My raft it has three corners

Project by Craftsman on the Lake posted 05-08-2012 06:17 AM 5511 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not a ‘house’ project but when you live at the lake this is very much a part of the home.

Addendum the third picture now shows the raft in the water.

The raft at the lake was end of life. I decided to make a new one. Everyone has a square raft. I decided on three sides. I found an RV winterizing center selling plastic barrels and used cedar from HD. I thought the tower would be nice. Our existing raft is tall and not too big so it sort of bobs like a cork and is fun to play ‘king of the raft’ on. In person this one looks larger than the picture shows but the barrels are set in toward the center more because the points got too narrow. It should bob and weave like crazy. Looks to be lotsafun! It’s 12 feet on a side and I have since put a ladder on it and threaded a rope around the edge. The entire unit is mostly bolted together. The barrels are held in place with sets of those ratcheting hold down straps.

-- Tryin'

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posted 05-08-2012 08:48 AM

can’t wait to see the video :) ... standing at the front with arms outstretched as in the movie “Titanic” (not to put any jinxes on your craft!)

that’s definitely unique. I’m sure it will be the envy of the area. —and a beautiful area it is, I must add!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 05-08-2012 03:16 PM

Sweet! That looks like a blast. I second the video request when you get it in the water.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 05-08-2012 10:22 PM

Yep Deb.. I live here. It’s in Maine. Can you believe it? As beautiful, peaceful, and idilic as it looks. The lake is clean and the summer gets busy with skiers and fishing. We’re a little remote but 9 miles from a large town and 30 miles from the biggest city in the state.

-- Tryin'

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posted 05-08-2012 10:56 PM

I’ve been in Maine – it has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet and everything seems to be kept so clean.
Your travel time is about the same for me but I don’t have a lake :(

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 05-09-2012 01:50 AM

I’ve heard that good things occur in threes.

But I also had my insurance agent tell me that accidents also occurs in threes. The third one is the usually the worst.

Nice looking

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 05-09-2012 07:32 PM

Dan thats a good looking rig there .love to have it down here in louisiana make a good duck hunting boat. :) all kidding aside looks to be a lot of fun on that beautiful lake.

-- Jesus is ok with me

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posted 05-10-2012 03:41 AM

Nice! Modern Day Huck Finn Raft! Good stuff

-- Pro - Roofer , Atlanta GA, http://www.roofing-installers.com/atlanta-ga , http://www.roofing-installers.com/repairs

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posted 05-10-2012 03:30 PM

Still too cold to swim but relatives coming this saturday to walk it down to the water and launch it. Yesterday I cut a barrel in half and partially filled them with cement.

-- Tryin'

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posted 05-12-2012 04:28 AM

Forty years ago a friend bought a small resort in northern Minnesota. The old raft he inherited had to be replaced.

He, too, had never seen a 3-cornered raft so he strapped a barrel to each corner of the raft measuring 12’ on a side.

The guest’s kids hated it. It was too stable. Think of a 3-legged stool.

It will be interesting to see your results! (BTW, his raft did not have a tower. Raising the center of gravity might make a difference.)

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posted 05-12-2012 01:37 PM

Well, Eccen. Because of the sharp corners the barrels are in towards the middle more. It should be a little bobby I think. We’ll find out.

-- Tryin'

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posted 05-29-2012 01:17 PM

Hello Craftsman great job. I have built these before with barrels and without. I have found if you use styrofoam and get it from a styrofoam company they can estimate the weight of the wood and cut the thickness of the foam so the bottom of the framing is one inch above the water so the deck is stable. I can also tell since you used barrels the bouyance is very tippy. You can solve this by filling the barrels half full of water will help. Good Luck

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posted 06-19-2012 10:30 PM

Another great project , Dan : ) You’re a busy man to say the least !!

-- "I've got an hour glass figure , but , it's later than you think"! _Minnie Pearl

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