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#3237664 - 05/03/13 02:26 AM Homemade pontoon boat
89cherokeelimited
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Well finally got my plans built and got my dimensions.
I'm making the pontoons out of 55 gal plastic drums. Using 2x10x10 beams to hold the barrels and support the floor.
Metal straps to hold the barrels and 2x4's to make removable railing.
I'm making the boat so I can drop the drums and fold the decking in half for easier transport and making it easy to store.
With removable hand rails so I can drop the hand rails and install at the lake.
Tired of my 10' jon boat, my wife and our friends want to go out on the water for fishing. What better way then a pontoon boat.
Plus the boat will cost me only about $200

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#3237672 - 05/03/13 04:46 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: 89cherokeelimited]
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#3237804 - 05/03/13 08:02 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: rabbit hunter]
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good luck
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#3237835 - 05/03/13 08:32 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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How do you trailer it?Are you gonna have a motor?
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#3237844 - 05/03/13 08:39 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Football Hunter]
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What you need to do is make it so you can drive your Jeep, (i'm assuming you have one), up on it, drop the driveshaft at the rear end into some sort of Prop connection and Boom you're cruisin on the water, Redneck Style
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#3237863 - 05/03/13 08:51 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Redwing]
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little hint
put the rails on the inside of the uprights for safety purposes

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#3237865 - 05/03/13 08:52 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Redwing]
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do you know how much weight it will float???????????

if not then do this

# of 55 gallon drums x 55 x 8.3

ex: 6 drums x 55 = 330

330 x 8.3 = 2739 lbs that it will support, less the weight of the drums, which for this purpose is basically nill
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#3237870 - 05/03/13 08:57 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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Cool!

You gonna put any foam stuff in the drums or just use the air trapped in the drums for floatation?
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#3237874 - 05/03/13 09:04 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: TennesseeRains]
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 Originally Posted By: TennesseeRains
Cool!

You gonna put any foam stuff in the drums or just use the air trapped in the drums for floatation?


really no need for foam, imo, I have made many floating duck blinds using 30 gallon plastic drums, my drums had an "O-ring" seal in the threaded plugs, as a safety measure we also put silicone on the threads of the plugs "just in case", we also placed the drums so the plug holes were parallel to the water
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#3237878 - 05/03/13 09:07 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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these type floating pontoons are somewhat more difficult to move in the water simply because of the flat surface on the ends of the barrels are pushing against the water
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#3237879 - 05/03/13 09:08 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: 1 good shot]
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 Originally Posted By: 1 good shot
little hint
put the rails on the inside of the uprights for safety purposes


Good catch!
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#3237942 - 05/03/13 09:49 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
do you know how much weight it will float???????????

if not then do this

# of 55 gallon drums x 55 x 8.3

ex: 6 drums x 55 = 330

330 x 8.3 = 2739 lbs that it will support, less the weight of the drums, which for this purpose is basically nill


That calculation is technically correct, but my guess is that the crush strength of the barrels is much, much, much lower than that. Cylinders are strongest when the force is applied at their ends.

I don't know anything about building pontoon boats, but I would GUESS that might be one reason why the foam is used - it would increase the crush strength of the barrels by adding some resistance against the walls caving in. The contact points of the floors against the edge of the barrel are potential failure points, not to mention puncture from things in the water while moving.

I'm extremely interested to see how this turns out. I can only dream about being this handy with building stuff.
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#3237947 - 05/03/13 09:54 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
 Originally Posted By: TennesseeRains
Cool!

You gonna put any foam stuff in the drums or just use the air trapped in the drums for floatation?


really no need for foam, imo, I have made many floating duck blinds using 30 gallon plastic drums, my drums had an "O-ring" seal in the threaded plugs, as a safety measure we also put silicone on the threads of the plugs "just in case", we also placed the drums so the plug holes were parallel to the water


Makes sense. I was thinking about it leaking around the plugs.


Edited by TennesseeRains (05/03/13 09:54 AM)
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#3238006 - 05/03/13 10:54 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: TennesseeRains]
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Seal all the barrels and fill them with air that will keep them from crushing
Like 50 lbs or something like that


Edited by ImThere (05/03/13 10:54 AM)
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#3238013 - 05/03/13 11:03 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Football Hunter]
89cherokeelimited
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
How do you trailer it?Are you gonna have a motor?

I have a 16' trailer I can use, I was thinking to make some steel arms that the pontoons will sit on like a normal trailer but modified so i can still use the trailer like normal.
Also I"m finding the best ways so I can break it down and transport it on my 10' trailer
A little 25 hp outboard


Edited by 89cherokeelimited (05/03/13 11:06 AM)
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#3238016 - 05/03/13 11:05 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
do you know how much weight it will float???????????

if not then do this

# of 55 gallon drums x 55 x 8.3

ex: 6 drums x 55 = 330

330 x 8.3 = 2739 lbs that it will support, less the weight of the drums, which for this purpose is basically nill

I calculated after the weight of the wood floor, deck, and hand rails it should support about 2100 lbs.
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#3238021 - 05/03/13 11:08 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: TennesseeRains]
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 Originally Posted By: TennesseeRains
Cool!

You gonna put any foam stuff in the drums or just use the air trapped in the drums for floatation?

I was thinking of maybe putting a tire stem in each one that I could hook up my compressor too...
So I could add air as needed. I'm going to seal the barrels with sealmastic and plastic welding at the bung holes.
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#3238022 - 05/03/13 11:11 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
these type floating pontoons are somewhat more difficult to move in the water simply because of the flat surface on the ends of the barrels are pushing against the water


Ya I was looking at some threads online about people building these and the resistance on the flat top of the barrel created resistance.
I was thinking about taking one barrel on each side and cutting it out to curve up to help create a point like the aluminum pontoons have.
doesn't have to be water tight as it will just be a piece of plastic that meets the bottom of the front barrel and the bottom side of the deck. If take some of my abs plastic and create front point... Haven't decided yet.
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#3238023 - 05/03/13 11:12 AM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: 1 good shot]
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 Originally Posted By: 1 good shot
little hint
put the rails on the inside of the uprights for safety purposes


Good point. Didn't think of that.
Thanks.
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#3238171 - 05/03/13 02:32 PM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
good luck

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#3238186 - 05/03/13 02:51 PM Re: Homemade pontoon boat [Re: Phil1979]
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 Originally Posted By: Phil1979
 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
good luck

X2


Thanks hopefully will start this weekend.
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