Homemade Boats You Can Make Yourself

Categories: DIY

Have you ever wanted to create your own homemade boat? Boaters are dedicated folks who love trying new things on the water, and many of us enjoy dabbling in creative endeavors, so this thought has surely gone through your mind even if you haven’t acted on it.


Just in case the mood ever strikes you, here are 25 homemade boat ideas that got our attention.

So you have an old Datsun laying around that’s wasting away in your front yard. That means you are nothing more than a full-blooded American. What to do with it though? Well, why not turn it into a homemade boat? It looks pretty easy from what we see here. Simply find some old steel drums to use as pontoons, and mount the car, sans tires, to a boat frame. Presto, instant homemade boat. It looks like they may have tied the tires to the boat frame to help with buoyancy. We’re not really sure what the corrugated tin pieces upfront are about, other than helping out with splash as this homemade creation flies through the water. The best part? Well, check out the background. Those other real boats probably cost a pretty penny. However, they are pale in comparison to our hatchback wonder here. We’re not even sure if this thing is legal, but it looks like he has made it to some destination irregardless. The only question we have is where would you put a fishing seat? It would be awfully hard to swing a rod and reel from the window, and I doubt you would want to balance on the pontoons while trying to snag something from the deep. But, imagine all the money you will save by filling this thing up with regular gas versus taking up at the local marina. That alone is worth giving it a try for sure.

MythBusters is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to proving something as either fact or fiction. However, they always have a great time doing it, no matter the result. Take for instance this homemade concoction. This is a homemade boat made from duct tape. And before you think making your own duct tape raft is easy, well just take a look at what’s going on here. The outer part is duct tape, while the inside is nothing more than bubble wrap. Yep, you heard me right. They are going white water rafting in a homemade boat made entirely from bubble wrap and duct tape. They even used paddles outfitted with duct tape, as well as life vests and such made from the same material. Check out the Go Pro camera mounted on the front. It made sure no moment would be missed, even when the raft came apart (it did about halfway through the rafting adventure). That’s what happens when you go white water rafting in a homemade duck tape raft, especially when the rapids in question are those in the Grand Canyon. So, if you’re thinking of making your own, my advice would be just don’t. Leave this to the pros, and watch their folly unfold. It’s more fun that way!

The next time you’re checking out the free section on Craigslist, keep your eyes peeled for those nifty plastic storage drums. You know the ones I’m talking about. Then the large blue containers that people try to get rid of and can’t. Well, this guy seemed to take them up on the offer and put them to use quite cleverly. Check out his homemade boat. A simple wooden frame fixed atop some plastic storage barrels to be used as pontoons, and some makeshift lawn chair seating. It’s efficient for sure, but the really amazing part is that it actually works. Plus, he put quite a bit of thought into this when you take a look at it. Notice the PVC mounts used for holding rods and fishing nets. Also, the ladder affixed to the side with a bungee, as well as a fire extinguisher, in case should anything happen with a wooden boat at sea (I can see the potential there, I’m just saying). Finally, those totes are outfitted with carpeted plywood on top to be used as storage and makeshift seating. Smack on Evinrude outboard motor on the rear, and a cheap boombox on the front, and you have one very usable fishing vessel for the day. Hey, it beats the duct tape raft and Datsun hatchback boat that we saw in the first two. I fish with these guys before I would try my hand boarding those other vessels. Plus, if we catch fish we can store them in the cooler he has upfront. That’s a good time for sure… so long as it doesn’t rain.

You never know what you’ll find on Reddit, and this is a prime example right here. This has to be one of the more clever, albeit rudimentary, boat builds we have ever seen. Simply take some old storage barrels and cut them in half. Then will them together to make them watertight and you have a seaworthy vessel for one. If you look closely at the picture, you might notice that the individual appears to be a bit nervous. I would say there is good reason for that. Look at those edges. They are sharp as a razor. A second build might involve rolling the edges down or covering the interior with some sort of cloth to prevent cuts and nicks. At least that’s what the folks on the Reddit thread suggest. That’s pretty typical though isn’t it? It’s like the little red hen story. Everybody wants to eat the bread, but nobody wants to bake it. The same applies here. Everybody wants to give tips on how to build a better boat from old oil storage barrels, but nobody wants to actually take the time and give it a go. For that, we give this guy five stars for effort, and 3 1/2 for creating a vessel that is actually seaworthy. Our only suggestion might be to outfit it with a motor to keep from wearing yourself out.

Yes, there appears to be a space shuttle coasting along the waterways ofHeber Springs, Arkansas. The cool part isthis… It’s a planned event. That’s right, every year they hold the world championship cardboard boat race in this tiny little sleepy Midwest town. Contestants from across the nation compete for the coveted championship title with only one catch, the entire craft must be constructed from cardboard. It’s a spectacle for sure. Everything from space shuttles to dragons and other crazy seafaring craft can be seen. It draws a crowd, and for good reason. It’s similar to why we watchNASCAR. We could really care less who wins, we just want to see some carnage. The same applies here. We know the boats float, but they only float for a while. Watching them sink is spectacular fun! Who cares that they took all of that time to painstakingly cut, paint and tape their cardboard craft together? We just like to see them sink like a stone. The irony is that many of them don’t. They pass with flying colors and live to boat another day. Kind of makes you want to go find an old refrigerator box and give it a go. Just make sure you don’t film it, or you might wind up on our blog!

This next craft might look a bit strange. There’s a reason for it though. This is no ordinary homemade boat. It’s part of the Long Island Inventor showcase held inBellone. The event invites residents to showcase their best inventions. It’s not just about boats either. Entries include inventions designed to keep power tools connected to extension cords without snagging, devices designed to get knots out ofjewelry, and themultiphibious vehicle that you see here. It’s designed by James W.McIntee Jr., a retired Boeing safety manager fromSmithtown. It’s designed to navigate land and water, and eventually he hopes to make it fly a few feet off the ground. His inspiration was the car fromChittyChitty Bang Bang. When his creation is complete and in production, he hopes to market and sell these vehicles for somewhere between $60,000 -$100,000. He has a trademark and patent pending, so he is serious about it. As for us, we just think it’s pretty cool!

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