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Posted by **lawrence** on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 5:44pm.

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**Steve**, Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 12:32amPresumably the boat is aimed perpendicular to the parallel banks, but the current carries it downstream.

Just for orientation, let's say the river flows east, and the boat crosses to the north.

In that case, we can draw a diagram involving the relative velocities. The boat's speed is .5 at 90 deg.

The river's speed is .3 at 0 deg

So, the boat's resultant speed is sqrt(.5^2 + .3^2) = .583 at 59.1 deg

At that direction, the distance travelled is 60 sec 30.9 deg = 70m

70m/.583s = 2 minutes

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