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Duct Tape Boat!

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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.
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PKM3 years ago
Nice work! But isn't the inside of the boat kind of... sticky?
srhadaham PKM3 years ago
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)  srhadaham3 years ago
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
lselse3 (author)  PKM3 years ago
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)  lselse33 years ago
also i added flower to the inside to remove sticky and i edited this to state the step
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)  ironsmiter3 years ago
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
gmjhowe PKM3 years ago
That's half the fun!
maxkaxx9 months ago
How long Will it work? Like is the tape going to lose its stickiness or something ?
landongaga1 year ago
you should add pvc pipe for the fishing pole holder.
landongaga1 year ago
wut wood wrk 4 the fishin pol holdr is a small pees uv pvc pipe (& i noe nice spelin rite).
landongaga1 year ago
wut wood wrk 4 the fishin pol holdr is a small pees uv pvc pipe (& i noe nice spelin rite).
How much tape did this take?
Ben Mighall2 years ago
You typoed again...now it just says "four"
Lokisgodhi3 years ago
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.
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.
lol so true
Data6433 years ago
Cool. Has anyone seen the duct tape boat Adam and Jamie made on the duct tape episode of Mythbusters?
hintss Data6433 years ago
that had a duct tape sail, right?
Data643 hintss3 years ago
Yea
I am so impressed. What a brilliant project.
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From a kindred spirit,
http://thetoydiybyagirl.blogspot.com/
cefn3 years ago
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)  cefn3 years ago
Thank you very much for the complement! I hope i can count on your vote!
yusuf7863 years ago
wow cool dude ! :)
lselse3 (author)  yusuf7863 years ago
thanks ! im just hopen to get some votes lol
hehe u have mine !
player27563 years ago
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun building and using this. Awesome work!
MTJimL3 years ago
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.
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
Quester553 years ago
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)  Quester553 years ago
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
davodana3 years ago
Great going, guys! Congratulations, and I hope I can manage to put one together like it some time!
kscott3 years ago
Proof once again that you can do anything with duct tape!
Jburk02103 years ago
Didnt the Mythbusters do this ...and didnt they say not to try this at home. lol
Looks good.
How heavy is it?
about 60 total for a 9 foot boat
lselse3 (author)  bobdoe1233 years ago
ya it most likly around that
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)  Jonny19833 years ago
the boat was tested the first time with only one layer when finished it had 10 layers
static3 years ago
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.
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