Building a Boat--Just for Fun




This instructable is a humorous take on my attempt at building a boat. You can't actually build a boat from these instructions, but it gives you a basic idea mixed in with a little humor. Be prepared for a lot of time and the need for a lot of warm weather before attempting. This is also my second attempt at a boat so you might want to practice with some cheaper materials. Good Luck!

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Step 1: Pick a Design

After sorting through all the designs on the Internet, pick one that is simple and suits your tastes.

Step 2: Clear Out Workshop

While Mama is busy washing clothes, push her car out of the carport so you have some room to work.

Step 3: Get Some Tools

Now that your dad is at work, sneak out to the shed and get some tools, he has plenty, he'll never miss a few.

Step 4: Go to HD

Since boats are made of wood, we need some. Go to HD if you own stock in them (like me) or Lowe's if you don't...or if there isn't a HD for a long way.

Step 5: Bring Wood Home

An explorer is only about 7 feet long in the cargo area...if you couldn't guess a 4X8 piece of plywood doesn't fit in it real well...but you've got to make do with what you have. It looks something like this.

Step 6: Cut Out Pieces

Now that we have plans and wood, we need to turn the wood into shapes that are on the plans...or at least close to them.

Step 7: Try to Put the Pieces Together

Once the pieces are all cut out, try to put them together...don't worry if they don't fit, they aren't going to the first time around.

Step 8: Throw Away Old Design

Since the old plan didn't work, throw it away and make up your own plan that uses the shapes that you do have.

Step 9: Plane Things.

A great tool is the hand plane. Its kind of like an eraser. A piece a little bit big, just erase a little off the edges to help them fit.

Step 10: Fiberglass

The longest, hardest and most critical step is the fiberglassing. Since there are bound to be huge holes where two pieces of wood meet, its critical to seal those up with fiberglass...use a mask and gloves.

Step 11: Sanding

Once the fiberglass dries, you have to sand down all the edges to make it smooth.

Step 12: Finish the Interior

Now that the framework and hull are finished, time to move on to making it prettier. Start by building a floor, then some seats and maybe some storage cubbies.

Step 13: Paint the Outside

Paint the boat outside the water then after its first voyage you'll have to go back and paint the waterline, but we can't paint that yet.

Step 14: Set Sail!!

Go Enjoy your new boat.

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    11 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    wow this is pretty cool. i want to make a boat! but...this instructable is a bit...empty. i feel like it's missing A Lot! like specifics: tools (which ones), materials (what size wood etc.), boat dimensions, how and where to put it together, etc. and i want to know what it looks like when it's finished and painted! anyway, looks like it must've came out well! great job! :-)

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Ditto. Looks like it could have been a cool boat, but I have no idea how you actually MAKE it. This is supposed to "instruct", but there's not enough instruction going on in this instructable.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    If you want some information on easy boats to build google "one sheet boats". These are probably going to be a lot easier to start with.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I think the most important part is step 8, throwing away the plans. Mine matched the drawings perfectly so I skipped step 8, and the feckin' thing sunk! :P


    10 years ago on Introduction

    As the disclaimer says, "You can't actually build a boat from these instructions, but it gives you a basic idea" I am building a Weekender II by Stevenson Projects. My spring/summer project is now headed into the fall, and yes, the 'glassing of the boat was the hardest part so far. Good luck on yours, I will be sailing next spring in mine.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Some left out ? Nice idea to build a boat but add some more ...I would like to see the finished boat ...Is it a small sail boat ? a dingy? a English punt?