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Our Booklets offer substantive narratives excerpted from larger well-known works or stand-alone articles from the periodical literature. Booklets measure 5.5"x 8.5" and contain between 4 and 48 pages and most have a number of plates in addition

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Falcon--A 14ft Centerboard Sloop (Pub. No. 5071)

"Falcon" is a small, speedy, sporty sailboat which handles well. Our tests on the original Falcon showed that she could easily out-distance boats of comparable size such as the one design class Snipe and Comet sailers. And she will pace neck and neck with 18 footers with considerably greater sail spread.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Whizz--A fast Class-E Ice Yacht (Pub. No. 5072)

Building this ice yacht, you start by carefully going over the drawings to get acquainted with all constructional details. The six bulkheads, dimensioned in Fig. 5, are cut out of a 5/8 by 24 by 72-in, panel of fir plywood. Centers of all bulkheads except No. 4 are cut out and from the cutout stock of the larger bulkheads, the smaller ones are made. There’s no need to make paper patterns— just lay out the outlines directly on the plywood.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

$7.95
Swordfish--A Racing IceBoat (Pub. No. 5073)

Plans and construction details for racers and non-racers who want to build their own ice craft.

After acquiring the knack of racing with a small iceboat, the average iceboater is ready for a larger and faster craft. With such a craft, he is equipped for an active racing schedule and perhaps for a share of triumph in races. To provide the ambitious racing skipper with a craft equal to his sailing and construction ability, the plans and details, for "Swordfish", a highly capable racing craft, are presented here. At the same time, "Swordfish" is suitable for joy-riding and ordinary sailing by non-racers also. "Swordfish" fills just such a bill, as the original won the Eastern and North American Class B championships. With 250 square feet of sail, "Swordfish" comes under the Class B classification of both the Eastern and Northwestern Ice Yachting Associations, and is qualified to compete in all races of clubs governed by these associations. Thirty feet long, this craft is a front-steerer, which is the spin-proof type. There are two cockpits, with the compartment for the helmsman aft and the sheet-tenders, forward. The breadth of the runnerplank, 20 feet, is ample for weather ability. Safeguards against up-sets are the noncapsizing buffers.

15 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Tern--A 12 ft Scow (Pub. No. 5074)

by C.T. Allen

Many a “stink pot” addict will take a second look at. "Tern" because she planes in modest breezes, is easy to handle, and her streamlined prow and pod-shaped, “inland scow” type hull offer slight water resistance. Then too, there’s a charm about the tiller of a sailer that’s not matched by the wheel of a motor-powered boat. Part of it is the challenge of making the most of nature’s free-wheeling breezes. Even with her 72 sq. ft. of sail, "Tern" is remarkably stable, and packs as many as four persons  I have hauled "Tern" into three states, so I know she’s rugged and easy to launch. For thousands of inland lakes, "Tern" is the answer to sailing water sport. And she's remarkably easy to build. Common hand tools are all you really need, and I built mine while vactioning at a woods cabin.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
Chart Stowage Solutions (Pub. No. 5075)

(Includes plans for  4 chart cases and desks)

From the instructions for the first case: It is almost impossible to keep a chart flat for working after it has been rolled or folded for some time. Thumb tacks, weights or what not are of little avail, so, if the charts are to be ready for use on a cruiser they must be kept flat and worked on a flat surface. A vertical chart file will provide for filing the charts flat and can be raised to a horizontal position for working where it forms a chart table of suitable size. The largest charts are 26 inches by 48 inches, the other varying according to locality and the scale used. Collect your charts, lay them together to best advantage and make the case 2 inches wider and 3 inches higher than the largest one with a depth of 2 inches. Perhaps it might be advisable to make one reinforced fold in the largest ones for convenience in case size.

20 pages, 1 plate(s)

$8.95
Chum--A Flat-Bottom Rowboat (Pub. No. 5076)

by A. Mason

A 13-Ft. Flat-Bottom Rowboat
(BUILD THIS BOAT IN A WEEKEND!)
LOA 13' 2", BEAM 4' 5", DRAUGHT 16", WEIGHT 140 LBS.

It is probably unnecessary to point out that one of the most useful all-around boats is the ordinary, simple rowboat. If it’s properly designed, it is a real pleasure to row; and when you get tired of rowing, you can hgok one of the smaller outboards on the stern and sit back and enjoy yourself. Note those words, “if it’s properly designed.” There’s nothing more discouraging on a hot summer day than attempting to make progress in a beast of a boat that stops dead after every stroke. Chum can be easily rowed, even by the youngsters, and her construction has been simplified to the point where the veriest tyro with tools can slap her together in a professional manner.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Stingaree--A speedy 14 ft Outboard (Pub. No. 5077)

by William D. Jackson

If you’re looking for something that’s flashy and fast in an outboard runabout, "Stingaree"  is the boat for you. You can build it yourself in 60 to 75 spare-time hours for about $75. Its clipped chine and tail-fin design makes it as modern in styling as today’s car. As for planing performance, at wide-open speeds you can see daylight under almost the entire length of the hull—it’s practically air borne—in fact a very small pocket handkerchief will adequately cover the planing area.

14 pages, 22 plate(s)

$9.95
Sea Babe--A Lightweight 15 ft Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5078)

by William D. Jackson

Cruising comfort plus runabout speed are packed into 15-ft. "Sea Babe". For extended cruising along river and lake routes, winding through the many picturesque canal routes, or for short week-end hops that require frequent launching and beaching, you’ll find "Sea Babe" easy to handle and economical to run. With the motor removed, she weighs only 450 lbs., and her 15-ft. hull handles easily on a 2-wheel trailer. And performance! The light weight and the advanced design of the hull bottom practically eliminate power-wasting spray, and boost "Sea Babe’s" speed 2-5 mph over most outboard cruisers powered by identical motors. Trussed keel construction builds in strength without weight. She rides softly and without pounding. With motor attached, she floats in only 2 in. of water.  The low silhouette and sporty lines make you think "Sea Babe" is bigger than her 15-ft. length. In the 7-ft. cockpit, there’s plenty of room for fishing plus two chairs, one for the skipper. The simple framework and plywood planking make her easy to build, so let’s get started.

24 pages, 3 plate(s)

$9.95
Riviera--A 17 ft Inboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5079)

by William D. Jackson

You can do more than just wish that you had a sleek, powerful, mahogany-decked runabout like Riviera. By constructing it yourself you can turn out this eye-appealing 38-mph boat that will be the pride of the lake and a treat to ride in, yet spend only 1/5 the price of even modest boats of the same size and power. You can further fit Riviera to your pocketbook by bargain hunting and using just the amount of trim you wish. Although Riviera is up to date in design and is built to provide years of dependable service, the same construction techniques are used that have proven themselves over and over in home-builder boat projects.

24 pages, 7 plate(s)

$9.95
Sea Mite--A 10 ft Sail or Power Catamaran (Pub. No. 5080)

by William D. Jackson

"Sea Mite" is a sailer—"Sea Mite" is an outboarder—"Sea Mite" is the all-around shoal-draft utility boat you’ve wanted for protected-water fishing, hunting, and Sunday sailing.  At the waterline the inverted-V bottom, 65-in, beam, and 3-in, draft combine to give two slim hulls that move through the water with the lightest breeze or smallest outboard motor without putting up an argument The hull design also eliminates need for a centerboard, making Sea Mite an excellent sailing trainer. Depending on local lumber prices, $65 to $75 covers the cost of materials and, if you have a handsaw, you can get the hull ready for the water in about 50 hours.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Dolly Varden (Pub. No. 5081)

A Strip-Planked boat that can be built in two lengths

by Weston Farmer

Lakers will ]ike the smooth lines of "Dolly Varden" that scoots along with any outboard in the under 7 hp class in choppy or smooth water. "Dolly" is a strip boat fashioned like the hundreds of similar boats built by craftsmen of the old school, and still being used because strip construction turns out a tight, durable, cheap and easy-to-build boat that has real water kindliness and handling ability.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Serviceable Nancy Jane, The (Pub. No. 5082)

For all-around use, this trim 19-ft. inboard runabout is easily adapted to a converted auto engine.

by William D. Jackson

The "Nancy Jane" is an all purpose craft designed to fulfill a great variety of uses in one boat. With a length, beam, and depth generous enough to be usable anywhere, this seaworthy design provides a craft that may be equipped with a marine or converted auto engine from 15 to 100 hp for speedy, stable riding service on open or sheltered waters. For those to whom cruising is the ultimate relaxation "Jane" may be equipped with one of the trim cabin designs shown or utilized as a double cockpit runabout. However the basic design as indicated upon the plans is that of an open cockpit utility runabout which is not only easy to build, requiring the minimum of labor and materials, but for all around use such as fishing, hunting, surf board riding, and short pleasure trips this model would be difficult to surpass.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Chum--Speedy Inboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5083)

This speedy inboard runabout is designed for a converted Jeep motor

by William D. Jackson

This convex bottom (hydroconic) runabout is 15½ ft. long with a beam of 6 ft. and a maximum draft of 20 in. You can use either a double cockpit or a single cockpit style for utility use. "Chum" was designed for use with a Marined Jeep Engine (such as the Lehman Econ-o-Power, which develops 60-hp at 3400 rpm and will propel "Chum" at over 30 mph). Any 25-100 hp similar engine may also be used to power "Chum", as long as the motor is of light weight, high-speed design.  Plywood of 3/8-in. thickness is used to cover this boat and, with the framework indicated, "Chum" will stand up indefinitely under all conditions of usage.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Cork-- A fishing Auto-Topper (Pub. No. 5084)

by Charles Jeliff

Out in Puget Sound country, some of the best fishing is on out-of-the-way lakes—can’t get to ‘em by car. So, you need a boat to pack in that is light. But you also need a boat that can ride out man-size salt water waves when it has to. "Cork" is the answer to both needs. A real fisherman’s boat, "Cork" has end seats just the right distance apart for two anglers to face each other (so one can see what the other is doing) and for one to help the other net a fish, untangle a plug that may have snagged a line, or quickly shift oars if a fish requires it. "Cork" handles so nicely because of her V-bottom (scow ends are identical). In fact, she’s a dream to row in either direction, from either seat. There’s plenty of buoyancy for three adults, and for one occupant the center seat is just right to row from, using either pair of oar locks.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Building an Outboard Ki-yak (Pub. No. 5086)

While it is still mid-winter, the craftsman must plan for and begin construction on such structures as he may require when the water trails open up in the early summer. For the man who likes fishing and who wishes a boat which will provide durability, lightness and easy riding. nothing can compare with this easily built ki-yak, built to accommodate an outboard motor. This ki-yak measures twelve feet over all in length, and about 37 inches in beam.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Lark, The (Pub. No. 5087)

by William Dickey

The “Lark” is a general purpose utility boat having a tendency towards higher speeds. She is light in weight, due to the plywood construction, and of such form that she planes nicely with a motor of approximately 10 h.p. Speeds of from fifteen to twenty-five m.p.h. sbould be obtained with the average outboard motor.  “The “Lark” handles excellently in calm water and will stand a moderate amount of hard driving in heavy water, although she is not particularly designed or suited for rough water.

18 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Broad Bill--An easily built Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5088)

by William Jackson

In the autumn time a man’s fancy turns to thoughts of hunting, and duck shooting holds a high place in esteem. This is especially so if there is a trim, waterproof, hunting craft that will make each hunting trip a pleasant memory and not a source of regret.  The duck boat presented here is not only a commodious hunting craft but an all purpose craft for pleasure anywhere. Among its features are trim, able design, easy paddling (an outboard motor may be aftached if desirable), slight draft. Dimensions are such to insure stability, while the use of waterproof plywood for covering produces an easily built boat that is sturdy and may be carried about on top of any auto and remain permanently leakproof.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Pelican (Pub. No. 5089)

The craving to venture forth upon water fills an instinctive love for freedom and adventureone best fulfilled with sailing craft. Slender spars, taut sails in a favoring breeze, an able boat—fast and seaworthy, sailable in any waters, the "Pelican" is an ideal companion. Young people of eight or eighty love its many desirable features, including low cost and ease of building. Handling with one finger on the tiller, coming about in its own length, sailing close and traveling fast, Pelican is a paragon among its kind. Ordinary hand tools may be used to fabricate this splendid sailing craft, and the construction is especially designed to eliminate arduous labor and expensive material.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
Comet--A fast 16 ft Runabout, The (Pub. No. 5090)

The Comet has been designed to be used with the conventional outboard motor. It really does not matter what power plant you put in this trim little craft as all will work equally well. If you desire a boat to travel at moderate speed, a very inexpensive power plant can be used. If, however, you like to travel at 25 or even 35 miles per hour you will find equipment for the purpose comparatively inexpensive and within the reach of most everyone.  By variations in the deck arrangement, the hull can be made to accord with your probable passenger requirements or ideas of style.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Knock-About Boat, A (Pub. No. 5092)

by Louis E. Germain

You craftsmen who enjoy the thrill of streams, lakes and woodlands will appreciate this little boat; excellent for use as a tender, for hunting and fishing, or to take with you on your summer vacation as an all-around craft. It is small, measuring only 9’ 4” by 48”, and has a semi-V bottom. When finished, the boat will weigh approximately one hundred pounds. It should row easily, is fast when equipped with a two or four horse power outboard motor, and is suitable for a light sail. All essential dimensions for its construction are given in the drawings, and the attending description is clear and concise.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
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