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This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.
$7.95
If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta".
$6.95
Possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat.
$8.95
by L.R. Meeklin
For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat.
$8.95
Combines unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use.
$7.95
Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor.
$8.95
by Hi Sibley
It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons.
$7.95
by Edson I. Schock
The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend.
$6.95
by Edwin Monk
This well-designed skiff is 111
$6.95
by John Lemmers
This 23-ft. Jon Boat is a stable and fast river craft capable of carrying great loads.
$7.95
Little Chip will be found a very useful boat. She is small and light enough for carrying on your car or on the deck or cabin.
$6.95
by J. Julius Fanta
A beautiful little skiff for rowing or sailing.
$7.95
by Douglas Rolfe
Versatile small skiff designed expressly for the rank amateur.
$7.95
by Townsend Godsey
Natives of the Razorback country have developed these remarkable boats to float down their sparkling smallmouth bass rivers.
$7.95
by Weston Farmer
No small vessel can top the Gloucester dory as a boat able to take punishment and ask for more!
$7.95
by Edson I. Schock
Two week-ends' work and this pram is yours. High freeboard and a true bow make her able for her size.
$8.95
by Rogers Winter
No showroom skiff, this 15-footer will respond ably in just about any kind of water and weather.
$8.95
by Edson I. Schock
Young skippers with a knack for woodwork will have no difficulty building or handling this jaunty little skiff.
$8.95
by Edson I. Schock
For use as an all-purpose rowboat, kicker boat, and practical knockabout, this boat will build easily.
$7.95
by Edson I. Schock
This skiff was designed for use on lakes or rivers, to be rowed, or to be driven with a small outboard motor.
$7.95
Chessy--15-ft Chesapeake Skiff (Pub. No. 5038)
/This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.

This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.
When the soft southerly breezes blowing on your fevered brow and the moist, salty tang of marshes tingling in your nostrils make you long to get out on the water, then, Brother, the bug has bitten you and it’s time to think about building a boat. Chessy is just the ticket to get you acquainted with the sport. She is strongly built so she’ll take a beating when you drag her up on sandy beaches or push her into marsh grass with its inevitable hidden snags and roots. She has plenty of flare, which will keep her dry when the going gets rough—and she is steady enough on her keel to enable the soft-crabber to stand in her bow and reach for a fastmoving crustacean without having the feeling of walking a tightrope

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Banta-- A 12-ft Plywood Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5057)
/If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta".

If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta". A boat like this has a lot to recommend it--simple, inexpensive construction, a one-man weight of less than 150 lbs., practically leakproof--she's a smooth easy boat on any man's river. Good for rough water too. The vee-bottom of "Banta" makes her a much better rough-water boat than conventional flat-bottom plywood construction.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

$6.95
Construction of Comus--A 14ft Outboard Motor Boat (Pub. No. 5085)
/Possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat.

A 14-Ft. Outboard Motor Boat

by Louis E. Germain, N.A.

Ever since the time some and enterprising cave craftsman hollowed out a log and scooped it awkwardly through the dark waters of a primeval lake, there has been a fascination attached to the small boat, and the home-craftsman of today is not much different in this respect from the coracle builders of earliest England or the Indians of young America. There is probably no other home workshop job so easily and inexpensively built which offers the wide variety of pleasure and usefulness as does the humble rowboat. Gallantly upholding this tradition is the newl designed "Comus", a sturdy and goodlooking boat with a length of fourteen feet, graceful in appearance, hardy in performance, and easy to handle. Especially created for readers of POPULAR HOMECRAFT Magazine, it is presented in these pages because it possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat designed for the dual combination of propulsion by oars and outboard motor.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Chesapeake Bay Skiff, A (Pub. No. 5096)
L.R. Meeklin/For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat.

by L.R. Meekin and L.M. Klinefelter

For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat. It is a safe boat and comparatively simple to construct

20 pages

$8.95
Mackeral: a versatile Sea Skiff (Pub. No. 5099)
/Combines unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use.

by William D. Jackson

"Mackeral" is a sea skiff type of boat, 14’ in length with a beam over 5’, combining unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use. This craft may he rowed but is best powered with air cooled inboards of 2 to 7 H.P. or outboard motors of 3 to 30 H.P. for speeds of 5 to 35 miles an hour. With ample dimensions for use upon rough, open waters the design is trim, attractive and able to go anywhere. Seating capacity is four persons and because of its ample size, if drawers were built under the seats, any amount of equipment for fishing or other uses could be stowed. The completed weight of the "Mackeral" will be approximately 200 lbs.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
How to Build a 15-ft Outboard (Pub. No. 5051)
/Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor.

This boat can give a great deal of pleasure in the building. Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor. Because of her virtues of clean-cut lines added to spaciousness, added to exceptional seaworthiness, she could become the boat building project that takes a few months of care and thought.  Don’t try to rush building this design though; you may consider yourself merely the average handyman, but actually on this project you will be heading for the professional boat building class. Don’t, therefore, abandon her halfway there. If the job gets complicated, set aside work for a while, then return to it. You’ll be refreshed by the rest and in the mood to carry on over a period of several weeks. Except for the coaming filler piece, which is in Alaska yellow cedar, the boat is made of white oak, Douglas fir, and Douglas Fir plywood panels in two grades, AA and AC.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
Build the Mountain Lake Skiff (Pub. No. 5222)
Hi Sibley/It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons.

by Hi Sibley

This light and sturdy plywood skiff, built in quantity by students of Fred F. Latshaw, Pasadena Junior College, West Campus, is ideal for use at lakes at some distance from home or reached by steep mountain highways. It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons. Transportation is easy by placing it on the roof of the car, or in a light trailer. Many of the originals make week-end trips to Big Bear Lake or other mile-high lakes in Southern California. Because of its plywood construction it can be stored out of water without danger of “opening up”, as is the case with smooth planked boats-—no soaking is necessary to make it waterproof as it is permanently that way. It is, an ideal job for the home ship-builder because cost of materials is nominal, and by erecting a construction form, the completed boat will be correct in line and balance. There is no intricate carpentry involved, expept care given to shaping the stem.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
9' 6" Plywood Outboard Skiff (Pub. No. 5447)
Edson I. Schock/The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend.

by Edson I. Schock

The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend. Lumber and materials were bought Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoon the work was started by getting out the parts which could be made on the bench in the shop. By Sunday noon these were all finished. This sounds as though they had worked all night, but they had not. By Sunday evening the boat was finished except for a little trim. Monday father had to work, and son finished the trim and started the painting, which was completed Tuesday, and she was launched late on Tuesday. Her name was “Half Shell.” At the time of this writing she is six years old, and has never had any repairs, nor does she need any. She is a very plain boat. Sandpaper was not much in evidence during her building, and the screw holes are not puttied, but she is not too rough looking a boat either. For several years she was used as a work boat, powered with a 13/4 horsepower outboard motor. The photograph shows her with this motor, towing an experimental model of a V-bottom powerboat. Besides being easy to build, “Half Shell” proved extremely stable and drove easily up to about six miles an hour. A larger motor did not appreciably increase her speed, so probably six miles is about as fast as she can be driven.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

$6.95
Shad--An 111/2-Ft. Skiff (Pub. No. 5332)
Edwin Monk/This well-designed skiff is 111/2-feet of functional floatation; a good boat to own and use.

 by Edwin Monk, N.A.

This  well-designed skff is 111/2 ft. of functional floatafion, a good boat to own.

No lakeside cottage is complete without a good, all-purpose rowboat tied up at the dock--particularly if she is sturdy enough to take an outboard motor and still perform well. Shad is just such a boat--and is not too difficult to build.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

$6.95
Teslin--A Jon Boat (Pub. No. 5333)
John Lemmers/This 23-ft. Jon Boat is a stable and fast river craft capable of carrying great loads.

by John Lemmers

This 23-foot John Boat is a stable and fast river craft capable of carrying great loads.

Anyone who has ridden a John Boat similar to Teslin on swift and shallow river waters will not deny its advantages. It has the stability of a flat-bottomed rowboat, handles with the ease of a canoe, beaches like a landing craft and carries loads like a barge--all with minimum power. It can be rowed, sculled or poled with remarkable ease and a great deal of control. Because of its design, it shines in rapids. The long and slender hull doesn't bob up and down in the troughs--it rides a series of waves instead. Teslin was built four years ago and has been in use on Yukon rivers since. With a Mercury Mark 6. it moves
at speeds judged up to 15 mph with light loads and still has enough push to freight heavier loads upstream in a 5- to 7-mph current. A speed demon is in for a real thrill if he uses up to 25 hp. He need only be sure to have enough weight in the bow.  

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
Chip--A 7' 8" Plywood Skiff (Pub. No. 5305)
/Little Chip will be found a very useful boat. She is small and light enough for carrying on your car or on the deck or cabin.

Little Chip will be found a very useful boat. She is small and light enough for carrying on your car, or on the deck or cabin of a larger boat. Her wide stern with beam carried well forward gives more stability and better carrying capacity than the average skiff her length, but will not prevent her moving easily with either a small outboard or oars. Building is simplicity itself. She can be put together in any basement (with yard entrance) or garage, needs no building form, and has no butt joints in her construction.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$6.95
Building Patty--8.5 foot Convertible Sailing Skiff (Pub. No. 5497)
J. Julius Fanta/A beautiful little skiff for rowing or sailing.

J. Julius Fanta

No end of service can be derived from this snappy skiff, Patty, an ideal project for the home workshop. Constructed during leisure hours, this craft with many purposes will be ready when the “sailing bug” comes around again. Patty is eight and one-half feet long, roomy enough for four persons without crowding and is rowed as easily as a canoe is paddled. Patty makes an ideal dinghy, or tender, for a small yacht-—sail or power—-as she is feather-weight for hoisting and compact for stowing on deck. Propelled by a light outboard motor attached to the transom, she is a fast job. On fishing trips, this type and size is just the thing for hauling atop the car or on a two-wheel trailer. In fact, this flat-bottomed skiff with lap-strake construction is adapted to serve your every need. Safe in rough water, Patty rides waves like a cork without shipping water. The lapstrake planking method makes the “skin” durable and stays leakage. Planks are fastened with clout nails. If a sailing dinghy is preferred, it is a relatively simple matter to install a centerboard, or a detachable fin. The fact that the mold frames serve as the actual frames of this boat saves much time and effort in construction. Additional ribs to stiffen the hull are put in later.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

$7.95
Skate--An 8' Utility Skiff (Pub. No. 5705)
Douglas Rolfe/Versatile small skiff designed expressly for the rank amateur.

by Douglas Rolfe

Versatile small skiff designed expressly for the rank amateur.
A combination sailing, rowing and outboard-powered motor boat.

Here is a small flat bottom boat without frills, that is really easy and cheap to build. It is built around one mould frame only. No lines or offsets are needed as every measurement and step in the construction are detailed in the drawings. These are actually self-explanatory, but a few general words may be helpful to the novice confronted with his first real boat.

5 pages, 5 plate(s)

$7.95
Ozark John Boat (Pub. No. 5726)
Townsend Godsey/Natives of the Razorback country have developed these remarkable boats to float down their sparkling smallmouth bass rivers.

by Townsend Godsey

LOA 20', BEAM 441/2", DRAFT 51/4"

Natives of the Razorbackcountryhave developed these remarkable boats to float down their sparkling smallmouth bass rivers. You'll find shoal draft, easy building and pack horse qualities.

One of america’s most famous fishing boats—the Ozark John boat—is so inexpensive and simple to build that it brings fishing boat ownership within the reach of everyone. For no more than $50 worth of [1956] materials this serviceable and safe craft can be built with simple hand tools in a few evenings. Down in the hill country, the John boat has long been part of the region’s fishing lore. Natives swear by it and sportsmen from all over the country come to the Ozarks to ride leisurely down clear water streams where they pit their fishing skill against the black bass. Here the John boat is as native as the smallmouth bass itself. In use, a guide sits in the rear of a John boat plying a short steering paddle of sassafrass or ash. The fishermen sit at ease in canvas chairs and cast to right or left as likely bass water indicates. But fishermen who prefer to fish solo, guide with one hand and cast with the other. This takes a little practice but is a favorite way of the avid native angler in the Ozark country. This boat’s maneuverability is somewhat similar to that of a canoe with its own safety characteristics. It can be swamped and sunk in rapids if it is allowed to turn across the current but otherwise it is almost impossible to upset. The John boat can be anchored or tied to a rock or stump with a “cow” chain. In its modern version this unique river craft is 20 feet long with sides 12 inches high. Its counterpart, recently adapted to lake fishing, is 16 to 18 feet long, 14 inches high and fitted with oarloeks and oak endboards for attaching an outboard motor. A few clean pine boards, oak bats, a pair of two-inch oak pieces, a box of carriage bolts, a sack of nails and a few old iron wagon tires are the principal materials needed to make this boat.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Badger (Pub. No. 5729)
Weston Farmer/No small vessel can top the Gloucester dory as a boat able to take punishment and ask for more!

by Weston Farmer

LOA 15' 1", BEAM 5' 3", DISPLACEMENT 275 POUNDS.

No small vessel can top the Gloucester dory as a bot able to take punishment and ask for more. But a true dory is the world's crankiest boat. Badger has all the dory's virtues of sea kindliness and husky charm, yet she'll be easy to power and manouever.

Badger is a modified dory suitable for the lower-powered motors. As seaworthy as the wave tops themselves, she is comfortable as an old shoe. She has enough lumber in her to last under hard service for a long time. A better all-around camp boat couldn’t be built. She weighs dry about 275 pounds, so is not a boat you can carry on the car top. She’ll require a goodly space in which to be built and this space must be dry, because rain will swell and readjust her slats until you’ll scream at patching up her bevels. All boats are like this. They must be put together dry. If your garage or basement isn’t big enough to accommodate her, build a lean-to to shelter the work. Since there are only ten boards in her hull, she builds easily and no hot bending is needed. The dory type is well known in Eastern coastal waters. Usually these boats are slab sided, narrow sterned and are built so as to “nest”; that is, the thwarts are stowed in the bottom, and one dory goes into another. By this means deck loads of these boats are carried to the Grand Banks, where they are used far offshore by the fishermen handling codfish. Such boats are seagoers, but the pure dory design is cranky and requires able handling by men who know how. By modifying the type, widening the bottom and giving the stern end some bearing, the dory is made into a docile craft for small outboards. Badger, shown in the photograph, has proved fast with small power because her waterline is narrow with a light load. As she goes down in the water, these waterlines widen and she becomes quite stiff. The more you load her, the more stable she gets. I have used the boat shown in the photo for a long time; I have had her out in anything Lake Superior could throw. I have hauled rocks for the crib of my dock until her wales had only an inch of freeboard. She is shown after one such trip on a calm day resting placidly at the end of my dock. Just enough rocks have been left aboard to tip her and show her shape. The photo was shot from the window of my design office, right over the drawing board on which her drawings were made.

9 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Midget Skiff (Pub. No. 5751)
Edson I. Schock/Two week-ends' work and this pram is yours. High freeboard and a true bow make her able for her size.

by Edson I. Schock

LOA 71/2',  BEAM 31/2'

Two week-ends’ work and about 40 bucks* and this pram is yours. High freeboard and a true bow make her able for her size.

This little boat makes a good tender for a small yacht, or a boy’s or girl’s skiff, or an auto-top-carried fishing boat for inland waters. She is light. The weight, including oarlocks and painter but no oars, is 54 pounds. She tows easily. The tow-rope pull at 8 mph is 14 pounds, and at 12 mph it’s 22 pounds. If you do not like to tow a dinghy, she is light enough for one man to lift her on to a deck. In order to take photographs of this boat in various stages of construction, the author decided to build one. Working at a leisurely rate, an hour or two at a time, it took about 36 hours. Of this, 22 were charged to the boatbuilder, and the other 14 to helpers who held things, put soap on screws, spread seam compound and were generally helpful.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
How to Build Sea Scout (Pub. No. 5777)
Rogers Winter/No showroom skiff, this 15-footer will respond ably in just about any kind of water and weather.

By Rogers Winter

LOA 15', BEAM 5', DRAFT 9 1/2", DISPLACEMENT 960 LBS.

No showroom skiff, this 15-footer will respond ably in just about any kind of water and weather. Plenty of seagoing sense has gone into this sturdy design

The rough-water ability of the average small utility boat is enough to make a preacher cuss and angels weep. Far too often, newspapers carry stories about people upsetting in outboard-powered skiffs and drowning. Often the accidents are caused by carelessness, but more often they are the result of a combination of high wind, rough water and boats so lacking in seaworthiness that they would be safe for use only on small millponds. An otherwise properly designed outboard skiff can be fast in smooth water, but get out into a good chop and she will just about pound her bottom out. Let the water get a little rougher and she will plunge down the face of a wave, burying her nose and throwing up ten feet of spray.
There are many bodies of water where roughness is the rule and not the exception—Long Island Sound, Barnegat Bay, the Delaware, the Chesapeake, the big sounds of the Carolinas and Georgia, the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, Mississippi Sound, the Gulf of Mexico and many others. To the sailor who llves on these waters, possession of a good outboard skiff is on a par with having an affable wife who is also a good cook. You don’t part with either—at any price. A couple of years ago, this designer built a utility skiff designed expressly for rough-water use. He has used it on fishing trips as far as ten miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, trolling for king mackerel with an 18-hp outboard on the stern. Many have been the times on these trips when some astonished boatman has surged alongside with 50 to 100 hp astride his transom and offered immediate rescue. The offers were always politely declined, usually because the rescuing boat was not so safe as the one about to be rescued. Despite encountering some fairly rough seas and high winds, the designer has yet to see this boat take a drop of water over the gunwales, except that blown in by the wind. He can also troll all day on 12 gallons of gas, whereas those owning boats with big motors need a federal subsidy to keep abreast of the gas-company bills.

14 pages, 5 plate(s)

$8.95
13 Ft. Sailing Skiff (Pub. No. 5802)
Edson I. Schock/Young skippers with a knack for woodwork will have no difficulty building or handling this jaunty little skiff.

by Edson I. Schock

Young skippers with a knack for woodwork and a flair for sailing will have no difficulty building or handling this jaunty little skiff. All wood construction prevents her from sinking when swamped
.

This is a simple-to-build, safe skiff for youngsters. Being all wood construction she will not sink when swamped, but will be easily righted, bailed out, and afloat again in thort order. She can be run up on the beach for picnics by pulling up the centerboard and unshipping the rudder. She is built with frames at each station shown on the Lines drawing, planked on the bottom with %“ cedar, and on the sides with either %“ Douglas fir plywood or ½” or %“ cedar. The deck is plywood. The spars are solid for easy building. Any boys who can do good woodwork should build her without difficulty.

13 pages, 4 plate(s)

$8.95
14-Foot Utility Skiff (Pub. No. 5838)
Edson I. Schock/For use as an all-purpose rowboat, kicker boat, and practical knockabout, this boat will build easily.

by Edson I. Schock

For use as an all-purpose rowboat, kicker boat, and practical knockabout, this boat is especially good because she’ll build easily and her cross-planked bottom will hold up well on sandy beach use.

LOA 13 FT. 6 IN., BEAM 4 FT. 9 IN.

This skiff was designed especially to meet the demand for a husky skiff that could be built easily and  would stand hard work. She should give a good account of herself as a fisherman, tug, or general cargo and work boat, or a picnic boat. The construction, with plywood sides and cedar bottom, was selected to simplify getting the hull into shape. You have to fit only one plank per side, and you avoid the springy effect of a plywood bottom. The actual length is less than 14 feet, so that a 14-foot plywood panel could be used for the sides. To make her exactly 14 feet you’d need to buy a 16-foot panel. The transom is supported with two knees instead of the usual one. They carry the thrust of the motor to keelsons—-running almost the full length of the boat. For power, a 7½ hp motor should be plenty. A smaller motor would push her along all right, but would not leave reserve power for towing.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

$7.95
15-Ft. Skiff (Pub. No. 5881)
Edson I. Schock/This skiff was designed for use on lakes or rivers, to be rowed, or to be driven with a small outboard motor.

by Edson I. Schock

LOA 15 ft., beam about 46 in.

This skiff was designed for use on lakes or rivers, to be rowed, or to be driven with a small outboard motor.

She is not intended to be a high-hspeed boat. A 5 hp motor should drive her 6 or 7 miles an hour, and this is about as fast as she will want to go. She is an exceptionally easy boat to build. There is no twist in any plank, and the curves are long and easy enough to need no steaming of lumber.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

$7.95
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