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13' 4" Beginner's Sailboat (Pub. No. 5016)

(For Sail or Oars)
For racing or sport sailing, our Marconi-rigged beginner’s sailboat is not only simple and inexpensive to construct, but easy to handle and speedy under a variety of conditions. The boat gives a superior performance in light winds, yet the hull will ride over waves that would usually swamp a craft of this size.  It has an overall length of 13 feet 4 inches, and a 5-foot beam. Despite the sturdiness of the hull for its size, it should have, completed, a weight of oniy about 250 pounds, which makes transportation on a trailer easy.  Fleets of half a dozen or even fewer of these boats, matched against each other, will offer keenly competitive, thrilling, close-finish racing.  The Marconi cat rig provides for a fair proportion of the sail high near the masthead, where it is most efficient. The use of a sail track facilitates the removal of the sail so that it may be stored easily when not being used. This is an advantage that contributes toward longer life for the sail.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Seajack--A 15' Knockabout Sailer (Pub. No. 5021)

By Julius Fanta and Christ Sommer

Here are plans and details for building Seajack, a snappy knockabout sailer that meets the demand for a sturdy, well-built craft for comfortable going. Fifteen feet long, Sea jack is a lot of boat for her size, and yet ideal for single-handed sailing. The five-foot beam makes for a commodious cockpit and the safe pleasure of five or six persons.  The cat-rigged, 97 square-foot sail handles easily. If desired, Seajack may be sloop-rigged with a total spread of 120 square feet; the difference being in the jib’s area.  The entire rig is inboard so that stability is at a maximum. Weighing between 450 and 500 pounds, depending on materials, this sailer is conveniently rowed in dead calms, and light enough to be transported by trailer. The rudder is removable so that an outboard motor may be attached to the transom.  Simple to build, Seajack should be no problem to the amateur.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Falcon--A 14ft Centerboard Sloop (Pub. No. 5071)

"Falcon" is a small, speedy, sporty sailboat which handles well. Our tests on the original Falcon showed that she could easily out-distance boats of comparable size such as the one design class Snipe and Comet sailers. And she will pace neck and neck with 18 footers with considerably greater sail spread.

12 pages, 3 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)

Plover--A 15-Ft. Auxiliary Knockabout (Pub. No. 5220)

Here are plans and details for building "Plover", a snappy knockabout sailer that meets the demand for a sturdy, well-built craft for comfortable going. Fifteen feet long, "Plover" is a lot of boat for her size, and yet ideal for single-handed sailing. The five-foot beam makes for a commodious cockpit and the safe pleasure of five or six persons. The sloop rig of 121 square feet handles easily and is very efficient. The entire rig is balanced so that stability is at a maximum. Weighing between 450 and 500 pounds, depending on materials, this sailer is conveniently rowed if necessary, and is light enough to be transported by trailer. A model “B” Briggs and Stratton air-cooled motor is installed to ork the boat in a calm, and in and out of tight harbors or creeks. The little motor is self-contained, needs no batteries to operate and being air-cooled does away with water cooling troubles, a boon where heavy grass or muddy water conditions are encountered.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Sail Skimr--A 14 Ft Sailboard/Day Sailer (Pub. No. 5279)

by Donald H. Smith, N.A.

Well designed and easy to build; here is fun sailing at its best! This 14-ft. hull is surprisingly easy to plank since there are no twists anywhere.

Thre is a gap between what is generally called a sailboard and a full-fledged sail boat. "Sail Skimr" has been designed to bridge this gap and provide an easy-to-build, low-cost craft. Her 50” beam is generous for a boat of this type and there is plenty of freeboard which goes far in lifting "Sail Skimr" out of the sailboard class. Yet she is compact and sporty enough to give all the sailboard thrills without getting her crew so wet. The cockpit contributes greatly to crew comfort, allowing some place to put one’s legs and personal belongings. There is space under the decks to accommodate some limited equipment, if so desired, in addition to styrofoam flotation blocks. There are three simple rigs shown for this craft and there is also an option regarding choice of center or dagger board. The masthead or marconi rig is probably the best for those seeking speed while the lateen or gunter rigs are more suitable to portability and general handling. Sail area is modest, with an eye toward the novice sailor.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Rinky Dink-A 12 Ft Stitch & Tape Day Sailer (Pub. No. 5280)

by Pete Smyth

Sew this plywood hull together—then fiberglass it. Easiest yet!

To build the Rinky Dink you’ll need the following: 2 sheets exterior type plywood ¼” thick by 4’ x 12’; 1 sheet exterior type plywood ½” thick by 4’ x 8’; 10 yards of 44-inch fiberglass cloth, 10 ounce; 4 five-yard lengths of fiberglass mat, 2 ounce. Sufficient resin for the above. Basically, the boat consists of two sides; two bottoms and two transoms bonded together with fiberglass mat, tape and cloth. Rigitity is supplied by the seats and the
centerboard trunk.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Famous San Francisco Pelican, The (Pub. No. 5282)

by William H. Short

This champion “little ship” is easy to build, sail, handle, own and love.

The Annual San Francisco Trans-Bay Pelican Race has already become a popular classic. On June 11, 1966, the big event attracted Pelicans from all over California and Washington, and forty-two Pelicans participated. The race to San Francisco from Sausalito and return now includes a windward leg to test the Pelican’s tacking ability. She is smart to windward, too. Not a single Pelican capsized or met any trouble this year, although the afternoon breezes were fresh as ever. Throughout the planning research for the Pelican, the designer kept firmly in mind the challenge of San Francisco Bay’s strong winds and rough water. At the same time he was aiming at a design simple to handle-—and fast. The Pelican is a little craft capable of safely crossing San Francisco Bay’s main ship channel west of Alcatraz (the weather side)from Marin to San Francisco in the strong afternoon winds. On the face of it, none of this seems impressive, until the size and type of boat is known—-a stalwart 12-ft. centerboarder! Briefly, her great stability and buoyancy are created by combining the lines of the famous Banks fishing dory with the Oriental sampan. Foredecks, side decks and ample stern deck, make her exceptionally dry. Real coamings around the entire cockpit

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Skippy (Pub. No. 7049)

by Charles G. MacGregor

LOA 11 ft. 8 in., BEAM 5 ft., DRAFT BOARD DOWN, 3 ft., SAIL AREA 72 sq. ft., WEIGHT about 160 lbs.

Following is a list of the material required to build this boat. Many of the smaller items such as seat cleats, etc., are not included in this list but they can be made from scraps. Also where 1 inch thickness is specified for floors it is intended that 7/8 inch or better should be used, as much as can be obtained from the 1 inch rough stock after it is dressed. If preferred, Philippine mahogany or African mahogany may be used in all members. Do not however use oak on a glued watertight seam.

4 page(s)

Pup--A 12-Foot Cat (Pub. No. 7053)

Designed by William F. Crosby

LOA 12 ft., BEAM 5 ft., DRAFT (board down) 3 ft. 6", SAIL AREA 60 sq. ft.

The plan for the little boat presented herewith makes use of plywood throughout except for the keel, chine pieces and clamps. The sides may each be made in one piece and the bottom may be composed of two pieces, one for each side. The fact that it is only 1/4 inch thick need cause no concern because this is actually stronger than the material usually used in boats of this type. The skin of the boat is also reinforced by five sawn plywood frames and intermediate frames and stringers that leave but little of the surface unsupported. Before going any further, we wish to point out the fact that ordinary plywood is not suitable and will not stand up when used this way. The material must be Resin Bonded Waterproof plywood in which the bonding agent between the plys is phenolformaldehyde. It is highly important to use this type material for ordinary plywoods will buckle and separate in no time. The little boat is 12 feet long and 5 feet wide. She is a vee-bottom, having a very slight vee, and is rigged as a Marconi cat. The only real weight in connection with the hull is in the center-board and it is highly important to follow the specified material and size closely. Iron, not being as heavy as bronze, should not be used unless it is at least 1/16 inch thicker. It will be noted that there is no external keel on this hull. Instead the two bottom pieces of plywood come right down to the centerline where they are mitred together. For the entire length of the boat an inside keel is used the under side of which is veed downward to the exact angle that the bottom pieces form. A small molding may be used to cover the seam in the bottom pieces, but it is not necessary.

4 page(s)

Jacana--A Skiff for Racing or Day Sailing (Pub. No. 7058)

Designed by Charles G. MacGregor

LOA 14 ft. 6 in., BEAM 4' 8 in., DRAFT C.B. 3 ft., SAIL AREA 96 sq. ft.

Jacana is a fine looking, modern boat of nice form, being stable, fast and relatiuely easily built and she has no hard nips anywhere in her and was laid out, of course, especially to take waterproof plywood planking. The fixed draft of the boat wlaen the rudder is in place (to the bottom of the rudder, in other words), is about 14 inches.    She carries, 96 square feet of sail which is plenty because she is a light boat. It looks like more because the plan is so well balanced: The sail is divided up as follows: mainsail 71 square feet jib 25 square feet. It is passible to carry a larger overlapping jib which would be the same hoist as the working jib but 7 feet 9 inches along the foot. Your sailmaker can lay it out from those dimensions if you show him this sail plan.

4 page(s)

Here's Falcon--A 14-Ft. Sailboat (Pub. No. 5358)

by W. D. Jackson, N.A.

If you want an unusually sturdy and fancy sailboat, try building this 14-footer. Costs are quite low too.

Falcon is a small, speedy, sporty sailboat which handles well. Our tests on the original Falcon showed that she could hold boats of comparable size.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Family Boat Anyone Can Build (Pub. No. 5360)

By Cecil Boden, N.A.

Carol is an attractive 12-footer with a flair for fishing, speeding and sailing.

Every family with a few dollars to invest, and some spare weekends, should have a Carol. She’s a 12~ ft utility skiff which will appeal to fishermen and familymen who want something suitable for outboard motors up to 18 hp. Top speed is in excess of 20 mph with an 18 on the transom, while a tiny 3 hp motor will push her along at almost 8 mph. This boat’s hull has been designed to run efficiently over a wide range of speeds and, while safety will be reduced, can handle larger motors than 18 hp. Deep transom is designed for long-shaft models. The details of this good looking boat have been carefully checked and anybody can build from the plans that appear on these pages. There’s no “boxy” look about this craft—characteristic of many simplified designs—yet if the plans and instructions are followed it should go together easily. Carol is very stable and is ideal for family picnics, fishing and general use, or as a children’s sail boat. The bottom and sides are of 1/4-inch marine grade plywood. If the boat is to be kept in the water, it would pay to sheath the bottom in fibreglass cloth. This will keep the worms away and all you need do is antifoul the bottom twice a year.

7 pages, 4 plate(s)

Catboat for the Youngsters, A (Pub. No. 5369)

By Edson I. Schock

Well within the ability of the amateur, this tested little cat will prove a lively answer to the man who wants sailing action. Simple, inexpensive, she is an ideal project for that father-and-son sailing crew you have been dreaming of.

This is an ideal boat for children. She is about as safe as a small sailing boat can be, yet is well balanced and reasonably fast, in competent hands. She will carry four people comfortably in her roomy cockpit, and there is space under the deck for lunch, sweaters, and life preservers. Construction has been made simple to keep her well within the ability of the average amateur to build. She should always have a good resale value, if well built, as boats of this type are always in demand.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Sharon Potts-a 15' Knockabout (Pub. No. 5454)

by Edson I. Schock

This boat was intended as a one-design class to be built by the owners. They wanted a boat that would be easy to build, but the principal specification was speed. How well this requirement was met is shown by the fact that in handicap racing these "fifteens" give 18-foot round-bottom knocabouts a minute a mile head start, and beat them to the finish line. They are easily build, are light enough to carry easily on a small trailer,  and the material cost is within reason.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Build Your Own Fiberglass Sloop (Pub. No. 5470)

by Whittier, Robert J.

This boat utilizes a little-known method of fiberglass boat-building that does not require a mold.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Aquasail--A 11.5 Ft. Day Sailor (Pub. No. 5471)

by Bob Whittier

This little daysailer with sail and jib is ideal for teaching the beginner the fine points of sailing.

One hesitates to use me word perfect in characterizing a boat—-first out of a natural modesty, second out of the knowledge that one man’s dreamboat is another man’s dog. But in the case of AquaSail, we feel compelled to say it’s perfect. Adapted from an old design, AquaSail floats with just the right jaunty, perky air. Her stability is right on the button with no crankiness to spoil her sunny disposition. And her response is superlative. In just a puff or two of wind she darts forward nicely. Designed first for those who have no experience in either building or handling a sailboat, AquaSail also can satisfy the experienced sailor and builder. Designed for two, she’s large enough to be out of the toy boat class. But with a length of 11½ ft. and a beam of 5 ft. she gives no trouble to the beginner learning to handle a sailboat. Her hull lines are simple and free of troublesome twists, a fact to be appreciated by the inexperienced builder. Yet theyre clean and smart enough not to cause her to bob and drift as some badly designed boats do

5 pages, 2 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)

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)

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)

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