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La Petite--A Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5008)

LOA 7'-4", BEAM 3' -81/2" , WEIGHT 90 LBS.
A really small plywood dinghy such as La Petite has three inherent features that endear it to boatmen of all sorts: first, it is compact; second, it is light; and third, it is easy to build. Thanks to her plywood planking, her hull is practically leakproof and with ordinary care should stay that way for many seasons. This means that you'll have to spend but a few hours getting her in shape at fitting-out time—slap on a coat of paint and you’re ready to

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Midge--A 7.5-Ft. Roped Dinghy (Pub. No. 5209)

by Sam Rabl

Any of the boats in this book are big enough to sport a tender of the type described here, and if they are anchored off shore this sort of boat is almost indispensable. It is of the simplest design possible, yet is very seaworthy and will carry three full grown persons if called upon to do so. The little tub will tow on any length of rope, is light enough to be taken aboard by one man—-on one occasion when almost swamped by a terrific rain "Midge" was emptied entirely of water from the stern of the parent boat. It will row with the greatest of ease and can turn on the proverbial dime, and its roped sheer will keep it from marring the high finish of any yacht’s topsides. The construction is the acme of simplicity. No frames are required, the seat acting as a brace amidship, and the two ends frame the rest of the boat. Two simple moulds are made as shown on the plans, and the bow and stern are made from any stock boards available.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Matey--An 8-Ft. Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5244)

Light in weight but built for hard service; ideal as a tender or an all-purpose boat.

Anchoring a large boat off shore makes a good dinghy a “must” item as far as the average owner is concerned. While it’s true you can pull back and forth in almost any old tub, it’s a lot less work in a boat that’s designed for this work and she’ll also add to the appearance of the larger craft. "Matey" not only fills the bill on both these counts but she’ll also tote a surprising load of passengers and gear. When everyone’s on board, you won’t need any tackle to hoist her up on deck-—she’s light enough so that one man can do the trick. Under way, the little 'dink' tows easily on almost any length of line. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a day or two getting her in shape at fitting-out time. Because of the plywood planking, her hull is practically leakproof and with ordinary care should stay that way for many seasons. In fact, she’s the answer to a boat owner’s prayer. However, if you’re not in that league as yet, "Matey" still has a lot to offer. For one thing, the construction’s a cinch andyou can carry her to the nearest lake dr river on the roof of your car. Once there, it takes only a minute to put her in the water and enjoy a day of fishing or just plain fun afloat. And if you happen to have an outboard, you can hang it on her transom and go places at a good speed.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bingo--A Lightweight 11' 4" Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5309)

With an overall length of 11 feet 4 inches and a weight of only 85 pounds, Bingo is an ideal type of small boat for transporting by car, and for general use on lakes, rivers or other comparatively sheltered bodies of water, as well as for limited salt water excursions. Put it on top of your car and take it along on your vacation or camping trip! It will provide no end of sport and pleasure, and can be adapted to whatever type of boating you enjoy most, whether rowing, outboarding or sailing. The plywood construction greatly speeds up the job and insures a hull that will never leak, even though it may be kept out of the water for considerable periods at a time.

8 pages, 3 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)

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)

Junior-- An All Purpose Dinghy (Pub. No. 5513)

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

Junior is a type of boat usually known as a yacht dinghy, but there the comparison ends. Yacht dinghys are notoriously cranky and hard to row, but Junior is of such ample dimensions and so carefully designed that it rows quite easily, carries three and, even four adults, propels well with small outboard motors, and could even be sailed, if fitted out with simple sailing equipment. Last but not least, Junior makes an excellent car top boat for fishing or hunting anywhere, since it is lightweight, leakproof and easily handled afloat or ashore.

12 pages, 1 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)

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)

Binky--An All-Around Tender (Pub. No. 5845)

by Weston Farmer

Added plesure in gunning or fishing on your next cruise can be yours with this specially designed little craft. She's an excellent beginner's project.

LOA 12 FT. 6 IN., BEAM 461/4 IN., DRAFT 6 IN.

Any naval architect will tell you that a good small boat is much harder to design than a good big boat. The reason is obvious. To be good, a small boat has to meet a greater variety of compromises. She will be used more ways for more reasons than will a larger vessel. This fact has just been brought home to me. An 80-foot steel tug designed for a Canadian pulpwood outfit took less preliminary sketching time than Binky here. This will give you a clue to how much trouble it is to work out something good in the small boat line. Now a dinghy is toughest of all small boats to design. She must be dry in a sea; she must be good under oars. She must be light to tote well. So that, if her parent ship is large enough, she can be hauled aboard and snugged down. Rowing boats do not as a rule tow well. A dinghy must do all these things, and be boss of the situation if a kicker is used. Gunning and fishing and gunk-holing add much to the pleasure of using a larger boat. And the dink, like a good wife, makes a team of your whole outfit. I think this Binky design answers the correct set of prayers. Outwardly she looks like a million other skiff models. Skiff plans appear like dust in the Milky Way. Flat skiffs won’t tow well if they row well. If built of plywood they are rubbery unless lap-seamed. This boat is flat enough to tow well, enough rocker to row well and is helped by the cutaway skeg. There is a little dead rise, which is magic but critical stuff. It works wonders for boat feel only if you know how to use it.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

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