Who needs a pontoon when you can cheaply build your own party barge this summer?
Money didn’t stop these ambitious guys from having an epic summer. Instead of buying a pontoon or boat, they instead opted to build their own party barge using mostly old pallets and some barrels.
Sure, there’s some assembly required and it’s mostly a glorified raft. But this is a huge improvement to the type of raft Huckleberry Finn built. If you can get your hands on old pallets or barrels for free, why wouldn’t you put them to good use and make a party barge for you and your friends to enjoy?
Party Barge Instructions
Collect all your materials, which include pallets, old plastic barrels, ratchet straps, and some miscellaneous lumber. Lay out your pallets, and pry the boards off the bottoms of several, which will form your deck platforms. Make sure to remove all the nails and you may even want to sand them down a bit to be easy on your bare feet!
Cut and add some cross beams to the bottom of the decking to make a platform in sections.
Next, use cheap ratchet straps to secure the barrels to the bottom of the platform.
Once built, take apart in sections and transport to your favorite fishing hole. Assemble at the lake in the same fashion.
Don’t forget to add your necessary entertainment items (e.g., coolers, canopies, chairs, tables, fishing rods etc.).
It may be heavy and difficult to maneuver, but once you anchor down somewhere, it’s really just a platform to serve as your party barge. Celebrate by toasting to an amazing summer!
When the season’s over, you can just disassemble and store in your garage or pole barn.
See you on the water!
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