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Petrel-- A 16' Plywood Sloop (Pub. No. 5514)

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

"Petrel" is a sailboat that fulfills the greatest possible variety  of uses in one model, offering the builder either an open-cockpit racing craft with comfortable accommodations for day sailing or a snug cabin model with accommodations for overnight trips to distant points. Either model is constructed from the same basic design, and either model possesses unusual seaworthiness, stability, trim attractive lines, speed, and ability to handle well on all points of sailing. Marine plywood is used to plank, or more rightly, to cover this paragon of small sailers, offering lightweight, speedy and able performance, and permanent leakproof qualities, not to mention a minimum of labor and expense in construction. The construction of the two models—open cockpit or cabin—is identical up to a certain point. Due to the simplified construction, ordinary carpenter’s tools and only average skill are required to build the boat.

16 pages, 6 plate(s)

Gypsy--A 24' Motor Sailer (Pub. No. 5522)

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

"Gypsy" is a proven motor sailer that will outweather the best of the ordinary large or small cruisers. The original design was sailed some 6000 miles in all kinds of weather under all manner of conditions, and been out hundreds of miles from the coast line on the Gulf of Mexico and weathered blows that caused quite large boats to seek shelter. Over a period of six years the original design was tested and improvements made to make this sailer smarter and even more seaworthy. All of the good points of the original design were retained and everything that was learned and tabulated during its period of usage that would make operation and performance better was applied to this new and improved design.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Dart--A Fast 13' Daysailer (Pub. No. 5525)

Sailing is a word to conjure with. Its adherents range from owners of little gnatsize craft to those of huge schooners. Nowhere on the water is a greater variety of action or repose to be had than in sailing. It ranges from merely moving lazily in light breezes to bowling along with the wind whistling through the rigging and lee rails awash, giving action and thrills akin to flying. “Dart” Is a small two or three person sailing craft, designed for use on protected waters such as bays,  lakes, rivers or wherever sheltered waters are found. Its construction will repay the builder handsomely and provide a fast sailing craft, light in weight, easily transportable and cheap to construct with all difficult. joinery eliminated. It provides thrilling and economical sport.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Wings--A 13' Sailing Scow (Pub. No. 5526)

Extremely fast, safe, and able on smooth water, the scow or skimming type of sailboat is perhaps the most efficient hull form known, and one readily adaptable to home construction. The 13-foot skimmer “Wings” described and pictured here, is a true scow sailing craft. It has shown an excellent turn of speed, the ability to point closely, and is easily handled with one finger on the tiller. It is especially adapted to sailing wherever sheltered waters abound. Designed to build easily, difficult joinery work has been eliminated. Anyone with the aid of ordinary carpenter’s tools and a few clamps can build this sailboat and it will furnish incomparable sport and compare favorably with other fast hulls.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

12 ft Sailing Skiff (Pub. No. 5531)

A few weeks before the opening of lake and seashore navigation is a good time to decide on the type of craft you will want to use for the season’s cruising.  For the amount of labor and expense involved, few other boats afford as much genuine satisfaction as this 12-ft. sailing skiff, which was completed during vacation at the beach at an outlay of about $25 for materials. Practically every part was made with ordinary tools and the limited facilities of a shore resort. It can easily be duplicated by anyone who has had average experience with tools by following the accompanying diagram

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Chum--A 12' Lapstrake Daysailer (Pub. No. 5533)

Twelve feet of sailing boat—and how she can sail! If you’re looking for a small boat to bang about in, something that will scoot along under the slightest breeze, a craft that will give you sailing, with all the flavor of keen sport together with a fair element of safety—then, build “Chum.” “Chum” is of lap strake construction instead of batten seam, that is, each plank is lapped over the one below it at the seam instead of butting together backed with a batten as described in ‘Roamer,’’ “Flash,” “Crack” and some other boats in this list. A real classic "looker."

28 pages, 1 plate(s)

Flying Proa, The (Pub. No. 5540)

Strictly speaking, a sail-boat is a craft propelled by any sort or number of sails. Usually, however, the term sail-boat is restricted to an open pleasure-boat carrying a single sail, and rigged after the fashion called, for some inscrutable reason, the cat rig. When a pleasure-boat is large enough to have a cabin or carries a jib and mainsail, she is usually honored with the name of yacht, and is thus promoted above the rank of sail-boat. . . . The cat-boat is, then, always dangerous when in careless or incompetent hands, and sometimes unavoidably dangerous when managed by the best of sailors.  It is, however, the best and safest sail-boat which civilized boat-builders have produced, and we can not expect any thing safer from them. . . Nevertheless such a boat can be built, and with it two cool-headed girls can outsail the "Sappho" or the "Columbia" without risking any danger more serious than that of an occasional sprinkling of spray.  . . .The Feejee double canoe is not, however, the consummate flower of barbarian boat-building genius. It has been surpassed by the flying proa of the Ladrone Islands--a craft that combines to some extent both the hollow and the solid log ideas, and which merits a brief description here.

16 pages

Build a New England Sailing Dory (Pub. No. 5592)

"FLIGHT" is a speedy outboard runabout cruiser whose construction is brought within the scope of the amateur builder by the simple application of marine plywood planking. The benefits of plywood make this cruiser sturdy and useful for rugged cruising, fishing, inland commuting or as a workboat.  Flight is 19’ 6” long, with a 66” beam and very slight hull draft. The cockpit aft is amply large and roomy for fishing activities as well as for several folding-type deck chairs. Additional room inboard is the result of having the motor outboard. A Four-cylinder Elto Quad will drive Flight at a cruising speed of 25-30 miles an hour. A less expensive two-cylinder outboard is perfectly adaptable to Flight to acquire 15-20 miles an hour speeds.

6 pages, 5 plate(s)

Coot a 22 ft Sharpie (Pub. No. 5594)

by J. Emmett

"Coot" is meant to be old-fashioned looking: her Bugeye rig with masts sharply raked, the deadeyes and lanyards, the trail boards forward and the rodded windows of her house all combine to give a boat that’s different—one which will attract attention in any anchorage. Her hull is as easily built as the average large flat-bottomed skiff. Plywood used for cabin or hull simplifies building and keeps weight down, and the rig is not only efficient for the type, and fast, but cheap and easy to install. The result is a boat which will go anywhere there is water to float the average outboard driven craft, yet one which will be perfectly seaworthy in really rough going.  The cabin has berths for two at night, settees with sitting-up headroom daytimes, and cooking and hanging space. Outside there is a separate cockpit for whoever is handling the tiller; another for the rest of the party. Here is a graceful, shoal draft, simply constructed cruising auxiliary for two, of the famous Chesapeake Bay sharpie design.

12 pages, 6 plate(s)

Snorky a 14 ft Cat-Rigged Scow (Pub. No. 5595)

In "Snorky" we are offering one of the simplest of sailing boats. She is very easy to build and will hold her own in speed along with boats having much more complicated hulls. The tools necessary to build this boat are few. The usual tools found around the house will suffice. A saw, plane, hammer, and screw driver makes a complete outfit.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Panda a 15 ft ILYA Cub (Pub. No. 5596)

by J. J. Fanta

When the Inland Lake Yachting Association started its official one-design class for juveniles, girls as well, as boys, the aim was to have the boat’s construction simple enough for amateurs to build. By virtue of its stability, the Cub sail boat is especially adapted for “cub” sailors, youngsters under 16, for racing. 15 feet. 8½ inches long, the Cub is large and roomy enough to give the grown-ups lots of fun as well.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Pilgrim a North Shore Class 21 ft Sloop (Pub. No. 5597)

by Hi Sibley

The attached photograph so well illustrates the smart lines and fine sailing qualities of this sloop that nothing further need be said on these points. It was designed and built by Don B. Pedersen, Newport Beach, Calif., whose craftsmanship has made his an enviable name on the Pacific Coast. The owner, Lewis Stone (“Judge Hardy”) drew up the original specifications. Construction is round bottom, built-up deadwood type with 1,000 pounds of lead outside ballast. A 5-h.p., two-cylinder, four-cycle inboard motor with a 10x6in. two-blade propeller drives it approimately 9 knots under power alone, according to Mr. Pederson.

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Splinter a 20 ft Sailing Toothpick (Pub. No. 5598)

We have often seen the advent of sailing boats of long, narrow proportions which are wonderfully fast and furnish very exciting sport. While most of the “toothpick” designs have been fitted with fixed and weighted fins, the design which we present here utilizes a principle employed by some of the old-time French racing canoes.

4 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build a Super Sunray (Pub. No. 5599)

by Sam Rabl

The first edition of “How To Build 20 Boats” ever published carried in its pages plans for a boat that was destined to become an all time favorite with amateur boat fans. Her simple and inexpensive construction was the chief reason for her appeal to the builder. Her speed afloat permitted her to seriously compete with other small classes of her type. So her rig was iraproved and the boat modernized to eliminate any question of her superiority. The original hull was redesigned to incorporate the desired changes, and that a true "Super Sunray resuited was well proved by the regattas.

8 pages, 7 plate(s)

Conga a Peppy V-Bottom 12 ft Knockabout (Pub. No. 5600)

by C.B. Dawes

An ideal boat for the novice, this little 12-foot sloop presents no complications in construction, and the average individual who is handy with tools can tackle her with confidence, even if he has never so much as whittled out a toy boat before. "Conga" has the additional advantage of being an excellent craft in which to learn the fundamentals of sailing, as she is stable, well-balanced and easy to handle. She can be built entirely with hand tools, of materials easily obtainable locally almost anywhere. The drawings accompanying this article are unusually complete and detailed—for this reason the text will be kept to a simplified minimum. A careful study of the plans and list of materials should, by themselves, enable you to successfully construct this sailboat

7 pages, 6 plate(s)

Frosty a 9 ft Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5601)

by J. Julius Fanta

A fast sailing dinghy suitable for pleasure as well as utility purposes can be produced from these plans and details of Frosty. This 9 foot 8 inch craft is not only a dry, steady sailer, but also a snap of a job to build. Stiff and light, weighing about 55 pounds, it possesses weatherability and durability. With a capacity for four persons, it may be used for an all-purpose dinghy, namely for rowing, fishing or as a tender for a larger craft. The rudder is detachable. "Frosty" may be sculled with an oar in calms or driven by an outboard motor attached to the transom.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Junco a Fast 15 ft Center-Board Knockabout (Pub. No. 5602)

by F. W. Goeller

This fast little sailer is an excellent, simply constructed boat for day sailing or racing and has the easily planked arc bottom that has given such a good account of itself in the world-famous Star class type of boat.  Junco is available with the old-fashioned gaff cat rig, with which she carries a lot of sail, and also the more moderate modern Marconi knockabout rig which will be much easier to handle and more efficient to windward.  She has wide side decks so that if one takes a knockdown she cannot fill, and even were she to be laid down flat in a squall she would still float high because of the air trapped under the deck. She is a lively boat and a good looking job.

14 pages, 7 plate(s)

Petrel an 18-ft Round Bottomed Centerboarder (Pub. No. 5603)

by Chas. D. Mower

"Petrel" is a husky, shapely 18 ft. 9 in. round-bottomed center-board knockabout well adapted to day sailing, onedesign racing in a club, or even for overnight “cruising” for a couple of hardy lads. She swings 200 square feet of sail in a simple, efficient, modern rig, making use of a hollow box spar 29 ft. long from tenon to truck, or 26 ft. from top of deck to top of mast. The hull is a powerful one, with good firm bilges and easy lines fore and aft and she should be able to show a good turn of speed. The freeboard forward is 2 ft. 4 in., and only slightly less aft. There is a roomy cockpit 6 ft. long, and the side decks are 14 in. wide aft. The center-board trunk projects slightly into the cockpit, and the trunk itself is approximately 4 ft. long. The “snoring cabin” or cuddy is long enough to allow a couple of persons to lie down inside out of the weather, and there is room enough up forward for quite a bit of storage. The thing that fixes the draft of this little boat is the rudder, which extends 1 ft. 7 in. below the waterline. The draft of the boat with the board down can never exceed 3 ft. 9 in. (as this is the radius of the swing of the board) and as a matter of fact the board would probably never have to be carried all the way down, or vertical.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bonnie an 18 ft Plywood Cabin Sloop (Pub. No. 5604)

by Roland Cueva

We think you will agree that "Bonnie" combines about everything anyone could wish for in a small boat, from beauty of line to allaround utility and sound, simple, modern construction. She is of moderate size, shoal draft and ample beam; has a roomy cockpit for fishing and a comfortable cabin for overnight trips. Marine plywood (Super-Harbord) is used extensively throughout, and because of it intermediate framei and seam battens are entirely eliminated, without any sacrifice of strength. The fairly deep V in the bow insures a hull that will not pound and the stern will lift easily to following waves. A small Lauson air-cooled marine engine furnishes auxiliary power.

20 pages, 7 plate(s)

Crawfish a 21 ft Streamlined Ice Boat (Pub. No. 5606)

by E. A. Doty

Fast front steering craft with a snug, teardrop cockpit that will protect you from bitter winter winds.

An innovation in front-steering ice-boats is this aerodynamically streamlined cabin craft for those who desire protection from the frigid blasts. Graceful in line and appearance, "Crawfish's" body hardly interferes with fast sailing qualities, because it is ultra-streamlined so that air resistance is minimized to the utmost. Lightly built, its weight is neglible. With an overall length of 28', "Crawfish" has 175 sq. ft. of sail, classifying her as a Class C racer. The cockpit has room for one person beside the pilot.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

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