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Barnacle--An 11-Ft. Rowboat or Outboard (Pub. No. 5344)

Rides in your car trunk . . . qickly assembles to form an 11 ft. rowboat or outboard.

If you're looking for a boat for fishing or camping trips on some lake or river within driving range, without having your car look like a moving van to do it, then Barnacle’s the boat for you. She’s a permanent leakproof craft that doesn’t require any car-top gear for carrying or time spent in assembling a collection of frames and canvas covering. Unlike most “portable” boats, Barnacle has only three plywood sections that nest together and stow in the trunk of your car. When you arrive at the lake, they come out in a jiffy and go together as fast and easily as hanging the screens on your back porch. And once assembled and locked, you needn’t worry about the sections coming apart in the middle of the lake, for they’ll stay together just as tight as the barnacles on a ship’s hull. After the “big ones” of the finny tribe have been caught, a few minutes’ work taking the sections apart and Barnacle is back in the trunk and you’re on your way home. A quick check of the drawings will convince you that the construction is equally simple. The only difference between this boat and a regular flatbottom one are the two pairs of bulkheads which divide her into three separate sections. However, this difference makes it possible to build Barnacle in your basement and get her out without tearing down the wall. The reason for this is that you build the boat complete and then literally saw her into three sections, each of which is leak-proof and capable of floating by itself.

9 pages, 4 plate(s)

Graefin-10 (Pub. No. 5354)

designed by Will Graef

Sailing pram ideal for learning the basics of sailing, is also fun for more experienced sailors.

Sailing enthusiasts and backyard boatbuilders are not likely to find plans for a sailing pram that can be built faster, lighter, stronger, or less expensivelv than Graefin-10. Two men can begin work on a Friday evening and have a smart, lively 10-ft. 85-pound sailer in the water by Sunday evening. It's been done. Graefin sailers have been dropped two stories in tests without damage and have been suspended by one gunwale while an Army Jeep was suspended from the other. Graefin sailed away. You can build this sailing pram from scratch, using exterior or boatstock plywood from your local lumberyard and any of the dozens of plastic resins on the market.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build this Surf-N-Sailboat (Pub. No. 5359)

by John Carroll and Associates

Sponsored by an active class organisation, the high performance Australian Sailfish is cheap, easy-to-build and as refreshing as a stroll down Bondi Beach.

The Australian Sailfish made its first appearance in Victoria in the late l950s. It is based on a proven type of hull form which originated in the United States, and then found great popularity in New Zealand, due to several fundamental characteristics. These include simple and cheap construction, light weight and ease of transport, good buoyancy and safety factors, and last, but not least, very hot performance. The design has produced a craft which provides a safe and simple training boat to the novice, and a craft which will give the more experienced skipper the thrills and performance sufficient to outsail many established, larger and more expensive classes. In essence the Sailfish comprises a fully decked hull 11 ft 6 in. in length with a beam of just under 3 ft, having a maximum depth (excluding plate) of 6 inches, and minimum weight of 63 lb. It is cat rigged, with a mast 16 ft high carrying a mainsail of 65 square feet.

14 pages, 1 plate(s)

How to Build Whisky--A Car Top Boat (Pub. No. 5368)

by Weston Farmer

If you were to average up all the good boats of car-top size you’d have Whisky. She’s light, and fast, and free running and will be especially good with nominal horsepowers. The cost of materials for her will run just about fifty dollars.

Whisky started life on my drawing board as Whiskaway. The affectionate diminutive, which is an American habit with names, soon shortened Whiskaway to Whisky. Let me tell you about her. She is 14 feet in over-all length, by 52-inch beam by 15 inches freeboard from chine to sheer amidships. This puts her right in the groove for average size among spitkit boats of her length. She is neither the largest nor the smallest. She fills a gap. Most of the 14-footers available as kits or in plan form are too large and heavy for car-top carrying. Whisky will nestle bottom up on your car-top carrier and will be a good traveler. When you reach your haunts she’ll be big enough to handle weather on any lake. She is built of plywood for relative ease of construction. Hence her lines follow what it is practical to do with plywood.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Skinney--An 17-Ft. Sailing Canoe (Pub. No. 5396)

A Clever Design for an Attractive and Popular Style of Sailing Craft Which Will Furnish Thrilling Sport, Designed by C. A. Nedwidek

Something a little different is a sailing canoe of the skiff type. No doubt many canoeists have at one time or other had the desire to build and own a sailing canoe, to build a boat of this type on the round bottom style involves quite a bit of boat building experience while to build one as shown on the accompanying plans should be relatively easy.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Shipmite--An 81/2-Ft. Plywood Pram (Pub. No. 5405)

by Leonard H. Cross

Shipmite rows easily, has great carrying capacity and is the best behaved tender I ever towed in a following sea.

Shipmite is the direct result of a daughter’s persistence and it required months of hard work—on her part—before the lines were finally laid out. That settled, it. I had gone too far to back down and so the material was ordered and the pram built. I have already jumped ahead of the building of Shipmite, so let me first give you some idea of the way she acted. For a little 81/2-foot ship (and I use the word intentionally) it is truly surprising how well she goes to windward and the balance is good. In the lightest breeze she has a distinct tendency to head into the wind and in a strong northeaster required very little rudder to hold her off the wind. In a good breeze she will run away from my tender with a five horsepower outboard. This I know, because I tried to catch my daughter for dinner one day and failed. My wife and I spent most of the summer at Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island, aboard our cruiser Shipmate, but not daughter; she lived aboard Shipmite. In the little water-tight locker, forward, she had canned goods, matches, a spare bathing suit, and many other miscellaneous articles. With this equipnient she would leave early in the morning, sail to some deserted beach, build a fire, go for a swim, eat and just generally have the time of her life. One day, before daughter had time to get the mast in place, I sneaked off with the outboard on Shipmite’s stern. With the motor opened up I crawled to the forward thwart and had all the sensations of being in a fifty-mile speedboat. Shipmite weighs only eighty-seven pounds and really gets up on top with this motor, but I realize boat speeds are generally over-estimated and of course fifteen miles is a good clip on the water. Frankly I had never thought of a pram as possessing particularly good looks, but there is something about a whole lot of good qualities that tend to beautify and after a full summer’s use Shipmite looks positively handsome.

25 pages, 3 plate(s)

Kingfish Class--A 10-FT. Sailing Canoe, The (Pub. No. 5406)

by Edward Webber

This boat, designed and built approximately two years ago, gave her owner such keen sailing and all-around enjoyment that another was built. Both have raced and sailed the entire season, in rivers, small lakes, Raritan Bay, and Barnegat Bay, and the boating pleasure derived from them has greatly eclipsed the original cost and labor. The construction is simple and the completed boat should not cost much, depending on the locality and materials used. As to materials, I recommend a solid piece of white oak for the keel and, for all other parts, I think it best to allow the builder his own choice. Very little strain or twisting will be found in such a small hull, and the materials used can depend on the pocketbook.

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

Scherzo--A 13-Ft. Sailing Canoe (Pub. No. 5408)

by Edward R. Weber

Sailing this type of canoe is a new and different treat—bounding crazily along close over the water, the seemingly weightless hull will thrash, then skim, like a thing alive, completely mastered by the helmsman yet master herself of the waves and wind. She will prove a fine craft to any who build her. Our lines show a different hull, with more displacement aft than forward, and a good deal of bearing for the greatly increased sail area. The buttocks intimate speed, and it is hoped some planing ability—in a hefty wind and smooth sea. Sheer has been added, to some extent, and the waterlines are much fuller. With the greatly increased beam her dimensions are 13-feet overall length, 40-inches beam, and 101/2-inches depth amidships. We have also a centerboard instead of the old fin-keel, the advantages of which will be obvious. It seems too long ago—before the season had really started—that two small canoes swished heavily through a Barnegat sea, and side by side, with spray flying aft, bounded south under the press of the fresh southeast breeze. Kingfishers they were, and this was one of many similar sails in the past four years. It was cold, and the sky was intermittently blue, then gray, as the two lone occupants—drenched with spray—soared crazily over the surface, their small craft seemingly lost in the waves about them. One canoe seemed deeper in the water and as time wore on she became more and more sluggish, while the other bounded on as lively as ever, her one occupant bellowing madly, “Blow, blow wind, blow!” at the freshening breeze. Soon the slower boat headed for shore, sluggishly, to empty the spray-filled cockpit, as the mad occupant of the faster canoe, with a relatively dry cockpit, shrieked crazily for more of the wind that seemed so perfect. The reasons for this, once fathomed, resulted after some months of work in the completion of this design. We realized then that 20-pounds difference in weight, in a small 10-foot canoe, could mean the difference between a spray-filling slow boat and a light bounding hull that went to windward like a gull—especially in one of those cold strong winds on Barnegat Bay early in the Spring. Here in this design are the results of this and many more lessons learned in our earlier 10-foot Kingfisher canoes—and a far better sailor than the author finally brought them to light. Scherzo is thus named for that sailor—and musician—who stands for all that is fine in life as in sailing—clean living and fair winds. You will undoubtedly see him should you visit Barnegat Bay—bounding about in a small canoe and shrieking wildly for more wind.

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Hitch-Hiker--A Running Board Boat (Pub. No. 5412)

by Jack Beater

I'm just one of a vast number of poor but presumably honest folks who have felt the urge to own a boat but can’t follow the usual way to satisfy said urge. The reason probably lies in the fact that our bank accounts (if any) are entirely too slim-waisted to stand the strain of a twenty footer, or even a glorified skiff. As a consequence many thousand of us potential boat enthusiasts have been cornpelled to spend our holidays in the family car, inching through traffic jams, breathing exhaust gas, and eating picnic lunches beside a dusty highway. And don’t forget the flies. Since the free time at my disposal was limited and I was unable to use a boat regularly, it was essential that the hull be simple. There are no planks to steam or bend into graceful curves, and no seams to caulk, yet the result is a very snappy, trustworthy boat. A saw, a hammer, a plane, tin snips and a soldering copper are literally all the tools needed. While the boat is only 31/2 feet wide and 8 feet long its buoyancy is very much greater than a conventional row-boat or skiff of even larger size. This is due to the fact that its square, flat bottom displaces a maximum amount of water. Its draft with two persons is only 4 inches, and light it is less than 2 inches. The cockpit is roughly 3 by 5 feet which offers ample room for two people on short trips. Its small size and light weight make it easy to mount and carry on the running board of most any car.

16 pages

7' 4" Plywood Pram (Pub. No. 5446)

by Edson I. Schock

This boat was designed as a tender for a small yacht, where a larger tender would be too bulky or too heavy to take aboard. She rows easily and tows well. Perhaps it is an exaggeration to say that any dinghy tows well, they all give more or less trouble, but this one is no worse than the others. She has good stability, and will carry her share of the load.

22 pages, 3 plate(s)

Canoe Built from Siding (Pub. No. 5457)

by George Daniels

Two cedar clapboards and a panel of plywood are the major materials for this floating beauty.

You don’t have to be a boatbuilder to make this 65-pound, 16-foot canoe in a weekend. The cedar-clapboard sides produce and hold the hull shape when they are bent around the midframe and joined at the ends. Fit in the wedge-shaped stems at bow and stern, fasten on the bottom panels of 1/4/" exterior plywood, and you actually have a floatable boat after about two hours’ work.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

Build the Sea- and Skifish (Pub. No. 5464)

by George Daniels

Many small-boat sailinging fans in northern climes have a secret desire to own. a boat they never have to put away. When winter comes and the water freezes the boat of their dreams just climbs up on the ice and continues sailing as an iceboat. This, of course, is a fantasy. So far as we’ve been able to figure out, no such arrangement is possible. But in our brainstorming, one of the things we figured out that is possible is to have two different little craft—an iceboat and a sailboat—that use the same rig and sail. Sail around all summer in the boat. When winter comes, transfer the sail and rig to the iceboat and continue batting the breeze. So we set to work designing such a combo, and what we came up with is the Seafish-Skifish. The Seafish is fast. She planes in any breeze worthy of the name and she cartops easily, too. She has a roomy cockpit that makes her a boat you can sail in as well as on, and she’s built with kick-up leeboards that let you go into shallow water without worrying about obstructions. But if Seafish is fast, watch out! Skifish is a speed demon. In the right breeze she can hit speeds of more than 50 mph. She’s also a cartopper, with a hollow fuselage, which means that she’s light to handle and would float (close to 500 lbs. buoyancy) if you went through the ice. Seafish and Skifish use a standard Sunfish sail and rig that can be transferred.

10 pages, 2 plate(s)

Motor Canoe, A (Pub. No. 5465)

by M.E. Daniels

This 16-ft. motor canoe can do everything an ordinary canoe can do and a lot more. You can paddle it, row it or sail it--but the real fun comes in powering it with the smallest kicker you can buy anc cruising all day on a gallon of gas. If you're the outdoor type, and not too much taller than 6 ft., you can also sleep aboard. The amble beam, flat bottom and hard chines give her a tip resistance that's hard to belive, and added buoyancy can be gained with the installation of optional sytrofoam stabilizng fins.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

8 foot Sailing Pram (Pub. No. 5467)

by Jack Payne

This little boat is easy to handle and safe for kids of all ages

This little 8-ft. sailboat is designed to be built of easily obtainable materials with minimum woodworking skills and simple  hand operated power tools. The gaff-rig was used to make the sail easy to cut and sew on a home machine. Total materials for the boat we bbuilt including sails, hardware, fiberglass, resin and paint—came to less than $99. Construction time for two men was aapproximately24 hours, but this does not include time spent getting the tools out, coffee breaks, standing back and looking and clean-up. Exterior A.C-grade plywood was used for all parts including ddagger board and rudder. Clear white pine was used for everything else. Other woods can be used if you wish (marine plywood, sspruce white oak, fir chines and clamps, redwood, spruce or 2-ft-diameter aluminum tube for the mast, mahogany for rudder and ddagger board but they will bring the cost up.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Aquapram--A simple little 8 ft. utility pram (Pub. No. 5473)

by Hal Kelly

A useful little boat that can be built in a single weekend and will give many hours of fun for the family

With cars, there’s a concept known as the BTV—the basic transportation vehicle. It’s a fairly self-explanatory idea. All you want is to go from here to there and back, usually not too far, not too expensively and at a pretty low initial cost. We’ve never heard of this concept transferred on a one-to-one basis to boating, but if it were, we’ve got one of the ones. We call her AquaPram and she’s basic transportation on the water. Eight ft. long and 5 ft. 4 in. wide, AquaPram weighs in at a hair over 100 lbs., which makes her just right for cartopping. This means you have no trouble getting her to the water in the first place.     And once there, her virtues begin to show. You can row her. You can put up to a 5-hp motor on her. You can even set her up to take asmall sail if you want. She’s excellent as a tender to a larger boat. Her stability is beyond compare, so there’s no problem of tippiness going from one craft to another. This stability also makes her an excellent swimmer’s or diver’s boat, since she’s almost impossible to turn over crawling in and out of. In fact, as a test, we put four people on her gunwale and she didn’t even ship water. She’s also good as a utility pram for outdoorsmen who might want to use her to shoot or fish from. With her 4-in, draft, she’ll go over all but the shallowest shallows, and is easily pulled up on any beach. She’ll take two men with all their fishing gear and still have room for lunch and beer. But in addition, she has a hidden virtue. She’s unsinkable. AquaPram has her outside sections filled with foam molded in place. Again, as a test, we put three people in her and pulled the plugs. She never even filled to the seats. Not built for speed but for safety and utility, she still hits 7 mph pushed by the 3.6 and carrying three people.

5 pages, 1 plate(s)

Build this Plywood Kayak (Pub. No. 5477)

by George Emory

You'll like the simple construction of this tough little lightweight. Fun to paddle or sail, it's designed to be steered by a novel kick-up rudder you control with foot pedals.

Unlike most kayaks, this easy-to-build plywood design has a generous beam and a perfectly flat bottom from stem to stern, both of which increase the stability. Even more novel, though, is the way it’s put together. There’s no tricky toolwork involved. The sides and bottom are 1/4-in. plywood with uncomplicated 90° chines and simple fore-and-aft curves. To keep the weight down, 1/4-in, plywood is also used for the frames, making it necessary to add stiffening cleats to the edges to give them more rigidity and provide the required surface area for mounting the planking. From the sheer down, it’s an ultrasimple plywood hull. For the deck, however, you switch to fiberglass, stretching 71/2-oz. glass cloth over the tops of the frames and saturating it with resin, then feathering the joint where the cloth laps the side planking.

6 pages, 2 plate(s)

Build this White-Water Riverboat (Pub. No. 5480)

by Clinton R. Hull

It’s a rugged, beefy craft designed to take the wildest rapids in stride, but tame ehough to slip quietly into any shallow fishing inlet under oars

It's a real thoroughbred, this high-riding river sled. Evolved over a lifetime of white-water experience by famed riverman Glen Wooldridge, it features a fast-rising bow which lifts easily over the largest riffles. This, combined with steeply flaring sides and a long flat after section, gives the boat tremendous lift, excellent maneuverability and unbelievably shallow draft. Glen’s typical power rig is a mid-range outboard equipped with one of those husky jet-drive lower units. Such a setup gives the boat maximum shallow-water capability. I’ve been aboard when he’s skimmed over 4in.-deep riffles without touching bottom. Best of all, it’s very easily built and performs well with any outboard motor.

5 pages, 2 plate(s)

Teacup--A Basic-Basic Sailboat (Pub. No. 5483)

by M.M. Matthews

Only 91/2 feet long, this salty little pram is small enough for a 10-year old to handle easily, large enough for dad to enjoy. And it's an easy project even for the first-time boat builder.

Teacup is a design that gets right down to the basics. With almost 5 fet of beam, it's a stable sturdy craft that handles nicely, an ideal learner's boat. While not a hot boat, by any means, Teacup's performance has enough sparkle to make this a fun little day sailer for anyone. Construction is a blend of economy and simplicity. To simplify the two most difficult parts of hull building, Teacup has a pram nose instead of a curved bow and a dagger centerboard rather than the more complicated swing-up board. Even the sail plan is simple. If you've never tried your hand at boat building, Teacup is a perfect choice as a first project. Dimensions were planned to utilize 10-ft. sheets of plywood, available on special order from your lumber dealer. Naturally, 8-ft. sheets may also be used, but this will require butt joints in the planking.

15 pages, 5 plate(s)

Build this 14-foot Canoe for Little Money (Pub. No. 5484)

by Roy W. Beeching, Jr.

Of the numerous techniques I know for building a canoe, the one described here is by far the easiest. Two f'rinstances: the canoe has no ribs, and no steam-bending is required. Its principal ingreadient is 1/8-in. marine plywood--two 4x8-ft. panels sawed in half lengthwise. Gunwales, keelson, thwarts and breasthooks are stock lumber (fir or pine.) On completing it you will have a fast, stable, lightweight canoe--perfect for two, perfect for lake or river, and perfect for camping trips.

6 pages, 1 plate(s)

Little Giant--A 9 foot Portable Pram (Pub. No. 5493)

by J.B. Temple

Combining the light-weight qualities of a small boat, and the strength of a larger boat, Little Giant was designed to meet exacting specifications. It is small enough to be transported on the top of a car, light enough so that two men can carry it over rough portages, sturdy enough to tow heavy loads safely, and strong enough to bounce off hidden snags. In general Little Giant is nine feet two and a quarter inches long and will rest with ease on a car top. It has a stubby bow which gives the seaworthieness of a boat several feet longer. When properly loaded, its modified vee bottom rises up on the waves like a duck and it will not dunk its nose or push water ahead of it. It has a wide beam of forty-six inches and the splay on the sides makes it seaworthy and comparatively dry in rough waters. It is a wonder with an outboard motor, as the shape of the bottom gives it a tendency to plane and hold its head up even at slow speeds. This boat is very easy and economical to build. The dimensions and bevels given in the accompanying plans are accurate as they have been checked and double checked from finished boats. Therefore, it is not necessary that you go through that bug-bear of boat construction in making full size layouts. If you can work accurately and frame to the dimensions and angles given, the parts will fit.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

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