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Make an Off-Shore Battle game

battle-200x148.jpgCharge up your power drill, sharpen that saw and make this cool custom-made Off-Shore Battle game.


  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper and tape
  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Awl and hammer
  • Anvil pruning shears
  • Fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • 3 10-inch-by-10-inch-by-3⁄4-inch boards
  • 2 small wooden door knobs
  • 4 hinges
  • 1 latch
  • Drill bit slightly larger than game pegs
  • 1 package of wooden skewers
  • Enough pine scraps to make the ships
  • Sandpaper
  • Red paint


The Boards:

battle1-200x148.jpg1. With lines spaced 3⁄4-inches apart, mark out a 71⁄2-by-71⁄2-inch grid on all three game boards. The center, vertical board has a grid with holes on both sides. The side boards have a grid only.

battle2-200x148.jpg2. Tape tracing paper over your grid and draw diagonal lines as shown. Use an awl to punch starter holes for drilling.

battle3-200x148.jpg3. Drill 1⁄4-inch-deep holes in the center of each square.

4. Use decals or a fine-tipped permanent marker to label the vertical squares A through J and the horizontal squares 1 through 10.

5. Attach the vertical board to the base with wood glue and screws.

battle6-200x148.jpg6. After all the grids are complete and the holes are drilled, attach the knobs and give the boards an oil finish.

7. Put it all together using the 4 hinges.

The Pegs:

1. Use the pruning shears to cut the skewers into 3⁄4-inch pegs. You’ll need at least 140 pegs.

2. Paint 40 of them red.

The Ships:

  • Fashion 2 sets of 5 ships from scraps of pine.
  • Drill the 1⁄4-inch-deep holes before cutting out the ships.
  • Make 2 ships 3 3⁄4 inches long with 5 holes.
  • Make 2 ships 3 inches long with 4 holes.
  • Make 2 ships 2 1⁄4 inches long with 3 holes.
  • Make 4 ships 1 1⁄2 inches long with 2 holes.
  • Sand the ship bottoms smooth.

Get ship templates at You can also make the ships from plastic clay.


battlefinal-200x148.jpgPlayers place ships on the grids of their individual boards. One player calls out a coordinate on the grid. If it’s a hit, he goes again. A miss means it’s the other player’s turn. Red pegs are used to track hits and natural-colored pegs to track misses. Whoever sinks all their opponent’s ships first wins.

Comments about “Make an Off-Shore Battle game”

  1. 45stars says:

    purty good, and a rip-off of battleship…

  2. LEGOscout says:

    Just like Battleship :)

  3. cool dude says:

    It looks like battleship but a lot cooler since you make them your self

  4. Owen says:

    I’m going to make that!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  5. truthman says:

    total copy of battle ship but a lot better because I can make it myself and it is probably a lot cheeper also

  6. BAZINGA!!! says:

    total copy of battleship. easier, and probably less exspensive if you went out and got a battleship game.

    • RealScout says:

      Re: Bazinga

      It’s not about it being less convenient and expensive than a store bought game, it’s about teaching your scout skills to make their own games. This instills pride, confidence, self-reliance and gives them experiences that they will take with them throughout their lives…

  7. L3G0 B0Y says:

    thats an awesome idea DS NinjaX

  8. PSVitaoFTo says:

    Looks really fun and cheep. Practicality Battleship.

  9. rodie says:

    this is awsome man

  10. dtlux says:

    I have The torpedo atack but this is better :D

  11. admiral toot says:

    they probably used that to plan real battles!

  12. arod says:

    this looks amazing cant wait to make this!

  13. The Man with the Banjo says:

    I love battleship!!!!!!!!! :) I’v got to try this.

  14. ducttapehero says:

    Already have the game, but this is still cool!

  15. BIG DAWG says:

    Like the idea. But where will I get 18 things and get it built all in 1 day?????!!!

  16. jet! says:

    going to try this looks cool!!!!:)

  17. woyo12 says:

    I wonder if i can get a meritbadge with this? By the way awsome idea BattleShip rocks.

  18. outdoor man says:


    • megamanzeroflame says:

      Are you kiding,this is more than neat. Although it costs more to make it than to get it .

      • DSNinjaX says:

        why not change up the attacks? say there is a attack called a torpedo that moves in a straight line one peg per turn? or have a moving ships rule and a base that the enemy trys to bomb to win (and ships can repair at base to. (he he))?

  19. .l. says:

    It costs more to make this then it does to buy it from target. Also its spelled battleship, did you guys look before you pressed submit?

  20. gamemaster says:

    that game is boring.

  21. name says:

    pretty cool

  22. Colonel Bingo says:


  23. Jman says:

    Awesome! Now you can make your own Battleship game!!!! This is way cooler than the normal Battleship!


  24. Anonymous says:

    i hate this :(

  25. sci says:

    nice now i don’t have to buy a game for my cousin

  26. Old Guy says:

    Actually before “Battleship” the original name for this game was “Swiss Navy”.

    I found that in an old book of games I found in a used book store. I think this game has been around in one form or another since before ships had engines.

    I’m not quite that old so I can’t be sure. ;-)

  27. shipmate555 says:

    That is a cool thing to do during your free time.

  28. gregy6000xL says:

    Enemy fleet destroyed congaulations admrial

  29. slugsbottem20000 says:

    If it is not battel ship call me a scout!

  30. snigger says:


  31. bob says:

    its just battell ship but cooler

  32. Boy Scout Man says:

    Battieship rock!

  33. hamburgerguy says:

    I want to make it soon!

  34. sithe55 says:

    because battleship is a trade mark.

  35. d5682 says:

    This game is excatly like Battleship. I wonder why you didn’t call it Battleship.

  36. Kooldude1010 says:

    this is the best game EVER!!!!!!

  37. Boys Rules says:

    yeah its like BATTLESHIP to THEpizzaGuy.

  38. Daws says:

    That’s a really cool idea.

  39. Commander Cody says:

    I’ll like playing it!

  40. matthebrat333 says:

    wonderful game I’ll be sure to make it soon

  41. Lightning says:

    I will make this game

  42. THEpizzaGUY says:

    isnt that like battleship

  43. Guitarboy112 (visitor) says:

    Can’t get grid quite right. very fun project though. Keep at it!!

  44. AlMon says:

    Awesome Idea,You Guys Rock!!!!

  45. CoinCollector100 says:

    Thanks for a great idea!

  46. coolio5 says:


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