The brothers built two of these electric boats, which nest inside the pontoon boat mothership.
The Firefly solar-powered boat was built by Canadian eco-enthusiast Dan Baker for an impressive CA$2,900 (US$2,845). While it might not be the world’s largest solar boat or the fastest, this modest home-built solar-powered boat does the job and comfortably accommodates six passengers.
The Firefly was custom built to cruise lakes, providing a leisurely experience without air or noise pollution.
According to Baker, the roof-mounted solar panel is capable of generating 140W of clean energy. The cabin of the boat has been modestly fitted with a Bluetooth stereo, two rear storage seats, two lounge chairs, center console, navigation light, spreader lights with strobe function, LED lighting on the canopy and handrails, marine safety kit, fire extinguisher, air horn, life jackets, removable swim ladder, beverage holders and anchor. With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. I knew I couldn't make it look like a new pontoon boat with that plastic and cushy look so I went instead for the Jules Verne look.
What about recycling a few of those old aluminum drop tanks from old retired military aircraft from the Bone yard in Arizona. What thickness pipe - schedule 40 PVC pipe is a lot heavier than the PET plastic in soda bottles?
I'm not sure how buoyant small boys are, but my guess might be to try using 6 teenage kids each side to start with. How to Build a sail boat that is much cheaper than retail ones.by When in doubt, duct tape!
The boat is aptly named due to the fact that it only goes 3-4 miles per hour at a pedaling rate of 50rpm. 91-year-old naval architect Phil Thiel, born in Brooklyn, now in Seattle has created human-powered boats since his teenage years. Sailors tend to want headroom, as it keeps from being bashed about in rough seas and saves one from an aching back.


To Daniel, I love pedal boating because it is generally easier, safer and softer on the body than walking the same distance. Wow, I admire him because in his early teenage years he created this human-powered boat through pedaling. I would probably make it pop up like earlier mentioned (either light weight materials in the pop up or heavy canvas), and might steal the idea of an extra solar panel or two and an electric motor (at least for use in slightly faster water, as most American waters get seasonally quick). Dubbed “Firefly,” it was built by Canadian eco-enthusiast Dan Baker for an impressive CA$2,900 (US$2,845).
Baker fitted the roof of the boat with a home-built solar panel featuring 6 x 6 photovoltaic cells which he purchased on eBay. The base of the boat was fitted with eight flotation barrels purchased via a local classified ad for CA$20 (US$19.50) each. Should readers like the idea of owning a boat like Dan's but don't want to build it themselves, they can always check out the Loon, an electric pontoon boat built by Canada's Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company.
And a ladder is needed after a cool swim and of course an anchor so you can swim and not get stranded.
They might kick for a while but will eventually fall quiet and provide ample buoyancy for your boat.
But i like the idea ,if it works you can get some supplies from my neiborhood we have an over abundance of noisy kids!
This boat is not that efficient today but this is a great creation or invention history for me. He’s not worried, however, boasting that the cells are independently fueling his 2012 boating season.
Thiel’s Friend Ship might be more suitable as a live aboard, although I believe it is designed for motor, rather than pedal, power. A pair of B-52 drop tanks would be big enough to make an ocean going craft, the rest is up to your imagination as to what you would use for your cabin and power systems. I noticed a few pieces of plywood coming loose and the batteries are nearing end of useful life.


Could use the forward section of an old cargo aircraft as your cabin, mounted to the wing mount hard points on the drop tanks. Those somehow encased in a welded up metal frame and It could be fairly light and work well. It's the final pictures before total and complete dismantling of the Incredible Soda Bottle Pontoon Boat. I am a former aircraft mechanic from the air force, I know that those tanks can float real easy and are very durable and strong. What about using sections of an aluminum ladder, coupled with metal strut, for strength and to build deck off of? I had lots of fun and many, many pleasant hours cruising, fishing, and fielding questions from people on lake from the banking and from boats.This is the end of the ISBPB. I might have to replace two of them with continuous duty solenoids though I don't know how long the intemittent ones will hold up going long periods in forward.
An American flag and holder, Oh, and a new pier I welded up.I made a soda bottle raft a few years ago.
It's fun to improvise with what's available.The boat is basically wood pontoons with 2400 soda bottles filling them.
It's electric and has become a wonderful place to spend an afternoon to glide silently on the water or to fish.
A BBQ grill, a tall Moxie, a fishing pole and you've got it made on the water on the incredible soda bottle pontoon boat (alias the Pahty bahge).



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