A tarp boat is a great way to practice your survival skills and see if you have what it takes to prepare during unexpected circumstances. In this hack we will teach you how to easily make your own tarp boat without having any specific skills. All you will really need is wood, a saw, a hammer, and of course your tarp. Below we will share these 5 easy steps you could use to make a tarp boat.
Step 1: Define the Shape and Size
In step 1 you will determine the dimensions of your tarp boat. You should consider how many people you would like to ride with you as well as the size. We recommend it big enough for you to generate some power and be able to paddle. Going for a 16 ft long, 2 ft deep, and 4 ft wide seems to be a good size.
Step 2: Build the Frame
Use your saw to get the right dimensions of your tarp boat and then use the nails and hammer to put the pieces together.
Step 3: Sandind
Make sure you sand down your boat. You should spend your time sanding down the sharp parts of the frame which could punctures your tarp and wreck chaos.
Step 4: Apply the Tarp
Place your tarp on the frame and pin it down. Getting creative and adding additional protection for safety wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Step 5: Test your new toy
Put your tarp boat in the water and test it out. Would you like to read how the experts build their own tarp boat? Scroll down and you can read how Creek Stewart built his improvised tarp boat.
Step 1: Lay your tarp flat on the ground. This is a 9’x12′ tarp.
Step 2: Pile pine boughs or leafy branches in a circle about 12″ tall. This will be the diameter of your boat. Leave at least 1′-2′ of tarp around the perimeter.
Step 3: Lay a gridwork of sturdy sticks (1″-2″ in diameter) on top of the circle.
Step 4: Pile another 12″ of green boughs on top, again in a circular pattern.
Step 5: Wrap the tarp around the circle and tie it to the gridwork of sticks.
Step 6: Cross your fingers.
Have you made your own tarp boat before? We’d love for you to comment below with your experience.