January 7, 2011

Iceboat!

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Oh, yeah! I'm ready. Helmet... goggles....

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Thanks for the ride...

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I loved it out there, speeding along at...

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... did you say 70 miles an hour?

ADDED: Raw footage from Meade's ride:

51 comments:

Trooper York said...

Hey are those stills from that new movie: Tron on the Rocks?

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)
Now you're talking...until the ice gives way and you're in drink...

"Into the sea, into the dark, it isn't a lark, but it isn't original Sin, It's just a Beau going in"

And I bet the wind chill was brutal too.

Other than that looks like fun.

chickelit said...

This is totally cool.

Meade said...

I think he said "over 100 miles per hour."

traditionalguy said...

What fun! It takes courage to do that. No milquetoasts allowed.

Calypso Facto said...

Yet another activity Crack won't be dying from anytime soon, I bet.

Irene said...

You all surcame to the temptation.

c3 said...

How often do they collide?

c3 said...

from wikipedia:

Modern designs of iceboats are very efficient, utilizing aerodynamic designs and low friction, and can achieve speeds as high as ten times the wind speed in good conditions. International DN iceboats often achieve speeds of 48 knots (89 km/h; 55 mph) while racing, and speeds as high as 59 knots (109 km/h; 68 mph) have been recorded.[3] Skeeters and older large stern-steerer iceboats can exceed 90 knots (170 km/h; 100 mph). The rumored, but unconfirmed, top speed of an iceboat is over 130 knots (240 km/h; 150 mph). One reference to a timed run on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin reported an "E-Skeeter" as having reached 137 knots (254 km/h; 158 mph). The same reference reported clocking a DN 60 iceboat on a closed course over black ice on Green Bay, Wisconsin at 94 knots (174 km/h; 108 mph). The stern-steerer Debutaunte, recently rebuilt, was timed over a measured mile at 124 knots (230 km/h; 143 mph) on the ice of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin in 1938.

chickelit said...

@Meade:

Don't be surprised if she tries skeeching or rope-tow skiing behind a snowmobile next time it snows.

Original Mike said...

re: Meade's video: Yep, that's what I remember!

Trooper York said...

Just remember that we can give out too much information over the internets.

(don't tape anymore of Meade's wild rides...so to speak)

chickelit said...

Was that garage mahal grabbing his tip-up and jumping out of the way at 4:03? ;)

MamaM said...

"...like a rocket sled on rails..."

It sounds like the shuttle launching.

Meade said...

Love it, at the end, when pilot at the helm, Don Sanford says, "Now let's see if we can get it to slow down here."

Have you got a need for speed? Ice boating, baby!

What a thrill!

garage mahal said...

Was that garage mahal grabbing his tip-up and jumping out of the way at 4:03? ;)

I was on the South end. Here's me and my kids

Just kidding. Those kids caught that 40" northern though last Friday on Mendota. A beauty.

Cool Stuff MeadeHouse. I'm absolutely Jonesin to get out there this weekend. Should have taken today off.

traditionalguy said...

That speed could get you a speeding ticket and reckless driving too. Very impressive.

k*thy said...

Very cool. I'm jealous!

traditionalguy said...

OK, is this post connected to today's theme as a warning about not pissing into the wind at 100 mph?

Ann Althouse said...

"Was that garage mahal grabbing his tip-up and jumping out of the way at 4:03? ;)"

I just learned the word "tip-up" today (from the iceboat folk).

garage mahal said...

Saw the clip. Awesome. Good to see people getting out in the elements. Not a warm day out there by any means either.

Leo Ladenson said...

Does this woman have a job?

The Drill SGT said...

Looked like the normal angle of attack is "close hauled" with some "pinching" to controlm speed?

and lots of tacking, but no jibes?

Meade said...

It wasn't until I was in the car driving home that I realized I had stopped taking full breaths sometime after boarding the iceboat.

Mrs. Meade, on the other hand, was completely fearless.

Girl's got game.

chickelit said...

Althouse said...I just learned the word "tip-up" today (from the iceboat folk).

I'll bet those boats glide right over the iceholes, but the tip-ups can ding the boat or even puncture the hull.

What are they made of?

chickelit said...

Leo Lardenson said...
Does this woman have a job?

Yes. Living rent-free in our heads.

Lincolntf said...

That looks like an absolute blast. If I ever move back to the Northern climes I'm gonna do that.

Ann Althouse said...

"I'll bet those boats glide right over the iceholes, but the tip-ups can ding the boat or even puncture the hull."

The boaters stay away from the ice-fishing holes, and if they accidentally hit them, they go over and apologize and give them money. That's what I'm told. They work it out among themselves. There's no govt regulation on the ice.

Big Mike said...

@Professor, is this something you hadn't done before? Looks like Meade is getting you out of the house!

Ann Althouse said...

The boats wreck the tip-ups, not the other way around.

The lake, however, is capable of wrecking the boats. A big crack opened up a few days ago, with the sound — I'm told — of 100 cannons. Nobody got hurt and no one fell in the 2-foot crack of open water, but one guy got flung 100 yards across the ice, I'm told. And a boat got destroyed.

garage mahal said...

Was going to ask you if you seen the huge pressure crack out there.

chickelit said...

When I was growing up around there it was mostly a sport for those who actually lived at the lakeshore. Are there ways now for people to transport their boats on and off the lakes?
Are there iceboat landings?

Ann Althouse said...

"Professor, is this something you hadn't done before? Looks like Meade is getting you out of the house!"

Neither of us had done it before, and since the invitation came from someone who enjoys this blog, I'd say I got him out this time.

chickelit said...

The boats wreck the tip-ups, not the other way around.

Tip-ups are comparatively much cheaper than iceboats (most used to be homemade). I'm cheered to hear that civility reigns on the lake when interests collide.

edutcher said...

Meade comes up with the ideas and Ann takes the bit in her teeth once exposed to them. Why am I not surprised?

Underneath the demure conlawprof exterior beats the heart of a Top Gun!

Nice to see you're having so much fun.

Also nice to see you're in something that won't go down like RMS Titanic if the ice goes away.

chickelit said...

I see trailers and hitches in the 3rd photo but no vehicles (I wonder why ;) so I'm assuming that they drive the boats to the lake and pull the trailers out onto the ice by hand?

chickelit said...

@garage
Looks like good eatin'! You should ask Meade to suggest a potato side dish to go with fish. Maybe just homemade fries.

Ann Althouse said...

"Tip-ups are comparatively much cheaper than iceboats (most used to be homemade). I'm cheered to hear that civility reigns on the lake when interests collide."

I got the impression the iceboaters were keen on preserving their freedom and, consequently, not stirring up any opposition to their activities.

rhhardin said...

Take an umbrella when you go skating.

mc said...

That looks awesome!

Wow would I love to spend time scooting on those blades!!

garage mahal said...

Looks like good eatin'! You should ask Meade to suggest a potato side dish to go with fish. Maybe just homemade fries.

Northern pike compare to walleye equally in my opinion. I bet most people couldn't tell the difference side by side.

sunsong said...

Very kewl!

dont tread 2012 said...

Amazing. Wouldn't want to find any ice crack(s) on one of those 'at speed' for sure...

Michael said...

I am very impressed and very envious. How fantastic that you are both enjoying the many things you can do outdoors in the winter. But this looks to be super fun. The comment about trying to slow down reminds me of the one and only time I went up in a hot air balloon. I learned too late that the pilot has very limited ability to land where she would like. We crashed through tree tops, barely missed power lines and tipped over in a muddy cow pasture. Very alarming. The iceboats fly!! Well fucking done!!

MadisonMan said...

Very very cool.

David said...

Ooooh, I predicted this. It's addictive, Althouse.

David said...

Leo Ladenson said...
Does this woman have a job?

Yeah, a real good one. But just think, she could have been a partner in some law firm, making three times the money, and having no fun.

Mark said...

Makes me think all the research into MagLev trains is stupid. Find a way to put 500 people on a conveyance that runs on, say, 500 skate blades, put one decent turbofan engine in it, create tracks that maintain six inches of solid ice over a reinforced foundation, enclose the whole thing in a highly-reflective housing with simple spring-loaded baffles to let the air out when the FRICKING ICE-RIDING BULLET TRAIN SCREAMS THROUGH, and there's your 400 MPH eco-friendly city-to-city mass transportation right there. The view would suck, but who cares?

David said...

Ice boats can go very fast.

It seems even faster, because you are very close to the ice, the runners make a lot of noise and the cold air and ice flakes batter your face.

More exciting than motorcycles, and a lot safer too, but they are not the most convenient things to set up, rig and put away.

Terry said...

Tarditionalguy wrote:
What fun! It takes courage to do that. No milquetoasts allowed.

Yeah!
If they were invading a nazi stronghold with machine guns firing!
Otherwise . . . yawn.
That is the way it would be in a video game.
I play a lot of video games. I know about these things.

bagoh20 said...

We do a similar thing out here in CA on the dry lake beds in the Mohave Desert. It's called land sailing, and the craft is the same but with wheels. Very fun - rarely done sober.