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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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Vicking--12' 6" General Purpose Plywood Boat, The (Pub. No. 5093)

by William Jackson

The "Viking” is a utility or general purpose boat designed to embrace most every use to which a small boat may he placed and perform each well. Altho short in over all length, the hull is roomy and light enough in weight to be carried atop an auto or trailer if more desirable. Due to the efficient underwater line, rowing is effortless and small outboard motors from 1 to 6-H.P. will propel this craft further and faster with less gas. It is easily adapted to a small sail boat.

9 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Striper--A Shoal-Draft Utility Boat (Pub. No. 5094)

by A. Mason, Naval Architect

LOA 15' 2", BEAM 5' 91/2", DRAUGHT 131/2".

"Striper" is a shoal-draft launch only 15 feet long that not only has all the safety and seaworthiness of a real fishing boat but also has all the beauty and roominess of a handsome utility runabout. It is nearer the ideal solution of the average small-boat owner than almost any other craft, being a boat your family or youngsters will be proud to use and one on which your friends will always be eager to join you in a fishing excursion. -The hull will permit you to get there in a hurry, yet with the small dependable Universal marine engine shown, she can troll all day long at greater economy and reliability than an equally powered outboard engine. Also, the hull form has been designed to be as nonpounding as possible yet allow maximum use of plywood for sturdiness and practically leakproof construction. Furthermore, "Striper" has a tunnel aft that, besides being slightly unusual in a small boat, allows a substantial saving in draft and much added protection to the propeller that will more than offset the slight loss in speed due to the added resistance of the tunnel and skeg. While a small amount of extra work is involved, the construction has been kept simple: all the sides are flat surfaces without any sharp corners to interfere with the maximum efficient flow of water to the propeller. To avoid any air pocket, the tunnel does not project above the water line.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
Sailing Kayak, A (Pub. No. 5095)

Popularity and ease of construction have made the kayak a favorite with men and women who like to construct their own boats. This 16’ sailing kayak with lateen rig is one of the fastest boats on water, yet it is a safe sailer. It carries 90 square feet of sail.

20 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Chubby (Pub. No. 5097)

This craft is especially suitable for the use of the water trapper and small-stream fisherman.

A flat-bottomed boat contributes to steadiness, thereby permitting the trapper to lean far out over the side of the boat to make bank sets as is so often necessary. It also will permit the fisherman to stand if he so desires while making casts, and in running a trotline he can safely work over the side. A boat of this type will not draw as much water as a V-bottom, thus making it possible to navigate shallow waters and riffles, which confront the trapper and small stream fisherman at almost every bend of the creek or river.

12 pages

$7.95
Fish-Hooker (Pub. No. 5098)

by William Jackson

"Fish-Hooker" is a general purpose boat adapted to rowing easily but producing its best performance when powered with outboard motors from1 to 16 h.p. Powered with the smaller outboard motors the "Fish-Hooker" produces economcial, efficient speeds for the fisherman or sportsman, while 6 h.p. or more will plane the boat at high speeds for safe, stable operation with exceptional maneuvering ability.

11 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
16 Ft Kayak (Pub. No. 5100)

Weight 35 lbs.

Carrying Capacity 3

Decked canoes of the kayak or Eskimo type are especially well adapted for cruising on open water and for use at points to which it is necessary to carry the canoe by automobile. That is because their strength and seaworthiness is out of all proportion to their extremely light construction. The kayak to be described is suited to open-water cruising for one man and outfit or for two men with light camping gear. Although designed primarily for use with the double blade, as are all kayaks, a skillful single-blade canoeist can send it flying with little effort. While the Eskimo covers his craft with skin and while his canoe is usually flat-bottomed, this canoe is canvas-covered and has a molded bottom, which makes it lighter and faster. It is 16 feet long, has a beam of 271/2 inches, and is 11 inches deep amidships. Ready to launch, it weighs about 35 pounds, yet it can carry up to 400 pounds.  With double-bladed paddles, the kayak can be driven at a 41/2-mile-an-hour clip all day and it can be sent over a half-mile course in four minutes, single-blade. It rides the water squarely and runs true, which many a factory canoe does not do.

28 pages, 3 plate(s)

$9.95
19 ft Cruising Sailboat (Pub. No. 5101)

(For Outboard Auxiliary)

This cabin sailboat is ideally suited either for day sailing or for extended cruising over varied waterways. If you build this beautiful 19-foot craft—and it is fortunately quite easy to construct for a boat of its size—your vacation problems will be solved. The waterproof cabin offers a small but comfortable home for as long as you wish to stay afloat. It is a practical cruiser in every respect.  The design is exceptionally seaworthy, and the full 7-foot beam provides sufficient stability to withstand any sudden blow. The modern Marconi sloop rig and perfect balance assure, for both light and heavy winds, a combination of unusual speed and excellent handling qualities under sail.  A small outboard or inboard motor may be used as auxiliary power. Unless the motor is to be run a great part of the time, an outboard is preferred, as it will not cause any drag while the boat is under sail.  Two permanent bunks are provided in the cabin. On extended cruises a canvas cover can be erected over the cockpit, the boom being used as a ridgepole. This will make the cockpit serve as part of the cabin, and sleeping accommodations can then be arranged for one or two additional persons provided the cockpit seats are extended to form extra bunks. Largely because of the extensive use of waterproof plywood, the entire boat can be built to weigh as little as 700 pounds, or even considerably less if plywood is used for planking as well. The boat may be carried on a two-wheel trailer.

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

$9.95
13 ft Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5102)

This 13-foot racing runabout answers the demand for a boat that can be raced successfully, yet has features of size, stability, riding comfort, and seaworthiness that make it ideal for general pleasure use. It meets all requirements of the runabout racing class, the rules of which prevent the entry of out-and-out racing boats.  The building of racing runabouts was pioneered several years ago on the Pacific Coast, and the new boat is the result of much experience in designing, racing, and manufacturing them. Several previous designs have set world’s records for runabout classes. The final result of countless refinements and changes. this new racing runabout will hold its own in the stiffest competition to be found anywhere in the country, yet it will carry a load well and ride smoothly. Beveled chines make the craft non-tripping, regardless how sharp a curve is attempted. Simplicity of construction has been stressed;- for instance, no rabbeting is necessary except in the stem.

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

$8.95
Missile--A 19 ft Racing Sailboat (Pub. No. 5103)

by C.T. Allen

Small craft designed for the backyard boatbuilder who wants competition or just plain speedy sailing at minimum cost.

"Missile" is designed to be the first boat around the finishing buoy, regardless of the competition or varying wind conditions. To do this consistently, the underwater hull design has been chosen to give maximum speed and maneuverability. And, because top speed and close maneuvering each depend on your boat’s ability to hang on the wind and be stable at any angle of heel, a fin keel was used.  The fin keel is bolted to its hanger and can be removed or installed in minutes when launching "Missile" or loading it on a trailer.  Further and somewhat surprising dividends of this design are the ease with which the boat can be built and the low cost of materials due to the absence of centerboard, centerboard trunk, steamed planking, and complicated stem and transom assemblies.  The original model used Crezon plastic-overlaid plywood for planking and deck, eliminating costly priming, or use of special paints or coatings to get the fine finish so necessary to successful sailboat racing. For economy, however, 3-ply, fir exterior plywood available at your local lumberyard may be used. Also, if the cost of 20-ft. plywood panels is more than you wish to pay, stock 8-ft. lengths may be used along with butt-joint battens.

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

$9.95
Bebop (Pub. No. 5104)

by William D. Jackson

For a little money for materials, you can build this midget version of a classy runabout for your youngsters. The hull sides flare forward and curve aft with a wide safe beam. Single cockpit design with steering-wheel engine control and plastic windshield give it a racy appearance. Powered with a 11/2hp-3½ hp outboard motor the little boat has a top speed of 10 mph. The speed, of course, could be limited by restricting the movement of the engine throttle beyond a certain point. Since odd-size, difficult to obtain boat lumber is not used, all materials can be purchased at your local lumber yard. No steam bending of frame parts is required and difficult joinery work has been eliminated. Hull consists of sturdy framework covered with extenor plywood.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Skippy--The 8' Boat (Pub. No. 5105)

This boat is a simply constructed, flat bottom craft, designed for easy rowing qualities. She is ideally suited for a child’s play boat, being light enough to be managed by even a small child. While she has not been designed with a center-board, if is possible to rig her with lee boards, leg-o-mutton sail, and a simple outboard rudder. Despite her diminutive size, she will prove herself to be a fast and capable sailer. The construction is quite unique, as it employs a system of double planking, using muslin between the inner and outer layers. A properly constructed boat built in this manner will never leak and needs no caulking, eifher when she is being built or at any time thereafter. For the planking of this boat, we recommend 3/16" cedar. Cedar is a light wood and well suited for this purpose. However, if cedar is not obtainable, other good woods, such as cypress, white pine, Philippine mahogany, etc., will be suitable.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Zephyr--A 14' Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5106)

by Chas. H. McAlary

This fleet 14-ft. boat combines strength with light weight, and is easily maneuvered. It carries 140 sq. ft. of canvas and weighs about 350 lbs. Approximate cost of materials, including sail, steel centerboard, hardware and rigging is $125 to $150, [in 1941] according to location.

24 pages, 4 plate(s)

$9.95
Chieftain--Building a 15 ft Canoe (Pub. No. 5107)

by William D. Jackson

Canoes are customarily difficult to construct being made over special forms, and often, unless one has considerable skill, little success results from amateur construction of canoes, but "Chieftain" utilized a new and proven method of construction that allows this splendid little canoe to be built by any one with ordinary tools in a fraction of the time required for conventional canoes. In addition "Chieftain" has all sorts of desirable features such as extreme lightweight, easy paddling, cheapness and ease of construction. Last but not least this canoe may be built either as a double-end canoe or with changes, as a square stern outboard model canoe, adapting it to any purpose for hunting, fishing, or pleasure use imaginable.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
15 ft Inboard Motor Boat (Pub. No. 5108)

(60 Miles on a Gallon of Gas)

Setting a new high in economy of operation, this 15-foot boat is designed for fishing and any general use that requires a seaworthy, low-cost, practical inboard motor boat. The remarkable economy in fuel—60 miles to a gallon of gasoline or even more—is made possible through a special design that assures maximum efficiency from the air-cooled marine motors on the market.  Such inherently important factors as seaworthiness and shallow draft have in no way been sacrificed in obtaining this efficiency from the air-cooled marine the fact that an air-cooled motor is not subject to the corrosive action of salt water combine to make the boat ideal for salt-water use. Any desired trolling speed may be had.  The hull is of a simplified V-bottom type, as easy to build as a flat-bottom boat. There is no difficult bending, and most of the planks can be put on in straight pieces with little or no fitting. The small, light motor offers no installation problems. Marine plywood may be used instead of planking, if desired, eliminating the need of battens and substantially reducing the total weight.  The speed obtained with the 3/4-h.p. motor shown in the boat in the photograph was between 6 and 7 rn.p.h. This may be increased to as much as 10 m.p.h. by the use of a 4- or 5-h.p. motor.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Buddy--An 18' Tabloid Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5109)

Designed by S.S. Rabl as a sequel to his famous “Picaroon”

The subject of small cruising boats has always been one which is close to the hearts of those who love boats and the ways of the sea. Salt-water sailormen have had a champion in this Chesapeake Bay naval architect, Sam Rabl, for he understands the ways of boats. particularly small cruising boats, as few men do. He has been the champion of the Chesapeake Bay style of simplified construction, and has turned out a number of tabloid cruising boats which have made boat lovers’ mouths water. The most famous of his designs was little Picaoon, meaning Petty Pirate. Published in a boating contemporary of How to Build 20 Boats she was immensely popular. Her owner cruised her all along the Bay, and she was built in every port in the world--Paramaribo, New York, Singapore, New Orleans, Duluth-—everywhere. A later version named Peggy was designed, but she was too deep, and not as sweet as Pic. So in presenting the last ward in tabloid cruisers, it was learned that Sam was doing Pic over, mainly changing the cabin. Buddy is the result. She is as sweet a little hooker as we have seen, and we present her, a jewel among boats, as a delectation for those souls who crave
adventure in a stout ship of their own.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
Training Ship, The (Pub. No. 5110)

by Stephen T. Crosby

The mast was made from a 11/2-in, curtain pole. The boom once was a squeegee handle, the sail, a piece of unbleached muslin. That’s the kind of material that produced the original “Tiny,” a 6-ft. boat that is an excellent sailer despite the fact that it can be hauled to the water on a coaster wagon. With mast and rudder removed, one adult can carry Tiny. Designed and built by Stephen T. Crosby, of Balboa Island, Calif., for his children to learn the art of sailing, it accommodates two passengers, and has all the necessary equipment of a full-size sailboat. General dimensions show that the boom is located high above the cockpit to give the skipper full vision, and also to prevent the boom from dragging in the water when coming about. The deck plan also shows the exceptionally broad beam, lessening the possibility of capsizing.


8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Sailing Scow, A (Pub. No. 5111)

(buildable in a weekend)

Here is a tiny sailing craft that was designed especially for the young mariner who would like to try his hand at boat building. Though extremely simple to build, this 7-foot scow does prove an able sailer on inland waters. Three boys working together can construct it in a single day using only such simple tools as a cross-cut saw, breast drill, jack plane, hammer and screwdriver.

4 pages

$6.95
Some Basic Paddle Boats (Pub. No. 5112)

COOTIE CRAFT, A 4 ft. plywood kid's boat for pond or pool.
The old swimmin’ hole takes on a new fascination for the youngsters with these Cootie Craft. They’re simple and inexpensive to build, and they’re easily transported on the top of the family car. In fact, if the selected spot isn’t far from home, the little boats can be hauled on the youngster’s express wagon.
and
PADDLE-WHEELER, a hand-cranked side-wheeler
No boat-building experience is necessary to construct this juvenile sidewheeler because the bottom is a single panel of waterproof outdoor plywood. The only caulking required, along the chines (lower edges), is simply a matter of laying cotton binding tape in marine glue and screwing on the plywood
and

UTILITY SCOW makes safe play boat.
Youngsters can play "pirates and sailors" to their heart's content in a scow like this. Being 16 feet long and with a flat bottom, the would-be bandits can move around in it almost as they wish with no danger of accidents or sudden baths which would result in a round-bottomed craft. then too, the boat is excellent for still fishing and transporting materials.
and
SIDEWINDER, this paddle-wheel boat is a barrel of fun for the kids.
Building this boat will really put you in solid with the small fry--if you will give them a chance to play with it when its finished. And the job takes no more than a weekend for anyone who can cut wood along a line.
and
PEEPER a paddle boat for the kids with a glass bottom.
Junior frogmen and (girl tadpoles too) will have a splashing good time cavoting on this paddle boat with its Plexiglasss window for underwater observations . . . and it can be built in an evening.

8 pages

$6.95
Peanut--An Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5113)

by Henry Clark

Build this 6-ft. runabout for your little boy.

You can kill two birds with one stone  with this project: Learn how to go about this business of making a boat from plans—and also to provide your little guy with one of the proudest life-size “toys” a kid ever had. You can build this little nifty in a couple of weekends and for less than twenty bucks. My boy is only eight and he loves it. With a helmet on he’s a king at the controls, the envy of every kid in the county—and the darling of the ladies. I nearly busted my bib with pride when I first saw him take off in it.  With the “Fisherman’s Friend,” the 3 hp Evinrude kicker which usually trolls, this baby takes off like a hydro. Does a smart 15 mph or better. Built of 1/8-inch plywood, the boat weighs about 35 lbs. With the motor off it can carry an adult, the action gained by holding onto a tow rope a la water skiing. Lots of fun here. Forward driving is obtained by re-rigging the fuel feed, substituting a car choke cable to create a remote fuel feed.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
El Cid (Pub. No. 5114)

by Hal Kelly

Build thus sportboat in days. It’ll provide hours of safe fun for youngsters of all ages.

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 an eight-year-old, it’s a great little boat for the young to start out on. Use is limited to well-protected waters, of course.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
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