One Man Built Himself A Great Floating PVC Kayak


People are very creative when they are confronted with spending a lot of money on an object they need or desire. Case in point: the DIY PVC kayak we are showcasing here. While a run to the store will leave you with over $500 short on a kayak, the DIY version will cost only $50! The genius who thought of this innovative design used 6″ or 8″ PVC pipes to make a working and useful kayak. Watch the video provided to witness how human creativity can result in a simple and inexpensive kayak. With $50 and a little time on your hands, you can make one for yourself. See the photos for reference and remember that the DIY community is always there to give you a helping hand or advice.





10 Responses to “One Man Built Himself A Great Floating PVC Kayak”

  1. Aaron says:

    This is a poor story. One stick of 6″ pipe is over $40 bucks, each 6″ fitting is $20 plus! I’m guess it’s $250 or more to build plus it’s super heavy!!

  2. Sam. says:

    Im thinking sewer pipe is alot cheaper, ive used it for other projects, and would probably work as well. I may try this but a different design.

    • John says:

      Whether the pipe is used for sewer, even SDR 35, or otherwise, 6″ pvc is still a lot more expensive than $50 for this project.

  3. Jon B says:

    The$50 price tag had me wondering, too.

  4. UK ji says:

    It’s a canoe, not a kayak

    • John says:

      It’s actually more of a catamarans, tho 2 bladed paddles are used on kayaks, single blades for canoes.

  5. Jane Doe says:

    Basically it’s a pontoon boat. Larger PVC can get expensive but if you want to go larger then you can always get some 4×8 sheet metal and make your own pontoons?

  6. Phil says:

    More like a catamaran.

  7. John says:

    The front cross piece doesn’t need to be as big as it is and just adds extra weight. Even more importantly though, having his feet in the water adds a lot of drag to the design that would just slow down the craft and make it harder to paddle.

    It is also important to realize that a 10′ stick of 6″ PVC has 122 lbs. of buoyancy minus 36 lbs of material weight, so an adult would likely need 3 or more sticks to make a reasonable craft. Best if your weight is about 60% of the boats ultimate bouyancy. That’s $120 plus fittings which is reasonably inexpensive for a solo kayak, but at over 100 lbs, it is a really, really heavy solo boat. Usually 50 lbs or less.

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