You rarely get to see high school and college friends once you are busy with your careers. If you do have a get together at some point later, what do you do? Play cards, reminisce about past life, etc. I take it none of you would make an excellent Viking remnant on your own and go for a run in the local lake? Well, these guys did just that.
These college friends made a vow back in college that they would meet ten years later and do something awesome. This is what they pulled off:
They began pursuing their idea by cutting slices of marine plywood.
They started working hard and put a rain cover on top.
This base layer is here. Any guesses where this is going?
Strands of copper wire are holding the different sections together. Yes, it is a boat. No prizes for guessing now.
To install seating and provide shape, they installed thwarts.
To seal the joints and stop the water inflow, they used some heated epoxy.
Applying these resins was a tedious job as too much could imbalance the shape and too less could prove disastrous.
Once the resin dried up, they took it out for a test drive.
Transporting was a bit of a problem. But trust them, they’re engineers. They can accomplish anything.
Anchors away! The first run was a complete success.
They came back and added some nifty features like splitting it for easier transport and putting on some Viking dragons at the edge of the hull.
They found a more demanding platform to test the boat.
Here is the working run of this amazing DIY.
You could go snorkeling or scuba diving on this beauty. Get a few hammers and fake beards and you are good to attack some vulnerable English Isles as well.