Picture of Palette Boat   B.O.T. II

It is an easy-to-build, stable, and cost-free or at least almost cost-free boat that can be divided into three parts, to be carried inside two small cars.

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Step 1: Gathering the materials and the first steps

Picture of Gathering the materials and the first steps

Materials :

- Palettes (ask hardware shops and/or trading companies)

- almost any kind of wood

- PVC skin ( like its used for ponds )

- Nails

( you can ask hardware shops for wood they do not need and are wanting to throw away - this way you can find good and unused wood)

Tools :

- Hammer

- Screwdriver

- Drill Machine

- Grinder

- Saw

We wanted to build a very cheap, easy to build and solid boat that could carry us four and also some additional luggage. Another important aspect was that we could transport it in an easy way, as we don't have a trailer. Therefore we have decided to build a boat that can be divided into three parts

We started by aligning three of the palettes in a row and checking whether we we would fit comfortably in it.

By building little "bridges" (as we called them) we started building a stable way to be able to connect the segments by pushing a large wooden strip trough them.


Be very careful when working as there are multiple possible dangers for example a lot of nails looking out of the pallets or the saws.

We do not take any responsibilities for possible injuries or damages that might occur to you.

Step 2: Setting up the side panels

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We build the side panels by using some parts of the pallet.

They don't have to be very stable as there won't be too much force on it.

(The water will not reach higher than the pallets)

Step 3: Seats

Picture of Seats

When travelling the hardware store, and asking for unused wood that would be thrown away, we were offered some laminate for free.

We later on used this laminate for our noble seats.

Step 4: The helm

Picture of The helm

The back of the boat was built very strong so it can carry the helm.

When travelling we figured out that the helm is very useful on a lake, but it doesn't help too much on a river.

HarveyF110 days ago
made this but it is very wobbly. If loaded unevenly, it will tip quite a bit. Is there any way to lessen this? bricks in the hull? water currently 15cm up the hull, would sinking to 30cm make it more stable?
pzwing (author)  HarveyF14 days ago

It is nice to see that our project inspired other people and i have to say that your boat looks really good. Regarding your question I got to say that our boat was longer than yours, what might be the cause for the additional stability, but it could be also the additional weight of 3 to 4 persons. If I remember correctly our boat had a flotation depth of approximately 15 cm.Making it heavier could help your boat, but i can not tell for sure.

HarveyF1 made it!5 days ago
Made a small version.
diven1 year ago

now I'm regretting that fishing ship idea and thinking of a canoe plane (yes I did say that), fully made from spruce pallets (I think they make those)

It's like a Viking boat with that bird on the front....cool!

diven1 year ago

Hmm... someone should make a fishing ship out of pallets.

pzwing (author)  diven1 year ago

Well we already thought of taking a rod with us, but until now all we did was to chill a bit on the water. :)

Rockitalk1 year ago

As someone who also just posted a pallet transportation project...this is awesome! haha

pzwing (author)  Rockitalk1 year ago
Thanks a lot, but your project is really cool, too, especially the flames.