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They could take a tip from Columbian drug smugglers, who build ships that basically run just below the surface with snorkels up for air and exhaust.  They are going for a low profile to avoid detection, but a similar design on a scale of a large ferry with tanks that could be pumped out for docking would be much less vulnerable to most sea conditions. :-)

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 01:15:33 AM EST
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