People that don’t want to buy an expensive land yacht are always curious to know how to make a land yacht themselves. Land yacht sailing is one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable luxurious pastimes out there and, in truth, making a land yacht is not as difficult as many people may tend to believe. Depending on the size, quality and location a land yacht will be used, it can often be much simpler to build a land yacht than you might think. All you will need to do is follow these guidelines.
Things you'll need:
- Three to four wheels
- Metal pipes
- Standard small boat sail
- Screwdriver (electric optional)
- Welder (optional)
- Lightweight cords
- See if you have a boat of some sort you are not going to use anymore. Though it will not be exactly the picture of a land yacht, an old boat can be modified to be used in the land yacht community. If a boat doesn’t work, you could use a go-kart as the base of the land yacht as well as any small car. However, this will have to be modified in a very different way.
- If you do not have anything to be modified, then your best option is building one from scratch. If this is the case, you will first need to collect the materials listed above for the land yacht.
- Once you have the materials, the next thing to do is start assembly. The first part of this assembly is constructing the frame. You will need to use metal pipes as a frame. They should be a strong aluminum, as this is the lightest and most versatile material that can be used as a frame. Construct the frame as a sort of “T” with one long pipe around six feet long being the stem of the “T” and another pipe as the cross to the “T” being around four feet long. These can be connected by using the screws. The stem of the “T” should be curved at the bottom part to make it look more like a weak “J” though this is not absolutely necessary.
- The next thing to do is to connect the seat. The seat should be a light plastic, but strong enough to hold you down. It should be slanted a little so that when you are sitting in it you will be slanted towards the sky. The seat should be screwed onto the frame right where the “T” section is located. Make sure the seat is secured and will not rock much while sailing.
- Once the seat is connected, connect the wheels at the three points of the “T.” Some models have four wheels because the frame is more of an “I,” but these are not as common. The wheels should be flexible and have a little sway for slight turns.
- Once the wheels are on, you will need to connect the sail. Take the sail and connect it to a mast. This should be made out of a light metal like the frame. When it is connected, it should be able to pivot easily when the sailor pulls the cord connected to the sail. The mast should be connected to the frame about three to four feet from the seat. It should also be secured by two cords connected to the two sides of the “T” cross piece.
Once all of these things are done, you will have a rudimentary land yacht. Though there are some models that are more professional, these are often made by professionals working in high tech factories. Making a personal land yacht yourself is a little bit more difficult than buying one, but it is far less costly.