WELCOME TO THE PILLAR BOAT!

ABSTRACT

The need to conduct motion sensitive operations at sea is increasing in the fields of space launch and recovery, oil exploration, aquaculture, international business and finance, and travel and leisure. Additionally, motion isolated platforms will open possibilities for individuals to work in, or enjoy, nautical settings without the concern for motion sickness.

Many regions of the world are in need of new living space which will not increase pressure on terrestrial eco systems. The invention of a stable, robust, marine platform capable of handling the most severe wind and waves while providing occupants a low motion environment will be of tremendous value. Civil, business, research, and military uses of such a platform abound. The arrangement for supporting a stable floating platform upon spar buoy clusters using multiple levels of articulated footings described below could change the world (for the better).

 U.S. Patent No. 9,623,935

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WHY MAKE A PILLAR BOAT?

What can a pillar boat do that other watercraft can’t? Well, check out this application. This is a test model of a SpaceX falcon 9 landing pad I am proposing. Here it is shown next to a scale model of the SpaceX drone barge. Unlike a barge, the pillar boat is heavily ballasted and has a deep draft, and with the levels of articulated footings, it can provide a stable surface for rocket launches and recoveries. No current vessel design can offer the load capacity and stability of a pillar boat.

WHAT IS A PILLAR BOAT ANYWAY?

The essential parts of this invention are shown in figures 1 and 2. The platform is separated from the motions of the water surface by at least two layers of articulation. The Pillar Boat platform is supported on clusters of spar buoys. A spar buoy is a long thin cylindrical float weighted at the bottom so it will float upright, the top end of the spar buoy rises above the water like a pillar.

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