Introduction: Boogie-Go Water Craft

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Here is a fun project that didn't take a whole lot of time or money.  You take a boogie board and add a submersible bildge pump or water pump with batteries and make a fun pool water craft.  Check out the video.

Step 1: Parts and Tools

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Boogie Board
Bildge Pump  I used 1200 GPH      MUST BE A SUBMERSIBLE PUMP
Waterproof Switch (Momentary on, or Switch on)
Batteries (2 6v 5 amp wired in series with switch)
PVC pipe and a couple fittings 1/2 inch sch40.  refer to pic for type.
Large Plastic Ties
Quick Steel
Marine Sealant

Dremmel, Soldering kit, wire cutters, BRAINS

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Take the Pump and Quick steel one end of the steering control piece to the pump.

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Cut the 1/2 inch pvc pipe to the debth of the board.  You want it a tiny bit longer so it will spin once you tighten the control steering pieces together.

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Take the 1/2 inch Coupler to female threaded pipe fitting and Quick steel the other steering control piece to the coupler side.

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It should look like this when completed.

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You can now install onto Boogie board.  You may want to drill a small hole for the wires to run from the pump up through the board to the top of the board for wiring.  I ran mine on the outside part of the hole.  I'm not worried because the board is styrofoam.  It will not wear the coating off the wires.

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Here is what it will look like on the bottom and top view.

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Attaching the batteries to board with large zip ties.  I zipped them pretty tight to hold them firmly.

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I added some extra PVC pipe for board support.  You may not need this.  I used the same type of large zip ties.

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This is the wiring stage of the project.  Please look at the picture with yellow description boxes for visual understanding.

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I added this as an extra step to explain that you need a marine grade silicon sealant to cover and protect all electrical connections.  MAKE SURE YOU COVER ALL EXPOSED ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS PERFECTLY.  DO NOT SKIMP ON SILICON.


thamby1 (author)2014-05-27

You should try making it were it has two bilge pumps so it would go a little bit faster. I am working on makeing my own like that so try to keep a look out plz.

palombo5050 (author)thamby12014-05-27

I built another one with a bigger pump and larger battery. It worked much better. Check out my waterproof switch using heat shrink.

ehudwill (author)2011-08-06

Fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

wilgubeast (author)2011-06-30

This looks awesome. Pretty much the world's most entertaining bilge pump.

palombo5050 (author)wilgubeast2011-07-19

Thank You

sunshiine (author)2011-07-06

Rated and voted!

palombo5050 (author)sunshiine2011-07-19


Lorddrake (author)2011-07-12

that looks really cool. Have you tried adjusting the outlet nozzle size to get more thrust?

palombo5050 (author)Lorddrake2011-07-19

Yes, and it does help quite a bit.

l8nite (author)2011-07-12

how fast did this move the boogie board ? I'm wondering if I used a larger pump would it work for a small one man watercraft ...

palombo5050 (author)l8nite2011-07-19

I built another one using a 4700 GPH. It pulls my 260 frame pretty good. Nothing very fast, but it is a lot of fun.

zazenergy (author)2011-06-28

Looks cool! Please include an intro picture and embed a video in your Instructable for it to be eligible for the Make it Move Contest.

Good luck!

palombo5050 (author)zazenergy2011-06-30

Thanks for your comments. I added a picture. I'm trying to embed a video, but it only gives the youtube link. Can you help with this?

admin (author)palombo50502011-06-30

On the youtube video, click Share, then click Embed, then click Use Old Embed Code.

Copy and past that code and it should work fine.

palombo5050 (author)admin2011-06-30

You are awsome. Thanks a bunch for the help. I hope this is a winner. Am I qualified for both contests now?

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