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Pod (Pub. No. 5159)

by Gordon L. Hansen

This beautiful 15-foot rowing dory slips through the water, lets the fish-hungry angler sneak up on those big ones.

This dory is a natural for the man who likes a bit of exercise and appreciates the simplicity and silence of a well-designed rowboat. A narrow bottom, tapered at both ends, enables her to slice through the water with a minimum of effort and flaring sides make her safe and dry in a chop. "Pod", with a beam of 52 inches, has an overall length of 15 feet, 5 inches and is 11 feet, 6 inches on the waterline. Three pieces of marine plywood make up the sides and bottom and no frames are required. This makes boatbuilding about as simple as it ever gets and the result is a light, clean hull with fewer places for rot to develop. However, for those who feel better with conventional framing, optional frames are included in the drawings.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

Moby Dick (Pub. No. 5258)

Designed by William Jackson

Besides being inexpensive and easy to build she’s a flexible craft that can be used for rowing, sailing and as a powered dory.

Webster defines a dory as being a flat-bottom boat with flaring sides, and a whaleboat as being a long, narrow rowboat that is sharp and raking at both ends. Our "Moby" has the characteristics of both the dory and whaleboat. Its narrow bottom makes it drive very easily under oars or sail, although, of course, it is tender. This is not really objectionable, however, because when rowing or sailing you will remain seated and your weight will hold it steady. Due to the ample flare in the sides, as it rolls it begins to “stiffen up”-—have more resistance to rolling farther-—and is quite hard to capsize fully. The flare gives it great reserve buoyancy and "Moby" is fully capable of dealing with quite rough water. She can be built in about twenty hours. If quarter-inch thick plywood is used on the sides and 3/s-inch on the bottom, weight will be 125 lbs.-—one man can beach her easily and two can get her onto a car top without trouble. Built heavier for hard service with 3/8-inch sides and 1/2-inch bottom, weight will be 160 lbs.-—all right for beaching but very heavy for cartop use. "Moby" is strong, agile, versatile, durable and rows like a feather. She’s basically an old type brought up to date with plywood and fiberglass, the latter being used in tape form over her seams.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

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