Soda bottle boat

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-15-2009 03:12 AM 8906 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I decided to make a pontoon boat. I’ve included a link to an online site called Instructables that shows the steps to build it. I live in a fairly rural area so with few exceptions materials comes from home depot and walmart. I just thought I’d post this as a point of interest. Hey, it’s made of wood!

points of interest:
It’s electric, Four 35 lb thrust motors, 8 marine batteries.
It’s floatation is 2400 soda bottles
It’s made of wood so maybe it fits on LJ’s?
It has a carved dragon’s head that is tied into the steering and turns in the direction the boat turns.
Oh, It’s great for fishing. I love to fish. I’m bad at it though.
I’m thinking of pulling it out of the water for the first time in 5? years for maintenance.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 04:10 AM

the dragon head is way cool … so is the boat

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 04:22 AM

Looks great to me. Let’s go fishing…
- JJ

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 05:34 AM

I notice you don’t get too far away from the pier.

Or is that just because your camera doesn’t have a telephoto lens? LOL

My problem is I would have to switch from canned drinks to plastic drinks. But its a great thought.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 02-15-2009 07:32 AM

This is a great idea. My wife complains about how much pop I drink. Maybe now I can explain to her that I’m goal oriented and I only need 2399 more Pepsi’s to so we can build our dream boat! In the meantime, where do I put all of these bottles? :)

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 02-15-2009 07:49 AM

I think your pontoon is fantastic. I have often wondered how many pop bottles it would take to make a boat and now I know! 5 years in the water thats better than a regular store bought pontoon lol.

-- Dave, North Dakota,

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#6 posted 02-15-2009 05:02 PM

fantastic.. love the dragon head.. and I, too, am ready to go fishin’

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-15-2009 05:41 PM

What a cool boat! Lord knows there are enough plastic bottles in the waste stream. The things that got my attention were the pair of Tiki torches athwart the dragon helm. Seeing this boat making silent headway across the lake with the torches burning must be a gas! If I had one of these during my partying years, I’d have been the Dread Pirate Roberts of Carbondale City (KS) Reservoir. Avast ye! Hand over the beer and no one gets hurt (ideally).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 02-15-2009 08:58 PM

BTW, the 2400 2 liter bottles were mostly purchased. Here in Maine we have a 5 cent bottle return. We have redemption centers. They’ve got thousands of them. I had to pay 7 cents each. Some we had though.
The boat goes about 4-5 mph max speed but it goew for about 6 hours on a charge.

Thanks for all the comments.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 02-15-2009 09:01 PM

love the touches of the dragons head that follows the steering, and keeping all those bottles out of the landfill, fantastic!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 02-15-2009 11:59 PM

Daniel if you lived in the South I think there would be a “red-neck” joke in this post somewhere…

Looks great and shows what can be done with the stuff you have sitting around.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 02-16-2009 07:23 PM

That is a cool project – love the dragon head. $168 worth of soda bottles?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#12 posted 02-21-2009 04:36 AM

The Boat is really cool.

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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#13 posted 03-02-2009 11:55 PM

Whooooaaa!1 I LIKE IT!! Might have to build one of those. I like fishing as well, who cares if ya catch any, a good excuse to enjoy a nice day on the water. Fantastic job.

-- Pie

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#14 posted 03-03-2009 11:41 PM

I love it! We will have to talk boats someday.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 03-31-2011 09:36 PM

I love the pontoon! Very creative! I see a lot of unusual boats on the rednecky lake I live on but yours is really cool. Makes me wish beer came in plastic bottles so I could collect enough to build one.

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