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General Utility Rowboat (Pub. No. 5002)

Here is a rowboat which is the final development of a long line of forerunners. This graceful little V-bottom craft is 13 feet long, may be powered with a small outboard motor of from 2 to 12 h.p. for fishing, camping or for general all-round use. The construction is relatively simple and the cost of materials low. This boat has been tested under all conditions and is exceptionally seaworthy and dry in choppy seas. The lapstreak construction makes the hull rigid and insures that it will remain watertight even when the boat is taken out of the water and put in again at infrequent intervals. The boat weighs from 175 to 190 pounds, depending upon the materials, and consequently may be transported easily by trailer

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

10' 3" Sectional Boat, A (Pub. No. 5001)

This unique sectional boat occupies little space when nested for stowing and can be easily carried by car. The boat presented here fulfills all requirements for each transportation by auto, trailer or cruiser, and when assembled is 10 feet 3 inches long, having the capacity of a large rowboat and carrying three or four passengers safely. Readily jointed in a few minutes, it is light in weight (90 pounds), stable and seaworthy, rows easily, and propels well with outboard motors up to 6 horsepower. Construction is simple and economical while a feature of this trouble-free sport craft is the use of canvas-covered plywood, which means not only sturdy lightweight construction but also permanent leakproof qualities.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

11 ft Camper's Boat (Pub. No. 5005)

This well-built craft is an ideal canvas-covered boat for camping, fishing and pleasure trips. It is 11 feet 2 inches long, just under 4 feet in beam, and weighs about 100 pounds. Although designed for two, it will carry four persons safely. Light in weight for its unusual carrying-capacity, the boat may be easily transported afloat or ashore. Two men can raise it on top of a car, or one man alone on a trailer. Speeds up to 35 miles an hour are attainable with a motor of 14 horsepower, while a sma1l motor of 2 horsepower will give good trolling and cruising speeds. Because of the modified V-bottom, it responds quickly and easily to oars, and is seaworthy and safe in rough or fast water. The canvas covering keeps the hull permanently watertight without bothersome swelling or leaking, even when it is left exposed to the sun and hot winds or is stored away for a time. The filler coat effectively seals the cloth, providing a smooth, frictionless and waterproof finish. A coat of paint each year will keep the hull in perfect condition. Tears in the fabric may be repaired by applying a piece of cloth coated with canvas cement.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Hunter's Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5006)

Every man who takes his fun dropping speeding web-feet out of the autumn skies has at some time wished for an inexpensive, comfortable and easily transported duck boat. Here is that boat. Though it is big enough to accommodate three men and their equipment, and incorporates an unusual design, it can be built by any man having average skill with tools. Only ordinary materials are needed and the building need not take more than three working days. Completed, the boat weighs only 60 pounds and can be handled easily by one man whether ashore or afloat, and can be carried without undue strain on the top of a closed automobile. The unusual craft draws only an inch or so of water, depending upon the load, and can navigate shallow waters ordinarily impassable to any boat except a kayak,canoe or sneakbox. Its light weight permits it to be paddled with minimum labor. The waterproof covering is durable and tough and the necessity of repairs should be few, but, when a hidden snag or rock is struck, repairs can be made with canvas patches and airplane-wing dope.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

La Petite--A Plywood Dinghy (Pub. No. 5008)

LOA 7'-4", BEAM 3' -81/2" , WEIGHT 90 LBS.
A really small plywood dinghy such as La Petite has three inherent features that endear it to boatmen of all sorts: first, it is compact; second, it is light; and third, it is easy to build. Thanks to her plywood planking, her hull is practically leakproof and with ordinary care should stay that way for many seasons. This means that you'll have to spend but a few hours getting her in shape at fitting-out time—slap on a coat of paint and you’re ready to

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sturdy 9 ft Pram (Pub. No. 5012)

(For Oars, Sail or Outboard Motor) Developed years ago by seafaring Scandinavians, whose very lives depended upon the seaworthiness of their boats, prams have rendered valuable service as ship's dinghies and in countless other ways. In their modern form, embodying the numerous refinements that have been added from time to time, these sturdy little craft can be used successfully for purposes never dreamed of by the original designers. The pram is easily ad cheaply built or ordinary materials available anywhere. The completed boat will weigh from 75 to 100 pounds, depending upon the materials used. As a yacht dinghy, the pram tows better than any other type of boat, and will accomodate safely just about as many persons as can find room for their feet. It sails well, and may be easily rowed. Due to its light weight and generaous capacity, it makes a fine general-purpose hull for transporting on top of an automobile or by trailer. With a one to sixteen-horespower outboard, it can be used for trolling, or its speed can be stepped up to rival that of an outboard racing boat. Though only nine feet long, the pram, because of its broad beam and scow bow, is superior to the average fourteen-foot rowboat in roominess and seaworthiness.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

10' 9" Car-Top Boat (Pub. No. 5015)

(For Oars or Outboard Motor)
This useful all-round plywood boat is designed for the man who wants a portable, all-round utility boat for fishing and hunting or family use. It can be taken anywhere on top of the car and has the advantage of not requiring a trailer. There are, of course, no planking seams to open up in the hot sun. This boat may be used on any water, from small creeks or inaccessible lakes to larger, open bays. With an inexpensive commercial car-top rack of the suction-cup type, or a homemade rig similar to it, transportation of this lightweight boat is no problem at all. Or, if only short trips are to be made by automobile, the boat may be tied in place on the car roof, providing sufficient padding is used to prevent chafe. Inexpensive to build, this craft is a good utilit boat for use at a bathing beach. A small outboard, of from 1/2 to 3 h.p., will drive it efficiently; and because of its light construction, and V-bottom design, it is easy to row. As it can be carried by one man, it need never be left in the water.

18 pages, 1 plate(s)

Moppet--An All Purpose Rowboat (Pub. No. 5019)

by Jack Williams

Row it... Use it with any small outboard.. . Carry it atop your car.

LOA 11' 6", BEAM 4' 8", WEIGHT 110 LBS.

"Moppett" is large enough to accommodate four people, yet light enough to be carried atop your car or on a small trailer. She rows easily and can be used with a small outboard motor, not to exceed five hp. Thanks to her V bottom, she will be much more seaworthy than the usual flat-bottom rowboat. By following the method of fabrication described here, you can build "Moppet" in a fraction of the time required for the average boat of this type—and she’ll actually be stronger than if conventional methods were used. Construction is not difficult. Anyone handy with tools should be able to turn out from one to 100 replicas of Moppet for pleasure or profit.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Build your own Canoe (Pub. No. 5020)

(A Canadian Style Wood and Canvas Model) by R.O. Buck With its low ends and flat bottom, which extends well up into bow and stern, this 16-ft., Canadian-type canoe is well adapted to the needs of the average builder. It is used by the forestry service because of its steadiness on the water, ease of paddling and the fact that it is little affected by cross winds on account of its wide beam which is 33. in. amidships. The weight of the finishec canoe will be about 70 or 80 pounds. It is planked in white ceda

16 pages

Puncture Proof Kayak, A (Pub. No. 5022)

While this trim kyack is somewhat heavier than the simple canvas type it is much safer and less likely to become punctured on rocks or stumps because the entire frame is sheathed with plywood and canvas laid over that. One person can easily carry it out of the water, and being relatively short, as kyacks are, it can be transported on the roof or side of a car.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Tiny Craft Folds into a Compact Bundle (Pub. No. 5026)

by Chester Sullivan

No outboard speedster is more versatile than this one. In a jiffy, it can be folded up into a bundle for transportation atop a car, or it can be conveniently carried under the arm. When folded the boat measures only 9 feet long and 15 inches thick. Unlike the usual collapsible craft, this unique boat employs no delicate stretched canvas covering which would be easily torn should it strike some underwater object. Instead, construction is confined entirely to plywood, with canvas serving only to render water-tight, the hinged sections of the sides and bottom.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Five Dollar Boat, A (Pub. No. 5034)

(That's 1938 dollars, but this is still about as cheap as you can go!)
Five dollars for a combination row-boat, canoe, racing shell and sailboat. Surely. no one can complain of the expense. And that is just what you can expect for your money. Tell your sportsmen friends about it and the lot of you build a fleet of these little craft and enjoy some real sailing during the warm, summer days. Racing and pleasure sails will fill the season with real fun. Plenty of orange crates, a bit of dressed lumber and an old bed sheet will be all the essentials required for the building.

5 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bouncing Betty--A Round-Bottom Lapstrake Pram (Pub. No. 5036)

Based on a successful boat built a few years ago by the well-known naval architect Sam Rabl, who needs no introduction, this pram is constructed of white oak, white cedar, and mahogany. It has a round bottom and lapstrake planking. Right here a lot of you will probably turn pale and gasp, “A round-bilge hull? That means steam-bent frames. I could never do it! That’s bunk! Any professional boatbuilder will tell you that a round-bottom boat is easier, quicker, and cheaper to build than one that has a V-bottom. The delusion of difficulty starts in the greenhorn’s mind with the words “steam-bent.” He conjures up a picture in his mind of a high-pressure boiler, a mess of piping, and a complex steambox. Nuts! These frames are not steamed at all, but boiled, which gives better results. All the apparatus you need is a length of old pipe, any kind. Plug one end with cement and prop the other up so the pipe forms a 30-degree angle with the ground; then build a scrapwood fire about the lower end. That’s all. Anybody who can boil an egg can boil a stick of wood.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Waif--A sturdy flat-bottom 14-ft Rowboat (Pub. No. 5037)

A Sturdy, flat-bottom, 14-ft. Rowboat. Perhaps the most useful of all boats is the ordinary, sturdily constructed rowboat. It is easily built from readily available lumber, it will hold three or four people in comfort, and it will stand up under a lot of abuse. "Waif" is such a boat—and it has an added attraction in the form of a rigidly braced transom on which any small, light outboard motor can be mounted.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bambino--A version of the Louisiana Piroque (Pub. No. 5049)

Because they are light and easily handled, pirogues have been used by hunters, trappers, and fishermen for generations. They can be seen everywhere on Louisiana’s lakes and bayous. The original pirogues were cypress logs that were laboriously hollowed out and shaped. Since this is a tedious task and since logs of sufficient size are hard to come by nowadays, the Louisiana Cajuns have developed the type of construction shown here. Southern trappers and hunters prefer these boats to canoes because the solid planking offers insurance against snags— the user can drag his boat over shallow areas, marshlands, and beaches without harm—and because the construction is so simple. Anyone can build Bambino in a few days’ time, using nothing more than a hammer, a saw, a plane, a screwdriver, and a rule. No special tools are needed

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Ring-A-Ding--A 7'9" Pram Dinghy (Pub. No. 5050)

by C.P. and E.D. Burgess

The 7’9” pram dinghy illustrated is a small but useful little boat: it can be fitted with an outboard motor, set up as a rowboat or rigged for sailing. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to make. If you’re a beginner at the boat building business, you could start with this design before tackling a more complicated plan. Although simple, it embodies many of the principles of boat building in wood. The design is worked in oak, mahogany and fir plywood, with spruce or fir for the mast-- if you wish to rig her for sailing. For the plywood, use Douglas Fir Exterior Grade A-A, which is intended for use where both sides of the panel are to be smooth and tight. Mahogany is used for the keel. The framing is in oak, while the seat risers and supports may be oak or mahogany.

17 pages, 11 plate(s)

Jon Boat--Featherweight Skiff (Pub. No. 5058)

Squared and spacious, this skiff offers featherweight construction, making it easy to build and transport to your own water hide-away.
If you  want a dependable boat to poke around in rivers and marshes, this is the boat for you. And you can build it in two days for very very little money for materials.  Its design was proven before the earliest settlers brought it to America. This combined with modern simplified construction and lightweight materials gives you an extremely water-worthy boat. Add a 1-6 hp outboard motor and a car top carrier to this and you’re free to go anywhere in search of fish, fowl and fun.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Speedy Kayak (Pub. No. 5060)

Built on the Pacific coast, this Kayak is an excellent model to copy because the construction is simple and inexpensive. The light frame, which is 17½ ft. long, is made of white pine and spruce, and, if available, a little mahogany. It is covered with canvas and the completed boat weighs only about 40 lbs

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Chum--A Flat-Bottom Rowboat (Pub. No. 5076)

by A. Mason

A 13-Ft. Flat-Bottom Rowboat
LOA 13' 2", BEAM 4' 5", DRAUGHT 16", WEIGHT 140 LBS.

It is probably unnecessary to point out that one of the most useful all-around boats is the ordinary, simple rowboat. If it’s properly designed, it is a real pleasure to row; and when you get tired of rowing, you can hgok one of the smaller outboards on the stern and sit back and enjoy yourself. Note those words, “if it’s properly designed.” There’s nothing more discouraging on a hot summer day than attempting to make progress in a beast of a boat that stops dead after every stroke. Chum can be easily rowed, even by the youngsters, and her construction has been simplified to the point where the veriest tyro with tools can slap her together in a professional manner.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

Dolly Varden (Pub. No. 5081)

A Strip-Planked boat that can be built in two lengths

by Weston Farmer

Lakers will ]ike the smooth lines of "Dolly Varden" that scoots along with any outboard in the under 7 hp class in choppy or smooth water. "Dolly" is a strip boat fashioned like the hundreds of similar boats built by craftsmen of the old school, and still being used because strip construction turns out a tight, durable, cheap and easy-to-build boat that has real water kindliness and handling ability.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

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