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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)

14' Sailing Dinghy and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5647)

(A full-keel "dinghy")

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Book of Boats"

by D.F. McLachlan

Those boys who live on or near the sea-coast must have from time to time looked with delight at the numerous small handy sailing-yachts, which, steered by their owners, are constantly cruising about our firths and estuaries, and visiting the various watering-places and shipping towns round our British coasts.  Of late years small-boat sailing has secured a great hold among those who take an interest in yachting, and nothing has done more to effect this than the sailing dinghy, besides placing practical yachting within the reach of those whose limited incomes would otherwise have prevented them taking any interest in it.  A boat such as I am about to describe has all the advantages of the open boat, combined with the buoyancy and safety of the decked yacht. She will sail fast and tramp to windward like a one-rater, besides being about as handy a boat as anyone could wish for single-handed sailing; and for a coasting trip is far before an open boat or a canoe yawl.  Her length is 14 ft., and with a beam of 5 ft., which gives great stability, and a depth of 3 ft. 6 in., drawing about 2 ft. 6 in. of water, which allows her to enter most harbours even at low water.

23 pages

10' Sailing Skiff and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5648)

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Paper"

by D.F. McLachlan

Boat-sailing, especially in the small classes, has of late become very popular, and nothing has done more towards this than the introduction of the small centreboard skiff. She is very light, and can be easily beached after every trip, thus doing away with the necessity of moorings, etc. Her light weight also makes her an ideal pulling boat.  This type of boat has now been in vogue for many years on the Clyde and west coast of Scotland, and its weatherly qualities are there well known. The great advantage of the skiff—as any Argylishire fisherman will tell you—lies in the fact that as long as a bit of a sail can be kept on them they will go to windward.  In designing a boat for readers of this handbook, this has all been thought out, and I think I car safely say that, with air-cases aboard, you have got as seaworthy and handy a boat of her size as it is possible to get.

24 pages

14' Sailing Sharpie and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5650)

by D.F. McLachlan

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Paper"

To those who take an interest in boat-sailing, and who seek their pleasure on the water, there is no type of craft more admirably suited for their purpose than the sailing sharpie.  A boat of this type, with her heavy centre plate lowered, has enormous stability, which allows of her carrying a sail-spread that will drive her to windward like a bulb finner; and at the same time, for running with the wind or river cruising, her shallow draught with plate raised makes her an ideal craft. >From stem to stern the boat now designed for our readers measures 14 ft., with a beam of 6 ft. 6 in., and a depth of 1 ft. 9 in., which will give a draught of 8 in. with the plate up for running, and 3 ft. when the plate is lowered for beating to windward.

20 pages

12' Centreboard Dinghy and How to Build It, A (Pub. No. 5652)

by D.F. McLachlan

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Paper."

Centreboard sailing dinghies have of late years become very popular, and it is hardly possible on a summer day to visit any of our coast towns without seeing a few of these handy, able little boats. The designing and building of these little clippers have now reached a state of perfection, and their popularity is easily seen by the number of races which are held, for it is surprising the speed that can be got from a boat twelve feet in length.  This boat is a typical Clyde dinghy, and rigged with a standing lug—the best sail, in the writer’s opinion, for all-round work.

28 pages

11-Ft. Catboat (Pub. No. 5730)

by Edson I. Schock

LOA 11', BEAM 4' 6" SAIL AREA 85 SQ. FT.

Every youngster deserves the chance to skipper his own vessel. This one is perfect for a junior sailing program—but you’ll find it hard to keep your hand off the tiller of this easy sailing catboat.

This boat was designed as a beginning sailboat for the younger sailors, or for a simple, easy-tobuild cat for those who want something to knock about in. The hull is a type the author has used in many designs, and has found very satisfactory. These boats are reasonably fast, unusually stable, and handle and balance beautifully. Compared with most boats of their size, they are very hard to upset. The construction has been kept simple but no essential parts have been left out. The sides and bottom are portions of cylinders, and so may be planked with plywood or sheet metal without twisting the material. This makes for easy planking. The side and bottom frames are tied together with proper gussets and there are floor timbers on all frames. Small boats not having these floors and gussets are weak where they should be strong, and have been observed to go to pieces when washed ashore in hurricanes or other bad storms. The boats properly put together stood up to the beating. A cheaper and lighter boat can be built by leaving out some of the structural members but she will not last as long or be as watertight as a well-constructed boat. Using rollers, two people can put one of these boats on a trailer. With a small winch mounted on the front of the trailer, as many are now built, one man can do it alone. This boat would be suitable for a one-design class at a yacht club for its junior sailing program

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Zephyr (Pub. No. 5828)

by William D. Jackson.


Speedy 14-ft. International Dinghy Class Sailer

Zephyr is a racing sailboat fulfilling rrequirements for the 14-ft International Dinghy Class. Lightweight, strong, compact hull, maximum waterline length for competition or thrilling sailing speeds of over 15 mph. Will outsail boats twice her length and will keep going in rough waters. Zephyr is a refinement of a type of boat developed by the English for use in the rough open waters of the English Channel. Not only is it fast under sail, but it can stand up under punishment. And it’s light enough to be easily loaded atop an auto or light trailer. Construction is with a convex bottom with developed surfaces; adapted to plywood covering. The pre-fab method of construction used on Zephyr lends itself to mass production.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Snowbird--A 12-Foot Catboat (Pub. No. 5840)

by Edson I. Schock

Naval architect Edson I. Schock here brings up to modern standards of construction and rig the famed Olympic Monotype class which his father, Edson B. Schock, designed from the original California Snowbirds. This new Snowbird uses plywood, has a modern rig, will be faster and handier than either of her forerunners as befits a Schock masterpiece.

LOA 12 FT., BEAM 4 FT. 11 IN.

This little cat is a modern version of the well-known Olympic Monotype class. This type of boat was selected by the Olympic Committee as a typical American small boat, and many of the original boats have been built both here and abroad. In redesigning her, I’ve modified the original lines of the boat only enough to make plywood planking possible, and the rig has been made a little more modern in style. The boats built from this design should be lighter than the original boats were, and should sail a little faster. Aside from putting on the bottom planks, the construction should be done easily by the amateur boatbuilder. The bottom planks have no twist in them, but the bend at the bow is fairly sharp, and they will have to be put on carefully. This is not an easy job, but it is well within the ability of any careful woodworker. If you plan to make your own sails, "Sailmaking Simplified" by Gray will tell you all about it in the simplest terms. But most builders, by the time they get the boat completed are willing to let a professional make the sail. This boat will make a fine racing class for any club, and an excellent boat in which to learn to sail.

*Available in reprint in The Shellback's Library from The Press at Toad Hall.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Flying Dutchman (Pub. No. 5857)

by Rogers Winter

LOA 2 ft., BEAM 4 ft., WEIGHT 170 lbs. approx.

Here’s a flat-bottomed, shallow-draft boat for sailors who want to get on tile water with a fast rig, but feel that other types are beyond their limited finances or ability

During the last half of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, in both the United States and Canada, flat-bottomed sailing craft in great variety were used wherever there was shoal water or a necessity for low-cost boats. Despite their simple form, these sailing scows very often showed quite remarkable weatherliness and speed, due to the fundamental elements of great speed in their hull design, and there are numerous recorded instances when scow-type craft showed their sterns to fast commercial sailing vessels and yachts. The use of leeboards was adapted from Dutch craft which, despite their flat bottoms, shallow drafts and wide beams, are famous for their sailing ability. "Flying Dutchman", therefore, has a long and distinguished ancestry. It is a boat for sailors who want to get on the water with a fast rig, but feel that other types are beyond their finances or ability to construct.

For a cruisiner version of this type of design please see Pub No. 5047--How to Build a 22-foot Flying Dutchman.

7 pages, 4 plate(s)

Sandspur, A Garvey (Pub. No. 7796)

by Gidge Gandy

This slightly refined garvey, of approximately 16 feet overall length, has a beam of 3 feet at the bows, 5 feet at midsection and 3 feet 6 inches at the transom. The draft is approximately 4 inches. Her sides are 16 inches from deck to bottom and they flare 6 inches, which gives her a bottom of 4 feet 6 inches breadth at the midsection. Although the old garvies carried the conventional gaff cat rig, I prefer the sprit leg-o’-mutton sail once used on the Mosquito and Cricket boats of Atlantic City. No stay or shrouds are used with such a rig and the butt of the mast is soaped or greased so it will turn and allow the sail to pull the slide to leeward. The forward end of the sprit is supported by an outhaul which leads to a cleat at the after end of the centerboard trunk, permitting adjustment of the draft of the sail at any time.

2 page(s)

Tramp--A 15-Ft. Knockabout in Plywood (Pub. No. 7819)

Any sailboat fancier will like “Tramp,” the trim, 15-ft. knockabout that’s so easy to build in plywood.

2 page(s)

Skippy--A 11-ft 8 inch Plywood Sailboat (Pub. No. 7840)

by George Muir

A plywood sailboat 11 feet 8 inches long

2 page(s)

Vee Bottom Center Board Cat (Pub. No. 7845)

Designed by Edson B. Schock

LOA 11 ft. 111/4 in., BEAM 4 ft. 11 in., DRAFT OF HULL 45/8 in., SAIL AREA 95 sq. Ft.

Here is a little boat that will really sail, is easy to build and is a good looking little craft. She is the perfect one-design racing boat for a crew of one but could be sailed with two. Her rig is simplicity itself and is very efficient and she is quite lively under canvas. The moderate deadrise, or vee of the bottom and the forward rake of the stem make for easy planking. A stem that rakes forward calls for less twist in the forward planks as they are naturally bowed out to meet the stem line when they reach the forward sections.

2 page(s)

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