The Rain Tree Lodge is located directly adjacent to the Colo-i-Suva national rainforest and park outside of Fiji’s capital, Suva. 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. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
This is so fabulous, my friend and I are collecting bottles for this very purpose, to paddle around the Hamilton Lake (New Zealand). Industrial engineer Federico Blanc had a dream to float down Argentina’s gorgeous Parana River on a recycled kayak, and his vision recently came to fruition!
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When building the sail it is very important that you make it very strong so securely tie the pieces together and then put a liberal amount of glue on them.
In the picture here you can see I tied it with wire and then applied hot glue to secure it.
To add the sail (I recommend you actually do this before you glue the whole thing to the boat). This picture shows the sail in place so you can get an idea of what the finished sail should look like. If your boat mast and sail are built very strongly you probably don't need these guide wires but I recommend you do them any way.
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Tom, the owner of the lodge, built the boat earlier this year with the help of his employees.
The boat building crew is also experimenting with a sandwich-style floating platform that could be used by farmers in Fiji to float their crops down river to the market.
Blanc collected dozens of plastic soda bottles and glued them together to create his fantastic blue kayak. I am sure LOADS of people would love to build one of these and help save the planet and have a lot of fun at the same time. They spent the last two months researching, engineering, extruding, printing, and dumpster diving for the greater good, and eventually produced a 40 lbs (~250 1 gallon milk jugs) “canoeyak” capable of supporting 150lbs.
Qualification was a problem as the engineers had used recycled milk cartons for its buoyancy, but not quite in the way that contest organizers had originally envisioned. I’m going to mention it in my upcoming Desktop Engineering article on New Materials in Additive Manufacturing (November). Glue it firmly in place both at the wooden surface and at the crevice between the two bottles.


You can just slip the whole bag right over the sail structure and poke a little hole so the mast sticks through it. And you can add some fun little details like gluing figures to the surface of the boat or making yourself a little flag for the top.
It may look dainty, but surprisingly the boat can remain afloat supporting three large Fijian men as they paddle around in it. 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 Rain Tree Lodge’s owner hopes that his experiments and designs can be used by Fijians to make use of the many plastic bottles being discarded in the country. Simple, strong and eco-friendly, this boat can carry up to 2 people plus a cooler for when the rafters get hungry. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. It was eventually decided that the boat should be entered as “an unofficial entry in the adult open category” — it placed second in the race. I have also taken this project a bit further than normal and added some remote controls to it. And you can use two liter plastic bottles which work the best but you can use any size plastic bottle that you want. The owner of the Rain Tree Lodge claims that this is be Fiji’s first plastic bottle boat and he hopes this boat will inspire other Fijians to reuse materials in their personal lives. Unfortunately, the Plastiki didn’t stop in Suva, but they still make use of the boat on the resorts lake next to the restaurant.
Below is a picture of the same boat that I added a remote controlled rudder to so it could be steerable.
If you want a better looking sail you can also lay your bag flat down on a table then use masking tape to make an eight inch square and cut it out.



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