Duct Tape Raft

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Introduction: Duct Tape Raft

Watersports Summer Challenge

Runner Up in the
Watersports Summer Challenge

Raft made by my scout troop and I using only duct tape and cardboard. 
Transported to camp and home in trailer on top of all our gear.
We were quite a sight on the highway,  2 hour trip - everyone looking at us the entire time.
At camp it took 5 of us to get it on to our trailer and pull it across camp down a steep hill.
We used for a week at camp and it never sank! 
Bought it home the same way and it's still intact and really to go again!
 
Weighed about 300 pounds and took $150 to make.

Step 1: Bottom Tubes

Step 1:  We use large cardboard tubes, used in construction for making concrete pillars and wrapped them with duct tape.
then used cardboard cut into triangles to make the tips and wrapped in duct tape.

Step 2: Flooring

Next we used smaller tubes and did the same.

Step 3: Attaching Floor

Step 3: We lashed each smaller tubes to each other using duct tape.(square lashings)
             We then connected the smaller tubes ( raft floor) to the larger tubes ( floatation ) with duct tape by wrapping each small tube     together between the large tubes.

Step 4: Added a Cannon

Attached cannon on floor of raft using duct tape lashings.

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Just wondering because It seems slightly likely. But were the pixs taken at Sand Hill Scout reservation? cause the set up of the cam and the general look is very familiar.

I... think your going to win! :D Good job on the raft! +1 vote! Congrats in advance on whatever you get! :D

did you make oars for it too or did you just pole it around?

two of us stood up and paddled it like a venice boat ride

does the cannon actually shoot and good luck in the contest

we didn't get the chance to test it but most likely yes

Sorry for the spelling errors i did at 12 at night so i was not paying much attention and no don't have any pics of it in the water but i know some one that may have some i will see.

Spelling errors happen... even to the grammatically-obsessed. I think everyone NEW what you meant. ;-)

The raft is great! 5 Stars!!!

I'd love to see it in use.

im going to try to find some pics of us on it and the boat still works