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Squall (Pub. No. 5156)

by A. Mason

Designed for the young-in-heart and built of plywood, this 14-foot runabout can attain speeds of almost 32 miles per hour.

"Squall" has all the features of a modern sport runabout, but being built of waterproof plywood sheets, the construction has been simplified to produce a lightweight strong hull suitable for many uses. "Squall" was designed to handle well at all speeds using any outboard motor from 10 to 30 horsepower. With a total crew weight of not over 225 pounds, a 10-hp motor is fully capable of driving "Squall" up to 18 miles per hour; 22-hp will do close to 27 miles, and a 30-hp motor is almost capable of 32 miles per hour. Of course, it is understood that the best propeller combination as recommended by the manufacturer and a thorough engine tune-up is a necessity to reach these speeds. The modern trend is evident in the twin tail fins; their principal purpose is to partially hide the motor in profile view. However, if the feature does not appeal, simply omit the tail fins as they will have no effect on the performance, and while they do not add to the structural strength of the boat, they may aid in keeping the motor drier when running in a choppy sea.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Mary Jane (Pub. No. 5157)

by Robert M. Steward

Measuring 17 feet 7 inches, this round-bottom inboard launch offers the challenge of real boat building, but on a small scale.

"Mary Jane" is a round-bottom launch 17 feet 7 inches overall, with a beam of 5 feet 8 inches and shallow draft of 14 inches. This boat is powered with a small inboard engine. The cost of fuel will be very small and the tank holding a full day’s supply is a permanent part of the boat, but the owner must be content with moderate speeds of up to ten miles an hour depending on the load. Mary Jane was designed for those amateurs who would like to try their hand at a real boat building job on a small scale. It is a matter of opinion, of course, but a round bottom hull of light construction is not much more difficult to build than a hard chine boat. The light frames and planking are easy to handle and the experience gained from her construction will be valuable should a larger boat be attempted in the future.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Cobia (Pub. No. 5158)

by Robert M. Steward

"Cobia" is a type of small power boat that is enjoying great popularity as a combination day cruiser, overnighter for two and sport fisherman. The cabin has two comfortable berths, an enclosed toilet room and small but adequate galley space with ice chest, utensil and food locker, sink and stove. There is storage space for gear under the berths and in the forepeak. Abaft the cabin there is more than twelve feet of cockpit, ample space for loafing or fishing. The “bridge” can be covered during poor weather with a folding navy type canvas shelter as shown dotted on the outboard-profile drawing. The length overall is twenty-five feet six inches, beam is eight feet five inches to the outside of the planking, and the draft is about two feet depending upon the weight of fuel, crew and equipment.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pod (Pub. No. 5159)

by Gordon L. Hansen

This beautiful 15-foot rowing dory slips through the water, lets the fish-hungry angler sneak up on those big ones.

This dory is a natural for the man who likes a bit of exercise and appreciates the simplicity and silence of a well-designed rowboat. A narrow bottom, tapered at both ends, enables her to slice through the water with a minimum of effort and flaring sides make her safe and dry in a chop. "Pod", with a beam of 52 inches, has an overall length of 15 feet, 5 inches and is 11 feet, 6 inches on the waterline. Three pieces of marine plywood make up the sides and bottom and no frames are required. This makes boatbuilding about as simple as it ever gets and the result is a light, clean hull with fewer places for rot to develop. However, for those who feel better with conventional framing, optional frames are included in the drawings.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

Sabot (Pub. No. 5160)

There’s eight feet of fun and usefulness packed into this sturdy plywood pram dinghy.

The plans herewith are those of an eight-foot, lightweight pram of the following dimensions:
 Length overall 7 feet 11 inches
 Beam 4 feet 0 inches
 Depth 16 inches
 Sail area 36 square feet
A centerboard has been installed in place of the original leeboard, the sliding gunter changed to Marconi rig and a rudder and tiller instead of the steering oar. The vee bottom is slightly more difficult to build than the flat bottom, but is superior especially for sailing and towing. The hard or sharp chine is simple in construction, but the flat chine is better, improving the looks and making rowing and towing in a heavy sea safer.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Seal (Pub. No. 5162)

There’s adventure in every inch of this 16-foot Eskimo kayak.

Here are the luilding plans for a kayak based on the general lines of the canoes used by the Eskimos. "Seal" is essentially a one-man boat but she may be made longer and the cockpit lengthened out a little so that two persons may be accommodated. This may be accomplished by respacing the frames about three or four inches farther apart than shown.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bonni II (Pub. No. 5163)

This sturdy, 18-foot auxiliary sloop features seaworthiness and comfort.

by J. A. Donohue

Back in 1940, the boating editor of "Mechanix Illustrated" undertook to design and build a boat to meet the requirements of a majority of readers. It seems that practically everybody wanted a boat with an engine and a vast majority liked sailing, so it was quickly settled that the boat should have both sail and power. Then, too, most people wanted a boat of moderate size and ample beam with a roomy cockpit for fishing and a comfortable cabin for overnight trips; shallow draft was desired, so that a dinghy would not be needed and the boat might be beached if necessary; V-bottom hulls were first choice because of their seaworthiness and ease of construction; a fair turn of speed was wanted, both under sail and power; and last, but far from least, the boat had to be well built at moderate cost. How well the designer met the requirements is evidenced by the continued popularity of the original "Bonnie". Some fourteen years later, Dick Donohue, of Seattle, Wash., bought a set of plans. Before he got around to building, he had the opportunity to buy a second-hand set of sails, mast, boom and rigging from a Mercury Class boat. Knowing that "Bonnie’s" sail area, about 165 sq. ft., was very close to that of a Mercury, he decided that with some careful figuring he could adapt the plans and come up with a workable design. Other changes were incorporated, mostly because of a desire to reduce the costs even more than in the original "Bonnie". The result, a lighter boat with a new sail plan, is now presented anew as "Bonnie II".

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Triton (Pub. No. 5164)

by Robert M. Steward

This 19-foot day sailer is also a fine racing sloop.

"There are darn few popular small boats,” said Rudder Editor Leonardi, “with enough room to take Aunt Agatha out sailing.” And so we have "Triton", designed as a safe wholesome day sailer with a moderate sail plan, suitable either for family use or as a one-design racing class. It is inevitable, of course, that hardy youth will cruise overnight in a boat 19 feet 6 inches long, and for this reason a cuddy has been incorporated in the design for protection from the weather. Beam and freeboard have been made generous for stability and dryness and her arc bottom will not be hard to drive under sail, although "Triton" has not been designed as a light-weight racing machine. The hull, properly built, will stand much abuse and the choice of materials is wide, permitting the boat to be built anywhere.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

King Kat (Pub. No. 5165)

by Keith Vining

Slung from a bipod mast, the lateen rig of this cat gives maximum performance on either tack or reach.

"King Kat" is a classy little catamaran that’s easy to build and easy on the pocketbook. What’s more, it sports a rig which makes it perform like a dream. The triangular sail, stretched between a sloping yard and a boom, has been slung from a short mast for almost as long as men have sailed. Apart from being beautiful in silhouette, it’s an efficient airfoil. A disadvantage has been that conventional (if stubby) mast. Of necessity, the yard and boom are slung to one side. This is fine when we’re racing along with the sail on the lee side of the mast, but what happens when we want to come about? Then the otherwise perfect sail wraps itself around the mast like a wind-swept skirt on a damsel’s leg--only the result isn’t so satisfying. Gone is the advantage, and unless we can find some way to hustle that sail around to the other side of the mast, what’s gained on the starboard tack is lost on the port, or vice versa. What’s needed is a sky hook to hold that yard up--and what we have in "King Kat" is practically that. But we have a pair of sturdy plywood legs holding that “hook” up and a stub mast to tie down the boom. Practical? Yes indeed, for on a catamaran we have a base broad enough to spread that bipod far enough to leave the sail clear at all times. Better yet, there are no stays to worry about. The top of the mast can be parted by loosening one nut, the bottom unhooked by tipping the legs outboard, the boom released by removing a pin and the whole wrapped up under the arm. The cat can then be used as an outboard.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

Carinita (Pub. No. 5166)

by A. Mason.

No matter what you want in a sail, this 20-foot stoop will fill the bill.

(Publisher's Note: Those with a secret and guilty affection for the old "Amphibicon" will like Carinita).

"Carinita" was designed for the amateur builder who desires something more than a typical day sailer, not a full cruising boat but a fast sailboat that has limited accommodations sufficient for an occasional overnight cruise yet without the higher building costs associated with keel boats of this size. While two fixed berths with lockers and shelves for food, dishes and stove are provided, there is also ample stowage space for a portable icebox, a watercloset of the bucket type for economy’s sake, sails, water bottles and all the other equipment one usually requires for an overnight cruise. "Carinita" will be exceptionally seaworthy and her full beam at the waterline will provide sufficient stability to withstand any normal sudden summer blow. With certain modifications to the cockpit and cabin entrance "Carinita" would be eligible to meet the requirements of the English Royal Ocean Racing Club Junior Offshore Group, more commonly known as the J.O.G. class, as w

21 pages, 3 plate(s)

H-28, The (Pub. No. 5167)

by L. Francis Herreshoff

Living is easy and sailing is fun when you head out to sea aboard this 28-foot auxiliary cruising ketch.

H-28 was designed for the man who has only a limited time to sail, but would like to go somewhere and back in that time. It was designed to be a boat that could be quickly gotten under way for a sail on a summer evening, a boat that could ghost along in light breezes as well as stand up to anything she might get caught out in along our Atlantic coast in the summer time. She is wider on deck than an ideal sea boat should be (particularly aft), but that is to secure maximum deck space and to make her drier in a chop.

24 pages, 3 plate(s)

Ostkust (Pub. No. 5168)

by A. Mason.

She’s 24 feet from stem to stern, large enough for limited cruises and roomy enough for day sailing.

"Ostkust" was designed to be an ideal day sailer, with a large cockpit that is almost 6 ft. 6 in. long, but yet has a comfortable snug cabin that would be perfect for two people for short cruises or for much longer cruises for two young people who don’t mind roughing it a bit. However, as most of the sailing time is in reality day sailing where ease of handling is desirable, greater emphasis has been placed on designing a roomy cockpit so that a few congenial souls can find ample room for their utmost comfort while enjoying the sunshine and air of a day on the water. In contrast to most so-called day sailers, provision has been made for the installation of one of the many small inboard air or water-cooled engines. The one shown on the plans is a Lauson 21/2 horsepower water-cooled engine with magneto ignition, which is ample to get the Ostkust into port after the wind has fallen to a flat calm at night or when it is necessary to make a train.

Note: Ms. Mason tells us that when her father was on a vacation in Hawaii, he was astonished to see one of his Ostkust's lying at the dock. She had sailed there from Los Angeles!

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Tabu- A Planing Sailer (Pub. No. 5169)

Designed by William Jackson

By combining new materials with improved techniques of water dynamics, this sports sailer brings about a new concept of high-in-the-water speed sailing

Speeds of up to four times faster than conventional sailers of comparable size are possible with the "Tabu". To achieve this speed, it rides over the surface instead of forcing its way through it. It performs much like the outriggers made by the Polynesian Islanders whose handmade craft often exceeded 20 mph. Several years of research have gone into designing this sailer. By following the designs given in this article you can build a craft just like the one that we came up with and proved to be a successful planing sailer.

16 pages, 7 plate(s)

Chipmunk (Pub. No. 5170)

by Henry Clark

The 16-Ft. "Barnaby" was the answer to many hundreds of home builders whose families have lived on and roamed over the waterways, and water skiied like mad at the urge. But herewith we are going to create another bunch of builders who will not only go faster on the water, trail faster on the road, build faster, at less cost, get a stronger hull, but will be able to camp aboard under a shelter. We refer, of course, to the 14-ft. "Chipmunk", so named because it can dart about so quickly. The average handy man, for a few weeks effort, will gain a very fast hull with a safe 5-ft. 6-in, beam, and many unusual construction features. Out on the water you’ll sport lines that will be as stylish as the rest. A 17-year-old boy and his father built the test model from my pencil roughs working so fast I could hardly keep up with figures. If the cuddy shelter isn’t a must with you leave it off and hare an open runabout. As to power we didn’t mess around. We gave the transom what it can take. With the 40 hp Lark on, the caperer really lives, while pulling two skiers pell mell. With two in, you can clock 30 mph, and still get a soft ride with the semiround bottom. With an 18 hp Fastwin on, the camper still cuts the water at 22 mph, more or less by load, and gets one skier up. The hull is 3/4-in, plywood, the strongest planking you can use for this short size.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Hustler (Pub. No. 5171)

by Henry Clark

Speedabout is low in cost, high in performance.

For the Man or boy who wants the action of the racing gang, at a much lower cost and with easier construction, this boat was designed. After some months of creaming around in ffiy 9-ft. "Bubbles", one boy asked for a faster job, one which could carry a few friends along and still go car-top if necessary. With this in mind, the layout yielded a hull as simple as "Bubbles", but far roomier, sturdier, and faster. Transom is uniquely braced to take up to 35 hp if the driver knows his stuff, but this driver was content with an 18 hp Evinrude, with remote controls. This drove the boat 30 mph average with an all-purpose prop. Even with a smaller 10 hp on, we clocked 24 mph on our Aqua Meter. To the looks of a hydro was added the rakish fins which impart high freeboard and ward off splash. And though the ribs are simple, straight rips, the bottom is semiround, giving a soft ride and rolling turns. Center wheel dash unit is also front seat back rest. Gas tank goes in front when going solo.

16 pages, 1 plate(s)

Nugget (Pub. No. 5172)

by Arthur Piver

This 24-ft. trimaran can be built at rock-bottom cost.

The  trimaran  has proven to be not only fast and safe, but inexpensive and easy to build as well. It possesses the ideal sailing characteristics of great stability with light weight. The 24-foot Nugget, shown here, is easy to build, being almost all sheet plywood. It was designed especially for the amateur craftsman and has numerous building short cuts. There are no critical bends, and the construction has been simplified to the point where no lofting is necessary. A table of offsets is not even required. Here we have a boat which can sail at a speed of twenty knots (it is also extremely fast in light airs) and is apparently seaworthy enough to go around the world. The boat is easily trailed, as the side decks and floats fold compactly. It can sleep four people on short cruises, and the 14-foot beam provides loads of useful deck area. Draft (board up) is only 17 inches, so it is easy to beach.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Skimabout (Pub. No. 5173)

Plaster-finished mold shapes fiberglass hull.

Designed and built for a family, Skimabout is as big a runabout as anybody could want. She’s 17 feet with a 7-foot beam and has a 71/2-foot cockpit behind the forward seats. What’s more, there’s plenty of depth from floor to gunwale so that you’re always in the boat rather than halfway out. With an eye to reduced maintenance, the hull is Fiberglas, laid up on an inexpensive mold made from lumber, lath and plaster. There are three layers, two of cloth with one of matte between. When the three are laminated with polyester resin they form a tough, leak-proof shell which is easily removed from the mold for rapid finishing of the boat.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Lazybones (Pub. No. 5174)

by Donald H. Smith, SSCD

This comfortable 24-ft. sloop accommodates two.

Befitting her name, "Lazybones" is a simply rigged, small cruising sloop with an auxiliary engine. She will not be a fast sailer and is capable of only seven knots under power. However, her very significant virtues relate to her simplicity of rig and maximum comfort for her small size. She carries 293.4 square feet of sail with 218.4 in the main. Her gaffheaded rig will require a minimum of effort to handle, even for the novice. From the standpoint of accommodations, "Lazybones" has a small cabin, housing two berths forward, a small toilet enclosure, and a galley. Her cockpit is roomy with two longitudinal seats on either side. Both the tiller and engine controls are within easy reach when sitting on either seat. Under the seats are lockers for the multitude of gear which eventually finds its way aboard small craft of this type. Her forward hatch is a little unusual for this type of small sailboat but is there for good reason. In any cabin boat, especially where there is a galley and stove, more than one means of exit should be provided. "Lazybones" is of stout seagoing construction, which features a round bilge and lead keel. She is not a difficult boat to build, but her construction will be time consuming in that she is carvel planked and the planks must be carefully spiled and shaped. She has steam-bent oak frames and some hefty deadwood in her keel assembly.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Frostfish (Pub. No. 5175)

by Cal Smith

For top speed thrills on ice build this 161/2 footer.

If you’ve never experienced the sensation of flashing over the ice at 40 mph, you’re really missing a thrill. Building "Frostfish" will put you into this exhilarating winter sport and you can do it for $100— less if you already own a sailing paddleboard, dinghy or canoe. "Frostfish" was designed to be quickly and easily built. Ordinary lumber and construction grade steel are used throughout and hardware store fittings are specified rather than more expensive marine hardware. The sail and spars are adapted from the Alcort Sailfish but lateen or Gunter canoe rigs and dinghy spars and sails of 40 to 65 square feet can be used. Completely portable, "Frostfish" can be taken apart or assembled in a few minutes. The body weighs 65 lbs., the runner plank is 40 lbs. and the rig is 15 lbs.—any of which can be handled by one adult. The total 120-lb. weight is easily carried on top of a car or station wagon. This is a fun craft, easy to sail and highly maneuverable. Carrying one adult or two youngsters, she’ll do 35 to 40 mph in 20 to 25 mph winds. And she’s safe. With the low lateen rig, she stays down on the ice where she belongs.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Bantam (Pub. No. 5177)

by Leslie E. Bailey
Secretary, Rhodes Bantam Class Assocation

A 141/2 footer wonderful for racing or day-sailng.

Many experienced skippers have stepped into a Rhodes "Bantam", wondered aloud about the room and comfort in its fourteen feet, exclaimed about its exceptional stability and then found a boat with a real challenge to their sailing ability. For all its good performance, the "Bantam" is an ideal boat for family sailing, one which doesn’t penalize the inexperienced. Another beauty of the "Bantam" is its simplicity. You don’t have to be the best shipwright in the world nor do you need a shop full of special tools. A comfortable chair, a good standard text on boat building and the usual tools of a home shop combined with patience and care and you’re on your way. The "Bantam" is a strict one-design class where home built boats are on a par with factory boats, and there are no “goldplaters.”

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

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