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How to Build Gannett- 1 and 2 (Pub. No. 5043)

Among the hundreds of designs printed in the past in How To Build 20 Boats, one of the all-time favorites is "Gannet", which first appeared back in 1933 and is still going strong. For the benefit of the latest generation of amateur boatbuilders, here she is again. Her specifications have been modernized, but the simple beauty of her lines, as first laid down by that lovable and competent old-timer, Chaz Hall, are unchanged. If you want one of those “streamlined,” high-speed, over-powered, difficult-to-build creations that are loosely called boats nowadays, "Gannet" is not for you. But if you want a cruiser that’s sensibly planned for simple and straightforward construction, a boat that makes moderate speed with an engine that won’t keep you broke buying gasoline, then by all means consider "Gannet".

(Publisher's Note: We found a copy of the 1933 magazine and have included the original plans for Gannet in this booklet as well.)

48 pages, 7 plate(s)

$14.95
Claire, A Hand 36 foot Express Cruiser (Pub. No. 5063)

Designed by Wm. H. Hand, Jr.

Our plans and specifications of Claire, the 36-foot Hand Express Cruiser presented herewith, are the last to be published in the present series. This boat for its length embodies all comforts and improvements to be found on a larger craft. The double cabin arrangement provides privacy for the party on board and at the same time affords ample accommodations. The lines and general appearance of this boat follow along the lines of other famous Hand V-bottom boats, and with the powerful motor specified should be able to give a very good account of herself. As a fast cruiser able to compete in any and all long distance races and competitions, Claire will be a hard one to beat. The seaworthiness of this type of boat has been amply proven. Many of these V-bottom cruisers have been out in weather and reports of poor behavior on the part of the boats still remain to be heard. On this particular design the sections have been so developed to give a maximum amount of speed and seaworthiness for the power installed. In addition the interior arrangement has been well laid out. Ample storage space forward, together with a roomy lavatory. A forward cabin with transom berths and clothes lockers and a sizeable galley with stove, sink, ice box and cupboard and locker space. The motor is in a compartment by itself under the bridge deck and is very accessible. Tanks, storage batteries and all mechanical items are also concentrated here. The after cabin is complete and contains a pair of transom berths with suitable lockers. It does not seem that the construction of this boat comes quite within the possibilities of the amateur builder. This boat is a big one and the amateur builders who can make a successful job of this size boat are few and far between. A properly equipped shop can turn this boat out in a short order, while the amateur builder would be required to spend month upon months of spare time on the job. The specifications which follow are unusually complete and require no further explanation.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
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
Ishkoodah--An Express Cruiser (Pub. No. 5199)

by Gerald Taylor White

LOA 25' 0", DRAUGHT 24", BEAM 8' 13/4",WEIGHT 5275 LBS.

Here is a high-speed cruiser with hull and superstructure of the ultramodern type. She has the sleek, racy, sparkling style of a runabout plus good cruising accommodations for two. Her streamlined cabin, which adds to rather than detracts from her beauty, contains two extra-wide berths, a watercloset under a seat, a big wardrobe, other lockers for general gear, and a galley that is better than those often found on boats of much greater length. Obviously there isn’t full headroom in the cabin (if the cabin top were raised high enough for headroom, her beauty and speed would be ruined), but you’ll live in her immense cockpit most of the time you’re awake anyway, so who needs headroom? She has a V-bottom hull of the sawed-frame type and thus is as easy to build as it is possible to make a boat. Her afterbody is of the parallel-buttock or inonohedron type; so the water flowing beneath the hull cannot close in and form speed-cutting eddies, but instead is thrown clear without any major change in the flow lines. Power her with an engine ranging from 80 hp. upwards. Almost any of the popular automobile conversions would be ideal. One of these hulls equipped with a hopped-up Ford V-8 turned in a speed of just under 25 m.p.h. Another with an ordinary 100-hp. V-8 turning at only 2,000 r.p.m. did 15 m.p.h. These are not “catalog” figures dreamed up by armchair copywriters, but are actual speeds made in time trials conducted in accordance with the standards of the Society of Small Craft Designers.

13 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
Barracuda (Pub. No. 5200)

by Luther H. Tarbox, Naval Architect

LOA 25' 6", DRAUGHT 36", BEAM 8' 101/2",WEIGHT 7130 LBS.

"Barracuda" was designed to be constructed by the amateur. Anyone possessing a passable knowledge of boats and a fair proficiency with woodworking tools should have little difficulty in building her. She can be used as a sport fisherman, a grand vacation cruiser for two, or a day cruiser for a larger party. Her lines were designed to plane at 16 mph. The bottom sections forward are sharp enough to reduce pounding to a minimum in rough water. Aft, she has a constant deadrise angle, which reduces suction at planing speeds to a minimum and induces a comfortable inboard bank on turns. Her long, straight keel gives good protection to hull, propeller, and rudder and makes her an easy craft to haul out. The shaft has been splayed slightly to port to counteract the propeller’s water-wheel effect, thus insuring that she’ll run a straight course. The fuel tanks and water tank are located so variations in tank contents have practically no effect on the boat’s trim. She was designed for a speed range of 20 to 30 mph when powered with engines of from 95 to 150 hp. The engine weight should not exceed 1,300 lbs. With the engine shown (a Graymarine Six-244 Express), driving a three-blade 16x14-in. propeller through a Graymarine VeeDrive having a 1.36: 1 reduction, she will do 20 to 23 mph. A vee-drive must be used for only the arrangement of engine and shafting shown will give the required longitudinal balance. The arrangement, both on deck and below, is practical. In the large, comfortable self-draining cockpit, the helmsman has good visibility all around. Even at planing speed, he can, see the water over the bow about one boat length forward of the stem.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
Ellenda--A 22.5 Ft Sedan Cruiser (Pub. No. 5245)

by N.S. Glassman

Here’s an economical little cruiser designed for family picnics and fishing parties; it provides comfortable sleeping quarters for two.

Ellenda” is a sedan cruiser of 22 ft. 7 in. over-all length, 20½ ft. on the water line, 7 ft. 9 in. beam on deck, and an all-up weight of 2500 pounds. She was designed for family picnics and fishing parties. The sedan cruiser layout was chosen in preference to a flying-bridge model in order to protect the helmsman from the hot sun and rain squalls of summer and the cold winds of an autumn evening. Comfortable sleeping accommodations have been provided for two six-footers. There is a neat little galley and a marine type toilet. The headroom in the cabin is approximately 5½ ft. “Ellenda” is not a speedboat. The hull form was carefully designed to provide reasonable and economical performance with low power. An engine with not more than 25 horsepower is recommended. With this power, top speed is close to 10 mph. As built, she is powered with a Universal Utility Four Marine Engine, 25 HP at 2500 rpm, turning a three blade propeller of 13-in. diameter and 8-in, pitch. The actual speed on timed trials were 8¼ mph at 1800 rpm and 7¼ mph at 1600 rpm in fresh water. She will do a little better in salt water. Fuel consumption at 1800 rpm is 1½ gallons of gasoline per hour. Thus, the “Ellenda” is an economical little motor cruiser.

18 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Heron (Pub. No. 5248)

by Wm. Garden, Naval Architect

The first little cruiser constructed from this model is owned by Dr. Russell Jackson of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is situated on Coon Inlet, a body of water well known for excellent fishing. A shallow-draft yet seaworthy boat was needed, for the Inlet has miles of shoals and terrific tidal currents, rips, and over-falls. Since Heron was designed to be a backyard project, construction has been kept simple.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

$6.95
Sea Craft-A 25-Ft. Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5250)

Ideal for use on large lakes or rivers, and fully seaworthy for offshore ocean cruising, “Sea Craft” is a smart cabin cruiser designed with an eye toward simple, low-cost construction for the inexperienced boatbuilder. During World War II, the original boat was given severe tests for seaworthiness when it was used by the United States Coast Guard to take highranking officers from ship to shore. The boat has an over-all length of 24 ft., 71/2 in., and a breadth at sheer of 7 ft., 81/2 in. A converted Chrysler “75” auto engine easily pushed it along at a cruising speed of 15 knots. However, any marine or converted auto engine of similar horsepdwer may be used. Although this article describes the building of a sedan cruiser, this particular hull, with a few changes in the cabin construction, is readily adaptable to a sport fisher, express cruiser or utility boat. The cabin design of "Sea Craft" was selected because it offers one of the best all-around accommodations. Its open cockpit is large enough for fishing, lounging or sun bathing and the roomy cabin provides comfortable living quarters on a long cruise. It is equipped with a fresh-water tank, sink, cooking stove, toilet and two bunks. Two additional upper bunks can be fitted to sleep a total of four. In addition, there is plenty of cabinet and stowage space for gear.

48 pages, 8 plate(s)

$14.95
How to Build Peetee--A 22' 6" Cruiser (Pub. No. 5312)

by Oscar T. Thomas and S. S. Rabl

Her lines and appearance inspired by the Navy's fast motor-torpedo boats (known as PT's), the close-coupled Peetee is a smart, economical craft designed to provide good all-around cruising for the small family, or for two or three friends who want to chip in and build an inexpensive week-ending and fishing boat. She will run you out to the fishing grounds in jig time, and her raised deck gives ample protection from rough seas and spray. This raised deck has the added advantage of providing extra roominess and comfort in the cabin, and it carries out the graceful, sweeping sheer that makes Peetee look as though she were leaping ahead even when standing still.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
Bluefish--A 21-Ft. Motor Cruiser (Pub. No. 5318)

by S.S. Rable

There's plenty of room aboard this trim little cruiser, and she's fast and stable, too. If you've always hankered for a good rugged cruising boat at a reasonable figure, she's just what the doctor ordered.

In these days of priorities, conservation, work, and worry for national defense the small boat fan has assumed a new importance. The spirit of the small boat men that saved the day at Dunkirk is alive in the breast of the American boatman and when he builds a new boat he realizes the great service his boat can render. Before the days of all the modern contraptions, ships were being built and they can still be built, along good old-fashioned husky methods and trimmed in modern settings. Bluefish is this sort of boat, just a good old-fashioned craft of the type that was popular ten years ago and of which many performing service today are as sound as the day they were built.

7 pages, 7 plate(s)

$7.95
Building the Cruiser Baby Betty II (Pub. No. 5334)

by Sydney M. Higgins

A completed detailed design, specifications, and building instructions for an attractive 42-foot vee bottom cruiser.

Baby Betty II is an enlargement and refinement of a Vee-Bottom cruiser designed some years ago, from which five known boats were built, with the idea in view of being purely a family boat which could be easily and cheaply built and at the same time have the required cruising radius, seaworthiness, and boaty appearance. It is an original design and has ben carefully worked out for the theoretical and technical data, such as stability, center of buoyancy, trim, etc., and the weights have been distributed os that the vessel will trim at its designed raft, as sown in the profile plan.

40 pages, 7 plate(s)

$9.95
Eclipse, A Hand 40-foot Express Cruiser (Pub. No. 5343)

Designed by William H. Hand Jr.

Now all you speed motor boatmen, here is your chance. The variety of boats for which we are publishing the plans is complete. We have had little boats, big boats, runabouts, cruisers, and auxiliaries. Here is a brand new one. Eclipse is an express cruiser of the utmost refinement and most up-to-the-minute features. In 40 feet of length Mr. Hand has succeeded in securing every desirable advantage of the much larger boats. Complete accommodations are provided for cruising with four or more persons and the necessary facilities are ample to care for the full personnel with every comfort. This boat follows along the lines developed by the famous express cruiser Flyaway III. This cruiser established many enviable records in competitions of all sorts. Long-distance races had no terrors for it. Inland waters, or the open Atlantic, it was all the same. Flyaway was always on deck and most generally the first to finish. Our cruiser this month follows the conventional V-bottom practice developed by Mr. Hand. The sections have been designed to give the maximum of speed and seaworthiness for the minimum power installed. Working on the theory that the outside deck and cockpit space is the portion of the boat which the majority of boatmen use the most, this design has been particularly developed to allow the utmost possible outdoor space. The interior has not been neglected, however, in order to accomplish this. The arrangement inside is as follows: Storage for lines and deck gear is arranged in the forepeak. A roomy lavatory comes next with a pair of good sizable wardrobe closets close by. The cabin proper is fitted with a pair of sliding transom berths which afford ample sleeping accommodation. Some more closets are provided just adjacent to the galley compartment. This is completely equipped with stove, refrigerator, sink, dishracks and all necessary fittings. The motor selected for this boat is a model F. S. six-cylinder Sterling which is compactly installed under the bridge-deck floor and just aft of the aftercabin bulkhead. Plenty of room is provided on all sides in order to allow of easy access to all parts of the motor and also to give it some breathing space. A motor which is hidden away in an inaccessible corner is neglected and when it is treated this way its usefulness is soon impaired or destroyed altogether. Roomy seats are provided on each side of the bridge-deck space for the operator and some guests to remain comfortably seated while the boat is under way, and a further seat the full width of the after end of the cockpit makes an ideal place to sit and snooze while the boat drives along at a merry clip.

This Is What Mr. Hand Says About Eclipse

Here is a safe, sane, and wholesome motor cruiser of a type which has been developed to a high degree of efficiency, and is exceedingly popular. The predecessor of this V-Bottom is the old “Flyaway Ill,” probably the first real express cruiser, and a boat responsible for a marked change in the development of the express cruiser type. The arrangement is one which seems to use the space to beet advantage. The cabin provides sleeping accommodations for four with adequate toilet and galley. The cockpit is large, and there is, plenty of deck space. The average motor boat user spends at least 75 per cent. of total time on board in cockpit or on deck, therefore, it is believed that sufficient deck space and cockpit room is quite as desirable as the maximum sleeping accommodations, something which is frequently overlooked in planning small cruisers. With the power plant designated, this little cruiser will maintain a speed in excess of twenty miles, and be able to go anywhere along the coast In the summer months quite as safely, and far faster, than the average boat.--WM. H. HAND, JR.

15 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Voyageur--A 28-Ft. Power Cruiser (Pub. No. 5348)

A 28-ft. power cruiser with comfortable accommodations for four, a large protected cockpit and double-planked hull.

Combining modern design with simple construction, this trim and seaworthy cruiser offers the amateur builder comfortable living afloat, and at a reasonable cost. For the man who wants to take his family or a small party of friends on a cruise for a few weeks or a month and keep the expenses at a minimum, the boat is ideal. The accommodations plan shows a good-sized trunk cabin with two full-length berths, the backs of which swing up to make two equally large, upper berths, sleeping four in all. Forward of the main cabin to starboard, there’s a fully-equipped galley with sink, stove and a large ice box. On the opposite side to port, is a lavatory and full-length clothes locker. Additional stowage space is provided under the berths. The headroom throughout the house is six feet, one inch, which is unusual for a boat of this size. The cockpit is exceptionally large and protected by a canopy, making it perfect for fishing parties. All steering and engine controls are grouped on the cabin bulkhead at a point affording excellent visibility through the windshield. As the lines show, the hull of Voyageur is a V-bottom type with good freeboard at the forward stations to keep the decks dry in even the roughest going. The boat is a shade more than 28 feet overall, has a beam of nine feet, seven inches and with equipment and four people on board, weighs about 6,000 pounds and draws slightly over two feet of water. The power installation shown on the plans is a Universal Flexi-four engine, developing 40 hp and weighing about 455 pounds. However, any similar engine of the same weight and horsepower may be substituted, provided it is installed at the exact location shown on the plans. This is very important if the boat is to trim and balance properly. It is equally important not to make any changes in the locations of the other major weights in the hull, such as the tanks, toilet and galley equipment, etc. Before getting on to the actual building operations, a word about the double-planking which consists of two layers of regular ¼ in. waterproof marine plywood laid in standard 4 by 8-ft. sheets. The first layer is fastened to the framing with screws and one of the waterproof glues that have been developed especially for marine use. The second layer of plywood is then fastened in place, staggering the seams and butts and using the same glue between the layers. By screwing both thicknesses to the frames and using short screws to hold the layers together between them, the result is virtually one piece of planking that should remain free of leaks for the life of the boat.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Whizz--A 21-Ft. Inboard Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5356)

by W. D. Jackson, N.A.

Sleeping accommodation for two ensures that this boat won’t grow to its moorings. Construction is quite simple.

This boat, Whizz, should appeal to those who want their cruisers fast, sporty and small enough to carry by trailer. A small cruiser meant for overnight trips or weekend cruises, it will sleep two persons on cruises and accommodate a party of four for afternoon excursions. With a dependable 50 to 60 hp marine engine or a converted, lightweight high speed car motor, it will make 20mph or better.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Crab--A 22-Ft. Shallow Draft Hydro-Jet Cruiser (Pub. No. 5378)

Designed by William J. Deed

There are many areas of beautiful waters for boating where “the bottom is very close to the top,” where mud and sand banks, weeds and grass, small twigs and branches of trees are too numerous to permit the usual propeller-driven craft to operate. The propeller in such waters is quickly rendered useless by winding itself in grass and weeds no matter how well protected and installed in a tunnel. In such waters Hydrojet propulsion is the answer, since it has no propeller, strut, shaft, rudder or other fittings below.     In the flat bottom of the boat there is a screen admitting water to the pump which discharges the water into a jet nozzle protruding only 3½ inches below the bottom of the boat. This pump discharges about 1100 gallons of water into the jet nozzle, which turns all around 360 degrees. When pointing aft the boat is driven forward and when pointed forward the boat is driven astern. When the jet faces toward port or starboard it drives the stern in the opposite direction. So there is no rudder required, but a lever and control combine to operate the jet and the water supply to it. This takes the place of steering wheel and gear, the engine having no reverse gear, operating in one direction all the time. We are speaking of the Hanley-Kermath Hydrojet unit which has pioneered this field with its Model 60 unit consisting of a modified 61 h.p. Kermath Sea Jeep engine and the pump and jet units. These are shown in the plans of Crab herewith. It is easy to see why we have named her Crab, since, like a crab, she can operate in any direction in shallow water. If she gets stuck in the mud or sand you can simply reverse the nozzle and throw the jet of water against the bank of mud or sand and wash or jet the boat free. The extreme draft of the boat including the jet is but 101/2 inches. She is no express cruiser; if you expect to travel fast don’t build her but if you expect a 10-mile boat in which you can cruise in a foot of water where there is a bit of puddle-jumping to do then Crab is your boat.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
How to Build Moppet--A 19-Ft. V-Bottom Cruiser (Pub. No. 5404)

by Foster, N.A., J.L.

A handsome little cruiser with accommodations that are very complete for the size.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
Katherine, A Hand 30-foot Cruiser (Pub. No. 5417)

Designed by Wm. H. Hand, Jr.

Continuing the presentation of plans of famous Hand V-bottom boats, we publish this month a complete set of plans and specifications for a 30-foot cruiser, Katherine, which is as complete and able a boat as it is possible to find on the seven seas. The enthusiasm which greeted the appearance of the two Hand V-bottom runabouts will be redoubled with the publication of the plans of this 30-foot cruiser. This boat is a sizable, well-constructed and thoroughly able little sea boat. Fast enough to get anywhere and back again before the trip becomes monotonous, and comfortable enough to enable a small, congenial party to undertake a lengthy cruise far from the beaten paths, its cruising range being ample for several days’ cruising before the item of fuel becomes troublesome. The construction of this boat is of course more difficult than the runabouts published before. Undoubtedly a professional builder would make the most satisfactory job of this boat. Whether it is advisable for the unskilled amateur to undertake its construction is a serious question. While 30 feet is only twice 15 feet, the amount of work involved is nearer ten times as great. There is decking and flooring and ceiling and plumbing and finishing and many other items to be done and the amateur to tackle a job of this kind should be quite certain that he is possessed of the requisite skill and ability to see it thçough. As our arrangement plan shows, this boat is provided with a lavatory in the bow, next are some very, useful full length lockers to hang clothes and oilskins. Everyone will admit that lockers of this type are just the kind they have been wishing for. A ventilating hatch in the deck above the cabin is a further useful addition for comfort. Two transom berths in the cabin provide comfortable sleeping accommodations for two people, and if necessary swinging backs could he installed to provide berths for two more. The galley is large and commodious, the platform for the stove is over the refrigerator and all heated air can readily flow out through the companionway hatch. The cabin can be kept cool and comfortahle and odors due to cooking are readily disposed of. The port side provides place for the sink, and pantry with dish racks, etc., close by. In the large cockpit ample space is provided for easy wicker chairs which can be left behind if the party is to be a small one.

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

$8.95
How to Build Consort II (Pub. No. 5418)

The accompanying illustrations are those of a small cruiser that was designed primarily with the idea of being easily constructed, in order that the average amateur who has some practical knowledge of the use of carpenter’s tools could build a boat. No doubt many will criticise same; the stern should be different, the stem should have more rake, etc., but the èxpIanation given above should be a sufficient excuse for the general shape of the boat not meeting the requirements of all. If the instructions for building this boat are followed carefully, the builder will be surprised to find out how much he has learned about building by the time he has completed this craft. Then later on the knowledge he has gained will be of material assistance when he again considers the building of a larger boat. Some of you will smile at this and no doubt think that a boat of this size would be as large as you would ever need, but I have been there, and know how natural it is for one to realize quite often that the boat which he thought so large and commodius is just a trifle too small.

38 pages, 3 plate(s)

$9.95
Sturdy--A Utility Boat (Pub. No. 5427)

Designs and specifications for a most useful type of small boat intended for many kinds of useful service

Designed by C.A. Nedwidek

This is a small round bilge boat primarily intended to be used as a general service boat. She also would make an ideal club tender, for with the small cuddy house shown aft, she would afford shelter for passengers in inclement weather. She has not been designed with speed or fancy finish in mind, just a plain little real boat. Her general layout and arrangement consists of a short forward deck under which is a general stowage locker, for anchors, chains, ropes, lights, etc. Next we have a large open cockpit with full length seats on each side. The steering wheel is located at the forward end as shown. All engine controls shou1d be brought to the wheel, to make her easily handled. Two gasoline tanks, rectangular in shape and of a size as shown on the plans are to be installed under the seats one on each side as shown. Aft of this cockpit we have a small cuddy house, which houses the engine and is also fitted with two seats, one on each side. Then there is a good after deck. Two Sampson posts are shown, one fitted forward and one aft. These can be used for towing purposes.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Ethel--A 27-Foot Trunk Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5428)

by Chester A. Nedwidek

The design for the cruiser "Ethel" is approaching the class of work which will require a pretty experienced amateur builder with a good shop. It is not recommended that amateur builders without previous experience at boat building attempt to build this cruiser, for they will find its construction more difficult than their experience and facilities will allow. A job like this is really more than a one-man job, so that if you decide to build the boat yourself, make certain that you have plenty of willing help, otherwise you may find that you are still working on the boat next summer.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
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