Rowboats & Other Open Boats  


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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)

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)

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)

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)

Rapid Robert (Pub. No. 5189)

by Thomas B. Riley

"Rapid Robert" is a type known as a MacKenzie River boat, designed for those wild rivers with fast, rough currents. It is a raked, smooth-bottomed, sturdy rowboat, able to twist and turn on a dime, with a high, buoyant stern that will shoot through rapids which would sink the best of other craft. In fact, you are safer in rapids with "Rapid Robert" than you are in a canoe. This boat also performs satisfactorily as an ordinary rowboat, and, for cruising on more gentle waters, a removable section of the high transom may be slipped out to attach a 1 to 9 hp. outboard motor. You need no forms or molds for this boat. Planking and frames are simply cut, beveled, and assembled, thus giving the correct shape and form. Construction is of waterproof marine plywood; the 14 ft. length sheet is correct for this hull. No nails are used anywhere and all screws should have lead holes drilled before fastening.

12 pages, 1 plate(s)

11' Rowboat Carried on Top of Car (Pub. No. 5251)

If you can use a saw, hammer and plane, you can easily master the construction of this simple car-top rowboat. There are no tricky planks to fit and no difficult rabbet to cut in the stem. Not counting the transom, only two mold frames are required, and as the molds are only temporary, their assembly is not too important other than seeing that they are put tocether squarely.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Two Boats for the Unskilled Amateur (Pub. No. 7057)

by J. A. Baresch

Although we have presented several elaborate designs, there is a constant demand for very simple boats that almost anyone can build with the minimum amount of tools available and little skill. Both boats here shown are of plywood construction. One is a ten foot fishing punt suitable for fishermen and hunters, a type widely used especially in shallow waters. The drawing is self explanatory. The expanded (true length), sides shown will cut construction time considerably. The twelve foot rowboat, drawings of which are shown here also, will require a little more skill, but can be mastered by a beginner with a bit of study. As rowboats are greatly in demand, this little fellow should fill the bill. The builder must bear in mind that only waterproof marine -plywood so certified by the manufacturer is to be used.

2 page(s)

White Duck--A 14' Skiff (Pub. No. 5519)

This universal flat bottom rowboat (let’s call it the “White Duck”)--is one of the most versatile craft that can be built. Its simple, inexpensive construction and substantial design make it a safe boat for sport or recreation anywhere. It is especially well adapted to easy construction and is designed to be built from 14-foot lumber normally available almost anywhere.  Easily rowed or propelled by small outboard motors from 1 to 6 hp., it is seaworthy and stable on any waters and has the capacity of much larger boats.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Saunterer--A 12' Rowboat (Pub. No. 5545)

While not quite so easy to build as a flat-bottom boat, the V-bottom type, like “Saunterer,” (sometimes called skipjacks or deadrise boats) have so many excellent characteristics that any additional work over that required for building a flatbottom craft is well worth while. This is especially true if the boat in question is to be propelled by oars.  “Saunterer” is exactly 1 in. over 12 ft. in length. The length on the water line, that is between stations 0 and 5  is 11ft. 4 in. The beam is 3 ft. 9 in., and the draft is 6 in. The freeboard at the bow is 18 in; and at the stern this height is 14 in. From these bare figures, you can gather that the boat will be dry and buoyant. Boats with low freeboard are quite all right in smooth water, but are unsafe when the wind blows.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Building a Simple Flat-Bottom Rowboat (Pub. No. 5546)

The average rowboat is not entirely suitable for use with the outboard boat motor. The boat described in this article has been designed for the following: Perfect balance with the weight of the motor on the stern; a substantial stern and parts to carry the weight and hold up against vibration and strain; an easily riding bow that does not ship much water when the going is rough; large substantial seats; a front deck giving a motorboat appearance; light weight; ease of rowing, etc. The use of a motor on such a rowboat permits the builder to get into the motor-boat class to some extent, and a few of the refinements of the latter are embodied in the design. While this particular boat has been designed especially for use with an outboard motor, still the fundamentals of general rowboat practice have been closely followed.

10 pages, 1 plate(s)

Reelfoot Boat-A Forward Rowing Boat from Tenn, The (Pub. No. 5678)

by George Laycock

At one time found only in Tennessee, this popular craft is presently utilized in almost every state in the country.

The "Reelfoot Boat"  is an unusual and highly efficient boat that grew out of a need. Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee is studded with cypress stumps. Because of these stumps, Reelfoot natives and visiting sportsmen need to see where they are rowing. This prompted the invention of a peculiar oar with a double elbow in the middle that enables a fisherman to pull his oars in the customary fashion but go forward instead of backward—a definite aid in missing stumps. But the Reelfoot boat, with or without the bow-facing oars, has a lot to recommend itself to the average guy. It is rugged and easily maneuvered and is easily equipped with a motor.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

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