an interstellar spacecraft packed full of advanced technology, such as: Fusion generators Androids A sublight drive capable of ~0.5C Various robots, holograms, and other automated ...
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Combat in “age of sail” air ship

Assume that you've conquered the issue of flotation, probably using some very-much-lighter-than-air gas bladder, allowing your ships to take to the skies. Assume also that you've invented a way to ...
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Why is the bridge on smaller spacecraft at the front but not in bigger vessels?

In most sci-fi (graphic) novels and films, they often depict the design of the cockpit or captain's bridge in a rather unusual way. A smaller ship such as a fighter or a transport ship usually comes ...
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What is the largest planet size that can be pushed out of orbit?

This is a spin off from this question here. I want a spaceship or several spaceships to be able to move a planet out of its orbit around another planet. How big could the planet realistically be ...
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How powerful does a spaceship need to be to move a planet out of orbit?

I've created a new question and worded differently to help me get the answer I want. Click here to view A planet is in orbit around a larger planet, and I want to push it out of orbit. The planet ...
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Protection from solar flares and coronal mass ejections

Given that a ship is a torus embedded in the plane of a vast solar panel arrangement in a sun facing orbit around Mercury, is there any means by which to protect the ship's systems from coronal mass ...
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Non-Enclosed Boat/Backless Boat?

I was considering the possibility mermaids might make use of sailing ships similar to the USS Monitor, but with sails and supposedly wood. Now, the mermaids wouldn't mind the ship being filled with ...
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Why would the Federation ban escape pods that come with manual override?

The year is 2216 C.E., humanity develops an economic solution to travel to the Alpha Centauri A, our closest star system, in a matter of decades. Despite mankind's technological prowess our species is ...
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Could a warship's armor be made of aluminium?

After reading that sweet thread, I had another question in mind. I read somewhere that at first, when countries started to design sailing ships with metallic armor, they were doing it with a mix of ...
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Realistic Spaceship shields? [duplicate]

I think you all know some examples of shields used by spaceships, often they are presented like a bubble around the ship. My question is how does it form the shield energy into a bubble. The bubble ...
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Spacefaring vessels also capable of aquatic movement

In this world FTL travel is accomplished by entering an alternate dimension, let's call Aqua. Aqua is a very simple, albeit strange dimension. A great expanse of water as far as civilization has ...
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How could a slightly magical, mechanical race survive landing a craft on an Earth-like Planet from space?

In my my universe, there is a race of mechanical beings that are powered by magic and who live on the moon. Desiring more living space, resources, and the benefits of a planet with an atmosphere, the ...
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Aerial Ships - How heavy should an Aerial ship weight and what design to resist wind speed of 100-180 nautical miles per hour?

Ok, so we have an aerial ship that is propelled by thrustless levitation and propulsion. Considering it how much weight do they need and design to able to resist wind speed of 100-180 nautical miles ...
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Spaceship design to avoid spreading of Protomolecule

Based on The Expanse TV series I wonder how people should build their ships to avoid spreading of highly contagious lifeform. Protomolecule's features: ...
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Impact of FTL on Humanity & discovering new intelligent life [closed]

Let's say Humanity develops FTL in the next 25 years, something along the lines of the Alcubierre Drive humanity in 2041 still has quarrels amongst themselves. Our first exploration vessel is ...
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Where do I place the heat radiators on my Aether-ships?

The flight craft in my Dieselpunk-ish Science Fantasy setting are heavily inspired by the Hovercraft of The Matrix series. I think that those ships have a very interesting look, and they are the first ...
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What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific?

In my story, I have a small extended family of 30 to 40 individuals ranging in age from 0 to 50 who are on the run from Chinese and Japanese forces in 1400AD. No place in Asia is safe for them. By a ...
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What would an age of sail flying ship look like?

To clarify by flying ship I do not mean conventional airship. A lot of fantastical depictions of flying ships look like their naval counterparts but in the air. However these have features like ...
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How could a simple submarine be built using 100 BC technology?

I have some ideas, but I'd like my fictional Roman (100BC) General Mikey (ha) to build a submarine(s). This should be able to navigate in lakes and calm shores of the Mediterranean, succeed in ...
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Suspended animation vs. regular animation aboard a spaceship

Scenario I'm trying to design a colony spaceship. My main character, a soldier, awakes prematurely from suspended animation (SA) to find that the colony ship she is on, headed for Tau Ceti e, is in ...
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How would a medieval to renaissance age underwater craft (i.e Submarine) operate?

In my world there is a strip of ocean which is uncross-able due to extreme currents and storms. The solution has been to simply go underneath this particular strip (which is very narrow; only a few ...
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Would a floating group of ships, boats, rafts be viable long term

Food, drinkable water, forms of leadership, the ships sink eventually. What are the issues that would eventually end a water based society? What types of boats, ships, raft would be required to enable ...
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Why would people in 500+ years' time be using waterways for transport?

In this picture, we see a futuristic cityscape, with what seems to me an unexpected occurrence: a fairly normal-looking barge chugging along down the river! That just looks out of place, and it ...
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Is building giant ship-cities in a water world a good idea?

Let's say Earth suffered some technological catastrophe and the planet is now entirely or almost entirely only water and at today's commercial technological level. Putting aside the reasons and ...
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Trebuchet's effect on ship design

A long time ago I heard about a Medieval Irish pirate that used a Trebuchet mounted on his ship (no I am not sure what he was or where I heard it). The idea of a ship acting like a double pendulum ...
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Why do junks (ships) have such square noses? [closed]

I saw a post on forum, and after some searching I can't seem to find a good answer as to why many junks have either flat fronts or square decks on the front (if they have pointed hulls). I have a few ...
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Ship design that could navigate on the edge of an incredibly strong vortex

I'm developing a game set in a colossal landmass at the center of a vortex, with water walls dozens of kilometers high. The continent is somewhat circular, and no civilization has yet developed ...