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Rebuilding Boats (Pub. No. 5195)

by William D. Jackson

Tips for rebuilding and improving 12 to 26 foot ouboard or inboard boats.

Can you get a good buy in a used boat--one which is not quite suited to your needs? Thi smight be a good investment if you plan and make your own alterations. The acquisition of a sound hull eliminates the patient labor necessary to construct a boat, and with little extra material the hull may be adapted to your purposes. Heres' how to get started.

9 pages

Tips on Transporting Your Boat (Pub. No. 5888)

by Weston Farmer

Here's some good advice from a renowned naval architect on the best way to transport your boat; car-top or trailer.

8 pages

How to Lengthen Your Boat (Pub. No. 7702)

You can lengthen your old boat inexpensively and quickly, and you’ll gain the comfort a big boat affords.

Certain types of sail and power craft are perfectly adaptable to being lengthened. Another three or four feet in length added on adds not only to the appearance of the craft, but also considerable deck space. In many cases, lengthening solves the problem of building a new and longer boat, thus eliminating the job of starting from the keel up. The work of lengthening your craft might seem a major operation, but it is a comparatively minor one alongside the task of building an entire hull. It is just the thing to do these days, when a larger boat is needed and when goodly quantities of lumber and fittings are practically unavailable, because of defense priorities. Craft without an overhang or a fantail—those with blunt sterns from the waterline up—can be lengthened to good advantage. Building a fantail on such types is safe and practicable, and does not appreciably disturb the sail and rig. The increased length aft enables you to set up a permanent backstay, so that yott can come about without slackening or hauling-in sidestays.

4 page(s)

Towing beats Rowing (Pub. No. 7902)

by W. S. Kals

Half a gale was building a tough sea the night the motor quit.

The 18-foot boat was only 400 yards from the safety of a breakwater. But wind and current were against the skipper. He was being blown out toward the middle of a turbulent sound. A larger cabin cruiser nosed out of the harbor and spotted the distressed boat. The captain tried desperately to throw a line to the smaller boat. But the seas were running high, and it was impossible to get close enough. Whether you boat in heavy seas or in calm water, at some time you’ll either need a tow or be asked to tow a boat in distress. Everyone should know the basic towing practices, and how to get a line between the boats. But who throws the line to whom has always worried some boatmen. Some say that if the rescue boat throws a line to the distressed boat, the rescuer becomes liable for anything that happens to the boat in tow. This is not so, according to marine insurance experts. Liability generally rests with the distressed boat. The only time there’s a question of change in liability is when a boat captain attempts to tow another boat without a request for assistance. A request for help can be given verbally—-”I need a hand”—or by signal. As a matter of courtesy, though, the distressed boat should provide the tow line. Should the line fray or break it’s not a loss for the skipper who’s helping. Towing a boat and getting a tow line rigged can be tricky. How to do it in different situations is explained in the next three pages.

3 page(s)

Secrets of successful Winter layup (Pub. No. 7937)

by Bob Whittier

Every boat requires tender loving care this time of year ashore as a head start for trouble-free days afloat.

There is still no such a thing as a "maintenance-free” boat, but there are many new and easy ways to minimize the work involved this time of year. When most boats were made of wood and needed a lot of upkeep, the early fiberglass builders fighting to gain acceptance for their new material liked to claim that their revolutionary hulls required no care at all. It’s true your fiberglass or aluminnum boat does not require the tedious annual caulking, sanding and painting of wooden craft, but it does need attention. Yet the “no care” notion lingers on, and it’s depressingly common to see badly neglected boats sitting out in the rain and snow in back yards and marinas. Boats and their equipment rarely wear out from hard and steady service as do cars and washing machines. Instead they often suffer from long periods of idleness; a control lever or hatch hinge in constant use is less likely to corrode shut than when not in use, and a hull speeding through the water doesn’t give weeds a chance to grow and harden on. But let your boat sit ashore untended for several months and you learn the value of proper layup.

4 page(s)

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