Home made PVC pipes boat

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Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby wildcat on Tue 11 Mar 2008 16:28

Well, as usually happens i get carried away and go way over board. I told Taky i was gonna build a boat like his stick boat. That is what i intended to do, but then i decided I wanted something that the kids could ride in too.

It holds me just fine. My buddy got it and it held us okay, but i would not load it that much. The two of us makes @ 350 pounds. He being the bigger one... :wink2: Normal load would be me and the kids plus pack, @ 225 pounds.

It is made of a framework of 3/4" Sch 40 PVC. All glued. The top rails are 10' long, bottom is 7.5'. It weighs in @ 30 pounds.

Not the prettiest craft in the world, but it gets us out on the water and out of the house. :nanadance:

We just got a ton of rain so we'll have to wait for the creek to go down before we go on our first trip.



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Re: Home made boat

New postby LD on Tue 11 Mar 2008 19:15

Is that a plastic tarp you covered it with?

Is it flat bottomed or vee hull?

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Re: Home made boat

New postby wildcat on Tue 11 Mar 2008 20:31

it is a 10mil heavy duty tarp. it is flat bottom. :gonefish: :pirate:
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Re: Home made boat

New postby wildcat on Tue 11 Mar 2008 20:32

cost me about $40.
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Re: Home made boat

New postby LD on Wed 12 Mar 2008 20:49

How wide and is it tippy?
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Re: Home made boat

New postby Taky on Wed 12 Mar 2008 21:03

I'll gess that initial stability is prety good... no secondary :lmao: . Flat bottomed boats tend to have windage problems..

Prety cool :yup: how does it feels to paddle your own creation???
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Re: Home made boat

New postby wildcat on Wed 12 Mar 2008 22:18

the bottom is about 24" wide and it is a little tippy. just leaning a little to the side will get some wobble.

it is wonderful to pilot a craft made with my own two hands. I'll take more pics when i actually get out on the river. :nanadance:
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Re: Home made boat

New postby Jimbo on Wed 12 Mar 2008 23:09

That looks like great fun!
I'd wondered about PVC pipe as a frame and now you've built one which answers my question.

How fast and rough is the river you are going to take it out on, is my big question...
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Re: Home made boat

New postby James on Wed 12 Mar 2008 23:37

Brilliant mate, thanks a lot for sharing !.... Looks Great fun and bloody cheap too !

Mmmm, PVC pipes ! a brand new world is opening to me !!!!
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby Taky on Thu 13 Mar 2008 02:23

natural PVC pipe: bamboo :B cheaper prettier and way more nature friendly... the only PVC pipe I use is from a bin ;-)
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby James on Thu 13 Mar 2008 09:17

`yeah, but good bamboo arround here does not exist. and if you have to fly it, i doubt it is more ecological.
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby wildcat on Thu 13 Mar 2008 12:20

bamboo would be nice, but home depot doesn't sell tee's and 90's for bamboo. :lol:

i won't take it on rough water. it's only for small lakes/ponds and slow running creeks. I have to carry a roll of duct tape with me in case there is an evil log/rock just under the surface that decides to end my adventure. right now the creek that runs by the house is flowing at 1000 cfs. maybe next weekend, if we don't get any more rain, it will be back down to 100 cfs or so and i can take it out. the only problem then is having to get out and carry it over sandbars.

I think i'm going to name her "Destitute Drifter". :nogood:
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby Taky on Thu 13 Mar 2008 22:23

if you rip while "sailing" is easier to plug the hole with a plastic bag ( a blader on the natural ways :nana: ) than try to fix it with duck tape. Once in dry land, duck-tape on both sides...

you should plant some bamboo James... it grows fast and is nearly as useful as a veggie garden :wink2:
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby James on Fri 14 Mar 2008 09:04

i have some bamboo , but thin one. I need to plant some big one, but I could never germinate any of the 100 seeds I bought.
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Re: Home made PVC pipes boat

New postby wildcat on Fri 14 Mar 2008 12:38

I planted some pseudosasa japonica (arrow bamboo) two years ago and i still don't have arrow sized stalks. it is spreading out into the woods behind the yard, so that is good. maybe this year i can get some appropriately sized stalks. :archery:
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