My Idea for a One Man Fishing Boat
After many trips dragging my 14' Aluminum V bottom boat from the boat rack to the water and back I decided I needed something lighter for those times (most) when I fish alone. I started looking around and found something I liked but it was $500.00.I thought I could build something like that! I came up with the idea of using Styrofoam insulation panels glued up to make the pontoons.
The Foam comes in 4'x8' Panels and is scored for breaking at 16" intervals. I bought 4 sheets planning to build two pontoons 12" tall. I had heard that Gorilla glue was good for gluing foam so I got two bottles and some plastic Bondo spreaders. Since gorilla glue expands as it dries I punched small holes in the surfaces of the panels being joined for a stronger bond.
As I glued up the laminations I realized the 10" was plenty of height and I had done some calculations on the buoyancy and found that my pontoons should float about 600 lbs, I'm big but not that big!
Now comes the fun part, cutting them out.