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Sunbeam--An 11 Ft Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5290)
Edwin Monk/Here's 11 ft 3 inches of beamy, easy-to-build boating pleasure.

by Edwin Monk, N. A.

Here’s 11 ft..3 inches of beamy, easy-to-build boating pleasure.

Making a full-sized drawing of each frame simplifies building the skeleton of your boat. You can use one of the fir plywood panels ordered for planking as a layout board, with a 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 the plan.  If you number each drawing to avoid confusion, you can superimpose all frame layouts on this one set of reference lines.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Collapsible Glass-Bottom Boat (Pub. No. 5291)

Here’s a perfect rig for the junior boatman--novel yet simple.

This versatile little rig was designed to serve a single purpose, but we soon discovered that it could serve many. Primarily, it was built for one or two of our children to paddle around in when we anchored our small cruiser, since we have no dinghy. But we added a few novelty features and so created many more uses. Even a landlocked tourist can now casually launch himself on any lake or stream, simply by removing the assembled, 8-foot hull from the car roof or by reaching into the trunk for the collapsed craft. It takes just 30 seconds to assemble the sections, and carrying it to the water is no problem, since it weighs only 29 pounds. The real fun starts when you examine marine life through the Plexiglas window beneath your feet. With this feature, you can stay in contact with the bottoms after the weather has turned and the shivering skin divers have gone home. It’s also a fine way to watch your quarry going for your lure as you fish. Or, for the “shutterbug,” it’s an open window onto the glorious colors and formations below, which provide an endless source of fascinating photographs. A paddle gets you around very quickly because of the lightweight plywood hull. And since the boat has plenty of beam for its length, and good side flare, stability is fine-—provided no horseplay is indulged in. As to the glass, a plywood panel hinges down over it and forms an extra seat for a small-size passenger; the panel doubles as a sunshade when viewing through the glass 

22 pages, 5 plate(s)

Buzy Bee--A Motorized Glass-Bottom Boat (Pub. No. 5293)

by Hal Kelly

Built in a weekend, "Bee" has a built-on viewing window, dead man's throttle and shielded prop for added safety.

"Buzy Bee" is not a toy, but a real fun boat designed to cover a lot of territory. A Plexiglas window allows skin divers or the merely curious to clearly see what’s on the bottom. You can use "Buzy Bee" for fishing, shell collecting, or simply puttering around in the summer sun. There’s space aboard for small equipment, such as a spear gun or gaff, or even a small anchor if you want to moor away from shore. And, perhaps best of all, you can build it yourself in one weekend, for about $100 including the engine. The "Bee" will idle along at barely more than a standstill, or step along at its top speed of 8 mph—-which is pretty exhilarating when you’re lying there just a few inches above the water. You steer with your feet, or by shifting your weight from side to side, as you would on a sled. The propeller is mounted well forward, where it is nearly impossible to reach, but it is surrounded by an aluminum shield as an added safety measure, A “dead man’s” throttle is used—-if you release your grip on it, the engine stops. If you should happen to fall off the boat, it won’t run away from you, and the propeller won’t be turning when you climb back aboard. Foamed-in-place flotation makes it possible for "Buzy Bee" to support 350 lbs., so even if it is swamped or damaged, it will still carry the weight of engine and operator. All in all, it is a safe and sturdy package that will withstand a lot of hard use. The engine is a small, 3½-hp Clinton Super 415 fitted with a heavier flywheel to make it easier to start. This motor has a vertical shaft, which is connected to the gear and propeller assembly from an old outboard motor. You can get a lower unit from an obsolete 3- to 5-hp outboard for next to nothing. A commercial unit called a Jaw Coupling makes this hook-up a cinch. The finished boat weighs just under 80 lbs., so it isn’t too difficult for one adult, or a couple of kids, to hoist it in and out of the family station wagon. Grab handles on the bow and stern add to the ease of handling.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

Shallow-Draft Hunting Kayak (Pub. No. 5294)

If you want to explore for game in the shallow back waterways (where noisy motorboats can’t go), this two-seater is for you.

For many years a favorite of hunters, trappers and traders in this country, the kayak now is as popular with Europeans as the outboard boat is with Americans. Although this boat was designed to carry two people, it will accommodate three in a pinch, and gear may be stowed under fore and after decks. A few strokes with the double paddle will send it gliding across the water with the minimum of effort on your part. Kayaks are surprisingly seaworthy, too-—more stable than a canoe, in fact, because the occupants sit on the bottom of the hull which lowers the center of gravity.

11 pages, 5 plate(s)

Glass-Bottom Boat (Pub. No. 5295)

by William D. Jackson

Underwater fun and adventure can be yours when you build this glass-paneled gadabout or add glass “windows” to your present boat. Here’s how.
Glass panels in your boat will open, up a colorful new world of underwater excitement. Such a paneled boat is ideal for Scuba or skin divers, because it previews promising diving areas for them. And when you use such a see-throug boat with an underwater intercom, you have an ideal combination for a team diving effort, for unlimited fun, adventure and exploration. If you already own a boat with a flat bottom. similar to the one shown here, you’ll find the instructions on how to install glass panels in the bottom toward the end of this article. If you don’t own such a craft, follow the complete plans given here and you’ll have yourself a nifty little all-purpose boat.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Veep--A Hickman Type Sea Sled (Pub. No. 5296)

by William D. Jackson

This roomy 15-ft. Hickman-type sea sled is one that you can build at home.

An inverted-V in the forward cross section of the sea sled stands for victory over the hydrostatic forces that tend to keep ordinary.hulls slogging through the water. With each turn of the prop, the craft leaps forward, taking a huge gulp of air in its maw to lift the hull and keep it riding on the broad planing surface aft. This efficiency, plus the absence of centerline turbulence commonly found in catamarans, allowed 35-mph performance with a single Mercury 45-hp outboard engine clamped on "Veep’s" transom. Construction is as simple as possible for a boat offering performance and roominess. A minimum number of sawn frames are enclosed in a tough stressed-skin of 3/8-in. plywood.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Ace--A Speedy 2-Cockpit Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5297)

By William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Brand new hi-lift bottom design and high-strength longitudinal beam construction make "Ace" years ahead in outboard runabout speed and performance.

Propelled with a 16 hp stock Evinrude, "Ace" has easily outrun conventional boats powered with 25 hp outboards. We found the one we built could do 50 mph—when teamed up with a 40 hp Mercury that had a quickie lower unit. The wetted or planing area of the hull with one person aboard is only about one square foot! With five persons aboard and powered with a 25 hp outboard, "Ace" planes on the after quarter portion of hull bottom. Chines are beveled for safe turns at high speeds. "Ace" is an ideal boat for backyard builders because no building form is required to make it. This feature also makes it an excellent boat for pre-cut boat kit sales if you are interested in going into the boat building business on a part or full time scale. Its sub-assembly construction also lends itself to mass production of completed boats by the assembly line method.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Blitzen--A Utility or Racing Boat (Pub. No. 5298)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

The first "Blitzen" design we built was bought by a boat manufacturer who wanted to win some Class B runabout races. And, by golly, he did just that, with a speedometer clocked top speed of 47 mph, using a Mercury with a special lower unit. Actually, this "Blitzen" design makes either an ideal fast utility boat or a racer hydroplane for Class B competition. Its hull does all right for itself with the more powerful 25 hp Johnson and Evinrude motors in smooth and rough water, and on either the utility or racer hull, its beveled chines give you an easy maneuverability. It also lends itself to quantity production in case you want to make and sell some extra ones for profit.

16 pages, 1 plate(s)

Hydro-Kart--A 3 Pt Hydro-Dual Kart Engines, The (Pub. No. 5299)

by William Jackson and Wayne Ison

In one week’s spore time, you can build this 50-mph competition-type hull. Powered by those air-cooled high-speed engines, it offers a new thrill afloat.
Have you been wondering what it would be like to run your kart engines on a small three-pointer at top speed with so little of the boat in the water the sensation is that of flying? Here’s your opportunity to get in on karting fun afloat. If your goal is competition, you’ll want to keep the weight of your "Hydro-Kart" below 100 lbs. The best way to do this is to use l/8 mahogany plywood over spruce framing with bronze or monel fastenings. For economy, however, you can use fir exterior plywood and galvanized fastenings which may put you just over the 100lb. mark, but will not noticeably affect nerformance.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Manu--A 30 mph Planing Sailboat (Pub. No. 5300)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Have you ever sailed in a planing-type sailboat? If you haven’t you have a real thrill awaiting you. The difference between sailing a planing-type sailboat and the conventional displacement-type sailboat is about the same as chugging along in an outboard powered, displacement-type row boat as compared to breezing along in an outboard planing-type runabout. It’s a remarkable experience to actually feel the hull of a planing sailboat rise and go skimming across the surface of the water at 18 to 30 mph! That’s faster than the American Cup Defenders will do, which, of course, are long sleek displacement-type sailboats. "Manu’s" tremendous speed is due to (1) a new concept in design and construction of hull and sails and (2) a vastly different theory and technique of sailing than that used for sailing displacement sailboats.

24 pages, 9 plate(s)

Sea Fury-A 15 Ft 3-Pt Hydro Runabout (Pub. No. 5301)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Now, for the first time, you can build a sleek sports runabout, using a threepoint racing-type hull similar to those that have captured championship trophies in hydro-class competition year after year. With ordinary 35-40 hp motors, "Sea Fury" will begin to plane in her own length and becomes practically air-borne at speeds of 45-50 mph. This, along with the full-length hard chines to dig in on turns, make "Sea Fury" an exciting boat to handle and a money saving project for the back-yard boat builder

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Round-Bottom or Vee? (Pub. No. 5302)
B.B. Wood/The relative merits of the two major types of power boat bottoms.

by B.B. Wood

A remarkable paper on the power requirements of the two general types of runabouts. The test curves and text matter are of vital importance to the designer or the skilled owner.

16 pages, 1 plate(s)

Cyclone, A Hand 36 foot Auxiliary (Pub. No. 5303)

Designed by Wm. H, Hand, Jr.

After publishing information for a variety of motor boats, small, medium, and large, we depart from Custom and present this month plans, specifications and full details for a regular he-boat. A full-fledged deep water craft less than 40 feet long, but oh—what room there is to be had in a boat like this. Mr. Hand has outdone himself this time. Cabins, quarters and all accommodations are large and commodious, There is ample deck space. Cockpit is wonderful and altogether there is room to spare at all points. This capable little boat takes the form of a sloop and is just about 30 feet long on the waterline. The overhang forward and aft increases this length to 38 feet 61/2 inches. All old sailormen will delight in seeing a sloop yacht of this kind; The typical Hand sheerline lends a grace and distinctiveness to these down east fishing type schooners, which is a feature in itself. Along the New England Coast fishing is the business of many industrious natives. The vagaries of the weather are not permitted to interfere at all with their comings and goings. Their boats are used at all times, both winter and summer, in storm and calm. They take the weath,er as it comes, the good with the bad. As Mr. Hand says in talking of this sloop, it can go anywhere the water is deep enough, cross the ocean if necessary, if you are a real sailor and navigator. Much more substantiaHy and heavily built than is customary in motor boat construction, boats of this kind are endowed with a remarkably long life. Witness, for example, some of the early Hudson River sloops which were built before the days of the steamboats The last few of these are just about disappearing after a long strenuous life. Since the sizes of timbers and frames in Cyclone are very heavy and substantial it is questionable if there are any amateur builders in the country with either the ability or plant, facilities sufficient to undertake single-handed a boat of these pretentions. The information given is complete and to the point. The outboard profile also gives the sail plan. Construction sections and plans will show all sizes of materials and fastenings entering into the boat.

Read What Mr. Hand Says About Cyclone
A Plea for the Auxiliary

Those who love the sea and real cruising on blue water, who like the feeling of a seaworthy, substantial, and able sailing craft which is really “bigger than the weather” in the summer months, will do well to seriously consider the type represented by this little sloop. She is a boat in which you may cruise in safety and comfort anywhere the water is deep enough,—yes, across the ocean if you are a real sailor and navigator. No motor ever built will equal the smooth, quiet, and even driving power of a good breeze, and the sensation of bowling along with started sheets cannot be equalled on the water, under the water, or in the air. The throb, roar, rattle, and vibration of man made machinery may be exhilarating, but it is also nerve racking, and cannot be favorably compared with the soft, smooth driving power of God given wind. Yes, of course, the wind fails at times and sometimes one is in a hurry, then you may start your motor and slip along at good speed with far less noise and vibration than in a comparatively lightly built “express cruiser” or standard “cruiser” of motor type.    This little sloop is really a little ship,—a sailor’s boat, and her lines, construction and details follow the very best practice of the modern fisherman type for deep water work. Below decks she has a real cabin with all cruising conveniences for a party of four. She is not a floating bungalow, but a snug and trim little cruiser in which you may really cruise.    WILLIAM H. HAND, JR.

18 pages, 4 plate(s)

Ella-Mae--A 17-Ft. Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5304)

Economical and easy to build, this tough little craft answers the need for a comfortable cabin boat on a budget.
Anybody who can use the simplest of carpenter's tools can build the Ella-Mae, and make an excellent job of her. The trim lines of the hull with its simple V-bottom give the boat a surprising turn of speed, even with a small motor. The original boat shown in the photographs had a 3 H.P. outboard. Despite her enviable performance and obvious ruggedness, the Ella-Mae is probably easier to build than any other boat of her type. She's ideal for the campiing trip or for ordinary pleasure cruising close to home, and can be built in a fairly short time by the man who gets more fun out of cruising than out of construction. Ella-Mae can float in heavy dew; note the circle on the photograph below; that's grass growing just astern folks!

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sportster--A Speedy 12.5-Ft. Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5306)

Here is an outboard runabout especially adapted to plywood fabrication. Construction is simplified and easy, while building costs are low. The completed boat is fast, light in weight, safe and sturdy, giving its best performance with outboard motors from ten to thirty horsepower. Sportster may be built with a single open cockpit or with two cockpits as indicated. If high speed is not an objective, air cooled inboard motors may be used.

10 pages, 1 plate(s)

Tangierman--A 32-Ft. Skipjack (Pub. No. 5308)

by J. A. Emmett

Tangier Man is no new type but a true Bay skipjack. Her hull lines are exactly those of the larger dredge boats which work all winter long down on the Chesapeake, in weather good and bad, dredging oysters under sail, power not being permitted for this work. Aside from the true sharpies this deadrise type with its cross-planked bottom is perhaps the cheapest and easiest kind of boat for its size not only to build but to maintain. Low cost materials can be used in her construction but to have her look well care must be taken with the building: she will be shippy looking and in keeping with her type if joints are carefully fitted and fastenings correctly driven. She is not a small boat by any means, and heavier than ordinary materials are used in her construction, but this has been laid out with home building in mind. She is a little large to be tackled as one's first attempt at boat building but is an excellent proposition for the man who wants something larger than his present craft and who has some idea of boat building procedure. If he has previously constructed one or two small boats, so much the better. And best of all is the fact that most of her fittings and gear can be homemade, making her completed cost perhaps half that of a yacht-type boat her size. Skipjack hulls are very shoal draft—Tangier Man draws only 2½' with her board up—and they are low-sided. This limits headroom in the cabin to 4', but aside from this there is exceptional accommodation aboard with more than usual deck and cockpit space. This headroom is not so bad—anything between this and enough to really stand erect is apt to be a nuisance in that you're as likely to bump your head with 5 foot headroom as with 4. As it is, there is good sitting-up space over the settee and berths and the large companionway hatch will be appreciated by the cook. The bridge deck and cockpit give ample room for outdoor living—and that's where a crew spends most of its time aboard, especially in warm weather, whether it's sailing or merely lounging. Do not attempt to gain more headroom by raising the sides of the hull or house—too many deadrise boats have already been spoiled both as to appearance and sailing qualities by doing this.

13 pages, 5 plate(s)

Bingo--A Lightweight 11' 4" Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5309)

With an overall length of 11 feet 4 inches and a weight of only 85 pounds, Bingo is an ideal type of small boat for transporting by car, and for general use on lakes, rivers or other comparatively sheltered bodies of water, as well as for limited salt water excursions. Put it on top of your car and take it along on your vacation or camping trip! It will provide no end of sport and pleasure, and can be adapted to whatever type of boating you enjoy most, whether rowing, outboarding or sailing. The plywood construction greatly speeds up the job and insures a hull that will never leak, even though it may be kept out of the water for considerable periods at a time.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Broadbill--A 33-Ft., 9-Ton Tancook Schooner (Pub. No. 5310)

by I. A. Emmett

Nova Scotia's harbors, as you'll know if you've ever been there, are chock full of as lovely schooners as any sailing man might wish to see. Able boats all of them, and invariably slim and fast to get about under sail alone. Shelburne and Lunenburg builders turn out the larger boats for Banks fishing but Tancook Island in beautiful Mahone Bay is the home of the little Tancookers; schooner-rigged boats from 25 to 50 feet, some with the usual transom stern, others double-enders. Broadbill is the latter type modified slightly to put power aboard but otherwise as fast and able as the Island boats. She is designed for easy and low cost construction within, of course, the limits of the round bilge type and the room aboard. While construction is on the heavy side, the main members are reasonably small, the keel comparatively short and straight with no edge shaping required, and all ballast with the exception of the grounding shoe of stock bar iron is carried fisherman fashion inside.

22 pages, 6 plate(s)

Teal--A 10-Ft. All-Metal Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5311)

Here is a safe, speedy little sport boat that will handle nicely with any outboard motor of from 11/2 to 10 or more horespower. All metl construction makes it lastingly strong, easy to construct, light and unsinkable.

A block of wood for mounting the outboard motor is the only wood in this 128-pound unsinkable duck boat. It will carry two passengers plus fishing, hunting or camping equipment, and may be powered with practically any outboard motor available. Being of metal construction, the boat presents no shrinking and swelling problems, as is the case with wooden craft, so may be transported readily by trailer or car top and left out of the water as long as is necessary. If carefully built it will never leak. A bulkhead converts the entire front end into an air-tight buoyancy tank. Between that and the seat ample leg room is provided, with Celotex flooring. Galvanized sheet steel, of 24 gage weight is used for sides and bottom. Length overall is 10 feet 1 inch, with a beam of 38 inches. The seat is raised a maximum of 5 inches at the front edge. The space beneath may be used for tools, etc., and is reached through two round holes which ordinarily are covered by lifesaver seat pads. Behind the seat are two more sizeable flotation tanks with storage space between and ovex them. This space is reached through an opening in the deck haying a sliding metal hatch cover, which is shoved forward to install motor.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

How to Build Peetee--A 22' 6" Cruiser (Pub. No. 5312)

by Oscar T. Thomas and S. S. Rabl

Her lines and appearance inspired by the Navy's fast motor-torpedo boats (known as PT's), the close-coupled Peetee is a smart, economical craft designed to provide good all-around cruising for the small family, or for two or three friends who want to chip in and build an inexpensive week-ending and fishing boat. She will run you out to the fishing grounds in jig time, and her raised deck gives ample protection from rough seas and spray. This raised deck has the added advantage of providing extra roominess and comfort in the cabin, and it carries out the graceful, sweeping sheer that makes Peetee look as though she were leaping ahead even when standing still.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

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