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Phillip Allen
09-05-2014, 03:13 PM
designed by a yachtsman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9xgck1T_cE

purri
09-05-2014, 06:32 PM
I prefer LARCs.

Phillip Allen
09-05-2014, 06:35 PM
I prefer LARCs.

then link to a little documentary... :)

purri
09-05-2014, 07:30 PM
There's lots after that. BTW a mate was an Instructor Maritime (ADF) who did DUKWs to LARCs including Antarctic resupply (incl Heard and Macquarie islands) plus surf landings and LCM 8s. What he could do was simply amazing.

Cuyahoga Chuck
09-09-2014, 03:53 PM
Sorry Phil but I'm on dial-up. It would take me 8 solid hours to download that many minutes. And anyway I know most of the essential about the DUKW. If you would hve asked I could have filled you in and saved you 40 minutes. The DUKW is nothing but a WWII General Motors 2.5 ton 6X6 truck with a boat body and propeller drive added on. Another example of how the United States was "fustest wih the mostest" by utilizing good stuff it had on the shelf. GM worked with Sparkman and Stevens boat yard to design the DUKW. More than 21,000 were bult by1945. They were said to have high volume bilge pumps to maintain boyancy if holed by enemy fire.

Phillip Allen
09-09-2014, 03:56 PM
yep... I thought it pretty interesting and a bit more detailed than your summary

Bob Adams
09-09-2014, 04:13 PM
I'm sure someone will be along soon to inform us it was actually called a Platypus, and designed by a Aussie!;)

Hwyl
09-09-2014, 04:17 PM
Sparkman and Stevens boat yard .


Sparkman and Stephens is actually a design company. The most famous in the world. It was the pragmatic brother, Rod, who was on the committee that refined the DUKW

MiddleAgesMan
09-09-2014, 04:43 PM
Good story. Thanks for sharing Mr. Allen.

I got to spend a few minutes driving one in the Boston harbor--Charles River? It was like most boats moving at slow speed--very slow to respond to the rudder.

PeterSibley
09-10-2014, 01:36 AM
Thanks Phillip, a good doco.

stevebaby
09-10-2014, 05:27 AM
I'm sure someone will be along soon to inform us it was actually called a Platypus, and designed by a Aussie!;)Well, now that you mention it...
















...it was actually called a platypus and designed by an Aussie.

WX
09-10-2014, 06:50 AM
I'm sure someone will be along soon to inform us it was actually called a Platypus, and designed by a Aussie!;)

You know, funny you should say that because,.... No, a good Yankee invention. :-)

WX
09-10-2014, 07:46 AM
A good documentary as well.

Phillip Allen
09-10-2014, 09:51 AM
Thanks Phillip, a good doco.

I don't have a TV so when I am in need of the flickering ligths... I watch documentaries on youtube... :)

I like those done by BBC the best