This is design model of a small sailboat with a frame made out of 1-1/2" diameter PVC pipe (the inner diameter is actually 1.61" and the outer is 1.755").
It is about 8 feet long, 2-1/2 feet wide, and the mast is close to 7 feet tall.
The model is to scale and consits of schedule 40 PVC pipes and fittings (i.e. joints).
It is meant to hold two full grown men comfortably and, based on previous calculations, can hold upwards to half a ton before it sinks. However, most of the fittings are not cemented, so they are held together by the canvas hull; it would just barely keep afloat without the canvas hull.
It would have a canvas hull with a waterproof vinyl backing, but I did not have time to put that on the model.
I also would have put in two pairs of compression plates with two rubber gasket to seal the holes in canvas hull that would be made where the cross and tee fittings for the keel meet, with a system of nuts, bolts, and metal clips inside the pipes to tighten the keel to the hull of boat. Some nunt, bolts, and metal clips might also be neccesary in some other loose joints.
The estimated cost of materials (depending on if you have some PVC pipes or waterproof canvas lying around) should be between $150 to $200; that's less than a 1/4 the cost of buying an equivalent model!!
On a future note, I intend to build this boat over the winter and go fishing in it this coming spring and summer. #Dinghy #Fishing_Boat #Home_Projects #PVC_Boat #PVC_Pipe_Projects #Small_Sailboat #Small_Sailing_Boat