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Designed for the man who likes to fish.
$7.95
by William D. Jackson, N.A.
Despite its small size the Jolly Roger also makes an excellent yacht dinghy for father.
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by Murray Ken
Here is the very last thing in simplicity of construction.
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This 11-inch hull comes out of a single sheet of 3
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by Robert J. Whittier
It's 131
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Here is a fisherman's outboard boat that has an exceptionally wide range of usefulness.
$7.95
The skiff type of hull is eminently seaworthy and carries a heavy load safely.
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This skiff-type hull is a favourite of experienced fishermen.
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This handy twelve-foot skiff is a refinement of larger, heavier boats.
$7.95
This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.
$7.95
If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta".
$6.95
Possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat.
$8.95
by L.R. Meeklin
For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat.
$8.95
Combines unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use.
$7.95
Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor.
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by Hi Sibley
It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons.
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A plywood skiff ideal for all types of rugged row-boating.
$3.50
by William F. Crosby
A fine little plywood skiff having many uses, is easy enough for even the novice to construct.
$3.50
by Edson I. Schock
The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend.
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by Edwin Monk
This well-designed skiff is 111
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Sea Skiff--A 131/2" Fishing Skiff (Pub. No. 5523)
/Designed for the man who likes to fish.

Designed for the man who likes to fish.

by William D. Jackson,N.A.

The evolution of a boat design is sometimes just as interesting as the boat itself. Certainly that’s true of this "Sea Skiff". A long line of similar skiffs had been designed in years past, and something worthwhile was learned from each. Then, when the United States entered World War II, I joined the Emergency Rescue Boat Company—a service whose chief occupation was the rescue of flyers down at sea and, sometimes, of survivors from some torpedoed ship. Many types of skiffs were used in this service. From these craft, too, valuable lessons were learned, and all that experience has been applied to design of this "Sea Skiff"

7 pages, 2 plate(s)

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Jolly Roger--A Simple 8 Foot Skiff (Pub. No. 5547)
William D. Jackson, N.A./Despite its small size the Jolly Roger also makes an excellent yacht dinghy for father.

by William D. Jackson, N.A.

"Jolly Roger"—shades of Captain Kidd and Morgan. Here is a small boat for big or little adventurers easily built of flat bottom design for those small tars who thirst for high adventure on a pond where the sunfish lurk. Despite its small size the Jolly Roger also makes an excellent yacht dinghy for father.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

$7.95
Zinky Dink a 14 ft. Steel Skiff (Pub. No. 5588)
Murray Ken/Here is the very last thing in simplicity of construction.

ZINKY DINK, by Ken Murray
Ease of handling and absolute safety probably top the list of a dozen or more reasons for the steady increase in popularity of the steel boat. Each year finds them in increasing numbers on inland lakes and streams, in use by fishermen and hunters and by just plain citizens who want the enjoyment of easy oaring or extra swiftness of outboard-motoring. It relieves the mind and makes boating more enjoyable to know that built-in air chambers make the steel boat unsinkable.  In the past, plans for construction of a tested steel boat have either been retained as a trade secret by the manufacturers, or, what is more likely, construction has appeared too difficult to be attempted by most amateur builders. Actually, the assembling of a steel job is no more complicated than following the designs of many of the small wood boats.

TINKER--by Bradley Brewer and Douglas Rolfe
The word “simple” is so overdone that it is hardly surprising to find the novice inclined to mistrust any job so labelled. In the case of “Tinker” the word is thoroughly justified. Here is the very last thing in simplicity of construction.  Actually, no special boat-building knowledge or experience is required to duplicate this little craft. Though small, “Tinker” is by no means a toy and will serve not only as an excellent general purpose rowboat but also as a neat little sailing dinghy.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

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One-Sheet of Plywood (14-ft) Rowboat, A (Pub. No. 5686)
/This 11-inch hull comes out of a single sheet of 3/8-inch plywood.

Make it from one piece of plywood (14 ft.)

This 11-inch hull comes out of a single sheet of 3/8-inch plywood. We used Weldwood Royal Marine Plywood for the job. It can be put together by almost any workshopper with a minimum amount of tools and time.  It rows smartly and gets a real burst of speed from a 3 to 5-hp outboard, actually planing like a runabout. It won’t tip or trip with its generously flared sides and will take a rough clop. It can be lifted on top of a car by one man. It will carry up to four persons. The editors feel that it’s impossible to get so much water transport anywhere for so little cost.

16 pages, 2 plate(s)

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Simple 13 1/2 Ft. Outboard Skiff, A (Pub. No. 5693)
Robert J. Whittier/It's 131/2 feet long, and is ideal for fishing or cruising.

by Robert Whittier

It’s 131/2 feet long, and is ideal for fishing or cruising

Here is a 13½-foot utility skiff which will appeal to fishermen and others who want something suitable for outboard motors in the 3 to 71/2-hp range. This boat’s hull has been designed to run efficiently at moderate speeds with small motors and, while it has the strength to handle greater power, motors larger than this will cause its bow to ride high and the bottom to pound. If you wish to use a large motor it would be best to choose some other design. The details of this boat have been thoroughly worked out and many have been built from these plans. The “boxy” look characteristic of many simplified designs has been avoided, yet if the plans and instructions are followed it should go together with no difficulty. This boat is very stable and is ideal for fishing and general use, or as a children’s boat. it is quite buoyant and, while not intended for open water, will prove quite safe on lakes and bays.

12 pages

$7.95
11' 6" Fisherman's Boat (Pub. No. 5007)
/Here is a fisherman's outboard boat that has an exceptionally wide range of usefulness.

Here is a fisherman's ouitboard boat that has an exceptionally wide range of usefulness. It islight , perfectly adapted for small motors, and handles well with oars--three qualities desired by all fishermen. With a larger motor it becomes a fast runabout and planes nicely. Practically no speed is sacrificed in obtaining its excellent riding quality, and the chop of the waves is cut through with remarkably little bounce. Any motor from 3 to 16 h.p. may be used. With a 9-h.p. motor, speeds up to 25 m.p.h. are easily possible, and 35 m.p.h. with one of 16 h.p. Designed for fishing and all-round use as a family boat, the hull is seaworthy enough for open bodies of water and has plenty of buoyancy for three or four adults. Two men can lift it without difficulty onto a light trailer. Batten-seam construuction prevents leaking no matter how often the boat is dried out.

10 pages, 4 plate(s)

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Fast 14-ft Skiff (Pub. No. 5014)
/The skiff type of hull is eminently seaworthy and carries a heavy load safely.

(For Oars or Outboard Motor)
For general use, under a wide variety of conditions, it would be difficult to find a better hull than this V-bottomed outboard skiff. Adapted for use on any water--river, lake, and ocean-- the skiff type of hull is eminently seaworthy and carries a heavy load safely. The lapstreak construction of this skiff has many advantages, not the least of which is its light weight, approximately 225 pounds, which makes the completed craft easy to transport by trailer. This bot is stiff, immensely strong and durable. It doesn't require soaking, being always ready for use. The laps formed by the bottom contribute considerably to speedy performance, as well as helping to eliminate excess spray. The V-bottomed skiff is usable with any outboard motor, from one horespower up to and including the most powerful made. The speed will range from five to forty-five miles an hour, depending on the type of motor used. The craft can be rowd easily, despite its ample proportions, and five to seven persons can be safely accomoded in the roomy seats.ned for all-round use, the streamline hollow surfboard carries two persons easily and the other 4 designs provide a variety of other options.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

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14-Ft Utility Skiff (Pub. No. 5017)
/This skiff-type hull is a favourite of experienced fishermen.

(For Oars or Outboard Motor)
These are the plans of a well-known East Coast yacht builder who has been onstructing fishing skiffs and other types of utility boats for many years. This 14-foot skiff is a favorite of experienced fishermen and is used extensively on Chesapeake Bay as well as in other parts of the country. These skiffs row easily and drive well with a small outboard motor, and they can be made either of ordinary lumber or of marine-grade plywood. In either case, since the molds remain intact when the hull is removed, more than one skiff can be built on the same form. This is a decided advantage for those who wish to make a number, say for a livery, and it's also handy where two friends, each wanting a skiff, decide to team up and do the job together.

13 pages, 3 plate(s)

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Skipper-A Simple 12-Foot Skiff (Pub. No. 5033)
/This handy twelve-foot skiff is a refinement of larger, heavier boats.

This handy twelve-foot skiff is a refinement of larger, heavier boats. It is short enough, and sufficiently light in weight, to be carried atop a car or house trailer and, like all flat-bottomed boats, is comparatively easy to huild

14 pages

$7.95
Chessy--15-ft Chesapeake Skiff (Pub. No. 5038)
/This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.

This strongly built 15-Ft. Chesapeake skiff may be easily rowed or driven by an outboard motor.
When the soft southerly breezes blowing on your fevered brow and the moist, salty tang of marshes tingling in your nostrils make you long to get out on the water, then, Brother, the bug has bitten you and it’s time to think about building a boat. Chessy is just the ticket to get you acquainted with the sport. She is strongly built so she’ll take a beating when you drag her up on sandy beaches or push her into marsh grass with its inevitable hidden snags and roots. She has plenty of flare, which will keep her dry when the going gets rough—and she is steady enough on her keel to enable the soft-crabber to stand in her bow and reach for a fastmoving crustacean without having the feeling of walking a tightrope

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

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Banta-- A 12-ft Plywood Outboard Runabout (Pub. No. 5057)
/If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta".

If you want a lightweight utililty boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build "Banta". A boat like this has a lot to recommend it--simple, inexpensive construction, a one-man weight of less than 150 lbs., practically leakproof--she's a smooth easy boat on any man's river. Good for rough water too. The vee-bottom of "Banta" makes her a much better rough-water boat than conventional flat-bottom plywood construction.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

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Construction of Comus--A 14ft Outboard Motor Boat (Pub. No. 5085)
/Possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat.

A 14-Ft. Outboard Motor Boat

by Louis E. Germain, N.A.

Ever since the time some and enterprising cave craftsman hollowed out a log and scooped it awkwardly through the dark waters of a primeval lake, there has been a fascination attached to the small boat, and the home-craftsman of today is not much different in this respect from the coracle builders of earliest England or the Indians of young America. There is probably no other home workshop job so easily and inexpensively built which offers the wide variety of pleasure and usefulness as does the humble rowboat. Gallantly upholding this tradition is the newl designed "Comus", a sturdy and goodlooking boat with a length of fourteen feet, graceful in appearance, hardy in performance, and easy to handle. Especially created for readers of POPULAR HOMECRAFT Magazine, it is presented in these pages because it possesses features of safety and efficiency which are unusual in the average boat designed for the dual combination of propulsion by oars and outboard motor.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

$8.95
Chesapeake Bay Skiff, A (Pub. No. 5096)
L.R. Meeklin/For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat.

by L.R. Meekin and L.M. Klinefelter

For anyone desiring a light, easily handled rowboat this little flat-bottomed skiff is pretty hard to beat. It is a safe boat and comparatively simple to construct

20 pages

$8.95
Mackeral: a versatile Sea Skiff (Pub. No. 5099)
/Combines unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use.

by William D. Jackson

"Mackeral" is a sea skiff type of boat, 14’ in length with a beam over 5’, combining unusually ample accommodations with seaworthiness for sport and pleasure use. This craft may he rowed but is best powered with air cooled inboards of 2 to 7 H.P. or outboard motors of 3 to 30 H.P. for speeds of 5 to 35 miles an hour. With ample dimensions for use upon rough, open waters the design is trim, attractive and able to go anywhere. Seating capacity is four persons and because of its ample size, if drawers were built under the seats, any amount of equipment for fishing or other uses could be stowed. The completed weight of the "Mackeral" will be approximately 200 lbs.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

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How to Build a 15-ft Outboard (Pub. No. 5051)
/Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor.

This boat can give a great deal of pleasure in the building. Designed for strength in open water, it will take a 25 h.p. motor. Because of her virtues of clean-cut lines added to spaciousness, added to exceptional seaworthiness, she could become the boat building project that takes a few months of care and thought.  Don’t try to rush building this design though; you may consider yourself merely the average handyman, but actually on this project you will be heading for the professional boat building class. Don’t, therefore, abandon her halfway there. If the job gets complicated, set aside work for a while, then return to it. You’ll be refreshed by the rest and in the mood to carry on over a period of several weeks. Except for the coaming filler piece, which is in Alaska yellow cedar, the boat is made of white oak, Douglas fir, and Douglas Fir plywood panels in two grades, AA and AC.

16 pages, 3 plate(s)

$8.95
Build the Mountain Lake Skiff (Pub. No. 5222)
Hi Sibley/It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons.

by Hi Sibley

This light and sturdy plywood skiff, built in quantity by students of Fred F. Latshaw, Pasadena Junior College, West Campus, is ideal for use at lakes at some distance from home or reached by steep mountain highways. It weighs only 100 pounds, and can accommodate three persons. Transportation is easy by placing it on the roof of the car, or in a light trailer. Many of the originals make week-end trips to Big Bear Lake or other mile-high lakes in Southern California. Because of its plywood construction it can be stored out of water without danger of “opening up”, as is the case with smooth planked boats-—no soaking is necessary to make it waterproof as it is permanently that way. It is, an ideal job for the home ship-builder because cost of materials is nominal, and by erecting a construction form, the completed boat will be correct in line and balance. There is no intricate carpentry involved, expept care given to shaping the stem.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

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Handy--An 11 Ft 6 Inch Skiff in Plywood (Pub. No. 7817)
/A plywood skiff ideal for all types of rugged row-boating.

Handy, the 11-ft. 6-in. plywood skiff, is ideal for all types of rugged row-boating. Construction plans for the skiff are complete and a material list is provided.

4 page(s)

$3.50
Tadpole (Pub. No. 7801)
William F. Crosby/A fine little plywood skiff having many uses, is easy enough for even the novice to construct.

by William F. Crosby

A fine little plywood skiff having many uses, is easy enough for even the novice to construct.

2 page(s)

$3.50
9' 6" Plywood Outboard Skiff (Pub. No. 5447)
Edson I. Schock/The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend.

by Edson I. Schock

The first boat built from these plans was a father-and-son project, and the whole construction took only a weekend. Lumber and materials were bought Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoon the work was started by getting out the parts which could be made on the bench in the shop. By Sunday noon these were all finished. This sounds as though they had worked all night, but they had not. By Sunday evening the boat was finished except for a little trim. Monday father had to work, and son finished the trim and started the painting, which was completed Tuesday, and she was launched late on Tuesday. Her name was “Half Shell.” At the time of this writing she is six years old, and has never had any repairs, nor does she need any. She is a very plain boat. Sandpaper was not much in evidence during her building, and the screw holes are not puttied, but she is not too rough looking a boat either. For several years she was used as a work boat, powered with a 13/4 horsepower outboard motor. The photograph shows her with this motor, towing an experimental model of a V-bottom powerboat. Besides being easy to build, “Half Shell” proved extremely stable and drove easily up to about six miles an hour. A larger motor did not appreciably increase her speed, so probably six miles is about as fast as she can be driven.

4 pages, 3 plate(s)

$6.95
Shad--An 111/2-Ft. Skiff (Pub. No. 5332)
Edwin Monk/This well-designed skiff is 111/2-feet of functional floatation; a good boat to own and use.

 by Edwin Monk, N.A.

This  well-designed skff is 111/2 ft. of functional floatafion, a good boat to own.

No lakeside cottage is complete without a good, all-purpose rowboat tied up at the dock--particularly if she is sturdy enough to take an outboard motor and still perform well. Shad is just such a boat--and is not too difficult to build.

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

$6.95
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