Outboard Utilities & Fishing Skiffs  


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Skipper--Low-cost Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5061)

Ideal for river or lake use, yet big enough to ride rough water, “Skipper” is a smart little craft combining graceful lines with low-cost, simplified construction.

24 pages, 2 plate(s)

13 Ft. 4 Inch Outboard (Pub. No. 5132)

Designed by Edwin Monk, Naval Architect

A true sportsman’s boat with good looks and top performance—yet designed for the amateur builder working on a modest budget. May be built as a snappy runabout or modified to a general utility boat. Speeds to 35 mph with 5 to 25 hp motors. Generous freeboard provides extra safety and stability in rough water Plenty of comfort and leg room. Smooth-handling maneuverability makes it as popular in crowded waters as in large lakes.

12 pages, 7 plate(s)

15-Ft. Outboard (Pub. No. 5135)

Designed by Frank E. Strickland, Naval Architect

A big, open-water boat that will stand the gaff for a lifetime of boating pleasure Takes a 25 hp motor with an ease that will put you at the front of the fleet. Sweeping lines, from clean-cut bow to beamy transom, indicate its exceptional seaworthiness. Ample room to stow all your gear for two weeks’ camping cruise—-and it has the strength and power to carry it gracefully. The average handyman can build this big, all-purpose beauty with little trouble

14 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sea Rover (Pub. No. 5183)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

This 3-in-I ocean-going outboard can be built as a sports, utility or cabin model in either a 15 or 17 ft. length.

What's your cruising pleasure? Chances are, this adaptable design has what you want. If a stylish open water sportster is what you have in mind, fine; if you prefer a cabin cruiser, Sea Rover be made in that style, too. Or if you just want to get around with ease, there’s the economy style outboard model of Sea Rover. And that isn’t all. If the 15-foot length of the original version is too snug for you, for a few more dollars you can convert this plan to a 17-footer. If you have trouble getting exterior grade plywood, you can use the lap strake planking instead of plywood covering. And, finally, you even have a choice of motor mountings for rough or smooth waters.

24 pages, 6 plate(s)

Screwball (Pub. No. 5184)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Pram type boats are not new, but this version of the type is. It has all the latest wrinkles: adaptability to plywood construction, easy fabrication, and a convex bottom with non-trip chines affording maneuverability at any speed "Screwball" will ordinarily be driven.  Add to these features the well-known carrying ability and stability of the pram an dyou have a highly useful and adaptable service and utility craft.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Barbara-Q--A 15-Ft. Utility Outboard (Pub. No. 5212)

by Edward F. Waldron

This V bottom boat is designed primarily as a utility type for knockabout work, fishing, camping and carrying a good load. It will handle six persons in comfort and safety. The motor may be anything from 11/2 horsepower, 19 pounds weight to 18 or 25 horsepower, and the larger motors will give the boat a good turn of speed. For general use, however, the seven-horse motor is good sinc eht eboat will then do from 12 to 14 honest miles per hour.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Slim--A 14-Ft. Outboard Motor Skiff (Pub. No. 5215)

by Robert E. Waldron

Perhaps the most useful of all boats is the skiff. A good skiff makes an excellent all-round craft for service and pleasure. Furthermore, a very fine skiff may be easily built. For enjoyment, a skiff should be reasonably fast with a small motor. Slim is a light and very snappy boat that handles well with a small outboard, and rows nicely, too.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Building Riptide--A 13-Ft. Outboard Fishing Skiff (Pub. No. 5226)

A 131/2 x 5-foot fishing skiff for outboards.

by Robert J. Whittier

There are many spots along the seacoast where rivers, creeks, and small bays afford good moorings for fishing skiffs. Just outside, the ocean teems with fish. The narrow inlets to the protected waters, however, often develop nasty chops due to the struggle between tide, ground swell, and wind. Even on fair days, it may be a problem to get through such turbulent areas. "Riptide" was designed to cope with such conditions. She’s a practical, roomy boat with a bow that’s 24 in. high. The outboard motor is mounted in a well at the stern. This allows the installation of an outer transom that’s far higher than is ordinarily possible so there’s no danger of swamping in a following sea. Unlike a good many dories and semi-dories one is apt to find on salt water, she is a very steady boat to fish from.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sea Glider (Pub. No. 5236)

by Joseph Adams

"Sea Glider" is basically a scow or, if you prefer, a pram. She’s truly an allpurpose boat. For those who like speed, she’ll skim along the top of the water beautifully with a stock 10-hp motor; for those who~want to troll for fish, she’ll idle down and ride nicely on an even keel. Her V-bottom meets a bow that is narrower than the rest of the boat, giving a nice spoon shape. This not only eliminates the jarring slap common to a scow when bucking heavy seas but makes her buoyant and much drier than any sharp-bowed boat of comparative size

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Robin--A 12-Ft Utility Boat (Pub. No. 5255)

Designed by William Jackson

A 12-foot utility, it can play many roles, and very well indeed. Power by a small outboard motor, it moves along briskly.

"Robin" is a 12-foot utility runabout that’s suitable for use as a hunting and fishing skiff, yacht club tender, or work boat. An extremely simple boat to build, it is rugged, and will step along nicely with motors in the 7- to 10-hp range.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Polly Wog (Pub. No. 5274)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Here’s a sturdy outboard utility boat whose speed will really surprise you.

Here is a planing-type, outboard utility boat that is unusually fast, weighs only 150 lbs., uses outboard motors up to 12 hp and is quite maneuverable at higher speed. Its ample beam and depth make it a good safe boat. In test runs, with a Mercury 10 and carrying a 270 lb. man, Polly Wog has hit 34 mph

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Sportsman--A 13 Ft Outboard Runabout or Utility (Pub. No. 5289)

by Edwin Monk, N. A.

This 13’ 4” outboard can be built as a snappy runabout or utility. Designed to be built by amateurs with modest budgets. Sportsman gives top performance.

Building the skeleton of your boat can be greatly simplified if you make full size drawings of each frame. You can use one of the fir plywood panels ordered for planking as a layout board, with long edge of the panel serving as a baseline. Lay out a centerline at right angles to this edge with a large steel square, and plot the water line, setup line and buttocks as shown in plan.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Blitzen--A Utility or Racing Boat (Pub. No. 5298)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

The first "Blitzen" design we built was bought by a boat manufacturer who wanted to win some Class B runabout races. And, by golly, he did just that, with a speedometer clocked top speed of 47 mph, using a Mercury with a special lower unit. Actually, this "Blitzen" design makes either an ideal fast utility boat or a racer hydroplane for Class B competition. Its hull does all right for itself with the more powerful 25 hp Johnson and Evinrude motors in smooth and rough water, and on either the utility or racer hull, its beveled chines give you an easy maneuverability. It also lends itself to quantity production in case you want to make and sell some extra ones for profit.

16 pages, 1 plate(s)

Fisherman (Pub. No. 7003)

by Charles Bell

LOA 12', BEAM 5'

Fisherman was designed with one purpose in mind—fishing.

Although she has a planing type bottom, she is not intended for high-horsepower motors—10 to 15 will do nicely and some of you, undoubtedly, will use a 20. Only 12 feet in length but of good beam, she will be easy to get in and out of the water and will be comfortable to work a line in, in most sheltered lakes and rivers—no rapids, please; leave those to the professional stunt men and the boats designed for them.

4 page(s)

How to Build Kingfisher--An 111/2 Ft. Utility (Pub. No. 5315)

by William Jackson

Kingfisher is a universal type of outboard rowboat that rows easily but gives its best performance with outboard motors of from 1 to 20 H.P. Despite its rowboat appearance, Kingfisher rivals speedboats of comparable power. It also performs proportionately well with smaller outboard motors. The hull is soft riding, maneuverable, and stable at high speeds, and due to its size and light weight may be transported atop an auto. Built of waterproof plywood, it is simple, cheap, and sturdy, and may be constructed in the minimum of time.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Flyer--A 12-Ft. Outboard Utility (Pub. No. 5338)

A 12-ft. V-bottom outboard with simple, plywood hull that can be built as a decked-in sport runabout or open utility for fishing.

Double duty is the word for this fast outboard that combines the speed of a runabout with the carrying capacity and general all-around usefulness of a utility boat. A composite V-bottom hull with semi-convex bottom section and moulded non-tripping chines makes this combination possible. The simple, plywood construction produces an attractive boat that is light in weight, sturdy, and permanently leak-proof. If a hull of the double-cockpit type is desired, the regular construction procedure is followed, but when the boat is finished, deck beams are added and openings cut for cockpits. The deck is then covered with ¼ in. waterproof plywood. For utility use, a small outboard from 1 to 6 h. p. is recommended or an air-cooled inboard may be installed.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Flying Fisherman (Pub. No. 5341)

A fast, outboard utility. 11 1/2 feet overall, with an easily-driven bull, plunked with plywood or thin cedar.

Whether you like flashing speed or a leisurely trolling pace, this all-around utility boat will fill the bill. With one of the big twenties hung on the transom, she’ll plane smoothly along at high speed and give you all the thrills of riding in a regular speedboat. Or, if you’re one of Izaak Walton’s followers and prefer a more leisurely speed, a lightweight outboard kicker will still get you and a friend or two, plus all your gear, to your favorite fishing grounds in good time. The versatile hull is soft-riding, turns on the proverbial dime and because of its size and light weight will ride on top of your car. Although it was designed for regular plywood planking, you can use thin cedar stock, backed up with seam battens and canvas covered.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Handy Andy--A 13-Ft. Power Scow (Pub. No. 5345)

by Hi Sibley

An inexpensive 13-ft. power scow with an air-cooled engine: for hunting, fishing or use as a workboat.

Designed to take any one of the low priced, air-cooled engines that are on the market today, this husky scow is about the cheapest and most practical form of power craft that you can build. An though she's no beauty for appearance, there's a world of utility packed in her snub-nosed hull. If you're interested in low cost transportation for fishing, and want to take along a friend and all your gear, Handy Andy is the answer. On the other hand, if pintails or greenheads are your game, you'll find the 12-in. draft of the scow ideal for poking about in marshes and the shallow waters where ducks feed. And last but not least, if you work for a living on or about the water, you'll find a dozen different uses for the scow, such as clamming, tending lobster pots, hauling supplies and towing larger craft in a boat yard or yacht club.  

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Snuffy--A 12-Ft. Utility Boat (Pub. No. 5347)

A 12-ft. utility craft that’s light enough for one man to lift yet ruggedly built for rough going. The simple plywood hull is leakproof and requires little upkeep.

If you've got a car and live within driving range of a lake or river, then Snuffy will solve the problem of having a boat for fishing or camping trips without paying costly mooring or storage rates. Because she’s light in weight, you can get her on the roof of your car without a lot of fancy tackle and with the outboard tucked away in the trunk, take off for your favorite spot. For her compact size, the boat has a surprising amount of room and even with a full load aboard, is easily rowed or driven by any small outboard from 1 to 10 hp.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Skylark--A Sea Skiff (Pub. No. 5350)

A 13-ft. sea skiff with an easily-built plywood hull that can be sailed or driven by an air-cooled inboard engine.

Originally developed by fishermen and others who make their living on the water, the sea skiff design is one of the best hull forms for a small boat, It is quite seaworthy for the overall length, exceptionally dry in a chop and even with a full load aboard, is stable and easily driven by oars or a small inboard engine. With a simple inboard rig and dagger board, she’ll balance perfectly and sail like a charm. Most important of all from the builder’s standpoint, is that the construction is simple and because of the plywood planking, presents no difficulties for even the beginner.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

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