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?

Posted by JACKBARRY 6 years ago


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.

Posted by acer73 11 years ago


Taken - Free Boat - Blaze of glory, 24ft wharram-style hull trimaran

The boat has gone on to its new home now, hopefully they'll post their adventures and mishaps!here's the history of the boat.http://www.dilworth.org/writings/now.shtmlTo give away to good home, or rather for sale for $2 (two u.s. dollars).It comes on a roadworthy trailer but you'll need your own trailer plate.It's in Alameda California.post in the comments as to why you'll actually have a use for it and how soon you can take it away. Include your email address and phone# so I can contact you.Don't be discouraged by the proposals already here, none of these people has managed to take the boat yet. Get permission from your wife or girlfriend ahead of time.thanks,tim

Posted by TimAnderson 10 years ago


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

Posted by drummer ian 11 years ago


fun stuff

Lol my uncle took out his 47 foot boat and tied a beer keg to it and once he was in 780 foot deep water he let it down and it imploded and wen they took it up it was all crushed it looked like a giant egg timer and they opened it and drank it they said it tasted like salt lol if any1 has done this or something fun like this plz share

Posted by thesab 11 years ago


Arduino Motor Shield Question

Hey, I'm looking to build an RC boat using an arduino uno and a motor shield. My motor shield power source is an 18v dewalt drill battery. I want to use this motor : http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__8595__2040SL_4800kv_Brushless_Inrunner_WaterCooled_.html but the max voltage is 11. How can I compensate for that? Could I just turn down the PWM? a resistor maybe? Thanks for the help, -Ian  

Posted by catdawg426 6 years ago


Plastiki crosses Pacific

Plastiki, the boat made with 12,500 plastic bottles, has successfully sailed across the Pacific Ocean. The journey started in San Francisco and has ended in Sydney after 130 days and 8,000 miles on the water. The goal was to raise awareness about the problem of plastics in the oceans, such as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Congratulations to David de Rothschild and the rest of the crew. Plastiki Completes 8,000 Nautical Mile Journey Protesting Plastic Pollution

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


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?

Posted by Bondo_Red 9 years ago


Free Boat Building Classes in Berkeley Marina

Free Boat building Classes for Youth Mon.-Wed. from 3 to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Boathouse, 84 Bolivar Dr., Aquatic Park. Classes cover woodworking, boatbuilding, and boat repair. 644-2577. www.watersideworkshops.org

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


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.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Speaking of a boat made from recycled bottles.....

Here is an article and a video about a couple that wishes to sail their boat made of plastic bottles, from San Francisco to Australia. David de Rothschild is preparing to sail from San Francisco to Australia in a raft made of 12,000 recycled bottles. Among other things, he is hoping to convince the world to take better care of its waste.The Link and video are here

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


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.

Posted by sodiumcanine 7 years ago


um, hi, what should i do with this?

Ok, so, i just made a plastic bottle 4-fin propeller and used a pencil for its axle, but i want to make a tiny boat with it, and i don know how! i need to figure out how to make, the body of the boat, the wind-up mechanism, and i need to know what materials i should use and how to waterproof it. any suggestions r welcome. Thankz!

Posted by the_TRUE_LINK_OWNZ! 9 years ago


Jet Boat powered by High pressure Water Pump???

Hello Instructablers, I would love some input from some of the great minds in this community for slightly mad project I have been thinking about. In the spirit of "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" I am planning to try powering a small boat with an engine drive water pump. We recently got some new pumps in at work that will do up to 80m head (113 psi), or flows to about 750 litres per minute (I think that's about 164 gallons). Powered by 13HP Honda engine. It's a very impressive pump, but will it be able to power a boat? Here's my plan so far: Either obtain or build a small boat. Perhaps with a flat bottom. I will mount the pump as low and central as I can. Full of water the pump will weigh around 50-60kg. The suction hose would be connected to a tank flange that penetrates the hull at the deepest point. The discharge will penetrate the transom. Various nozzle sizes will be tried to find out the best compromise between flow and velocity. What do you think? Considering most of the jetboats I have seen have massive V8 engines in them, could my idea possibly work? Will it need to be an impossibly small boat? Will I need more than one pump? How many? What's more important; flow, pressure, velocity? Should I stick to oars? I have other pumps to choose from with greater flows if that makes a difference. Go here to see them:  http://www.pumpmaster.com.au/engine-drive-pumps.htm Here's silly video of the boys at Pumpmaster in Queensland trying out the new machine... http://youtu.be/zjYvENfr1cw

Posted by cammers 6 years ago


self propelled motor powered boat single person lay on thingy pontoon.

I know that sounds weird, but I don't really know what to call it.  I found piece of Styrofoam that looks like it was from an old buoy.  I cut it in half, made it into a toy boat, then realized the it could hold a person laying down on it.  it is about 3 to 4 feet long and 20 inches wide in the pontoon shape.  Now my questions are, first, how to I keep the Styrofoam from shaving off?  Its the compact type, so the outside is fine, but where I cut it in half it is rubbing off.  Second, should I make it a hand crank, or should I try to get a prop and chainsaw motor on it, or find a trolling motor?  We live within five minutes walking distance from lake Michigan,  so I could probably use it a lot (if it worked).  Thanks!!!

Posted by elliot5445 4 years ago


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated Free feel to contact me tom_pringle@icloud.com Cheers Tom

Posted by TomP117 2 years ago


Windmill on top of the mast?

Hi there, I'm rescuing an '72 all-wooden yacht (18ft) named Knights of Ni; the woodwork and painting are mostly done and I'm now busy with the electrics. It has a 12V system running of a car battery which is powered by a small solar cell and if necessary I can charge it on land. I was wondering though, whether it is possible to mount a small windmill on top of the mast using for instance the van of a vacuum cleaner and a bike dynamo (or anything else not too big and heavy), and then running a wire through the mast to the battery. I would be very grateful for your advice. If you want/need to see more pictures of the boat please give me a shout. Greetings from Holland, Barbarossa

Posted by Barbarossa 7 years ago


Plastic Bottle Boat Set to Sail Pacific

Talk about keeping the bottle - how about keeping 12,000!David De Rothschild is currently building a sailboat from 90% recycled materials, which he has dubbed the Plastiki and plans to sail from California to Australia! Joining him on the Plastiki will be a permanent crew of three sailors and scientists plus a handful of other crew members who will rotate through the voyage. The Plastiki is expected to stop in Hawaii, Tuvalu and Fiji on its way to Sydney, a trip estimated to take more than 100 days.The vessel's twin hulls will be filled with 12,000 to 16,000 bottles. Skin-like panels made from recycled PET, a woven plastic fabric, will cover the hulls and a watertight cabin, which sleeps four. Two wind turbines and an array of solar panels will charge a bank of 12-volt batteries, which will power several onboard laptop computers, a GPS and SAT phone.The plastic sailboat is taking shape in an old pier building not far from this city's famous Fisherman's Wharf and is scheduled to set sail in April.Read the whole story at CNN's Tech spot.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Making an amphibious vehicle, but then had a problem...

After watching that one episode of BBC's car show "Top Gear", the one where they do their first attempt at amphibious cars, I had a design idea for one. But after thinking about it for some time, my design brought up some classification questions. 1. In the US, any vehicle with less than 4 wheels is considered to be a motorcycle. If the vehicle I have in mind operates like a car, but has the classification of a motorcycle, AND it can operate as a boat, would it be legally appropriate to label it as an amphibious motorbike or an amphibious car? 2. Taking hydrodynamics, weights and buoyancy into account, the vehicle design so far could hold 2-3 people. If it was two, then the seats would be arranged vertically. If it was 3, then they would be arranged as a triangle. So if it was a three seater, would it be better to have two at the front or at the back? That's all the questions i can think of right now.

Posted by EngineerJakit 4 years ago


Pirate War Games

I don't mean to self promote, but my friend and I came up with an idea for a game last spring. We quickly laid down general rules and guidelines in the form of a blogger site, but haven't been able to work towards it at all since we're both still students. I just remembered about it today (I've been quite busy this semester) when I posted a new 'ible and figured that everyone here on instructables would be the perfect group to take an interest in the game. Our game is called "The Pirate Games" (see url by my username). It's sort of like how the military does war games, except DIYers and MAKErs play and pretend to be pirates. There is a treasure chest and boats and [paint] cannons. How could it get better? If it wasn't only conceptual at the moment. Please feel free to share the site's URL, to start your own Pirate Games tournaments, or to make spin-offs of the game. I only ask that you link back to the site and share it. Also, let me know what you all think! The URL again: http://therealpirategames.blogspot.com/

Posted by rogers236 6 years ago


What sail is best for this raft?

I'm been thinking about building myself a raft. the tricky part is that the raft shuld have a sail. I have made a drawing of the raft using Google SketchUp. what is not shown in the drawing are some barrels and ballast. the raft shall be 23 feet long and 16 feet wide and have a small house on it 8.2 feet long and 13 feet wide. its this big becouse we are four who are going to use it. Now, the question. how should I build the sail? i added the drawing so you can take a look if you like. sorry about the grammar and/or spelling

Posted by Ungerbla 8 years ago


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.

Posted by randofo 9 years ago


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..

Posted by kingkewl 11 years ago


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?

Posted by funwithfire325 10 years ago


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.

Posted by kabira 6 years ago


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?

Posted by mharriger 11 years ago


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.

Posted by antagonizer 4 years ago


Boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles to sail across Pacific

The Plastiki is a boat that is held afloat by 12,500 plastic 2-liter bottles. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the boat will travel 7,500 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. Its mission is to create awareness about the vast amounts of plastic that get thrown into landfill or end up in the oceans. In addition to the wind power, the Plastiki will also be propelled by crew members bicycling along. Rain will be caught to provide water and sprouts will be grown in a vertical garden. Check out the link below for a lot more info. Plastiki via inhabitat

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Surface tension propels tiny boat without sails or moving parts

From the New Scientist:WATCHING Sung Kwon Cho's model boat glide silently across the still water with no propellers or sails, you'd be forgiven for thinking a phantom hand was drawing the vessel forward. The boat is actually being driven by water surface tension, the same force that allows some insects to skate across the surface of a pond.The design is inspired by Pyrrhalta beetle larvae, which also use surface tension to propel themselves. Since it requires no moving parts, the method should be more robust than those involving propellers and may use just a hundredth of the power.Another story on the NetworkWorld site (with a few skeptical comments.)Doesn't look too difficult to replicate, does it?

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago


should i make this an instructable?

I've made a knex boat that has a wireless motor that i made(i will make the wireless motor an instructable). i'm not sure if i should make it an instructable or not so please coment "yes"or"no".

Posted by Sun Gear 10 years ago


House Boat (Suggestions/ideas/brainstorming/etc. I want everyone's opinion)

Okay! Summer project time. I've been collecting acid barrels from my dad's work. Each 55 gallon, plastic drum, is 35 inches high and 24 inches in diameter (90 x 60cm) can hold 460 pounds in fresh water. At the moment, I have 9 barrels. I get another every month, so by mid-springtime, I will have 12 barrels. My question to you, is how would you go about making a house boat, or floating platform. I don't have a specific use for it, just a place to get away with friends or by myself. I would like some kind of canopy. I live about 25 minutes away from the river I plan to set my boat on. A friend of mine has a decent sized trailer, and that is what we would haul it on. My other question is, would I have to have my house boat licensed, or 'labeled' to be legal? Thanks in advance, some sketches would be appreciated. :D

Posted by bumpus 9 years ago


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

Posted by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago


Circular saw boat motor. Need help and suggestions.

I am building a small, plywood boat and looking to power it. I have built many projects made out of wood but never anything mechanical. I am looking for advise from people who have done something similar. In the image I attached there are three problems I face.  1 and 2) To transfer motion from the circular saw to the prop's axial I was thinking using something similar to a bike chain. What parts would you use to do this? 3) How would you secure a prop onto an axial? I am not looking for this to be a fast or anything. Just more of a practice project.  Thanks!

Posted by AceOfCircles 6 years ago


Project Euphoria~~The first (that i am aware of) Propeller Driven Knex Boat.

Well, I just thought I would let you guys know about Project Euphoria. It is the first, that I am aware of, knex propeller driven boat-If there is one, please please PLEASE, correct me. I hate making False claims. It is a grey trekker motor, driving two counter-rotating two-bladed screw propellers. Thanks to everyone who posted on This topic, and the many Knexer's who have wished me luck, if only in thier heads (If you were one of these, thank. but next time put a comment on?) I will have pictures, maybe a ideo, and possible an Instructible soon. Hedz

Posted by hedzup456 7 years ago


Well it won't have wheels but I do need help using a circular saw as a small boat motor.

I am building a small, plywood boat and looking to power it. I have built many projects made out of wood but never anything mechanical. I am looking for advise from people who have done something similar. In the image I attached there are three problems I face. 1 and 2) To transfer motion from the circular saw to the prop's axial I was thinking using something similar to a bike chain. What parts would you use to do this? 3) How would you secure a prop onto an axial? I am not looking for this to be a fast or anything. Just more of a practice project. Thanks!

Posted by AceOfCircles 6 years ago


Making new bench seat

I need to remake the rear bench seat for my boat. The old one is about 100lbs and I would like something a little lighter. I can make a new frame with aluminum, but I am stuck with what to replace the cushions with. Whatever foam they are using is super heavy as well. Is there some way to remake the seat with styrofoam beads beads or something and still maintain form? I considered making a cheap gel seat using a thinned out mixture of silicone, but that wouldn't be any lighter than the original bench and would likely be heavier, actually. I think foam beads would work pretty slick.

Posted by Cerd71 2 years ago


Help! I need a small, lightweight but pretty powerful water pump. It needs to shoot 2 cups of water from 5 feet to 15 feet.

I would like it to be able to pump water from a pond. It will be on a platform above the pond. Also, can you tell me specifics on how to power it? Thank you so much!

Posted by alex96100 6 years ago


CAD

Hi ppl, Recently I decided to design my own raft this year for the Guildford raft race. The raft will use pvc piping for floatation and my (and an unsuspecting friend) will sit on two bicycles which will power two paddle wheels. Anyway, long story short i thought it would be a cool idea to model it up in some sort of CAD (maybe as something to send possible sponsors to show what i am going to attempt to do if they give me a load of pvc hehe), and, was wondering what software is best to use? thanks ppl

Posted by drummer ian 11 years ago


Foldable floating house for two

Hello everyone. I have plans for foldable and floating house fit for 2 people with WC, 2 beds, 2 fishing chairs with tables and maybe a bbq :) I dont have the money to build it but its a dream of mine. I'll be happy if someone is interested and actually build this thing. when folded its 250sm / 150sm / 50 sm h. For the materials i can use steinless steal squares for base, old inner tires for support, light aluminium rods for the roof, some watter resistent fabric for the walls and some custom made beds and tables. I'm working on pictures with some lame architecture program and i'm posting them as soon as i can. I also have schematics of the joints and locking systems ... well if anyone is interested let me know

Posted by WishKeeper 4 years ago


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.

Posted by kithso 4 years ago


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

Posted by TomP117 2 years ago


Convert NEUTON lawn mower to outboard motor

 Any thoughts on using a NEUTON lawn mower (36 Volt) to run an outboard motor? 1. Modding NEUTON to variable speed & reverse.  2. Remove engine from outboard.  3. adapt NEUTON motor to outboard shaft.  (The Neuton has the charging, easy battery removal/switching, circuitry)..... Thanks,  Jed

Posted by tabjed 8 years ago


Building materials for kayak?

HI there I was wondring if anyone has ever considered/ tried building a solid bottom kayak out of recycled plastic (maybe a bin)? I loved the ease of carrying and price of my inflatable kayak but hate how easy it is to puncture in running water. I'd like to make something thats light to carry to the water and can stand being bashed around a bit. I was thinking of cutting some pannels out of any plastic I can get my paws on, stitch and gluing them together to form a sort of pea pod shape and then lining the edge with some of that foam stuff they make floats out of. Any thoughts?

Posted by moogle123 7 years ago


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?

Posted by DELETED_craz meanman 10 years ago


Recycled Regatta

Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia SC is hosting its First Annual Recycled Regatta! Its a build your own boat contest. All you have to do is collect recyclables, trash or anything that would normally wind up in a landfill. Build a boat with the items and bring it to the Park May 10th! You must register no later than May 1 2008. Boats will be judged on creativity, best use of materials, best sinker and speed/agility! There will be some really sweet prizes - so start making your boat today! Boats must hold at least one person! Boats also must be human powered! No motors or trained dolphins! This is a new activity for the 2008 Earth Fair event (5th year running) We will continue to have all the normal environmental educational booths, canoe and kayak demos, mountain bike demos, fly fishing classes, bird walks and more! This is an awesome event! We hope to see you there! Email me for more info!

Posted by EdventureChildrensMuseum 10 years ago


R/C Sailboat

I want to make a R/C sailboat, so far I have 4x32x1/4 inch balsa wood planks and they should last me the entire project. This weekend I'm going to visit a hobby store and get: waterproof wood glue, waterproofer for the wood. Then go to target and get a rotary tool. The boat will be 3 inches tall with a 1 inch keel (keeps the boat from tipping) 5 inches wide and 15 inches tall. I will get a cheap multi directional R/C car and use the steering mechanism to move the rudder and the drive motor to turn the sail. Once I make the boat I'll fill the gaps with wood paste and water proof everything hopefuly with a silicon based sealant. Any tips or flaws with my plans, please see the attached sketch.

Posted by acer73 11 years ago


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?

Posted by skunkbait 10 years ago


Instructables Shark Watching Trip!

First off, we didn't see sharks, but that doesn't mean we didn't have a good time! Yesterday (11/20/13) the Instructables crew went out on a rented boat (there were people to drive this boat) and went out to the Farallon Islands to try to see sharks because the site was able to get 1 Million visits in a single day!  So this was thanks to all of you! It was not the best day (bit rainy and cold), but we all had a good time and only 4 of us got sick!  Yay! Pictures provided by everyone!  Gif by Renee.

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago


Help: Attatching Trolling Motor to PVC Framed boat

Well I am in the process of finishing my PVC John Boat and I need to figure out a way to attach my trolling motor to the back. I was thinking of attaching a 2x4 or 2x6 piece of wood to the back but the only way i could think of attaching it was to drill a few holes in the wood and zip tie it to the back. So I am hoping one of you could give me a suggestion on attaching it securely. Thank you in advance I cant wait for the boat to get in the water with a motor and my instructable to be finished aswell.

Posted by zmatt 11 years ago


KIDS BOAT, Looking for Ideas, Please Help!!!!

Ok, So I am a tinkerer Last month we we're at the Lake and my 5 YearOld and my 4 YearOld decided that they want a BOAT..  So being the Father that I am, Became flooded with giving MY kids a boat unlike anyone's. SO Began the Brain Storm. Picked up a Cheap "BROKEN" Trolling motor, and a Toy Sandpit from a friend.. SANDPIT holds water, Must hold OUT water as well... Want to build small "Transom" out of PVC fittings that will fit snugly in Aft. Also would like to fashion a way to use the Steering wheel, that I don't have yet... to Either turn the Motor or Manipulate a Rudder of some Sort.. Also a Throttle set up unfortionitely to turn the throttle into the forward position it turns Clockwise.. not counter clockwise, which would allow me to mount it somehow on the right side, Like a Real boats Throttle control.. have some Thick HDPE Sheeting, that molds fairly well when heated.. and Also the Trolling motor... Pictures Included.. Please ANY Ideas would be Greatly Appreciated.. My Son and Daughter want a TUGBOAT, which thankfully this lends itself to PERFECTLY!!!!

Posted by exerp 8 years ago