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Lily Pad--A 16.5-Ft. Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5246)

by A. Mason.

Specially designed for amateur builders, this boat is suitable for an occasional overnight cruise and will do 18 mph on 22-horsepower.

“Lily Pad” is intended for those amateur builders having only a fair knowledge of woodworking tools and who want a safe boat that they can successfully complete without expending too much time and effort. While the hull form of a squarebottom scow permits the most simple type of construction, this form does not keep out spray when waters are choppy, and consequently the modified scow hull form of "Lily Pad" has flaring sides to partially overcome this fault. Also to simplify construction the bottom has no deadrise to facilitate the use of athwartship planking, but "Lily Pad" may have a slight tendency to pound as she is not intended for shallow waters. However, this tendency has also been somewhat alleviated by having the bow cut away so that it can be run right up to steep banks and permit passengers to step ashore dry-shod. This eliminates any need of a dinghy. However it must never be thought that "Lily Pad" is intended only for calm quiet waters since she will be as safe and seaworthy as the majority of other small boats intended for semi-sheltered waters.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Waterman--A 19-Ft. Heavy-Duty Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5247)

by H. I. Chapelle

No playboy, this cruiser can be utilized for fishing, lobstering, etc. With moderate power, she will do up to 12 knots economically.

This boat is intended for use in open waters where a small boat must meet both sea and wind. She is intended for moderate power to give economical operation at those speeds usually associated with cruising, say up to 12 knots; it is unfortunately true that a boat capable of performing well at high speeds with great power does not perform economically at low speeds with either small or large power. “Waterman,” then, is a cruising boat as far as speed is concerned. The lift-top cabin has two advantages; it gives a low superstructure but allows useful headroom in the cuddy when at anchor. The deck box forward of the trunk is for anchor gear which is more readily stowed in the deck box than passed below deck in so small a boat. The cockpit has been made as large as possible and if this were covered with an awning or cockpit-tent, with the lift-top cabin in use, the cockpit is converted into usable “cabin space.” The cockpit seats may be made as lockers for supplies, fuel, etc.; the engine when not used can be stowed in one of the seat lockers aft or, if too bulky for this, in the cabin. The hull form follows rather closely one that has been popular in some of the workboat launches on the Chesapeake; it is basically a “modified sharpie” in which the chines and rabbet meet at the heel of the stem. This allows a V-bottom to be used without the difficulties in construction caused by the use of the common V-bottom forefoot.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Heron (Pub. No. 5248)

by Wm. Garden, Naval Architect

The first little cruiser constructed from this model is owned by Dr. Russell Jackson of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is situated on Coon Inlet, a body of water well known for excellent fishing. A shallow-draft yet seaworthy boat was needed, for the Inlet has miles of shoals and terrific tidal currents, rips, and over-falls. Since Heron was designed to be a backyard project, construction has been kept simple.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

Discovery (Pub. No. 5249)

by William Garden, Naval Architect

"Discovery" is a little ship with big possibilities. She needs but a small cash outlay, she’s simple in construction, and she’s one of the most useful boats per dollar that it is possible to devise. On an overall length of 22 feet, she can be built complete with outboard for under $750--and built by anyone with the tools and know-how to knock together a flat~pttomed skiff. When completed, she looks shapely, sails beautifully, and runs along at five knots with a 2-hp outboard. If desired, she can be driven by any inboard engine with a displacement of less than 60 cu. in. She’s grand for either cruising or say-sailing. Her form is exactly like that of a big skiff with keel, deck, and rig added. Construction follows the same methods.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Sea Craft-A 25-Ft. Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5250)

Ideal for use on large lakes or rivers, and fully seaworthy for offshore ocean cruising, “Sea Craft” is a smart cabin cruiser designed with an eye toward simple, low-cost construction for the inexperienced boatbuilder. During World War II, the original boat was given severe tests for seaworthiness when it was used by the United States Coast Guard to take highranking officers from ship to shore. The boat has an over-all length of 24 ft., 71/2 in., and a breadth at sheer of 7 ft., 81/2 in. A converted Chrysler “75” auto engine easily pushed it along at a cruising speed of 15 knots. However, any marine or converted auto engine of similar horsepdwer may be used. Although this article describes the building of a sedan cruiser, this particular hull, with a few changes in the cabin construction, is readily adaptable to a sport fisher, express cruiser or utility boat. The cabin design of "Sea Craft" was selected because it offers one of the best all-around accommodations. Its open cockpit is large enough for fishing, lounging or sun bathing and the roomy cabin provides comfortable living quarters on a long cruise. It is equipped with a fresh-water tank, sink, cooking stove, toilet and two bunks. Two additional upper bunks can be fitted to sleep a total of four. In addition, there is plenty of cabinet and stowage space for gear.

48 pages, 8 plate(s)

11' Rowboat Carried on Top of Car (Pub. No. 5251)

If you can use a saw, hammer and plane, you can easily master the construction of this simple car-top rowboat. There are no tricky planks to fit and no difficult rabbet to cut in the stem. Not counting the transom, only two mold frames are required, and as the molds are only temporary, their assembly is not too important other than seeing that they are put tocether squarely.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Iceboat Scoot, The (Pub. No. 5252)

The unique arrangement of the sail and rigging plan of "Scoot" will be apparent as soon as you begin construction of the parts. This special rigging is the secret of the extraordinary sailing qualities that make "Scoot" a top-flight performer

Featuring rudderless steering and a flat, shell-type hull, here’s a unique 15-ft. racing iceboat, the original of which dates back historically to early days when it was used in lifesaving work on New Jersey’s Great South Bay. Born of the necessity of being able to cross the bay even when it was only partly frozen, "Scoot", in addition to its high speed and extraordinary maneuverability, is noted for its ability to take to open water, if necessary, in hurdling large patches of broken ice. Speeds greater than 80 m.p.h., achieved with as many as four passengers, put "Scoot" in the racing class. As a result of its fourpoint runner suspension, its maneuverability is extremely flexible, permitting sharp turns without danger of capsizing or skidding. Steered by manipulating a large-size jib sail, "Scoot" can be held on an arrowstraight course or turned almost literally on a dime. As designed and built by Bill Harless, noted racing champion, this version of the scooter-type iceboat is the result of prolonged experimentation and development. The hook sail rig used is, in effect, a highperformance airfoil and, because of it, Scoot glides along effortlessly in the mildest breezes and really scoots past competition with a strong wind. The boat is moored by merely tipping it on edge with the sails flat on the ice. Except where modified to simplify construction, the plans presented here were taken directly from the actual boat. Original hardware, which was especially designed and cast in brass, has been replaced with less expensive fittings that can readily be improvised from common parts easily obtainable.

16 pages, 6 plate(s)

Sea Jet--A Hickman Sea Sled Type (Pub. No. 5253)

Designed by William Jackson

Any number of control and seating arrangements are possible with this spacious 17-footer whose design stems from the old familiar Hickman Sea Sled.

"Sea Jet" is an “inverted vee” runabout based on the highly successful Hickman Sea Sled principle. The tunnel formed by the inverted vee funnels air under the hull to provide extra lift, while reducing wetted surface and its resultant drag. Extra stability, a softer ride, and greater load-carrying capacity are also benefits claimed for this type of design. While construction of "Sea Jet" is relatively simple, it is not recommended as a project for the beginner, due to its compound bottom structure.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Float-A-Home--A 21-Ft Houseboat (Pub. No. 5254)

Designed by~Ernst Lanzendorfer

A luxurious 21-footer, this houseboat is very stable, relatively easy to build and interior arrangement can be varied to suit your needs.

A Houseboat is a unique water craft in that it combines most of the comforts of home with the mobility of a boat. Of course, use is limited to sheltered waters, and speeds are slow in comparison to more seaworthy vessels. "Float-A-Home" is a 21-footer that provides plenty of living space for three or four persons. An extremely simple houseboat to build, it features a strong hull with a heavy keel and close-spaced framing. This, coupled with a relatively low profile, makes it a very stable craft. Features include a conning room designed to provide an unobstructed view forward and to the sides through glare-proof, swing-away windows. The settee behind the helm extends to make a full length berth, and in the main cabin, steps at the companionway can be removed to make way for a fold-away berth. Of course, the entire interior arrangement can be worked out to best suit your individual needs. Shown is an arrangement where a section of the after deck is left open to provide a patio effect on the starboard side, while the galley is to port.

6 pages, 5 plate(s)

Robin--A 12-Ft Utility Boat (Pub. No. 5255)

Designed by William Jackson

A 12-foot utility, it can play many roles, and very well indeed. Power by a small outboard motor, it moves along briskly.

"Robin" is a 12-foot utility runabout that’s suitable for use as a hunting and fishing skiff, yacht club tender, or work boat. An extremely simple boat to build, it is rugged, and will step along nicely with motors in the 7- to 10-hp range.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Skeeto--A Ski Boat (Pub. No. 5256)

Designed by William Jackson

Water-Ski enthusiasts, who rate their pleasure in mph, learned early that towing skiers behind an ordinary runabout is something like running the family jalopy in a sports car race. Their next step was to design a craft especially suited for their use and that’s how SK runabouts came to be. The first requirement was that SK’s be able to convert hp to mph in a way that runabouts never learned to do. Secondly, they had to be able to take the beating a ski-tow boat regularly gets, and, of course, the SK had to have clean lines, safety, and comfort.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

Parti-O--A Trailerable Patio Craft (Pub. No. 5257)

by Frank C. Beeson

A trailerable patio-craft that you can build provides semi-sheltered space afloat for summertime recreation.

You can take the family on luxury cruises, entertain friends on weekends, or go on all-day fishing trips with this semi-sheltered, floating patio that you can build. It’s great, too, as a swimming dock or for sunbathing-—even for moonlight dancing parties on your favorite lake or river. There are no compound curves in the construction and all materials are available from your local lumberyard. Once the basic structure—-made up of the lumber frame and the main plywood panels-—has been completed, you can choose finishing touches and trim from among materials most readily available to you and best suited to your budget. The original "Parti-O" was outfitted with an 18-hp outboard engine.

6 pages, 4 plate(s)

Moby Dick (Pub. No. 5258)

Designed by William Jackson

Besides being inexpensive and easy to build she’s a flexible craft that can be used for rowing, sailing and as a powered dory.

Webster defines a dory as being a flat-bottom boat with flaring sides, and a whaleboat as being a long, narrow rowboat that is sharp and raking at both ends. Our "Moby" has the characteristics of both the dory and whaleboat. Its narrow bottom makes it drive very easily under oars or sail, although, of course, it is tender. This is not really objectionable, however, because when rowing or sailing you will remain seated and your weight will hold it steady. Due to the ample flare in the sides, as it rolls it begins to “stiffen up”-—have more resistance to rolling farther-—and is quite hard to capsize fully. The flare gives it great reserve buoyancy and "Moby" is fully capable of dealing with quite rough water. She can be built in about twenty hours. If quarter-inch thick plywood is used on the sides and 3/s-inch on the bottom, weight will be 125 lbs.-—one man can beach her easily and two can get her onto a car top without trouble. Built heavier for hard service with 3/8-inch sides and 1/2-inch bottom, weight will be 160 lbs.-—all right for beaching but very heavy for cartop use. "Moby" is strong, agile, versatile, durable and rows like a feather. She’s basically an old type brought up to date with plywood and fiberglass, the latter being used in tape form over her seams.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Just-For-Fun--A Take-Along 10-Footer (Pub. No. 5259)

 Whether you’re off for an afternoon at the beach or an extended vacation tour, "Just-For-Fun" should be riding along on the cartop carriers, ready for launching at your favorite lake or river. You can build the plywood hull in two weeks of your spare time and rig it with lightweight plastic sails. A roll of clear plastic material will provide two suits of sails that are easy to make and repair and, unlike sailcloth, allow unrestricted vision for greater safety.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Playboy (Pub. No. 5260)

You can build this high styled and speedy planing outboard runabout.

Sharp! Styled like a sporty inboard—that’s "Playboy". >From her wrap-around spray rails to the walk-through entrance to the forward cockpit, Playboy simply shouts class. With a 25-horse outboard, "Playboy" will step around lively at 32 mph. Extras include a “glove compartment” for fishing gear, charts, odds and ends, smooth floor to save scrambling over frames and mahogany planking and deck. Ideal for sports, "Playboy" packs plenty of power for skidding aquaplanes or water skis or hauls up to six persons—seated. Even with the convex bottom, you can plank Playboy with plywood sheets that keep it dry and take all the punishment a fast ride on a choppy lake can dish out.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Gulfweed (Pub. No. 5263)

by John G. Hanna

In 1900 Capt. Thomas Fleming Day (then editor of the Rudder) with the collaboration of Larry Huntington and C. D. Mower, got out plans for a 25-foot skipjack arranged as a shoal draft cruiser. In 1901 Capt. Day had a boat built from these plans, named "Sea Bird". In the next ten years he sailed her thousands of miles coastwise, adding a keel in place of the original centerboard, and later a 3 H.P. Knox engine, and in 1911 he sailed her across the Atlantic. The wonderful abilities of the model were thus brought to the attention of boat lovers everywhere. I feel certain that the true skipjack form is the best that can be devised for a small sailing craft, and so I have, followed it faithfully. It has the additional merit that it requires less twist in the planking than most V-bottom hulls, and a sharply twisted plank is a harder building job than a steam bent frame. As compared with "Sea Bird", "Gulfweed" has a little deeper V-bottom, a little more flare in the topsides, higher freeboard, and a bow and stern like those of the skipjacks I am familiar with on the Gulf of Mexico, instead of the sharply turned—up plumb stem and long stern overhang of "Sea Bird". Anyone building "Gulfweed" may be certain of getting a boat of thoroughly proven merit, a long established model of known capability--not an experiment.

28 pages, 5 plate(s)

Castabout--A Camping Skiff (Pub. No. 5265)

by George Daniels

For the beginning boat builder here’s an easy-to-build utility boat which can be equipped with a plastic shelter

You don’t have to wait for this boat to swell after you put her over. She’s dry from the minute she touches the water, and she stays dry because every seam is permanently sealed whether the boat is left at a mooring or on a hot, dry beach. The seams are bonded with resorcinol resin glue that doesn’t let go even if you boil the joints made with it. This type of glue consists of two separate parts, a liquid and a powder, which you mix together when you’re ready to use the glue. Be sure to use either a resorcinol resin (such as Cascophen) or phenol resorcinol type (such as U.S. Plywood’s Phenol resorcinol adhesive). The boat shelter is made from the type of yellow flexible sheet plastic used for shower curtains. When not in use, the shelter folds into a roll that is strapped inside the boat under the sheer stringer. But if you get caught in a shower while you’re fishing, you can erect the shelter in about 2 minutes and keep dry

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Sea Gal (Pub. No. 5266)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Tradition has it that it’s the strong, broad-beamed heavyweights who are more stable when the going gets rough. Sea Gal’s ample beam and 300 lb. weight make her ideal for the rough waters along the east or west coasts, the Gu1f or inland lakes. With a 14 hp Evinrude, this versatile utility outboard boat will, do 25 mph with one aboard and plane with 3 persons aboard. That reserve stability and safety, built into the "Sea Gal" depend in part on how well you build her. If you use good white oak framing, exterior A-A plywood sheathing, and,, after it’s finished, coat the entire hull with two coats of Kuhl’s Three Way Preservative, this fine hull will serve you for many years to come. "Sea Gal" uses the minimum number of both transverse and longitudina1 framing members but they must be somewhat heavier than the type used on planked boats whose closely spaced frames prevent the plank edges from flexing.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Fire Ball's a Funster (Pub. No. 5267)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect.

Here are complete plans for building a high speed sportster.

"Fire Ball" is a streamlined speedster that seats 4 or 5 passengers and can use outboard motors of from 10 to 50 hp. Exterior waterproof plywood is used throughout to produce a sturdy craft in a minimum of time. Cost of construction will vary but should be reasonable. If well built, completed value should be much greater than the cost of the material

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Pintail--A Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5268)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

As a duck boat, "Pintail" is small and able, leakproof, light enough in weight (60 lbs.) to be handled by one man, and versatile enough to serve as a year-round fun boat for both children and adults.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

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