Boat with plastic bottles

Boat with plastic bottles

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Boat with plastic bottles, the instructions to make it. The guide who will explain how to build a boat with creative recycling.

You will need around 300 1.5 liter plastic bottles. to make a raft like the one shown in the photo above while the number of plastic bottles to use doubles if, instead of the pallet, use common wood by increasing its size.

What you will achieve with therecycling of plastic bottlesit is a pneumatic boat, that is awatercraftcharacterized by the presence of air-swollen tubulars. Plastic bottles, in this creative recycling project, are used as watertight floats: it is important to choose only intact plastic bottles that still have a special closure cap. Plastic bottles are ideal for making a raft or a small boat, polyester is a very resistant material and thanks to the cap they can easily withstand pressures even higher than 8 bar.

The safety of boat made from plastic bottles it is linked only to the attention and dexterity of the creator: on this page we will only see general guidelines without providing you with a specific project!

Boat with recycled plastic bottles

In making aDIY boatwith plastic bottles, remember to always use as many floats (bottles) as possible so as to guarantee buoyancy even in case of collisions or damage.

Plastic bottles should be grouped together and tied tightly. In the raft above the bottles were tied together in groups of 9 to form many support rectangles. In other cases, the bottles can be tied together in groups of 19 to form hexagons.

How to fix the bottles together? No glue!
Use string and tape to secure the individual bottles together. To fix the obtained floats together (rectangular or hexagonal) you must use "wooden cores" and a very light metal mesh. The "cores" are given by wooden rods long enough to penetrate all the floats provided on the same line and must be narrow enough to make space between one bottle and another without changing the structure of the float (hexagon or rectangle). The metal mesh will externally enclose the various floats.

Summarizing what has been said so far:

  • the bottles are grouped to form single floating units.
  • The bottles are fastened together with string and scotch tape.
  • The individual units are fixed together with wooden rods placed internally and a metal mesh placed externally.

If units of 9 bottles were used, a single wooden strip would suffice. In case of single units of 19 plastic bottles, three strips should be used. The strips have the task of fixing the bottles together but also of perfectly aligning the individual floats obtained.

The floating base must be associated with a support structure capable of allowing the crew to navigate. In addition to the use of wooden pallets, it is possible to use transverse beams and boards fixed together.

The floating component (the bottles) must be fixed to the wooden support structure using the electrician string and clamps. Electrician zip ties are also useful for fixing wire mesh.

The bow floating units will have to be lined with plastic (garbage bags can be used) while the stern floating units can be scaled on two levels in order to create a tip able to better cut through the water.


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