I will be updating this instructable more than a few times more in the next few days with additional pictures and better videos.
This video is from our first run out on the water at sunrise from being up all night. We cruised around for a few hours and she performed much better than expected. The only qualms we have is the rear frame bends too much for our likings when put on full power. We plan on adding support from the motor mounts to the floor supports. The camera died before we could get a video of the boat on full power to show what she can really do even with 2 people in it I don't notice a difference.
Second Video "I'm the one in the sunglasses":
Step 1: Dimensions and Conceptual design
Step 2: Materails and Tools
-3/4th Inch PVC piping about 130 feet of it. (10 ft segments)
-10 90Degree Angles Connectors
-Just under 50 T connectors (I think 48?)
-6 + connectors
-3 45Degree Angle Connectors
-PVC primer and cement
-200 Feet of rope (we used aprox. 170 feet of it)
-Styrofoam Insulation found with the insulation in your hardware store (there are blue and pink ones)
-3/8' sheet of plywood
-12x16 foot Tarp HEAVY DUTY
"DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH A REGULAR TARP!"
We tested a regular tarp and it had a few small trickles of water coming in. The heavy duty tarp worked perfectly!
Motor mount items
-Hose Clamps (worm-gear Clamps)
-Small rubber to put between clamp and pipe.
-2x6x6 Piece of lumber (aprox)
And the fun stuff
-Trolling motor (we got a 55lb thrust motor on sale for 150, you can get the 30-40lb thrust for about 100)
-Deep Cycle Battery (Any 12 volt full size battery will work)
This project does not require many tools what we used were as follows
-Hack Saw (cutting the pipe and some of the wood)
-scissor (to cut the tarp to fit)
-Grommet Installation kitGrommet Installation kit (Adding Eyelits to the tarp for the rope holes)
-Hammer to use installing grommets
-Sharpie to make marks
$15 - 130 feet of 3/4th tubing
$4 - 90 angle connectors
$11 - T connectors
$8 - + connectors
$2 -45 angle connectors
$5 - primer and cement for pvc
$8 - rope
$10 - plywood
$22 - tarp
Step 3: Early Frame Construction
I did not have a camera during the beginning of the project just my phone
This is just a general idea of what I wanted the frame to look like more supports and tubing will be added soon.
Step 4: Finishing up Frame and Gluing
To start with you are going to want to figure out about how long and wide you want and then calculate how long of pipe sections to cut, and then just attach and lay it out once you have your frame complete and you feel that it will be a sturdy frame go ahead and begin the gluing process.
To make sure that you glue the tubes properly, have the entire boat put together and check all connections before any glue is applied. We picked up a 2 pack of primer and the pvc cement for about 5 dollars. It is more than enough for this project and any other project you will have with pvc.
If your going to do this by yourself throw on some tunes it can take a while, otherwise we had some interesting conversations that made no sense till about 4am.
Step 5: Attaching Motor Mount
We ended up getting a 2x6x7 Piece of wood that worked very nicely. We drilled 6 holes in the board for the worm gear clamps (hose clamps) which attached to the sides and bottom of the frame.
The only problem encountered with this motor mount was that the entire frame in the back flexed when the motor torqued up in the last 2 higher power settings (55lbs of thrust).
This should be very sufficient for a trolling motor rated under 40lbs but we would like to reinforce the frame by attaching more pipe at an angle to the floor frame.
(will add pictures when completed.)
Step 6: Tarp Fitment
Once it is laid out measure and mark where the tarp needs to be cut to fit the frame of the boat. After the tarp is the proper length get our your grommet installation kit and start punching and hammering them at your choice of intervals. We put them at aprox 1 foot intervals.
Step 7: Lacing the "shoe"
And again mike gets all the credit, I really need to teach him to use my camera.
Step 8: Add water + motor and battery
The plywood on the top of the frame spreads the weight out over the frame so make sure you have it or you could crack the pipe if you stand on one part of it.
Don't forget life preservers even if you have just one for 2 people. We brought 2 oars too, just to get in the water before adding the motor and battery.
And we were VERY pleased it rode very high on the water. And then when we put the motor on it worked even nicer. We stayed out at the lake for 2 hours cruising around on the water watching the sun come up after a long nights work. I promise I will have more pictures and videos. But i expect to be fishing out of this boat quite a bit now its a VERY stable platform to fish from.
Please comment on anything you like I would love to hear from you, even if it is negative haha.
Look back for updates soon.
Second Video "I'm the one in the sunglasses":