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94-Inch Featherweight Pram for Rowing or Towing (Pub. No. 5317)

by Roland Cueva

Owners of small cruising boats, sail or power, in the eighteen to twenty-five foot class, will find this little 8-ft. plywood pram the answer to their ship-to-shore and towing problems. Torp, as the original was named, was designed specifically as a tender to the 18-ft. auxiliary sloop Bonnie. A craft the size of Bonnie obviously could not tow a heavy rowboat on cruises, and lacked the deck space for storing a dinghy aboard. A very light, easily towed tender was needed; one that would be small enough to appear in proper proportion to Bonnie when trailing astern, yet would be capable of shuttling three, or even four persons in a pinch, from shore to the mooring.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Brenda--A 9-Ft. Yacht Tender (Pub. No. 5319)

Round bottom but no bent ribs.

All the good points of a round-bottom boat are to be found in Brenda; she is good-lookig, lightweight, and will be found able in rough water. Construction is similar to that of Gypsy, the 15-ft. strip built canoe, and can be classed as fairly simple. No steam bending is called for nor is it necessary to lay the lines down full-size on a floor to secure the shape of building moulds.

9 pages, 1 plate(s)

Pintail--A 15-Ft. Hunting and Fishing Boat (Pub. No. 5321)

One hundred and ten pounds of ideal boat for the sportsman

This boat rides very low on the water, catching little wind, and is designed for rough and open water shooting and fishing where a staunch and seaworthy craft is wanted. The wide flat bottom also makes it ideal for marsh hunting and exploring, offering little resistance when going quietly through rice or bog. The strongly built turtle deck is a safety feature, as when resting on the water with a couple of fellows aboard the body of the boat is close to the surface--small waves wash harmlessly off the deck and the coaming keeps spray out of the cockpit. Small gear can be stowed fore and aft through the openings in the end frames. The pipes through the deck and bottom can be fitted, if desired—they'll be found handy for quickly and noiselessly anchoring the boat—-merely shove slender poles completely through into the bottom and the boat will not shift or swing about.

7 pages, 3 plate(s)

Houdini--A Take-Apart Skiff (Pub. No. 5326)

by Edwin Monk, N. A.

This 111/2-ff. skiff can be taken apart and stacked to fit into a compact station wagon. Like the lady in the vaudeville act, this boat goes on living after she's sawed in half.

This boat, which is essentially a skiff, requires no jig or setup stringers. Only a small amount of material--the form used temporarily about the middle of the after section--does not become a part of the finished product. Even this can be omitted if care is taken to maintain the width dimension at this point on the hull. The photographs are of the completed boat, except for painting. The boat is not cut in half until everything else has been completed.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pogo--A Paddle Boat (Pub. No. 5328)

by Harry J. Miller

This paddle wheel boat will skim over shallow waters at 9mph. Uses 3-hp lawn mower engine for power.

Pogo isn't a boat for navigating rough waters, but 15-year-old Jimmy Tench of Bradenton, Florida, had no such intention when he designed her. For his hobby of gathering orchids and exploring the placid bayous near home, he needed a boat with shallow draft and a propulsion system that wouldn't foul in the dense growth of mangrove, hyacinth and grass. Thus he produced this flat-bottomed paddle wheeler which skims over the watery vegetation and takes him right up to the shores  bordering the inlets. The little boat moves along, too. Jimmy heads her up the Braden River at a 9 mph clip under the thrust of an old 3-hp mower engine which he bought in a junk yiird for $15 and overhauled it himself, spending another few dollars for new rings arid gaskets. His total cost for the boat and engine came to just $50. Thought out and built in six weeks of spare time, Pogo is quite simple in construction. A 4x8-foot sheet of quarter-inch exterior plywood provides the bottom, with some left over for the spray shield. The sides are two six-foot lengths of lxl0-inch fir, cut to the shape indicated in the drawing. The transom is another piece of lxl0-inch fir, cut to the dimensions shown, and a beveled piece of 2x4 stock is used at the bow.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Corky--A Simple Pram (Pub. No. 5329)

by Henry Clark

Anyone can make this simple pram for about $20 and from a single sheet of exterior plywood.

You can easily bend together this 8-ft. dinghy, or pram, from only one single panel of 4x8 plywood! This is cutting boat building to the bone, lumberwise and labor-wise, but nevertheless, you come up with a durable, stable, able and extremely light rig in which you can paddle out to your mooring, car-top to a favorite fishing spot, turn the kids loose in for frolic, or just plain build for the heck of it You will end up with a worthy boat, all 35 lbs. of her. Clamp a 3 hp. Lightwin Evinrude (or other small engine) on your transom, and this midget moves along at a good 12 mph clip, thanks to its flat bottom.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

Stubby--A 10-Ft. Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5337)

Ten feet of rugged, plywood dinghy with a lightweight V-bottom hull that can be rowed, sailed or driven by an outboard.

Here's a little boat that will appeal to almost everyone who spends his leisure time afloat. For the man who enjoys fishing, Stubby is light enough to carry on top of a car and her V-bottom makes rowing a pleasure instead of a chore. Because of her light weight and leakproof construction, she makes an ideal tender for a larger boat. By hanging a small outboard on the transom, the dink becomes a runabout with a good turn of speed and plenty of room to take someone along for the ride. And last but not the least of her good points is that with a centerboard, rudder and inboard rig she can be converted for sailing, with a particular appeal for the small fry or beginners at the sport. The construction of Stubby is simple and practically foolproof for the amateur builder.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Skippy--A 9-Ft. Junior Sailor (Pub. No. 5340)

A 9-ft. junior sailer with big-boat safety and performance; V-bottom hull has all-plywood construction.

Most of the boats intended to be sailed by children are sorry-looking, tubby affairs on which the rigging and sails seem to have been added as an afterthought. Apart from the fact that they may capsize from a sudden puff or fill from the wash of a passing boat, a youngster has as much chance of learning how to sail in them as he would maneuvering a wash tub on the living room floor. And yet, as the plans on these pages will prove, there’s no reason why a boat for the small fry can’t have not only the lines, but the safety and performance of a larger sailboat: As her name implies, Skippy was designed to be sailed and raced by children or beginners (from 8 to 80) with no previous sailing experience. She is 9 ft. 3 in. overall with a beam of 4 ft. and a sail area of 48 sq. ft. in an easily-handled knockabotit rig. A heavy steel centerboard, placed low in the boat, makes her extremely stable and, for further safety, the cockpit has purposely been kept small so the boat will sail well heeled without shipping any water. As a result of this combination, it is almost impossible to capsize the little sailer under normal conditions.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Barnacle--An 11-Ft. Rowboat or Outboard (Pub. No. 5344)

Rides in your car trunk . . . qickly assembles to form an 11 ft. rowboat or outboard.

If you're looking for a boat for fishing or camping trips on some lake or river within driving range, without having your car look like a moving van to do it, then Barnacle’s the boat for you. She’s a permanent leakproof craft that doesn’t require any car-top gear for carrying or time spent in assembling a collection of frames and canvas covering. Unlike most “portable” boats, Barnacle has only three plywood sections that nest together and stow in the trunk of your car. When you arrive at the lake, they come out in a jiffy and go together as fast and easily as hanging the screens on your back porch. And once assembled and locked, you needn’t worry about the sections coming apart in the middle of the lake, for they’ll stay together just as tight as the barnacles on a ship’s hull. After the “big ones” of the finny tribe have been caught, a few minutes’ work taking the sections apart and Barnacle is back in the trunk and you’re on your way home. A quick check of the drawings will convince you that the construction is equally simple. The only difference between this boat and a regular flatbottom one are the two pairs of bulkheads which divide her into three separate sections. However, this difference makes it possible to build Barnacle in your basement and get her out without tearing down the wall. The reason for this is that you build the boat complete and then literally saw her into three sections, each of which is leak-proof and capable of floating by itself.

9 pages, 4 plate(s)

Graefin-10 (Pub. No. 5354)

designed by Will Graef

Sailing pram ideal for learning the basics of sailing, is also fun for more experienced sailors.

Sailing enthusiasts and backyard boatbuilders are not likely to find plans for a sailing pram that can be built faster, lighter, stronger, or less expensivelv than Graefin-10. Two men can begin work on a Friday evening and have a smart, lively 10-ft. 85-pound sailer in the water by Sunday evening. It's been done. Graefin sailers have been dropped two stories in tests without damage and have been suspended by one gunwale while an Army Jeep was suspended from the other. Graefin sailed away. You can build this sailing pram from scratch, using exterior or boatstock plywood from your local lumberyard and any of the dozens of plastic resins on the market.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build this Surf-N-Sailboat (Pub. No. 5359)

by John Carroll and Associates

Sponsored by an active class organisation, the high performance Australian Sailfish is cheap, easy-to-build and as refreshing as a stroll down Bondi Beach.

The Australian Sailfish made its first appearance in Victoria in the late l950s. It is based on a proven type of hull form which originated in the United States, and then found great popularity in New Zealand, due to several fundamental characteristics. These include simple and cheap construction, light weight and ease of transport, good buoyancy and safety factors, and last, but not least, very hot performance. The design has produced a craft which provides a safe and simple training boat to the novice, and a craft which will give the more experienced skipper the thrills and performance sufficient to outsail many established, larger and more expensive classes. In essence the Sailfish comprises a fully decked hull 11 ft 6 in. in length with a beam of just under 3 ft, having a maximum depth (excluding plate) of 6 inches, and minimum weight of 63 lb. It is cat rigged, with a mast 16 ft high carrying a mainsail of 65 square feet.

14 pages, 1 plate(s)

How to Build Whisky--A Car Top Boat (Pub. No. 5368)

by Weston Farmer

If you were to average up all the good boats of car-top size you’d have Whisky. She’s light, and fast, and free running and will be especially good with nominal horsepowers. The cost of materials for her will run just about fifty dollars.

Whisky started life on my drawing board as Whiskaway. The affectionate diminutive, which is an American habit with names, soon shortened Whiskaway to Whisky. Let me tell you about her. She is 14 feet in over-all length, by 52-inch beam by 15 inches freeboard from chine to sheer amidships. This puts her right in the groove for average size among spitkit boats of her length. She is neither the largest nor the smallest. She fills a gap. Most of the 14-footers available as kits or in plan form are too large and heavy for car-top carrying. Whisky will nestle bottom up on your car-top carrier and will be a good traveler. When you reach your haunts she’ll be big enough to handle weather on any lake. She is built of plywood for relative ease of construction. Hence her lines follow what it is practical to do with plywood.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Skinney--An 17-Ft. Sailing Canoe (Pub. No. 5396)

A Clever Design for an Attractive and Popular Style of Sailing Craft Which Will Furnish Thrilling Sport, Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

Something a little different is a sailing canoe of the skiff type. No doubt many canoeists have at one time or other had the desire to build and own a sailing canoe, to build a boat of this type on the round bottom style involves quite a bit of boat building experience while to build one as shown on the accompanying plans should be relatively easy.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Shipmite--An 81/2-Ft. Plywood Pram (Pub. No. 5405)

by Leonard H. Cross

Shipmite rows easily, has great carrying capacity and is the best behaved tender I ever towed in a following sea.

Shipmite is the direct result of a daughter’s persistence and it required months of hard work—on her part—before the lines were finally laid out. That settled, it. I had gone too far to back down and so the material was ordered and the pram built. I have already jumped ahead of the building of Shipmite, so let me first give you some idea of the way she acted. For a little 81/2-foot ship (and I use the word intentionally) it is truly surprising how well she goes to windward and the balance is good. In the lightest breeze she has a distinct tendency to head into the wind and in a strong northeaster required very little rudder to hold her off the wind. In a good breeze she will run away from my tender with a five horsepower outboard. This I know, because I tried to catch my daughter for dinner one day and failed. My wife and I spent most of the summer at Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island, aboard our cruiser Shipmate, but not daughter; she lived aboard Shipmite. In the little water-tight locker, forward, she had canned goods, matches, a spare bathing suit, and many other miscellaneous articles. With this equipnient she would leave early in the morning, sail to some deserted beach, build a fire, go for a swim, eat and just generally have the time of her life. One day, before daughter had time to get the mast in place, I sneaked off with the outboard on Shipmite’s stern. With the motor opened up I crawled to the forward thwart and had all the sensations of being in a fifty-mile speedboat. Shipmite weighs only eighty-seven pounds and really gets up on top with this motor, but I realize boat speeds are generally over-estimated and of course fifteen miles is a good clip on the water. Frankly I had never thought of a pram as possessing particularly good looks, but there is something about a whole lot of good qualities that tend to beautify and after a full summer’s use Shipmite looks positively handsome.

25 pages, 3 plate(s)

Kingfish Class--A 10-FT. Sailing Canoe, The (Pub. No. 5406)

by Edward Webber

This boat, designed and built approximately two years ago, gave her owner such keen sailing and all-around enjoyment that another was built. Both have raced and sailed the entire season, in rivers, small lakes, Raritan Bay, and Barnegat Bay, and the boating pleasure derived from them has greatly eclipsed the original cost and labor. The construction is simple and the completed boat should not cost much, depending on the locality and materials used. As to materials, I recommend a solid piece of white oak for the keel and, for all other parts, I think it best to allow the builder his own choice. Very little strain or twisting will be found in such a small hull, and the materials used can depend on the pocketbook.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

Scherzo--A 13-Ft. Sailing Canoe (Pub. No. 5408)

by Edward R. Weber

Sailing this type of canoe is a new and different treat—bounding crazily along close over the water, the seemingly weightless hull will thrash, then skim, like a thing alive, completely mastered by the helmsman yet master herself of the waves and wind. She will prove a fine craft to any who build her. Our lines show a different hull, with more displacement aft than forward, and a good deal of bearing for the greatly increased sail area. The buttocks intimate speed, and it is hoped some planing ability—in a hefty wind and smooth sea. Sheer has been added, to some extent, and the waterlines are much fuller. With the greatly increased beam her dimensions are 13-feet overall length, 40-inches beam, and 101/2-inches depth amidships. We have also a centerboard instead of the old fin-keel, the advantages of which will be obvious. It seems too long ago—before the season had really started—that two small canoes swished heavily through a Barnegat sea, and side by side, with spray flying aft, bounded south under the press of the fresh southeast breeze. Kingfishers they were, and this was one of many similar sails in the past four years. It was cold, and the sky was intermittently blue, then gray, as the two lone occupants—drenched with spray—soared crazily over the surface, their small craft seemingly lost in the waves about them. One canoe seemed deeper in the water and as time wore on she became more and more sluggish, while the other bounded on as lively as ever, her one occupant bellowing madly, “Blow, blow wind, blow!” at the freshening breeze. Soon the slower boat headed for shore, sluggishly, to empty the spray-filled cockpit, as the mad occupant of the faster canoe, with a relatively dry cockpit, shrieked crazily for more of the wind that seemed so perfect. The reasons for this, once fathomed, resulted after some months of work in the completion of this design. We realized then that 20-pounds difference in weight, in a small 10-foot canoe, could mean the difference between a spray-filling slow boat and a light bounding hull that went to windward like a gull—especially in one of those cold strong winds on Barnegat Bay early in the Spring. Here in this design are the results of this and many more lessons learned in our earlier 10-foot Kingfisher canoes—and a far better sailor than the author finally brought them to light. Scherzo is thus named for that sailor—and musician—who stands for all that is fine in life as in sailing—clean living and fair winds. You will undoubtedly see him should you visit Barnegat Bay—bounding about in a small canoe and shrieking wildly for more wind.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Hitch-Hiker--A Running Board Boat (Pub. No. 5412)

by Jack Beater

I'm just one of a vast number of poor but presumably honest folks who have felt the urge to own a boat but can’t follow the usual way to satisfy said urge. The reason probably lies in the fact that our bank accounts (if any) are entirely too slim-waisted to stand the strain of a twenty footer, or even a glorified skiff. As a consequence many thousand of us potential boat enthusiasts have been cornpelled to spend our holidays in the family car, inching through traffic jams, breathing exhaust gas, and eating picnic lunches beside a dusty highway. And don’t forget the flies. Since the free time at my disposal was limited and I was unable to use a boat regularly, it was essential that the hull be simple. There are no planks to steam or bend into graceful curves, and no seams to caulk, yet the result is a very snappy, trustworthy boat. A saw, a hammer, a plane, tin snips and a soldering copper are literally all the tools needed. While the boat is only 31/2 feet wide and 8 feet long its buoyancy is very much greater than a conventional row-boat or skiff of even larger size. This is due to the fact that its square, flat bottom displaces a maximum amount of water. Its draft with two persons is only 4 inches, and light it is less than 2 inches. The cockpit is roughly 3 by 5 feet which offers ample room for two people on short trips. Its small size and light weight make it easy to mount and carry on the running board of most any car.

16 pages

7' 4" Plywood Pram (Pub. No. 5446)

by Edson I. Schock

This boat was designed as a tender for a small yacht, where a larger tender would be too bulky or too heavy to take aboard. She rows easily and tows well. Perhaps it is an exaggeration to say that any dinghy tows well, they all give more or less trouble, but this one is no worse than the others. She has good stability, and will carry her share of the load.

22 pages, 3 plate(s)

Canoe Built from Siding (Pub. No. 5457)

by George Daniels

Two cedar clapboards and a panel of plywood are the major materials for this floating beauty.

You don’t have to be a boatbuilder to make this 65-pound, 16-foot canoe in a weekend. The cedar-clapboard sides produce and hold the hull shape when they are bent around the midframe and joined at the ends. Fit in the wedge-shaped stems at bow and stern, fasten on the bottom panels of 1/4/" exterior plywood, and you actually have a floatable boat after about two hours’ work.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

Build the Sea- and Skifish (Pub. No. 5464)

by George Daniels

Many small-boat sailinging fans in northern climes have a secret desire to own. a boat they never have to put away. When winter comes and the water freezes the boat of their dreams just climbs up on the ice and continues sailing as an iceboat. This, of course, is a fantasy. So far as we’ve been able to figure out, no such arrangement is possible. But in our brainstorming, one of the things we figured out that is possible is to have two different little craft—an iceboat and a sailboat—that use the same rig and sail. Sail around all summer in the boat. When winter comes, transfer the sail and rig to the iceboat and continue batting the breeze. So we set to work designing such a combo, and what we came up with is the Seafish-Skifish. The Seafish is fast. She planes in any breeze worthy of the name and she cartops easily, too. She has a roomy cockpit that makes her a boat you can sail in as well as on, and she’s built with kick-up leeboards that let you go into shallow water without worrying about obstructions. But if Seafish is fast, watch out! Skifish is a speed demon. In the right breeze she can hit speeds of more than 50 mph. She’s also a cartopper, with a hollow fuselage, which means that she’s light to handle and would float (close to 500 lbs. buoyancy) if you went through the ice. Seafish and Skifish use a standard Sunfish sail and rig that can be transferred.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

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