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This 20-foot offers a variety of power options--150 horses are suggested for a cruising speed of 32 mph.
Built for salt-water fishing five to seven miles off-shore, "Sea King" is a prime example of the African ski boat.
Deep-Vee Sea Angler (Pub. No. 5066)
/This 20-foot offers a variety of power options--150 horses are suggested for a cruising speed of 32 mph.

This 20-foot offers a variety of power options--150 horses are suggested for a cruising speed of 32 mph.

"Sea Angler" is a 20-foot cruiser of the deep-vee hull type that has gained so much in popularity in recent years because of its ability to provide a high turn of speed with minimum pounding in rough seas. Actually, the concept of the deep vee is not new, but early attempts to produce hulls of this type—almost 40 years ago—were unsuccessful. At that time use of lorigitudinal steps, or lift rails, was not understood, and the engines lacked the power needed for this type of hull.  For "Sea Angler", an engine of about 150 hp is recommended, either as a straight inboard, an inboard/outboard, or a pair of outboards. This can give the boat a top speed of about 38 mph, and a cruising speed of about 32 mph, The flexibility of power options allows you to use an automotive conversion of your own choice, in addition to stock marine engines.  Construction is of plywood panels over hardwood frames, which makes the job simple for anyone familiar with the use of common hand tools.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sea King--African Ski Boat (Pub. No. 5067)
/Built for salt-water fishing five to seven miles off-shore, "Sea King" is a prime example of the African ski boat.

Built for salt-water fishing five to seven miles off-shore, "Sea King" is a prime example of the African ski boat. Originally designed from the lines of the paddle skis used by lifesaving patrols and African anglers who used to paddle out past the breakers to fishing shoals, the ski boats took their name because they ski down, the breakers when coming in. Sea King includes many features designed to take as much risk as possible out of an ocean-going small craft—(1) Flat deck with self-bailing scuppers. (2) Provisions for dual outboards and it carries paddles in case both engines fail simultaneously. Dual outboards also permit using full power getting to and back from the fishing grounds in a hurry and trolling with one motor at reduced speeds. (3) Watertight compartments make the ski boat practically unsinkable and keep it from being swamped in a breaking sea. (4) Wide-beam design adds to stability on the water. For a sea-going boat, Sea King is surprisingly easy to build because there are few difficult joints, fewer places to leak and the plywood deck and planking covers the simple frames with a minimum of work. Bcst of all for fisherinen, the flat deck allows freedom of action that is commonly necessary in playing the big bill-fish that lurk in the ocean several miles offshore. While primarily designed for the ocean or gulf, "Sea King" makes an excellent fishing boat for the great lakes or any of the other inland lakes where the fishing is good. (The picture shows "Sea King" suspended from a unique overhead trailer designed for ease of launching).

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Broad Bill--A Sword Fisherman (Pub. No. 5432)

Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

Complete plans and specifications for the construction of a typical and popular craft among new england fishermen.

Broadbill has been designed for the Yachtsman who has had a taste of that sport of sports, Swordfishing, and who now wants to try his skill with his own boat. In size and type she is typical of the boats fishing out of Block Island. The layout is slightly different in that the motor has not been put in the cabin but occupies the space generally used for hold space. The cabin is small but ample, having two hinged pipe berths, Shipmate stove, sink, ice box, and toilet. Also, a clothes locker at the forward end with the rope locker in the bow. A small pilot house over the companionway with steering wheel, and compass shelf, provides protection for the helmsman in bad weather. The fish well is aft of the motor with a flush hatch on deck. The 100 horsepower motor will give Broadbill a little more speed than the average boat of her size and type and the 220 gallons of gas will give her ample cruising radius. The construction has been kept simple and the amateur should not find any great difficulty in building her.

10 pages, 4 plate(s)

18-Ft. Offshore Fisherman (Pub. No. 5741)

by David D. Beach

LOA 18' 1 3/4", BEAM 7.

Easy-building plywood tailors Tunny to the blue-water angler. She’ll return maximum safety for minimum cost

The finny denizens of the briny I deep inspired the design shown on the pages of this article. “Tunny” is the fisherman’s name for the tuna, the far-ranging wanderer of the oceans whose beautiful form makes either an excellent trophy or a delicious meal. Often found well within the cruising range of this boat, they are the basis of a widespread sports fishing activity from Cat Cay in the Bahamas up the Atlantic Coast to Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. Enthusiasts pursue them in all types of craft, and it is not at all unlikely that many outboard-powered craft like Tunny will soon join the fleets of the big-game sports fishermen. Tunny need not, however, be built solely for the pursuit of game fish, as the basic boat is the type becoming more and more popular for day cruising and for general fun afloat. The removal of the little king post, the outriggers and the swivel chairs makes a big after cockpit available for swimming gear, ski equipment or folding furniture to suit. As can be seen on the lines plan, Tunny is an 18-footer with a beam of a bit over 7’, and ample freeboard fore and aft. The freeboard was selected to make a spray-free boat and to provide for a full hatch over the twin 35 hp motors which will drive the boat at a full 27 to 28 statute miles per hour when loaded with four adults and four tanks of fuel.
The deck is raised a bit forward to rovide a pleasing proffle and to give a measure of protection against the weather. While a long side screen is shown, the boat may be fitted with a shorter side screen for the windsield, or a large plastic wraparound windshield can be installed. The boat is characterized by a full-length flare which makes the deck edge the widest part of the boat throughout. The well-rounded V-sections forward, for plywood planking, are derived from a series of very successful predecessors, all of which have proven to be exceptionally seaworthy and seakindly. The planing bottom is a full 6’ across the chines, which provides an ample load-carrying area for the thrust of motors up to a total of about 80 hp. As shown on the body-plan section of the lines plan, the transom is designed for a twin-motor cutout, for motors to be used on the standard 15” transom. Of course, longer motors can be used, but they will project above the deck line.

11 pages, 4 plate(s)

How to Build Sunfisher (Pub. No. 5766)

by David D. Beach

LOA 19' 11/2", BEAM 92"

Designed primarily for an outboard, this fast open fishing boat can be adapted to inboard power. Special attention has been given to help the one-man builder

This design is based on an idea I which developed out of a discussion with a builder of small boats on the Florida east coast. Its characteristics are those of a trailerable craft which can be used by small groups for fishing and general utility, including day cruising, camp cruising and some water skiing. The boat is simple to construct, but huskily built, and within the capabilities of the home builder who works by himself. Further, it should be primarily for outboard motors, but the advent of steady acceptance of the inboard/outboard drive requires that provision be made for that type of propulsion. The discussion of how small boats are used in different parts of the country, for different purposes, brought out several other characteristics which should be included. These were that some provision should be made for fitting a water closet out of direct view of the passengers, that some fixed berth or lounge area be provided, and that there be some convertible shelter which can be stowed and easily erected. Simple sketches indicated the possible means whereby these features might be combined into one craft, and over some months of not too-continuous contemplation about them, Sunflsher, as this design has been named, evolved. The final form is considered to be applicable to a wide variety of boating, fishing and cruising activities. To meet with the approval of as many builders as possible, several alternatives have been illustrated. The outboard-motor version has been dimensioned for a pair of inline motors and there is structure adequate to carry a pair of the 60 hp models. A proper propulsion setup would be a pair of 25 to 40 hp motors which would seem, to the designer, to provide adequate performance with a substantial cruising range on the fuel carried. Of course, the larger engines can be fitted and the craft will go faster, but not for long, as the fuel consumption will be high. Should the builder desire to fit only one motor the transom cutout dimensiom should be determined to suit thc particular motor chosen. The inboard version shows the Volvo-Penta motor of 80 hp and the outboard drive with which that motor is fitted. This is a highly efficient propulsion system and should drive the craft at nearly 30 mph with a wide range of loads. There are other power plant possibilities, including lie Universal Motors Vee-drive Atomic 4, the Swinhardt out-drive with any inboard motor up to 80 hp or the conventional power plant with a Walters transfer drive. All of these will make proper installations.

9 pages, 8 plate(s)

18-Ft. Bass Boat (Pub. No. 5768)

by Edson I. Schock

LOA 18', BEAM 7', DRAFT 1' 10", DISPLACEMENT 2270 LBS.

Here is a launch that will make a good all-round utility boat as well as an able fishing craft. She requires some skill to build, but her popularity in rugged New England proves her reliability

This type of boat has certain characteristics which make it suitable for fishing among rocks, close to shore. It must be a good sea boat, capable of operating in reasonably rough water; it must have a fair amount of speed, without necessarily being a racing machine; it must have good acceleration so that it can jump clear of rocks if an unexpected wave tries to wash it ashore; it must maneuver well, being quick to answer the rudder; and it must have a cockpit from which to fish comfortably. In general these are desirable characteristics of any small launch, so this boat would make a good family runabout as well as a good fishing boat. The home boatbuilder should have some skill and experience with small-boat construction before undertaking the building of a boat such as this. She has steam bent frames, and the planking will require careful fitting. The construction is entirely conventional, and should present no difficulties.

14 pages, 5 plate(s)

21 Ft. Fishing Launch (Pub. No. 5800)

by Edson I. Schock

This sturdy, unadorned launch will power you and your fishing partner through the roughest water you care to explore.

She's a big boat for her length, being both deep and wide, providing ample room for all your gear. This is a very simple boat, without frills, “selling points,” advertising features or “styling.” She is a big boat for her length, being both deep and wide. She should be a good seaboat. The construction of a boat of this size should not be attempted by anyone who has not had some experience in boatbuilding. She will be easy to build, but there is a lot of work in a 21-footer and the novice might well be discouraged before the work was completed.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Angenette--A Block Island Fisherman (Pub. No. 5811)

designed By Wm. H. S. Oehrle

The accompanying plans of a 40-foot general purpose fisherman, intended for swordfishing in the summer and dragging during the remainder of the year

The original plans were prepared for Captain Earl C. Collins of Block Island; the bat was built in the Casco Bay Section of Maine. This yarn properly begins last winter when I stayed at Cliff Collins’ house on Block Island one week-end. During the evening of course we talked about boats, especially fishing boats, and after a while Cliff mentioned that some one had told him I designed boats once in a while, which I admitted, though during the war I was too busy with torpedoes to do any designing. Some time later Cliff added that he was thinking of having a boat built, a fishing boat of course, that two good men could work, just about the limit in size on the large side. That observation broughf out a few questions about what kind of fishing he intended to do, and that led to how big she should be, and so on and on; till we hunted up a pencil and a ruler and some paper and made a night of it. Cliff and I both feel that a good boat for our waters off the southern New England shore ought to have ample draft, with deep reverse frames aft, to be fairly sharp forward, with long easy buttocks aft, and if she’s to go dragging in the winter enough bulk to her quarters so she can bring in a fare of fish without settling too much by the Stern. Some weeks later I sent over some sketches of a small dragger type boat just under 40 feet long, with a small forecastle, large wheelhouse, separate engine room, etc., and asked what be thought of them. The answer came back with a request that I quit stalling and get to work on the building plans as he wanted to get her started. Finally I took a roll of blueprints over to his place and we had another evening of discussion, mostly about details and rigging as Cliff and his mate pronounced the hull just about right. These plans show a boat whose hull form, size, rig, and layout have been critically examined and passed on by some experienced fishermen, and a number of builders. One old-timer down in Maine who bid on her construction said the plans were 99 per cent perfect for a boat of this type, but he may have exaggerated a trifle. She was designed to be the largest boat two good men can work efficiently, a better than average sea boat, and a fairly good carrier. The hull form was not developed to get the greatest possible hold capacity, which might be an advantage in an out-and-out dragger; but to be easily driven, an advantage when swordfishing, at the same time retaining sufficient hold capacity to show a profit during the winter when she will have to go dragging or tie up. Considerable thought has been expended in an attempt to get a boat that can be driven home against a northwesterly winter gale without pounding hard or shipping much water to freeze on deck. Construction is strong, but not exceptionally heavy, although the deck and deck framing over the hold will seem enormous to most yachtsmen. The deck over the holds is the working space on a fisherman, and when he’s dragging in the winter the bunt of his trawl may weigh a couple of tons; he hauls it aboard over the side, lets it swing inboard and drops it on deck; and anything not built to take it soon carries away.

17 pages, 4 plate(s)

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