Introduction: Duct Tape Boat!
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.
About 200 zip-ties.
Four (to make the inside not sticky).
Optional trolling motor.
Step 1: 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.
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
Carefully launch the boat as not to rip any tape.
Remember to check for any dangers to the boat or you before launching.
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
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.
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).