Kids Boats


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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)

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)

Sea Skeeter--An Ideal Boat for Young Mariners (Pub. No. 5125)

This unique craft is designed for the young skipper who has had no previous experience in marine construction, and who wants an inexpensive, light boat in which to learn the A-B-C’s of navigation. By using a single sheet of galvanized iron for the entire bottom the job of caulking is practically eliminated, for the joint between bottom and side-members is made water-tight when assembled by means of a strip of cloth soaked in white lead. Also, the builder need not worry over a centerboard-well because the centerboard is hinged to the bottom and no opening is required. The mast together with sail and boom can be lifted out of the step instantly and stowed, the only rigging being a single main sheet. Steering is with a paddle which comes in handy during a calm.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Guppy--A 5-ft Sailor (Pub. No. 5130)

Designed by John Burroughs

Here’s five feet of fun for the whole family. It’s a youngster’s sailboat that Dad can build in a week end with two panels of fir plywood and help from the kids. This pudgy little five-footer is an ideal boat to teach the children how to sail in a swimming pool or a lake. Its sturdy construction will take a beating from active pint-size sailors, yet it is so light that they can carry it around. Smaller than the real thing but bigger than a toy, the five-footer will make a hit with all miniature mariners.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Canvas Kayak (Pub. No. 5191)

by Hi Sibley

This 10-footer not only has Vee-bottorn stability, but also a wider-than average beam.

While this 10-foot kayak is designed primarily for the 6-to-12-year-olds it can be built to accommodate an adult by increasing the distances between the frames and using heavier battens, but retaining the same beam. It is by no means a toy; its construction follows accepted practic

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

6 Great Little Power Boats for the Kids (Pub. No. 4903)

All six of the power boats described above bound together in one Handi-Book.

Little Fellow by Robert Rauskauff, Bebop by William D. Jackson, Peanut by Henry Clark, Lark, Jr., by Robert Bosley, El Cid by Hal Kelly and Cockeybird by Weston Farmer.

58 pages

Skippy--A 9-Ft. Junior Sailor (Pub. No. 5340)

A 9-ft. junior sailer with big-boat safety and performance; V-bottom hull has all-plywood construction.

Most of the boats intended to be sailed by children are sorry-looking, tubby affairs on which the rigging and sails seem to have been added as an afterthought. Apart from the fact that they may capsize from a sudden puff or fill from the wash of a passing boat, a youngster has as much chance of learning how to sail in them as he would maneuvering a wash tub on the living room floor. And yet, as the plans on these pages will prove, there’s no reason why a boat for the small fry can’t have not only the lines, but the safety and performance of a larger sailboat: As her name implies, Skippy was designed to be sailed and raced by children or beginners (from 8 to 80) with no previous sailing experience. She is 9 ft. 3 in. overall with a beam of 4 ft. and a sail area of 48 sq. ft. in an easily-handled knockabotit rig. A heavy steel centerboard, placed low in the boat, makes her extremely stable and, for further safety, the cockpit has purposely been kept small so the boat will sail well heeled without shipping any water. As a result of this combination, it is almost impossible to capsize the little sailer under normal conditions.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Little Fellow--A Midget Inboard Runabout for Kids (Pub. No. 5685)

This midget inboard has an outboard power plant.

by Robert Ruskauff

Got a little fellow who yearns to skipper his own craft? Then take a cue from Bob Brakensiek, a Californian who designed and built a pint-size inboard for his mne-year-old son. He was so successful that other dads went to work and now small salts as young as seven are veterans at the wheel.  Little Fellow is only 78 inches long, has a beam of 36 inches and weighs about 125 pounds. For power, Bob Brakensiek’s original model had a 71/2-hp engine which drove it along at 30 mph. However, it was later decided that a cutdown 5-hp Scott-Atwater outboard would be ample, giving a speed of 25 mp

4 pages, 2 plate(s)

Cap'n Jack (Pub. No. 5821)

by William D. Jackson

Every kid's a captain when he takes his turn at the wheel of his very own tugboat to seek maritime adventure.

Cap'n Jack was specifically designed for young 'uns to use while going to the rescue of fair-haired maidens, aiding vessels in distress, or closing in on hapless smugglers. But, if you can get the tugboat crew to sleep late some morning, it will only take you 15 minutes to remove the superstructure  and there s a roomy, open boat for a quick fishing trip. You can build the boat and cabin during a weekend, using fir exterior plywood and ordinary fir lumber from your nearest lumber-yard. By brewing up the tugboat extras such as horn, bell, and lights from items in your scrap bin, you can build Cap'n Jack for $45 to $50, depending on local prices.

NOTE: Because of the windage caused by the superstructure and the design of the simple rowboat hull, this boat should only be used on VERY calm days and in VERY sheltered waters.

10 pages, 4 plate(s)

Build a Jiffy Skiff (Pub. No. 7921)

Great for the kids in the swimming pool.

The principal defect of back-yard built boats is that they leak, and the skipper frequently comes home with wet feet. But here is a craft just as dry as the living room floor, and it is easy to make. Ordinary pine lumber is used. The bottom consists of two nine-inch boards with a chine piece all the way around except at the bow, where the stem is to fit. With the aid of a plane and plenty of sandpaper, the chine and bottom boards are fitted perfectly flush. Binding tape augmented by a liberal amount of marine glue used over all joints will keep Junior’s, shoes from becoming even damp.

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