Trolling Motor Made From Wood

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Introduction: Trolling Motor Made From Wood

The basic idea of this trolling motor is the multi functionality of the cordless drill.
Is the power of a battery drill enough to drive a trolling boat on still waters?
The answer is yes. I made the trolling motor from wood and some other parts in a
Clear design with Clean materials and Cheap. So, the 3 C's.
The outboard is partly inflatable for easy transport. Two nails are locking the hinge
and the steering handle. All the functional parts are there, motor, propellor,
hinge with lift and the steering handle with trottle. Building time is about 3 hours.
A test with a canoe was convincing although a drill with a higher speed is advisable.
I also used a battery adaptor for connecting an external 12V gel battery of 12AH.
Enough to navigate for a while.

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Gratulations, Samzxc! 5 years after the first publication is this the first 'I made it'.

Many comments, just one who shares the fun of this simple outboard motor.

g would be much faster and a lot less work . that seems like an awful lot of work just to be lazy to me ! defeats the entire purpose of itself granted it is a good idea but it just not enough power , not when yo can use one paddle and do circles around this device Why not just "row row row your boat gently down the stream ,unless your a lazy so & so and build a dumb machine"
LOL Just kidding m8 ...cool idea

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Rowing would be much faster and a lot less work . that seems like an awful lot of work just to be lazy to me ! defeats the entire purpose of itself granted it is a good idea but it just not enough power , not when yo can use one paddle and do circles around this device Why not just "row row row your boat gently down the stream,....unless your a lazy so & so and build a dumb machine"

LOL Just kidding m8 ...cool idea

Thank's Russ. Good that you made a compilation of all this cordless drill hack uses. I hope it inspires people to come up with more hacks.

@ milesnorth. No, I never made the promised .pdf; sorry for that. There is an other website with more info: http://makezine.com/projects/wooden-outboard-motor-powered-by-a-cordless-drill/

It's not to difficult to replicate though. Success!

Video is great, but do you by any chance have a .pdf? with instructions. Would really appreciate it if you do. I am a bit new to indestructible. maybe I am just missing it? VERY neat!

Very cool! Looking forward to trying this on my recycled houseboat (that I haven't built yet :-) Very Neat!

Neat! I've always killed myself trying to think of where to get a half decent cheap 90 degree torque transfer dealie. And I immediately wondered if a two blade would give you better thrust. Neat!

i wonder what type of torque you would get from a 4 stroke weed eater