The Cardboard Boat Book

How to Build an Economical and Environmentally-Friendly Boat with Recyclable Resources 

About The Cardboard Boat Book


What is a 'Cardboard Boat Book' boat?

A 'Cardboard Boat Book' boat is an economical & lightweight boat constructed with 1/4-inch thick, 275-pound test, double-wall corrugated cardboard. The boats simply fold up from cardboard obtaining their strength from the geometry of the component parts. They are 8-feet long, weigh about 25-pounds, and can accommodate a 250-pound person without risking structural damage. 

Each boat is constructed with 21-pieces of cardboard that are used to make 7-component parts. The 7-component parts are assembled together with eco-friendly contact cement and paper drywall tape. Once assembled the boats are sealed with an eco-friendly water-based waterproof coating.


What is 'The Cardboard Boat Book'?

'The Cardboard Boat Book' is a step-by-step instruction manual that teaches you how to build an economical 8-foot long, environmentally-friendly, kayak style cardboard boat with recyclable resources using readily available tools and materials and standard size sheets of corrugated paper cardboard.

'The Cardboard Boat Book' is available exclusively on

ISBN: 1-4392-2495-1
ISBN-13: 978-1439224953
Library of Congress Control Number: 2009900216


Boating fun and SAFETY in the sun!!!

There isn’t anything half as much fun as just messing around in a boat on a sunny day! The Cardboard Boat Book teaches you how to build a cardboard boat for the price of the paint, glue, and tape that is required to put one together.

Best recommended safety procedures and the use of Coast Guard approved personal-flotation-devices (PFDs) are considered mandatory to ensure a boater’s safety on the water in any watercraft.

Be safe in a 'Cardboard Boat Book' boat, always wear an appropriate fitting life jacket! 

Click here to be redirected to the Coast Guard website for assistance in selecting an appropriate life jacket. 

Photo Galleries


Pictures of 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats

Includes 4 Photo Galleries of 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats

See pictures of 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats in action around the world

Photo Galleries

Additional 'How-To' Projects


Additional complimentary projects for
'The Cardboard Boat Book' boats.

'How-To' Project Topics Include:  

  • How-To Select a Waterproof Coating for 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats  
  • How-To Make a Motorized Electric 'Cardboard Boat Book' boat  
  • How-To Build a Larger, or Smaller, 'Cardboard Boat Book' Boat  
  • **NEW** 'Cardboard Boat Book' boat Designs

'How-To' Projects

STEM and Cardboard Boats


Building 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math education

A program guide for building 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats for educational purposes and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is available by clicking below.

Topics & Concepts that can be taught when building 'Cardboard Boat Book' boats include:  

  • Technical Drawing & Dimensioning
  • Geometry & Trigonometry 
  • Strength of Materials 
  • Buoyancy & Stability of Floating Objects 
  • Product Manufacturing concepts
  • Learn to work as part of a team 
  • More...

Program Guide

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PO Box 3281, Bellevue, WA 98009

The Cardboard Boat Book

(206) 947-8462