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600+ Tried-and-True Boating Tips & Small Projects (Pub. No. 4901)

Every conceivable aspect of motor-boating, sailing, rowing, fishing, etc.

Five volumes of our earlier booklets combined into one convenient Handi-Book. Now fully indexed for easier reference. All the good things that work and small projects from the early days right up to today. (A few of these are the very popular tips which appear in our Handi-Hints pop-ups and on our Tip-of-the Day links from other sites).

166 pages

Barnegat Bay Sneakbox-- History and Constr., The (Pub. No. 4902)

collected and reprinted  from "Canoe and Boat Building for the Amateur" by W.P. Stephens, "A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing" by Dixon Kemp, "Small Yachts: Their Design and Construction" by C.P. Kunhardt, The Rudder, How to Build 20 Boats et. al.

A large collection of information about this fascinating, unique and highly useful little boat from the historical literature and the more contemporary literature. The early articles provide a comprehensive picture of the development and historical uses of this boat while the contemporary articles provide detailed information on how to build one. The plates accentuate this latter benefit.

93 pages

6 Great Little Power Boats for the Kids (Pub. No. 4903)

All six of the power boats described above bound together in one Handi-Book.

Little Fellow by Robert Rauskauff, Bebop by William D. Jackson, Peanut by Henry Clark, Lark, Jr., by Robert Bosley, El Cid by Hal Kelly and Cockeybird by Weston Farmer.

58 pages

Building Roamer and Rambler (Pub. No. 4904)

With any of the larger motors, this 733-lb. hull which is 51/2 ft. wide and a full 16 ft. long, will average 26 miles per hour, while giving you maximum safety and comfort. Dry, safe, fast and comfortable—what more, with the tang of the sea and a blue sky, could any man desire? "Roamer" is worth building well; and it has been especially written in simplified form so that you can build it well in six to eight weeks time without hurried, slipshod workmanship, although the time required for building will, of course, depend largely upon your own skill and the number of working hours each day.


RAMBLER: An Inboard Runabout

(Uses the same hull as the small cruiser, Roamer)

Rambler! And she does just that—rambles! With a light four of about 40 H. P. doing 283100 r.p.m., this variation of the “Roamer” hull will scud along at 26-8 miles per hour with a load of three passengers. Moreover, the generous freeboard overall, and the pronounced flair to the forward sections makes the boat safe and dry in any kind of seaway. “Rambler” is a double-cockpit affair, with each seat easily accommodating three passengers. The motor is under a hatch between the two while the gas supply is fed from the rear of the boat. All controls are of the positive rod type, but simpler installations can be effected if expense and labor are an important consideration.  Building the hull for this craft is much the same as building the hull for “Roamer”—the same number of frames and the same dimensions are used, the keel is the same, the stem is a duplicate—the whole construction work up to and including part of the decking can be taken from the “Roamer” description. The only difference is that the transom board can be left vertical if desired, instead of being raked as is necessary for the outboard job. (We have combined both booklets into one Handi-Book since they use the same hull. Individual booklets are still available).

63 pages

Some Designs for a Galley (Pub. No. 4905)

A wide variety of good ideas for galley design in the small cruiser.

30 pages

Electrolysis--Causes and Prevention (Pub. No. 4907 )

A collection of articles on the program bound together in one Hand-Book. From the Table of Contents: Cavitation and Electrolysis of Propellers; The Proper Hook-Up; Galvanic Corrosion--What it is--And how to Fight t; Cause of Marine Corrosion; Electrolysis can be Controlled, Dissimilar Metals in Impure Water Causes Electrolysis; The Control of Electrolysis; The Electromotive Series; More About Electrolysis.

30 pages

Falcon--A trim Strudy 18 ft Inboard (Pub. No. 4909)

by Don B. Pederson

A Trim and Sturdy Inboard Runabout

Incorporating the latest developments in boat construction and eliminating many problems which usually confront the average, novice in boat building, “Falcon” is an all-around utilify runabout which can be transformed easily into a sleek cabin .cruiser if desired. The cost of building the original boat as a runabout was $125 at Newport Beach, Calif. The hull is adapted for use of almost any marine engine from 5 to 20 hp. Total depth .16 in., beam 66 in., draft 42 in., passengers 7 or 8 and speed 17 m.p.h. with a 20 hp. motor. The boat planes at 7 m.p.h.

68 pages

Gadgets and Gilhickies (Pub. No. 4910)

A great collection of gadgets and ideas for both sail and motor boats.

102 pages

Famous Tahiti Ketch, The (Pub. No. 4911)

by John G. Hanna

The famous 30 Ft. Deep Sea Auxiliary Ketch. A greatly expanded new edition of our original 41-page booklet, now with 64 pages of text (each Handi-Book page equals two booklet pages) and 10 plates, 3 of them 11" x 17". This publication includes lines and offsets for the original Tahiti, full building instructions by both John Hanna himself and others, and also includes full particulars and plans for Tahiti II--a subsequent development of the original design, with another 5 plates. From Hanna's first page:--"The main reliance in crossing any ocean in a small boat is, and always must be, Free Air, because the smaller the boat, the relatively greater the fuel consumption--a natural law there is no way to beat. On the other hand, while several small boats have gone around the world with sail only, it would be foolish to dispense with an engine, which is an invaluable aid at the only time you are in any real danger. That is, in making landfall and entering ports. Such being the general requirements, you will want to ask: Why use this particular design instead of many other possible 30-footers. Well, a boat with a sharp stern--both ends pretty much alike--commonly called a double-ender--is the most seaworthy possible form. Everything owners have reported confirms this. She is dry; that means she stays on top of the waves, and does not tend to stick her nose under them. She is easy in her motion; she is remakably easy to handle, and obedient to her helmp the rig, known as the ketch rig, is extraordinarily well balanced, not only under full sail, which all boats are, but under any combination of sails, which few boats are; and she has that much-desired by seldom-attained merit of a good cruiser, the ability to sail herself and hold her course for hours with the tiller lashed."

64 pages, 10 plate(s)

How to Build a Cruising Yawl (Pub. No. 4912)

Sea Bird, Seagoe and Naiad

by Rudder Magazine

When Thomas Fleming Day built Sea Bird and sailed it across the Atlantic to Rome, he created a sensation and enormous desire for the plans of this shoal draft , centerboad cruising yacht. They were produced and many, many derivations of Sea Bird were eventually built and many are still sailing and building today. Following the great success of the original, as per usual, many requests were received for "just a little bit bigger boat." Seagoer and Naiad were the result. We offer the plans for Sea Bird as a booklet and are now pleased to be able to offer the plans for all three in one convenient publication; Sea Bird, Seagoer and Naiad

50 pages

Standard boats of the U.S. Navy, 1900-1915 (Pub. No. 4914)

by Bill Durham

From the Preface: " The Navy first published a complete series of standard boat designs in 1900. An order of 1870 had recognized the failings of the existing medley of boats, and called for the standardization of such types and sizes as would be most useful to the steam Navy. Many of the resulting boats were rather slow and heavy ---by intent,: not default. All Navy boats were to be made strong, stable, capacious, only as light as would be consistent with rough handling and frequent hoisting and with "large and full" lines; yet to be weatherly when loaded. Boat races and smart turnouts of boats and crews were still important, however, and the standard designs were also influenced by that special and prejudiced interest which men always take in weapons, women, horses and boats. The thorough standardization of the Navy boats along compromise lines limits the color and diversity to be found in the subject. They are of crucial significance historically, putting a period to thousands of years of oar- and sail-propelled naval boats. In types and structure they were much closer to the ships' boats employed by Odysseus than to the revolutionary concepts made possible a moment later in history by the high-speed internal combustion engine.
The boats in this collection range from sailing and pulling boats to steam cutters. Lines are provided for many, tables of offsets forsome, and there is one very large plate of a 40-foot steam cutter pocketed in the back of the book.

48 pages, 1 plate(s)

How to Build Boats (Pub. No. 4906)
Widd Hauber/A very fine basic book on boat building with many useful illustrations.

by Wid Hauber

I am writing this especially for those who have little or no experience with boat building. I have taken the attitude that the reader is an amateur, therefore I ask those who read this that are familiar with boat terms and building methods to bear with me. I will endeavor to explain every step in such a way as to save the builder those costly and very discouraging mistakes that the amateur is most likely to make. I find that these mistakes are due mostly to the builder not knowing boat building methods and terms, rather than his lack of skill as a wood worker and mechanic. Contrary to popular belief, boat building does not require as much wood working skill as it does the knowledge of what to do and how to do it. I have seen some rank amateurs who hardly knew one end of the boat from the other, but who were willing to learn and could take and follow advice, turn out a sweet little craft that the average person would swear was built by a professional. The greatest mistake that the amateur usually makes is the failure to realize the relation of one part of the boat to the other. In other words, the boat itself will only be as strong as its weakest part. Consider building the keel of a boat, for instance from timbers 12 inches square, and then fastening them together with ten-penny spikes. That would be like a blacksmith fastening together two links of heavy chain with a piece of wire. It is very obvious that the first requirement of a boat is strength, then comes seaworthiness and performance, pleasing lines, resistance to rot and deterioration, etc. The builder must consistenty bear all these features in mind in order to build a boat that will give the utmost in satisfaction and pleasure. One can derive a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction in watching the boat progress—-and the work on a boat never becomes monotonous because of the ever changing form, and the finished job gives that satisfaction of achievement that one can be proud of. I’ve heard many boat enthusiasts and yachtsmen say that they got almost as much fun out of building their own boat as they get out of using it.

90 pages

Cat Book--The (Pub. No. 4913)

Containing the Designs and Plans of Twelve Cat-Rigged Yachts
(Reprinted from "The Rudeer" 1903)

(From the Preface.) "The catboat is the most extensively employed small craft upon our Eastern coast, and a popular rig among yachting men in many localities.    It is not the favorite it once was for use as a pleasure boat, owing to the advent of the knockabout and raceabout, which rigs being better adapted for racing have supplanted the cat in many places. As a one-man boat, and for the purpose of fishing and sailing parties, the cat has no rival. It is roomy, easy to handle, and having no spar or gear forward of the stem can be brought up to a pier or dock without hindrance or trouble. The best boats of this type are those turned out by rule-of-thumb men; the trained designer generally fails when he tries to produce a cat boat.This is because he fines it down; drawing in the ends, sharpening the floor, and reducing the proportion of breadth. The cat to be a success must be as nearly a box as is possible to make it and have it a boat. The breadth must be carried clear aft, so that the boat being nearly as broad across the stern as amidships will bear on the quarter when sailing. The bottom should have as little deadrise as will allow of sufficient inside depth for the needed room. The ballast should be placed inside and be well spread over the bottom. Outside ballast will injure the sailing ability of a properly designed cat."
Designs include both the classic jib-less cat, and those with bowsprits and jibs. The designs included are:
Fifteen-foot Boat
Eighteen-Foot Hilda
Nineteen-foot Varuna
Twenty-foot Kittle
Twenty-foot Scat
Twenty-one-foot Racer
Twenty-two-foot Uarda
Twenty-three-foot Swananoa
Twenty-five-foot Step Lively
Twenty-five foot boat.
Twenty-seven-foot Camilla
Twenty-eight-foot Harbinger
(All boats are nominated on the water-line length.)

72 pages
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