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by Eddie La Crosse
One does not have to be a carpenter in order to build a houseboat such as "Snubby".
"Bayou Belle" is a 25' scow that can be built as a sports utility, a fishing boat, or a houseboat.
by Ted Benze
Marianne has a catamaran hull to provide minimum drag and maximum speed with a 75-hp outboard motor.
by David Beach
Another Bayou Belle, this 24-foot outboard river cruiser boasts the comforts of home.
by Luther H. Tarbox
For vacationing afloat or for leisurely cruising, this tabloid power houseboat should appeal to many.
by Rube Allyn
She has all the features of a fishing cruiser, house trailer, hunting lodge, family picnic boat, and exploration vessel.
by Ernst Lanzendorfer
This houseboat is very stable, relatively easy to build and interior arrangement can be varied to suit your needs.
Snubby--A Floating Bungalow (Pub. No. 5029)
Eddie La Crosse/One does not have to be a carpenter in order to build a houseboat such as "Snubby".

by Eddie La Crosse

One does not have to be a carpenter in order to build a houseboat such as "Snubby". Although using a carpenter the first week, or if you are one yourself, a helper, will save a lot of trouble later, and insure a water tight hull. You will have to set your own price, depending on what ever is handy to build with, but cost can be kept at minimum by careful shopping.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

Bayou Belle--Sport Utility Fisherman or Houseboat (Pub. No. 5059)
/"Bayou Belle" is a 25' scow that can be built as a sports utility, a fishing boat, or a houseboat.

"Bayou Belle" is a 25’ scow that can be built as a sports utility, a fishing boat, or a houseboat, depending on your requirements for pleasure offshore. As a sports utility, she can be used for towing water skiers and for cruising; as a fishing boat, she offers a stable platform with plenty of elbow room and stowage space. As a houseboat, she has roomy interior accommodations for a leisurely life afloat.  Construction of Bayou Belle makes use of prefabricated sections, which means that much of the work can be done indoors in the average garage during the cold winter months, and the boat completed outdoors in time for launching in late spring.

6 pages, 5 plate(s)

Marianne (Pub. No. 5145)
Ted Benze/Marianne has a catamaran hull to provide minimum drag and maximum speed with a 75-hp outboard motor.

by Ted Benze

What do you do if a family isn’t happy unless it’s afloat and the boat you have won’t float them all? The answer is simple: get a bigger boat. But when we went to look at bigger boats it soon became apparent that we couldn’t afford any we could use and didn’t like any we could afford. The solution was to design and build a boat that gives the most room for the least money—a houseboat. Marianne has a catamaran hull to provide minimum drag and maximum speed with a 75-hp outboard motor. She’s stable and will do up to 15 mph on flat water.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bayou Belle (Pub. No. 5152)
David Beach/Another Bayou Belle, this 24-foot outboard river cruiser boasts the comforts of home.

by David Beach

This 24-foot outboard river cruiser boasts the comforts of home.

Bayou Belle provides one designer’s solution to the search for an ideal river cruiser, and does so with the capabilities of the average small boat builder as a prime consideration. The structure is simple to fabricate and assemble, utilizing exterior grade fir plywood wherever possible. The structural members are of oak or yellow pine although locally available woods of equal strength are entirely satisfactory. Only a band saw and a tilting bed table saw are required besides the usual chest of hand woodworking tools and a power drill with screwdriver attachment. The outboard plan and profile shows a big pram-like hull on which is mounted a long cabin with four large windows on each side.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Serene--A Tabloid Houseboat (Pub. No. 5201)
Luther H. Tarbox/For vacationing afloat or for leisurely cruising, this tabloid power houseboat should appeal to many.

by Luther H. Tarbox, Naval Architect

LOA 27' 31/2", BEAM 10' 01/4", DRAUGHT 2' 9", WEIGHT 8532 LBS.

For vacationing afloat or for leisurely cruising, this tabloid power houseboat should appeal to many. Most folks would rate her as a slowpoke with her 9 to 12-mph speed range, but her spacious accommodations provide comfort that the faster boats of her length cannot begin to give. Examine her cabin arrangement and see what a world of room there is below. Just forward of the cockpit is a huge galley. Then comes the deckhouse with convertible berths to sleep four. In the forward cabin are lavatory facilities and storage space galore. The engine compartment, below the deckhouse floor, contains the engine, fuel tanks, a 110-volt lighting plant, and the starting batteries. Each fuel tank has a capacity of 65 gallons. Under the after cockpit, there are a 70-gal. water tank and a 14-gal. fuel-oil tank for the galley range. "Serene" has an outboard rudder with an airfoil section, flat on the starboard side and cambered on the port side. This camber is proportioned for a right-hand propeller and cancels out its tendency to shove the stern to starboard. If the engine you install turns a lefthand wheel, the cambered side of the rudder must be to starboard. Specified power is a Lathrop LH-4 gasoline engine with 2:1 reduction gear, developing 38 hp. at 1,100 shaft rpm. This will drive "Serene" at 10 mph and consume less than four gallons of fuel per hour. Almost any medium-duty marine engine or properly converted automobile engine that develops between 40 and 75 hp. at 1,200 to 2,000 rpm could be substituted.

8 pages, 7 plate(s)

Water-Wagon--A 20-Ft. Outboard Houseboat (Pub. No. 5238)
Rube Allyn/She has all the features of a fishing cruiser, house trailer, hunting lodge, family picnic boat, and exploration vessel.

"Water Wagon" is the first member of a new family of boats designed to appeal to outdoorsmen everywhere. She combines the best features of a fishing cruiser, house trailer, hunting lodge, family picnic boat, and exploration vessel. As a boat, she is surprisingly seaworthy. Her 51/2-in. draft will enable you to explore behind islands and in coves no other boat can reach. You can go right across sand bars, thus sometimes cutting in half the running time on a trip. Adequate speed is provided by one or two outboard motors. With the remote motor controls now available, one person can handle "Water Wagon"; but she’s fun to run even if you don’t have remote controls—simply use a seagoing bell system and have one person in the bow to act as pilot and another in the stern as engineer. Elimination of bilges allows 6 ft. 6 in. headroom. Two people can sleep in the cabin. Hinged upper berths could be added to accommodate two more. On the house top, two more can bunk down on the utility box and still two more can sleep on folding cots. A well-appointed toilet room and an enclosed shower add luxury to utility. For lovers of the rod and reel who can’t take the sun, the wheel wells can be used as inside fishing wells. Included in the accommodations are a comfortable dinette and a galley that has running water, a gas stove, and a 50-lb. icebox.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

Float-A-Home--A 21-Ft Houseboat (Pub. No. 5254)
Ernst Lanzendorfer/This houseboat is very stable, relatively easy to build and interior arrangement can be varied to suit your needs.

Designed by Ernst Lanzendorfer

A luxurious 21-footer, this houseboat is very stable, relatively easy to build and interior arrangement can be varied to suit your needs.

A Houseboat is a unique water craft in that it combines most of the comforts of home with the mobility of a boat. Of course, use is limited to sheltered waters, and speeds are slow in comparison to more seaworthy vessels. "Float-A-Home" is a 21-footer that provides plenty of living space for three or four persons. An extremely simple houseboat to build, it features a strong hull with a heavy keel and close-spaced framing. This, coupled with a relatively low profile, makes it a very stable craft. Features include a conning room designed to provide an unobstructed view forward and to the sides through glare-proof, swing-away windows. The settee behind the helm extends to make a full length berth, and in the main cabin, steps at the companionway can be removed to make way for a fold-away berth. Of course, the entire interior arrangement can be worked out to best suit your individual needs. Shown is an arrangement where a section of the after deck is left open to provide a patio effect on the starboard side, while the galley is to port.

6 pages, 5 plate(s)

Hoocares--A Tabloid Houseboat (Pub. No. 5414)

by E. Weston Farmer, N. A.

Plans and specifications for a miniature floating home which is driven by an outboard motor and which can cruise safely where the water is spread thin.

Some people seem to think that a small boat on the tabloid order, to be worth anything, must be the kind of hooker into which one can throw a dozen muffins at a moment’s notice, and with a beautiful slant of wind sail down to Cape Horn for afternoon tea. Along with numerous others, this humble writer has long differed with that contention. I am a firm believer in boats for a purpose. I believe that the most satisfactory boat to own is the kind of boat which actually fits the water in which she is nominally at home when roosting time comes and the hook slops overside into its usual resting place. Sailing tabloids have their mighty interesting points. In fact I am working right now on a salty little deep water lady and would be the last soul on earth to condemn them. But too much emphasis cannot be laid on the fact that a tabloid design, appealing to a man’s sense of economy coupled with the itch to own a boat, may often lead him to building a boat he has no particular need for, as after all, the great majority of boating done in these anxious days confines itself to day boating an hour or two from moorings. Ergo, we have Hoocares, patterned for sheltered waters and ditch crawling after the manner of the Holland hoogarts. She was designed for the man who knows that the bulk of his adventures will confine themselves to sleeping aboard a bit, to readings and mug-ups of a chilly Saturday afternoon, and to making use of her comfortable mobility in avoiding monotony of anchorages. Her name Americana of course, for hoogarts, which is Dutch for, well, it’s in the dictionary—and because of the adaptability of the general idea of the hoogarts to the uses this needed tabloid might be put to, I have swiped the general idea and made our little hooker something of a Dutchman—beamy, housed across her midriff, blunt of snoot and thin on the underfoot side. Lets have a look at her from the cruising standpoint. About the first novelty you’ll notice is the fact that you don’t have to grease your hide to get in and out of her accommodations. They’re actual instead of alleged. And paradoxical as it may seem, there’s absolutely full headroom, I don’t care how tall you are. The only place there is room enough for two man-sized feet is right under her ample hatch, although there is good footroom all along the face of the bunk, from the pail which acts as a sink, to starboard, past the Shipmate near the companionway over to the hinged lid which nonchalantly burns a Murad over what’s under. Hoocares in her culinary and sewage departments is as neatly arranged as I believe is conceivable.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

Comfort--A Scow Houseboat (Pub. No. 5433)

by C. A. Nedwidek

Design and building instructions for a popular type craft adapted to summer service and arranged to accommodate the entire family with a few guests   

Comfort, according to some may not be what they would call a boat, in one sense of the word she is not, bu~ she is a comfortable floating home, one, that if one should by any chance get tired of the scenery or locality can be moved to another. The actual construction of this scow houseboat is simple. No line to be laid down and faired up, as would be necessary on any other type of boat. Just straight away simple work, all square joints. With the possible exception of the hull itself the rest of the work is about the same as would be encountered in building a small frame house. If this job is tackled by the amateur boatbuildei the biggest problem he wifl be up against is to find a place~to build. This should be as near the water as possible for when completed it will be a very heavy and cumbersome craft to handle, particularly out of water.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

Budget Houseboat, A (Pub. No. 5463)

by Hal Kelly

The Budget Houseboat is like a camper that goes on water.

She's 20 ft. long with a 9-ft. beam, containing 300 sq. ft. of usable floor area. This means that while she can accomodate two in outrageous comfort, she can easily take a family of four on an extended vacation and be entirely self-contained. There are two full-size permanent bunks in the forward section of the cabin. The dining table, in the rear section of the cabin, seats four and then drops down to convert into an extra bunk 6 ft. 4 in. long and, 38 in. wide. Cabin headroom is 6 ft. 2 in., and two cots can be stationed to the rear of the cabin area. In the second place, The Budget Houseboat’s storage and work areas are just as much a marvel. She features a large-size enclosed head up front, room for a 4½-cu.-ft. fridge, sink and two-burner stove in the galley, storage and drawer under the sink, and storage under the bunks, dining table, rear cockpit, and in other scattered areas. Part of the storage in the cabin is a 2-ft-wide. hanging closet. The deck area doesn’t end on the cabin level. The Budget Houseboat sports a full flying bridge more than 6x9 ft. in size, with more storage area in it. The bridge has an alternate steering console, two seats and deck area for a couple of lounge chairs, plus the capability of taking a convertible Bimini top. But that’s not all. The Budget Houseboat may sound like a barge from the foregoing, but she handles like a dream. The little home-on-the-water-away-from-home is designed to hang a 30-hp outboard, and with this kind of power she can do 15 mph with four people aboard! Her draft is only 4 in. Piloting from the bridge is the way to go. Back her off to a cruising speed of 8 mph and the motor is just a whisper with gas consumption minimal. It’s quiet enough so you can listen to a radio under way. Two side windows slide open sideways, the front window in the cabin wings up, and there’s a good-size hatch-cover up front that can be opened to let the breeze drift through the boat. And there’s more. Since The Budget Houseboat is trailerable, you never have to worry about the campgrounds being full, on the water or on the roat When you're ready to camp just throw out the anchor and settle down for the night.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Placida--A 30' Houseboat (Pub. No. 5670)

by Robert M. Steward

For a summer facation on a lake or lazy river, build a 30-ft. pram bow houseboat.

The amount of water within the boundaries of our country is not ordinarily appreciated by the native coast yachtsman until his eyes are opened by an inland trip. Especially on a daylight flight the facts are realized, as innumerable placid lakes and lazy winding rivers slip in and out of view over the edges of the wings. It is only then that we become familiar with the homes of the famous inland racing scows and the majority of the thousands of outboard motors and hulls that have been produced in the past few years. For decades families have lived on these rivers in shanty boats tied to the banks. Others use this type of boat for summering amid serene surroundings as relief from the city, sometimes remaining in one favorite spot on river or lake, sometimes shifting as the spirit moves them. It is felt that the design of the scow houseboat Placida will fill the vacation need of many families.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Inland Clipper--A 31' Houseboat (Pub. No. 5674)

by Al. Mason

Exceptionally livable quarters for four people are provided in this comparatively small cruising houseboat. Length is 31 ft. 10 3/4 in.

The design shown on these pages is quite unusual, especially to those who are accustomed to seeing the staunch seaworthy boats generally found in any harbor along the coast or on the Great Lakes. In fact, the nearest approach to this type is the common scow type houseboat often seen anchored or even ashore on piles at the head end of our harbors, some of which are seldom moved year after year. This new type offers the maximum in comfort, space and accommodations and really is a home afloat.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Build a Dock Yacht (Pub. No. 5681)

by Weston Farmer

The outboard motor has been responsible for a development in sports afloat which has escaped general notice. This plebian but useful development is what the new crop of boatmen call a “dock yacht.” More properly, a dock yacht is a pontooned platform which forms an extension to a pier-and-plank dock when not in use, but which can be cast off at will and, under the urging of a kicker, slop about in great comfort for just plain rubbernecking, or fishing, or swimming.

11 pages, 2 plate(s)

So He Built a Houseboat! (Pub. No. 5683)

A 30-ft houseboat with its own boathouse.

by Townsend Godsey

When Jim Owen, nationally famous Ozark float outfitter, decided to heed the advice of his own literature—”If you’re too busy to fish, you’re too busy”—he might have chosen to do it all on float trips. But he couldn’t do that because a series of government dams on White River has just about ended his float-fishing operations. So he looked around and found the next easiest way to fish—off a plush houseboat.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

River Queen (Pub. No. 5701)

by Charles Bell

LOA 24', BEAM 8', DRAFT 10", WEIGHT 2,500, FLOTATION TO 8,640 pounds.

River Queen is a real houseboat that will accommodate a family of six.

She has all the comforts of home plus the ability to navigate inland waters. She is V-bottomed and has good stability even in a brisk breeze and moderate waves, but, of course, none but the foolish would try to traverse large bodies of water in a houseboat of this type because she is not intended for that. The barge on which the house is erected has 3 feet of freeboard so that she is a boat and with a Universal “C” drive 113 h.p. motor she will cruise at about 5 knots. The boat is ideal for calm river passages and secluded lakes and her 8-foot beam and light weight (for a houseboat) allows her to be trailered anywhere. The layout provides a spacious fore deck and an adequate after deck with controls located at the bow on the main deck and directly overhead on the sun deck. The sun deck spans the whole size of the boat and is reached by ladder from both the bow and stern. A most unusual feature of River Queen is her side decks which fold up quickly against the sides and let down in one-half minute once the boat is at anchor or nosed in against the bank This provides a walkway, fishing platform and boat landing around the boat which can be reached without going through the cabin. River Queen draws 10 inches of water, weighs 2,500 pounds, and has enough rigid Styrofoam in her bottom to float 8,640 pounds. Water could run through the cabin but the boat would not sink more than 2 or 3 inches.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

24-Ft. Outboard River Cruiser (Pub. No. 5737)

by David D. Beach

LOA 23' 11" BEAM 8', DRAFT APPROX. 17"

Shore comfort afloat for you and your family is possible with this cruising houseboat. Plywood construction makes this design super-simple. One 25 hp motor pushes her

VOYAGEUR! The name that was given the early explorers of our inland lakes and waterways brings forth a picture of intrepid wanderers who pushed the boundaries of our land westward in the 1600’s. No doubt the shades of Joliet, LaSalle, Champlain and Marquette are amazed by the developments along the free-flowing waters they first traveled. Many of the mighty rivers have been tamed by locked dams, and thousands of miles of new waterways exist where present-day yachtsmen enjoy speeds and comforts undreamed of by those doughty paddlers of birchbark canoes. And so, to continue the progress, here is a new design for today’s boating enthusiast. Voyageur is a lot of ideas rolled into one smallish package. It is family boating; it is leisurely cruising; it is comfort afloat, with economy of construction, It can be a plain craft of easy upkeep, or it can be built in the tradition of varnish and polished metal, to suit the tastes of the builder or owner.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Family Vacation Cruiser (Pub. No. 5750)

by David D. Beach

LOA 24', BEAM 8'.

“LADY 0’ THE LAKE” is the latest of a growing list of inland water cruisers from this designer’s board and contains much in the way of those items which experience has shown to be desirable in a boat of this type.

This most reäent design is influenced much by what has been suggested in lengthy correspondence with river-cruising enthusiasts who were intrigued by Voyageur, the similarly sized craft which was featured in the 1958 edition of this annual. While the basic requirements or specifications for Lady o’ the Lake are the same as for Voyageur, the present design is, it is thought, somewhat less complicated to build and a bit more suited to small-family cruising. Of course, there are some features in Lady o’ the Lake which might be the subject of some discussion, but since all designs of this type are in the nature of compromises, it is felt that what has resulted will appeal to the greater percentage of families seeking a craft for the larger lakes and inland bodies of water. Not that this boat is unsuitable for certain coastal waters, as the waterways along the East Coast and Gulf are entirely suitable for the present design, but the main considerations are for the requirements of lake, river and canal cruising. Looking at the outboard profile view, it is first noted that the three large windows make the craft one where visibility will be extremely good. As the window are all fitted with sliding panels, there will be no dearth of ventilation and pleasant breezes. The forward end of the craft is a fairly adequate cockpit set as low as possible to still be self—bailing in rainy weather. The after deck, at the sheer level, is fitted with hatches for ice and fuel. The railing around the after end of the cabin top is purposely fitted some distance behind the front edge of the cabin in order to tend to reduce the number of passengers who will want to lounge there. The profile appearance is somewhat improved by holding the topside railing from being placed too far forward. The single motor shown is mounted on an outboard bracket.

10 pages, 5 plate(s)

How to Build Channel Cat (Pub. No. 5756)

by David D. Beach

LOA 24'

Like to relax when you’re on the water and doyour cruising at a leisurely pace? Then this catamaran is for you.

The inland lakes and rivers have, in recent years, been dotted with a wide variety of pontoon craft. Some are built of oil drums, some with planking, some of plywood, and some of long lengths of welded, thin-shelled, large-diameter pipe. They are fitted with all sorts of canopies, shelters and cabins, with all sorts of conveniences or lack thereof. Some are carefully thought out and well built, but some are very crude. Taking their cue from the trends developing in the inland waters, Evinrude Motors developed and exhibited at the 1959—Motor Boat Show a novel appreach to the housefloat idea. Built as a show model, the craft revealed many ideas which excited a considerable amount of interest in the minds of the boating public. It stimulated the planning of the boat shown in the drawings accompanying this text which was designed to provide a craft most suitable to many uses on the rivers and sheltered waterways of the country. It is not a seagoing vessel, nor is it suitable for high speed. It is a craft for leisurely exploration and cruising, for day use by modest groups, and yet is capable of being used by two couples for extended week-end (or longer) cruises.

15 pages, 6 plate(s)

Pagan--A Pontoon Houseboat (Pub. No. 5801)

by Hi Sibley

For slow cruising in the grand manner, here is the ideal craft. Construction is simple, too, with easy-to-follow plans

If you are in a hurry this craft is not for you, but should you enjoy leisurely cruising and cool nights moored in some quiet cove "Pagan" will provide a full measure of content. You need not be a graduate shipwright to build her, as long as you have an appreciation of snug joints. The most important part of thc construction is the pontoons. A profile of the completed craft, as well as a suggested arrangement for built-in features, is shown in the plans. No how-to-build plans are included for the interior fixtures, as one should be guided by individual taste. Also, such equipment may often be purchased ready-made from a trailer manufacturer. Even doors and windows are available, ready to install. Louvered windows, operated through screens on the inside, can also be bought.

4 pages, 7 plate(s)

River Cruiser (Pub. No. 5806)

by Edson I. Schock

For leisurely eruising in calm water or gunkholing on that placid lake, here’s an 18-footer that spells pleasure for the builder as well as the sportsman

This little boat is intended for short cruises on rivers or well-protected lakes. She may be carried on a trailer. She is not recommended for open water. She would be very uncomfortable in rough water. In the cabin she has one single and one double berth, the double converting for daytime use to a dinette. There are a small toilet room, galley and sink, locker, icebox, stove. The stove shown is a Mariner alcohol two-burner, made by Homestrand, Larchmont, N.Y. There is a hanging space between dinette and toilet for shore clothes. The headroom is 5’, kept low for exterior appearance. Steering is from the forward cockpit seat, as shown, or from aft if you prefer. The wheel could be mounted on the after end of the cabin, and by standing on a grating a little above the deck you could see over the house.

9 pages, 4 plate(s)

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