Making Watercraft and Just Plain Fun

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  1. Wasp

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    I saw this on IG and thought of you guys. They took food grade barrels, some wood and screws and a few tools and made kayak/boat? Looks fun for the kids but I can envision an adult version or two.
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    If you had four I could see two in the middle for you to sit in and two pontoons, one on each side to keep you level.


    I was going to put this in the paddling subforum, or the prepper one, we don't have a "fun" subforum unless you count all of them (or the knife subforum;))
     
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    I might be a bit too pear-shaped to fit into one of those. Maybe if you doubled the size of each barrel? :D

    EDIT: The second set of photo's is more my size! :dblthumb:
     
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    Barrels and pallets
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    Huck Finn
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    Off grid
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    Well look at the options.
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I can't fold up enough anymore ta git in one of them barrels, maybe drag me along behind ?? joe
     
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    Depends, how well do you float?
     
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    Some kids having fun in a pond
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    @Primordial and friends
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    Some Kid, prolly from Arkansas
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    Bushcraft Aqua Camp
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    I looked at the options and an option with shade is best. That way, I can avoid having all my skin peel off. :confused:
     
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    Well if they were dragging you it'd save you some work. Plus, if you had to hold a paddle you'd have to have a beer holder.
     
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    Primordial again.
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    Simple boat race.
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    I'm trying to inspire you guys.
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Hey, @riverjoe . You know anything about these boats?
     
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    I think you insulted the preppers by showing ruined food grade barrels.
    I like the pontoon/swim platform idea. I’ve seen them with picnic tables.
    The Bushcraft Aquacamp one would be awesome. You could nap in the shade and have a place to swim. Those barrels aren’t terribly expensive around here either.
     
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    I was SO inspired that I went swimming this morning before I even saw this thread today! :D
     
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    Some of those are quite elaborate set ups!
     
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    My local Craigslist has them at $10/ea. right now.
     
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    Anybody notice how high in the water the barrels float despite the amount of weight on them?
     
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    Me in green shirt on left.

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    I like the Huck finn one
     
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    That is so cool!!!!
     
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    My buddy and I have been toying with the idea. Thanks for some ideas. We want to a week long river trip. We had been thinking the ratchet strap method. Nice post.
     
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    I've wanted to make one of these for years to put in our lake! @Wasp you've re-inspired me :)

    Although, if I had one of these I'm not sure they'll ever see me at work again...
     
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    Its okay, you don't need that job. You can work for yourself as a bowman's mate.
     
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    Hmm... I would have all I could eat right there in the lake... :33::D
     
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    BE8347B1-BF79-44DF-9680-48CD40A78F9A.jpeg This cardboard boat was paddled by a crew of eight.
    The guys had about 400 man hours in the build.
     
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    I once made a raft by filling a tarp with two liter bottles. It was ugly but it floated
     
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    When I was around seven years old, my neighbor and I built a raft using an old door and two truck inner tubes. We lashed the tubes using old ropes we found in the barn and made paddles out of 2x4s and little pieces of plywood.

    There was a river bordering our property which we navigated. We ended up about ten miles out of town and had to hike to the nearest farm to call our folks to get a ride back home. We found that we didn't quite have the strength to paddle back upstream since the water was moving pretty fast. No life jackets back then, either.

    We both caught hell from our parents since they had no idea what we were up to, naturally. Dad put an end to our escapades with a few knife stabs to the inner tubes. We immediately moved on to our next adventure which was a rope swing that went waaay out over the river. :dblthumb:

    Steve
     
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    Used to have a raft on an irrigation pond back when I was in high school. We dubbed her the Hoka Hey. Spent many a fine summer hour on her.
     
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    7F4A3786-1527-46DF-8887-14303283EA00.jpeg We entered our annual raft race with these barrels . Not so easy to recognize after hearing them with a salamander and cutting and shaping with gutter caulk . We were supposed to voyageurs and Pottawotamie braves circa 1740 .

    We did win a nice prize .
     
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    Thanks for the heads up GHG
     
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    Some really cool stuff here...I like the floating island idea...I could really get carried away with building one of these....
     
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    That reminds me of a raft a friend and I built back when we were kids about that age. On a local pond. Problem was we got the idea in early November. By the time the raft was complete the pond froze and locked the raft in place. By Spring the raft was broken up from all the thaw and freeze cycles. Still we climbed on in our snow suits and envisioned sailing the tropics as pirates.

    All that exploring and building surely helps kids develop creativity. Can't imagine how 4" screen can replace that.
     
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    Awesome. I hadn't envisioned a hovercraft. ;)
     
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    Good floats and barges.....in my state any water craft over ten feet needs a sticker,,,,,,any water craft with a motor needs a sticker.......if it's just a floating platform it depends upon the county.
     
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    I thought of that, its pretty sad. But I think one of Broke's stickers would look great on it.
     
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    Yea, government taking all the fun out of summer on the water :14:
     
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    I’d cut much larger openings in the first design. Eliminate any chance of a kid slipping into a drum during a capsized. Going through helicopter dunker training will show you how disorienting it can be to be trapped inside something and flipped upside down. A panicking child that also has to fight against the flotation of a life jacket to get out would be in a bad situation.
     
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    I had a fishing shack on a 150 acre lake up north . Not a fancy lake but not many cottages or any thing .
    There were a couple of old Crappie fisherman that had a raft that must have been 30 feet long I don’t know how many steel barrels were used but it had to be 20 or thirty . They had a screened in porch built on that thing with a table that seated four guys .
    You’d see them put putting out at dusk with their Coleman’s ablaze .
    Don’t know how many fish they caught cause they’d sit in that shack all night playing euchre and drinking beer . They all looked to be in their 80s
     
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    High school friend and his buddies built a house boat type and floated down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to the mouth of the river in Louisiana. They had a small 25 hp outboard to help when they needed to get out of the way of tow boats and other dangers. Otherwise they floated most of the whole river.
     
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    If only I would have thought about this when I was a kid. That's sweet.
     
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