Homemade DIY Packraft Deluxe Kit – The IRON RAFT

(3 customer reviews)


Classic Packraft Design Optimised for Building at Home

Pre Cut High Quality Fabric Ready to Heat Seal Together

TPU /PU Coated Nylon 210D Tubes, 420D Floor

Inflation Bag

2 X 28g Aquasure Urethane Glue

Available in Small, Medium and Large



Our DIY Packraft Kit makes it possible to build your own packraft at home.

The Deluxe kit includes:

Pre cut tube and floor fabric

Pre marked construction points/lines

Pre cut seam fabric

Valve sealing fabric (requires cutting)

Floor reinforcement strip fabric (requires cutting)

1 Boston valve (RRP: £7.99)

2 X 28g Aquasure Urethane glue (RRP: £8.50 each)

1 Inflation Bag (RRP: £20)

Off cut 420D fabric to make optional luggage attachment strap plates

Iron Raft logo, ironed onto rear section of the raft. Please see below images for visuals


Classic packraft design optimised for building at home

Asymmetric hull

Slightly upturned bow

Elongated stern

210D TPU/PU coated Nylon Tubes

420D TPU/PU coated Nylon Floor

Oversized floor reinforcement strips



Sizing and weight:

All sizes have an inside width at the seated position of 38cm

Approximate inside lengths: Small: 110cm  |  Medium: 120cm  |  Large: 130cm

Not sure what size you require, check out our sizing guide.


Please note that the below weights are approximates.

Approximate weights (grams): Small: 1715g  |  Medium: 1835g  | Large: 1960g

Essential items required to build this kit:

Heat sealing iron


A heat proof work surface

A rounded surface to assist in sealing the curved seams.

Baby powder

Baking paper


Other things to note:

We highly recommend practicing your heat sealing technique before attempting to make one of our kits.

Our heat sealable fabric can be purchased from our shop by the metre to practice with and give you the confidence to begin heat sealing.

We offer no instructional guidelines on the optional luggage attachment strap plates. We supply offcuts of the 420D black material which can then be cut to make 4 extremely basic circular strap plates approximately 6.5 cm in diameter.

They can be made by cutting a circular piece of the fabric and then cutting two slits into it to create a ‘loop’.

Alternatively, aftermarket attachment loops/ packraft tie-downs/ strap plates can be purchased from several well know packraft manufacturers and glued onto the tubes with an appropriate adhesive.

Due to the manufacturing process, the TPU surface may show streaking, this does not affect the performance of the product.

Additionally all fabric pieces are hand cut and may require minor alterations throughout assembly.

All instructional material is available on the IRON RAFT website and no physical instructions are included in the kit.


Additional information


Small, Medium, Large

3 reviews for Homemade DIY Packraft Deluxe Kit – The IRON RAFT

  1. Tom (verified owner)

    Ahoi liebe pakrafter. Das ironraft ist eine gutes Projekt fürleute die Zeit und Geduld haben. Das Raft ist von der Qualität her gut. Eher eine ultralight Raft. Das schweißen geht mit etwas Übung recht gut. Hab für meines ca 20h gebraucht. Was soll ich noch Groß sagen fahreigenschaften sind gut. Thanks happy boating

  2. Joab Smith (verified owner)

    I loved the idea of keeping a raft in the boot of the car which I can just grab out or stuff in my backpack if I’m near a lake or river, and a month or so after finishing the raft I’ve definitely made the right choice! I’ve used it on lakes and rivers in the Brecon beacons (reaching stunning places I never would have otherwise) and on a recent trip to Europe used it multiple times in incredible places.

    Highlights would be:
    – Slipping into the water and just feeling super chilled instantly as you glide off
    – Getting a bit scared at some fast rapids and then just loving them as the raft handles them easily.
    – the ease of use; on my last day in Austria I had half an hour before I needed to leave my campsite, but since the raft takes literally 3 minutes to inflate I knew I could squeeze in a run down the river. I inflated it at the campsite, ran with it under my arm upstream for about 1.5km since it’s crazy light, rafted back at an awesome pace because the water was fast and I had it dried in the sun and packed away before I needed to leave.

    So I’d highly recommend a raft, but of course you have to make it first, so here’s my experience:
    I don’t have much free time and was worried it would take too long, in the end I did a few hours here and there, and got in done in month or so, without feeling like I’d put all that much time in. At times it feels like a chore, at times it’s almost meditative and a nice way to chill out, but overall it’s hugely rewarding. Going from pieces of fabric to a boat you built is pretty cool.
    I’m not a DIY guy but it really is easy and Nick’s videos are fantastic. The only thing I did wrong was I rushed sealing it a bit (not leaving the iron on long enough), and so I had to glue a few seals afterwards. This was literally a case of a minute of gluing then letting it set overnight.

    Overall I’m very pleased with the experience of building it and enjoying it on the water, here’s to more cool places to take it!

  3. Toby R (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed making my raft. It’s a project that has been really exciting to see come together.
    The videos that Iron Raft have to show you how to make the raft are incredibly detailed and well shot – I was very comfortable with knowing what I was doing.
    The feeling when you get on the water in your self built packraft is excellent – couldn’t stop smiling!

    Overall this is a brilliant piece of kit from an amazing company. The customer service is on point, the delivery of my kit was neatly and safely packed, and the quality of the completed raft is top notch.

    Thank you Iron Raft! 🙂

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