How To Build a Homemade Boat

Knowing how to build a homemade boat is both a practical and recreational skill that has benefits all year round. This project can keep you busy for hours on end and may even become a lifelong hobby. Learning how to build a homemade boat may seem tedious, but as the process goes on, it becomes more of something you look forward to doing on a daily basis. When learning how to build a homemade boat, ensure the proper tools are handy at all times.


  • Hammer
  • Wood lumbar
  • 6 inches of planking that is ¾ of an inch thick and 4 inches longer than the boat width
  • Keelson
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • 1 pine board ¾  inches thick and 6 inches wide
  • Plane
  • 2 pine boards that are 15 inches long and 2 inches wide
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 oak boards that are 1 inch thick and 6 inches wide
  • Hardwood for the sides
  • Saw
  • Saw horse
  • 6 feet long rope (2)


  1. Find a good location to create your masterpiece homemade boat. Before learning how to build a homemade boat, choose a large area where you want to build it. Choose an area that allows for easy loading and unloading of the boat.  
  2. Create the boat sides. The sides are what make the homemade boat attractive. When learning how to build a homemade boat, measure two and a half feet from each end and place a mark on it. Make sure the sides all measure the same, keeping in mind that the ends will measure only four inches.
  3. Install the boat sides. Straight nail the sides and square the boat. Loop the rope twice and place over each side. Place a wood piece in between the loop and twist it, bringing the sides closer together. Once there are no gaps, nail them together in place. Make sure all four corners have the same measurements.
  4. Install the keelson. In the center of the boat, carve a notch in the brace to hold the keelson. Center the keelson and permanently nail it in place. Next, measure the plank and nail it to all the edges of the boat as well as the keelson.
  5. Build your seats. Use the same planking wood used on the bottom of the boat. Nail the seats where you want them to be and cut the unnecessary wood off.
  6. Seal the cracks. Fill all the cracks with epoxy, resin, putty or caulk. This prevents water from seeping in the boat. However, there is a simpler way to accomplish this goal. Placing flannel strips that are soaked in paint in between all of the openings when planking is a quick way to stop water from entering the boat.
  7. Test your new boat. Check the boat for leaks by filling it with water while sitting on top of the two sawhorses. Allow the boat to sit for three days, which allows plenty of time for the boat to leak or not leak. If it does leak, this allows you to find the leak and easily fix it.
  8. Test drive. Now that you have learned how to build a homemade boat, take it out for a spin! You will enjoy your creation so much that soon you will hunger to build another.  


Building the boat in a day is plausible; however, if this is the case, ensure it is sturdy enough that the bottom will not disassemble.  

The finished boat weighs approximately 150 pounds dry and approximately 200 pounds in water.  

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