The Re-Inventors

Season 1 Episode 14

Ice Boat

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2010 on Smithsonian Channel
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Ice Boat
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Combining razor sharp blades and extreme speeds, J. L. Finch of Patchogue, New York set out to see if he could improve on iceboat designs of the day in the early 1940s. Instead of having a sail, the vehicle was the sail, using a fixed, fabric-covered airfoil and placing the rider inside the ride to protect him from bone numbing windchill. Join the Re-Inventors as they take this invention for a test glide. Sure, this design may keep it’s driver warm, but can it bring the heat in a race against its modern competition, the iceboat.moreless

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