If you enjoy being on the water or you have a passion for boat building then homemade pontoon boats may be of interest to you.
Pontoon boats are not like the regular boats. They are made to offer more stability for you and your belongings when you are on the water. While there are many different kinds of boats available, pontoon boats can be made easily with inexpensive materials. This means that instead buying a pontoon boat, you can build your own for very little money. The materials you will use to make a pontoon boat are easy to find, making the construction of your boat much easier.
Ways to Make Homemade Pontoon Boats
There are varieties of ways in which you can make homemade pontoon boats. One of the most popular ways to make this type of boat is by using 55-pound plastic drums. These large drums are excellent to use as floating devices. When using these plastic drums, they are strapped to frame which allows the frame to float. The larger the frame of the pontoon boat, the more plastic drums is needed. When using the plastic drum method it is very important to make sure that weight is evenly distributed across the frame. This will ensure the frame floats equally on all sides.
Another method used to make pontoon boats involves using PVC pipes. These pipes are used to assist with the floatation of the boat. The pipes are the “frame” of the pontoon boat. The platform is connected to the PVC pipes to create the boat. When you build your own pontoon boat, you can choose from a wide selection of materials to create a stable, working craft.
Additions to a Pontoon Boat
When building homemade pontoon boats, there are a number of ways you can accessorize them in order to make them operational for yourself. You can add such details as oar locks in order to have control over the direction in which the boat moves. Likewise, adding a bench or an elevated sitting area to the platform is perfect for operating the oar or simply lounging while in the middle of a lake. Some people even use lawn chairs for their seating area. Other additions such as an umbrella for shade are also recommended.
You can also install a trolling motor that allows you to travel or cruise around a body of water as long as you like. Swim ladders are also a good accessory that helps you remount the pontoon boat after you have taken a dip in the water. Many of these accessories will help you make the most out of your pontoon boat.
While there are a variety of different items you can utilize to make your pontoon boat more functional and unique, it is important you select items that can be properly placed along the frame to ensure the weight is evenly distributed.
Using Your Pontoon Boat
After making your pontoon boat, it is necessary for you to become acquainted with it. Take the time to become adjusted to using it in the water. This is the perfect time to make sure the device is floating correctly and that it is well balanced.
You should test it in shallow waters first for safety. Get onto the platform to see how well the boat can hold weight. Depending on how large you made the boat, you may be able to add quite a bit of weight to the platform. Testing the stability of the platform is necessary before you begin to use it regularly. Please note, if you have added navigational devices (i.e. oars, trolling motor), it is important you are able to operate the boat with these devices proficiently.