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13' 6" Family Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5003)

Smooth riding and absolute safety at high speeds characterize this 13½’ round.bottom outboard runabout. Well adapted to both rough and smooth water, it may be used efficiently with any outboard motor of from 1 to 60 h.p.—a power range that can be achieved oniy with a round-bottom design.  Even if it should be recklessly driven, the boat is practically impossible to upset at any speed, excepting oniy in extremely high seas such as would be too much for any small boat. It is large enough to carry the whole family safely and comfortably, easy to row, and so light that two men can lift it onto a trailer.  The design includes various features never before offered in a boat for home construction. The combination of rocker keel forward, and flat planing surface aft, and the complete elimination of tripping chines make the design the safest it is possible to build. Clinker -built (lapstreak) construction with bent oak frames provides for exceptional light weight and strength. At high speed the spray is caught by each plank lap and forced back under the boat, which increases the speed.  Any one of four standard types of construction may be used. If made lapstreak, the hull will be found no more difficult to build than many V-bottom boats of the same size.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
Arrow--A Fast Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5039)

by Jack Williams

"Arrow" is fun to build and use. Fast, safe, highly maneuverable, and sporty looking, she is designed to be used with any outboard motor from 10 hp. up to one of the big 33-hp. jobs. With 10 hp. she does 20 m.p.h. and with 33 hp., about 35 m.p.h.  The first step in building her is to study the accompanying bill of materials and collect the various items listed. For a really attractive job, use mahogany plywood on the deck and sides. The increase in over-all cost will be slight, but the added beauty of the will be great.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Blue Streak (Pub. No. 5069)

Prop riding on her hydro-conic bottom, Blue Streak takes Class “B” outboard motors for a merry spin in stock utility races. With a Mercury Hurricane motor, Blue Streak clocked 39 mph with one person aboard. With the same motor and a Quicksilver lower unit, she topped 46 mph. Johnson, Evinrude, Scott-Atwater, Martin, Champion and the other Class “B” (10 hp or motors of 20 cu. in piston displacement) motors are all adapted to this speedy runabout. On fast turns, upswept sides keep her plastered to the water surface.  Only two frames and a transom with plywood planking make Blue Streak easy to build and also easy on the money. Special designs have eliminated most of the difficult joinery, yet the stressed-skin plywood hull will take choppy water in stride and carry as many as three people.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Stingaree--A speedy 14 ft Outboard (Pub. No. 5077)

by William D. Jackson

If you’re looking for something that’s flashy and fast in an outboard runabout, "Stingaree"  is the boat for you. You can build it yourself in 60 to 75 spare-time hours for about $75. Its clipped chine and tail-fin design makes it as modern in styling as today’s car. As for planing performance, at wide-open speeds you can see daylight under almost the entire length of the hull—it’s practically air borne—in fact a very small pocket handkerchief will adequately cover the planing area.

14 pages, 22 plate(s)

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

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

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

$8.95
Sez You! (Pub. No. 5119)

by Weston Farmer

The history of this design is an interesting one. Really, the hull of Sez You is an adaptation of a design for which Bruno Beckhard, the outboard motor maestro of Brooklyn, was responsible. Back in the days, not so very long ago either, when the outboard motor was a new and wonderful thing barely capable of making a hydroplane plane, Bruno started experimenting with flat bottom water wagons, v-bottom hydros, and heaven knows what not. Out of it all he evolved a boat which Jerry White, then editor of Rudder and now editor of Motor Boat, published as a how to build article. This original boat which was the combined efforts of White and Beckhard was called Nize Baby. She went like the deuce, and was the same dimensions over all as is Sez You here. But—and there’s the rub—the Sea Sled Company, zealous prosecutors of the patent rights of their company, claimed that the design was an infringement of the Sea Sled patents, and considerable annoyance was caused for all concerned. I reasoned to Clotilde, my pocket data book, that half of the Nize Baby designs remained at present unbuilt due to the misunderstanding caused by this controversy. Knowing that the secret of Nize Baby’s performance was not in the concaved sections but was rather in the longitudinal reverse curve to the bottom which was transversely as flat as a pancake aft of amidships anyway, I figured that a design could be calculated from the old Nize Baby idea which would fulfill the function of Nize Baby, and yet be just straight boat, with a flat bottom and no outside frills to tread on other people’s toes. Then every one could build one, and have sport for fair. So Sez You is the result. And to prove her, we built her and tested her out on the waters of Lake Minnetonka not so long ago. And does she go! Say, mister—like a hot penny on a greasy pan says me!

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
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)

$7.95
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)

$8.95
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)

$7.95
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)

$8.95
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)

$6.95
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)

$8.95
Zipp (Pub. No. 5180)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

If you want a fast, sporty, and highly manouverable hydroplane, "Zipp's" your baby. Designed to be used with outboard motors of from 10 to 50 hp, it is a little over 13 ft. long and has a 59½ in. beam. "Zipp" seats 2 passengers in small after-cockpit, and, if you have another intrepid pair of friends who want to come along, you can lift the forward hatch clear and take off as a foursome.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Sea Jet--A Hickman Sea Sled Type (Pub. No. 5253)

Designed by William Jackson

Any number of control and seating arrangements are possible with this spacious 17-footer whose design stems from the old familiar Hickman Sea Sled.

"Sea Jet" is an “inverted vee” runabout based on the highly successful Hickman Sea Sled principle. The tunnel formed by the inverted vee funnels air under the hull to provide extra lift, while reducing wetted surface and its resultant drag. Extra stability, a softer ride, and greater load-carrying capacity are also benefits claimed for this type of design. While construction of "Sea Jet" is relatively simple, it is not recommended as a project for the beginner, due to its compound bottom structure.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Playboy (Pub. No. 5260)

You can build this high styled and speedy planing outboard runabout.

Sharp! Styled like a sporty inboard—that’s "Playboy". >From her wrap-around spray rails to the walk-through entrance to the forward cockpit, Playboy simply shouts class. With a 25-horse outboard, "Playboy" will step around lively at 32 mph. Extras include a “glove compartment” for fishing gear, charts, odds and ends, smooth floor to save scrambling over frames and mahogany planking and deck. Ideal for sports, "Playboy" packs plenty of power for skidding aquaplanes or water skis or hauls up to six persons—seated. Even with the convex bottom, you can plank Playboy with plywood sheets that keep it dry and take all the punishment a fast ride on a choppy lake can dish out.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
Fire Ball's a Funster (Pub. No. 5267)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect.

Here are complete plans for building a high speed sportster.

"Fire Ball" is a streamlined speedster that seats 4 or 5 passengers and can use outboard motors of from 10 to 50 hp. Exterior waterproof plywood is used throughout to produce a sturdy craft in a minimum of time. Cost of construction will vary but should be reasonable. If well built, completed value should be much greater than the cost of the material

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
Buzz (Pub. No. 5275)

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

"Buzz" is a versatile, planing outboard runabout measuring 11 ft. in length with a beam of almost 56 in. It is lightweight with strong and sturdy constructional features, seats four passengers and uses such outboard motors as the Evinrude 9.7 hp; Johnson 9.9 hp, and the Mercury 10 hp. "Buzz" will plane a remarkable load at high speeds, equaling other boats with twice the hp. It also maneuvers well in rough or smooth water, making turns easily at wide open speeds. As a lightweight, portable boat "Buzz" may be loaded atop any auto for sport trips. The same building forms you make for "Buzz" may be used repeatedly to construct one or one hundred replicas of "Buzz" so that an individual, in one community can furnish the form for any number of these boats or an individual builder may construct as many boats as he can take orders for and make.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

$6.95
Sunbeam--An 11 Ft Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5290)

by Edwin Monk, N. A.

Here’s 11 ft..3 inches of beamy, easy-to-build boating pleasure.

Making a full-sized drawing of each frame simplifies building the skeleton of your boat. You can use one of the fir plywood panels ordered for planking as a layout board, with a long edge of the panel serving as a baseline. Lay out a centerline at right angles to this edge with a large steel square, and plot the water line, setup line and buttocks as shown in the plan.  If you number each drawing to avoid confusion, you can superimpose all frame layouts on this one set of reference lines.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

$6.95
Veep--A Hickman Type Sea Sled (Pub. No. 5296)

by William D. Jackson

This roomy 15-ft. Hickman-type sea sled is one that you can build at home.

An inverted-V in the forward cross section of the sea sled stands for victory over the hydrostatic forces that tend to keep ordinary.hulls slogging through the water. With each turn of the prop, the craft leaps forward, taking a huge gulp of air in its maw to lift the hull and keep it riding on the broad planing surface aft. This efficiency, plus the absence of centerline turbulence commonly found in catamarans, allowed 35-mph performance with a single Mercury 45-hp outboard engine clamped on "Veep’s" transom. Construction is as simple as possible for a boat offering performance and roominess. A minimum number of sawn frames are enclosed in a tough stressed-skin of 3/8-in. plywood.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
Ace--A Speedy 2-Cockpit Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5297)

By William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Brand new hi-lift bottom design and high-strength longitudinal beam construction make "Ace" years ahead in outboard runabout speed and performance.

Propelled with a 16 hp stock Evinrude, "Ace" has easily outrun conventional boats powered with 25 hp outboards. We found the one we built could do 50 mph—when teamed up with a 40 hp Mercury that had a quickie lower unit. The wetted or planing area of the hull with one person aboard is only about one square foot! With five persons aboard and powered with a 25 hp outboard, "Ace" planes on the after quarter portion of hull bottom. Chines are beveled for safe turns at high speeds. "Ace" is an ideal boat for backyard builders because no building form is required to make it. This feature also makes it an excellent boat for pre-cut boat kit sales if you are interested in going into the boat building business on a part or full time scale. Its sub-assembly construction also lends itself to mass production of completed boats by the assembly line method.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
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