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A cardboard/ductape boat built for a competition. The plans were built using Autocad, and then a lot of duck tape and cardboard


JohnD370 made it! (author)2016-06-21

Amanda Denson at Holden Beach, NC in April 2016, and Lake Waccamaw, NC in June 2016.

JohnD370 (author)2016-03-14

My card board races in White Lake and Holden Beach NC. Amanda Denson

ediaz1 made it! (author)2015-11-12


My 16 year old son made this boat for a school competition. The team consisted of 6, he was the only man.

They spent about 40 hours. The entire board was obtained from waste in shopping centers. First, using Adobe Illustrator, they performed an extension of the main parts of the model, obtaining them scale scheme provided in this tutorial. With each piece at actual size stored in PDF, they were taken to a print shop for printing plotter. These impressions were the basis for drawing the basic shapes of cardboard boat.

The final step was 4 meters long, 70 centimeters high and 70 centimeters wide.

In this competition if allowed to paint and waterproof the boat. For the cost of the tape duck, they preferred to use masking tape on the outside of helmet base and a resin for water-based paint. The latter is very economical and 48 hours of drying makes it perfectly waterproof cardboard and provides a great cosistencia the entire structure. It took an ax to destroy at the end of the competition!

Despite being the best boat took second place as none of the team members he knew paddle and this lack of expertise made them spend time trying to coordinate and channel to the ship.


Greetings from Queretaro Mexico.

unclelar (author)2012-05-31

So how many rolls of tape did it take? Happy to see a picture of it with all of you in it actually on the water to show that it floated.Great job! More pics of the girls next time, please.

severon (author)unclelar2012-06-01

25 rolls of ductape, quite a bit.

farmerboyk (author)severon2012-08-18

This would have been much more water resistant if you painted it.

hminnich (author)farmerboyk2015-08-15

Most rules of the races don't let you paint. Like ours today.. no paint, no pre-made paddles, etc. But, good idea!

Maribay99 (author)2015-04-13

Did you guys use thick cardboard?

ArtisanEclectic (author)2012-06-04

That's a lot of duct tape. So how did it perform? Did you win? Did you have to swim back to shore?

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