home made pontoon boat

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by alabama mike, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. alabama mike
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    alabama mike Trying to learn something

    I know its been brought up before, but I have a thought I'd like some input about. would aluminium beer kegs work as a pontoon? I have the ability to weld aluminium so I could weld them end to end and make the pontoon as long as I wanted.

    My thought is to make a the pontoon boat, but instead of an outboard motor I want to try a side wheeler design. I really think It would be neat, and something you don't see that much. Thoughts?
  2. Gilbert
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    Gilbert Senior Member

    Paddlewheel boat were typically used for shallow draft and so a flat bottomed boat would be most appropriate unless you were intending to go to sea. I think paddlewheels are neat, too. I have the notion that the beer kegs would be better used on the paddlewheel(s). Not sure though.
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