Pvc Kayak





Introduction: Pvc Kayak

First it was the PVC marshmallow gun, then it was the willow tree kayak then came the PVC Kayak. I was inspired by the first two projects and they happily came together. I used {10} PVC pipes (1/2in) each 10ft long from Home depot, {28} 45 degree elbows, {2} rolls of duct tape, {1} 11' by 15' tarp, and {4} tarp clamps for a total price of $60 at Home depot.

Step 1: Outer Ribs X 3

I used {2} 1/2" PVC pipes that were 10 foot long. I tried the 90 degree elbows first but the plastic was cracking, so I went to 45 degree elbows with a 5 in spacer. This worked great. I made a total of three outer ribs.

Step 2: Inner Ribs X2

The inner ribs each were made of {8} 45 degree elbows, {2} 28in pvc peices, {6} 5in pvc peices. I measured this off of the height of me sitting down to my armpit. (after my first trial this was still too high so maybe 3in peices would work better).

Step 3: Attatching Inner and Outer Ribs

I attached the ribs about 42" from each end. I used a figure eight roll with the duct tape to make it secure. I attached the outer rib at the lowest edge of the lowest elbow. I did this with both inner ribs. I also taped all of the joints because they seemed to fall out when ever they felt like it. (didn't think this was a good idea in the water.)

Step 4: Attaching the 2nd and 3rd Outer Ribs

Basically the same step as the first rib. I attached the second rib to the third highest elbow's highest edge, and the third outer rib to the very highest elbow's highest edge. As I placed the second rib on to the frame I duct taped the tips together a little to allow for flex as I continued shaping it, then did the same as I added the third outer rib. The last step of the frame I duct taped the two ends to protect the tarp and to help give it shape.

Step 5: Adding the Skin

I used a 11' x 15' blue tarp for the skin. This was kinda tricky, I didn't know how to wrap the darn thing. This isn't anything new you should see my Christmas gift wrappings. I placed the frame long ways with the longest part of the tarp, then folded the ends in. I used a little duct tape to secure it to the frame. Then I diagonally folded the sides in on the front secured them with duct tape then did the back the same. I pulled the extra tarp under the inside frame and used some nylon line through the eye holes to tighten up the skin, I dont know if it helped but made it look sharper. To keep with the Hillbilly look, I made a paddle with a 7' pvc pipe and two paddle shaped peices of wood, secured with some metal brackets.

Step 6: Sailing Away

Worked like a charm. It was very strong (shown by the two times it flipped out of the back of my truck on to the road on the way to the lake) and light. The times it hit the road made some holes in the tarp which I fixed with some duct tape just prior to launching. I think I will add a peice of plywood and a coushin to raise my butt up a little to make it easier to row.



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    Is it used for sticking ducks together? Or maybe u mean 'duct' tape...

    that is the same thing

    Well it isn't called 'duck tape'. Or don't you know that either?

    ok so it is both Duck tape and Duct tape.


    No it's not, that's incorrect also... The tape was created for use on DUCTS. Why the hell would it be called 'duck tape'? Think about it. Anyone who says 'duck tape' or even puts it on the label is seriously misguided and ignorant. Sorry, FAIL.

    it's was originally created to repair a military vehicle called a D.U.C.K and service members started using it on other things and it soon became a civilian product ducts men used ofter

    Calm down everyone!! It's just the brand name.

    In WWII, marine macanics were given a standard issue tape almost exactly like modern duct tape. It was used to repare the floaters on those amphibious vehicles that had the balloon-like sacks to float. They were called "Ducks", thus the term "Duck tape" was coined. When the men got home, many just carried the name over. Considering that this IS a floating project, I think "duck tape" is more appropriate. Also, "Duck tape" as used in the above picture is a brand name that is oviously a play off of said widely used term. It's not ignorant, it's marketing.

    Your spelling says you have no credibility here... Look it up on Wikipedia... Some people suggest such a thing as'duck tape' but 'no written evidence supporting the WWII story.[16] Some proponents of this view accept the idea that there was an earlier non-adhesive "duck tape", but claim that people have just confused the similar pronunciation of two similar but unrelated products through the process of elision, and that the rest of the "duck" etymology is folklore or fabrication.' 'Mechanic' and 'repair' are pretty simple words to spell... And for the record, I'm pretty sure I understand marketing - being a partner in an ad agency. :)

    All spelling is difficult at 4am (the timestamp lies to me...) If you want to talk about discredible sources, I wouldn't be using wikipedia in an argument, as half the information on it is false or skewed. Of course there is no written evidence, it was slang and therefore it can't be expected to have evidence. Also, I know the above is correct as my great uncle was IN WWII in the navy. He told me the story himself when I asked him why he would call the stuff duck tape. Besides, I'm pretty sure that the article just restates part of what I say in my above argument. The term is just a case of mistaken identity. Nice line of work, by the way. :)

    Haha, ok - let's call it Dark Tape from now on - see how many people catch on to that. I heard they use a black version in SAS night operations to stop reflections on shiny weapons. (I am making this up). It's a cool industry, but has its ups and downs - we call it 'champagne and suicide'...

    I read that it was called "Duck" tape because the original tape was waterproof - like a duck.

    I think the proper name for the "floating truck" is DUKW. According to the Wikipedia, this is what it says: The DUKW (popularly pronounced "duck") is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was designed by General Motors Corporation during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water and for use approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious attacks.

    actually it was orignally called duck tape and 2 peices stuck together can tow a car and later it wads changed to duct but is rated the worst thing for ducts

    You can't use it to hold mufflers on, It melts, That's why you need bailing wire.
    Unfortunately most bailers now use plastic twine, so bailing wire is a lot harder to come by.

    I use coat hangers. Of course metal coat hangers are going extinct also.

    They really are...

    That is what foil Ducting Tape is for. (specialized Duck Tape)