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16-Ft. Runabout (Pub. No. 5136)

Designed by David Beach, Naval Architect

This 16’ sportster with its racy, thoroughbred lines is designed for speed and power. Handles 50 hp motor for speeds to 30 mph, yet it can as well be used for trolling. On choppy waters or smooth, this happy craft has a measure of seaworthiness rarely found in outboards. Alternate arrangements permit construction of a rugged, safe boat for all purposes. Not too complex for the first-time boat builder with average woodworking ability . . . pure pleasure for the expert.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

18-Ft. Day Cruiser (Pub. No. 5137)

Designed by Edwin Monk, Naval Architect

The clean, honest lines of this trim day cruiser will provide exciting new pleasures for the week-end skipper! She’s designed for family comfort and safety with a spacious cockpit and deep freeboard. Roomy cabin gives all-weather protection and generous living space. Big windows for all-direction visibility. Rugged hull design is built for motors up to 40 hp and speeds to 30 mph. This boat will take skill and patience to build-—but not more than the real boat-minded amateur can master.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Ranger (Pub. No. 5138)

by Charles Bell

LOA 16', BEAM 85"

Ranger is the popular-sized 16’ x 85” x 52” outboard-powered boat which will carry two motors.
(Fiberglass construction.)

Two outboards of 35 h.p. are plenty big enough and one 50 will do if a larger motor is preferred. Do not overpower the boat; this only makes any boat dangerous and does not add to her speed or performance. This boat has a 5’ x 10’ open cockpit with a swept-back and sloping windshield and side wings. She can be used either as an open boat, or as semi-open, with the hardtop, which slides from the windshield (where it is normally carried) to the after end of the cockpit and which can be locked in any position with the thumb screws on the slides. The boat also provides storage space aft of the cockpit for a nylon convertible cockpit cover and aluminum tube supports which quickly convert the whole cockpit into a cabin. The hardtop, of course, has sliding windows which snug up the cabin against the weather for weekend cruising.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Nimble (Pub. No. 5139)

by V.P. Crockett

Want a real boat? Build this sweet and salty 30 ft. schooner!

One of the smallest schooners to sail the Maine coast, this “big-little” thirty footer is fun to sail and a joy to own. Designed and built for the rugged waters of Maine, she is at home in deep water anywhere. Strongly and heavily built, she sails well in light air and when it is really blowing she can take it with the best of them. With her saucy sheer and down-easter look she reminds many people of the old timers that were once so plentiful on the coast. The accommodations in this little schooner are very spacious for her size. She has an extra-large galley with sink, icebox and stove and ample space for dishes and stowage. Her toilet room is good size and includes a large linen locker and wash basin. Forward of the toilet and galley are the main cabin berths which double as seats. Upper berths may be added to sleep four in the main cabin. In the forward cabin there are two berths and ample storage space. One of the keynotes of this design is the lack of frills or gimcracks. She was designed for comfort and sea-going ability with the accent on common sense design. The engine is a 16 HP Palmer which gives a good honest 51/2 knots without any fuss. Her sail plan is moderate and it has to be really blowing before reefing is thought of. Although this boat was designed, and the plans drawn, for professional builders there have been many of the plans purchased by amateur builders and there is no reason why, if one is patient and takes his time, the amateur builder could not build a boat to be proud of.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Fun Fish (Pub. No. 5140)

by Hal Kelly

A l4-foot sailboat you can build in 50 hours including the sails. She’ll plane in a ten-knot breeze!

From stem to stern, Fun-Fish is just what her name implies. She makes small boat sailing a real joy. Easy to handle, she will plane in even a slight breeze. She also takes kindly to car-top travel: is stored easily during off-season.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Plyak (Pub. No. 5141)

by David Jordan
Plan revisions by Edwin Monk

Here is an excellent plan for an 11ft. 3 in. plywood-skinned kayak

To the eskimo, a kayak is more than a boat. To him it’s more like an essential garment. When he’s laced into his whale bone and walrus-hide craft, he’s ready for anything in the way of weather, water or what-have-you. To most of us, however, a kayak is for venturing. It’s perfect for poking around uninhabited islands, exploring the bends of a lazy, winding river or just breaking the peaceful surface of a placid lake at sunset. Since whale bone and walrus-hide are rather hard to come by, this "Plyak” has been designed to give the pleasure of a kayak in a boat made from readily available materials. For anyone who has built a boat before, the Plyak should take about 40 man hours to complete. When launched, the Plyak will be an excellent “one-man” boat with possibly one child to “crew.”

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Roamer (Pub. No. 5142)

by Henry Clark

Roamer was designed to be a bigger, faster, and vast improvement on our highly successful 16 ft. Barnaby. Every bit of performance and style that can be built in by the average handy man, is offered in Roamer. The builder, Bernie Kasha, is a man with four children, and will live much of the time on the water in her; and they’ll ski behind her when the mood hits. When the men wish to fish, Roamer will crest the big rollers offshore to the deep. With the 90S Evinrude clamped on the transom, she will skit across any size chop on her semi-round bottom. The builder has trailed her south on a Tee Nee 2400 tandem trailer, for skin diving, camping, and exploring. His building time of three months spare time, paid off handsomely.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

First Mate (Pub. No. 5143)

by V. B. Crockett

This design combines maximum of seaworthiness with minimum of cost.

The "First Mate" is just what the name implies; a small cruising sailboat that the first mate can handle without any trouble. Built on the heavy side for a boat of her size, she is an exceptional small sail boat. Rough water doesn’t seem to bother her and she is at home in smooth water also. This boat can be built with an auxiliary motor if desired, but a 10 HP outboard hung over the transom can get you home any time when the wind dies. The "First Mate" is designed for one who wants maximum seaworthiness with a minimum of cost. She is not too expensive to build and can be used for overnight cruising with comfort.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Alert (Pub. No. 5144)

by Hal Kelly

This row-or-go plan features self-bailing bait bin for fishing forays.

No problem in building the "Alert". This 12-ft. pram is designed as the ideal two-man fishing boat, although she will safely carry six people. The front and rear seats cover watertight compartments for dry storage use. Under the center seat are two bait wells, which may be used to keep your catch in as well as the bait. They are self bailing, if you wish to drain out the water on the way back, lightening the load considerably. She is designed to get the most out of a small outboard, 5 to 10 H.P. motors being ideal. The original used a Mercury Mark 200 which is a little more power than one would need and snapped her along at over 30 M.P.H. She handles very easy with a pair of oars, sliding over the water quietly and easily. With her flat bottom she is almost tip proof, the perfect boat to cast from.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Marianne (Pub. No. 5145)

by Ted Benze

What do you do if a family isn’t happy unless it’s afloat and the boat you have won’t float them all? The answer is simple: get a bigger boat. But when we went to look at bigger boats it soon became apparent that we couldn’t afford any we could use and didn’t like any we could afford. The solution was to design and build a boat that gives the most room for the least money—a houseboat. Marianne has a catamaran hull to provide minimum drag and maximum speed with a 75-hp outboard motor. She’s stable and will do up to 15 mph on flat water.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

Waterwing (Pub. No. 5146)

by Gene Edmonds

Here is 141/2 ft. of easy riding, fast moving economical comfort.

The Waterwing was designed to provide a sturdy, safe, soft-riding family boat "Waterwing" rides fast and dry. This boat has all of the features of “the big ones” in that it has style, comfort and durability. It sleeps two and will carry a small family for many happy hours of boating pleasure. Easy to launch and tow, the Waterwing is also easy to build.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Pudgy (Pub. No. 5147)

by Joseph Adams

"Pudgy" is short in size, but long in quality. She boasts speed and style.

Join in the fun on the water with "Pudgy", a lightweight 12-foot outboard runabout. Its canvas construction assures both initial and operating economy, since any damage is easily patched and a 51/2 hp engine is all that is needed to push "Pudgy" up on a plane. Up to four persons may be aboard without cutting down appreciably on her performance. Spruce shingle lath is used for this project. By buying it 1x3 inches and ripping into 1x2 inch or lx1 inch as needed, a substantial savings can be made. The covering material is white untreated duck, which can be bought at reasonable prices from mail order houses. One half sheet of 1/4-inch plywood is ample for the transom and gussets.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Taffy (Pub. No. 5148)

by Charles M. Ungerbuehler

A gold-plater from stem to stern, "Taffy" is a de luxe runabout for the discriminating sailor.

The keynote of "Taffy" is quality. If you have become disenchanted with boxy, makeshift designs and inferior workmanship, then "Taffy" is for you. This is a boat designed with no short cuts. When finished she will give you the pride of ownership that only true quality provides. Don’t get the idea that this boat is beyond your capabilities. An average well-informed amateur builder who is willing to put in the time and effort will have no trouble with "Taffy". In no case should anyone attempt this project without first having read one of the better books on the art of boatbuilding. "Boat building," by H. L Chapelle and "Boat building in Your Own Backyard" by Sam Rabl are classics in the field.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

Swell Time (Pub. No. 5149)

by Bill Futrell

A speedy but safe 13-foot family runabout that both mom and the kids will love, and dad will want to build:

"Swell Time" was designed as a family runabout. With safety in mind, she was made 32 inches deep and 68 inches wide. The bottom is 60 inches wide to make her fast and capable of carrying a heavy load. One of the features of this boat is tapered chines to make her highly maneuverable and safe in a high-speed turn. The bottom design makes her a smooth riding boat in rough water. All the frames are covered by the seats and back rests. The back seats lift up to provide storage space. The boat is sturdily designed. With a 30 h.p. motor, she is a live bombshell; she planes easily with a small motor.

11 pages, 1 plate(s)

Apache (Pub. No. 5150)

by David D. Beach

Here’s a 16-foot plywood outboard runabout that’s perfect for skIing, fshing and all-around family fun.

We are concerned here with the family or group that uses its boat as a picnic spot, cruises with its fellow outboard club members on the lakes and rivers on a Sunday afternoon and tows the youngsters astern on water skis. So let’s look at "Apache". She is big and beamy, with a good wide bottom to carry a fair passenger load without bogging down excessively. The bottom is easily veed forward to take the chop of confused waves on crowded lakes and restricted waterways. Amidship the sections have enough deadrise, carried well to the transom, to provide a comfortable heel when turning and to prevent any tendency to leap regardless of location of the load. The sides are flared all the way aft to keep random spray from coming aboard and to provide a substantial rub strake at the widest part of the boat. Aft the transom is cut for long lower unit outboard motors, and the high cut-out minimizes the danger of water coming aboard. The bottom aft is 60 inches over the spray rail, insuring proper buoyancy to support the newer and bigger motors, to absorb their starting thrust moment, and to give just the right amount of planing surface for safe and comfortable running. Six adults can be seated on two seats, each nearly five feet long.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Thing, The (Pub. No. 5151)

If you’re in or on the water near Marathon, Florida, and happen to spot what appears to be a sea monster bearing down, don’t die of heart failure—it’s probably nothing more than Al Bayles’ "Thing". All who see it say it’s the darndest boat ever built, but they have to admit it performs. "The Thing" has great maneuverability and literally flies across the surface. Under full power of a 10-hp motor, little more than the prop and the keel remain in the water. And 10 hp is all that Al recommends—any more and "The Thing" assumes control!

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bayou Belle (Pub. No. 5152)

by David Beach

This 24-foot outboard river cruiser boasts the comforts of home.

Bayou Belle provides one designer’s solution to the search for an ideal river cruiser, and does so with the capabilities of the average small boat builder as a prime consideration. The structure is simple to fabricate and assemble, utilizing exterior grade fir plywood wherever possible. The structural members are of oak or yellow pine although locally available woods of equal strength are entirely satisfactory. Only a band saw and a tilting bed table saw are required besides the usual chest of hand woodworking tools and a power drill with screwdriver attachment. The outboard plan and profile shows a big pram-like hull on which is mounted a long cabin with four large windows on each side.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Firefly (Pub. No. 5153)

by John Brendlmayr

Speed, stability and portability with room for five—that’s the promise of this versatile plywood and Fiberglas 14-footer.

This is a highly versatile craft. She is the ideal trailer size, light enough so that there are no handling difficulties, but able enough for a day’s enjoyment in most waters. Stability is such that passengers can stand and walk about without concern and she will carry five persons. "Firefly" makes an adequate and handy fishing boat for anything except offshore work. Of considerable importance is the exhilarating performance attainable with engines of 30 to 40 horsepower. Speeds in excess of 30 miles an hour can be reached with safe banked turns. "Firefly" has the speed and lifting ability for water skiing. Construction methods shown are well suited for a home builder or for a small shop. The straight sheer facilitates the use of a solid sawed harpin. Such a harpin contributes to ease of alignment and insures a smooth, accurate curve at the sheer. Longitudinal hull battens are laid on the outside of the frames rather than notching the frames for the battens. This is done both for ease of construction and to give a uniform pattern of deflection to the plywood under load.

7 pages, 3 plate(s)

Shoveller (Pub. No. 5154)

by Robert M. Steward

This 13-foot 8-inch duck boat is perfect for the man who is both hunter and amateur boat builder.

Here is a duck boat,that is reasonably easy to build. The frames are made from the full-size sections developed affer the fore and aft lines have been laid down. The planking and decking thicknesses, 1/2 inch on the sides and 1/4 inch elsewhere, must be deducted from the sections in order to have the frames of correct size, because the lines for small boats are drawn to the outside of the planking. Bevels on the side and bottom frames are picked up from full-size lines and sawed or planed on the frame material edges. To keep weight at a minimum the frames, cockpit sides, the side frame and deck beam have been simply designed, each to be cut from a single piece. Intermediate bottom frames, between regular frames to support the floor boards, can be fitted after the bottom is planked.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Silver Fin (Pub. No. 5155)

by A. Mason. 

This 20-foot day boat may be built of plywood and equipped with twin engines.

"Silver Fin" was designed primarily as a family day cruiser with adequate beam to insure a stable boat, a large deep cockpit for safety, high freeboard for dryness in rough water and generous sheltered space for weather protection. With only a slight modification to include additional lockers for stowing a small amount of additional equipment, "Silver Fin" becomes a satisfactory camping cruiser for two, especially in tidewater areas where it is impractical to sleep ashore.

5 pages, 3 plate(s)

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