Pedal Powered PVC Pipe Catamaran With Ducks




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gosexman: I hope to answer some of your questions. It's 8" PVC pipe by ten feet long. It easily carried my weight at 160 lbs. On the test drive a pedal broke off and I limped back to the dock. I dropped my cell phone in the water when I launched the boat and subsequently had a fight with them camera man (wife) over the lost phone. (She doesn't understand the concept of "it's insured"). So there is no video! The boat went into storage while I built my next boat, a twenty foot center console with inboard diesel. Watch the videos of" Building Rescue Minor" on the gosexman channel. Sorry I don't have more pictures of the drive mechanism. It's home made with gears and chain. The model airplane propeller is the proper choice for such low RPMs. Boat propellers are designed for thousands of RPMs. I hope to relaunch this summer 2014. I must redesign the chair. The angle is wrong for incumbent pedaling. I may add a sail or a kite for fun.

chrishuss211: Do you happen to have video of it in the water?

adjumakaru: love that beat

gastank43: would it be considered evil and a sind by the christian community to give this boat to a assosiation for people in wheel chairs?

z1ny: I hope your boat is better than your video. 2 mins of the steering mechanism, yes we got it, what about the drive system? And is it flexible, or do you run aground?

skippy10776: is that prop big enough???

mindfreak001009: hi there..can i know where to buy the drive mechanism of you pontoon? i'm planning to have one like that for my upcoming vacation in Philippines pls help me find one thanks..nice project indeed!

Breck Millard: 1:01 (takes off flying)

Laura Bonagura: Floats great! Pedal broke off during sea trial. Building another boat now so this one will have to wait. See that video on the gosexman channel. It is called Rescue Minor.

lunatic catamaran: genius

ricglos: will not float with a 200 pound fat mama in a wheelchair,, Can you not see the buoyancy principle? ALL THAT HARD WORK ,and you have to call EMS for a rescue. Drink somemore of that beer, and have a rethink, good vid though.

Ben Gibson: Can you please give more detailed info on the drivetrain gearing (sizes and where you got it). Im doing a similar project and have been looking at the same gearing and propeller setup. Thank you

Carl Zorro: where about you bought the pvc with that diameter, 20'' or so?

Billy Heddins: Yeh, that's quite a project you've finished!! I like it!! the only thing I see that should be changed is the way the rudders work. I'm sure you went to great extremes making them move so easily that you can't even feel it.....BUT, it needs to hold wherever you put it. If you want to turn left, go straight, or whatever, you want the boat to steer itself. That's the key, that it steers itself. You just make adjustments to the direction! Great Job man!! You should answer some questions below!!!

30CalCoreLokt: I was kinda disapointed with the back of the PVC pipe wasnt the tails of the ducks lol GREAT BUILD!

mighty macca: love the seat....lol

AAAAAAACCCCCCCEEEEE: what size pvc is that?

Thijs18588: make a clip when you take it for a test drive?

gastank43: cause it's pedal powered and in case you haven't noticed people in wheelchairs usually got sort of a problem with anything where their feet would cause the propulsion.

badactor100: What type of foam is it?

tupsumato: I'd rather get a small propeller with better thrust characteristics. A large propeller would be too heavy for pedaling.

adrian lumakang: can i but6 that thing im in a phillipines i like your work very good

Laura Bonagura: @AAAAAAACCCCCCCEEEEE 10"

Robb's Homemade Life: i AM IMPRESSED, YOU HAD ME AT THE DUCKS.

altindashi6: Nice stuff for american tourist to go to Cuba.

gary grasser: hahhaaha go on a diet,,,,,,i think with a little more thought it will work,but I'm at 150,,hell at least he's doing something,,,and thanks ric,,i will have a beer ,,have a good one bud,,

SittingMoose Shaman: ...gives me idea! ...tho' i'll never be able to do it...take a relatively larger tube heat it in key areas till slightly soft...squoosh to desired forms of a kyak...cut-out where needed...fill with foam fore & aft & between rower and cargo-stows...form-up fore & aft, seal & water-proof...build out-riggers similarly(if wanted)...paint & away ya go...PVC is the 'jeep' of home-building material...

Victor Flores: Good work, put a sail and you will go fast.

DIEGAN100: Nice Boat. ¿ PLANS?

thewildthings101: How much do you think it cost you to build?

SittingMoose Shaman: ...no...why?

wtfchanneltomake: dead angle grinder parts works...

Tay Teck Bun: nice song.. what song is this? nice boat too

nialpmatk04: would you happen to have pics of how you put together your drive system?

qayaqbuilder: I imagine that it would sit loud in the water because of the weight of the PVC, even if it is hollow. Also the small propellers can't afford optimum propulsion. I'd suggest wider blades.

fcozz: Hey you own us the video test in the water.!!!! by the way looks nice, hope it works

checo1er: where did you get the metal brackets

LSfreak84: Looks like 6" IPS

Ramon Vaders: great job!!!!! I think I'm gonna make something like that 2

Rick Chubka: you are totally fantastic man. go ! go ! go !

Duncan Warth: Oh I love the drive mechanism congratulations on a lovely thing.

Laura Bonagura: 10" schedule 40

Spirit612: Did you change out the prop and use an actual boat prop: the R/C airplane prop might work marginally but is inefficient in the water and a trolling motor prop will give you better speed and control and take up less space on the bottom.

andre putter: I like what i see. You did a great job with the boat. I got just one question. What happens when you run out of fuel, not the boat you? Just joking. I got plans to build one using wood, but that seems a lot of work. What you did here is a great way. I really, really like!!!!!

jim6158: Having had the boat for a while.... How has the PVC held up... that is, any brittleness or cracks,etc ... How old is the boat now???... 6/2012 and... foam brand name, etc.. Thanks, Jim Jimar1@verizon.net

badactor100: Where do you buy the foam and glue?

WorldStove: stupendeous! can't wait to see the sea trials! nice touch of class with your bow design.

ben carter: i like the transmission and rudder operation but you need to get your self a really bigg boat prop not a what looks to be rc plane prop (there no good in water very inefficient)

Ashley Clarke: Just an idea: what about using the pipe itself (with a simple flap valve inside) to suck water in at the front and push it out the back? [not the pipe used for the floats of course].

SittingMoose Shaman: ...well then, it is therefore a "sind"(sic) and wickedness upon your immoral mind...btw, the word is, "sin"...in case you haven't noticed...
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