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Duo-Duet (Pub. No. 5867)

by David D. Beach

This twin-hulled, dual-engined beauty was designed to cruise a pair of couples in comfort. Two topside styles to choose from.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Build a DN Ice Boat (Pub. No. 5870)

by Charles R. Meyer

Build this speedy winter craft and extend your boating to an all-year sport.

7 pages, 6 plate(s)

Picaroon (Pub. No. 5876)

by Sam Rabl

Picaroon is that same little boat that Brice Johnson built for me in Cambridge over thirty years ago, the same boat in which Hank Hemingway had his great adventure in the Gulf of Mexico, sailing from Mobile to Neuvitas in Cuba. The same tabloid cruiser of which Westy Farmer wrote: “A delight to the eyes of every sailorman,” and to which the late Charles Hall attached the title of the “Perennial Picaroon”. She is the same little ship that was destined to become world-famous and to have been built on every continent of this globe. Modern methods of construction have afforded some improvement in her construction but have detracted not a whit from her seaworthy lines. Plywood has produced a better hull, there is no reason why she cannot still be built with main frames of 11/8” x 3¼”, and intermediates of 11/8” x 2¼” on 12” centers. The chine, sheer and bottom stringers would be 11/8” x 2¾” and the planking of 1” dressed material which will measure 13/16”. For this reason the lines are drawn to the outside of the planking. All pieces of the backbone are detailed so that no lay down is necessary. The keel, stem and all parts are assembled and set right-side-up on a keel horse. The frames are erected and braced and the stringers run in. By this time the reader has become familiar with the methods used in constructing other boats in this book so a detailed step-by-step instruction would be senseless. The frames are a combination of oak and plywood and form bulkheads and partial bulkheads as they are assembled in the boat. Properly fabricated, it is possible to assemble them in such a manner as to eliminate over 75 % of the interior work. Even the motor beds are detailed for pre-fabrication so that they may be assembled along with the frames. If you have a little knowledge of lofting it is also possible to pick up from the body plan the shape of such flat surfaces as the berth tops and cockpit flooring and fit these items before the planking is applied. Make extensive use of Elmer’s Glue and patent nails in all the assemblies. The motor fitted is a Universal Blue Jacket Twin. This motor develops 12 H.P. at full speed and is thoroughly reliable. While it has more power than is needed it will not be overstrained to maintain cruising speed. It also has electric starting which is a must in most single-handed work. Electric starting gives the added advantage of power for lighting and an automatic bilge pump. The cabin arrangement is primitive. The head is an ordinary galvanized pail with a homemade Johnnie seat to cover it and make its use more comfortable. The galley is self-contained and built around a G.I. Coleman stove and which may be stowed anywhere that loading conditions may permit. Inflatable beach mattresses will work well on the berths, and for clothes stowage there is nothing better than the traditional sea bag which still exists in our atomic Navy much in the same form that it did on Old Ironsides. The sailing rig is much the same as I used with complete success on my last little auxiliary, the Meg. The loose-footed sail permits brailing against the mast without lowering, keeps clean in this way, and removes the temptation to soil it with hands slimy from fish or bait if it were stowed on the boom. One thing that I would personally carry would be a combination sail with slides on one edge and jib snaps on the other, and which would serve the double purpose of either storm jib or storm trysail as occasion would demand. Both the mast and boom are hollow spars built up from lumber and plywood and should present no difficulties. The outside ballast may be a weldment or a casting, either of which will cost about the same unless you have a friend who is familiar with acetylene cutting and arc welding. The original Pic carried all of her ballast inside and this boat will do the same if you wish to eliminate the weighted keel. Still another alternative is to cast the keel in concrete, filling in as much lead or iron scrap as the aggregate will permit. In this case it will be well to cap the entire keel bottom with two pieces of 1” x 3” flat iron bar and weld the lower ends of the keel bolts to this as well as tack-welding the two bars together. This iron alone will weigh about 40 pounds per running foot and will be down where it will do the most good. A good coating of Rustoleum paint on all of the iron work will eliminate a lot of corrosion.

10 pages, 9 plate(s)

Little Rogue (Pub. No. 5882)

by Weston Farmer

LOA 22 ft. 11 in., Beam 8 ft. 2 in., draught 3 ft. 9 in., displacement about 21/2 tons, sail area 285 sq. ft.

A tabloid auxiliary, just over 19 feet on her water line, this little sloop will really sail. She is large enough to carry your pals, too, so you can share your fun.

The lure of sail is irresistible. No man who has skippered his own windjammer into the promise of a sparkling sunny morning will ever again settle for less. The sun dancing on the water, the hum of breeze in taut rigging, the powerful, quiet urge of the wind—experience all this and you’ll know why sailing is called the sport of kings. To get around the dreadful responsibility of owning a king’s ransom, yet to make possible getting down to the sea in sail, I have designed Little Rogue. She’s a tabloid auxiliary, and then, again, she isa’t—she’s just large enough to avoid the wallowing tendencies exhibited by most tabloids, but not too large nor too complicated for one man to build, to afford, and to handle. She is knockabout rigged. That is to say she is basically a sloop, but the stem, profile is extended to accommodate the jib, and there is no bowsprit. If you’re a facts and figures hound, her ballast will run to between 1,500 and 1,600 lbs. in an iron keel, with enough inboard trimming ballast battened down in lead pigs over the keel at midship to bring her down to her load line. How much will depend upon the gear carried, and somewhat on the building job. No two boats of identical design ever weighed the same: Wood varies, fastenings vary. It would be safe to say 200 to 300 lbs. would turn the trick. She is as normal as beans and bread as to layout and rig and all. Her main gambit is in her size, and relative sail area. She is smaller than the big boats that will sail, she, has more sail-carrying power than the little ones that won’t. I know that this is so, because I designed her to a certain feel I wanted myself, in a modern boat of today’s marconi rig. Also, I am acquainted with the classics of “Tabloidia Americana” and know their designers. Sam Rabl and his Picaroon, my old side-kick Jack Hanna and some of his tabloids, Billy Atkin and his Perigee, Phil Rhodes and Westwind, Dr. T. Harrison Butler and Paida—-all famous designers, all famous boats. I have known both the men and the boats first hand. I am familiar with their philosophies.
Because all the craft mentioned were designed nearly a generation ago, I felt I could come up with this contribution to the field and that it would be a definite addition to the choices available, especially the outboard motor.

10 pages, 5 plate(s)

Keel Knockabout (Pub. No. 5884)

by Edson I. Schock

This plywood sailboat is designed for easy building by novice builders, with no sacrifice in appearance

LOA 5 ft. 5 in., Beam 5 ft. 5 in., Draught 3 ft. 3 in., Displacement 1,250 lbs. Sail area 130 sq. ft.

This boat was designed for amateur building. The plywood planking has been kept as close to a developable surface as was practical, and the departure from such a surface is so small that the planking will not need to be forced or steamed into place. She will be lively to sail and should present an attractive appearance. She will probably look bigger than she is. Her best sailing should be in deep protected waters. Shallow ponds would not be good, as she would spend too much time aground, and she is too small to go out where it is very rough. She has a nice cockpit for afternoon sailing, as there is no centerboard box to get in the way. The little cuddy cabin makes a good place to keep things out of the rain or spray.

21 pages, 2 plate(s)

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