Surfboard question

Need the advice of experienced surfers, please. I've taken four lessons on a 9' foam board and just bought a used board that is 9'2" x 22.5" at the widest section. I'm wondering if it is going to be OK for me or too much work for me at my beginning level. I'm 6'1, 185 lbs, and in pretty OK shape. Advice? Pointers? Also, any longboarding movies you recommend? Thanks!

Topic by jdewb 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cutting through a surfboard

My house is set relatively far from the road and I'd like a large address display. I was looking to punch out the numbers [5 digits] down the center of an old surfboard, but not sure about what tools to use to get through the resin and then the foam; without shredding or splintering it. I have variable band, scroll, recip and jig saws; and a variable speed Dremel. I'd like for it to be as detailed as possible [hard edges]. I'm of course planning to illuminate it. Any suggestions, recommendations, ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Topic by Sovereignty 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is the best surfboard blanks to use to make a surfboard?

I want to make my own surfboard. I plan to make a 5' 9" - 6' 0" sized shortboard. I've looked into several surfboard blank manufacturers such as US blanks and others. I wanted to know if anyone else knows of any good quality blanks (quality is key).

Question by pucksurfer 5 years ago


High-Tech Surfboard Made from Cardboard

Instead of the traditional methods, this surfboard is based on a core that's made up of nearly 400 pieces of cut cardboard that intersects and is then coated with fiberglass and resin. So far it's only a one-off, but more will surely be made.When it came time to replace his old surfboard, Mike Sheldrake decided to build his own. But the former Web programmer didn't have the sculpting skills to carve one out of foam the way professional builders do. So he used 3-D modeling software to design a snap-together deck that's as sturdy as a conventional model and performs just as well, made from the cheapest material he could find: cardboard. link

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Mount a bike motor to a surfboard

I was wondering if anyone would have any advice on mounting a 50cc bike motor onto a surfboard? I don't really have any power tool, but I might be able to grab a few simple ones; Was thinking this might be a cool way to get around town instead of investing in a car or just hooking it up to a bike. oh and is there any factors to consider in a surfboard when making this? Or should I make more of a really large skateboard type of thing and just mount everything to that? Thanks!

Question by Mailmetothemoon 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


New one with some questions

Hello everyone, I'm a new guy from Austria, sorry if my english is bad sometimes. I think about getting a Ipad2 in 2 weeks (yes 2 more weeks to wait in europe) and I can't stop thinking about how to craft a beautiful case, my Idea was to produce something surfboardlike, like a fiberglass layer around the back of the ipad, and then coat it with White topcoat, also a bit structure would be nice to feel like a real surfboard. Has anyone ever done something similar to this? I have never worked with fiberglass, and i think it coud get a bit tricky (especially when sanding it). would be great to hear some ideas! Greetings Bruno

Topic by orso7 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you make foam?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a surfboard without sanding down a foam blank, because blanks are expensive and I'd much rather pour something into a mold shaped like a surfboard. I don't want to have to buy the kits to pour foam because they're also pretty expensive for the scale that I'm talking about. I guess what I'm really asking is how do you make the two liquids that are in the kits to pour your own foam?

Question by pneu6 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Great Stuff surfboard! Has anyone even tried to make a longboard from this foam? Answered

I know, I know, but I'm trying to make a "scratch built longboard from everyday materials and the cloth, poly fiberglass, stringer ,fin(laminated scraps of wood) etc. mostly "that's all there is" for materials( inland or Amageddon}....would like to hear different viewpoints and tips as to how to make the best of it.....if its a sinker or a real dog it'll be an"art project.  lets hear it !!!

Question by fitzkenny 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I have an old surfboard... What kind of crafts could I make from it?

Acquired it a while back, I don't actually surf so it's not useful in that aspect.  I could make some cool shelves from it, but I'm trying to think of some other ideas.

Question by superitchy 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Adding wheels to bag

Hey, I want to add wheels to my surfboard bag to make it easier to transport. Does anyone have any ideas how i could attach them? Cheershttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31AC7Q93WGL._AA280_.jpg

Topic by Kabazz 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Precision Fiberglass Wood Lettering Cuts

A couple three or four years back I used a retired surfboard to illuminate my house address numbers. Cutting the fiberglass was a nightmare; it splintered, cracked and was nothing remotely close to precise or clean. I ended up cutting an open area in the deck of the surfboard [section where you'd typically stand]. I then used a jigsaw to carve a design of wood with address numbers inside. As an artist, I wasn't impressed with the outcome, but many, many others who've seen it seem to love it. Including those who purchased the house at our previous address. At any rate, I've been commissioned to create another, similar project. SInce it's going to be for someone else I'd really like it to be perfect; especially since my name will be associated. My question is, what tools are available [reasonable cost not an option -few hundred dollars give or take] in order to cut precision alpha-numeric characters in fiberglass or 1/8 to 1/4 wood completely through? I'd like sharp, nearly 90 degree angle on the characters/numbers. I've already tried a scroll saw on the fiberglass with less than desirable results. And the edges and corners were nothing close to 90 angles. My number '5' looked like the letter 'S'. Any help from you guys will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. The original post which Caitlyns Dad addressed. The link to the images is no longer valid: https://www.instructables.com/community/Cutting-through-a-surfboard

Topic by Sovereignty 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Carbonated Fruit, Water Bottle Launcher, Homemade Sunscreen

  Carbonated Fruit Water Bottle Launcher Homemade Sunscreen Garage Climbing Wall Bicycle Smoothie Maker Sign Chair Fix a Broken Surfboard Floating Dock Kombucha Recipes Easy Summer Salad Catch Fruit Flies Freehand Glass Etching Pinhole Cameras $40 USB Telescope Jar of Fireflies  

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


Quick! Stop surfing, it's gone main-stream.

I don't surf (that's the North Sea out there!), but I can see the attraction. Unfortunately, so can the DINKYs - surfing is turning as cutting edge and "street" as golf.Apparently the latest wave of people into surfing are so rich that estate agents have found a significant niche market - people buying property to store their surfboards!

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Build your own Skateboard, Get a Free Yacht, Bike Painting Tips

  Build your own Skateboard The Free Yacht Saga Bike Painting Tips Camping Guide Clean and Wax a Surfboard Tetrahedral Kite Kite-Powered Land Proa Find a Local Bouldering Spot Sailboat in a Closet DIY Prescription Swimming Goggles Bike Guide Make a Disc Golf Basket Predict the Weather with Clouds Useful Knots Set Up a Slackline

Topic by randofo 9 years ago


Any suggestions on non slip natural material to put on my dogs paws

I'm looking for some suggestions to help my dog who is recovering from disc surgery. I've tried all the usual boots,socks,balloons etc. It is short of a nightmare watching him tread so carefully on slippery floorboards.I'm convinced he's lost muscle mass from not being able to walk normally anymore. Short of covering all my floors in rubber mats, I know there has to be a solution. I'm after something that is non toxic that I can rub on his paws. It has to have a tacky feel..you know like those silicone dots you can buy to stop slipping. Materials like those used in surfboard wax ..I've checked out the feel of surfboard wax and it feels ok but it feels like it's lacking the tacky element. The other thought I had was to buy a mould kit and get an imprint of his paws and make a slip on foot cover in a silicone. I'm not too sure what type of silicone to use for this..would it be like a latex that would be good to grip the floorboards? Any suggestions on what materials to use? Thanks

Topic by Lemonpoppyseed 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Scarpar All-Terrain Powerboard (video)

Scarpar's all-terrain power board has been in development since the 90s, Engineering and design organization EDAG have been helping with the production.Basically its like a skateboard but with tracks underneath that are as wide as the board itself. A high powered motor drives these tracks and you hold a remote in your hand that control's the speed.You can carve around like on a snowboard/skateboard/surfboard and the board can go over snow, sand and rough ground, if you watch the video you will see it concur an entire tree trunk !scarpar.com has loads more info They also have a Scarpar twitter and Scarpar facebook pageWatch the video !

Topic by =SMART= 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to connect 16.4 Ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible to a Battery and waterproof? Answered

I have a project in which I want to connect at least 10 ft of RGB LED waterproof lights to be use in the water.  I bought 16.4 Ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible Strip, Controller + Remote and Power Supply, 5050rgb Kit. I  want to be able to connect it to a battery  and use it on my water board wirelessly with a remote control to activate the lights. The kit came with a remote control, but  not sure which battery would be a good choice or where to buy it.  Here is an Idea of what I am looking for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XlioqLlF_g  .I want to make it and I hope you guys can help. Thanks :)

Question by ba1234 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Modem with one ethernet port, have two units to plug in?

I have a Motorola SURFboard SB5101U cable modem. It has one Ethernet port and one USB ("square" type) port. I have an Apple Airport Express wireless plugged into the Ethernet port.  Here's the problem.  I want to use "MagicJack Plus" (VoiP) without plugging it into the computer (THE difference from the "regular" MagicJack, that it (the Plus) can be plugged directly into the modem, bypassing the computer, so the computer doesn't have to be left on 24/7 for your phone service).  My question is, can a simple Ethernet (pigtail) splitter be used to plug both the MagicJack Plus and the Apple Airport Express wireless into the modem?  I know this can be "Physically" but is the "signal" degraded in any way to the two units?

Question by nbakerjr 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


i make cricket bats.i would like to have a shaper machine that would assist me in this venture ... can any one help?

 Cricket is a game played in most parts of the world. Somewhat similar to the baseball game.it has a wooden bat made of willow.(please look it up on the net.) the shape of the bat is unique, with almost no flat surface to it. Even the front is slightly curved. I make these bats by hand.... which takes away a lot of my energy doing mundane shaving volumes of wood to get to a basic shape. This is further shaved to a specific shape. I would like to have a machine... to help me do this. I have seen a surfboard shaper that is close to getting the curves on the willow blades. if i could achieve this as cheaply as possible (i am not well to do, with limited funds at my disposal) this would be of a great help. I live in mumbai...which is a city in.. India. Thanking all the guys who could help ..........in advance.

Question by shadeylight 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Suspected SPAM, Phishing, Fraudulent Instructables Site

I received this Instructables newsletters and it landed in my SPAM filter. All other Instructables newsletters came directly to my site. Here is the body of the newletter. Let me know at oboist1 @gmail.com if this is a legit Instructables Newsletter or not: from Instructables to oboist1@gmail.com date Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM subject Carbonated Fruit, Water Bottle Launcher, Homemade Sunscreen mailed-by me-ss2-6zuaan.mailengine1.com   hide details 8:20 AM (54 minutes ago)   Contests USB Contest Carbonated Fruit Water Bottle Launcher Homemade Sunscreen Garage Climbing Wall Bicycle Smoothie Maker Sign Chair Fix a Broken Surfboard Floating Dock Kombucha Recipes Easy Summer Salad Catch Fruit Flies Freehand Glass Etching Pinhole Cameras $40 USB Telescope Jar of Fireflies Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Update Profile / Unsubscribe

Topic by oboist1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help with Refrigeration for a (Very) Custom Bar Top

The gist of this question is this: How do I calculate the size compressor rig that I need for a cooling system? The larger context is this: I am building a bar in my living room that has some special features - Namely it has a "cold strip" running across the top of the bar - which amounts to a 4 inch wide strip of chilled copped built into the bar top- to keep your drink cold; as well as two vodka wells - which each hold a bottle of vodka in a frozen bath of (cheaper) vodka (under a glass dome). The bar top is made of Styrofoam and composite materials (I used to make Surfboards) and is basically seamless. The copper tubing will be built into the bar top - under the composite and soldered to a copper plate - which is built into the composite.... you get the picture. I have built "frozen" sculptures in the past using old fridges that I have disassembled and then re tubed. In the past I have always just winged the amount of tubing I used and thus far - have gotten away with it, and the sculptures have always worked. This time though I am buying the compressor new and want to match the unit to the need - but I have no idea how to calculate the needed compressor to the job. Any help would be great. Thanks! And Yes, I will post the Instructable when the bar is completed. :)

Topic by Rogue Gourmet 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What natural substance can I use that has a tacky feel to put on my dogs paws that is non toxic to dogs?

My dog had a spinal op,and was recovering nicely. I have polished floorboards that are an absolute nightmare for him to walk around on. The list of remedies I have tried are endless. Dog socks,boots,shoes,mats,balloons etc.I have spent a small fortune with no luck. We have non slip mats around but I can't cover the whole house in rubber mats. I've trimmed his nails short,and the fur between his toes,but I've noticed his paw pads are really dry. I'm trying to formulate something that I can put on his paws that has a tacky feel. I'm no scientist but I've wracked my brain to come up with a solution that is easy to make and not toxic. It has to be something that doesn't taste fantastic because he'll lick it off. As a sample I tried some tacky hair wax..which just gave him a little grip,but it's not what I'm looking for. I know beeswax is sticky,but i think it needs to be mixed with something.I had a feel of surfboard wax,but it didn't have enough tackiness for what I want.I know honey is sticky but don't think I want that all over my floor.Also pine sap is sticky too. I guess i'm looking for something that feels like those silicone non slip dots you can buy that is safe for animals? Any suggestions?

Question by Lemonpoppyseed 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Hydrofoil Surfing - A New Adrenalin Sport

Listening to Silvio Rivier, the host of Global Village, there was a section on Hydrofoil Surfing. I turned to the television, interested by this large word, to see this guy surfing a foot above the water! It seems that instead of floating along the water like a normal surfboard this board actually would be below the water while you stand on it. A jet ski pulls the surfer up to speed, bringing him up to the top of the water, but that's not it, there's a fin that leads down a foot and a half or so below the board, and attached to the end of that is a special shaped piece of metal called a hydrofoil that collects the water as it comes up from the bottom of the sea and goes over as a wave. The surfer then keeps going upwards, until the "foil" is about 4 inches under the water. Therefore the surfer can balance above the water, with very little resistance & going very fast. It's technically possible that this could be used for surfing not just close to land, but hundreds of miles out, so the person can surf for as long as their legs hold out, because they can surf in rougher water. Does any body think they could build one of these? Balancing on one is supposed to be like using a uni-cycle, & I'm having trouble surfing normally so even if I did build this I probably couldn't ride it. This goes out to Laird Hamilton, the creator of this funky board, & I'm looking forward to an Instructable. Cheers everybody, ~K P.S. The links aren't working so I'll add them as soon as possible. Neither is the video button, sorry about that, I'll have to add a picture instead.

Topic by Kryptonite 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist

How to make your own high-tech Christmas giftsIt's easier than you might think. The web has a swarm of sites that show you how to make this year's must-have gadgets from heaps of electronic components and old junk. So there is no excuse not to give your mum that digital photo frame she wants or your nephew a dancing teddy. Not only might you save money and keep tech junk from the dump, your friends and family are more likely to cherish a home-made present than something acquired with a wave of a bank card. At least, so says Eric Wilhelm, who has created Instructables.com, a website forum for people to share their home-made projects.While studying for a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wilhelm took up kite surfing. It was an expensive hobby, though, and Wilhelm couldn't afford to buy his own gear. So he began designing his own, hand-sewing the kites and building the surfboards. "Half of the equipment performed beautifully, half failed spectacularly," recalls Wilhelm, who began documenting his designs on his own website.Soon Wilhelm was inundated with notes from kite-surf dudes asking for advice, sharing their ideas and swapping photographs. Dealing with all the correspondence was time-consuming, and he realised that people like him needed a better way to share their projects online: Instructables was born.Today the site has step-by-step instructions for 17,000 projects, with as many as 20 new ones added each day. Here you can find out how to make a robot like the one in the movie Wall-E, a flashlight from a Chapstick and an iPod speaker from a tin of mints. More than 350,000 fans rate other people's projects, suggest improvements and add their own photographs and videos. The most popular projects have been compiled in a book, The Best of Instructables.More news and press about Instructables here.

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


(newsletter) Make Money with Cards, Underwater ROV, Melon Carving...

Sep 25, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Craft Skills Contest closes for entries this weekend. Submit your own crafty project and win a Singer sewing machine! The latest round of Burning Questions has launched! Help us with your answers and win a cool prize pack! Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of some sweet prizes. The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. How to make your fortune at cards by KaptinScarlet Make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Build a wind turbine by mdavis19 Build a Surfboard Episode 1: Shaping by TimAnderson Closes for entries this weekend!Share your best food hacks! Joint Boards without a Jointer by Phil B Expandable Hydroponics System by wiley coyote Sliding pants rack by phantazn Illuminated Stained Glass Egg by RadBear Easy garlic bread and cheese by robbyt1961 Zombie Friend by Poe-tate-o Underwater ROV by SpaceShipOne Simple Melon Carving by dustinbikes 10 great outfit ideas to check out Unleash your decorating skills Easy T-Shirt Bleach Sketching by goosezilla Contemporary Street Number Plaque by cornflake_81 How to paint walls by dragonvpm Halloween decor werewolf head by missmonster Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Wood Steaming and The Tubench: DIY Videos at their best.

It all started when I was on the internet, as usual, and began to search for ways to bend wood cheaply. I had heard of people doing it with just a copper pipe and a blowtorch, but I wanted some affirmation from the interweb before I inadvertently set by garage ablaze. Now, I don't know about you, but when I want to know how to get something done, I head to Youtube first. I'm not sure why, but I find how-to videos to be a much better starting point for a project than reading long, picture-less descriptions on someone's website, although it's probably just because I end up wasting extra time.A search for wood steaming and bending yielded this video of a man in Belgium who turned his backyard into a steam-run hell, or playground, depending on your perception of safety versus fun. I was blown away (perhaps literally) by this video. With the combination of wild 8-bit techno beats, precariously assembled and potentially deadly equipment, and a project of such a scale that even a music-video director would be envious, you have yourself one of the most incredible DIY videos I've ever seen. I watched it probably five times before I stumbled upon another video by the same guys. Despite high expectations, I could have never been prepared for The Tubench. Just when you thought these guys couldn't get any more insane, they give you this. They gave you the Tubench. If you thought building a bench was boring or at all a passive activity, you were wrong. Or, at least you were before you realized building a bench out of tubes requires speeding dangerously through parking lots, building it a surfboard, attaching it to your car like an antenna, and SAVAGLEY BEATING IT WITH EVERY SINGLE IMPROVISED BENCH-TORTURE DEVICE YOU HAVE... to ensure structural integrity, of course. Apparently, these things are actually available for order by emailing DIETRICHBONNE@hotmail.com. Well, I still have no idea who these guys are, or what possesses them to make such epic videos, but if they haven't been invited to Instructables already, someone needs to draft them in! Keep up the good work, my Belgian friends.Happy Hacking~Skyfinity

Topic by Skyfinity 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I prepare my new room the way I want it to be?

Well, seeing I am a growing young man, I have come to hate my brother. I dislike everything about him and I want to move out of our room. I have already moved my Xbox 360, bought a new $900 dollar computer, a 32" 1080p HD LED/LCD TV, a glass table/desk, and have moved alot of this "equipment" downstairs in my garage. Note: I still sleep in our room upstairs. Now I have basically been spending a majority of my time in my garage and have noticed a couple of flaws of this "moving in." I do homework in my garage, I edit videos in my garage, play Xbox 360, go on the computer, anything that basically doesn't involve sleeping, These flaws I have noticed in my garage will be listed now: Barely any Air Conditioning (I have a fan, but it sometimes throws dust everywhere) A lot of dust falls everywhere, on my glass table, Xbox 360, TV, Lamp, everywhere. I have mediocre internet speed, about 4 Mbps average download speed,  and 3.50 Mbps average upload speed, when I should be getting around 15 Mbps with Comcast (Maybe this has to do with my wireless connections or my Wifi strength, located upstairs with my brother) There is wall mold on some places of the walls (which can actually be a health issue) There are little bugs that are on the walls, along with spiders (Which kind of creep me out) And last is that I have a whole bunch of stuff in here that my mom wants to giveaway to poor, needing children in South America, but she never get to doing it. It is really cramped in my garage with all this stuff. Please keep in mind that I want to have my bed in here, and have my separate room in here... So what I need help with, or what I need assistance with, is having a good way to approach this problem in a neat, healthy, way. I want to live comfortably in my room, without the constant precipitation of dust, the idea that a spider will crawl into my mouth, that my walls are beautifully painted, and I have space to move around. Also when I go to use the internet that I have reasonably fast Internet Speed, and when I play Xbox 360, I don't lag, like I usually do. My Internet is setup like this, just if you were wondering: Comcast Surfboard Modem - Connected to the Internet Wireless Comcast Netgear Router - Connected to my Modem My brothers Xbox 360 - Wired directly to the router My Xbox 360 & Computer - Get Internet access through Wifi from the Router Wireless Comcast Netgear Router - Gives Wifi to everyone in my house also that sometimes may be using it I wan't to see how I can get faster Internet speed, probably connecting two wireless routers, which I think is impossible, or seeing if I can run a cable down from my Wireless Router straight to my Xbox or something. I wan't to have a list of procedures on how I can go about to do this and fix this room up to my liking. Well for those of you that actually finished reading this, thank you and any help would be greatly appreciated. And also I will attach a picture of my garage so that you can have a better picture of what I am dealing with. Thanks again Alex...

Question by DELETED_Alex8171 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Kite-powered proa (boat) collaboration/comments

Added 5/26/07: Please read the comments below to see how the project is evolving. Design specs, goals, etc, have been modified after discussion.Hi Folks,For several years I've been wanting to build a kite powered proa. A proa is a kind of boat with a narrow hull and a smaller outrigger. These Instructables are about building a proa with a traditional sail:https://www.instructables.com/id/ERIIBDCCOTEPUCHZ1K/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EZN8M3OCWZEV2Z7IR5/?ALLSTEPSThese are kite-powered proa-like vehicles for land and ice:https://www.instructables.com/id/EPKZ5O80HQEQZJI20F/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EPWWSYZNWIEV2ZKLCH/?ALLSTEPSGoals for the project:1. Make at least one good boat.2. Publish a good Instructable.3. Work with interesting people.I am definitely going ahead with #1 & #2. #3... anyone interested?The Boat: Generally it should be appealing/attainable by as wide a range of budgets and circumstances and skill levels as possible.a. It should be fun to mess around with starting in about 6 or 7 mph of wind (3 m/s).b. A beach boat, not an overnighter. Should be able to carry one or two people, a paddle, personal flotation device and maybe a sandwich and a water bottle.c. Storable in a typical apartment (maybe even a dorm room?). I'm thinking a 2-part bolt-together hull like Wade Tarzia's above. Two halves, each under 8 feet long so they can be stored on end, maybe used as bookshelves as suggested by TimAnderson. What is a typical ceiling height? Mine is about 91"d. Possible to build on a restricted budget ($200? is that possible? $400?). I'm budgeting about $500 but as a cheapskate packrat scrounger type I am hoping not to spend it all. Should also avoid necessitating rare and expensive tools.e. It should be possible to make a "good looking" version if the builder chooses.... sort of financially and chronologically(?) scalable. Someone might want to build something as quickly and cheaply as possible, and another person might want to spend all summer working on the fine details and finish. The boat should be worth building in either case.f. Should be able to take a passenger (is that possible if we rely on weight-shifting for steering?), but be sailable single-handed.g. Possibly be adaptable to a traditional sail? Would this be hard? This is something I don't need for myself, but I bet someone will ask that question as soon as we publish it. If someone doesn't already have a kite, is it easier to build a kite, or a sail and associated mods to the boat?h. Probably plywood stitch-and-glue construction main hull, but maybe carved from a couple of Styrofoam billets with a plywood stringer and/or deck? Leaning towards all plywood. If we fiberglass the whole boat can we use 1/4" interior luaun at $9 per 4x8 sheet? Is that more practical and cost effective than something like occume at $60 per sheet with glass on just the keel and joints? We'd need 3 sheets. Need to do some calculations on this.i. Usable in flat water, chop and small waves (and bigger waves?). Mine will be used mostly at an ocean beach.j. Steerable by weight-shifting, i.e. moving towards the front or back of the boat. No rudders or daggerboards. Maybe paddle-assisted steering when carrying a passenger/helmsman?The Instructable:a. Should be a good read, even for folks who won't undertake the project. b. Doubles as an Instructable on how to collaborate to make a great project and a great Instructable.c. Represents everyone involved in the project in some way.d. Gives the potential builder a rough "how to sail it" as well?e. Presents the reader with several options for materials and/or construction.f. All the regular "what makes a good Instructable" things.The Interesting People:a. Everyone is interesting in some way or another, right?b. Some people like to do research on the web.c. Some people have built boats.d. Some people some know about wood, or glue, or paint, or kites, or sails, or writing, or... e. Maybe someone will build the boat concurrently so we'll have pictures of two or more versions at various stages when we publish the Instructable.Let me be the first to sign up :) I have been using kites to get around fields, beaches, frozen lakes and the ocean for 10+ years. I make my own kite boards and have made my own kites (I use commercial kites now but still love my homemade plywood boards). I've done a fair amount of web research on proas and plywood boats (and some on tarp boats, canvas covered canoes, surfboards, etc.) but I have never built a boat. I experimented with a busted up, rudderless old hobie 14 for a while, but my homemade foot-steerable rudders broke almost instantly, and shortly after that I had to abandon the boat because I moved to a place where it couldn't be stored. It was enough to get me interested. I'm pretty confident I could build a usable boat as a solo project but I want to see how much better it could be as a collaboration, or at least having a few folks commenting on my ideas.I have a small assortment of cheap power tools. I've used epoxy and fiberglass a few times and I have some on hand.I have permission from my lovely bride-to-be to use part of the kitchen, part of the time, as my workshop (that's true love). I also have a small are outside where I can work but I can't leave anything there.The pictures are my initial hull ideas. For each hull one pic shows the hull from 3 angles and the other shows how the side pieces would fit on two sheets of plywood. A third sheet would be needed for the deck and a fourth (of thicker stuff, I would guess?) for the frames, bulkheads, etc. I'll attach the files for the hulls too. You can get the freeware to view and edit them at www.carlsondesign.com.The simple V hull would mean less cutting and joining. The other one looks better (in my opinion) and can float more weight with the same amount of plywood.Could instead go with a flat bottom like Wade's.Let me know what you think.Thanks!

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