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17 Ft Motor Cruiser (Pub. No. 5009)

(For Inboard or Outboard Motor)
Economy of operation, all-weather seaworthiness and superior handling qualities are features of this 17-foot de luxe cabin cruiser. It is especially designed for small motors, with their low operating cost. Cruise all day for less than a dollar spent in gas; go, if you like, with this shallow-draft boat through many rivers and creeks and through shallow water where higher-powered cruisers could never navigate.  Special improvements have been developed to give this small cruiser a maximum speed with the low-power motors—6 m.p.h. with a 21/2-h.p. motor and as high as 10 m.p.h. with the 10-h.p. models, or almost the same speed with which a similar motor would drive a rowboat.  Such a degree of seaworthiness and stability has been incorporated in the boat that it is well adapted for fishing in any rough and unprotected waters—even for ocean use. For extended cruises it will accommodate two persons, or three if one sleeps in the cockpit. On short trips as many persons as can be crowded into it may be safely carried.  For ease of construction, this little cruiser compares more with an outboard runabout than with other cruisers. The over-all length is 17 feet, beam 6 feet 2½ inches. A dinghy is not necessary as this cruiser can be beached almost anywhere

24 pages, 4 plate(s)

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)

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)

Lily Pad--A 16.5-Ft. Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5246)

by A. Mason.

Specially designed for amateur builders, this boat is suitable for an occasional overnight cruise and will do 18 mph on 22-horsepower.

“Lily Pad” is intended for those amateur builders having only a fair knowledge of woodworking tools and who want a safe boat that they can successfully complete without expending too much time and effort. While the hull form of a squarebottom scow permits the most simple type of construction, this form does not keep out spray when waters are choppy, and consequently the modified scow hull form of "Lily Pad" has flaring sides to partially overcome this fault. Also to simplify construction the bottom has no deadrise to facilitate the use of athwartship planking, but "Lily Pad" may have a slight tendency to pound as she is not intended for shallow waters. However, this tendency has also been somewhat alleviated by having the bow cut away so that it can be run right up to steep banks and permit passengers to step ashore dry-shod. This eliminates any need of a dinghy. However it must never be thought that "Lily Pad" is intended only for calm quiet waters since she will be as safe and seaworthy as the majority of other small boats intended for semi-sheltered waters.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Ella-Mae--A 17-Ft. Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5304)

Economical and easy to build, this tough little craft answers the need for a comfortable cabin boat on a budget.
Anybody who can use the simplest of carpenter's tools can build the Ella-Mae, and make an excellent job of her. The trim lines of the hull with its simple V-bottom give the boat a surprising turn of speed, even with a small motor. The original boat shown in the photographs had a 3 H.P. outboard. Despite her enviable performance and obvious ruggedness, the Ella-Mae is probably easier to build than any other boat of her type. She's ideal for the campiing trip or for ordinary pleasure cruising close to home, and can be built in a fairly short time by the man who gets more fun out of cruising than out of construction. Ella-Mae can float in heavy dew; note the circle on the photograph below; that's grass growing just astern folks!

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sundance--An Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5371)

by Weston Farmer

The basic function of any cruiser is to go places, and this technically excellent little cruisemite is designed to do just that—she’ll build from materials obtainable everywhere, and you can count on her to handle big water.

If you are one of the many who are dreaming of an outboard cruiser, you will do well to read of Sun Dance here. She is distilled out of an experience with outboard “cruisers” which stretches over the last 26 years. It was in April of 1928 that the plans for the first planing V-bottom outboard cruiser appeared in print. This boat was named Quadster. She was designed for the then new 18 hp four-cylinder Elto. A great many of these hulls were built. I had the good fortune to have designed her, and have designed a number of others since then. Now, as I get into the business of planning the latest of this line of successful boats, I have again been involved in doping out a hull shape which will best fit the real usage to which such a craft is put. Again I come to the same basic conclusions about outboard cruisers. Out of this has evolved Sun Dance—an excellent bottom, a hull made a little better by a knowing arrangement plan, but basically embodying the same integrity toward wind, wave, rain and motor that has characterized the earlier hulls. They were all dandy boats.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Dragon-Fly--An Easily Built 181/2-Ft. Cruiser (Pub. No. 5392)

By C. A. Nedwidek

Reliability and power of the new outboard engines adapts them readily to driving larger and abler craft. Complete plans and specifications for a smart little cruiser.

There are presented here the plans and specifications of a small outboard boat, designed so that it is easily adaptable for use as a cruiser. Many outboard cruisers have been designed, but none such as this one. All in all, she is a flat bottom hull with a slight V forward, equipped with seats as shown on the plans, to give a seating capacity for six for day use. The backs of these seats are so arranged that they drop down forming two full length berths on each side of the boat, giving sleeping accommodations for four. A light standing top is shown on the outboard plan; this is to be fitted with side curtains that button along the coaming, closing in the entire hull and giving absolute privacy for the cruising party. Aft on the starboard side the toilet compartment is shown, a light wood partition being built up to a height of thirty inches above the floor line. Directly in this compartment a regular marine toilet fixture is to be installed. The wash basin is fitted on the short leg of the L part of the partition. Putting it in this position will serve the dual purpose of a wash basin and a galley sink, the basin is to be fitted with a small basin puthp that is to be connected to the water tank forward. A curtain or curtains are to be fitted to close in this compartment up to the top of the awning. Opposite the toilet room the galley or cooking portion of this miniature cruiser is to be located and to consist of a built-in ice chest with the top of it acting as a stove platform. The stove itself is optional but the type most practical to use on this boat is one of the folding spirit stoves. They fold up pretty compactly and when not in use, can be stowed under one of the seats. The tanks are to be located forward, one twelve inches in diameter and thirty inches long with a capacity of fourteen gallons, to be used as a fresh water tank, and the other twelve inches in diameter and twenty inches long with a capacity of eight gallons, to be used as the gasoline tank. Both tanks to be filled from deck, with the fill pipes located on deck as shown. The side curtains are to be fitted with windows and screens as shown. The upper rectangles, shown dotted on the outboard plnn, with one of them cross hatched, are intended for screens, while the lower ones are windows, either of celluloid, or just flaps that can be hooked up. Windows are also to be fitted in the forward and after curtains, three windows in each.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Minuteman (Pub. No. 5448)

by Charles Bell

LOA 16+', BEAM 8', 42" DEPTH OF HULL

Here is a fast cruising catamaran.

Although she is only 16 feet long, this boat can be made into a comfortable cruiser for two and a good weekend camper for four. Contrary to general belief, catamarans and sea sleds do not afford as much inside room as conventional-type boats. The big tunnel through the middle of the bottom raises the floor and cuts down on the effective headroom that can be safely built into these types. The floor can be lowered on the outside on the larger types and some arrangements which give more room are practical, but on a 16-footer one must make the most of what is available and use the catamaran for its many advantages of hull type. Most of the hurriedly built factory models are simply two long, narrow boat hulls connected by a bridge and any performance advantages are sometimes accidental. Minuteman is the result of long study of catamaran cruiser behavior and her bottom is designed to give the smoothest ride, speed and stability, both on runs and turns, that can be expected of a light water plane. There is a nontrip outer chine and some deadrise to each plane to allow controlled turn without excessive skid or digging in, which could cause a roll over on a tight, high-speed turn. I will say right here that there is no real need for sharp, high-speed turns in any circumstance and this is a stunt practiced by the weak-minded. Minuteman gets the most room out of her 16 feet because in this design I have not allowed the motors to invade the boat but have provided a motor mount as a projection of the hull where the outboards can really be outboard. The transom bulkhead carries the height necessary to a hull of this size and the motor mount provides the dangerously low cut demanded by outboard motors. The motor mount has three large scuppers which drain off water taken into them in a hurry. The bottom of the motor mount is filled with urethane foam poured in place and is covered with plywood to provide a safe place for the gasoline tank or tanks. Any fumes or spillage from them will go overboard through the scuppers, too.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Flight a 19 ft Plywood Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5492)

by John Long

This fast-sailing catamaran is very light, easy to build, and will furnish many hours of pleasure to its owner. Plywood is used in the construction of the hulls, thus keeping weight and cost at a minimum.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Loon, a 16 ft Cruising Garvey (Pub. No. 5591)

by J. A. Emmett

"Loon" is an interesting combination of, old and the new—the garvey type has proven itself through long years on our inland rivers, and the shelter-cabin adds the modern touch. In addition, marine plywood is specified wherever possible in the construction to not only make for easier building but to give a lighter longer-lasting boat.  She will be found most useful in exploring interesting winding rivers with their connected ponds and small lakes, the small cabin permitting week-end sleeping and cooking aboard and making unnecessary the invenience of a riverbank camp. While not a fast type, the flat bottom with the spoon bow drives easily through the water with a motor of from 5 h.p. up.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Mehitabel--An 18' Plywood Cruiser (Pub. No. 5669)

by Dave Beach

Reprinted from Rudder

The intense interest in inexpensive outboard powered boats for cruising has led the editors of  THE RUDDER to the realization that a modern boat of this type should be made available to amateur builders. I was commissioned to do the job, with the special request that I attempt to get away from the standard type and try to produce something different. "Mehitabel" is the result. She is 18 feet 8 inches overall, 16 feet 9 inches on the water, 7 feet 6 inches beam, 1 foot 2 inches draft, and should be able to make seventeen miles an hour with a good power plant when not overloaded.  The outboard profile shows a not too common appearance. Well forward, on a lively sheer, is a large runabout type windshield with ample side wings that protect an open cockpit with two comfortable seats and exceptional steering visibility.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Barnaby--A 16-Ft Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5687)

by Henry Clark

This is it!  Roomy but trailable; it’s small enough to keep our lot uncluttered. It carries a slew of camping gear, plus my wife, three kids—and a dog! Yet it planes easily, just like a runabout. Good stability, sturdy oak framing, 3/8-inch plywood hull and mahogany trim for that “cruiser” look. The cabin sleeps two adults plus a child.  The wheel and controls in the cabin are for use in wet weather. They are coupled to the helm in the open cockpit for stand-up or sit-down steering. Portholes for Junior to watch the splash, a memory every boy should have—wide gunwales for walking—grab rails on the roof—windows that open for ventilation—an upper windshield to keep the wind off the skipper—fuel tanks under seats, which are hinged—seat back that lowers, for motor attention—a self-bailing water well to keep out following seas—a high freeboard to keep out spray. Barnaby’s got ‘em all!

12 pages, 8 plate(s)

Cruise-Mate--A 19-Ft. Cruiser (Pub. No. 5704)

by William F. Crosby

Designed for short cruises on protected waters, Cruise-Mate is the ideal boat for the man who wants to enjoy a week-end or a few days more afloat without spending a fortune to do it. Modern in design and constructed almost entirely of plywood, the boat provides good cruising accommodations for two with ample cockpit space for larger parties on day trips. The recommended power is an Evinrude Speeditwin Motor of 22 hp. fitted with a 5 in. extra length shaft, and installed in a well at the stern. With this motor, or another make of the same power, Cruise-Mate should do between 12 and 14 miles an hour with two persons on board. By mounting the outboard at the stern, the space normally taken up by an inboard engine has been used to provide a surprising amount of cruising space for a boat with an overall length of exactly 19 ft. and a beam of 8 ft. 5 in. The freeboard at the bow is 3 ft. 5 in., while at stern it narrows down to 2½ ft. Below decks the cruiser has two berths that will take six footers (not the usual shelves designed for Singers’ midgets), space for a small stove and ice chest, plus ample stowage space under the berths and in the rope locker forward. Obviously you can’t get full headroom in the cabin of a 19 ft. boat without raising the top out of all proportion. However, there is over 4 ft. under the cabin carlins which means good sitting headroom. Anyway you’ll spend 90% of your waking hours in the cockpit where there’s full standing headroom of 6 ft. and excellent visibility through the two windshields.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

17-Ft. High-Speed Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5736)

by Bruce N. Crandall

LOA 17' 1", BEAM 6' 11 1/2", DRAFT 8 3/4", DISPLACEMENT 1670 LBS.

Shopping for something in the 40 mph class that still offers big-boat comfort? This is for you.

This is a semi-round bottom, high-speed model designed for planing speeds with one or two outboard motors. Outboard cruisers, like any small boats, fall into two classifications: those designed as displacement boats and those designed to plane. The displacement types up to 22’ or more in length are generally quite satisfactory for motors from 10 hp to 25 hp. The planing types, especially the larger cruisers, often require too much horsepower to make them plane properly, especially when there is a load aboard. A boat which will not quite plane is always very unsatisfactory and inefficient to operate. There are some types of bottom design which are suited for semi-planing speeds or slow-planing speeds, but these cannot be built of sheet plywood. While a developable-surface design such as this one is not as efficient at slow-planing speeds as some types, at somewhat higher speeds it becomes the most efficient, and therefore the fastest, of all equally soft-riding planing types. A boat this size attains planing speed at between 18 and 20 mph, and between 26 and 28 mph this design reaches its best efficiency. Now, with a similar boat just two feet longer, minimum planing speed would be one mph higher, and the speed for best efficiency about 1½ mph higher, which illustrates the great increase in power necessary for equal performance as the boat gets larger and heavier. So, you can see, this 17’ cruiser is the ideal size for attaining maximum speed without undue expense for motors and fuel. The hull design is suitable for planing speeds in choppy or even comparatively rough water with motors from 25 hp to 60 hp. Even more power can be used in calm water if greatest speed is desired. This boat is ideal for week-end cruises or fishing trips, especially when transportation by trailer is necessary. It is not heavy enough to make launching from a modern trailer or loading up again at all difficult. The bottom, sides and even the cabin top are designed on developable surfaces to make planking with sheet plywood easy. The bottom is of the semi-round or convex V-bottom type, which makes for soft-riding and good banking qualities at high speed. The entire hull is designed with rough-water use a primary consideration, and it is as seaworthy as any boat of its size can be.

14 pages, 6 plate(s)

Trumpet (Pub. No. 5743)

by Weston Farmer

LOA17' 11", BEAM 6' 6', DISPLACEMENT 1,635 LBS.

A revolutionary new handling of an old principle makes this design the one for the skipper who demands the ultimate in boat performance

This beautiful-running little boat is named Trumpet. Shown here powered with a Mercury Mark 55 40 hp motor, turning an 11” x 11” propeller at 3,000 rpm (motor 5,000 rpm), she is making a measured 24 mph with slip at 15 per cent. This is on an all-up weight of 1,635 pounds, or more than 40 pounds per horsepower. Note her very fiat, sprayless wake. Her freeboard forward is 33%”, and aft it is 26 ¼” at the transom-sheer junction. Trumpet more nearly approaches a boat of normal form than do four-sided sharpened mortar boxes, hence she is very soft in a seaway, rises bodily throughout her running range without appreciably changing trim. She turns like a pony, yet tracks course like an express train. She was built to my lines here for John W. Rollinson, Jr., of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, by George Stevens to prove some ideas both Mr. Rollinson and I had about seagoing planing hulls. The dope says she’d have to weigh 400 pounds less, or have 50 horses to produce 24 mph. Cross-checks of these figures with appropriately lighter loads have produced speeds of 26.5 to 27 mph. She is therefore about 25 per cent more efficient than the average—a marked increase in general ability. This is due to decalage in her running lines, particularly her keel, which applies to a hydroplaning surface a portion of the general principles of laminar flow found in airplanes with a “Coke bottle” fuselage. This “decalage” (deck’-a-lage to rhyme with garage) is a French engineering term which refers to different angles of incidence in the lift members of a plane, disposed in such a way as to produce inherent fore and aft trim components.

15 pages, 3 plate(s)

Ann Louise (Pub. No. 5793)

by Don Rodney

LOA 18' 11/2", BEAM 7' 31/2, DRAFT 0' 103/4"

A three-berth outboard cruiser for family cruising.

The oft-repeated phrase, “Two is company, three is a crowd,” certainly applies nowhere better than when an attempt is made to sleep three or more persons on an outboard cruiser with the customary two, fore-and-aft arranged, bunks. Of course, a third person can bed himself down on some life-preserver cushions and a blanket in the gangway between the two berths or in the cockpit, but such an arrangement is definitely third-rate, about like trying to ride three on a bicycle built for two. Now, if sleeping is bad under the above-mentioned conditions, the locker situation is even worse for, even under the best of conditions, the amount of locker space available on the average outboard cruiser is on the meager side indeed. It was with the thought of providing a cruiser with an extra berth for that third member, as well as to see what could be done to improve the locker situation, that we have designed Ann Louise. In providing the extra berth, we have been able to produce an elevated platform on which a seat for the helmsman may be mounted. In this design we have tried to incorporate all of the good features on the two-bunk boat as well as to profit by a few past mistakes and a lot of cruising experience which would indicate that besides an extra berth, an enlarged galley, extra drawer and locker space, andan enclosed head woul be highly desirable.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

How to Build Sea Deuce (Pub. No. 5796)

by David D. Beach

Stylish 16’ cruiser accommodates two comfortably on a weekend boating trip. Unique interior provides space for good-sized double berth and regulation utilities

This attractively styled little craft was designed as an effort to provide a small cruiser of near-minimum dimensions thta would be suitable for weekend use by a congenial couple. The initial correspondence between the editor and the designer recommended that, if possible, the boat should be designed to accommodate either a pair of outboard motors of not over 40 hp each or one of the new inboard-outboard drive combinations having the same maximum horsepower. The initial sketches for the boat showed a conventional profile of some distinctiveness but with an unconventional arrangement. Optional construction details were also indicated, and these were accepted as the basis for the seven design drawings that accompany this article. These drawings show the alternate construction details.

10 pages, 7 plate(s)

Eager Eve (Pub. No. 5831)

by William D. Jackson


Efficient outboard cruiser with motor concealed in a well.

Eager Eve may be used for extended cruises upon inland waterways, or sports use at the home harbor, for sight seeing or pulling waer skiers and from 50 feet away you’d swear that Eager Eve was a luxury inboard cabin cruiser. A cover hides the 25 hp outboard motor that drives this efficient cruiser fast enough to keep up with or outrun nine out of ten inboards. In a first test Eager Eve, powered by an Evinrude 25 hp motor made 22 mph with one person aboard. Without a heavy inboard engine, you can transport it easily on a trailer and store it in a garage. Eager Eve is built upside down with extensions from the side frames secured to the floor.

19 pages, 6 plate(s)

Simplex--A Military Type Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5846)

by Weston Farmer

She is built of plywood, and will build for very little money for materials.

LOA 18 FT., BEAM 7 FT. 6 IN.

In the lake states where outboard motors are made—-Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan—you’ll find a bewildering maze of waterways ideally located for intriguing cruising. On these waters it either blows like sixty and everyone stays ashore, or it doesn’t blow at all and everyone and his brother goes afloat. For such water and service was Simplex designed. She is boxy and big for her inches. She is as simple as possible to build, giving consideration to strength and the whopping loads that craft of this type are asked to carry. Simplex is not the last grunt in speed, nor exactly the kind of boat for open water. On these points I’d prefer Sun Dance, the forerunner of Simplex, which appeared last year. But when it comes to breezing off the girlfriend, or taking out a pack of kids in calmer water, Simplex will provide the passenger-carrying bulk you need. She is contemporary in looks, and should please the Neo Whistler or Hot-Diggety school of boating advocates, for I have borrowed something from my PT boat designing experience and have given her something of that military persuasion. She is a good all-around boat; simple and cheap to build. Simplex is one of the few designs that can handle twin engines if need be. She will handle two 15 or two 25 hp outboards with ease, although she’ll be quite lively with one of either.

9 pages, 3 plate(s)

19-Foot Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5860)

by Bruce N. Crandall

LOA 18 ft. 10 in., BEAM 7' 11 1/2 in., DRAFT 12 in., DISPLACEMENT 2280 lbs.

This is an all-purpose plywood cruiser designed for amateur construction and for use with the most popular-sized outboard motors. It is a convex-V-bottom, developable-surface model of the type best suited to carrying heavy loads at planing or semi-planing speeds under all kinds of water conditions. The plans are arranged for easiest construction by the amateur builder, consistent with strength and light weight. I consider this an ideal-size outboard cruiser because it is the smallest which can contain complete cruising accommodations suitable for long cruises and at the same time is almost the maximum size for easy trailering behind an ordinary car. Wider beam is seldom allowed to run freely on the highways, and anything much longer or inboard-powered is likely to become too heavy for easy launching and loading. There are almost unlimited cruising opportunities for a boat of this type, for it can be trailered to different waterways each trip. For this reason the hull has been designed for use on as large and open bodies of water as are practical for any boat of this size. It is also ideal for shallow-water use because of outboard power, light weight and shallow draft, and so may be used on lakes, rivers and bays of all sorts and sizes. The arrangement has been worked out to give maximum space and convenience while living aboard. As the Arrangement Plan shows, there is plenty of room for two bunks in the cabin, and a galley and toilet are included. The headroom is over 4½’ under the cabin beams. In the galley area it is 4’ 9” with the hatch closed and much more, of course, with it open. The aft seat in the cockpit is 6’ wide and can be used as a bunk, making complete cruising accommodations for three persons. The hull is large and stable enough to use with a convertible top and even complete canvas enclosure of the cockpit in calm waters, if desired.

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

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