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How to Build a Fold Boat (Pub. No. 5700)

by George O. Bauwens

Among the more modern kinds of sports that have come to the front, the use of the so-called Fold Boat has gained unusual headway, and especially for the travel on rivers, the touring of lakes and lagoons, this special type has gained immense favor. A boat constructed along the lines given here is safe and its firm but flexible construction lets it survive where any other rigidly built boat would draw a leak or break. It is quickly assembled or taken apart, it can be stored in any automobile compartment out of sight. This type of fold boat will carry two persons and has ample place for storing camping equipment and supplies.

28 pages, 2 plate(s)

Little Star--An All-Purpose Utility Dinghy (Pub. No. 5706)

by Sam Rabl

A really handsom little round-bilge lapstreak pram. Designed for a variety of uses, this eleven foot pram-type dinghy may be rowed, sailed, raced in the Moth class, or driven by an outboard engine. It is clinker built of white oak and mahogany, copper fastened throughout.

To facilitate construction level a strongback of 2” by 6” timbers twelve feet long on two saw horses. Make the moulds from 3/4" white pine as shown on the drawings. The joints in these can be made with Stanley corrugated fasteners to save the bother of battens and screws. Construct the transom from 7/8” mahogany to dimensions shown on the plan. No attempt to bevel this member to the lines is made as the cuts for the planking take care of this later. The motor pad is screwed and casein glued to the inside of the transom before erection. All screws that might eventually show above the stern seat are let in and covered with ½” mahogany plugs.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

Build Plyak (Pub. No. 5719)

by M.E. Afford

The name Plyak comes from the elision of the two words that describe it--plywood nad kayak. It's a single-seater for the enthusiast, analogous to a sports car in performance. Designed fot he navigation of small fast streams or rough water. And as a result of an unusual design feature, it is very easy to build. Its unique keel/rib not only gives the kayak unusual strength but serves as a built-in jig. In addition, gunwale mounts make it possible to attach such accessories as tie-down straps and an outrigger for sailing. Plyak's features are summarized as follows: length, 14 ft. 9 in.; beam, 30 in.; weight, 65 lbs.; draft, 31/2 in. (carryig 250 lbs.); time to build, 50 hours.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Wanigan, The (Pub. No. 5740)

LOA 15', BEAM 63"

by Weston Farmer

As old as boating in America is the garvey design. It’s no wonder. These shoal-draft work horses combine super-simplicity with rugged carrying ability

This utility garvey was designed to fill a need for a simple work scow anyone can build to use in a summer camp. You can haul rocks with her, fish out of her, beach her easily. The garvey is a gussied-up scow. The name is a local one, in use on the Jersey marsh reaches, where the water is thin, money sometimes thinner, and where the scow type of hull has for generations blossomed forth as the “garvey”—plebeian, often homely, always plain, but what a work horse! But even in this simple design there were some problems. I knew she’d have to be trailable, whereas the true garvey is heavy. She’d have to be fine-lined enough to move with from 3 to 7 hp kickers, and she’d have to have the carrying power of a north woods wanigan—a lumberjack’s store boat—to lug the camping stuff Joe Doakes would. How to meet these conificting requirements may not loom large now, but they did at first. I was sitting on a cedar stump in my yard after supper, when the answer came to me. There, before me, bottom up on the muskeg, was a boat I have loved for 46 years—Badger. Badger had the feel I wanted this new garvey to have. Here was a boat sized by some ancient master in the old Toppan Dory shops. I’d cruised her into every pothole from Duluth to Rossport, and loved her. Notwithstanding some purely dory traits, such as crankiness until loaded, she has given more pleasure to several owners than any other boat I can recall offhand.

9 pages, 3 plate(s)

Buiding a Birch-Bark Canoe (Pub. No. 5754)

by George F. Snell, Jr.

The almost-lost art of building a true Ojibway canoe is here recorded and preserved for future boatbuilders.

Ever since my salad days, when I infested the West Side of St. Paul, Minnesota, I’ve wanted to build, or at least see built, a birchbark canoe. I wanted one then for the purpose of removing myself from under the irksome parental thumb; Joe McMahon and I intended, at the advanced age of seven, to canoe to Hudson Bay, via the Minnesota, Red and Nelson rivers, and live with the Eskimos. Our notions of construction were, unhappily, vague, being based on the ideas of Longfellow, as set forth in Hiawatha. So it came to this, that we peeled a few trees down on the bluff, and gradually forgot about the canoe. Or, at least, Joe did. I never quite have. The article that follows, then, is the fruition of a long-standing ambition. When I started working to get the material for this article, I soon found the thing assuming the proportions of the revival of a nearly lost art. it is not lost completely, since there still are Indians who remember the venerable technique of building birchbark canoes—a "wigwahs cheemahn", the Ojibways call it. There is another reason why very few birch bark canoes are built today. That is the scarcity of suitable canoe birches and white cedars, the lattet almost indispensable for the framing. It was not difficult to find an Indian who would agree to build a canoe fot me. I had only to ask of my friends among the Pine County, Minnesota Ojibways living in the settlement north of Highway 48 and near the St. Croix River. Fred St. John was the one who took the job, and I was happy about that. I knew him to be a marvelous workman with the pioneer’s tools involved; ax, saw, froe knife and drill.

20 pages

Widgeon--A Plywood Sneakbox (Pub. No. 5758)

by H.P. Megargee

LOA 11' 9", BEAM 46 1/2"

The greatest little boat ever designed for hunting and fishing inland waterways.

In 1875 Nathaniel Bishop, a seafaring man from Medford, Massachusetts, where he was born in 1837, planned a cruise down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and along the Gulf Coast to the mouth of the Suwannee River in Florida. Bishop, who had had worldwide experience with small craft, selected a Barnegat sneakbox for the trip. He described his voyage in the book Four Months in a Sneak Box, published in 1879. Starting from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 2, 1875, he lived for four months in this tiny floating home, 12’ long and 4’ wide, while he sailed and rowed 2,600 miles to his destination. Except for the two weeks when the Ohio River was frozen over, he slept aboard and wrote his book by the light of a 3” candle—a longer one would have burned the hatch above him. Nat Bishop’s book, written 80 years ago, contains sketches and diagrams of his boat that would serve to describe sneakboxes built today. She was built by Captain George Bogart of Manahawkin, New Jersey, and followed closely the lines originated about 40 years earlier by Captain Hazleton Seaman of West Creek, New Jersey. The baymen who built these boats 100 years ago were for the most part Coast Guardsmen, wise in the hazards of the sea and clever in the design of craft that ride the waves. In the intervening years their successors have not been able to improve substantially on the earliest models. Certainly Nat Bishop had nothing but the highest praise for the comfort, seaworthiness and maneuverability of his craft. Joining in Bishop’s enthusiasm, I would go a step further and say that for its manifold purposes of hunting and fishing in inland waterways it is the greatest little boat ever designed. Strictly a one-man boat, it will carry you safely and comfortably in weather that would trouble boats twice its size. Covered with thatch or seaweed and drawn into a notch on shore or in still water, afloat against the bank, it serves as a blind for the reclining hunter. I have hunted ducks from sunken blinds, concrete pits, stick-up blinds, Chesapeake Bay booby blinds and other hides in the United States and Europe, but never have I found anything as comfortable or that lends itself as well to duck shooting. In it with plenty of dry hay, a man with reasonably good circulation can stay out in cold that would freeze a black duck to death. The Widgeon is not a true sneakbox, for old baymen will tell you that these boats should have “clean-swept chines,” meaning that the bottom and crowned deck timbers as well as the curve of the chine are all arcs of circles. Our boat is a modified sneakbox with dead rise sides and V bottom. It is designed for simplicity of construction with plywood which cannot be bent into the compound curves inherent in a true sneakbox.

15 pages, 2 plate(s)

Purposeful Punt (Pub. No. 5759)

by Michael Cramond

LOA 10', BEAM 46"

There’s a lot of boat packed into this pint-sized package, and it can be yours for less than $20 and a few spare evenings. This one is easy enough for you to build—whoever you are.

Most boats are not simple to build, and those that are, are often so simple they are good for nothing. Simplicity and low cost are not always the same. Some 30 years as a fisherman and hunter, stepping into (and sometimes being flipped out of) hulls, forced me to design what I had hoped would flil my particular bill of easy-to— build, strength at low cost, and adaptability to a variety of oonditions. Strangely, for the first try at anything new or unique in hull design, it worked. I built this boat in a couple of weeks of spare evenings down in the basement. The cost was just under $20, and it was simple enough for a schoolboy to build. Because I am a hunter and fisherman by occupation (outdoor editor-columnist of a daily newspaper) my prime purpose was a vessel that could be rowed, punted, outboarded, sailed or slept in, put atop a car, safe enough to fly-fish from, rugged enough to withstand the recoil of a shotgun. The resulting hull was a real surprise. Although the boat is only 10’ long, two men can fly-fish from it while a third rows. I have shot a limit of ducks from it in choppy salt-water marshes, outboarded it with three big men aboard, used it for rowing and trolling for salmon on the open sea. Also, as many as four children have gone sailing in it. The ceiling load—with freeboard to row on calm water—has been five grownups totaling 850 pounds; and because the boat weighs only 70 pounds, one man can auto-top it easily, or carry it some distance to water. With the intermediate frames left solid, permanent air pockets in bow and stern are formed. The boat will float two men when filled with water, and even when the boat is capsized one man can walk upon it completely free of the water. Not all of these things were designed into it, but came about by the unique method of construction. Materials are primarily plywood, but can be interchanged (with the exception of the bottom) with stock lumber or other materials.

14 pages, 3 plate(s)

Duckling--An 8-Ft. Duckboat (Pub. No. 5767)

by Harry Megargee

LOA 8', BEAM 28"

This little pond boat can be carried on top of your car, get you into the most unlikely potholes, and best of all, it's no sweat to put her together.

My first boatbuilding effort was at age 15 when I made one of the small duck hunting craft generally known along the Jersey shore as a pond box. These boats took a variety of forms but had the common features of shallow draft, light weight and low silhouette. A must requirement was that they be light enough to be carried or dragged to inaccessible ponds or waterways. At that time, half a century ago, we did not have the modern wonder boatbuilding material, plyIwood. My box was planked with ½” cedar siding. She was little and light but relatively heavy when compared with the Duckling. As these plans show, Duckling is an extremely small boat. She is 8’ long 28” wide, 10” deep. At the crown of the deck amidship she is 13” deep. For added seaworthiness the design calls for 4” detachable washboards surrounding the cockpit. Even with washboards this is not in any sense a big-water craft. She should never be used for transportation over large bodies of water where sizable seas may be encountered; however, along the shores of such waters she may serve as a blind in conjunction with a larger boat. The hunter should never stand up in Duckling when afloat and should move in her as carefully as he would in a canoe. When used as a blind the boat is drawn out at the water’s edge with her bow pointed outward. Her deck is then covered with thatch, and grasses are inserted in the open gunwales and stacked against her sides. The hunter reclines, with his legs under the deck and his shoulders resting on an inclined board at the stern. When ducks are over the decoys he rises to a sitting position to shoot. If you have never hunted ducks from a reclining position, you will be surprised at how comfortable it is even in bitter-cold weather. Throw in a couple armsful of hay, and you might as well be in a feather bed. Eliminating big waters, Duckling still has terrific possibilities. In some 48 states alone there are 53,000 miles of shoreline to the head of tide water, a large part consisting of shallow bays, coves, thoroughfares and little rivers. Beside tidewater there are 47,000 square miles of inland waterways, including ponds of more than 40 acres. Add to all this the uncounted thousands of little ponds, sloughs and flooded marshes that would be accessible to the Duckling, and her operating area is boundless. This little boat is truly a do-it-yourselfer’s dream. Scow-type with straight sides and flat bottom, the boat’s construction is simple enough for any tyro. Small as she is, she has adequate buoyancy to support a big man; 200 pounds submerges only 3” of her 10” freeboard. Many a man will recognize Duckling as just what the doctor ordered for that backwoods pond or swamp where some sort of boat is a must but which is next to impossible for the ordinary heavy craft. Weighing only about 50 pounds, she can be carried or pulled on her runners with little effort. Hunting companions can transport two of the boats inside a station wagon or on a car-top rig so that each will have his individual blind. As auxiliaries to a powerboat two or more Ducklings may be towed to a gunning point and placed side by side with a hunter in each boat. Lashed together in tide water, they will form a floating blind when the marshes are flooded.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Scaup--A Wildfowler's Dream Come True (Pub. No. 5774)

by Roger P. Smith

LOA 15'31/2" BEAM 65"

No tomfoolery about this duckboat. The design has one purpose—taking duck hunters to deep water and bringing them back safely and comfortably in 15’ of sound, honest boat

Take the high, flaring bows and handsome, sweeping sheer of the Maine-coast lobsterman; add the F broad, beamy lines of the well-known VanDyke skiff and the slightly wedged, easy-running bottom of the Amesbury dory; shake well and assemble in the best tradition of modern plywood construction—and you have a boat to warm the cockles of any duck shooter’s heart. Such a boat is Scaup. From the first of five half models to the last carefully drawn line in her plans, her designers have had nothing but late-fall and early-winter duck shooting in mind, and everything in her makeup has been finely tuned to this most rugged of sports. Let’s examine some of these conditions. It’s a time-honored conviction among wildfowlers that the best shooting invariably occurs when the weather’s not fit for man or beast. A good deepwater duckboat, therefore, must be first and foremost a good heavy-weather performer. Where better to find this kind of ability than in the true Down East lobstermen—boats that traditionally ply the choppy, reef-strewn waters of northern New England summer and winter alike? Scaup has the high bows to turn away choppy seas, a fine forefoot for easy entry and generous flair for good lift. Should conditions sharpen to such a degree that reduced speed is indicated, Scaup should not wallow or bobble helplessly, for her lines show great stability and sea-kindllness. Furthermore, with locker space for everything “and everything in its place,” as the saying goes, her trim can be well established with little chance for the load to shift at the least opportune moment. Speaking of load, Scaup was designed to be a workhorse. She will carry up to 100 of the special folding decoys we regularly use; ship all of our guns, gear and box lunches and stow her own canvas cover, tools, oars, anchors, lines and so on and still leave every inch of cockpit and seat space free and clear. Stowage space under the deck completely protects all of your shooting gear, extra clothing and so forth from spray and provides for two Cruise-A-Day gas tanks. Gas lines are carried aft through the amidship bulkheads and can be locked in the after seat lockers to prevent unauthorized use of the boat.

14 pages, 6 plate(s)

Build a Dinghy to fit (Pub. No. 5788)

A featherweight plywood dinghy, plans for which can be readily altered to fit individual requirements.

Here is a dinghy specially adapted to being carried on deck—not only is it so light it is lifted aboard without effort, but the lines are quite simple and so arranged that the builder can easily alter them to fit the particular space requirements of the deck of his own boat. This little dinghy need never be towed. Construction is no problem, only a few days’ spare time being required. The original boat as shown in the drawings and photographs was built with 1/4-inch marine plywood planking and transoms, and 3/4-inch framework. It weighed, complete, 48 pounds without a keel but including seats, floor, and paint. The weight could be still further reduced by using 5/8-inch or 1/2-inch framework or by using thinner plywood, so it is possible to build the boat as light as 35 pounds without decreasing the size. With the dimensions as shown in the drawings and table of offsets the boat is approximately as large as can be built from 8-foot lengths of plywood. In fact, two sheets of 4- by 8-foot plywood will suffice for the entire construction, the seats and floor being made from the left-over pieces.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

Optimist Pram, The (Pub. No. 5789)

Though less than 8 feet long, the Optimist-Pram helps boys and girls develop the qualities of competent boatmen.

Boating has had an appeal since the beginning of history. Archaeologists have discovered signs of boats back into the Stone Age. Floating on rafts or simple dugouts along streams and shores was one of the earliest forms of transportation, pre-dating the wheel and axle a couple of thousand years. With water covering 70 percent of the earth’s surface, boating helped the spread of civilization. Recent discoveries in the Pyramids show that finished boats with masts and sails were enjoyed in Egypt over 4.000 years ago, and boating together with fishing and hunting were the chief recreations and sports of those days. With the help of sailing ships the western world was discovered, colonized and made independent. Almost no other sport has such an important history. Every youngster likes boats, first to float ‘em in a handy mudpuddle after a shower, perhaps with simple little paper sails. Then bigger ones in some park lake or along some convenient shore. And later, to save effort, in a rowboat or canoe to sail leisurely downwind with the aid of an umbrella or such. And this was perhaps followed by an improvised sail. How many of you remember your first great thrill in your first small sailboat, of feeling the lift when the breeze filled the sail and the boat responded to your movement of the tiller? And then realized after your first two tacks that you had actually worked to windward of your starting point. You then began to get sailing in your blood.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

Build this 15.5 ft Sportsman's Canoe (Pub. No. 5797)

by Bruce N. Crandall

This developable-surface design for the first time, permits the amateur builder to construct a really serviceable canoe from marine plywood

A developable-surface design is one with no compound curvature to the planking. The bull form is made up entirely of portions of conical and cylindrical surfaces. Without developable surfaces, thin plywood planking would not lie smoothly but would tend to buckle at various points so that, no matter how expert the builder, a poorly built canoe would result. The conventional method of building a canoe with bent ribs and thin planking covered with canvas has always been impractical for the amateur. No one can do a good job of this type without the canoe forms that the factories use, which of course are practical for them because they use them many times, not just once. Carrying capacity, stability, ease of paddling and handling of this sportsman’s canoe compari favorably with the average 16-footer. Its over—all length is 15’ 8” so it can be planked with 16’ lengths of plywood. The sawn-frame construction is similar to that used on most plywood boats and is extrcmely strong in proportion to weight. Both temporary and permanent repairs will be easier than with any other type of canoe construction. With the use of marine plywood and modern wood preservative it can be made to outlast any other type of canoe construction. For long trips on open waters it is a little small but is about the right size for wilderness trips where many portages arc encountered. In this design, the bow and stern are exactly alike so that it can be paddled in either direction. It will be noticed that the plans and list of materials give many choices as to size and kind of materials used in construction, and the weight will vary accordingly. Using the lightest materials specified in the list of materials, weight will be about 65 pounds, including seats but without inwales or thwart.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Whistler--A 10 ft. Duckboat (Pub. No. 5803)

by Henry P. Megargee

A kissin’ cousin of the Barnegat sneakbox and a whole lot easier for the amateur to build, this plywood, flat-bottom craft is the most likely companion for the lone hunter or fisherman

If you are familiar with that wonderful little duck hunting boat, the Barnegat sneakbox look at the plan view of "Whistler". You would think it the same boat with her nose sawed off. Actually, the boats are close kin and have several common features. Both have: a high crown deck giving leg room but at the same time a low silhouette; a full deck with a small cockpit just wide enough for the reclining hunter to lie concealed; adequate deck space astern with a rack to carry a large flock of decoys; a hatch that locks on to convert the boat into a locker for gear; and finally, a high-peaked, collapsible breakwater or spray shield that keeps the hunter dry as a bone when going to windward in a blow. One big difference between "Whistler" and a true Barnegat sneakbox is the matter of ease of construction. The latter has the advantage of a feather edge and spoon-shaped bottom, but is a difficult boat to build with planks and next to impossible for the amateur builder with plywood, the principal material used in "Whistler". "Whistler’s" bottom is flat. She has sheer sides that flare outward with plenty o sheer fore and aft, both features designed to give her lift in a seaway. Her deck is bent in a simple arc with a constant radius so that there is no compound curvature to worry about. When you have examined the plans and read the descriptive text, you will see that anyone with a rudimentary knowlege of woodworking and ordinary hand tools can build her.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

How I Built an Aluminum Canoe (Pub. No. 5804)

by Emil E. Brodbeck

Aluminum and small boats are made for each other. And it’s no mystery material to use

Since its brisk entrance into the boating picture, aluminum has continued to dominate the smallboat field. Lightness, strength, lack of maintenance problems, long life are some of the reasons why unit sales of aluminum boats in the 10’to-14’ class continue to outpace all others by a considerable margin. Not so well known even after 15 years of universal use is the fact that aluminum is no mystery material. It can be cut, shaped, formed and fitted by amateurs with no other tools than would be necessary to build with wood. And the use of aluminum doors and storm windows has filled local hardware stores all over the country with aluminum extrusions, sheets and fastenings in all sizes. These are ready material accessories to an aluminum design. With these facts in hand, I decided to pioneer and build my own boat out of aluminum. The result is a prototype craft that satisfies me and holds out exciting promise for any backyard builder.

12 pages

Lark, The (Pub. No. 5812)

by William Dickey

A particularly shapely plywood utility runabout.

Chemical research, while usually not associated with boats or boat building, has made possible the construction of the boat presented herewith. In the construction of this boat, a special waterproof plywood has been used for planking, decking and for the transverse frames. This material is a rather recent development of the lumber industry and offers to the boat builder a new material with which to experiment and to utilize in various forms of work. This waterproof plywood must not be confused with the ordinary varieties of plywood on the market. The ordinary plywood is made with a glue which when subjected to extreme moisture conditions, as encountered in a boat, will let go and cause the plywood to come apart. The waterproof variety of plywood is bonded with a special adhesive which is impervious to water and can safely be used in boat construction. This waterproof plywood has been used in the construction of the original “Lark” and proves very satisfactory. The “Lark” is a general purpose utility boat having a tendency towards higher speeds. She is light in weight, due to the plywood construction, and of such form that she planes nicely with a motor of approximately 10 h.p. Speeds of from fifteen to twentyfive m.p.h should be obtained with the average outboard motor. “The “Lark” handles excellently in calm water and will stand a moderate amount of hard driving in heavy water, although she is not particularly designed or suited for rough water.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Viking--A 12' 6" Plywood Uitlity Boat, The (Pub. No. 5815)

by Wm. Jackson

Viking is a utility or general purpose boat designed to embrace most every use yo which a small boat may be placed and perform each well.

Although short in over all length, the hull is roomy and light enough in weight to be carried atop an auto or trailer if more desirable. Due to the efficient underwater line, rowing is effortless and small outboard motors from 1 to 6-H.P. will propel this craft further and faster with less gas. It is easily adapted to a small sail boat. With the hull partially decked over with plywood, center board, rudder and sail rig attached “Viking” will sail to windward in choppy or smooth waters at a surprising speed. and with all of these uses remain stable and seawworthy upon any waters a small craft of these dimensions is allowable. Waterproof plywood is used for planking and not only produces a light weight craft, and one that will remain leakproof under a wide variety of conditions, but the use of this material eliminates labor and simplifies construction. The completed weight of “Viking” will approximate 150 pounds. Dimensions are snch to accommodate the greatest number of passengers in safety and comfort-—in short the ideal all purpose boat.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Zipper--An 8-Ft. Catamaran Ski-Boat (Pub. No. 5818)

by William D. Jackson


This 15-hour do-it-yourself boat project fills enthusiast's bill as planing sports boat, water skier, racer, ski-tow boat, surfboard, fishing raft or diving plantform

Zipper rides like a pair of water skis except that you can maneuver like a star in a water thrill show by gently nudging the tiller bar with your feet Your hands are free to operate the throttle and apply plenty of body-english to your turns. Speeds up to 36 mph are possible with 18-hp motors, but even a little 5-hp kicker will perform to please the most jaundiced boating fan. To get this performance, Zipper was designed with twin hulls forward, leading into a conventional planing surface aft. Construction is of exterior-grade AC fir plywood and fir lumber. All materials are available from your local lumberyard or hardware store and should be on hand when you begin construction. No great amount of workshop space is necessary, because the framing will be assembled directly on the 1/2-in. plywood deck

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Let's Go Barreling (Pub. No. 5819)

by Merle E. Dowd

Nobody goes along just for the ride in a barrel--boat everybody walks and has a barrel of fun

The easiest way to describe the barrel-boat is to say that it s like a paddle-wheel steamboat without the steamboat. And, if you re looking for a new water sport that demands teamwork and coordination, yet provides plenty of excitement for the whole gang, you ll agree that your next boating project should be a barrel-boat. The crew members (any number from one to seven have operated the barrel) maneuver by shifting their weight. To turn right,the crew shifts to the right and the boat heels slightly, and turns. With practice and everybody working together, the barrel can be turned in a 50-ft. circle.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Cap'n Jack (Pub. No. 5821)

by William D. Jackson

Every kid's a captain when he takes his turn at the wheel of his very own tugboat to seek maritime adventure.

Cap'n Jack was specifically designed for young 'uns to use while going to the rescue of fair-haired maidens, aiding vessels in distress, or closing in on hapless smugglers. But, if you can get the tugboat crew to sleep late some morning, it will only take you 15 minutes to remove the superstructure  and there s a roomy, open boat for a quick fishing trip. You can build the boat and cabin during a weekend, using fir exterior plywood and ordinary fir lumber from your nearest lumber-yard. By brewing up the tugboat extras such as horn, bell, and lights from items in your scrap bin, you can build Cap'n Jack for $45 to $50, depending on local prices.

NOTE: Because of the windage caused by the superstructure and the design of the simple rowboat hull, this boat should only be used on VERY calm days and in VERY sheltered waters.

10 pages, 4 plate(s)

Can't Sink (Pub. No. 5822)

by C.T. Allen

91/2-ft., fiber glass dinghy.

Here's the sturdy, lightweight, fishing dinghy you ve been looking for. Frame is encased in fiber glass, thus making each frame member a rectangular beam, and the color goes all the way through so you ll have no hull painting problems. Between the hull's interior and exterior layers of fiber glass is a layer of 1/16-in. fiber glass mat, the whole bonded together with polyester resin to give you a sturdy, leakproof, lightweight boat. For safety s sake, air chambers built into each seat give approximately 3000 cu. in. of air space within the hull.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

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