Cruising Pocket Sailers under 24' LOA 


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Pirate--A 17 ft Cabin Sharpie (Pub. No. 5023)

by I. A. Emmett

This little shoal-draft sharpie not only combines the handiness of power with the pleasures of sail, but provides a roomy cabin for week-end and vacation cruising. An opening in the-after deck permits fastening a small outboard motor astern when the wind fails and the raising cabin top feature gives an unusually roomy cabin aboard so small a boat. Note how this latter works out: when sailing, the top or roof of the cabin nestles down on the low coaming to be out of the way and not spoil the boat’s appearance or ability. But, at anchor, the top is raised on its canvas gusset-like sides, and held up by struts, to give good headroom below. As a cabin is used but little while sailing or under power, room below does not matter; headroom is most welcome when the boat is anchored at night, or for meal

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Building a 22 ft Flying Dutchman (Pub. No. 5047)

by Gerald Taylor White

If "Flying Dutchman" were a new and untried type of boat, you would be entitled to look at her plans and remark, “She looks wonderful on paper, but it is all too good to be true.” For where else can you find a boat of this length that has a huge forecastle, an enclosed toilet room, a good galley, and two full-length berths, to say nothing of as much deck room as on the average 30-footer?  "Flying Dutchman" is the latest of the "Grey Dawn" designs. The basic hull lines were developed in Holland centuries ago and boats of this type have been used ever since in both the shoal waters of the Zuyder Zee and the vicious waters of the North Sea. The first of these Dutchmen to be designed in this country was "Grey Dawn" II. She was built over 20 years ago and is still afloat. During her two-score-and-more years she has cruised the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean, and her owner would have sailed her across to Europe had it not been for the war. She is a 37-footer. Sccres of duplicates have been built and are now in service on both. coasts, the Gulf, and the Great Lakes.  Yachtsmen who saw the 37-footer wanted a smaller edition; so a 29-footer was designed. Again the boat out-performed all expectations. The next was a 22-footer, the prototype of "Flying Dutchman". In this, the most recent of the designs, the original lines have been kept without a single deviation—wise men do not gamble with perfection

32 pages, 6 plate(s)

19 ft Cruising Sailboat (Pub. No. 5101)

(For Outboard Auxiliary)

This cabin sailboat is ideally suited either for day sailing or for extended cruising over varied waterways. If you build this beautiful 19-foot craft—and it is fortunately quite easy to construct for a boat of its size—your vacation problems will be solved. The waterproof cabin offers a small but comfortable home for as long as you wish to stay afloat. It is a practical cruiser in every respect.  The design is exceptionally seaworthy, and the full 7-foot beam provides sufficient stability to withstand any sudden blow. The modern Marconi sloop rig and perfect balance assure, for both light and heavy winds, a combination of unusual speed and excellent handling qualities under sail.  A small outboard or inboard motor may be used as auxiliary power. Unless the motor is to be run a great part of the time, an outboard is preferred, as it will not cause any drag while the boat is under sail.  Two permanent bunks are provided in the cabin. On extended cruises a canvas cover can be erected over the cockpit, the boom being used as a ridgepole. This will make the cockpit serve as part of the cabin, and sleeping accommodations can then be arranged for one or two additional persons provided the cockpit seats are extended to form extra bunks. Largely because of the extensive use of waterproof plywood, the entire boat can be built to weigh as little as 700 pounds, or even considerably less if plywood is used for planking as well. The boat may be carried on a two-wheel trailer.

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

Buddy--An 18' Tabloid Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5109)

Designed by S.S. Rabl as a sequel to his famous “Picaroon”

The subject of small cruising boats has always been one which is close to the hearts of those who love boats and the ways of the sea. Salt-water sailormen have had a champion in this Chesapeake Bay naval architect, Sam Rabl, for he understands the ways of boats. particularly small cruising boats, as few men do. He has been the champion of the Chesapeake Bay style of simplified construction, and has turned out a number of tabloid cruising boats which have made boat lovers’ mouths water. The most famous of his designs was little Picaoon, meaning Petty Pirate. Published in a boating contemporary of How to Build 20 Boats she was immensely popular. Her owner cruised her all along the Bay, and she was built in every port in the world--Paramaribo, New York, Singapore, New Orleans, Duluth-—everywhere. A later version named Peggy was designed, but she was too deep, and not as sweet as Pic. So in presenting the last ward in tabloid cruisers, it was learned that Sam was doing Pic over, mainly changing the cabin. Buddy is the result. She is as sweet a little hooker as we have seen, and we present her, a jewel among boats, as a delectation for those souls who crave
adventure in a stout ship of their own.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

First Mate (Pub. No. 5143)

by V. B. Crockett

This design combines maximum of seaworthiness with minimum of cost.

The "First Mate" is just what the name implies; a small cruising sailboat that the first mate can handle without any trouble. Built on the heavy side for a boat of her size, she is an exceptional small sail boat. Rough water doesn’t seem to bother her and she is at home in smooth water also. This boat can be built with an auxiliary motor if desired, but a 10 HP outboard hung over the transom can get you home any time when the wind dies. The "First Mate" is designed for one who wants maximum seaworthiness with a minimum of cost. She is not too expensive to build and can be used for overnight cruising with comfort.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bonni II (Pub. No. 5163)

This sturdy, 18-foot auxiliary sloop features seaworthiness and comfort.

by J. A. Donohue

Back in 1940, the boating editor of "Mechanix Illustrated" undertook to design and build a boat to meet the requirements of a majority of readers. It seems that practically everybody wanted a boat with an engine and a vast majority liked sailing, so it was quickly settled that the boat should have both sail and power. Then, too, most people wanted a boat of moderate size and ample beam with a roomy cockpit for fishing and a comfortable cabin for overnight trips; shallow draft was desired, so that a dinghy would not be needed and the boat might be beached if necessary; V-bottom hulls were first choice because of their seaworthiness and ease of construction; a fair turn of speed was wanted, both under sail and power; and last, but far from least, the boat had to be well built at moderate cost. How well the designer met the requirements is evidenced by the continued popularity of the original "Bonnie". Some fourteen years later, Dick Donohue, of Seattle, Wash., bought a set of plans. Before he got around to building, he had the opportunity to buy a second-hand set of sails, mast, boom and rigging from a Mercury Class boat. Knowing that "Bonnie’s" sail area, about 165 sq. ft., was very close to that of a Mercury, he decided that with some careful figuring he could adapt the plans and come up with a workable design. Other changes were incorporated, mostly because of a desire to reduce the costs even more than in the original "Bonnie". The result, a lighter boat with a new sail plan, is now presented anew as "Bonnie II".

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Carinita (Pub. No. 5166)

by A. Mason.

No matter what you want in a sail, this 20-foot stoop will fill the bill.

(Publisher's Note: Those with a secret and guilty affection for the old "Amphibicon" will like Carinita).

"Carinita" was designed for the amateur builder who desires something more than a typical day sailer, not a full cruising boat but a fast sailboat that has limited accommodations sufficient for an occasional overnight cruise yet without the higher building costs associated with keel boats of this size. While two fixed berths with lockers and shelves for food, dishes and stove are provided, there is also ample stowage space for a portable icebox, a watercloset of the bucket type for economy’s sake, sails, water bottles and all the other equipment one usually requires for an overnight cruise. "Carinita" will be exceptionally seaworthy and her full beam at the waterline will provide sufficient stability to withstand any normal sudden summer blow. With certain modifications to the cockpit and cabin entrance "Carinita" would be eligible to meet the requirements of the English Royal Ocean Racing Club Junior Offshore Group, more commonly known as the J.O.G. class, as w

21 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sandpiper--Auxiliary Schooner for Two (Pub. No. 5204)

by William Garden, Naval Architect

LOA 24' 0", BEAM 8' 0", DRAUGHT 3' 0", SAIL AREA 36 SQ. FT.

In a day of flat-sheered, uninteresting sloops, there seems to be a rapidly increasing trend toward small cruising boats with some character. The schooner presented here should catch the fancy of a boy of any age who has a drop of adventure in his blood. Think how she will look anchored off some remote dune or tidal creek with the setting sun picking out the rake of the spars and the lazy drift of smoke from the galley stack. With her black topsides, white wale strake, white trunk, varnished weatherboards, and tanned sails, she will be every inch a little ship and will catch the eye in any company. The first of this model was built by a boy just finishing high school. The photos show her upon completion, the owner having done all of the work by himself in about one year’s spare time. She has sailed and cruised many thousands of miles and has given her owner an endless amount of pleasure. The type is about the simplest sort of boat to build and, with proper handling, can do any sort of sheltered-water cruising.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Jitter-Bug--A 17.5' Cabin Sloop (Pub. No. 5206)

by Hi Sibley

Here is a sloop almost made to order for the amateur builder who wants a boat with a cabin, capable of offshore ocean cruising, with more speed than the average and one that will not run into a great deal for material. It is a sturdy vee-bottom design, and the original boat built by Francis W. Straight of Pasadena, has made numerous trips to Catalina Island., 27 miles offshore from the home port.

20 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pixie--A Plywood Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5211)

by Sam Rabl

From the first line of "Pixie’s" design to the final layouts it was kept in mind that she would be built by amateurs and to this end all difficult work that usually appears on other boats was eliminated. The lines of her construction were faired full size on a mold loft floor to insure that you would get the correct full size dimensions, and a boat was built from these measurements to prove them. Stock size timbers were used throughout and they lean a little to the heavy side so that the boat will be able to take it wherever she goes. She was designed to be built with hand tools and while the power tools will save some labor they are not a necessity. Nowhere in her construction is it necessary to steam a piece of wood, and the bending of a large apron timber as is usual in these types of boats is eliminated by the use of cheek pieces on the sides of the keel. Instead of bending a piece of 2x8 as would usually be the case, it is only necessary to bend the 11/8" by 13/4” oak cheeks and then you can fasten them as you go. Moreover she was designed to take advantage of the increased strength of waterproof plywood, and is built on a system of longitudinal framing developed especially for this planking material. Where the usual boat would employ numerous transverse frames and a sawed deck beam to match at each one of them "Pixie", it will be seen, is framed around six simple frames, each one forming a complete belt around the boat and tied by its own particular deck beam.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Pirate Too--A Flattie Cruiser (Pub. No. 5213)

"Pirate Too" is a versatile little craft capable of going places without a lot of fuss. As a week-end cruiser for two people who are willing to inject a little “roughing it” into their pleasure, she has proved to be a boat which can get into places where no other boat can go; a boat that is beachable in the event of a severe storm, and that, with a log found on the beach, may be rolled away from the angry breakers. In this event, instead of riding to anchor her crew are snug and dry in their little tent cabin and can sleep it off until the storm subsides. The advent of waterproof plywood and air-cooled motors broaden the field of this type of cruiser and are utilized to advantage in this particular boat.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Southwind--A 22-Ft. Dory Sharpie (Pub. No. 5235)

by H. I. Chapelle

Here’s a small, shallow-draft sailing craft which combines sea-worthiness with economy and, with power, will make moderate speeds.

There is sometimes a need for a seaworthy, small sailing boat of very shallow draft. The “Southwind” was designed to fill this need at relatively low cost and with little labor. The old round-sided sailing dories of New England, and the Seabright Skiffs of New Jersey prove that the flat-bottom may be combined with rounded topsides to make a seaworthy small boat. However, these are usually rather narrow on the bottom and thus can carry only a small area of sail, so to make “Southwind” faster in summer weather her bottom was made wider and approaches the sharpie in proportion. She can be built with or without a cuddy, as indicated in the plans.

24 pages, 3 plate(s)

Pollywog (Pub. No. 5242)

by William Garden, Naval Architect

"Pollywog" was designed for young people who love cruising. Lively under sail and roomy on deck and below, she’s a good type to acquire when thoughts of a voyage of exploration begin pushing aside studies and other trifles. While she is but 18 feet long (the size of the usual day-sailer), she has adequate depth and enough outside ballast to enable her to make coastwise passages in safety—and for exploring, the draft of less than three feet is ideal. For auxiliary power, we suggest installing a one-cylinder, four or five-hp marine engine. The layout in the snug cuddy cabin has been kept simple to allow maximum use of the available room. A piece of netting runs along each side for stowing clothes and gear. A couple of air mattresses on the flooring are ideal for sleeping or lounging. Two shelves at the forward end of the cabin take cooking utensils and food. The cockpit is long enough so that it can be converted into an extra sleeping location by rigging a tent oyer the boom.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Discovery (Pub. No. 5249)

by William Garden, Naval Architect

"Discovery" is a little ship with big possibilities. She needs but a small cash outlay, she’s simple in construction, and she’s one of the most useful boats per dollar that it is possible to devise. On an overall length of 22 feet, she can be built complete with outboard for under $750--and built by anyone with the tools and know-how to knock together a flat~pttomed skiff. When completed, she looks shapely, sails beautifully, and runs along at five knots with a 2-hp outboard. If desired, she can be driven by any inboard engine with a displacement of less than 60 cu. in. She’s grand for either cruising or say-sailing. Her form is exactly like that of a big skiff with keel, deck, and rig added. Construction follows the same methods.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Dolphin--A 21 Ft Motor Sailer (Pub. No. 5285)

by David ft Beach, N. A

Here’s a neat 21-foot sea-going outboard powered motor-sailer.

The specific purposes for which "Dolphin" was designed will appeal to many small cruiser enthusiasts who are not attracted to the high speed boat which forces them to schedule their trips by the location of fuel pumps. Of course, she will also appeal to the cruising couple who will want to tilt up the engines and sail when the wind is right. These people will admit, however, that although "Dolphin" is a motor-sailer, she is more power boat than sailing machine, and this fact should be recognized by all concerned from the very beginning.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Picaroon II--A 20-Ft. Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5316)

by S. S. Rabl

Many will recall the boat Pixie. Pixie proved very popular indeed, and more than a few of her are riding at anchor at this moment or sitting on cradles for the winter, depending on their latitude—boats that were built by readers of the previous edition who decided Pixie's design nicely filled their requirements. As a result of numerous requests from other readers, a modified version of this boat with various improvements has been designed and is presented herewith. The new craft, named Picaroon II, has the same basic profile as Pixie and some of the parts, such as the rudder and keel casting are identical. Her hull, however, is of quite different construction and bears little sectional resemblance to her forerunner's. Picaroon's plans literally show two separate boats, one having a round bottom hull, and the other a Harborform or multiple chine hull. The round bottom version must, of course, be planked up in the regular manner, while the Harborform is constructed of marine plywood. The actual result of this multiple chine construction is the achieving of a craft with all the desirable qualities of a round bottom boat, yet having the building simplicity of the vee bottom type (which the original Pixie was) coupled with the advantages of marine plywood.

16 pages, 9 plate(s)

Poco Dinero--A 20-Ft. Auxiliary (Pub. No. 5323)

Designed by John G. Hanna

There may not be any such thing as the perfect small sailpower cruiser for amateur builders, but "Poco" will do until it comes along! Twenty feet of real boat from the board of one of the nation's foremost naval architects: a man who has a genuine understanding of the problems an}d requirements of backyard boat builders.

If you are up on your SpaAish, you know that poco dinero (pronounced dee-nayro) means "little money." And that is the idea behind this design. It is intended to be built of the cheapest standard stock sizes of lumber, available anywhere, and with the least labor, and no specially difficult or skilled work required. It's not a "yacht." It's just plain old-fashioned boat, built on lines and principles proved good by many generations of use. It's tough enough to stand almost any bad-weather beating, and you can use it hard for years and years and still have a sound, tight ship. In brief, it's the bet for the conservative man who wants to put his few hundred bucks on a sure thing, and let George experiment with the newest models and latest inventions. There are loads of plans available covering all up-to-the-minute styles, and there is plenty of room on the seven seas for both you and George.

13 pages, 4 plate(s)

Inexpensive Little Cruising Sloop of 21' LOA, An (Pub. No. 5376)

by WM. H. Oehrle

A friend of mine, a young fellow who likes boats, came to see me for a bit of advice. He had owned several second-, third-, and fourth-hand boats, but what he was able to get for the amount he could spend always seemed sadly in need of major repairs. He wanted to know if it would be possible to build a small sloop, large enough to accommodate two on cruises of two-weeks duration, and four for afternoon sails, for about wbat a small auxiliary cost on the used boat market. I thought it could be done, provided he was willing to build a type of hull that did not require too much labor, nor bright finish, so he amplified his requirement. He would want a keel boat, because a centerboard trunk takes up too much room in the cabin of a smal boat, but still did not want the draft to exceed three feet in order that two of the small island harbors in Narragansett Bay could be entered at all stages of the tide. He did not want an inboard en gine, though admitting their advantage, but would use an outboard for auxiliary power. He wanted a smart sailer, a boat that would be fun to sail, but not a racer. After some discussion and argument the boat was designed built and tried out. She has proved to be the solution to his boat problem, and I offer her plans to you as a suggestion toward solving yours. Several small changes have been made wherever such changes would improve the boat without increasing her cost. The hull form is such that she sails at a good angle of heel though during the past summer she never took water over her lee rail. The beam has been purposely kept near the minimum for a cabin boat, and her forward sections are quite sharp compared with most other small cruisers. I would not advise increasing the beam to give more initial stability as it would ruin her performanc to windward in choppy water. On the boat already built the builder made a pattern for the lead keel and then cast it in iron. The resulting difference in outside weight (about 300 pounds) has an appreciable effect on her stability. The dimensions for both iron and lead keel are given; use either one but don’t try to mix them.

19 pages, 4 plate(s)

Gozo--A Petite Sloop (Pub. No. 5395)

Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

A smart little design and specifications for a cruising sloop which will furnish much sport for a pair of healthy boys

Most popular among the small classes of auxiliary boats are the several little sloops which find much favor with the boys who lean towards sailing for their sport. The design for Gozo is a wee edition of a cruising sioop, or she might be defined as an open boat which has been improved by the addition of a small cuddy cabin which contains two transom berths which will give an abundance of room for two boys while they are off on a little cruise. The design for this boat has been arranged as a round bilge type. There is ample stiffness in her lines to make her a good safe boat, which can be handled by boys without danger. The design follows somewhat the general lines of the famous Herreshoff Fish boats since it is çuite similar in its profile, the short bow, and the transom stern. The body plan, however, is very much stronger and heavier, since the Fish boats are a racing class and Gozo is just an afternoon sailing and short cruising boat. The sailing rig has been arranged as a simple sloop rig, with a jib and mainsail. With a jib and mainsail this rig is about as simple as can be secured on a boat of this kind, since there are only two halyards, two sheets and two runner sheets to handle. All have been arranged to handle from the cockpit, with the exception of the halyards which are secured to cleats on the mast. To provide auxiliary power for times when there is no wind, a little two cylinder, two cycle, Evinrude engine of the 4-5 h.p. inboard, type is called for, which will be sufficient to move her along very nicely when desired. Since this is fitted with a clutch, it will permit of easy control of the boat when under power.

9 pages, 4 plate(s)

Happy--An 18-Ft. Outboard Auxiliary (Pub. No. 5397)

Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

Many desirable features are compressed within the eighteen feet of this able little craft

With an over-all length of only eighteen feet, this little combination outboard auxiliary cruiser has ample accommodations for two to cruise. Two transom berths, water closet, and room for an ice chest and stove. Used with an outboard engine she will furnish a great deal of pleasure for week-end cruising. She is not fast but is comfortable. Of the straight V bottom type, she should be easy to construct even for one who has not had very much boat building experience, but who knows how to handle woodworking tools. No moulds should be required. The frames themselves can be gotten out and used in the place of moulds. This saves the necessity of laying down the lines full size on the floor. The shape of stern should be laid out full-size, this will help to get out the actual stern and also to line up the rabbet line on it. The interior woodwork is simple, two transom seats, to be used as berths, two lockers in forward, end, platform to take ice chest and stove. Also platform to take water closet.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

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