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Panda a 15 ft ILYA Cub (Pub. No. 5596)

by J. J. Fanta

When the Inland Lake Yachting Association started its official one-design class for juveniles, girls as well, as boys, the aim was to have the boat’s construction simple enough for amateurs to build. By virtue of its stability, the Cub sail boat is especially adapted for “cub” sailors, youngsters under 16, for racing. 15 feet. 8½ inches long, the Cub is large and roomy enough to give the grown-ups lots of fun as well.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Pilgrim a North Shore Class 21 ft Sloop (Pub. No. 5597)

by Hi Sibley

The attached photograph so well illustrates the smart lines and fine sailing qualities of this sloop that nothing further need be said on these points. It was designed and built by Don B. Pedersen, Newport Beach, Calif., whose craftsmanship has made his an enviable name on the Pacific Coast. The owner, Lewis Stone (“Judge Hardy”) drew up the original specifications. Construction is round bottom, built-up deadwood type with 1,000 pounds of lead outside ballast. A 5-h.p., two-cylinder, four-cycle inboard motor with a 10x6in. two-blade propeller drives it approimately 9 knots under power alone, according to Mr. Pederson.

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Splinter a 20 ft Sailing Toothpick (Pub. No. 5598)

We have often seen the advent of sailing boats of long, narrow proportions which are wonderfully fast and furnish very exciting sport. While most of the “toothpick” designs have been fitted with fixed and weighted fins, the design which we present here utilizes a principle employed by some of the old-time French racing canoes.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build a Super Sunray (Pub. No. 5599)

by Sam Rabl

The first edition of “How To Build 20 Boats” ever published carried in its pages plans for a boat that was destined to become an all time favorite with amateur boat fans. Her simple and inexpensive construction was the chief reason for her appeal to the builder. Her speed afloat permitted her to seriously compete with other small classes of her type. So her rig was iraproved and the boat modernized to eliminate any question of her superiority. The original hull was redesigned to incorporate the desired changes, and that a true "Super Sunray resuited was well proved by the regattas.

8 pages, 7 plate(s)

Conga a Peppy V-Bottom 12 ft Knockabout (Pub. No. 5600)

by C.B. Dawes

An ideal boat for the novice, this little 12-foot sloop presents no complications in construction, and the average individual who is handy with tools can tackle her with confidence, even if he has never so much as whittled out a toy boat before. "Conga" has the additional advantage of being an excellent craft in which to learn the fundamentals of sailing, as she is stable, well-balanced and easy to handle. She can be built entirely with hand tools, of materials easily obtainable locally almost anywhere. The drawings accompanying this article are unusually complete and detailed—for this reason the text will be kept to a simplified minimum. A careful study of the plans and list of materials should, by themselves, enable you to successfully construct this sailboat

7 pages, 6 plate(s)

Frosty a 9 ft Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5601)

by J. Julius Fanta

A fast sailing dinghy suitable for pleasure as well as utility purposes can be produced from these plans and details of Frosty. This 9 foot 8 inch craft is not only a dry, steady sailer, but also a snap of a job to build. Stiff and light, weighing about 55 pounds, it possesses weatherability and durability. With a capacity for four persons, it may be used for an all-purpose dinghy, namely for rowing, fishing or as a tender for a larger craft. The rudder is detachable. "Frosty" may be sculled with an oar in calms or driven by an outboard motor attached to the transom.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Junco a Fast 15 ft Center-Board Knockabout (Pub. No. 5602)

by F. W. Goeller

This fast little sailer is an excellent, simply constructed boat for day sailing or racing and has the easily planked arc bottom that has given such a good account of itself in the world-famous Star class type of boat.  Junco is available with the old-fashioned gaff cat rig, with which she carries a lot of sail, and also the more moderate modern Marconi knockabout rig which will be much easier to handle and more efficient to windward.  She has wide side decks so that if one takes a knockdown she cannot fill, and even were she to be laid down flat in a squall she would still float high because of the air trapped under the deck. She is a lively boat and a good looking job.

14 pages, 7 plate(s)

Petrel an 18-ft Round Bottomed Centerboarder (Pub. No. 5603)

by Chas. D. Mower

"Petrel" is a husky, shapely 18 ft. 9 in. round-bottomed center-board knockabout well adapted to day sailing, onedesign racing in a club, or even for overnight “cruising” for a couple of hardy lads. She swings 200 square feet of sail in a simple, efficient, modern rig, making use of a hollow box spar 29 ft. long from tenon to truck, or 26 ft. from top of deck to top of mast. The hull is a powerful one, with good firm bilges and easy lines fore and aft and she should be able to show a good turn of speed. The freeboard forward is 2 ft. 4 in., and only slightly less aft. There is a roomy cockpit 6 ft. long, and the side decks are 14 in. wide aft. The center-board trunk projects slightly into the cockpit, and the trunk itself is approximately 4 ft. long. The “snoring cabin” or cuddy is long enough to allow a couple of persons to lie down inside out of the weather, and there is room enough up forward for quite a bit of storage. The thing that fixes the draft of this little boat is the rudder, which extends 1 ft. 7 in. below the waterline. The draft of the boat with the board down can never exceed 3 ft. 9 in. (as this is the radius of the swing of the board) and as a matter of fact the board would probably never have to be carried all the way down, or vertical.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bonnie an 18 ft Plywood Cabin Sloop (Pub. No. 5604)

by Roland Cueva

We think you will agree that "Bonnie" combines about everything anyone could wish for in a small boat, from beauty of line to allaround utility and sound, simple, modern construction. She is of moderate size, shoal draft and ample beam; has a roomy cockpit for fishing and a comfortable cabin for overnight trips. Marine plywood (Super-Harbord) is used extensively throughout, and because of it intermediate framei and seam battens are entirely eliminated, without any sacrifice of strength. The fairly deep V in the bow insures a hull that will not pound and the stern will lift easily to following waves. A small Lauson air-cooled marine engine furnishes auxiliary power.

20 pages, 7 plate(s)

Crawfish a 21 ft Streamlined Ice Boat (Pub. No. 5606)

by E. A. Doty

Fast front steering craft with a snug, teardrop cockpit that will protect you from bitter winter winds.

An innovation in front-steering ice-boats is this aerodynamically streamlined cabin craft for those who desire protection from the frigid blasts. Graceful in line and appearance, "Crawfish's" body hardly interferes with fast sailing qualities, because it is ultra-streamlined so that air resistance is minimized to the utmost. Lightly built, its weight is neglible. With an overall length of 28', "Crawfish" has 175 sq. ft. of sail, classifying her as a Class C racer. The cockpit has room for one person beside the pilot.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Zipper a Fast 20 ft Plywood Racing Scow (Pub. No. 5607)

by Dave Hammell and Sam Rabl

"Zipper" will pass anything of her inches, and her hull represents new development, having four chines in lieu of the conventional two. The shape of the bottom is a development of true streamline flow, the brain child of Dave Hammell of M.I.T., whose graduates in naval architecture have made names for themselves all over the world.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

Build a Lightning Class Racing Sloop (Pub. No. 5613)

The Lightning Class was originated with the idea that a small, inexpensive yacht could be developed to serve both as a safe, comfortable day sailer and as a fast, hard-driving racer with performance equal to, or better than much larger craft. It was also necessary. to create a boat that could be inexpensively built, both by professionals and amateurs. The designing job was submitted to one of the foremost firms of naval architects in the country, who had designed everything from dinghies to the Ranger, America Cup Racer. Result was the 19-foot Lightning, and in her trials at Skaneateles, N. Y., she proved herself a fine boat in all respects, and well worthy of her famous designers.  The Lightning is simple in construction, and hence easily within the scope of the averaee amateur builder, even of limited experience.

28 pages, 4 plate(s)

Little Mae Too a Moth Class Sailboat (Pub. No. 5614)

by Roger Gintling

The joy and pleasure of sailing can be more than doubled by racing your sailboat; this is, if you have a boat built for racing. The little boat described in this article will more than fill the desire for additional pleasures derived from water sports. In general, there are two kinds of sailboat racing; class racing and handicap racing. Class racing is further divided into onedesign and restricted classes. The Moth class is a restricted class, that is, while some of the sizes are restricted, the designer and builder are free to use their own ideas on the other dimensions. In the Moth class, the size and shape of the sail is restricted, but the hull can take any shape within eleven feet overall. The idea of this is to develop better hull forms, and as you travel around to regattas, you will see some queer ones.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sandy--A Double-Ended 18 ft. Sharpie (Pub. No. 5615)

Down on Chesapeake Bay these sharpies have the reputation of being “slippery as an eel.” The reason is apparent, for the hull form resembles closely that of the ultra-modern 110 and 210 class boats and the spritsail rig has the tall luff and short base of up-to-date sail plans. Simplicity is the keynote of this design. That means easy and cheap building with subsequent low upkeep.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Dolphin--A 24 ft Motor Sailer (Pub. No. 5616)

by William Jackson

"Dolphin" belongs to that class of small boats termed a motor sailer. Twentyfour feet over all is probably the minimum for an efficient motor sailer, but due to ample beam and depth "Dolphin" has accommodations equal to much larger craft. She will cruise three persons comfortably and four without crowding. Construction is adequate without being cumbersome—a unique cabin design adds strength and presents a trim, attractive deck plan. while considerable flare in the topsides not only promises greater reserve stability but insures a dry boat. Below the waterline she has an easy entrance and clean run resulting in an easily driven hull.  A distinct advantage of this type of boat is its performance under both sail and power. As good sailing is possible only about 40% of the time in many localities a motor will propel "Dolphin" at fair speeds despite the tides and foul weather If desired, the sailing rig may be omitted and the craft used as an all weather cruiser, or, if the pilot deck plan does not appeal, a conventional deck as indicated in alternate plan can be adopted.

20 pages, 7 plate(s)

Confucius--A 17-ft Auxiliary Sloop (Pub. No. 5617)

Plans for a famous 17-foot auxiliary sloop that crossed the Pacific

by Capt. Charles Borden

"Seventeen feet long with a six foot beam, "Confucius" is a Marconi rig sloop built entirely of teak, camphor wood and bagac, in Hong Kong, China, where these woods were very cheap. For two years my wife, Rosalie and I sailed about the Pacific in Confucius during which time it was our only home; we cruised over 7,000 sea miles. Fast in light winds and capable in any weather we found Confucius to be a safe and comfortable little cruiser at all times."--Capt. Borden

20 pages, 6 plate(s)

Portable Ice Boat, A (Pub. No. 5620)

You can carry this ice boat on the roof of your car, and assemble it at the lake. It's fast and safe under sail.

The ice boat described in this article was designed to be transported on top of an automobile using a regular boat-carrier. It also provides a winter use of small dinghy and canoe type sails and rigs. The weight of the boat does not exceed seventy-fve pounds. It steers from the rear, and the cockpit is roomy enough fo the average man or boy. Safe load capacity is 250 pounds.  The material required is low in cost, easy to secure and with the one exception of welding the steering rod to the steering plate the work can be done in the average home workshop.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Quad--A 4-Runner Ice Boat (Pub. No. 5621)

by J.J. Fanta

Those whose interest in building, a four-runner ice boat has kept apace with constant improvements, will find "Quad" just what they had wanted to build and sail.  "Quad" is the near-ultimate of its type, with increased efficiency throughout. Although not as tippy as other types, the four-runner craft hikes safely without throwing the design out of balance. The four-cornered hull prevents the sail’s tilting forward or backward, when heeling; while hiking is lessened by hull precision. Rigid truss-type runner-beams improve the steering functions of this 16’-9”-foot craft. Whereas resilient, springy runner-planks vary the runner adjustment by flexing, rigid runner beams maintain true steering alignment. Riding comfort is provided by mounting the four runners in balanced spring-action units. Steering is by remote control with a wheel in the cockpit operating another forward, which is connected to the rudder-runners with tie-rods. Spreading 75 square feet of sail, this is a single-seated craft for racing in Class E or Skeeter events. "Quad" is light and fast, weighing 290 pounds.

10 pages, 6 plate(s)

14' Sailing Dinghy and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5647)

(A full-keel "dinghy")

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Book of Boats"

by D.F. McLachlan

Those boys who live on or near the sea-coast must have from time to time looked with delight at the numerous small handy sailing-yachts, which, steered by their owners, are constantly cruising about our firths and estuaries, and visiting the various watering-places and shipping towns round our British coasts.  Of late years small-boat sailing has secured a great hold among those who take an interest in yachting, and nothing has done more to effect this than the sailing dinghy, besides placing practical yachting within the reach of those whose limited incomes would otherwise have prevented them taking any interest in it.  A boat such as I am about to describe has all the advantages of the open boat, combined with the buoyancy and safety of the decked yacht. She will sail fast and tramp to windward like a one-rater, besides being about as handy a boat as anyone could wish for single-handed sailing; and for a coasting trip is far before an open boat or a canoe yawl.  Her length is 14 ft., and with a beam of 5 ft., which gives great stability, and a depth of 3 ft. 6 in., drawing about 2 ft. 6 in. of water, which allows her to enter most harbours even at low water.

23 pages

10' Sailing Skiff and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5648)

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Paper"

by D.F. McLachlan

Boat-sailing, especially in the small classes, has of late become very popular, and nothing has done more towards this than the introduction of the small centreboard skiff. She is very light, and can be easily beached after every trip, thus doing away with the necessity of moorings, etc. Her light weight also makes her an ideal pulling boat.  This type of boat has now been in vogue for many years on the Clyde and west coast of Scotland, and its weatherly qualities are there well known. The great advantage of the skiff—as any Argylishire fisherman will tell you—lies in the fact that as long as a bit of a sail can be kept on them they will go to windward.  In designing a boat for readers of this handbook, this has all been thought out, and I think I car safely say that, with air-cases aboard, you have got as seaworthy and handy a boat of her size as it is possible to get.

24 pages

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