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General Utility Rowboat (Pub. No. 5002)

Here is a rowboat which is the final development of a long line of forerunners. This graceful little V-bottom craft is 13 feet long, may be powered with a small outboard motor of from 2 to 12 h.p. for fishing, camping or for general all-round use. The construction is relatively simple and the cost of materials low. This boat has been tested under all conditions and is exceptionally seaworthy and dry in choppy seas. The lapstreak construction makes the hull rigid and insures that it will remain watertight even when the boat is taken out of the water and put in again at infrequent intervals. The boat weighs from 175 to 190 pounds, depending upon the materials, and consequently may be transported easily by trailer

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

10' 3" Sectional Boat, A (Pub. No. 5001)

This unique sectional boat occupies little space when nested for stowing and can be easily carried by car. The boat presented here fulfills all requirements for each transportation by auto, trailer or cruiser, and when assembled is 10 feet 3 inches long, having the capacity of a large rowboat and carrying three or four passengers safely. Readily jointed in a few minutes, it is light in weight (90 pounds), stable and seaworthy, rows easily, and propels well with outboard motors up to 6 horsepower. Construction is simple and economical while a feature of this trouble-free sport craft is the use of canvas-covered plywood, which means not only sturdy lightweight construction but also permanent leakproof qualities.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

13' 6" Family Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5003)
/Any one of four standard types of construction may be used.

Smooth riding and absolute safety at high speeds characterize this 13½’ round.bottom outboard runabout. Well adapted to both rough and smooth water, it may be used efficiently with any outboard motor of from 1 to 60 h.p.—a power range that can be achieved oniy with a round-bottom design.  Even if it should be recklessly driven, the boat is practically impossible to upset at any speed, excepting oniy in extremely high seas such as would be too much for any small boat. It is large enough to carry the whole family safely and comfortably, easy to row, and so light that two men can lift it onto a trailer.  The design includes various features never before offered in a boat for home construction. The combination of rocker keel forward, and flat planing surface aft, and the complete elimination of tripping chines make the design the safest it is possible to build. Clinker -built (lapstreak) construction with bent oak frames provides for exceptional light weight and strength. At high speed the spray is caught by each plank lap and forced back under the boat, which increases the speed.  Any one of four standard types of construction may be used. If made lapstreak, the hull will be found no more difficult to build than many V-bottom boats of the same size.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

9' 7" Plywood Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5004)
Although extremely easy to construct, this lightweight portable boat is adapted to many uses. It is ideal as a car-top boat for fishing and hunting trips, as a tender for any small cruiser, or as a general-utility boat around a bathing beach, yacht club, or summer cottage. It may be powered by oars, sail or a small outboard motor and is so light it need never be left in the water. When used for fishing, the boat will have plenty of buoyancy and stability for three adults, and when used as a sailboat there is still ample room for two.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)
11 ft Camper's Boat (Pub. No. 5005)

This well-built craft is an ideal canvas-covered boat for camping, fishing and pleasure trips. It is 11 feet 2 inches long, just under 4 feet in beam, and weighs about 100 pounds. Although designed for two, it will carry four persons safely. Light in weight for its unusual carrying-capacity, the boat may be easily transported afloat or ashore. Two men can raise it on top of a car, or one man alone on a trailer. Speeds up to 35 miles an hour are attainable with a motor of 14 horsepower, while a sma1l motor of 2 horsepower will give good trolling and cruising speeds. Because of the modified V-bottom, it responds quickly and easily to oars, and is seaworthy and safe in rough or fast water. The canvas covering keeps the hull permanently watertight without bothersome swelling or leaking, even when it is left exposed to the sun and hot winds or is stored away for a time. The filler coat effectively seals the cloth, providing a smooth, frictionless and waterproof finish. A coat of paint each year will keep the hull in perfect condition. Tears in the fabric may be repaired by applying a piece of cloth coated with canvas cement.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Hunter's Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5006)

Every man who takes his fun dropping speeding web-feet out of the autumn skies has at some time wished for an inexpensive, comfortable and easily transported duck boat. Here is that boat. Though it is big enough to accommodate three men and their equipment, and incorporates an unusual design, it can be built by any man having average skill with tools. Only ordinary materials are needed and the building need not take more than three working days. Completed, the boat weighs only 60 pounds and can be handled easily by one man whether ashore or afloat, and can be carried without undue strain on the top of a closed automobile. The unusual craft draws only an inch or so of water, depending upon the load, and can navigate shallow waters ordinarily impassable to any boat except a kayak,canoe or sneakbox. Its light weight permits it to be paddled with minimum labor. The waterproof covering is durable and tough and the necessity of repairs should be few, but, when a hidden snag or rock is struck, repairs can be made with canvas patches and airplane-wing dope.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

La Petite--A Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5008)

LOA 7'-4", BEAM 3' -81/2" , WEIGHT 90 LBS.
A really small plywood dinghy such as La Petite has three inherent features that endear it to boatmen of all sorts: first, it is compact; second, it is light; and third, it is easy to build. Thanks to her plywood planking, her hull is practically leakproof and with ordinary care should stay that way for many seasons. This means that you'll have to spend but a few hours getting her in shape at fitting-out time—slap on a coat of paint and you’re ready to

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

17 Ft Motor Cruiser (Pub. No. 5009)
/Economy of operation, all-weather seaworthiness and superior handling qualities.

(For Inboard or Outboard Motor)
Economy of operation, all-weather seaworthiness and superior handling qualities are features of this 17-foot de luxe cabin cruiser. It is especially designed for small motors, with their low operating cost. Cruise all day for less than a dollar spent in gas; go, if you like, with this shallow-draft boat through many rivers and creeks and through shallow water where higher-powered cruisers could never navigate.  Special improvements have been developed to give this small cruiser a maximum speed with the low-power motors—6 m.p.h. with a 21/2-h.p. motor and as high as 10 m.p.h. with the 10-h.p. models, or almost the same speed with which a similar motor would drive a rowboat.  Such a degree of seaworthiness and stability has been incorporated in the boat that it is well adapted for fishing in any rough and unprotected waters—even for ocean use. For extended cruises it will accommodate two persons, or three if one sleeps in the cockpit. On short trips as many persons as can be crowded into it may be safely carried.  For ease of construction, this little cruiser compares more with an outboard runabout than with other cruisers. The over-all length is 17 feet, beam 6 feet 2½ inches. A dinghy is not necessary as this cruiser can be beached almost anywhere

24 pages, 4 plate(s)

Racing Catboat (Pub. No. 5010)

Her length is 11 feet 111/4 inches, and the extreme beam is 4 feet 11 inches. She is fast under sail, quick in response to the tiller, and can be used with an outboard motor

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

12 ft Scow Sailboat (Pub. No. 5011)

(For Sail, Oar or Outboard Motor) Simple and inexpensive to build, this extremely fast scow-type sailboat recommends itself to sportsmen who wish a light, serviceable craft for lake, bay, river or other protected waterway. This particular boat is agile, and extremely fast. She points high, and responds quickly to the pressure of one finger on the tiller. Being close-hauled, she comes about in her own length. The usual sailboat is heavy, making it difficult to transport, but this type, weighing oniy 200 pounds complete, can be carried on top of an automobile or on a trailer. The spars are not hard to carry, and the sailing equipment, which is removable in a few minutes, is easily stowed. Without sails, the hull makes a satisfactory boat for hunting, fishing or general use, since it can be propelled by oars or outboard motor like a sneakbox. Sailing equipment is readily made from ordinary materials.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sturdy 9 ft Pram (Pub. No. 5012)

(For Oars, Sail or Outboard Motor) Developed years ago by seafaring Scandinavians, whose very lives depended upon the seaworthiness of their boats, prams have rendered valuable service as ship's dinghies and in countless other ways. In their modern form, embodying the numerous refinements that have been added from time to time, these sturdy little craft can be used successfully for purposes never dreamed of by the original designers. The pram is easily ad cheaply built or ordinary materials available anywhere. The completed boat will weigh from 75 to 100 pounds, depending upon the materials used. As a yacht dinghy, the pram tows better than any other type of boat, and will accomodate safely just about as many persons as can find room for their feet. It sails well, and may be easily rowed. Due to its light weight and generaous capacity, it makes a fine general-purpose hull for transporting on top of an automobile or by trailer. With a one to sixteen-horespower outboard, it can be used for trolling, or its speed can be stepped up to rival that of an outboard racing boat. Though only nine feet long, the pram, because of its broad beam and scow bow, is superior to the average fourteen-foot rowboat in roominess and seaworthiness.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

5 Surfboards (Pub. No. 5013)

(For Surf, Paddle or Sail)
5 SURFBOARDS: A 13'9" Hollow Surfboard, A Paddle Surfboard, an Aquaplane, A Laminated Surfboard, and A Child's Surfboard
Designed for all-round use, the streamline hollow surfboard carries two persons easily and the other 4 designs provide a variety of other options.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

10' 9" Car-Top Boat (Pub. No. 5015)

(For Oars or Outboard Motor)
This useful all-round plywood boat is designed for the man who wants a portable, all-round utility boat for fishing and hunting or family use. It can be taken anywhere on top of the car and has the advantage of not requiring a trailer. There are, of course, no planking seams to open up in the hot sun. This boat may be used on any water, from small creeks or inaccessible lakes to larger, open bays. With an inexpensive commercial car-top rack of the suction-cup type, or a homemade rig similar to it, transportation of this lightweight boat is no problem at all. Or, if only short trips are to be made by automobile, the boat may be tied in place on the car roof, providing sufficient padding is used to prevent chafe. Inexpensive to build, this craft is a good utilit boat for use at a bathing beach. A small outboard, of from 1/2 to 3 h.p., will drive it efficiently; and because of its light construction, and V-bottom design, it is easy to row. As it can be carried by one man, it need never be left in the water.

18 pages, 1 plate(s)

13' 4" Beginner's Sailboat (Pub. No. 5016)

(For Sail or Oars)
For racing or sport sailing, our Marconi-rigged beginner’s sailboat is not only simple and inexpensive to construct, but easy to handle and speedy under a variety of conditions. The boat gives a superior performance in light winds, yet the hull will ride over waves that would usually swamp a craft of this size.  It has an overall length of 13 feet 4 inches, and a 5-foot beam. Despite the sturdiness of the hull for its size, it should have, completed, a weight of oniy about 250 pounds, which makes transportation on a trailer easy.  Fleets of half a dozen or even fewer of these boats, matched against each other, will offer keenly competitive, thrilling, close-finish racing.  The Marconi cat rig provides for a fair proportion of the sail high near the masthead, where it is most efficient. The use of a sail track facilitates the removal of the sail so that it may be stored easily when not being used. This is an advantage that contributes toward longer life for the sail.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

18 ft Cape Cod Dory (Pub. No. 5018)
/Long a favorite with commercial fishermen who meet all kinds of weather far out at sea, the true dory is a practical boat.

(For Oars, Sail or Inboard Motor)
Long a favorite with commercial fishermen who meet all kinds of weather far out at sea, the true dory is a pracital boat for inland lakes as well. It combines many advantages, notably its roominess, its stanchness, and the ease with which it can be handled and launched in the surf. The original dory design had no thwarts, so that a number of the boats could be neste don the deck of a fishing schooner. This one, shown in the pespective drawing, is 18 feet long.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Moppet--An All Purpose Rowboat (Pub. No. 5019)

by Jack Williams

Row it... Use it with any small outboard.. . Carry it atop your car.

LOA 11' 6", BEAM 4' 8", WEIGHT 110 LBS.

"Moppett" is large enough to accommodate four people, yet light enough to be carried atop your car or on a small trailer. She rows easily and can be used with a small outboard motor, not to exceed five hp. Thanks to her V bottom, she will be much more seaworthy than the usual flat-bottom rowboat. By following the method of fabrication described here, you can build "Moppet" in a fraction of the time required for the average boat of this type—and she’ll actually be stronger than if conventional methods were used. Construction is not difficult. Anyone handy with tools should be able to turn out from one to 100 replicas of Moppet for pleasure or profit.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Build your own Canoe (Pub. No. 5020)

(A Canadian Style Wood and Canvas Model) by R.O. Buck With its low ends and flat bottom, which extends well up into bow and stern, this 16-ft., Canadian-type canoe is well adapted to the needs of the average builder. It is used by the forestry service because of its steadiness on the water, ease of paddling and the fact that it is little affected by cross winds on account of its wide beam which is 33. in. amidships. The weight of the finishec canoe will be about 70 or 80 pounds. It is planked in white ceda

16 pages

Seajack--A 15' Knockabout Sailer (Pub. No. 5021)

By Julius Fanta and Christ Sommer

Here are plans and details for building Seajack, a snappy knockabout sailer that meets the demand for a sturdy, well-built craft for comfortable going. Fifteen feet long, Sea jack is a lot of boat for her size, and yet ideal for single-handed sailing. The five-foot beam makes for a commodious cockpit and the safe pleasure of five or six persons.  The cat-rigged, 97 square-foot sail handles easily. If desired, Seajack may be sloop-rigged with a total spread of 120 square feet; the difference being in the jib’s area.  The entire rig is inboard so that stability is at a maximum. Weighing between 450 and 500 pounds, depending on materials, this sailer is conveniently rowed in dead calms, and light enough to be transported by trailer. The rudder is removable so that an outboard motor may be attached to the transom.  Simple to build, Seajack should be no problem to the amateur.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Puncture Proof Kayak, A (Pub. No. 5022)

While this trim kyack is somewhat heavier than the simple canvas type it is much safer and less likely to become punctured on rocks or stumps because the entire frame is sheathed with plywood and canvas laid over that. One person can easily carry it out of the water, and being relatively short, as kyacks are, it can be transported on the roof or side of a car.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Pirate--A 17 ft Cabin Sharpie (Pub. No. 5023)

by I. A. Emmett

This little shoal-draft sharpie not only combines the handiness of power with the pleasures of sail, but provides a roomy cabin for week-end and vacation cruising. An opening in the-after deck permits fastening a small outboard motor astern when the wind fails and the raising cabin top feature gives an unusually roomy cabin aboard so small a boat. Note how this latter works out: when sailing, the top or roof of the cabin nestles down on the low coaming to be out of the way and not spoil the boat’s appearance or ability. But, at anchor, the top is raised on its canvas gusset-like sides, and held up by struts, to give good headroom below. As a cabin is used but little while sailing or under power, room below does not matter; headroom is most welcome when the boat is anchored at night, or for meal

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

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