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Building a 22 ft Flying Dutchman (Pub. No. 5047)

by Gerald Taylor White

If "Flying Dutchman" were a new and untried type of boat, you would be entitled to look at her plans and remark, “She looks wonderful on paper, but it is all too good to be true.” For where else can you find a boat of this length that has a huge forecastle, an enclosed toilet room, a good galley, and two full-length berths, to say nothing of as much deck room as on the average 30-footer?  "Flying Dutchman" is the latest of the "Grey Dawn" designs. The basic hull lines were developed in Holland centuries ago and boats of this type have been used ever since in both the shoal waters of the Zuyder Zee and the vicious waters of the North Sea. The first of these Dutchmen to be designed in this country was "Grey Dawn" II. She was built over 20 years ago and is still afloat. During her two-score-and-more years she has cruised the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean, and her owner would have sailed her across to Europe had it not been for the war. She is a 37-footer. Sccres of duplicates have been built and are now in service on both. coasts, the Gulf, and the Great Lakes.  Yachtsmen who saw the 37-footer wanted a smaller edition; so a 29-footer was designed. Again the boat out-performed all expectations. The next was a 22-footer, the prototype of "Flying Dutchman". In this, the most recent of the designs, the original lines have been kept without a single deviation—wise men do not gamble with perfection

32 pages, 6 plate(s)

Dorena--A 26 ft Motorsailer (Pub. No. 5048)

by Luther H. Tarbox

Many old-time readers will recall the popular. 24-ft. cruiser "Dorothy", designed by the late John G. Hanna, the Sage of Dunedin. Hundreds of "Dorothys" were built all over the world and served their owners well. She was a dory-type power cruiser with an auxiliary sail, properly called a short-rigged motorsailer--a power boat with a steadying sail that could be used in emergency to make port should the engine quit cold. She was really more day-sailer than cruiser, for her cabin accommodations were limited and headroom was practically nonexistent. With the idea of giving a larger design with improved cabin accommodations—more the “sailing” motorsailer type— it was suggested that I turn to and get out an up-to-date Dorothy with quite a bit more sail power.  So here is Dorena, Dorothy’s younger and larger sister. She will sail well and will do seven knots under power. She is no ocean cruiser. If you want to be a “miniature Magellan,” don’t build her—she wasn’t designed for that sort of cruising. You can take her coastwise from Maine to Florida if you watch your weather. She can take a good dusting, but nix on this “going foreign” over thousands of miles of blue water.  The original "Dorothy’s" hull form was a combination of diamond-bottom skiff and dory. She was designed for conventional caulked-seam carvel planking. "Dorena" has a hull more after the manner of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, but retains the dory flare in the topsides that was a characteristic of her older sister. The handsome clipper stem complete with trailboards gives a yachtlike appearance to "Dorena" that the older "Dorothy" lacked. Also, she is designed for planking with waterproof plywood. "Dorothy’s" ballast was all inside; "Dorena’s" ballast is part inside and part outside.

36 pages, 7 plate(s)

Bambino--A version of the Louisiana Piroque (Pub. No. 5049)

Because they are light and easily handled, pirogues have been used by hunters, trappers, and fishermen for generations. They can be seen everywhere on Louisiana’s lakes and bayous. The original pirogues were cypress logs that were laboriously hollowed out and shaped. Since this is a tedious task and since logs of sufficient size are hard to come by nowadays, the Louisiana Cajuns have developed the type of construction shown here. Southern trappers and hunters prefer these boats to canoes because the solid planking offers insurance against snags— the user can drag his boat over shallow areas, marshlands, and beaches without harm—and because the construction is so simple. Anyone can build Bambino in a few days’ time, using nothing more than a hammer, a saw, a plane, a screwdriver, and a rule. No special tools are needed

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Ring-A-Ding--A 7'9" Pram Dinghy (Pub. No. 5050)

by C.P. and E.D. Burgess

The 7’9” pram dinghy illustrated is a small but useful little boat: it can be fitted with an outboard motor, set up as a rowboat or rigged for sailing. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to make. If you’re a beginner at the boat building business, you could start with this design before tackling a more complicated plan. Although simple, it embodies many of the principles of boat building in wood. The design is worked in oak, mahogany and fir plywood, with spruce or fir for the mast-- if you wish to rig her for sailing. For the plywood, use Douglas Fir Exterior Grade A-A, which is intended for use where both sides of the panel are to be smooth and tight. Mahogany is used for the keel. The framing is in oak, while the seat risers and supports may be oak or mahogany.

17 pages, 11 plate(s)

Broncho, A Hand 29 foot Cruising Runabout (Pub. No. 5052)

Designed by William H. Hand, Jr.

BRONCHO, our latest Hand V-bottom creation, is a distinct novelty in modern boat building. This boat--while not intended for real serious cruising is provided with suitable berths and other essentials, so that should one desire to stay away from his home port for a night he can make himself and a friend or two quite comfortable on board without the necessity of looking up hotel accommodations. Broncho’s power plant has been selected with a view to reliable sustained speed and the motor specified will drive the boat at twenty miles per hour without undue effot. This boat will make one of the best balanced combinations that we know
of. The hull is particularly designed for fast work, and the motor will certainly do all that is expected of it. Anyone who builds a boat from these plans will certainly have a job to be proud of. The arrangement provides berths for two or three people forward under the deck. The motor is carried amidships, also inside the cabin. The gosoline tanks are distributed one each on either side of the motor and the smaller one aft under the stern deck. There is ample room under the cockpit floor for stowing miscellaneous gear and other essentials usually carried on small boats. This boat should make a wonderful outfit for its happy owner. The speed is exceptional and faster than the usual class of small runabouts. The additional features of sleeping accommodations will provide comfort for an occasional short cruise away from hotel life.


This is a husky runabout with exceptional seaworthy qualities and with the specified motor a speed better than twenty miles can be obtained. The large cockpit affords ample room for a party on day trips, and the arrangement forward provides accommodations for two for a weekend trip. For fishing, gunning trips and all round boating it is believed a craft of this type fills the bill.--WM. H. HAND, Jr.

10 pages, 6 plate(s)

How to Build a 16 ft Runabout (Pub. No. 5053)

If ,you’re a water ski enthusiast, you will enjoy this boat. Designed for speed and power, it will handle a 50 h.p. motor for speeds to 30 m.p.h., yet can also be used for trolling.  This runabout looks far more complex to make than it is. These plans have been specially designed by David Beach, naval architect, with the first-time boat builder in mind. She is seaworthy, rugged and safe

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

How to Build a 20 ft Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5054)

David Beach designed this 20’ cabin cruiser, which will take an outboard up to 50 h.p., and an inboard up to 70 h.p. She is a really luxurious boat and goes along nicely at 30 m.p.h. There is full sitting head room in the cabin, while the galley, two berths and head are compactly designed. Alternate construction details are given for outboard- or inboard-powered cruisers. Optional inboard power installation details are also given for both the usual midship-mounted engine and a popular V-drive marine power unit. Single or twin outboards may be mounted either on transom-hung brackets or on a scooped transom. You can take your pick from the plans given.

12 pages, 11 plate(s)

Jon Boat--Featherweight Skiff (Pub. No. 5058)

Squared and spacious, this skiff offers featherweight construction, making it easy to build and transport to your own water hide-away.
If you  want a dependable boat to poke around in rivers and marshes, this is the boat for you. And you can build it in two days for very very little money for materials.  Its design was proven before the earliest settlers brought it to America. This combined with modern simplified construction and lightweight materials gives you an extremely water-worthy boat. Add a 1-6 hp outboard motor and a car top carrier to this and you’re free to go anywhere in search of fish, fowl and fun.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Bayou Belle--Sport Utility Fisherman or Houseboat (Pub. No. 5059)

"Bayou Belle" is a 25’ scow that can be built as a sports utility, a fishing boat, or a houseboat, depending on your requirements for pleasure offshore. As a sports utility, she can be used for towing water skiers and for cruising; as a fishing boat, she offers a stable platform with plenty of elbow room and stowage space. As a houseboat, she has roomy interior accommodations for a leisurely life afloat.  Construction of Bayou Belle makes use of prefabricated sections, which means that much of the work can be done indoors in the average garage during the cold winter months, and the boat completed outdoors in time for launching in late spring.

6 pages, 5 plate(s)

Speedy Kayak (Pub. No. 5060)

Built on the Pacific coast, this Kayak is an excellent model to copy because the construction is simple and inexpensive. The light frame, which is 17½ ft. long, is made of white pine and spruce, and, if available, a little mahogany. It is covered with canvas and the completed boat weighs only about 40 lbs

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Skipper--Low-cost Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5061)

Ideal for river or lake use, yet big enough to ride rough water, “Skipper” is a smart little craft combining graceful lines with low-cost, simplified construction.

24 pages, 2 plate(s)

Hi-Ho--A 14 ft Family Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5062)

"Hi-Ho” makes a nice little all-purpose boat which you can build during the winter months for the coming season. It has plenty of beam for comfort and safely, enough freeboard for a rough chop, and the lines to “go” with either light or heavy motors.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Claire, A Hand 36 foot Express Cruiser (Pub. No. 5063)

Designed by Wm. H. Hand, Jr.

Our plans and specifications of Claire, the 36-foot Hand Express Cruiser presented herewith, are the last to be published in the present series. This boat for its length embodies all comforts and improvements to be found on a larger craft. The double cabin arrangement provides privacy for the party on board and at the same time affords ample accommodations. The lines and general appearance of this boat follow along the lines of other famous Hand V-bottom boats, and with the powerful motor specified should be able to give a very good account of herself. As a fast cruiser able to compete in any and all long distance races and competitions, Claire will be a hard one to beat. The seaworthiness of this type of boat has been amply proven. Many of these V-bottom cruisers have been out in weather and reports of poor behavior on the part of the boats still remain to be heard. On this particular design the sections have been so developed to give a maximum amount of speed and seaworthiness for the power installed. In addition the interior arrangement has been well laid out. Ample storage space forward, together with a roomy lavatory. A forward cabin with transom berths and clothes lockers and a sizeable galley with stove, sink, ice box and cupboard and locker space. The motor is in a compartment by itself under the bridge deck and is very accessible. Tanks, storage batteries and all mechanical items are also concentrated here. The after cabin is complete and contains a pair of transom berths with suitable lockers. It does not seem that the construction of this boat comes quite within the possibilities of the amateur builder. This boat is a big one and the amateur builders who can make a successful job of this size boat are few and far between. A properly equipped shop can turn this boat out in a short order, while the amateur builder would be required to spend month upon months of spare time on the job. The specifications which follow are unusually complete and require no further explanation.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Playmate--A hard-top Runabout (Pub. No. 5064)

"Playmate" is an ideal family boat because all the members of the crew and passengers are in one large unconfined cockpit as and are therefore constantly under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad. When on an overnight cruise and sleeping in the two 6-ft. berths located under the fore deck and extending to the cockpit seats, you’ll be protected from a sudden summer night rain by the hard top cabin roof and the full width windshield extending from the roof to deck top.

30 pages, 9 plate(s)

El Cid--Mini inboard Hydro (Pub. No. 5065)

"El Cid" is a mini inboard hydro that’s powered with a 4 H.P. air-cooled engine. Its top speed is about 16 mph with a 100 lb. teenager aboard. It features a “dead man’s” throttle that shuts the motor off when the driver lets go of the throttle, so there’s no danger if the operator falls off the boat. Safe enough for a young person, it’s a great little boat to start out on. Use is limited to well-proteqted waters, of course.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Deep-Vee Sea Angler (Pub. No. 5066)

This 20-foot offers a variety of power options--150 horses are suggested for a cruising speed of 32 mph.

"Sea Angler" is a 20-foot cruiser of the deep-vee hull type that has gained so much in popularity in recent years because of its ability to provide a high turn of speed with minimum pounding in rough seas. Actually, the concept of the deep vee is not new, but early attempts to produce hulls of this type—almost 40 years ago—were unsuccessful. At that time use of lorigitudinal steps, or lift rails, was not understood, and the engines lacked the power needed for this type of hull.  For "Sea Angler", an engine of about 150 hp is recommended, either as a straight inboard, an inboard/outboard, or a pair of outboards. This can give the boat a top speed of about 38 mph, and a cruising speed of about 32 mph, The flexibility of power options allows you to use an automotive conversion of your own choice, in addition to stock marine engines.  Construction is of plywood panels over hardwood frames, which makes the job simple for anyone familiar with the use of common hand tools.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sea King--African Ski Boat (Pub. No. 5067)

Built for salt-water fishing five to seven miles off-shore, "Sea King" is a prime example of the African ski boat. Originally designed from the lines of the paddle skis used by lifesaving patrols and African anglers who used to paddle out past the breakers to fishing shoals, the ski boats took their name because they ski down, the breakers when coming in. Sea King includes many features designed to take as much risk as possible out of an ocean-going small craft—(1) Flat deck with self-bailing scuppers. (2) Provisions for dual outboards and it carries paddles in case both engines fail simultaneously. Dual outboards also permit using full power getting to and back from the fishing grounds in a hurry and trolling with one motor at reduced speeds. (3) Watertight compartments make the ski boat practically unsinkable and keep it from being swamped in a breaking sea. (4) Wide-beam design adds to stability on the water. For a sea-going boat, Sea King is surprisingly easy to build because there are few difficult joints, fewer places to leak and the plywood deck and planking covers the simple frames with a minimum of work. Bcst of all for fisherinen, the flat deck allows freedom of action that is commonly necessary in playing the big bill-fish that lurk in the ocean several miles offshore. While primarily designed for the ocean or gulf, "Sea King" makes an excellent fishing boat for the great lakes or any of the other inland lakes where the fishing is good. (The picture shows "Sea King" suspended from a unique overhead trailer designed for ease of launching).

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Maximus--Ski tower (Pub. No. 5068)

Outfitted with a 20-hp outboard, it will do 38 mph--perfect for towing water skiers.

No forms are required to build this zippy little wake-maker, just two saw horses to support the frame assemblies. Paper patterns can be dispensed with too (with the exception of sheer plates and stem) by drawing the framing outlines directly on the pieces to be cut.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

Blue Streak (Pub. No. 5069)

Prop riding on her hydro-conic bottom, Blue Streak takes Class “B” outboard motors for a merry spin in stock utility races. With a Mercury Hurricane motor, Blue Streak clocked 39 mph with one person aboard. With the same motor and a Quicksilver lower unit, she topped 46 mph. Johnson, Evinrude, Scott-Atwater, Martin, Champion and the other Class “B” (10 hp or motors of 20 cu. in piston displacement) motors are all adapted to this speedy runabout. On fast turns, upswept sides keep her plastered to the water surface.  Only two frames and a transom with plywood planking make Blue Streak easy to build and also easy on the money. Special designs have eliminated most of the difficult joinery, yet the stressed-skin plywood hull will take choppy water in stride and carry as many as three people.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Arrowhead--A fast trim and able 21 ft sloop (Pub. No. 5070)

Designed and builty by Charles H. McAlary of Newport Beach, California, this sloop, with an over-all length of 21 ft. and a beam of 5 ft. 11 in., is especially designed for quick maneuvering in difficult waters. Exceptionally  fast in light winds and a staunch performer in heavy weather, “Arrowhead” is especially designed for conditions found on the smaller inland lakes, though she’s at home on either salt or fresh water. With a length of 21 ft., and a beam of 5 ft. 11 in. she makes a splendid family boat with room for eight or ten passengers. The hull, moreover, is a particularly suitable type for the amateur boat builder because it is built over a form. With the form right, you can’t go wrong on the hull.

32 pages, 10 plate(s)

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