Introduction: Duct Tape Boat!

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This weekend project will amaze your friends and provide loads of enterianment. It proves that duct take can do any thing. 

Project time: About 5 hours

20 rolls of duct tape.
Hog panneling.
About 200 zip-ties.
Four (to make the inside not sticky).
Optional trolling motor.

Step 1: The Frame.

Picture of The Frame.

 Begin makeing the frame by laying out a length of hog paneling and bending one end up 45 degrees and  bending the opposite end up 90 degrees.this will be the botom, back and front of the boat.  
Then lay several lengths of hog paneling perpendicular to the bace and zip tie them to the bace using ample zip ties.
Then proceed to bend the  sides of the hog paneling up to form the walls of the boat.
Once  zip tied into the proper shape Trim excess to make smooth edged and the right boat like shape.
 Then atach foam to the edges to prevent any sharp metal from poking a hole in the boat.

Step 2: The Taping.

Picture of The Taping.

Begin the taping process by starting on the back edges of the boat.
Then using the buddy system tape across the boat horizontally by handing the tape across the body of the boat.
Make sure to over lap the tape about 1/2 of an inch to create the water proof shell.
Then after you have gone up the entire length of the boat repeat the process coing lengthwise down the boat and repeat until you are out of tape.  
After you are done sprinkle some powdered flour on the inside of the boat to get rid of any sticky factor that you find annoying.

Step 3: Testing

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Carefully launch the boat as not to rip any tape.
Remember to check for any dangers to the boat or you before launching.

Side Notes:
This model holds three people and small cooler in the hollow nose of the craft
There are no pictures of this but i recently added a gorilla tape shell to the bottom, up the sides
About 6 inches and on the botom of the nose. this "stick proofed" the craft and it can take a hit From sticks at moderate speed (  ie like 3 mph havent tried faster)
With one person and a 55lb. thrust trolling motor we clocked it at 5 -6 mph.

Step 4: Reapairs ( If Needed) and Add Ons

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This is the true glory of the craft. if for some reason you can manage to poke a hole throughthe layers of tape, all you need to fix it is duct tape. then go the the inside and also use a glue to repair from the inside.

Add ons:
Cup holders ( glued into Poisson).
Lawn chairs ( place plywood in the bottom on the hog paneling so the legs cant poke through).
Bigger motor( because going faster is better).
Drink cooler ( in this model it fits in the hollow nose of the boat).
Fishing pole holders(glued on or zip-tied).
Wooden floor (makes it nice).
Sail (would require the wooden floor for mounting).
An out rigger( for extra balance in rough water/ if hallow storage).
Colored tape/ spray paint.
On the inside a form of spray adhesive can be used to seal the inside ( Note: this is NOT needed for success but if one is paranoid it could help fix/ prevent a leak).


PKM (author)2010-09-13

Nice work! But isn't the inside of the boat kind of... sticky?

lselse3 (author)PKM2010-09-13

where the people sit there are two layers of hog paneling stacked so you aren't sitting on any sticky and the sticky of the innermost layer wheres off but the tape stays on. its strange but the boat i build iv been using for 6 months with no leaks.

lselse3 (author)lselse32010-09-13

also i added flower to the inside to remove sticky and i edited this to state the step

Rivkah (author)lselse32016-11-03

You mean flour?

ironsmiter (author)lselse32010-09-14

you could also add a layer of tape to the inside, facing out.

the one flaw with duct tape, fixed with more duct tape. Gotta love it.

I am presuming you meant flour, not flower? Although Flowers inside would make for a "pretty boat", it would be a bi girlie for my tastes. Your tastes may vary though.
Duct tape boat + rose petals = the handyman's loveboat?

lselse3 (author)ironsmiter2010-09-14

that you for catching the typo and adding a layer to the inside faceing out would be do in some spots there are places where the hog panneling is so think that the tape would only stik to the panneling

srhadaham (author)PKM2010-09-14

You could also do it like mythbusters did and put the fist layer on sticky side out and the second layer sticky side in.
both layers would be on the same side of the wire, and it would help prevent any leaks.

lselse3 (author)srhadaham2010-09-14

we thought about dooing that but the way we desinged it there were few practical ways to do this but even with only one layer of tape we had no leaks because we over laped about a 1/2 inch of the tape and then after the first test we used the rest of the tape to add more layers and leaks became near imposable

gmjhowe (author)PKM2010-09-13

That's half the fun!

Karlosktwo (author)2017-09-12

Not bad kid, not bad!

nathansandberg13 (author)2016-02-03

wierd but cool

ThatKnottyguy (author)2012-03-07

How much tape did this take?

It should use about 3-6 rolls of duct tape for it to be safe

maxkaxx (author)2013-10-22

How long Will it work? Like is the tape going to lose its stickiness or something ?

landongaga (author)2013-01-07

you should add pvc pipe for the fishing pole holder.

landongaga (author)2013-01-07

wut wood wrk 4 the fishin pol holdr is a small pees uv pvc pipe (& i noe nice spelin rite).

landongaga (author)2013-01-07

wut wood wrk 4 the fishin pol holdr is a small pees uv pvc pipe (& i noe nice spelin rite).

Ben Mighall (author)2011-08-11

You typoed it just says "four"

Lokisgodhi (author)2010-10-10

Interesting and innovative project.

You could probably buy a canoe off Craigslist with the money you spent on the tape and the other supplies though. It would also have a better resale value too.

Great project to say you built it out of duct tape though.

zanki_kitsune (author)Lokisgodhi2011-07-24

but it is a duck tape boat, you cannot get better than that, you also get bragging rights, it is just to awesome to be beat by a canoe of craig's list.

dragonsniper (author)Lokisgodhi2011-06-01

lol so true

Data643 (author)2010-10-07

Cool. Has anyone seen the duct tape boat Adam and Jamie made on the duct tape episode of Mythbusters?

hintss (author)Data6432011-04-12

that had a duct tape sail, right?

Data643 (author)hintss2011-04-12


FieldingBlue (author)2010-11-06

I am so impressed. What a brilliant project.

UseDaGreyMatter (author)2010-10-16

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From a kindred spirit,

cefn (author)2010-10-11

This made my jaw drop. With stuff like this around I realise I've no chance in hell of an iPad. Well done guys.

lselse3 (author)cefn2010-10-11

Thank you very much for the complement! I hope i can count on your vote!

yusuf786 (author)2010-09-14

wow cool dude ! :)

lselse3 (author)yusuf7862010-09-15

thanks ! im just hopen to get some votes lol

yusuf786 (author)lselse32010-09-28

hehe u have mine !

player2756 (author)2010-09-26

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun building and using this. Awesome work!

MTJimL (author)2010-09-25

I like it. You could substitute split PVC pipe for the foam pipe wrap for more rigidity. 2 1/2 inch schedule 80 would be springy enough to pry open and snap closed over the edges of 1'x1' fencing. You could lock it in place by drilling through and securing with low profile bolts and nuts.

porcupinemamma (author)2010-09-25

What clever young men you are! Cool and practical. Did you know the Duct Tape company runs contests? You should enter. You are certainly a winner in my books! Way to go

Quester55 (author)2010-09-23

Great idea guys, here is a thought for your Outriggers, Use PVC 6" - 8" pipe w/end caps & O-Rings, As weight may be a problem; use the Discarded 36" Swimming pool Wall [ The Hard, Plastic wall ] for Boat walls, Floors, ETC....

lselse3 (author)Quester552010-09-24

we did make outriggers simmialr to that in the event of instablity but it is actualy very stable in the water and the boat in all 9 foot long only weights about 60 lbs

davodana (author)2010-09-24

Great going, guys! Congratulations, and I hope I can manage to put one together like it some time!

kscott (author)2010-09-24

Proof once again that you can do anything with duct tape!

Jburk0210 (author)2010-09-16

Didnt the Mythbusters do this ...and didnt they say not to try this at home. lol
Looks good.
How heavy is it?

bobdoe123 (author)Jburk02102010-09-23

about 60 total for a 9 foot boat

lselse3 (author)bobdoe1232010-09-24

ya it most likly around that

Jonny1983 (author)Jburk02102010-09-23

They did indeed.
But they used two layers of tape, the first stick side out and then the second sticky side in. So it's sticky side to sticky side.

lselse3 (author)Jonny19832010-09-23

the boat was tested the first time with only one layer when finished it had 10 layers

static (author)2010-09-23

I'm thinking that there is a Gorilla hoping a whole lot of people duplicate your project In the event the goal of contest sponsors is to sell more product, this should win hands down.

Quester55 (author)2010-09-23

F Y I Another source for fantastic Duck-Tape would by [ AS&S ] that's American Science, They have a sale on 12" wide rolls of Duck-Tape.

lselse3 (author)Quester552010-09-23

that is amazing thank you very much that seems like what i needed in the first place!

Green Silver (author)2010-09-23

Great Instructable, I like it! The Duct tape is sticky side in, so don't you stick to it or do you put talc powder on it?

lselse3 (author)Green Silver2010-09-23

we used flour powder on the inside and thanks

Green Silver (author)lselse32010-09-23

Have you got a You Tube video of it? if so plz put a link, it look great.

lselse3 (author)Green Silver2010-09-23

i did at a time but my friend phone crashed and we lost it but at about thanksgiving i am making a new vid of it i cant untill then because im at boarding school right now lol

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