Club Launches, Liveries, Family Runabout


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Hi-Ho--A 14 ft Family Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5062)

"Hi-Ho” makes a nice little all-purpose boat which you can build during the winter months for the coming season. It has plenty of beam for comfort and safely, enough freeboard for a rough chop, and the lines to “go” with either light or heavy motors.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Playmate--A hard-top Runabout (Pub. No. 5064)

"Playmate" is an ideal family boat because all the members of the crew and passengers are in one large unconfined cockpit as and are therefore constantly under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad. When on an overnight cruise and sleeping in the two 6-ft. berths located under the fore deck and extending to the cockpit seats, you’ll be protected from a sudden summer night rain by the hard top cabin roof and the full width windshield extending from the roof to deck top.

30 pages, 9 plate(s)

11 Ft 3 Inch Outboard (Pub. No. 5131)

Designed by Edwin Monk, Naval Architect

Here’s the answer for all ‘round boating—a trim little speedster that’s a fishing, family and sports boat. This neat 11-footer combines cartop weight with seaworthy stability usually found only in larger craft. Steps nimbly along equipped with a 5 or 10 hp outboard motor. Easy to launch, easy to maintain. Simple yet efficient design is made-to-order for the amateur to build at low cost with the perfect boat material, exterior fir plywood

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

Swell Time (Pub. No. 5149)

by Bill Futrell

A speedy but safe 13-foot family runabout that both mom and the kids will love, and dad will want to build:

"Swell Time" was designed as a family runabout. With safety in mind, she was made 32 inches deep and 68 inches wide. The bottom is 60 inches wide to make her fast and capable of carrying a heavy load. One of the features of this boat is tapered chines to make her highly maneuverable and safe in a high-speed turn. The bottom design makes her a smooth riding boat in rough water. All the frames are covered by the seats and back rests. The back seats lift up to provide storage space. The boat is sturdily designed. With a 30 h.p. motor, she is a live bombshell; she planes easily with a small motor.

11 pages, 1 plate(s)

Apache (Pub. No. 5150)

by David D. Beach

Here’s a 16-foot plywood outboard runabout that’s perfect for skIing, fshing and all-around family fun.

We are concerned here with the family or group that uses its boat as a picnic spot, cruises with its fellow outboard club members on the lakes and rivers on a Sunday afternoon and tows the youngsters astern on water skis. So let’s look at "Apache". She is big and beamy, with a good wide bottom to carry a fair passenger load without bogging down excessively. The bottom is easily veed forward to take the chop of confused waves on crowded lakes and restricted waterways. Amidship the sections have enough deadrise, carried well to the transom, to provide a comfortable heel when turning and to prevent any tendency to leap regardless of location of the load. The sides are flared all the way aft to keep random spray from coming aboard and to provide a substantial rub strake at the widest part of the boat. Aft the transom is cut for long lower unit outboard motors, and the high cut-out minimizes the danger of water coming aboard. The bottom aft is 60 inches over the spray rail, insuring proper buoyancy to support the newer and bigger motors, to absorb their starting thrust moment, and to give just the right amount of planing surface for safe and comfortable running. Six adults can be seated on two seats, each nearly five feet long.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Skimabout (Pub. No. 5173)

Plaster-finished mold shapes fiberglass hull.

Designed and built for a family, Skimabout is as big a runabout as anybody could want. She’s 17 feet with a 7-foot beam and has a 71/2-foot cockpit behind the forward seats. What’s more, there’s plenty of depth from floor to gunwale so that you’re always in the boat rather than halfway out. With an eye to reduced maintenance, the hull is Fiberglas, laid up on an inexpensive mold made from lumber, lath and plaster. There are three layers, two of cloth with one of matte between. When the three are laminated with polyester resin they form a tough, leak-proof shell which is easily removed from the mold for rapid finishing of the boat.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Merry Maid--A 15-Ft. Plywood Runabout (Pub. No. 5227)

Plywood 15-ft. runabout.

by Charles M. Ungerbuehier, Yacht Designer

"Merry Maid" was designed for the man who desires a roomy little runabout capable of good speed and having rough-water ability. With her graceful, sweeping sheer, she is a saucy little packet. She has completely pleased her original owner and may interest those of you who desire an inexpensive, easily built boat. Powered with a Mercury Super Ten and carrying two passengers, the prototype ran from Seaford, Del., to Nanticoke, Md., and return, a distance of approximately 80 miles, in 4 hours and 15 minutes without ever having had the motor wide open. Under way, "Merry Maid" runs cleanly at either high or low speed, banks beautifully, and has sufficient stability, despite her light weight, to allow a couple of passengers to sit on the side decking without fear of being tossed overboard. The boat is large enough so that passengers sit down in it rather than on it.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Sea Gal (Pub. No. 5266)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Tradition has it that it’s the strong, broad-beamed heavyweights who are more stable when the going gets rough. Sea Gal’s ample beam and 300 lb. weight make her ideal for the rough waters along the east or west coasts, the Gu1f or inland lakes. With a 14 hp Evinrude, this versatile utility outboard boat will, do 25 mph with one aboard and plane with 3 persons aboard. That reserve stability and safety, built into the "Sea Gal" depend in part on how well you build her. If you use good white oak framing, exterior A-A plywood sheathing, and,, after it’s finished, coat the entire hull with two coats of Kuhl’s Three Way Preservative, this fine hull will serve you for many years to come. "Sea Gal" uses the minimum number of both transverse and longitudina1 framing members but they must be somewhat heavier than the type used on planked boats whose closely spaced frames prevent the plank edges from flexing.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Ideal Scooter for Hire (Pub. No. 5271)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

There's good money to be made in the renting of boats, providing you own the type of boat that meets the needs of a majority of the boating public. Here is a sturdy, dependable livery scooter that’s ideal for fishermen and small family outings. It can be powered by a small, air-cooled inboard motor such as the 1¾ or 2 hp U.S. Motors Corp., Clinton, Briggs, etc.) which costs little and will operate all day long at 5 to 10 mph on a minimum of fuel. You’ll find that a fleet of these serviceable scooters is easy to build and may provide you with a profitable boat rental business. In constructing this scooter, if you keep plywood patterns of everything, you can use them over again to help you build as many of these boats as you think youcan use.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Whiz--A 16-Ft. Outboard Speedster (Pub. No. 5388)

A design for an exceptionally fast boat designed to be driven by six to ten horse power outboard engines

For the particular benefit of the speed bug, who must have speed under any consideration, this design for a fast little boat, has been prepared by the engineering department of the Johnson Motor Company. Intended to be propelled by one of the new and exceptionally powerful six horse power, outboard engines, such as that used experimentally last summer by the Johnson Outboard Motor Company, this boat will produce startling results in the way of speed. Similar boats to this were successful in winning many of the competitions, and speeds of 16 m.p.h. were every day events. This little boat follows in general the hydroplane type of design and construction, and in building it, care should be exercised to keep all excess weight down to a minimum point. This boat is sailing under its own colors, as a fast craft particularly adapted to racing. it is not intended to be a family row boat, to take all hands, the children and the dogs out for a day’s outing, as it is too narrow to be a suitable boat for these conditions. When used with one of the big engines, and loaded with not more than two passengers, the results will surprise you.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Baby Buzz--An Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5389)

Designed by L. J. Johnson

A design for a fast little boat suitable for family service and purposes other than racing.

Many devotees to the sport of outboard motoring enjoy the speed which is possible with these little boats but still are not anxious to secure the maximum racing speed from their engines. They prefer to have a little more comfort in their boats and for these a design such as the sixteen foot Baby Buzz runabout described below will prove interesting. A boat of this kind is somewhat more substantial than the extreme light racing hulls and is intended to carry several persons in comfort and speed. When built by the amateur builder, care should be exercised to shape all parts carefully and accurately according to the drawings.

7 pages, 4 plate(s)

Shark, A Hand 21-foot Utility Runabout (Pub. No. 5434)

Designed by Wm. H. Hand, Jr.

The last runabout in the series of Hand plans is presented herewith. Only twenty-one feet long but combining in a small space all of the conveniences and utility of a larger boat. The arrangement is well planned and provides a pair of individual seats forward at the steering position. Additional seats in the after end of the cockpit will accommodate five or six more people and adapt the boat to ferry service and other utilitarian purposes. The motive power is one of the simple little 9 to 12 h.p. Universal motors. It is capable of driving this boat at a sufficiently rapid rate to comply with all reasonable requirements for speed. This boat is within the range of construction by the amateur builder.

One desiring a smart little runabout suitable for use around the summer home, lake or camp, should find this design interesting. The described motor, though small, will drive the boat at a good clip, and be very economical with the present high cost of gasoline. The divided forward seats and auto steerer provide a convenience not usually found in a runabout of this type, and the cockpit provides ample room for ferrying to and from camp, fishing, or any use a small boat might be put to.--WM. H. HAND, JR.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

16' Utility Runabout (Pub. No. 5450)

by Edson I. Schock

This launch was designed for general all-around usefulness. She may be used for fishing in fairly rough waters, as a small club launch, a family day-boat for rides, picnics, watching races, or whatever other duties you may have to attend to on the water. The little shelter cabin will provide a place to keep things dry and will also be a place to sit in during a shower. A couple of young fellows might even sleep aboard for a weekend cruise. Before attempting to build this boat you should have some skill with tools, and preferably have already built a simple boat, because a boat of this size represents a lot of work, and the complete novice may become discouragd before he is finished. Her construction differs from that of most of the boats in this book as she is not suited for plywood planking, and the narrow plank, or “strip plank” method is specified. This is an easy planking system for amateurs, and it has the further advantage of wasting a minimum of planking lumber. While she was originally designed to carry an outboard motor, she could easily be fitted with engine beds and a skeg so that an inboard engine of about 5 horsepower could be installed.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Holiday--A 20' Runabout/Cruiser Combination (Pub. No. 5671)

by William J. Deed, N.A.

Twenty ft. runabout and cruiser combination is made of plywood.

Reprinted from Rudder

Here is a small craft of moderate price offering two boats in one design, an open runabout and a cruiser for week-end or short cruises. We show one layout as an open boat, and a cabin unit of light weight which can be dropped in place to transform the boat into a cruiser. Holiday is 20 feet long, 6 feet 4 inches beam, and 2 feet 1 inch draft. Hull form is vee bottom with developable surfaces on the sides and bottom so flat plywood sheets can be bent in place. To convert the runabout into a week-end cruiser, the seat backs are hinged to let down and form a double berth, while under the seats are found a stove, galley stores, portable icebox, dishes, etc., and possibly a water closet or bucket under one of the seats.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

20 Ft. Steamer Launch (Pub. No. 5799)

by David D. Beach

If you don't give a hang for speed and have a yen for things nostalgic, this trim little puffer can be the light of your life--and the envy of all who see her.

Some years ago I had an opportunity to see a small restored steam launch, and the memory of all the atmosphere of that boat has persisted since that time. I can still visualize the carefully polished brass trim on the boat, boiler and engine, and hear the gentle whosh-whosh as the engine turned over. The exciting smells of steam and warm oil and the crackle of kindling are as strong in my memory as if it happened this afternoon. When I became aware of the fact that there existed in 1961 a firm whose present reputation was established with a line of small coal or wood fired boilers, and who also made the engines which had so impressed me, it seemed natural that a launch of that type would be appropriate. The original sketches varied only slightly from the working drawings shown in this article, and all the flavor of the old-style craft has been carefully duplicated. The features which have been included in the design of "Nostalgia" have been deliberately provided to furnish an air of the antique, but have been thought out so as to be practical and contemporary. Imagine the eagerness of the younger members of the boating party when they’re asked if they’d like to come along and get steam up! Nothing so unglamorous as merely turning on the blower switch and then the starter switch. First the kindling must be properly laid on the boiler grate. When it is ignited and a good crackling fire is burning, then the coal can be shoveled in. Finally, but in a matter of minutes, the steam pressure has risen to the operating range. A pull of the whistle cord and everybody within earshot knows that the “steam is up!” When your other guests come aboard and are comfortable, the lunch has been stowed and everything made shipshape and Bristol-fashion, the boat can be cast off! Really, there is nothing as exhilarating as getting underway in a steam-powered craft. The proper valves are opened with the hiss of steam into the lines, and the reverse gear is thrown into the “ahead position.” The throttle is then cracked, and almost imperceptibly the engine cranks begin to move, and you’re underway! This is silent, without fuss and confusion. The gentle slap of the water under the bow, the soft sound of escaping steam and the subdued crackle of the fire in the firebox all add up to a boating sensation that is literally not to be equalled.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

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