The ‘Iron Maiden’ Crushes A 21-foot Boat

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Doomsday Preppers ‘Fortress At Sea’ – Iron Maiden Crushes 21ft Boat

This is an excerpt (B-Roll) from the full episode Doomsday Preppers; Season 2 – Episode 15 (March 2013).  In the picture above is a fiberglass reinforced commercial fishing boat (21-foot), which weighs about 2,000 pounds. When the 90-ton ‘Iron Maiden’ (coming into frame shortly) hits this cabin cruiser at 12 mph, it didn’t even rattle the dishes in the galley…. the reinforced 3/8 inch steel bow of the Iron Maiden cuts through this boat like a graham cracker.  In bow and stern of the Iron Maiden are 1/2 thick steel collision bulkheads; this provides nearly a full inch of steel plate between the outside of the hull and the inside of the hull in these areas.The Iron Maiden was built to ~200% of specs on her hull and decks, so she’s literally twice as strong as most 70-foot steel boats her size, and she’s also much heavier, which is a real blessing at sea in big seas and heavy weather… she’s as sailors say ‘sea kindly’. More about the Iron Maiden here:

Check out the full episode!  Cheers! Capt. Bill




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About William Simpson

Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Capt. Simpson has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. In early 2013, Capt. Simpson appeared on National Geographic's hit TV show DoomsDay Preppers (Season-2 'A Fortress At Sea') and received the highest score ever given for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of 'Best Prepper’. He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.. In 1987 Capt. Simpson received a commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. In 2010, Capt. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue operation of an American sailor lost over-board in the Sea of Cortez in hazardous seas. Capt. Simpson is also an accomplished writer covering disaster preparedness. His work has been featured and republished via numerous magazines and websites and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows. All Rights Reserved - Copyright 2013 - William E. Simpson

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