DIY Homemade Dinghy

This is details for a homemade dinghy that i made from scrap/recycled materials found down the beach where i live in Dumbarton,Scotland,uk.Platic cladding was used for the frame, a 5-gallon plastic drum was used for bouyancy in the stern,along with
plastic juice bottles,mostly 750ml size but there are a few 500ml and 1litre and 1.5 litre bottles used and blocks of polystyrene foam.6 x 26 inch bike inner tubes where also used. Costs where roughly 12 uk pounds for 3 poundland plastic tarp sheets,each 4ft x 3 ft size and about 10 rolls of duct tape and 1 reel of nylon rope. The dinghy took me about a week to make and i named it orange squah because of the plastic
juice bottles used for bouyancy/flotation. I also built a trolley to transport the dinghy and am also planning to make a raft using plastic tubing and rope/duct tape which will be able to be carried on one of my 2 homemade bicycle trailers.The dinghy i reckon weighs about
20 lbs and as the trolley is made from light wood and plastic when i put the dinghy into the water i just tie the trolley to the stern and tow it behind me. The dinghy seems quite evenly balanced and sits well in the water and draws about 7-8 inches and i have an aluminium canoe paddle i use to propel myself. Pictures taken with Vivitar Vivicam 3188 camera.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Good build - lots of thought and nice extras put into the project.

    Expecting big things for the future.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    instead of sheathing the polyester with duct tape, you could have used a thick, high grade, exterior paint, this would have waterproofed it. this would have resulted in a lighter boat, and maybe would have saved some money, though I'm not entirely sure how much duct tape cost where you are in comparison to paint, though where I am the paint is better value.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Pictures in focus give more information

    A few comments on the pictures to explain what it is?