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Offshore Platform Turned Into a Vacation Get-a-way…. Read More Here

Ever wondered what life is like offshore? Want a vacation that’s REALLY different? Then this is for you!

Back in 1966, the United States government built the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower as an aid to ships navigating the treacherous waters off the North Carolina coast. Originally intended to house several Coast Guard crewmen, the light tower was fully automated in 1979 and all the crewmen were removed. By 2003, the lighthouse was deactivated and replaced by a buoy.

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Designed to replicate a steel oil-drilling platform, often referred to as a “Texas Tower (lighthouse)”, the structure sits atop four steel legs. Perched 85 feet above the ocean, the structure has roughly 5,000 square feet of living space that includes eight bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, an office, storage spaces, a recreation room, toilet facilities and a helipad.

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The location, about 32 miles offshore, can be reached by boat or helicopter and offers a genuine “offshore” experience. What is there to do in the middle of the ocean? How about diving, fishing, skeet-shooting or golf on the helipad? There’s also a pool table, a telescope for stargazing, internet access and digital TV with an 8′ projector!

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Visits can be booked individually or as a group of as many as 12 guests. The pricing for a three-day, two-night stay is very reasonable at $300 per person for the basic package or $498 for the “All Included” plan (room, meals and transportation). The experience is like a mix of camping and renting a beach house for the weekend. When you get back to land, you’ll bring with you the memories of your time offshore and some idea of what life is like out on the water.

For details and reservations http://www.fptower.com/reservations.html

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World’s Biggest (Model) Offshore Platform, 4 Million Matchsticks! – Read More Here

Ever wanted to own an offshore oil platform? Don’t buy one, BUILD one!

David Reynolds of Southampton, England is a retired oil rig worker whose hobby is building things out of matchsticks… and he thinks BIG!

His love of the Sea and his experience roughnecking on offshore platforms inspired Mr. Reynolds to build a replica of the Brent Bravo rig that he calls “Cathedrals Of The Sea”. It took 15 years to build, starting in 1994, working anywhere from two to 10 hours a day. Eventually the project consumed more than 30,000 hours and 4,075,000 individual matchsticks. He estimates that he spent more than $7,500 USD on glue and matchsticks.

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The project weighs just over 2,200 pounds and stands 12 feet tall and is 21 feet long. As it was being built, the sheer size of the components required that it be made into 14 units so they could be stored in various rooms in Mr. Reynolds’ home.

In 2009, the whole thing was assembled and put on display at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum in Southampton, England. That same year the creation was recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s largest matchstick model/structure/sculpture!

The level of detail is nothing less than amazing! Crew quarters, flaring towers, cranes, helipads, walkways and even lifeboats are all rendered in magnificent detail!

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This amazing platform was created out of Lego bricks…. It is roughly 3 foot high and 3 foot wide rig took more than 90 days to build and consists of thousands of bricks and connectors.

This amazing platform was created out of Lego bricks by an artist named Tobias Vogt. The roughly 3 foot high and 3 foot wide rig took more than 90 days to build and consists of thousands of bricks and connectors.

The level of detail is astonishing! The pipes alone would stretch more than 50 feet if laid end-to-end and there’s a crane that can lift up to one pound. Vogt also build the interior spaces, including machinery for Alkylation, Cracking and Hydro-treating, and even the Catalytic Reformer and FCC Feed Hydrotreater sections.

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At 90 pounds in weight and a cubic yard in size, it’s not the sort of thing that you would just toss in the back of the car and take to a show to exhibit, so Vogt posted a boatload of hi-def pictures on Flickr last week and it’s gone viral since then.

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Watch Huge Waves Hit This Platform Now !!!!

This looks super scary. I bet the crew had to be scared out of their minds. Anyways, check out the video and enjoy.

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Fitting an inspection tool to a bar riser on Brent bravo

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