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Cork-- A fishing Auto-Topper (Pub. No. 5084)

by Charles Jeliff

Out in Puget Sound country, some of the best fishing is on out-of-the-way lakes—can’t get to ‘em by car. So, you need a boat to pack in that is light. But you also need a boat that can ride out man-size salt water waves when it has to. "Cork" is the answer to both needs. A real fisherman’s boat, "Cork" has end seats just the right distance apart for two anglers to face each other (so one can see what the other is doing) and for one to help the other net a fish, untangle a plug that may have snagged a line, or quickly shift oars if a fish requires it. "Cork" handles so nicely because of her V-bottom (scow ends are identical). In fact, she’s a dream to row in either direction, from either seat. There’s plenty of buoyancy for three adults, and for one occupant the center seat is just right to row from, using either pair of oar locks.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

Building an Outboard Ki-yak (Pub. No. 5086)

While it is still mid-winter, the craftsman must plan for and begin construction on such structures as he may require when the water trails open up in the early summer. For the man who likes fishing and who wishes a boat which will provide durability, lightness and easy riding. nothing can compare with this easily built ki-yak, built to accommodate an outboard motor. This ki-yak measures twelve feet over all in length, and about 37 inches in beam.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

Lark, The (Pub. No. 5087)

by William Dickey

The “Lark” is a general purpose utility boat having a tendency towards higher speeds. She is light in weight, due to the plywood construction, and of such form that she planes nicely with a motor of approximately 10 h.p. Speeds of from fifteen to twenty-five m.p.h. sbould be obtained with the average outboard motor.  “The “Lark” handles excellently in calm water and will stand a moderate amount of hard driving in heavy water, although she is not particularly designed or suited for rough water.

18 pages, 2 plate(s)

Broad Bill--An easily built Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5088)

by William Jackson

In the autumn time a man’s fancy turns to thoughts of hunting, and duck shooting holds a high place in esteem. This is especially so if there is a trim, waterproof, hunting craft that will make each hunting trip a pleasant memory and not a source of regret.  The duck boat presented here is not only a commodious hunting craft but an all purpose craft for pleasure anywhere. Among its features are trim, able design, easy paddling (an outboard motor may be aftached if desirable), slight draft. Dimensions are such to insure stability, while the use of waterproof plywood for covering produces an easily built boat that is sturdy and may be carried about on top of any auto and remain permanently leakproof.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Knock-About Boat, A (Pub. No. 5092)

by Louis E. Germain

You craftsmen who enjoy the thrill of streams, lakes and woodlands will appreciate this little boat; excellent for use as a tender, for hunting and fishing, or to take with you on your summer vacation as an all-around craft. It is small, measuring only 9’ 4” by 48”, and has a semi-V bottom. When finished, the boat will weigh approximately one hundred pounds. It should row easily, is fast when equipped with a two or four horse power outboard motor, and is suitable for a light sail. All essential dimensions for its construction are given in the drawings, and the attending description is clear and concise.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Vicking--12' 6" General Purpose Plywood Boat, The (Pub. No. 5093)

by William Jackson

The "Viking” is a utility or general purpose boat designed to embrace most every use to which a small boat may he placed and perform each well. Altho short in over all length, the hull is roomy and light enough in weight to be carried atop an auto or trailer if more desirable. Due to the efficient underwater line, rowing is effortless and small outboard motors from 1 to 6-H.P. will propel this craft further and faster with less gas. It is easily adapted to a small sail boat.

9 pages, 1 plate(s)

Sailing Kayak, A (Pub. No. 5095)

Popularity and ease of construction have made the kayak a favorite with men and women who like to construct their own boats. This 16’ sailing kayak with lateen rig is one of the fastest boats on water, yet it is a safe sailer. It carries 90 square feet of sail.

20 pages, 2 plate(s)

Chubby (Pub. No. 5097)

This craft is especially suitable for the use of the water trapper and small-stream fisherman.

A flat-bottomed boat contributes to steadiness, thereby permitting the trapper to lean far out over the side of the boat to make bank sets as is so often necessary. It also will permit the fisherman to stand if he so desires while making casts, and in running a trotline he can safely work over the side. A boat of this type will not draw as much water as a V-bottom, thus making it possible to navigate shallow waters and riffles, which confront the trapper and small stream fisherman at almost every bend of the creek or river.

12 pages

Fish-Hooker (Pub. No. 5098)

by William Jackson

"Fish-Hooker" is a general purpose boat adapted to rowing easily but producing its best performance when powered with outboard motors from1 to 16 h.p. Powered with the smaller outboard motors the "Fish-Hooker" produces economcial, efficient speeds for the fisherman or sportsman, while 6 h.p. or more will plane the boat at high speeds for safe, stable operation with exceptional maneuvering ability.

11 pages, 2 plate(s)

16 Ft Kayak (Pub. No. 5100)

Weight 35 lbs.

Carrying Capacity 3

Decked canoes of the kayak or Eskimo type are especially well adapted for cruising on open water and for use at points to which it is necessary to carry the canoe by automobile. That is because their strength and seaworthiness is out of all proportion to their extremely light construction. The kayak to be described is suited to open-water cruising for one man and outfit or for two men with light camping gear. Although designed primarily for use with the double blade, as are all kayaks, a skillful single-blade canoeist can send it flying with little effort. While the Eskimo covers his craft with skin and while his canoe is usually flat-bottomed, this canoe is canvas-covered and has a molded bottom, which makes it lighter and faster. It is 16 feet long, has a beam of 271/2 inches, and is 11 inches deep amidships. Ready to launch, it weighs about 35 pounds, yet it can carry up to 400 pounds.  With double-bladed paddles, the kayak can be driven at a 41/2-mile-an-hour clip all day and it can be sent over a half-mile course in four minutes, single-blade. It rides the water squarely and runs true, which many a factory canoe does not do.

28 pages, 3 plate(s)

Bebop (Pub. No. 5104)

by William D. Jackson

For a little money for materials, you can build this midget version of a classy runabout for your youngsters. The hull sides flare forward and curve aft with a wide safe beam. Single cockpit design with steering-wheel engine control and plastic windshield give it a racy appearance. Powered with a 11/2hp-3½ hp outboard motor the little boat has a top speed of 10 mph. The speed, of course, could be limited by restricting the movement of the engine throttle beyond a certain point. Since odd-size, difficult to obtain boat lumber is not used, all materials can be purchased at your local lumber yard. No steam bending of frame parts is required and difficult joinery work has been eliminated. Hull consists of sturdy framework covered with extenor plywood.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Skippy--The 8' Boat (Pub. No. 5105)

This boat is a simply constructed, flat bottom craft, designed for easy rowing qualities. She is ideally suited for a child’s play boat, being light enough to be managed by even a small child. While she has not been designed with a center-board, if is possible to rig her with lee boards, leg-o-mutton sail, and a simple outboard rudder. Despite her diminutive size, she will prove herself to be a fast and capable sailer. The construction is quite unique, as it employs a system of double planking, using muslin between the inner and outer layers. A properly constructed boat built in this manner will never leak and needs no caulking, eifher when she is being built or at any time thereafter. For the planking of this boat, we recommend 3/16" cedar. Cedar is a light wood and well suited for this purpose. However, if cedar is not obtainable, other good woods, such as cypress, white pine, Philippine mahogany, etc., will be suitable.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Chieftain--Building a 15 ft Canoe (Pub. No. 5107)

by William D. Jackson

Canoes are customarily difficult to construct being made over special forms, and often, unless one has considerable skill, little success results from amateur construction of canoes, but "Chieftain" utilized a new and proven method of construction that allows this splendid little canoe to be built by any one with ordinary tools in a fraction of the time required for conventional canoes. In addition "Chieftain" has all sorts of desirable features such as extreme lightweight, easy paddling, cheapness and ease of construction. Last but not least this canoe may be built either as a double-end canoe or with changes, as a square stern outboard model canoe, adapting it to any purpose for hunting, fishing, or pleasure use imaginable.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Training Ship, The (Pub. No. 5110)

by Stephen T. Crosby

The mast was made from a 11/2-in, curtain pole. The boom once was a squeegee handle, the sail, a piece of unbleached muslin. That’s the kind of material that produced the original “Tiny,” a 6-ft. boat that is an excellent sailer despite the fact that it can be hauled to the water on a coaster wagon. With mast and rudder removed, one adult can carry Tiny. Designed and built by Stephen T. Crosby, of Balboa Island, Calif., for his children to learn the art of sailing, it accommodates two passengers, and has all the necessary equipment of a full-size sailboat. General dimensions show that the boom is located high above the cockpit to give the skipper full vision, and also to prevent the boom from dragging in the water when coming about. The deck plan also shows the exceptionally broad beam, lessening the possibility of capsizing.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Sailing Scow, A (Pub. No. 5111)

(buildable in a weekend)

Here is a tiny sailing craft that was designed especially for the young mariner who would like to try his hand at boat building. Though extremely simple to build, this 7-foot scow does prove an able sailer on inland waters. Three boys working together can construct it in a single day using only such simple tools as a cross-cut saw, breast drill, jack plane, hammer and screwdriver.

4 pages

Some Basic Paddle Boats (Pub. No. 5112)

COOTIE CRAFT, A 4 ft. plywood kid's boat for pond or pool.
The old swimmin’ hole takes on a new fascination for the youngsters with these Cootie Craft. They’re simple and inexpensive to build, and they’re easily transported on the top of the family car. In fact, if the selected spot isn’t far from home, the little boats can be hauled on the youngster’s express wagon.
PADDLE-WHEELER, a hand-cranked side-wheeler
No boat-building experience is necessary to construct this juvenile sidewheeler because the bottom is a single panel of waterproof outdoor plywood. The only caulking required, along the chines (lower edges), is simply a matter of laying cotton binding tape in marine glue and screwing on the plywood

UTILITY SCOW makes safe play boat.
Youngsters can play "pirates and sailors" to their heart's content in a scow like this. Being 16 feet long and with a flat bottom, the would-be bandits can move around in it almost as they wish with no danger of accidents or sudden baths which would result in a round-bottomed craft. then too, the boat is excellent for still fishing and transporting materials.
SIDEWINDER, this paddle-wheel boat is a barrel of fun for the kids.
Building this boat will really put you in solid with the small fry--if you will give them a chance to play with it when its finished. And the job takes no more than a weekend for anyone who can cut wood along a line.
PEEPER a paddle boat for the kids with a glass bottom.
Junior frogmen and (girl tadpoles too) will have a splashing good time cavoting on this paddle boat with its Plexiglasss window for underwater observations . . . and it can be built in an evening.

8 pages

Peanut--An Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5113)

by Henry Clark

Build this 6-ft. runabout for your little boy.

You can kill two birds with one stone  with this project: Learn how to go about this business of making a boat from plans—and also to provide your little guy with one of the proudest life-size “toys” a kid ever had. You can build this little nifty in a couple of weekends and for less than twenty bucks. My boy is only eight and he loves it. With a helmet on he’s a king at the controls, the envy of every kid in the county—and the darling of the ladies. I nearly busted my bib with pride when I first saw him take off in it.  With the “Fisherman’s Friend,” the 3 hp Evinrude kicker which usually trolls, this baby takes off like a hydro. Does a smart 15 mph or better. Built of 1/8-inch plywood, the boat weighs about 35 lbs. With the motor off it can carry an adult, the action gained by holding onto a tow rope a la water skiing. Lots of fun here. Forward driving is obtained by re-rigging the fuel feed, substituting a car choke cable to create a remote fuel feed.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

El Cid (Pub. No. 5114)

by Hal Kelly

Build thus sportboat in days. It’ll provide hours of safe fun for youngsters of all ages.

EL CID is a mini inboard hydro that’s powered with a 4 H.P. air-cooled engine. Its top speed is about 16 mph with a 100 lb. teenager aboard. It features a “dead man’s” throttle that shuts the motor off when the driver lets go of the throttle, so there’s no danger if the operator falls off the boat. Safe enough for an eight-year-old, it’s a great little boat for the young to start out on. Use is limited to well-protected waters, of course.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

Lark Jr. (Pub. No. 5115)

by Robert Bosley

Lark, Jr., is a boy’s boat—a 131/2-foot long cabin cruiser for inland and coastal waters.

Younger boating enthusiasts who yearn to build a boat all their own will find Lark, Jr., ideal for their limited abilities and slim purses. The construction has been made as simple as is consistent with a well-designed boat and planking curves are so simple that no steaming is necessary. The cabin, though small, has room for radio set, cooking utensils, and other equipment needed for a short cruise. Lark, Jr., is seaworthy enough to weather anything a boat of her inches has any business being out in. She’ll make a fine project for any youth, but will be a bit cramped for the grown up six-footer.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Cockeybird (Pub. No. 5116)

by Weston Farmer

Cockybird’s hull is simple to build, orthodox in construction below the sheer. Right up to that point she’s the same as any of the present day popular runabouts. Her deck is unusually husky for a boat like this, being of 3/4 inch stuff. If any people in the world take things more for granted than kids do I haven’t run across them. There’ll be leaps from six foot docks, there’ll be oil barrels (yes, on occasion) and maybe even rocks, for the crib of the dock, hauled around on her deck. And I don’t want that deck to measure short of expectations. There has been no attempt to make a very light boat in Cockybird. She is small enough so that an added eighth of an inch here, a quarter of an inch there on her scantlings will have no measurable effect in increasing her weight or decreasing her speed. The factor, adequacy, should in every case be considered first in a boat. So her deck is heavy and her clamp, which holds the deck to the hull and drinks up the deck loads, is heavy too. The hull itself leans toward fairish lightness, with enough frames provided for what I feel is a good distribution of stresses.

20 pages, 2 plate(s)

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