YouTuber Zachary Fowler sets sail on kayak made of duct tape

Zachary Fowler is floating a new way to entertain his 945,000 YouTube subscribers: He “abandoned” himself on an island with nothing but a shovel, utility knife and two boxes of duct tape to help him create a kayak from scratch.

The video, posted on his YouTube channel, “Fowler’s Makery and Mischief,” was an ambitious project for the Season 3 winner of “Alone” on the History channel and Amazon Prime.

Fowler’s most-viral videos have been survival challenges on tiny islands with little-to-no food, water or essential resources.

“After the last Island Survival Challenge on the tiny Island, I thought it [would] be fun to try and build a boat out of duct tape and escape an island in the ocean,” the adventurous outdoorsman and Green Chef spokesmodel hypes in his kayak video caption. “All I have to survive and escape the island is a bunch of duct tape, my shovel and some sticks and my trusty sidekick melony!”

“Melony,” btw, appears to be inspired by smiley-faced Wilson, Tom Hanks’ legendary travel buddy-cum-volleyball from the 2000 film “Cast Away.”

YouTuber Zachary Fowler sets sail on kayak made out of duct tape
“If you haven’t tried to do something crazy and risky and succeeded at it, you just don’t know the feeling,” Fowler told his 945,000 YouTube subscribers.
Fowler’s Makery and Mischief

Anyway, following a lengthy introduction, Fowler starts to collect and shape sticks using his shovel. He creates the frame of a kayak and wraps it together with duct tape. By the 15-minute mark, Fowler puts the finishing touches on his shiny silver kayak, which sits on a rocky beach.

Fowler then sets sail on his makeshift creation. As he floats into the ocean on the kayak, he yells out, “She sails like a dream!”

YouTuber Zachary Fowler sets sail on kayak made out of duct tape
YouTuber Zachary Fowler prepares to sail on a kayak made with a utility knife and two boxes of duct tape.
Fowler’s Makery and Mischief

However, he acknowledges that the duct-taped stick is “a little funky” but still does the job. He also jokes that he wishes the relatively stable boat had a back rest. Although some water makes its way into the vessel, he considered the project a success.

Full disclosure: The kayak was not entirely made from the island’s resources. He did bring his own branches to the isle to avoid harming its ecosystem.

But, as he snacks on a melon, he acknowledges that “If you haven’t tried to do something crazy and risky and succeeded at it, you just don’t know the feeling.”

Fowler's kayak was not entirely made from the island's resources. He brought his own branches to avoid harming the island's ecosystem.
Fowler’s kayak was not entirely made from the island’s resources. He brought his own branches to avoid harming the isle’s ecosystem.
Fowler’s Makery and Mischief

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