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Wooden Boat

I've always wanted to make a little wooden boat. It just so happens that I have a bunch of quality balsa wood and the Idea came across to make one, any Ideas how and what kind of glue or water proofer I would need. I wasn't able to find an iBles on how to make one. It just needs to be simple, I might turn it into a sail boat too.

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Motorising boat

Any tips, please, on adding motor power to a 14ft Shakespeare speed boat hull without the high cost of a conventional outboard. I only need about 4mph for use on lakes and canals, so perhaps a lawnmower engine driving a paddle wheel or prop might do it, eg with a design like the fast boats in the Far East fitted with a car engine directly driving an outboard prop with the whole unit acting as tiller steering..

Question by cfhaynes    |  last reply


Bathtub boats?

I've seen some people build boats using bathtubs as a base. Anyone know anything about that? Also,how come we have such a lack of houseboat instructables?

Topic by Bondo_Red    |  last reply


PVC BOAT?

Do you guys think I can build this? ( I have the money to make it ) If so, Do you think it will sink?

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Rc Boat making?

Hi i have decided to make a rc boat i have the motor all sorted out its just the body. I was hoping to make one from styrofoam or polystyrene dose any one have some tips. Will this be water safe in other word's no water seaping througth . Thanks

Question by walterh9    |  last reply


Boat Chandlery Question...

I've had a senior moment. You know those widgets that they use on boats to fasten ropes?  What are they called? Two ridged, rotating sections, lay the rope between them, and tension makes them turn in and lock the rope in place, pull the other way and they open to release it. What are they called? I thought they were "cleats", but that turns out to be the roughly T-shaped fittings that you knot rope around.

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Time for a free boat!

Times are tough. People don't have the money that they used to. Some of those people own boats.According to the New York Times, boat-owning Americans are abandoning their boats in droves by sanding off the names and serial numbers and setting them afloat.Do you know what this means? It's ripe time to get yourself a free boat like Tim Anderson did some years ago in much more prosperous time.

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Painting an inflatable boat. Answered

Hi folks. I have been given a Gladding Float-Pac inflatable dinghy that has been left out in the weather a bit too long & the surface of both the orange & green rubber has become stained from fallen leaves. I have had a look around the interweb & have found a couple of paints suitable for inflatables but to tell the truth they are a bit expensive just to smarten up a boat that will seldom get used particularly as I would have to buy two colours. The boat is in otherwise good condition with no holes or punctures & there is no scuffing or fabric showing through so finishes like Tuff-coat wold be a bit over the top. Does anybody have any suggestion for a pait that would be flexible enough for the job, i'm not really too worried about the colours although the original green & orange would be nice to keep. Thanks in advance for your suggestions folks.

Question by Nostalgic Guy    |  last reply


Major Boat Voyage

Ok, My sister is getting ready to build a hardwood boat. She's an art student and it will be a semester project. She's planning to use Mahogany, Oak and Cedar. She's shooting for a 22' V-hull with a partial canopy. Whatever she does, she always does a great job. I have no doubts as to the fine craftsmanship that will go into this vessel. THe problem is, she's in New York City, and it will need to be moved to west Tennessee or central Arkansas. I could just build her a trailer, but that would be boring. I want to float it to it's destination. How would I go about floating it that far south? I am a fairly good nautical pilot, but that is a massive trip for such a small vessel. I would have about 4 weeks to do the trip, and could probably trailer it a short distance fom NYC to get started. Any Ideas?

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RC boat rebuild

I have a bit of a dilemma with an old rc boat that I'm retrofitting with the board from a cheap rc car that I bought at walmart. The boat is meant to run on two 9.6 volt motors, but the radio board is designed to only handle 6 volts. Is there anyway to utilize the motor leads from the board to trigger some sort of circuit that would allow the board to use it's original 6 volt power pack while supplying the motors with 9.6 volts from a separate battery?

Question by yuzuru otanashi    |  last reply


how to build a row boat?

How to build a row boat

Question by BAJAROTT    |  last reply


cheapest and lightest boat possible

I want to know how to make a lighweight weight potable boat thats cheap, and also small yousing materials like plastic 44 gallon drum maybe. can you help me?

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Suggestions for recycling boat sails

A friend of mine had some old boat sails that he was throwing away and I ended up claiming them. Now I've been thinking about a project to use them in, but I'm pretty much hitting a wall. I've considered making a teepee, bags, even clothes but none of those sound appealing so I was hoping for some inspiration.

Topic by antagonizer    |  last reply


Jon Boat hand cart

Hello all, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here.  I look at the site at least once a day though, just to see whats new. Anyhow, what I have is a 12 ft john boat that needs some sort of wheel attachment so that I can pull it through the woods between ponds with relative ease. What I have is a little bit of aluminium pipe and some wheelchair parts, as well as various nuts and bolts.  I need a solution that involves no welding or brazing ( i think thats what its called ).  I can cut/drill/bolt all day, but thats about it.  Ive got a couple pics of what i have to work with.  Any ideas would be great.

Topic by kithso    |  last reply


Hand powered boat propellor? Answered

I am trying to build a boat for a physics project, and i wanted to try building one that used a propellor instead of the usual paddlewheel or oars that other students have used.  I bought a 2-blade trolling propellor from Walmart, and i plan on attaching it to a crankshaft via a 4:1 belt drive ratio (so with every rotation of the crankshaft, the propellor spins 4 times). Two people will be turning the crankshaft , and the boat itself is stocky with a flat bottom and pointed end. Is this even possible, and will it actually get the boat to move at a reasonable speed? ("Reasonable" meaning rowboat-ish speed)  I included a quick sketch of what im talking about, and a picture of the blueprints to the civil war submarine that I got the idea from, just for proof of concept. 

Question by masterbuilder    |  last reply


how to read boat plans.?

I find reading boat plans tough . Any cross section , on any axis of a boat is always changing, so how come they usually have only three diagrams,side view , top and cross section with just one set of measurements .Any tips on as to how these plans are made and how to interpret them. Where do i start when i have a set of plans ?? thanks

Question by kevin22    |  last reply


Solar engine for a solar boat Answered

 Here of some of my queries.  we need to run a solar powered boat on a 1.4meter long water track in a shortest possible time( max time 5 min given)........ so i would be glad if u let me know the correct solar engine circuit to it..( i mean the capacitor selection , solar panel specifications etc etc) also there are many slar engine circuits online..which one do u prefer (1381,FLED,millers,zener based etc etc)           waiting for ur reply....... thanx in advance........

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free yachts/boats in the UK?

Hi, does anyone have any ideas about where to find a free boat in th UK? Most places Ive seen are in the USA, and Im not having much luck finding anything over here so far! Cheers, Ash

Topic by ashflex    |  last reply


DC to AC Inverting for boat

This spring I am looking to build a pontoon boat from scratch (Besides the pontoon logs). Its going to be a large boat and I am wanting a few amenities to go along with it. Im trying to figure away convert the car battery wich is on the boat to power appliances such as mini-fridge, lights, radio, box fan, and maybe a PS2 with Television. I need a high wattage out-put to power everything too. For sure: 8 lights - 75 Watts ea. 20 inch tall Mini-fridge - 200 watts Stereo - 150 watts Box Fan - 120 Watts Maybes: PS2 - 180 watts 20" Television - 300 watts I want this to work if all the for sures were going at once. I want to know how many car batteries I will need approx for 10 hours (or longer) of use with the "For Sures" And I want a clean way of doing this. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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boat bottom 4 raft

I have an inflatable raft I want to put a firm (solid) bottom in--need ideas from all--its 41" x 106"--once I have a bottom I want to use w/ a trolling motor--Thanks in advance for any & all suggestions

Topic by zucchini    |  last reply


Pickle Boat with 49cc motor?

Making a pickle boat for the kid.  Boat is made out of PVC and 55 gallon plastic barrel.  I've got a 49cc two stroke engine laying around I want to throw on it.  It's one of those motors that come off a pocket bike or stand up gas scooter. Anyhow, any thoughts on how to use it. I'd like to do a direct drive propulsion setup but I don't know what size propeller I would use. I could make a trolling motor out of it but I don't imagine it would work to well without stalling the motor.  I'm sure it would rust out as well.  So my questions...... 49cc two stroke motor, what size prop do I use for a propulsion (fan) like setup? If I put it under water, what size prop do I use for that?   Links would be amazing.  Thanks guys!

Question by svince1884    |  last reply


Float Your Boat Challenge

<br /> [BCITSA YouTube Chanel] Recently, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) hosted a 2-day 'Float Your Boat' competition for the Marine Engineering Students at the Marine Campus in North Vancouver. Contestants were supplied with ‘surprise’ materials to construct their vessels with; materials included plastic garbage bags, popsicle sticks, bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, string, plastic party cups and tape. Teams of 2-3 were given an hour to become acquainted with the surprise materials, then design and construct a sea-worthy vessel. Boats were then raced in heats on the indoor pool, using human-powered fans for wind, to determine who had the fastest time. Prizes were awarded for: Fastest Boat, Most Creative Team and Best Overall Design, all donated by local businesses. I attended just to check out the scene, but the event was also covered by local news media and has since been broadcast on stations in Metro Vancouver, as well as printed publications. Pretty awesome for a low-budget student association! And there's more, the BCITSA has a history of hosting awesome events for students, such as: 3rd Annual Flying Extravaganza, where students at the Aerospace Campus in Richmond, BC "construct planes from everyday office supplies, with the winners chosen based on the distance they can safely land their lego pilots. Additional prizes go to those with best design and best crash." CTV News coverage (youtube video) Engineering Week, hosted at the BCIT Main Campus in Burnaby, BC, where electronic, mechanical and civil engineers compete in tower building, catapult destruction and racing CO2 powered cars, all made from everyday office supplies. As well as the competition Engineering Students brought along projects they have been working on to share with their fellow students, there was even a real live Angry Birds game being played. CityTV News coverage (youtube video) Facebook photos Aside from a much needed break from studies, challenges like these put on by the BCITSA pushes students use creative solutions learned in class with hands-on problem solving, turning academics into tangible results.

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how to build a low cost boat?

I need a durable boat made of cheapest fiber glass and cardboard.?

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how to build a rc electric boat from a rc electric car?

How to build a rc electric boat from a rc electric car?

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how to make a remote control boat from a remote control plane?

I am trying to find instructions on how to make a remote control boat from a remote control plane . this is for a high school project. the project requires making a rc boat from a rc plane. Please help if you can.

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SOLAR POWERED BOAT FOR TECHFEST...URGENT HELP NEEDED...?

 hey we'r makin a solar powered boat for a techfest...it needs to run on solar power provided by 3 500 W halogen lamps..motor is 6V..we'r usin 6 solar panels of 6.5 V and 900mA..ther's a tunnel for a distance of 400mm(4cm) which means we hv to use capacitors for charging when energy is there nd to discharge when solar cell is not workin...also wer're connecting a diode in series with the solar cell ...we'r usin 5 capacitors of 4500uf each..the problem is that the dischargin time of the capacitor is only 2 sec..i dn think tht will b sufficient for runnin in the tunnel...do we need to add mor capacitors or change the circuit...also suggest if we need to add mor than one motor to increase the speed .plz suggest nd giv us sum tips nd answers..plz event is only 2 days away..plz reply fast....

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power question ? Answered

I need to get 36volts for something in my boat. How can this be done? Cant fit anymore battires. Easiest way to stepup 12volts to 36 volts.

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how to make a small turbine?

Question by Dhaval vaja    |  last reply


Voltage question

I'm building a electric anchor for my boat. I'm using an electric actuator thats rated at 24v to 36v. I need to step up the power. my boat is only 12v. I was going to use a stepup converter. Found one  12v in and 48v out. Is there a way to control the voltage so i can tune it down to 36v. Also would there be a big difference running it 24v verus 36V?

Question by kurt1968    |  last reply



Where can I get those panels that they make walk-in coolers with?

I saw a home-made houseboat for sale on Craigslist and he said the floor and walls were made of "cooler panels".

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Hi I was wondering where you got your pump and how much is was? thank?

I want tomake a small live well and don't know where to get a pump for air could you tell me where, and as cheap as i can find one thanks kay

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Need some input on boat propulsion

Can someone help me out with some ballpark calculation of propulsion power needed to move a boat? I do have some specific questions: 1. Propeller vs. Jet: Which one will deliver more propulsion given the same amount of power. 2. If it is typical electrical trolling motor type propeller, is there some simple formula to represent relationship of boat speed, power needed (hp), propeller rotation speed, and diameter of the propeller? 3. If it is a jet: Is there a simple formula to represent relationship of boat speed, power needed (hp), boat speed, and GPF of water to move the boat. I know that I am missing a few variables here like boat's weight and its water displacement.  I am trying to keep it simple. Any thoughts and input will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

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Life Boats 30 Ft For Sale

   2 30 Ft Lifeboats with cradles, Lying Wilmington, California (Los Angeles)   One has Lister Diesel. One is hand propelled. As described in my Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sell-Lifeboats/  Please E-mail me if interested.

Topic by sodiumcanine  


Bike Boat needs some help

Hi, fora raft race contest for charity i would like to design something like this:http://www.edenvillage.com/Pond%20and%20Grounds/bike_boat.jpgfor two people!It has to be made from bits that can be readily available and for not too much moneys because the more cash that goes into the build the less there will be for the charity organising the event.Just wondering if anyone had any ideas, mostly for building the wheels, as, i hope the frame can be made from a modified bike.Thanks

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Ditgital RC Boat "RE" Build

This is the start of my first "RE" Build.. An old ('50's) Digital RC boat..going to start with many, many photos.. then move on to part id's.., ect.. will keep updating this..

Topic by kingkewl    |  last reply


Tips on building a model Sumerian boat?

For a school project, I'm building a model of a Sumerian boat, about 3-4 feet long. (some quick background: the Sumerians created one of the earliest civilizations, and one of their inventions was the boat) Google Images can provide some images to base a design off of: http://images.google.com/images?q=sumerian%20boat It doesn't need to actually work or float, nor be very accurate. As long as it's not too fragile and has the general shape of the boat (which apparently resembles a canoe), it's okay. It should also be made from cheap materials so that it won't cost too much to make. Any ideas on how to constuct it? My idea is to make a wire frame, and wrap that with paper or cardboard, but as I have little experience with this, I don't know if it'll work.  Please help! 

Question by MePerson    |  last reply


Help me build me boat!!

While mowing through some desighns for a play wood outrigger, i came acorss some fairly intresting consept. that i should use straight timber battern inbetween thin nails to make the curve for the side pannels (for the hull) but of coarse i cant find out what a stright timber battern is or how to make one. so i thorugh my self at the mercy of the great sailers here at instructables

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how to make a steam powered boat using candle while keeping the candle away from the boat?no wax should be on the boat?

The boat should be travelling atleast 10 metres keeping its dimensions limited to length-30cm,breadth-10cm,height-15 cm

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how to make a remote controll boat ?

How to make a boat engine

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Free boat as really cheap housing?

Has anyone else thought of getting their hands on a free boat, buying some cheap land (It's apparently not hard to get 5 acres in deserty parts of America for $5000 or even less) and burying the boat in the ground up to the waterline? You could use solar for power, and if your boat was a sailboat, you could probably rig a windmill to the mast to generate more electricity. Any thoughts on the practicality of doing this? Could you just dig a hole and bury the boat, or would it need some sort of framework to support it properly? Would transporting the boat to your land be too expensive to be worth it?

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Will an inked paper boat dissolve in water?

For one fun activity with kids we wrote letters, made paper boats of them and let them into the lake. We didn’t have time to take them out, they sank somewhere not far away from the point where they started off. So my question is how long will it take for that ink to dissolve (yes, I don’t really want anyone read that stuff:)) and those paper boats to dissolve/tear apart?

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Solar Boat Solar Panel Boosting

Hi. I am a student who yearly participates in a solar boat regatta, and is wondering how he can boost his panel's rate of energy... collection. I have thought of trying reflectors, and am wondering if this would work. anyone know, or have a better idea?

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WHAT TIME IS IT? NEW BOAT TIME!!

Yup working on another outrigger and was just thinking "gosh, wonder how people preffer their outriggers, open or closed deck?" so throw down you're coolest outrigger ideas and storys, crazy or otherwise, i might even include them in my new instructable (i probably will). but dont forget to respond on the actual question closed/open hull and why

Topic by Jumpin Jehosaphat    |  last reply


Styrofoam motor boat for 5th grade project ??

Hi, How to make a styrofoam motor boat for a school project?

Question by vidhyaa74    |  last reply


how can i make a small fold-able boat? Answered

I want to make a one man boat that folds and so its not too hard to make.

Question by martex    |  last reply


Pontoon boat sundeck as a noise shield over the outboard engine.

I have an older pontoon boat and there is nothing to defuse sound from the engine. I have seen them for sale but of coarse prohibitive in cost. It would have to be as light as possible.(don't want to add much weight). It would need access from the boat to the motor. If there was ever a problem with the engine ( It would be difficult to work from the water I'm very short). If anyone has any thoughts I would be very happy to hear suggestions.   

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