Water Bottle Raft

Finished Project - https://www.instructables.com/id/Project_rRaft_Building_a_Raft_out_of_Water_Bottl/

After thinking about Reishee and his island, I asked my mom if I could build an island from water bottles...the idea was rejected. I asked my mom if I could build a raft, and she said sure...so i've started collecting water bottles. Not only does the final result get me excited, but people's responses do as well. Of course there are those who think i'm crazy (as there are with any of my schemes), but there are so many more who just love the idea, and get enthralled in it. A friend in crew is going to empty the boat house recycling bin for me, a teacher told me that the recycling bin in the teacher work room is over flowing, many more offer to collect water bottles from their families, and bring in the 20+ bottles from their cars.

I bring a bag to school to collect them, and collect bottles from people...just being a part of this great recycling project (I want it to be 98% recycled) excites people, so when they see one person donate a bottle, others will hurry to finish their water and donate it to the cause as well.

The whole thing has just opened my eyes to how many bottles are thrown out, instead of being recycled...it's amazing.

Just because people will probably be asking, this is my plan:
  • Two large water bottle pontoons will be on either side
  • A wooden frame/deck will be clipped onto the pontoons via eye bolts and carabiners
  • Homemade oars

That's the basics...I hope to have some luxuries too:
  • Big ole water tight cooler bolted onto the back for storage
  • Two stadium seats bolted onto the deck to sit on

To keep up with the raft, visit rraft.blogspot.com

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iman9 years ago
I just used a bunch of plastic milk crates filled with water bottles and zip tied together.
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wow how many did you use and where did you get them?
ummmmm if I remember correctly I used 6 for the one with a 35 gallon drum in the middle and 12 for the raft with just milk crates .
where do you get the crates?
Weissensteinburg (author) 9 years ago
For anyone interested in keeping up with the raft, I've started up rRaft.blogspot.com to document all my progress.
ewilhelm9 years ago
I once built a raft out of 5-gallon water jugs and sailed it across the Charles river in Boston. It was actually designed to fail halfway and dump everyone in the water, which had the crowd watching from the Harvard bridge laughing for months.
Kiteman9 years ago
Are those your planned proportions? I'd make it longer front-to-back to make it easier to keep in line.
Weissensteinburg (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
Not planned proportions...but thanks for the suggestion.
Not a problem. How are you planning to fasten the bottles together? Lashings? Tape? Or are you going to bag them up and fasten the bags to the deck?
Weissensteinburg (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
I"m not sure exactly how the pontoons will be made...i've thought about fishing nets to hold them together, which would be attached to the frame with biners.
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