PVC raft?

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by hossman777, May 29, 2007.

  1. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    You guys are in so much trouble... Better get that garage door back in place !
  2. TheRiffRaft
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    TheRiffRaft Junior Member

    Actually, while we were assembling the pipes they were somewhat "naturally" pressurized. I could tell while putting the last cap on each section as it was pushing back at me like it didn't want to be on there!
  3. Rain Adkins
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    Rain Adkins New Member

    I've got to ask--is there a particular advantage to the curved sections in front? It seems like building, transporting and assembling something like this would be simpler and cheaper if you just used the four straight pipes and didn't join them. Do the curved bits have a prow-like effect that improves handling in the water, or...?
    Thanks! Extremely cool raft!

  4. Shunta
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    Shunta New Member

    Here's a suggestion for ya (found this page by a post on FB where it's been around a time or six)
    Get about 6 T's (at least 4) for each float set, and near the top and about 2 feet up from the open legged bottom put the T's in on each side, with a cross piece in the middle. Will add more support to the piping and a lot of structural support. In your trailer, it looked like they would also stand up on each side of the main load so not being able to stack them would still work.

    Someone else also mentioned about pressurizing the tubes, really wouldn't be a bad idea, give you more buoyancy for sure. Just have to add about a 2 inch dia piece on a cross bar with a T in the middle of it and put a reducing coupling in it, then a brass ball valve with an air line male end to it. Then you can charge it and shut it off and have some extra flotation. Build the decking around it to protect it and it should work. Could always for grins and giggles get a small tank of helium and fill it with that if you dont inhale it all while making the mods HAHAHA

    Another idea would be to fill the tubes with foam from old couches, chairs, swim noodles etc... anything that floats would work inside it, and will provide a slight safety margin should you rupture one of the pipes. Oh the ideas are becoming endless..... bbq grill on deck... an in the water cooler between the tubes...

    GREAT idea.. might have to try this myself in the back waters of SC.
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