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A REAL COKE FLOAT MADE FROM COKE BOTTLES! That Works. From the book, How To Live Homeless In Style, 50 Ways To Survive On Plastic Bottles In These Economic Times. You can now build your own plastic water bottle/Coke Bottle Boat or even a homless shelter and see 48 other platic bottle projects. See a live caveman in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Go to (

Milk Jug Raft. Uploaded by jdrobinson13 on Aug 26, 2011 My friend and I worked at a restaurant all summer long and started saving milk jugs that we used there. Over the course of two months we had saved around 250 milk jugs. To make this raft we used 224 milk jugs, 1700 feet of duct tape, 4'x8' plywood, and 24' of 2x4. We ended up putting around 700 pounds on it and still floated fine.

The boat is composed of modular sections of plastic bottles glued together with a layer of foam underneath to further aid in flotation, and some plastic sheeting for the seats and floor deck. The boat building crew is also experimenting with a sandwich-style floating platform to be used by farmers in Fiji to float crops down river to the market. The Rain Tree Lodge’s owner hopes his experiments & designs can be used by Fijians to make use of the many plastic bottles discarded in the country.

The Rain Tree Lodge is located directly adjacent to the Colo-i-Suva national rainforest and park outside of Fiji’s capital, Suva. Tom, the owner of the lodge, built the boat earlier this year with his employees. Thinking that David de Rothschild and the Plastiki would be making a stop through Suva, the team had the boat all ready to welcome the world-famous plastic bottle boat. The Plastiki didn’t stop in Suva, but they still make use of the boat on the resorts lake next to the restaurant.

"Bottles Up" is a plastic bottle boat crafted by the owner and employees of the Rain Tree Lodge - an eco backpacker’s hotel on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The boat is built out of plastic bottles and a layer of foam, held together with glue. It may look dainty, but surprisingly the boat can remain afloat supporting three large Fijian men as they paddle around in it. The owner of the Rain Tree Lodge claims this is Fiji’s 1st plastic bottle boat; he hopes this will inspire others to recycle

BOTTLES UP! Fiji's First Recycled Plastic Bottle Boat

How to build the next "Century" boat with bottles, Styrofoam, tires & pine pitch. Growing up in Kenya, Mansoor, now 31, watched as visitors arrived with money and left behind their trash. Then, one day, he was looking at the discarded plastic along the shoreline and had a revelation: with it, he would build something everyone in Lamu needed. He would build a boat. “The dream came from God; I didn’t learn this in any school. My dream said, ‘Go and collect the garbage that floats.’...

  • Catherine Todd
    Catherine Todd

    Hull 1. Make a frame for your boat’s hull with driftwood and nails. 2. Collect Styrofoam washed up on the beach. That’s a start, but you’ll need to buy more. Go to fishmongers and ask for the Styrofoam they use to keep sharks in the freezer. This is the cheapest, at 50 Ksh (US$0.60) a block, because the shark oil makes it smell so bad.

  • Catherine Todd
    Catherine Todd

    # Nail the Styrofoam onto both sides of the frame to create a solid shell. Every liter of Styrofoam below the waterline can carry almost one kilogram in the boat. # Line the bottom of the boat with closed plastic bottles. These bottles can carry slightly more than the Styrofoam, but only if they have no holes. Check. Fill gaps between bottles with Styrofoam to create an even floor.

Bouyancy, of course, is the key to floating a boat.You can assemble your recycled materials into a sealed hull like a conventional boat.Or you can collect bouyant objects to build a raft. Styrofoam can sometimes be scavenged, but discarded bottles, buckets and jugs are far more common. You will need to collect a lot of them. A liter of water weighs one kilogram. So your raft will need to displace more liters of river water than your weight (and the boat's) in order to achieve positive buoy...

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats
  • Alethea Penleric
    Alethea Penleric

    What can be used to connect the bottles like in this photo to make them water proof. Silicon cocking? I saw a video of someone using liquid nails to put it together too.

Richie Sowa built an entire floating island in a lagoon in the Yucatan. 250,000 plastic bottles and a bamboo framework provide the flotation for a 2-story house and several mini beaches shaded by mangroves. Sadly the island was destroyed by hurricane in 2005.

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Marcus Eriksen rowed and pedaled this bottle catamaran made of recycled materials all the way down the Mississippi in 2003.

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Row boat in India made from 235 soda bottles, vines and PVC pipe.

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

A Puerto Rican kayak made from 2-liter bottles.

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Bottle Bicycle Boats: Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Rat Patrol -- Trash Boats

Bottle Bicycle Boats: The ideal rat boat would be an amphibious bicycle that could ride to the river, dive right in, return to land elsewhere and continue on its way. For now, we have only built trailer-carried boats that must return to their launch points.

Bottle Bicycle Boats: Rat Patrol UK: Rats are as comfortable in the water as on land. They can tread water for days and swim long distances underwater. In Chicago, the waves of Lake Michigan may be daunting but the sluggish Chicago River is ideal for low-tech rat boats made from recycled materials of all kinds.

Asahi newspaper photo: bottle boats

Biwa Bottle Boat Challenge

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