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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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Design for an AI built spaceship

In this futuristic setting an AI being has built an interstellar spaceship solely for itself, no humans or other life forms will be needed to maintain it or be passengers. Because of the AI being, ...
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An entire aircraft carrier group utilizing the ground effect?

I’ve heard there was no upper limit for the size and weight of a ground effect vehicle. In my world, the people there wanted to design a quick response aircraft carrier that could reach anywhere ...
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Would the physical technology of inertia dampers be external or internal?

Mass and travel in outer space is a huge nuisance if you hope to go anywhere anytime soon with your characters (for me at least!). Rather than ignore inertia outright, I'd like to make dampening it a ...
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How does material-magic change pre-industrial warship-building?

My magical civilizations have a unique type of magic, material magic. This magic allows them to improve strength and hardness of wood. As an example: with a cannonball, the magically treated wood ...
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Low gravity space shipyard vs micro gravity shipyard

If you had a device, similar to a Stargate, but that allowed seamless two way transfer, and that could be moved (You could essentially strap a rocket on it, and fuel it from Earth), you could just ...
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Sea-monster resistant sailing ship design

The Setting: The world is over 99% water with only very small bastions of solid land or ice covered land. The humans who live on this world are very capable swimmers and divers who can hold their ...
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Cannonless ship of the line - could I have ship of line with magic catapults/balistae?

I am facing a conundrum. You see, my world has magic, but this magic is very restricted and has great limitations. As consequence of these limitations, they never got into metalwork, developing no ...
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Travel distance across water in early prehistory

I have a species which is about half the size of a human. They live on a continent composed of large islands. I'm looking at their migration history. The thing is, I'm likely to have the origin of ...
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How might boat designs change in order to allow them to be pulled by dragons?

So in my book, the majority of my society's medieval-era navy is pulled by at least one adult dragon. Adult dragons are huge; their heads alone are about the size of a medium-sized car. How might ...
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How can solar sailed ships be protected from space debris?

So we all know that interstellar starships that travel at high relativistic speeds, like 50% c or above, would be very susceptible to getting destroyed just by a grain of salt hitting it during travel....
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How fast can a ship with rotating habitats be accelerated?

Alright so I'm not really a physics person by any stretch so forgive me if I butcher some physics jargon on this post. So I'm making this hard sci-fi interstellar ship with a rotating habitat that ...
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Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships

Any story about an independent, self-owned tramp spaceship crew tends to implicitly or explicitly raise the question of how the crew got a spaceship, how it afforded it, and why it doesn't just sell ...
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Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [closed]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
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Crete-sized floating island plausibility

Biggest icebergs have areas roughly similar to Crete and 500 meters thick, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceberg_B-15) I assume most of that thickness is hidden underwater, sadly I could not find ...
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Could a future, science-fiction submarine navigate almost vertical and/or turn upside down?

I have followed this forum for quite some time. Now is the time to ask my first question :) I'm currently working on a story in which a future, civilian luxury submarine is used to research some ...
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How can a long spaceship combat torsion and shear stress while moving in space?

Set in the late 22nd century AD, spaceship designs are becoming more streamlined and have longer bodies measuring from the tip at the front of ship to the thruster located at the back of the ship. ...
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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 ...