The canopy was too weak and a strong wind knocked it over, luckily I have some materials to build a new and improved one. This one will come with see though plastic curtains that we can use to block out the wind. I will buy a second hand gas motor, but keep the electric one as back up. I am also working on a mini wind turbine to put on the boat to generate electricity for the battery on the motor or anything else. We're planning on painting it to prevent it from rotting. Last but not least the bottom will be a complete overhaul, with two more barrels styrofoam to insulate it and possible sheet metal to cover it and make two big pointed pontoons.
The idea for a boat was around in my mind for a while; I never thought that I wound end up actually building it. The boat is built from scrap wood and large plastic barrels. My friend who helped build the boat with me and I are always finding ways to improve it. Spring/ Summer 2014 we will improve it even more to take long trips down the St. Croix river in Maine.
I hardy paid anything to make this boat, the wood was left over from a previous project, the barrels were from a old warf, the furniture was old, and the motor was left from a friends old boat. It can be a little tipsy at times but can easily hold five people. It is very slow, but still takes you where you need to go if it is not too windy. Its perfect place to chill out, do some fishing, grill some burgers, and have a few drinks.
Step 1: What You Will Need:
so you will have to come up with your own, keep in mind of the barrel
*Four or six (SEALED) barrels
*Tarp for the canopy
*Paint or stain (prevent rot, make it look cool)
*Plenty of nails
Step 2: Step 1: Frame
Make sure the wood is strong enough to even hold a boat together and put in plenty of nails. I added extra boards in the front and back just in case we ran into anything.
Step 3: Step 2: Strap E'm Down
Now take your straps and put them underneath the barrel and through the frame and off to the sides like in the picture. Now this is where you have to be careful; too much slack and you might loose a barrel and too little and you can't fit the plywood on top. I used big staples, hammered in on top and on both sides of the board.
Step 4: Step 3: Gett'in Planked
Step 5: Step 4: Ship Happens
Step 6: Step 5: Finishing Touches
There you have it, your finished boat (for now). A project like this you are always finding new ways to improve it. I will update any changes to the boat.
P.s. Don't forget to add a cool pirate flag
If you have any ideas or suggestions, you want to show your own creation, or you are in the washington county area and want to have a boat party/ yatch club comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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