Daysailers under 10' LOA


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Little Injun (Pub. No. 5044)

Easy to build, easy to handle, very fast, and extremely light are the terms that best describe this design. Construction is of ¼-in, waterproof fir plywood over stock one-by-three fir framing. The only power tools used were an electric drill and an electric sander—and even these weren’t necessary.  The boat is absolutely noncapsizable and nonsinkable. A watertight compartment forward acts as a flotation chamber. Even though Little Injun should heel over so the masthead touches the water, the cockpit will be entirely above the water and the boat, thanks to the 130 pounds of lead on the centerboard, will automatically right herself.  In light winds, she is extremely fast. In heavy winds, she’ll plane on her flat bottom in any position except close-hauled. Because of her inherent stability, she’ll scud along under full sail long after much larger boats have shortened sail or turned back to port.

8 pages, 3 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)

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)

Meow--A Plywood Catskiff (Pub. No. 5224)

by Ernest A. Johnson, N. A.

"Meow" is a plywood cat-rigged skiff that can be rowed, sailed, or powered with an outboard motor of 11/2 h.p. It was designed especially for the amateur builder, and has proved to be a fast and dry sailer. Its cost is reasonable as the bottom, sides and deck can all be cut from 2 standard plywood panels of 12x4-ft. x 1/4-in. There are no butts and the only seams are at the keel and chine.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

How to Build Peanut (Pub. No. 7701)

by W.F. Crosby

Complete instructions for building a lap-streak dinghy. May be built 9, 10 or 11 feet long. Will work out well with a sail.

The construction of a small, light round-bottom dinghy such as Peanut is one that calls for some skill in the use of wood working tools, a degree of patience and the ability to read and understand the plans furnished herewith. While not as easy to build as the ordinary flat-bottom type of dinghy, the lapstreak round-bottom job has considerably more class and is always in demand by yachtsmen.

3 page(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)

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)

How to Build the Boy's Own Sailing Skiff (Pub. No. 5651)

(A Classic Thames Sailing Skiff."Boy's Own" was an English magazine.)

by F.H. Hobden

For many reasons, winter seems the best time for amateur boatbuilding; you have the advantage of working more comfortably in cool weather, and then, when the hot summer time comes, you have a chance of thoroughly enjoying it, as your boat is ready for use.  In designing a boat there are many things to bear in mind. I intend giving you here the lines of a skiff which can safely carry four persons, and can also be easily rowed by one, and is moreover capable of carrying a small sail to take you over the tide when the wind is fair (that is, on the quarter or dead aft). She is not intended for a sailing-boat, viz. one capable of sailing on a wind; as those who have had any experience in sailing know well, a shallow-draught boat with but little keel is not suitable for sailing with a head wind, but will blow away to leeward like a paper bag.  Up the river, however, with a fair breeze, if you can stick up a small sail, it will often save you a long row, and that is a consideration in the hot weather

24 pages

Junior Nine-Footer, The (Pub. No. 5764)

by Edson I. Schock


This is a sailboat that a beginner can build and a child can learn to sail. Just over 9’, she is V-bottom, cat-rigged and made of plywood.

This V-bottom catboat is wide enough to be quite safe for youngsters, yet fast enough to be fun to sail. Anyone with reasonable skill in wood-working should build her without any difficulty.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pup (Pub. No. 7789)

by William F. Crosby

A small, neat, plywood catboat that can serve triple duty as a rowboat, outboard tender or as a fine sailer.

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 skin of the boat is also reinforced by five sawed plywood frames and intermediate frames and stringers that leave but little of the surface unsupported.

4 page(s)

Simple Little Sailing Skiff, A (Pub. No. 7846)

Designed by L.J. Gorenflo

The average sailing skiff is a poor performer but this little packet here skitters along pretty well and having a good-sized efficient dagger type center-board goes to windward well for her kind. She sails best with one but can carry two well enough. She is designed to be sailed with the helmsman sitting on the bottom aft. The boat is very simple to build and with the drawings here, and bill of material, anyone could build one. In building this boat you set up the moulds shown, as well as stem and transom (or stern board), and plank her up. After she is planked the frames are put in and the moulds removed. This is standard rowboat practice.

2 page(s)

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