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Power Punt (Pub. No. 7008)

by Hi Sibley

LOA 10',BEAM 3'

Simplicity of design makes this craft the delight of the novice builder. It’s 16 feet of pure joy for the kiddies

Here is 16 feet of fun for all, and the simple design avoids those problems that beset the builder of a conventional boat. It can be powered by a lawn mower or scooter engine, or any of the small air-cooled jobs from ¾ hp to 2 hp, or more. Obviously it’s no speedboat, but glides over the water at from 4 mph to 10 mph, depending on the size of the motor. And it will carry about as many as you can pile on--kids that is!

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Serviceable Small Boat, A (Pub. No. 7856)

by E.G. Monk

All large boats need tenders and the punt described can be easily and quickly built at low cost.

This 9 foot 9 inch by 3 foot 9 inch punt was built last spring for use as a dingy for a cruiser, and it has proven very satisfactory and serviceable. It is about the cheapest and simplest boat that can be built, the total cost of lumber, paint, and all other materials being very low. It took but a day and a half to build and was all done with hand tools. Short cheap pieces of lumber can be used for the bottom, seats, and ribs, which is a feature that keeps its cost down. The boat is very easy to row and tow and is a good boat to beach on account of the shape of the forward end. It will carry four or five passengers nicely and although light will stand plenty of hard usage.

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Basement Boat (Pub. No. 7885)

by Bob Whittier

Many boats have been build in basements. Its one of the things folks like to do over a winter. When spring comes, the boat is ready to use. Only problem is, some of those basement-built boats have remained right where they were built—or had to be carefully taken apart—because the builders couldn’t get them out of the basement. This Basement Boat has two great things going for it. And the greatest of these is that you should be able to get it out of the basement when you get it built. It’s designed to be taken out through a cramped space. But better, you can tell how to find out before it’s built whether you might have trouble with it. The second great thing about Basement Boat is that it’s a useful and efficient design. Jillions of 8-ft. prams have been banged out using standard plywood panels. The length of the plywood establishes the size. But when three persons get aboard one of these oversize bathtubs, the poor soul at the oars finds himself hemmed in like a shopper in the Christmas rush. Thus, making our Basement Boat just 2 ft. longer gives each passenger an extra foot of space. And it adds to the hull’s volume, making the boat appreciably more buoyant and safe. And a bonus! The 10-ft. hull fits nicely under one of the 35- to 45sq.-ft. lateen sails that come with sailing surfboards. Thus, no problem finding a sail. The beam of Basement Boat is on the moderate side. This enables her to slip out through basement bulkheads. It also enables her to fit between the fender wells of pickups, station wagons and vans.

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Pram with Wheels, A (Pub. No. 7924)

by Bob Whittier

Putting wheels on a pram won’t help it traverse the water. But it can help a lot in getting the pram to the water. And when you put a pair of handles on the other end you can trundle the little vessel right down to the water’s edge like a wheelbarrow.

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