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12 ft Scow Sailboat (Pub. No. 5011)

(For Sail, Oar or Outboard Motor) Simple and inexpensive to build, this extremely fast scow-type sailboat recommends itself to sportsmen who wish a light, serviceable craft for lake, bay, river or other protected waterway. This particular boat is agile, and extremely fast. She points high, and responds quickly to the pressure of one finger on the tiller. Being close-hauled, she comes about in her own length. The usual sailboat is heavy, making it difficult to transport, but this type, weighing oniy 200 pounds complete, can be carried on top of an automobile or on a trailer. The spars are not hard to carry, and the sailing equipment, which is removable in a few minutes, is easily stowed. Without sails, the hull makes a satisfactory boat for hunting, fishing or general use, since it can be propelled by oars or outboard motor like a sneakbox. Sailing equipment is readily made from ordinary materials.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Zip--A Class "C" Racer (Pub. No. 5027)

by J. Julius Fanta and Douglas P. Rolfe

"Zip,” the bungleboard scow type sailboat described here is designed primarily for protected waters where the wind is ample and the waves slight. Other than catamarans and Windsurfers, Inland scows are the fastest type of sail boat afloat—capable of 15 to 20 miles an hour speeds. If you want one of the world’s speediest designs, here it is!

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

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)

Tabu- A Planing Sailer (Pub. No. 5169)

Designed by William Jackson

By combining new materials with improved techniques of water dynamics, this sports sailer brings about a new concept of high-in-the-water speed sailing

Speeds of up to four times faster than conventional sailers of comparable size are possible with the "Tabu". To achieve this speed, it rides over the surface instead of forcing its way through it. It performs much like the outriggers made by the Polynesian Islanders whose handmade craft often exceeded 20 mph. Several years of research have gone into designing this sailer. By following the designs given in this article you can build a craft just like the one that we came up with and proved to be a successful planing sailer.

16 pages, 7 plate(s)

Sea Flea (Pub. No. 5187)

by William D. Jackson

Two plywood panels sandwiching a bare minimum of inner framing make up the unusual constructipn of this demon midget sailer. Also out of the ordinary for today’s sailing craft, though the type goes back about 1500 years, is its sailing rig—the lug rig—which is better suited to a small craft such as "Sea Flea" then the more usual Marconi rig. The Marconi rig would require a taller mast with many stays and spreadera; the lug rig utilizes short, easily dismantled spars that can be carried atop an auto as conveniently as the boat itself.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

Manu--A 30 mph Planing Sailboat (Pub. No. 5300)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

Have you ever sailed in a planing-type sailboat? If you haven’t you have a real thrill awaiting you. The difference between sailing a planing-type sailboat and the conventional displacement-type sailboat is about the same as chugging along in an outboard powered, displacement-type row boat as compared to breezing along in an outboard planing-type runabout. It’s a remarkable experience to actually feel the hull of a planing sailboat rise and go skimming across the surface of the water at 18 to 30 mph! That’s faster than the American Cup Defenders will do, which, of course, are long sleek displacement-type sailboats. "Manu’s" tremendous speed is due to (1) a new concept in design and construction of hull and sails and (2) a vastly different theory and technique of sailing than that used for sailing displacement sailboats.

24 pages, 9 plate(s)

Australia's Rainbow (Pub. No. 5365)

by I. Campbell and S. E. Hills

Few boats are easier to build than the 12-foot Rainbow.

It is Tasmania’s most popular class and is sailed in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia as well. In the early 1940s H. J. Hill of West Australia believed that he had the answer to the VJ. He designed and built a 12 foot craft that was simple in design, light, and fast to sail. Today it is the strongest class sailing in Tasmania and South Australia, is very prominent in Western Australia and is becoming popular in Victoria and New South Wales.  The Rainbow excels itself on the planing run where the flat bottom design allows it to take full advantage of its considerable sail area which is 90 square feet of working sail plus a 70 sq ft spinnaker. This scow is fast on all points of sailing. It is sailed on its chine in true scow fashion and this has the effect of reducing pounding and lengthening the waterline. These qualities combined with the ease of building has made the Rainbow a very popular class. Watertight bulkheads make the boat safe. Venturis bail the boat dry in a matter of minutes after a swim. This feature makes it a safe boat for youngsters. The Rainbow is fitted with a 4 ft 4 in. centreboard made of timber which is 1 ft 2 in. wide. The trapeze gives it good stability. Length is 12 feet, beam 3 feet 10 inches with a maximum depth of 1 foot 31 inches. Minimum weight is 120 lb.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Tiny Bear--A Junior Moth built of Plywood (Pub. No. 5495)

by J. Julius Fanta

Here is “Tiny Bear,” a junior Moth class scow-type sailboat that is about the easiest craft to build. Ten feet long and weighing only 70 pounds, it is as fast as it is small and light. It is intended for sailing by youngsters on protected waters, which are undisturbed by sizable waves. Grown-ups, too, will find equal enjoyment in sailing this craft, as there is ample room for two in the cockpit. So simple is the construction that “Tiny Bear” can be built in two or three days with no special tools. The construction is surprisingly simplified and expedited by planking the entire hull with ¼” plywood or Prestwood. The tedious job of fitting narrow planks is alien to this project. Good news is the fact that only one frame is necessary to mould the hull. Making this single mould frame is the logical beginning when building. Use ¾” by 4” rough pine for the frame and size it according to the accompanying sketch. White pine of ¾” stock is suitable for making the transom and bow plate. 8pp., 5 plates.

8 pages, 4 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)

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)

Zipper a Fast 20 ft Plywood Racing Scow (Pub. No. 5607)

by Dave Hammell and Sam Rabl

"Zipper" will pass anything of her inches, and her hull represents new development, having four chines in lieu of the conventional two. The shape of the bottom is a development of true streamline flow, the brain child of Dave Hammell of M.I.T., whose graduates in naval architecture have made names for themselves all over the world.

11 pages, 3 plate(s)

How to Build Solution--A 16' Sailing Scow (Pub. No. 5663)

Designed especially for those who want a practical, unpretentious sailboat which is easily and quickly built at low cost, Solution is simply a scow with hull refinements that enable it to carry a 21½-ft. stepped mast and about 140 sq. ft. of sail. The plywood bottom curves in a long, unbroken sweep from the stem block to the transom, while the sides curve out to the beam width back of midships and then fair in to the transom in a smooth, fiat curve. Because of these construction refinements, the hull rides easily and planes smoothly when you pick up a good breeze on the long reach of the tack. The unbroken curve at the gunwale adds to its trim, seaworthy appearance.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Bilgeboard Scows (Pub. No. 5714)

by Edwin M. and T.M. Chance

In the early 90’s a type of shoal-draught boat was introduced in England that came to be known as the Half-Rater. These boats were from I2 to 15 feet waterline length, with extreme overhangs forward and aft. The English boats were generally rigged with either a modified lug, or a sliding gunter, mainsail' with a jib carried either to the stem head or on a short bowsprit. In the United States the boats were developed both as true fin keel types, carrying a bulb of lead on a plate fin, and as centreborders. The owners and designers of English boats were inrested in the American boats and for that reason races between the two countries were suggested. The first contests were staged by the Seawanhaka-Corinthian Yacht Club for the Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup and were sailed between half-raters of this type, the foreign challenger being the Spruce IV and the American defender Ethelwyn, the challenger losing the series. The racing of these small boats led a number of the men interested in the class to develop hulls of greater displacement and carrying more sail, permitting the use of larger crews. From this foundation arose the unrestricted classes of the Massachusetts Bay Yacht Racing Association.

24 pages

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