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Mini Cabin Boat

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This is a small cabin boat that sleeps 1 person with lots of space and great to have for kids to play in even in the swimming pool.
The total cost was about $300. The price can vary if you decide to use more expensive materials. (Ex: thicker plywood)

Here are the materials used: (Note: an apostrophe  (') denotes "foot" and quotation marks (") denote inches
4' X 8' Plywood Any thickness - 6
2" X 4" X 8' Lumber - 17 (This includes extras in case you mess up)
2" X 4" X 10' Lumber - 2
1 ¼ (1.25)" Exterior Screws - 2lbs
2 ½ (2.5)" Exterior Screws - 2lbs
3" X 6" Mending Plates - 40
2" X 4" Mending Plates - 6
Clear Silicone Caulk - 3 Tubes
Fiber Glass Sheeting and Resin - min. 150 sq. feet

You will also need:
Drill
Drill bits for the screw head you decide
Drill bit (about 1/8")
Caulk Gun
Hammer
Circular Saw
Jig Saw (for angle cuts on bow)



 
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Step 1: Organize and Make Cuts

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Create 5, letter-named lumber pieces. (A, B, C, D, and E)
A - 4'  B - 3' 5"  C - 4' 2 ¼ (2.25)"  D - 17 5/8 (17.625)"  E - 1' 6" (1.5')
Note: Use the 2" X 4" X 8' lumber for the A, B, and D pieces and the 2" X 4" X 10' for the C and E pieces

You will need 10 A pieces, 11 B pieces, 3 C pieces, 16 D pieces, and 3 E pieces

Measure from the top of all E pieces a 25° angle. 3¾ inches in from the side of the E piece, draw another angle at 70°. These pieces will make p the top part of the bow. Attached is a picture. Erase the lines not shown in the picture and use the jigsaw to cut along the remaining lines.

On all three C pieces, draw a 45° angle from the top. Then on the other end, draw a 20° angle from the top to form a trapezoid. On one C piece, draw a 70° angle from the top 3¾" from the end where you drew the 20° angle. (Refer to picture.) Erase lines not seen in picture and cut with jigsaw along the remaining lines.

chipper352 years ago
Hmmmmmmm, well....your CAD skills are pretty sweet, no doubt!! I'm just not too sure about this...........I just don't think this would be too stable.
I must say, I enjoy the idea of this. But like l8nite said, wouldn't this be top heavy? Would outriggers be something to consider? I feel like it might sink with a 150lbs person inside. The spear house we made this year has similar properties and it ways a few hundred pounds. So this has to weigh at lease 150-250. Another issue would be navigation. How would you move this around in the water? It'd be nearly impossible and any wind would reck you on the shore or flip you over. All in all, I like the time you put into this and the CAD pictures/diagrams you made. With a little work and a little bit different design. This could work very well.
Lorddrake2 years ago
interesting build conccept.

how heavy is the finished product?

have you tested it out in water yet?
l8nite2 years ago
looks super heavy for its size and unstable/top heavy as well, nicely planned out "ible" however. Thank you for sharing
Bongmaster2 years ago
doesn't look very seaworthy X3