Outboard Cabin Cruisers over 19'


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Arpeggio--An Outboard Sedan (Pub. No. 5040)

by Charles M. Ungerbuehler

"Arpeggio" is nearly perfect for knocking about and cruising on the many lakes, rivers, and bays of our country. Incorporating most of the desirable features of both cruiser and runabout, she is a highly practical craft. Because "Arpeggio’s" usuable space is unobstructed by a conventional engine, she has as much room as a great deal larger craft of the inboard type.  Snug and comfortable cruising quarters for two are provided. No lavatory or galley are shown, but there is ample room under the berth tops for a stove and a small water closet if you desire to use the boat mainly for cruising.  While speed was not the prime consideration, "Arpeggio’s" performance will leave little to be desired. Powered with a 33-hp. Evinrude Speedifour, she’ll do better than 22 m.p.h. carrying two passengers and a full load of gas and equipment. The addition of two more passengers will reduce her top speed by approximately two m.p.h. She runs cleanly at all speeds and, if properly trimmed, won’t squat. There is no perceptible point at which she ceases to drive through the water and begins to plane; consequently there is no hump over which she must be pushed. This feature will be appreciated in rough water. Riding is soft, dry, and comfortable. It will take really bad weather to keep "Arpeggio" tied up in port.

14 pages, 3 plate(s)

Ha'Penny--Midget Express Cruiser (Pub. No. 5042)

by John G. Kingdon

Here are plans for a pint-sized V-bottom express cruiser that will really get up and go. Under the impetus furnished by a 33-hp. outboard, she’ll do 23 m.p.h. with two people aboard, And she’ll cruise along economically with this power at 19 m.p.h. Her name? It’s taken from a couple of lines in an old English Christmas song that fit the desires of boat-hungry fellows in moderate means: “If you haven’t got a penny, then a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!”  It is presumed that familiarity with boat terms is possessed by the man who is to build her. There is nothing complicated about Ha’Penny, but she should not be attempted without at least a modicum of prior boatbuildirig experience. Ha’Penny is a V-bottom boat having the following approximate dimensions: Length Over All: 18 ft., 0 in.; Length on Water Line: 16 ft., 11 in.; Beam: 5 ft., 7 in.; Draft of Hull in Loaded Condition: 8 in.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

How to Build a 20 ft Cabin Cruiser (Pub. No. 5054)

David Beach designed this 20’ cabin cruiser, which will take an outboard up to 50 h.p., and an inboard up to 70 h.p. She is a really luxurious boat and goes along nicely at 30 m.p.h. There is full sitting head room in the cabin, while the galley, two berths and head are compactly designed. Alternate construction details are given for outboard- or inboard-powered cruisers. Optional inboard power installation details are also given for both the usual midship-mounted engine and a popular V-drive marine power unit. Single or twin outboards may be mounted either on transom-hung brackets or on a scooped transom. You can take your pick from the plans given.

12 pages, 11 plate(s)

How to Build Mayfay (Pub. No. 5117)

by Weston Farmer

Mayfay is designed to do one thing and to do it well; to carry a large outboard, utilize its power efficiently, and to carry at least two people with abbreviated equipment on a cruise of short duration. She is 17 feet plus a few inches over all, by 5ft 6in beam, and has a depth varying from about 41/2 feet amidships to 21 inches at the stern. She will bunk two comfortably, and is best built in the simple raised deck style.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

Katusha--A Classic Inboard Cruiser/Runabout (Pub. No. 5118)

by Weston Farmer

Here’s another design by Weston Farmer who has turned out a most interesting little tabloid cabin cruiser complete with full size bunk, stove, sink and icebox. One of the most successful of these small boats is shown elsewhere in this book. You may also have heard of her before. Her name is "Mayfay". She is an improvement on an older boat which was designed some four or five years ago as a “pot boiler” and which, surprisingly, turned out to be one of the best boats I have ever designed. "Mayfay" ran so beautifully and performed so well that she is remarked by all hands along the waterfront where boatwise men congregate. "For a long time I have wanted to take that perfect planing little hull, enlarge it just as a tailor lets out a vest ever so little so that it is “jest right” for a little more bulk, and put midget apartment accommodations aboard her. And by golly I finally got around to it. The finished job methinks is a sweetheart. So here she is—and her name is Russian "Katusha", which means “Sweetheart” in the Czar’s tonguesky. Consider "Katusha": Her length is 19 feet, with an inch or two over. Her breadth is 6’7”. She will build in any average sized garage. Out of experience with previous tabloids I have come to the conclusion that there is no need denying the crew a real, full-sized bunk. So you’ll find "Katusha" equipped with one".

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Waterwing (Pub. No. 5146)

by Gene Edmonds

Here is 141/2 ft. of easy riding, fast moving economical comfort.

The Waterwing was designed to provide a sturdy, safe, soft-riding family boat "Waterwing" rides fast and dry. This boat has all of the features of “the big ones” in that it has style, comfort and durability. It sleeps two and will carry a small family for many happy hours of boating pleasure. Easy to launch and tow, the Waterwing is also easy to build.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Silver Fin (Pub. No. 5155)

by A. Mason. 

This 20-foot day boat may be built of plywood and equipped with twin engines.

"Silver Fin" was designed primarily as a family day cruiser with adequate beam to insure a stable boat, a large deep cockpit for safety, high freeboard for dryness in rough water and generous sheltered space for weather protection. With only a slight modification to include additional lockers for stowing a small amount of additional equipment, "Silver Fin" becomes a satisfactory camping cruiser for two, especially in tidewater areas where it is impractical to sleep ashore.

5 pages, 3 plate(s)

Cobia (Pub. No. 5158)

by Robert M. Steward

"Cobia" is a type of small power boat that is enjoying great popularity as a combination day cruiser, overnighter for two and sport fisherman. The cabin has two comfortable berths, an enclosed toilet room and small but adequate galley space with ice chest, utensil and food locker, sink and stove. There is storage space for gear under the berths and in the forepeak. Abaft the cabin there is more than twelve feet of cockpit, ample space for loafing or fishing. The “bridge” can be covered during poor weather with a folding navy type canvas shelter as shown dotted on the outboard-profile drawing. The length overall is twenty-five feet six inches, beam is eight feet five inches to the outside of the planking, and the draft is about two feet depending upon the weight of fuel, crew and equipment.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Chipmunk (Pub. No. 5170)

by Henry Clark

The 16-Ft. "Barnaby" was the answer to many hundreds of home builders whose families have lived on and roamed over the waterways, and water skiied like mad at the urge. But herewith we are going to create another bunch of builders who will not only go faster on the water, trail faster on the road, build faster, at less cost, get a stronger hull, but will be able to camp aboard under a shelter. We refer, of course, to the 14-ft. "Chipmunk", so named because it can dart about so quickly. The average handy man, for a few weeks effort, will gain a very fast hull with a safe 5-ft. 6-in, beam, and many unusual construction features. Out on the water you’ll sport lines that will be as stylish as the rest. A 17-year-old boy and his father built the test model from my pencil roughs working so fast I could hardly keep up with figures. If the cuddy shelter isn’t a must with you leave it off and hare an open runabout. As to power we didn’t mess around. We gave the transom what it can take. With the 40 hp Lark on, the caperer really lives, while pulling two skiers pell mell. With two in, you can clock 30 mph, and still get a soft ride with the semiround bottom. With an 18 hp Fastwin on, the camper still cuts the water at 22 mph, more or less by load, and gets one skier up. The hull is 3/4-in, plywood, the strongest planking you can use for this short size.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Wanderer (Pub. No. 5178)

by D.H. Smith

This 23-footer is an experienced world traveler.

With increased outboard engine horsepowers, it has been practical within recent years to operate some fairly large cruisers and other types of craft with this form of 2-cycle power. Wanderer is a big beamy craft which certainly represents the larger classification of outboard cruising boats. Because of her size and design characteristics, several cabin arrangements are possible within her spacious hull. Within reason, her performance will not be appreciably affected by certain optional interior arrangements as they will not cause significant differences in loading characteristics. She possesses a fairly deep-V entrance and a good clean run of her aft body lines which will give her a good turn of speed with a minimum of pounding. Recommended horsepower is two 35 or 40 horsepower outboard engines in either long or standard shaft versions, depending on the transom height chosen. "Wanderer’s" stability is excellent due to her considerable beam and ample deadrise. With a generous flare in her topsides, she will be a dry boat when running in choppy seas.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

Voyageur (Pub. No. 5181)

by William D. Jackson, Navel Architect

If you are looking for the ideal family cabin cruiser designed especially for the backyard builder, this is it. It will comfortably carry six adults for day cruising and sleep 4 (two in the cabin and two in the cockpit) for overnight cruises. Because it will float in 3 tin. of water, with the outboard motor swung up, it’s an excellent craft for shallow-water rivers and lakes. Scow-type hull makes it possible to run the bow right up on the beach so passengers may step ashore dry shod. When powered with a 1956, 30 hp Evinrude Big Twin outboard, "Voyageur ' has a top speed of 20 mph with two people aboard. Planing action begins at 12 mph.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Sun Fish (Pub. No. 5182)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Novel scow-bow design on this 375-lb., outboard-powered cruiserette permits easy beaching.

"Sun Fish" is an unconventional looking cruiserette which weighs only 375 pounds and is powered by an outboard, It can be transported by trailer easily and has accommodations for two persons for overnight trips. The scow-type bow allows it to be landed on shelving beaches, which means dry feet for the passengers on embarking. As for speed, the "Sun Fish" will do 5 to 35 mph. A 5 hp outboard motor will propel "Sun Fish" about 6 mph while a 10 hp motor will shove the loaded hull with two persons aboard at an 8 mph clip. With speeds of over 16 mph, planing action takes place and speeds of 10 to 35 mph are possible. Construction of "Sun Fish" is simple. No difficult joinery work is necessary.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Caballero (Pub. No. 5232)

by Charles M. Ungerbuehler, Naval Architect

"Caballero" was designed for the amateur builder who desires a roomy, fast, and comfortable cruiser without the attendant high building and upkeep costs usually associated with inboard craft. She is a direct developmertt of an earlier design that has proved successful in the hands of a large number of builders. The cabin provides comfortable quarters for two. Besides the berths, it contains a galley stove, food locker, icebox, watercloset, and adequate storage space. There is not, of course, standing headroom. There is, however, ample sitting headroom. That is all you can expect in a boat of this size; so don’t be persuaded by some misguided amateur adviser to increase the headroom in hope of making a better boat of her. You have the word of the designer that you will not. "Caballero’s" rough-water ability will be excellent. The hull shows a pronounced flare forward and the maximum allowable deadrise consistent with her speed requirements. Her afterbody is of the constantsection type, which will insure comfortable banking on the turns and a smooth, disturbance-free, level ride.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Waterman--A 19-Ft. Heavy-Duty Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5247)

by H. I. Chapelle

No playboy, this cruiser can be utilized for fishing, lobstering, etc. With moderate power, she will do up to 12 knots economically.

This boat is intended for use in open waters where a small boat must meet both sea and wind. She is intended for moderate power to give economical operation at those speeds usually associated with cruising, say up to 12 knots; it is unfortunately true that a boat capable of performing well at high speeds with great power does not perform economically at low speeds with either small or large power. “Waterman,” then, is a cruising boat as far as speed is concerned. The lift-top cabin has two advantages; it gives a low superstructure but allows useful headroom in the cuddy when at anchor. The deck box forward of the trunk is for anchor gear which is more readily stowed in the deck box than passed below deck in so small a boat. The cockpit has been made as large as possible and if this were covered with an awning or cockpit-tent, with the lift-top cabin in use, the cockpit is converted into usable “cabin space.” The cockpit seats may be made as lockers for supplies, fuel, etc.; the engine when not used can be stowed in one of the seat lockers aft or, if too bulky for this, in the cabin. The hull form follows rather closely one that has been popular in some of the workboat launches on the Chesapeake; it is basically a “modified sharpie” in which the chines and rabbet meet at the heel of the stem. This allows a V-bottom to be used without the difficulties in construction caused by the use of the common V-bottom forefoot.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Ranger (Pub. No. 5272)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

All the facilities you need are wrapped up in this 17-ft. outboard cruiser.

When powered with larger outboard motors such as the Johnson 25 or the 33 or 50 hp Evinrude, "Ranger" will plane at speeds of 20 to 35 mph. She’s easy on fuel and maintenance costs, too, and you can transport her most anywhere by trailer. Run the trailer into the water to float the boat and you’re on your way up your favorite waterway. Two persons may sleep aboard and there is room for a small stove and a few pots and pans with which to fry those fresh fish. Although a bandsaw will help when sawing out such parts as the stem and an electric drill will speed up the job of fastening the "Ranger" can be constructed with ordinary hand tools.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Hotei--A Family Boat (Pub. No. 5324)

by Hal Kelly

Here's a 23-ft. family boat with three bunks, two cockpits, all conveniences.

Hotei is 23 feet long with an 8-foot beam and every inch a family boat. Menfolk can ride in the forward cockpit where the helmsman has a clear view. Youngsters can sleep or amuse themselves safely in the large cabin which has 5-foot 11-inch headroom, bunks for three, galley and marine toilet. The gals can sun themselves in the roomy aft cockpit. All are well distributed, not crowded together near the stern. And with passenger weight shifted forward, Hotei levels off for speed under power of a Merc 800. The 80-hp motor drives her at 25 mph with six aboard! With only two aboard, Hotei does better than 27 mph and she gives a comfortable ride at this speed even in a three-foot chop. She also banks into a turn like a fine runabout--not digging in on the outside to throw passengers all over the boat like many a small cabin cruiser. Nor is she a wet boat We've been out in five-foot waves and stayed dry. A lot of thought went into storage space construction. There's a large compartment in the forward cockpit for charts and other items. The cabin has several shelves for small items and storage under the bunks for water skis, life jackets, etc. The aft cockpit has a 19x24-inch storage bin over six feet long that doubles as a seat. On each side of the motor well there's storage for battery, bumpers, line and spare props with six-gallon gas tanks below. The well itself is designed to take two Merc 800's or 500's if you wish and there's room for a 25-gallon long-cruise gas tank below it.

20 pages, 2 plate(s)

Poor Richard--A 21-Ft. Skipjack-Type Power Cruiser (Pub. No. 5372)

by Weston Farmer

The Chesapeake skipjack hull is more noted for economy and ease of building than for good looks, but in Poor Richard, designer Weston Farmer has turned his talent for lovely boats to producing a skipjack with yachty lines. On one basic hull you can select an arrangement of your own choice.

Benjamin Franklin's proverb boy, Poor Richard, made great virtue of economy. Since economy is her greatest virtue I have christened this skipjack hull Poor Richard. Usually if one goes to the native builders on any great regional body of water he finds a-building there boats that are perfect for local conditions. This is true of the Chesapeake, which the writer knows well. The Bay is a varied body of water, shallow in spots, narrow in some, deep at places, and is both fresh and salt. The native boat of the Chesapeake is the diamond-bottom boat, grandfather of the modern V-bottom boat, and is called locally a skipjack. Skipjacks are good in fresh- and salt-water behavior. They love a chop, are fine in a wind, and drive easily. They are, moreover, very inexpensive to build. Now any boat that Father Neptune has liked as a type for hundreds of years is bound to make a good knockabout hull on which the back-yard boatbuilder may add his own private arrangement plan. To show the versatility of the type, I’ve drawn eight adaptations on the 21-foot hull for which the basic offsets and constructions plans are given.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

How to Build Kathy--A 20-Ft. Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5377)

by Don Rodney

The arrangement plans reveal full-length berths extending under the forward cockpit, galley, toilet and stowage space.

A friend said to me, “To satisfy my various likes and dislikes,” he replied, “I would need to own two boats; an outboard runabout for breezing about on the lake during the day and an outboard cruiser for ‘gunk-holing’ and overnight cruising. I like the runabout with its windshield and open cockpit where you can sit up forward on comfortable cushions and clearly see the water ahead. I also like the runabout because one can get farther away from the motor. On the other hand, while I like all the cabin accommodations of a cruiser with its comfortable berths, galley and toilet, I don’t like the arrangement with the wheel on the after cabin bulkhead so that one must do all his navigating while trying to see out over a long cabin top. A wheel within the cabin structure is not the answer to that problem either. I get claustrophobia when I am confined within a small cabin and can’t get out to handle dock lines and one thing and another. If someone would only combine an outboard runabout and an outboard cruiser into one boat, perhaps I would be interested.” “What you are looking for,” we said, somewhat facetiously, “is an outboard cruis-about.” We didn’t have any specific ideas on this type of hybrid design but one afternoon, we came upon an advertisement for a Matthews cruiser complete with forward cockpit. The forward cockpit was nothing new to us but what did interest us was the fact that the berths were extended up forward under the cockpit seat, thus saving a few feet in overall length. This gave us the clue as to how we could arrange a forward cockpit, a roomy cabin with full-length berths, a galley and a semi-enclosed head, plus a six-foot after cockpit; all in a boat only 20 feet in length.Beginning at the bow we find the customary rope locker beneath the forward deck followed on the upper level by the forward cockpit. This is complete with a curved Plexiglas windshield and spray wings. Complete controls mounted in this location will permit full control of the outboard engine as far as forward and reverse shift and throttle control are concerned. With the canvas top cover in place, there is no reason why this forward seat should not be used as an auxiliary berth since it is over six feet in length and comfortably wide. Access to the cabin interior is through the bulkhead door on the starboard side. This door is divided similarly to a “Dutch door” for a specific reason. For ventilation purposes the top half of the door is hinged along its upper edge so that it can be folded inward against the cabin ceiling where it is hooked in place. The bottom section is hinged along its outboard side and swings back into the cabin. Since the lower section also forms the backrest of the right-hand portion of the cockpit seat, it will normally be closed and latched in place. The top half can be left open for ventilation or closed as desired. Inside the cabin structure, the typical outboard cruiser arrangement of two generous, 6-foot 6-inch berths is to be found. These run fore and aft along either side of the hull and make use of the available space under the forward cockpit which otherwise would be useful only for stowage. The two berths are spaced approximately 26 inches apart so that there is formed a liberal gangway or walk space running the full length of the cabin. This gangway leads into the galley on the starboard side and the head on the port side. These units are separated from the berths by partial bulkheads rising about 41 inches above the floor. Opposite, on the port side, is a raised platform of the same area as that occupied by the galley. Here is mounted a pump-type marine toilet. By the installation of a curved curtain pipe, as shown in the plan layout, this area may be curtained off for greater privacy. Careful attention has been given to the matter of private locker space by the inclusion of three fair-sized drawers, one under each of the two berths and the third sliding under the center extension between the two berths. Additional stowage is available under the berths through the handholes provided and also under the forward cockpit floor ahead of the berths. At the rear of the cabin enclosure is a folding door which leads out into the after cockpit. It is double-hinged so that it will fold flat against the cabin bulkhead without covering up the toilet window. Almost on the level with the cockpit floor is a screened, louvered vent to allow additional ventilation throughout the little ship. Plenty of cabin ventilation while lying at a mooring does much to prevent mildew and discourage dry rot. The after cockpit is approximately six feet square and affords a comfortable lounging space for a limited number of occupants whether under way or lying at anchor. The motor box which covers the outboard engine is sound-insulated to suppress most of the noise. This engine box is not entirely without use and an unwanted obstruction in the cockpit for it is about the correct height for sitting and makes a good seat.

20 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sure Mike--A New Idea in Cruisers (Pub. No. 5391)

Designed by E. Weston Farmer, N. A.

The design and specifications for a rough water hydroplane for big outboards which carries a shelter cabin and which can cruise in any water safe for any boat of her inches.

Sure Mike is a he-man’s boat. If it’s bang-and-go-back runabouting you want, something which at low speeds can take the knocks of rough water—a boat that’ll carry quite a load and still be about 10 miles an hour faster than present big outboarders of her size, Sure Mike will not disappoint you. Or if it’s cruising you want—say, let me tell you!—that’s really the thing Sure Mike is designed to do, and do well: to carry a large outboard, utilize its power efficiently and to be able to carry at least two people with abbreviated equipment on a cruise of short duration. There’s a sunken cockpit forward and a big cockpit aft—ample for all rough and tumble runabouting. Her cabin resolves itself into nothing more than sheltered sleeping space, yet it is roomy and comfortable for two. It might have been more, but low freeboard is tantamount to good performance with outboards, largely because of windage although weights too must be kept low for stability when turning. Hence you see no boxcar topsides or other cabin effects in this design. She is fitting and in keeping with the sea. There is no galley. There is no plumbing, nor does there need to be, for her function is to do what a canoe does, only to do it more adequately: carry the duffle and furnish reasonable shelter. She will go anywhere a little boat could possibly go, and she will do that in one sweet heck of a hurry. That’s Sure Mike, and by Joe, that’s enough for any boat!

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Compact--An Outboard Cruiser (Pub. No. 5426)

A smart little boat designed for economical driving with the popular outboards for a power plant

Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

Compact in name and compact in reality, is this little raised deck cruiser, the plans of which are shown herewith. Twenty-five feet in overall length and every inch of these twenty-five feet is used for some practical purpose. Designed with the idea in view to give the utmost in a boat for a small outlay, she has also been kept to a simple type of construction for the amateur to build himself. In the forward cockpit we have something novel but not new, this makes an ideal place to sit and sun oneself, the forward cockpit idea has worked out real well on larger boats and there should be no reason that it will not work as well on a small boat. Access to the cockpit is gained by going over the raised deck, but if a hatch is desired one can be easily fitted, in fitting a hatch one can make the back of the seat in the forward cockpit to hinge down, then one can get to the cockpit from the interior of the boat. For the arrangement of the boat we have the cabin with two transom seats which are to be made so that they extend to give a good width for use as berths, the extension idea was used so that when the seats were not being used as berths more floor space will be available and a table can be used in the cabin. On the port side is the toilet room, to be equipped with a small corner wash basin and a toilet. The basin is to be equipped with a pump and piped up to the fresh water tank. Opposite the lavatory on the starboard side is a space laid out for a galley, dish lockers, dresser with ice chest under, sink fitted in dresser top, sink also to be fitted with a pump for fresh water, an d a space for a single burner kerosene or alcohol stove, of a type that is generally used for camping. If this is not desired a Sterno stove might do for the purpose.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

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