Plywood Electric Boat

This is my plywood electric boat.

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Step 1: Brainstorm

The first thing to do when building a boat or anything else in is to brainstorm. For me I browsed around on YouTube until I found a boat I loved. That boat was built by Paul Elkins. After watching the video many times I started making a few basic sketches.

Step 2: Buy Materials

I used quarter inch marine grade plywood nailed together with 5/8 bronze ring shank nails. And gorilla glue before to get a main shape. For the frame I used 3/4"by 3/4" cedar. For water proofing I used west system epoxy resin and hardener. As for fiberglassing, it's optional but I used fiberglass tape around the edges. For a motor I used 34 pound thrust minnkota.

Step 3: Preparation & Launch

When launch day finally arrived I trailered my boat Driftwood (which was the name we ended up calling it) 200 miles to north eastern Wisconsin and launched it on Kangaroo Lake in Door County. Here are some pics from launch day

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    3 years ago

    I have a YouTube video here's the link


    2 years ago

    How did you put together the wood to form a boat shape?


    3 years ago

    This looks really cool!