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Old 10-18-2010   #1
 
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PVC Frame

Built a frame for my new boat out of schedule 80 PVC.
I did this once before about 28 years ago. It lasted all the way till now. The new boat is enough wider that it is time to build a new one.
I'll try working this picture thing. First pic is of old frame.
It looks all wacked up because it was sawed on by my 9yr old once when he was having a brain fart. I had to widen it for a new boat on another occasion. Finally I had a big water bite out once where my old bucket boat was sucked under a ledge like a piece of toast twice.
All the parts can be obtained from a plumbing supply except for the sweeps, which come from an electrical supply store. They are standardized at a 9.5 inch radius. You could just use 45's, but the sweeps look cooler. About a $100 in parts.
PVC is a bit flexi so I put a piece of muffler pipe thru the back straight piece, then there is no bend. The plastic is nice for dragging around on stuff without scratching things. And you can store it outside leaning up from the dirt, no problem.
How I hook the oars up might be different than the usual. I stick a bolt with 3 nuts on it down into a section of PVC pipe (3.5"). All pipe is 2". So for this bolt thing you need these kind of home made clips. I sure they were made with muffler stock as well and some flat iron.
Bury the lightly greased bolts into epoxy. Don't freak about the centering being perfect. Once solid lay on floor and where the bolt may be a bit tilted that will roll to the low side, like a weight on a bike wheel. Plug the popcycles into your slightly tilted T fittings making the low side perpendicular to your frame.
Possible screw ups when I finished: I noticed that this time I used 1/2 inch bolts, but apparently used slightly larger ones before. So the clips work really free now. May be an improvement?
The lower part of the frame, for my feet, just barely touches the top of the inflatable floor where before there was an inch or two clearance. The ends of the sweeps have straight sections that may have allowed for some trimming back. You only need 1.5 inches for insertion into the fittings. Or, I could have used 45's. This may be no problem.
I put a little duct tape on the seat brackets inner face so they wouldn't slip sideways.
After the epoxy dries I pull the bolt out and put in a washer on top of the epoxy for the oar clip to swivel on.
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Old 10-18-2010   #2
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Wow. Pretty ghetto....
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Denray, You need a tight fit on those pins. No slop. Go to your local WW shop and check out a real pin set up!
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If it works, it works! It may be ghetto, or is it ghettofabulous... I like your creativity or solution.
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Old 10-18-2010   #5
 
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Gosh, it worked really well for the past 25 years, but maybe you are right, it doesn't work and I have been fooling myself all these years. Ok, I'll say it, I'm an idiot.
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No way, keep creating what you need...if some one had not been like you long ago none of us would be doing what we're doing today. I make stuff for my raft too. People who dont have the skills to do these sort of things have to knock it.

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If it's held up for 25 years that is bomber. I wouldn't of thought that PVC pipe in that diameter would be that strong. Good on you. Got any actions shots of you rowing it through big whitewater?
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I wasn't knocking Denray's frame, I was concerned about the pin-clip set up he has going on. A half inch bolt is way to small! To easy to bend and to much slop between clip & pin. A stirrup on that pin is a must also. At least go look at a store bought, and come up with your own thing. Just sayin'........
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Here's a couple from way back with the bucket boat.
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Well, I've wrecked aluminum frame parts in much less knarl than that sh%*t. Sweet pics. And nice job thinking outside the box.
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