Hack-It-Yerself, Startup

Startup: MORE Creative Uses For PVC!

Complete with duct tape and PVC paddles!

Remember how yesterday I said it was dangerous to do a Google image search for “PVC” with SafeSearch turned off? Yeah. Here’s why. I may have stumbled across a new project.

The completed skeleton, sans skin.

This fellow and his son decided they wanted to build their own canoe/kayak for lake-fishing. It had to have a shallow enough draught that they could bring it in nice and close to the shore, and be cheap enough to produce that they could make multiple variants — they were designing by the “trial-and-error” technique — without having to invest an exorbitant amount of money.

By all accounts, they succeeded brilliantly… to the point that they realized that designing and building the boat was more fun than the actual fishing they planned to do with it, and have since invested more time in perfecting their designs than in actually finalizing one and using it.

For that reason, we here at AtomicToasters must salute them. We can absolutely sympathise with the project that never quite gets finished because the project becomes better than the potential outcome. In some ways, that’s the essence of Hooniverse and AtomicToasters themselves!

Want to try it yourself? They’ve been kind enough to post full detailed instructions on how to create your own duct-tape-and-PVC kayak. Just follow the link above. But don’t blame us if you drown.

  • acarr260

    Well, my girlfriend is really going to think I'm crazy if I attempt to replicate this. Good thing I like testing the bounds of her understanding.

    • Deartháir

      How can you know where the line is if you never try to cross it?

      • acarr260

        I'm slowly developing a whole system to determine where that line lies. Sometimes it's just an uneasy look in her eyes when I talk of an idea… sometimes it's more pronounced and involves the questioning of my intellect. Given that she watched the Top Gear marathon with me over Memorial Day and didn't flinch when I bought a beater '81 Scirocco for a daily driver (for under a grand… so I do mean beater), I think her line can be hard to find when it involves cars. That's also one of many reasons why I plan on keeping her.

  • SirNotAppearing

    Hold on, I'm taking notes on how to be an awesome dad. Here's the list so far:
    PVC kayak
    Dress in drag and wave at school bus

    • OA5599

      It depends how you do it. Functional PVC kayak = awesome dad. Nearly (oops) functional kayak = "Mr. SirNotAppearing, can you come down to the station to answer a few questions?"

      When dressing in drag and waving at the bus, there's a right way and a wrong way to show off your "peg leg", too.

      • Deartháir

        Bonus points for dressing in drag with a full Murilee Martin beard and a large cigar, and convincing the kids to enthusiastically call you "mom".

        • dmilligan

          Don't let my mom hear you say that, else she'll stir your coffee with her stogie and shake her beard off on your scone.

        • OA5599

          Next time I see Murilee, I'm going to have my kid start calling him Mom.

          • Deartháir

            Please don't explain why. That will make it so much better.

          • OA5599

            Murilee has a strong appreciation for the absurd. You didn't really think I'd ruin things with an explanation, did you?

  • SSurfer321

    The Mrs. and I have just begun considering taking up kayaking. Here we were going to take lessons and rent kayaks. I'll have to show her this.

    • Deartháir

      It cost them less than $25! That's way cheaper than renting! What could go wrong?

      • acarr260

        Well, the worst case scenario just results in you swimming instead of kayaking, right?!