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Old 12-05-2010, 17:22   #1
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Ever Built Your Own Boat ?

I saw this video today...



And got inspired to build something to get out on the water with.

I'd like to get something small, like a Laser, but that'd but a small chunk out of my cruiser fund, which is growing slowly anyway, so I figure I can spend less than half of that and build something that will hold two adults relatively comfortably to just go have some fun in the water.

I'm curious to know if anybody has done anything like this before here on the boards?

I'll basically be building a glorified raft with a sail on it being held up by two "pontunes".

It'd really only be able to go out on nice days, otherwise you'd end up falling right off, but I think it'd be fun.

Have you done something like this before?
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Old 12-05-2010, 17:59   #2
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I built this
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Old 12-05-2010, 18:01   #3
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Oh that's really nice! What's are the hulls made from?
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Old 12-05-2010, 18:13   #4
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I built this, though must admit to a bit of over-engineering.

Be careful... the average completion time of a homebuilt boat is 137 years!

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Old 12-05-2010, 18:15   #5
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I built this, though must admit to a bit of over-engineering.

Be careful... the average completion time of a homebuilt boat is 137 years!

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That's pretty awesome... Much better looking than mine will be I'm sure

I'm going over the cost to build it... and I'm shocked at just how cheap this is going to be. I've already got a lot of the materials, and the rest I should be able to pick up from scraps other's don't need. Put it all together, and I'll end up with something to go spend an afternoon on in the river.
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Not difficult to build something that floats.

Boatbuilding is like building a boat, only more fun ;-)

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Any thoughts on how tall the mast should be? I'm thinking of getting a 10' steel pipe to use as the mast or maybe a wood mast might be better. Not really sure... I think I'll have to play to find out. But anyway, does 10' sound about right? That'd give me probably 7' of sail height.
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One 5th longer than the boat... I'd use alloy tube rather than steel... its a lot lighter.. 3"dia should do..
Screw some plastic cleats each side at the top, make loops at one end of your shrouds/stay n bobs your uncle.. small eyes at the bottom then lash to the hulls and the forestay to a rope/wire yoke..
Wharram style...
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What's your budget?

If you wanted to go quick and dirty, getting a canoe or kayak (or two) second hand and adding a mast/rigging/outrigger would probably be the most effective way to achieve decent results.

I would say you put a little more effort into it than rebel cat guy. Considering the hull shape, shallow draft, and small rudder I'd be impressed to see him successfully sail something like that close hauled. She may sail fine downwind...but walking/paddling her back against the wind would get old fast.
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Definitely agree with Event_Horizon: starting with existing hulls is smart. Life's too short for reinventing that part, and making one better than an off-the-shelf canoe or kayak is unlikely. In fact... the Microship in the above photos is built around a Wenonah Odyssey kevlar canoe! Everything from gunwales up is custom. Might be some useful tips along those lines in my overview tale of the non-technical aspects of construction:

The Microship Substrate: A Pedal/Solar/Sail Micro-trimaran

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I don't really have a set budget. Since I can get most of the materials I'm planning on using for VERY cheap, or free, I'm not too restricted to spending a few extra on higher quality parts for certain aspects.

As this is something I'd like to use for a while, I'm putting a good bit of thought into it. Unfortunately, I just don't know what makes for a good boat right now. What I do know, is that I'd like something that'd be comfortable for two adults to just hang out on.

Having it easy to break down would be a plus too... but that should be relatively easy to build into the design.

I'm gonna go spend some time on my good friend Google and see about learning some of the more technical aspects of building something that will work well for me
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If you want something cheap. Go Huck Finn and make a raft, add an outboard and a square sail. Done.
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If you want something cheap. Go Huck Finn and make a raft, add an outboard and a square sail. Done.
Haha, that's always an option too!
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I built a dinghy, and it was not worth it. Could have got a used one way cheaper.
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I built a dinghy, and it was not worth it. Could have got a used one way cheaper.
Part of the fun of this project is actually in the building. I sit around with a thinking cap on in front of the computer all day. It's nice to put that aside and actually do something physical once in a while. Also part of the reason why sailing appeals to me so much I guess
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