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Blue Bird is a Sailer (Pub. No. 5269)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Here is a small fast-traveling dinghy that can be equipped with oars, sails or motor

Most small dinghys do not sail well but this 10-ft. long "Blue Bird" is fast and points fairly high. It makes an excellent utility boat, and, if sailing equipment is not available, you can use the boat with a pair of 6½ ft. oars or with a long shaft Evinrude outboard motor of not over 3 hp. (If you use a standard shaft length outboard motor, you’ll have to cut the transom down, and injure the boat’s performance.) The difficult joinery work of construction is eliminated, but you should try hard to produce close accurate joints. Use mahogany, birch or maple plywood of exterior type, formerly called waterproof. Fir plywood can be used if it,is treated with first coater such as U.S. Plywood’s Firzite, and then painted or varnished.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Shallow Draft Bass Boat (Pub. No. 5270)

by Hi Sibley

Here is an ideal craft to reach the best bass fishing area;—where they feed in shallow water among the spatter-docks. There’s no propeller to foul in water weeds and, with a flat bottom and a 4 ft. beam along its entire length, the draft is at a minimum. The little air-cooled engine is simple to install and it has paddle-wheel propulsion; no shaft log is required. With 3/8-in. exterior marine plywood in a single panel on the bottom, you only need to calk along the chine lines. If full length panel of 4 x 15 ft. plywood is not available for the bottom, use one 8 ft. and one 7 ft. panel, joined under a cross member.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Ideal Scooter for Hire (Pub. No. 5271)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

There's good money to be made in the renting of boats, providing you own the type of boat that meets the needs of a majority of the boating public. Here is a sturdy, dependable livery scooter that’s ideal for fishermen and small family outings. It can be powered by a small, air-cooled inboard motor such as the 1¾ or 2 hp U.S. Motors Corp., Clinton, Briggs, etc.) which costs little and will operate all day long at 5 to 10 mph on a minimum of fuel. You’ll find that a fleet of these serviceable scooters is easy to build and may provide you with a profitable boat rental business. In constructing this scooter, if you keep plywood patterns of everything, you can use them over again to help you build as many of these boats as you think youcan use.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Ranger (Pub. No. 5272)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

All the facilities you need are wrapped up in this 17-ft. outboard cruiser.

When powered with larger outboard motors such as the Johnson 25 or the 33 or 50 hp Evinrude, "Ranger" will plane at speeds of 20 to 35 mph. She’s easy on fuel and maintenance costs, too, and you can transport her most anywhere by trailer. Run the trailer into the water to float the boat and you’re on your way up your favorite waterway. Two persons may sleep aboard and there is room for a small stove and a few pots and pans with which to fry those fresh fish. Although a bandsaw will help when sawing out such parts as the stem and an electric drill will speed up the job of fastening the "Ranger" can be constructed with ordinary hand tools.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Power Your Boat With a Converted Model A Engine (Pub. No. 5273)
Orville G. Bolstad/How to convert an auto engine for boat use.

by Orville G. Bolstad, Consulting Engineer

(Or use the same principles to convert a modern overhead valve engine).

In looking around for an auto engine to convert for marine use in the 16 ft. runabout I was building, I pictured in my mind a rugged, reliable 4 cylinder motor of about 50 hp. Immediately it reminded me of the time, 15 years ago, when I had used a Ford Model "A" motor in a propeller-driven sled over the snowbound roads of North Dakota. Remembering how well this motor had served me, with the sled loaded down with cargo and the motor turning hour after hour at 2400 rpm, I decided to use a Model "A". And the plan worked. It doesn’t pay to turn the motor any faster than this, as 2400 rpm is about the peak of the power curve.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Polly Wog (Pub. No. 5274)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Here’s a sturdy outboard utility boat whose speed will really surprise you.

Here is a planing-type, outboard utility boat that is unusually fast, weighs only 150 lbs., uses outboard motors up to 12 hp and is quite maneuverable at higher speed. Its ample beam and depth make it a good safe boat. In test runs, with a Mercury 10 and carrying a 270 lb. man, Polly Wog has hit 34 mph

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Buzz (Pub. No. 5275)

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

"Buzz" is a versatile, planing outboard runabout measuring 11 ft. in length with a beam of almost 56 in. It is lightweight with strong and sturdy constructional features, seats four passengers and uses such outboard motors as the Evinrude 9.7 hp; Johnson 9.9 hp, and the Mercury 10 hp. "Buzz" will plane a remarkable load at high speeds, equaling other boats with twice the hp. It also maneuvers well in rough or smooth water, making turns easily at wide open speeds. As a lightweight, portable boat "Buzz" may be loaded atop any auto for sport trips. The same building forms you make for "Buzz" may be used repeatedly to construct one or one hundred replicas of "Buzz" so that an individual, in one community can furnish the form for any number of these boats or an individual builder may construct as many boats as he can take orders for and make.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Sea Explorer--A 27 Ft. Camp Ketch (Pub. No. 5277)

by William Garden, N.A.

This little ketch was designed originally for the Portland Sea Explorer Association in response to the need for an all-around boat to replace the whaleboats and other miscellaneous types. The old boats had turned in years of good service, but in view of repair costs and difficulties in racing as a class, they were a losing proposition for low budgets, plus a widening realization by the Association of the training value in class racing. Several possibilities were examined and the final result was dictated by requirements for light weight and the use of marine plywood. In studying the plans it will become apparent that this is a specialized boat suitable for beaching to unload a crew of boys and their gear as well as affording performance under sail or oars. Eight or ten boys could have a wonderful two weeks cruising with such a boat along an interesting coast line. You will note that there is no provision for a motor, but it has three pair of oarlocks. In calm weather she can be rowed at a fair speed to make an anchorage and the crew can sleep on board or come ashore. Under sail she will be an excellent performer with the lead shoe plus live ballast. Eight boys to windward will provide stability in a real breeze and the rig can be shortened down readily by pulling the mizzen or tucking a reef in the main. Two headsails are shown; in light weather the 270 Genoa Jib will give a lot of power to keep her competitive and a spinnaker may be fitted. The basic reasoning behind the shoal draft was to make the boat portable with the ability to be trucked into other areas for exploring and for regattas. As she is designed, the concept fits in with a summer came use and other specialized service.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Snowboat--A Water/Snow/Ice/Air Boat (Pub. No. 5278)

by Joseph Adams

Powered by a 125-hp aircraft engine, this convertible summer and winter craft traverses water, ice or snow.

On water, this sleek airboat skims along at better than 35 mph. Attach the skis and she’ll easily do 60 mph over snow. She’s an all-year craft that’s even equipped with runners for zipping over ice. The engine is a four-cylinder, air-cooled aircraft type made by Lycoming for generator units which supply the power to start Air Force jet planes. It develops 125 hp at 2,600 rpm. Building the hull is not a difficult job. It’s basically a simple, flat-bottom scow. As for the metal parts, they consist of common stock which can be shaped in your own shop or a local shop where metalwork is done. A building form is necessary. This is simply two 16-foot lengths of 2x4-inch lumber, spaced 48 inches on centers.

20 pages, 2 plate(s)

Sail Skimr--A 14 Ft Sailboard/Day Sailer (Pub. No. 5279)

by Donald H. Smith, N.A.

Well designed and easy to build; here is fun sailing at its best! This 14-ft. hull is surprisingly easy to plank since there are no twists anywhere.

Thre is a gap between what is generally called a sailboard and a full-fledged sail boat. "Sail Skimr" has been designed to bridge this gap and provide an easy-to-build, low-cost craft. Her 50” beam is generous for a boat of this type and there is plenty of freeboard which goes far in lifting "Sail Skimr" out of the sailboard class. Yet she is compact and sporty enough to give all the sailboard thrills without getting her crew so wet. The cockpit contributes greatly to crew comfort, allowing some place to put one’s legs and personal belongings. There is space under the decks to accommodate some limited equipment, if so desired, in addition to styrofoam flotation blocks. There are three simple rigs shown for this craft and there is also an option regarding choice of center or dagger board. The masthead or marconi rig is probably the best for those seeking speed while the lateen or gunter rigs are more suitable to portability and general handling. Sail area is modest, with an eye toward the novice sailor.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Rinky Dink-A 12 Ft Stitch & Tape Day Sailer (Pub. No. 5280)

by Pete Smyth

Sew this plywood hull together—then fiberglass it. Easiest yet!

To build the Rinky Dink you’ll need the following: 2 sheets exterior type plywood ¼” thick by 4’ x 12’; 1 sheet exterior type plywood ½” thick by 4’ x 8’; 10 yards of 44-inch fiberglass cloth, 10 ounce; 4 five-yard lengths of fiberglass mat, 2 ounce. Sufficient resin for the above. Basically, the boat consists of two sides; two bottoms and two transoms bonded together with fiberglass mat, tape and cloth. Rigitity is supplied by the seats and the
centerboard trunk.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Skubadoo--A Styrofoam and Fiberglass Submarine (Pub. No. 5281)

by William Steiniger and Jack Smith

Here’s a skin diver’s dream sub you can build.

If you’re a skin diver of any experience you know that an electric-powered sport submarine is great for underwater exploration. Seated in such a vehicle, you can cover more bottom simply because you do not expend your energy in swimming and your precious air can be made to last much longer. Also, it’s great fun to operate. In building the sub, our original intention was to make it of fiberglass with a Plyfoam core. A wet sub (one that fills with water and is used with an aqualung) requires a certain amount of flotation and we felt the Plyfoam would be ideal. With a layer of fiberglass bonded to each side, it becomes strong indeed.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Famous San Francisco Pelican, The (Pub. No. 5282)

by William H. Short

This champion “little ship” is easy to build, sail, handle, own and love.

The Annual San Francisco Trans-Bay Pelican Race has already become a popular classic. On June 11, 1966, the big event attracted Pelicans from all over California and Washington, and forty-two Pelicans participated. The race to San Francisco from Sausalito and return now includes a windward leg to test the Pelican’s tacking ability. She is smart to windward, too. Not a single Pelican capsized or met any trouble this year, although the afternoon breezes were fresh as ever. Throughout the planning research for the Pelican, the designer kept firmly in mind the challenge of San Francisco Bay’s strong winds and rough water. At the same time he was aiming at a design simple to handle-—and fast. The Pelican is a little craft capable of safely crossing San Francisco Bay’s main ship channel west of Alcatraz (the weather side)from Marin to San Francisco in the strong afternoon winds. On the face of it, none of this seems impressive, until the size and type of boat is known—-a stalwart 12-ft. centerboarder! Briefly, her great stability and buoyancy are created by combining the lines of the famous Banks fishing dory with the Oriental sampan. Foredecks, side decks and ample stern deck, make her exceptionally dry. Real coamings around the entire cockpit

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Horizon--A 24 Ft Family Auxiliary (Pub. No. 5283)

by Peter J. Statile, N.A.

This sleek 24 Ft. family auxiliary is perfect for weekend cruises.

The ability to cruise in comfort does not require either a fat purse or a large yacht. A little ability with hand tools and some perseverance is all that’s needed to acquire this compact auxiliary with stay-aboard room and all the facilities one needs for weekend relaxation. She is a real husky little craft and will be able to take you anywhere with security. The cockpit is roomy enough for day sailing yet the galley is adequate for weekend cruising. The uniquely shaped cabin provides extra surface area for ports which produce a bright, sunny interior.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Gemini Cat--A 14 Ft Fiberglass Catamaran (Pub. No. 5284)

by S.T. Vetrosky

Here's a catamaran you can build by making a female plaster mold and forming hulls with fiberglass and polyester resin.

The hulls for this 14-foot fiberglass detachable catamaran sailboat are made by laying up 3 layers of fiberglass impregnated with polyester resin in a female plaster mold. The fiberglass hulls are approximately 1/8” thick at their sides and somewhat thicker at bottom due to resin sag. The hull decks are made of exterior plywood, coated with polyester resin on both sides. Epoxy resin is used to fasten decks to hulls. The wings are made of plywood and solid fir, screwed and cemented together with epoxy resin. Rudders are of stainless steel sheaths and aluminum blades. Stainless steel springs can be added to hold retracted rudders in raised position. Gemini Cat can be disassembled by removing sixteen 1/4“ bolts which attach hulls to wings. This feature enables one to completely build the boat in a basement, remove the finished parts and assemble outdoors. Also, the boat, when disassembled, can be car topped for transport.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Dolphin--A 21 Ft Motor Sailer (Pub. No. 5285)

by David ft Beach, N. A

Here’s a neat 21-foot sea-going outboard powered motor-sailer.

The specific purposes for which "Dolphin" was designed will appeal to many small cruiser enthusiasts who are not attracted to the high speed boat which forces them to schedule their trips by the location of fuel pumps. Of course, she will also appeal to the cruising couple who will want to tilt up the engines and sail when the wind is right. These people will admit, however, that although "Dolphin" is a motor-sailer, she is more power boat than sailing machine, and this fact should be recognized by all concerned from the very beginning.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Chug-A-Tug--A 21-Ft Little Ship (Pub. No. 5286)

by Donald LI. Smith, N. A.

This 21’ cruiser is a “little ship” with jaunty tugboat lines.

The roving nautical eye will be sure to catch the tug-like silhouette of "Chug-a-Tug" against any waterway backdrop, for here indeed is a most unusual small boat profile. To those who have always hankered for the feel of a real ship, "Chug-a-Tug" is the next best thing. When you step into the wheelhouse, start the engine, grasp the spoked mahogany ship’s wheel, and give a blast on the air horn to get under way, a new dimension in pleasure boating is suddenly presented. An excellent vantage point is provided the helm by virtue of the forward location and large open pilot house. A glance toward the stern reveals a sizable portion of the craft aft of the helm and as the wheel is turned, a quaint feeling of moving a larger vessel accompanies the visual aspects of a swinging stern as the craft comes around. Heading up to a dock is a dream, and there is positive vision right up to contact with a pier, when you can reach out from the pilot house to “fend off” or handle lines. The forward cockpit is, in itself, a real pleasure for up here there is only the sound of bow waves and a gentle throb from the engine exhaust astern. Sunning, fishing, or lazy cruising can be yours with "Chug-a-Tug". Her walk-around decks and two cockpits afford luxuries not often found in craft this size. Anglers who prefer still fishing or casting can appreciate being able to move around the open decks, with protection in the cockpits or as provided by the handsome bulwarks. No tackle boxes lost overboard or getting fouled up in a companion’s gear, because of sharing cockpit space. In this sense "Chug-a-Tug’s" two cockpits give her a quality of being almost two boats in one. With two berths, a galley, and a head, she is a real cruiser throughout.

7 pages, 3 plate(s)

New Hope--An 8 Ft Weekend-Build Pram (Pub. No. 5287)

by Hal Kelly

Originally planned as a tender for a large boat, this little pram became a sailboat at the insistence of youngsters in the family. It has served both purposes welL Up to four people have been rowed ashore at once and even the slightest breeze carries the kids along under sail. We used less than three 4x8-foot sheets of quarter-inch exterior plywood for the planking, seats and gussets. The bottom was fiber-glassed for added protection in beaching. As a study of the drawings will show, a handyman in a hurry could finish most of the work in one week end. The jig is nothing more than two parallel 2x4’s, cross braced and leveled on blocks or sawhorses. The jig lumber needn’t go to waste, either, for there are many uses it can be put to around the house. We used white cedar for the framing but straight-grained fir would fill the bill, too.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Knockabout--A 14 Ft Utility Rowboat (Pub. No. 5288)

by Don Shiner

Basic tools are just a saw, hammer and nails and ou can build her in two days.

Like to have a utility boat tied out back on the lake or river, ready to use whenever you have the time for some relaxation? A boat that handles well with oars or outboards up to 10 hp and easily withstands the impacts of sunken logs or rocks? Then this fiatbottom skiff is for you. You can put her together in a weekend and have a coat of paint on before sunset Sunday. No screws are used in the boat, just nails (thus our knock-together terminology). The entire boat, with the exception of the stem and transom, is built of 3/4-in soft pine. The sides are 14 in. wide and 14 ft. long. The bottom is made up of boards four or five in. wide. Avoid use of tongue-and-groove lumber on the bottom; it would buckle. The stem is cut from 3x4½-in. white oak. The transom is two pieces of one-in, redwood or pine, laminated together with waternroof glue for strength and thickness.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Sportsman--A 13 Ft Outboard Runabout or Utility (Pub. No. 5289)

by Edwin Monk, N. A.

This 13’ 4” outboard can be built as a snappy runabout or utility. Designed to be built by amateurs with modest budgets. Sportsman gives top performance.

Building the skeleton of your boat can be greatly simplified if you make full size drawings of each frame. You can use one of the fir plywood panels ordered for planking as a layout board, with long edge of the panel serving as a baseline. Lay out a centerline at right angles to this edge with a large steel square, and plot the water line, setup line and buttocks as shown in plan.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

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