Unsinkable (How to Build Plywood Pontoons & Longtail Boat Motors Out of Scrap) : By Robnoxious By Steve Hart

May 17, 2013

I fell in love with Mark Twain’s books, Adventures of Huck Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when I was growing up. The idea of unsupervised adventure into dangerous and unknown territories frightened and intrigued me. When I was around twelve, a friend and I tried to make a dugout canoe, only to end up pushing a log into Lake Michigan and riding it for a half-mile in the undercurrent. Building a pontoon boat was high on my priorities as a kid. Unfortunately, by the time my building skills caught up to my ambition, I had already lost interest. When I received this book for review, I instantly handed it to my twelve-year-old son, who was at work with me and bored out of his skull. He devoured this book. There are a few features on how to build a pontoon boat and a DIY bike trailer. However, the adventure stories are what drew my attention. In fact, drunken debauchery while floating down the Mississippi on a pontoon boat should draw everyone’s attention. This is well worth your time. –Steve Hart (Microcosm Publishing, 636 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214)