Unsinkable Hydroplane_Weblog

Jetex Unsinkable Hydroplane, 15 x 20cm, oil on canvas, framed
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The Jetex Speedboat is made from a lightweight plastic with an aluminum jet motor that runs on fuel pellets. The pellets are put into the aluminum tube that is the motor, the lid screwed on with a wick poking through it. The motor is then wrapped in a piece of asbestos that comes with the boat so that the heat won’t melt the extremely thin lightweight plastic. The boat is then placed in the water and the wick lit. If launched on a river or dam, the boat would take off like a firecracker and run to the other side before fuel ran out. It’s likely the boat would never be found because of it’s speed and the distance it travelled or because the asbestos would come off and the boat would catch fire.