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If a boat left the USA headed for China, how long would it take to arrive, trave

  1. davenmidtown profile image87
    davenmidtownposted 5 years ago

    If a boat left the USA headed for China, how long would it take to arrive, traveling by wind power?

    Just a curious question about ocean currents, solor energy, trade winds, and travel/trade...

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image66
    Tusitala Tomposted 5 years ago

    Very vague question gets very vague answer.    Are we talking about a modern racing yacht or a old pearling lugger; a Chinese junk, or a Arab Dhow?   And are we talking about a great circle path or a rhumb line course?

    We know that the wooden tea clippers of the 1830s to 1860s or so were the fastest ships as far as being able to keep up the pace for weeks on end.  But even here it is dependent not only on ocean currents and generally prevailing winds, but on storms and calms.

    Oh, and don't call a ship and boat.  Deep sea sailors hate that sort of thing.

    Good luck in getting a sensible answer.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image93
      kwade tweelingposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well put.

    2. davenmidtown profile image87
      davenmidtownposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The question was never intended to be answered...sensibly or otherwise...it meant to test a theory of another question. The reaction to this question brings up a curious point about how many people will try to answer a poorly phrased question.

    3. chuckd7138 profile image78
      chuckd7138posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Gotta go with what Tusitala Tom says here, especially about the ship and boat thing. Ships are big. Boats are small. Boats get carried on ships.
      I was in the Navy for 9 yrs, 5 of which were at sea including 19 consecutive months in the Persian Gulf.

  3. Nick Hanlon profile image58
    Nick Hanlonposted 5 years ago

    Depends if the crew is unionized,has health-care insurance and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO or is a bunch of illegal aliens working 15 hours a day for $5 an hour.

    1. kwade tweeling profile image93
      kwade tweelingposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      lol Good one.

  4. kwade tweeling profile image93
    kwade tweelingposted 5 years ago

    19 hours and 20 minutes. This of course is in a boat with wings and a jet engine for it's wind power. It also assumes a 3 hour layover.

    You may as well ask "how much a fish?".

    For a better answer, try doing some research. Tom already gave a good run down of why this question isn't going to get a good answer.  If you have a specific set of criteria to go by, that will narrow the search, otherwise, you are looking at a very wide time frame from months to years depending on the ships capabilities combined with weather and currents.

    If you want to know more about "ocean currents, solor energy, trade winds, and travel/trade" you may want to separate the subjects and re-frame the question(s). either way, knowing what you want to ask will help.

    1. WD Curry 111 profile image60
      WD Curry 111posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Some folks just don't have a sense of humor. Voted up. The layover thing is priceless.

    2. kwade tweeling profile image93
      kwade tweelingposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I got the time from Priceline. That was the quickest from Hawaii.

  5. D Shannahan profile image78
    D Shannahanposted 5 years ago

    87 days, 5 hours, and 32.5 minutes. exactly.

    1. robhampton profile image97
      robhamptonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I came up with with the exact same figure!  (almost.. 32.7 minutes) Amazing

  6. navneetjha profile image74
    navneetjhaposted 5 years ago

    Depends on who is sitting in the boat.. Are they trying to send OBAMA out of US smile

  7. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    What's are you asking about, 'A Slow Boat to China'?  Are you travelling east or west, and what is the wind speed?  This is a waste of space, nonsense question, asked for the sake of asking.

  8. Matthew Weese profile image70
    Matthew Weeseposted 5 years ago

    there is no accurate answer to that question, as currents always change, and the winds are always changing....I would hope if you decided to sail to china you would bring a back up motor.

    1. davenmidtown profile image87
      davenmidtownposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Matthew Weese Gets an A for undestanding the entire question....

  9. profile image0
    An AYMposted 5 years ago

    A year and a half.  Apparently that answer was too short... soooooo... here's some filler.

  10. WD Curry 111 profile image60
    WD Curry 111posted 5 years ago

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/6883586_f260.jpg

    The answer may friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.

  11. freecampingaussie profile image63
    freecampingaussieposted 5 years ago

    It would also depend on what part of the USA you were leaving( as there is a big diference between leaving LA  or Florida ) and what part of China you were heading to ........ lol !!!

    1. freecampingaussie profile image63
      freecampingaussieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What is wrong with this answer ? This would be a valid point !

    2. davenmidtown profile image87
      davenmidtownposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I voted your answer up because it shows the use of logic.... I left out a great number of factors that would have made it possible to give a specific answer... though in truth... this question was never intended to be answered...

    3. freecampingaussie profile image63
      freecampingaussieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This was a fun question & put a smile on the dial !

  12. purnimamoh1982 profile image77
    purnimamoh1982posted 5 years ago

    It will depend on several things. You may have to finalise several things before starting such calculations.
    (1) when you are trying to start your travel (the month)
    (2) Weight and structure of the boat
    and so on
    You may also have to strengthen your calculations based on certain assumptions based on historical data on storms, cyclones and so on.

    Anyway, interesting thought. I would also like to be a part the cruise. Ready to contribute towards the cost as per my capacity.

  13. Morgaren profile image78
    Morgarenposted 5 years ago

    It would leave at 8 PM traveling west at 45 knots per hour while the current would perpetually go south by southest at 16 knots, the distance is 4,875 miles, and solar flares give a deriviative controct value of .8, the captains shoes are blue, which will cost him 45 points in the cabin fashion show on the fifth day. They eat clams instead of shrimp and steak, except when the moon is waning. The sail engineer has a brother with herpes, and it distracts him making him work at 87.5% efficency. Solve for X

 
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