## Monday, August 15, 2011

### 'Sea trials' of a commercial 'Ponyo' boat

So, I bought a little putt put boat to complement the one that I made.

Here's a little film of it being tried out in a swimming pool.

Here's a closer shot of the little boat. It's entirely made from recycled materials. The heat comes from a sort of spoon containing a small wick and filled with candle shavings. In this photograph the spoon is inserted under the boiler.

And here's the spoon itself. I'd already used it and had filled it up with shavings from old birthday candles (they seem to burn very hot and work well).

On the bottom of the boat you can see the two tubes from which water shoots to power the boat forward.

With the roof slid off you can see the little boiler inside. The top surface moves making the pop-pop sound when the boat is moving.

And here's a shot of the top interior showing the markings of the (Italian) can of wood filler from which it was made.

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