Offbeat Video

By Mikey Jones


This rooftop box has now become the bottom of a boat.

A nimble-fingered inventor quickly put together the roof box boat on a Sunday to whizz up and down canals.

Charlie Burns took just one hour to put the boat together with a friend after buying a £45 4.5 horsepower outboard motor.

Charlie, 23, from Nuneaton, said: “I keep myself building and just as often destroying stuff.

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“In this case I had been given the roof box a few years ago because the person knew I would do something interesting with it.

“It sat in my storage unit for a good while until I found what I thought was a suitable engine for it.

“My mate and I got it down off the pile and started to put it together and about an hour later it was ready to hit the water.

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“We tried it out in the canal and with the build being a bit rushed it didn’t cut through the water quite as well as I’d hoped.

“I think it needs stiffening up a little bit and the driver moving forward for better weight distribution.

“But I managed to overtake a narrow boat without them killing me, which was a plus, and now I’m thinking about fitting a more powerful outboard to it.”