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Tern--A 12 ft Scow (Pub. No. 5074)

by C.T. Allen

Many a “stink pot” addict will take a second look at. "Tern" because she planes in modest breezes, is easy to handle, and her streamlined prow and pod-shaped, “inland scow” type hull offer slight water resistance. Then too, there’s a charm about the tiller of a sailer that’s not matched by the wheel of a motor-powered boat. Part of it is the challenge of making the most of nature’s free-wheeling breezes. Even with her 72 sq. ft. of sail, "Tern" is remarkably stable, and packs as many as four persons  I have hauled "Tern" into three states, so I know she’s rugged and easy to launch. For thousands of inland lakes, "Tern" is the answer to sailing water sport. And she's remarkably easy to build. Common hand tools are all you really need, and I built mine while vactioning at a woods cabin.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sea Mite--A 10 ft Sail or Power Catamaran (Pub. No. 5080)

by William D. Jackson

"Sea Mite" is a sailer—"Sea Mite" is an outboarder—"Sea Mite" is the all-around shoal-draft utility boat you’ve wanted for protected-water fishing, hunting, and Sunday sailing.  At the waterline the inverted-V bottom, 65-in, beam, and 3-in, draft combine to give two slim hulls that move through the water with the lightest breeze or smallest outboard motor without putting up an argument The hull design also eliminates need for a centerboard, making Sea Mite an excellent sailing trainer. Depending on local lumber prices, $65 to $75 covers the cost of materials and, if you have a handsaw, you can get the hull ready for the water in about 50 hours.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pelican (Pub. No. 5089)

The craving to venture forth upon water fills an instinctive love for freedom and adventureone best fulfilled with sailing craft. Slender spars, taut sails in a favoring breeze, an able boat—fast and seaworthy, sailable in any waters, the "Pelican" is an ideal companion. Young people of eight or eighty love its many desirable features, including low cost and ease of building. Handling with one finger on the tiller, coming about in its own length, sailing close and traveling fast, Pelican is a paragon among its kind. Ordinary hand tools may be used to fabricate this splendid sailing craft, and the construction is especially designed to eliminate arduous labor and expensive material.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

19 ft Cruising Sailboat (Pub. No. 5101)

(For Outboard Auxiliary)

This cabin sailboat is ideally suited either for day sailing or for extended cruising over varied waterways. If you build this beautiful 19-foot craft—and it is fortunately quite easy to construct for a boat of its size—your vacation problems will be solved. The waterproof cabin offers a small but comfortable home for as long as you wish to stay afloat. It is a practical cruiser in every respect.  The design is exceptionally seaworthy, and the full 7-foot beam provides sufficient stability to withstand any sudden blow. The modern Marconi sloop rig and perfect balance assure, for both light and heavy winds, a combination of unusual speed and excellent handling qualities under sail.  A small outboard or inboard motor may be used as auxiliary power. Unless the motor is to be run a great part of the time, an outboard is preferred, as it will not cause any drag while the boat is under sail.  Two permanent bunks are provided in the cabin. On extended cruises a canvas cover can be erected over the cockpit, the boom being used as a ridgepole. This will make the cockpit serve as part of the cabin, and sleeping accommodations can then be arranged for one or two additional persons provided the cockpit seats are extended to form extra bunks. Largely because of the extensive use of waterproof plywood, the entire boat can be built to weigh as little as 700 pounds, or even considerably less if plywood is used for planking as well. The boat may be carried on a two-wheel trailer.

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

Missile--A 19 ft Racing Sailboat (Pub. No. 5103)

by C.T. Allen

Small craft designed for the backyard boatbuilder who wants competition or just plain speedy sailing at minimum cost.

"Missile" is designed to be the first boat around the finishing buoy, regardless of the competition or varying wind conditions. To do this consistently, the underwater hull design has been chosen to give maximum speed and maneuverability. And, because top speed and close maneuvering each depend on your boat’s ability to hang on the wind and be stable at any angle of heel, a fin keel was used.  The fin keel is bolted to its hanger and can be removed or installed in minutes when launching "Missile" or loading it on a trailer.  Further and somewhat surprising dividends of this design are the ease with which the boat can be built and the low cost of materials due to the absence of centerboard, centerboard trunk, steamed planking, and complicated stem and transom assemblies.  The original model used Crezon plastic-overlaid plywood for planking and deck, eliminating costly priming, or use of special paints or coatings to get the fine finish so necessary to successful sailboat racing. For economy, however, 3-ply, fir exterior plywood available at your local lumberyard may be used. Also, if the cost of 20-ft. plywood panels is more than you wish to pay, stock 8-ft. lengths may be used along with butt-joint battens.

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

Zephyr--A 14' Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5106)

by Chas. H. McAlary

This fleet 14-ft. boat combines strength with light weight, and is easily maneuvered. It carries 140 sq. ft. of canvas and weighs about 350 lbs. Approximate cost of materials, including sail, steel centerboard, hardware and rigging is $125 to $150, [in 1941] according to location.

24 pages, 4 plate(s)

Buddy--An 18' Tabloid Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5109)

Designed by S.S. Rabl as a sequel to his famous “Picaroon”

The subject of small cruising boats has always been one which is close to the hearts of those who love boats and the ways of the sea. Salt-water sailormen have had a champion in this Chesapeake Bay naval architect, Sam Rabl, for he understands the ways of boats. particularly small cruising boats, as few men do. He has been the champion of the Chesapeake Bay style of simplified construction, and has turned out a number of tabloid cruising boats which have made boat lovers’ mouths water. The most famous of his designs was little Picaoon, meaning Petty Pirate. Published in a boating contemporary of How to Build 20 Boats she was immensely popular. Her owner cruised her all along the Bay, and she was built in every port in the world--Paramaribo, New York, Singapore, New Orleans, Duluth-—everywhere. A later version named Peggy was designed, but she was too deep, and not as sweet as Pic. So in presenting the last ward in tabloid cruisers, it was learned that Sam was doing Pic over, mainly changing the cabin. Buddy is the result. She is as sweet a little hooker as we have seen, and we present her, a jewel among boats, as a delectation for those souls who crave
adventure in a stout ship of their own.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Tubby--A 12-ft. Sailing Scow (Pub. No. 5123)

by Sam Rabl

Here’s the water baby for you amateur boating fans who want to build and sail your own craft but find that the average job is beyond your means or your ability to construct. "Tubby” is a sailing scow that can be handled safely in any water fit for small boat sailing, white the construction is simplicity itself.

LOA 12', BEAM 4'.

With the recent successes we add to our series of easy to build craft another little packet in the same trend. We have received numerous letters and photos of the completed products from men and boys who had never before attempted the construction of a boat and without exception all of them are very creditable jobs. Numerous letters were received from timid souls who were afraid to tackle the construction of a craft of "Sunray’s" complexion; and as an answer to those letters we are presenting "Tubby", the ultra-simple little boat here shown. A cursory examination of the plans will show the simple scow construction with very few pieces requiring a bend (there are only two), and no complicated centerboard to bother with. The scow type may at a glance seem a boat unsuited for sailing but we only have to point out the Dutch craft famous for their sailing and their ability to set down on the hard at low tide. Tabby isn’t Dutch by any means, but follows a type of craft fast disappearing from the Chesapeake Bay which before the advent of the motor truck carried most of the building stone between Port Deposit and points on the bay. Most of them were large sloop rigged craft.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build this Olympic Monotype Sailboat (Pub. No. 5124)

Designed by Edson B. Schock

We are mighty proud to present here plans for one of the sweetest lined little craft we have seen in many a moon. The Monotype class was the official one-design boat in the recent Olympic games, and comes from the board of the most famous of West Coast designers, Mr Edson B. Schock. Here’s a boat to be proud of. The Olympic Monotype, which might be called a centerboard catboat with “V” bottom, is unsurpassed for light to medium weather sailing. The low cost of construction and the fact that it requires a minimum use of the steambox and no elaborate tools, make it an ideal craft for home building; while the comparative safety with which it can be handled makes it ideally suited to the requirements of the younger generation of yachtsmen. Furthermore, the fact that this design has been officially adopted indicates the prestige which it enjoys among those who build and sail good boats. It is modestly hoped that this article will inspire the construction of this type of craft in and around yachting centers to the extent that Monotype clubs might be organized, thus promoting the sport from the competitive angle and making the boats of proportionately greater value.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

Tar Baby--A Midget Dinghy (Pub. No. 5126)

by Walter E. Stewart

Here’s a V-bottom dinghy which you can build in two weeks’ spare time. Seven feet long, she can seat four people and can be used as a sailboat, rowboat, or with an outboard motor. She’s simple to build and no special tools are required.

You can build this fine little V-bottom dinghy in two weeks’ spare time, at home, with a few ordinary tools, and at a cost about one-fourth that which would be charged by a professional builder. "Tar Baby" is first of all seaworthy and safe, she will keep you dry in choppy waters, she rows easily, sails like a witch, and will step along with an outboard motor. She is a lap-strake, V-bottom design seven feet long, and 42 inches beam. She will seat and carry three people comfortably, and four can be crowded in with safety. All frames are straight pieces, require no bending, and the planking can all be bent by hand without steaming. An amateur with average knowledge of tools can build her from the accompanying plans, and when finished she will have all the earmarks of a professional job. "Tar Baby" is normally a yacht or motorboat tender, and in this service will do as well, and look as good as a great many stock boats costing four or five times as much. But she is more than a tender, the addition of a centerboard and sail converts her into a fast and able sailing dinghy which will more than hold her own in the increasingly popular dinghy races.

9 pages, 4 plate(s)

Bouncer--A Fish Class Sailboat (Pub. No. 5127)

by Warren H. Miller

This is an improved version of the famous Annisquam "Fish” Class Marconi rigged catboat. Mr. Miller built his boat as pictured here, making even his own sail. All of this fine adventure in boatbuilding is here told with that fine frankness which characterizes the old salt from ‘way Down East in Massachusetts. The popular Fish class racing cat was built by a sole yard, Montgomery of Riverdale, Mass. About three hundred of them have been put out so far (1933), fast, light, seaworthy. The rig is Marconi, a twenty-five-foot mast. It is a picturesque little yard, a construction shed or two on a tiny salt creek flowing into Annisquam River, and maybe a dozen of the dainty little cats, being rigged and finished for shipment, in a row by the launching stage. Mr. Montgomery himself designed the lines of the original "Fish", another case of a native genius like Archie Fenton of Gloucester memory. He has had imitators. But nothing turned out could compete in a race with the true "Fish". As I wanted a boat that would be able in short, choppy seas on lakes and sounds of different behavior than the ocean seas around Annisquam, I took slight liberties with the Fish class forefoot. The true stem has a radius of not less than three feet and sweeps up in a long curve that gives finer entrance lines but less lift forward against short, steep seas. As may be noted by the drawings herewith, a two-foot radius was chosen for the stem, the lines being otherwise about those of the true "Fish."

16 pages, 1 plate(s)

15 Ft. Knockabout (Pub. No. 5134)

Designed by Edwin Monk, Naval Architect

Generous freeboard and clean lines distinguish this simple, well-designed Knockabout. Though its performance delights experts, the craft is what its name implies, a safe, stable sailboat for family fun on inland water. Anyone can build it, for the joinery involved is straightforward carpentry. Planking is exterior-type fir plywood, which makes any boat easy to build—and when built, better.

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

Nimble (Pub. No. 5139)

by V.P. Crockett

Want a real boat? Build this sweet and salty 30 ft. schooner!

One of the smallest schooners to sail the Maine coast, this “big-little” thirty footer is fun to sail and a joy to own. Designed and built for the rugged waters of Maine, she is at home in deep water anywhere. Strongly and heavily built, she sails well in light air and when it is really blowing she can take it with the best of them. With her saucy sheer and down-easter look she reminds many people of the old timers that were once so plentiful on the coast. The accommodations in this little schooner are very spacious for her size. She has an extra-large galley with sink, icebox and stove and ample space for dishes and stowage. Her toilet room is good size and includes a large linen locker and wash basin. Forward of the toilet and galley are the main cabin berths which double as seats. Upper berths may be added to sleep four in the main cabin. In the forward cabin there are two berths and ample storage space. One of the keynotes of this design is the lack of frills or gimcracks. She was designed for comfort and sea-going ability with the accent on common sense design. The engine is a 16 HP Palmer which gives a good honest 51/2 knots without any fuss. Her sail plan is moderate and it has to be really blowing before reefing is thought of. Although this boat was designed, and the plans drawn, for professional builders there have been many of the plans purchased by amateur builders and there is no reason why, if one is patient and takes his time, the amateur builder could not build a boat to be proud of.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

First Mate (Pub. No. 5143)

by V. B. Crockett

This design combines maximum of seaworthiness with minimum of cost.

The "First Mate" is just what the name implies; a small cruising sailboat that the first mate can handle without any trouble. Built on the heavy side for a boat of her size, she is an exceptional small sail boat. Rough water doesn’t seem to bother her and she is at home in smooth water also. This boat can be built with an auxiliary motor if desired, but a 10 HP outboard hung over the transom can get you home any time when the wind dies. The "First Mate" is designed for one who wants maximum seaworthiness with a minimum of cost. She is not too expensive to build and can be used for overnight cruising with comfort.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sabot (Pub. No. 5160)

There’s eight feet of fun and usefulness packed into this sturdy plywood pram dinghy.

The plans herewith are those of an eight-foot, lightweight pram of the following dimensions:
 Length overall 7 feet 11 inches
 Beam 4 feet 0 inches
 Depth 16 inches
 Sail area 36 square feet
A centerboard has been installed in place of the original leeboard, the sliding gunter changed to Marconi rig and a rudder and tiller instead of the steering oar. The vee bottom is slightly more difficult to build than the flat bottom, but is superior especially for sailing and towing. The hard or sharp chine is simple in construction, but the flat chine is better, improving the looks and making rowing and towing in a heavy sea safer.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bonni II (Pub. No. 5163)

This sturdy, 18-foot auxiliary sloop features seaworthiness and comfort.

by J. A. Donohue

Back in 1940, the boating editor of "Mechanix Illustrated" undertook to design and build a boat to meet the requirements of a majority of readers. It seems that practically everybody wanted a boat with an engine and a vast majority liked sailing, so it was quickly settled that the boat should have both sail and power. Then, too, most people wanted a boat of moderate size and ample beam with a roomy cockpit for fishing and a comfortable cabin for overnight trips; shallow draft was desired, so that a dinghy would not be needed and the boat might be beached if necessary; V-bottom hulls were first choice because of their seaworthiness and ease of construction; a fair turn of speed was wanted, both under sail and power; and last, but far from least, the boat had to be well built at moderate cost. How well the designer met the requirements is evidenced by the continued popularity of the original "Bonnie". Some fourteen years later, Dick Donohue, of Seattle, Wash., bought a set of plans. Before he got around to building, he had the opportunity to buy a second-hand set of sails, mast, boom and rigging from a Mercury Class boat. Knowing that "Bonnie’s" sail area, about 165 sq. ft., was very close to that of a Mercury, he decided that with some careful figuring he could adapt the plans and come up with a workable design. Other changes were incorporated, mostly because of a desire to reduce the costs even more than in the original "Bonnie". The result, a lighter boat with a new sail plan, is now presented anew as "Bonnie II".

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Triton (Pub. No. 5164)

by Robert M. Steward

This 19-foot day sailer is also a fine racing sloop.

"There are darn few popular small boats,” said Rudder Editor Leonardi, “with enough room to take Aunt Agatha out sailing.” And so we have "Triton", designed as a safe wholesome day sailer with a moderate sail plan, suitable either for family use or as a one-design racing class. It is inevitable, of course, that hardy youth will cruise overnight in a boat 19 feet 6 inches long, and for this reason a cuddy has been incorporated in the design for protection from the weather. Beam and freeboard have been made generous for stability and dryness and her arc bottom will not be hard to drive under sail, although "Triton" has not been designed as a light-weight racing machine. The hull, properly built, will stand much abuse and the choice of materials is wide, permitting the boat to be built anywhere.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

King Kat (Pub. No. 5165)

by Keith Vining

Slung from a bipod mast, the lateen rig of this cat gives maximum performance on either tack or reach.

"King Kat" is a classy little catamaran that’s easy to build and easy on the pocketbook. What’s more, it sports a rig which makes it perform like a dream. The triangular sail, stretched between a sloping yard and a boom, has been slung from a short mast for almost as long as men have sailed. Apart from being beautiful in silhouette, it’s an efficient airfoil. A disadvantage has been that conventional (if stubby) mast. Of necessity, the yard and boom are slung to one side. This is fine when we’re racing along with the sail on the lee side of the mast, but what happens when we want to come about? Then the otherwise perfect sail wraps itself around the mast like a wind-swept skirt on a damsel’s leg--only the result isn’t so satisfying. Gone is the advantage, and unless we can find some way to hustle that sail around to the other side of the mast, what’s gained on the starboard tack is lost on the port, or vice versa. What’s needed is a sky hook to hold that yard up--and what we have in "King Kat" is practically that. But we have a pair of sturdy plywood legs holding that “hook” up and a stub mast to tie down the boom. Practical? Yes indeed, for on a catamaran we have a base broad enough to spread that bipod far enough to leave the sail clear at all times. Better yet, there are no stays to worry about. The top of the mast can be parted by loosening one nut, the bottom unhooked by tipping the legs outboard, the boom released by removing a pin and the whole wrapped up under the arm. The cat can then be used as an outboard.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

Carinita (Pub. No. 5166)

by A. Mason.

No matter what you want in a sail, this 20-foot stoop will fill the bill.

(Publisher's Note: Those with a secret and guilty affection for the old "Amphibicon" will like Carinita).

"Carinita" was designed for the amateur builder who desires something more than a typical day sailer, not a full cruising boat but a fast sailboat that has limited accommodations sufficient for an occasional overnight cruise yet without the higher building costs associated with keel boats of this size. While two fixed berths with lockers and shelves for food, dishes and stove are provided, there is also ample stowage space for a portable icebox, a watercloset of the bucket type for economy’s sake, sails, water bottles and all the other equipment one usually requires for an overnight cruise. "Carinita" will be exceptionally seaworthy and her full beam at the waterline will provide sufficient stability to withstand any normal sudden summer blow. With certain modifications to the cockpit and cabin entrance "Carinita" would be eligible to meet the requirements of the English Royal Ocean Racing Club Junior Offshore Group, more commonly known as the J.O.G. class, as w

21 pages, 3 plate(s)

H-28, The (Pub. No. 5167)

by L. Francis Herreshoff

Living is easy and sailing is fun when you head out to sea aboard this 28-foot auxiliary cruising ketch.

H-28 was designed for the man who has only a limited time to sail, but would like to go somewhere and back in that time. It was designed to be a boat that could be quickly gotten under way for a sail on a summer evening, a boat that could ghost along in light breezes as well as stand up to anything she might get caught out in along our Atlantic coast in the summer time. She is wider on deck than an ideal sea boat should be (particularly aft), but that is to secure maximum deck space and to make her drier in a chop.

24 pages, 3 plate(s)

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