Hunting and Camping Boats  


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11 ft Camper's Boat (Pub. No. 5005)

This well-built craft is an ideal canvas-covered boat for camping, fishing and pleasure trips. It is 11 feet 2 inches long, just under 4 feet in beam, and weighs about 100 pounds. Although designed for two, it will carry four persons safely. Light in weight for its unusual carrying-capacity, the boat may be easily transported afloat or ashore. Two men can raise it on top of a car, or one man alone on a trailer. Speeds up to 35 miles an hour are attainable with a motor of 14 horsepower, while a sma1l motor of 2 horsepower will give good trolling and cruising speeds. Because of the modified V-bottom, it responds quickly and easily to oars, and is seaworthy and safe in rough or fast water. The canvas covering keeps the hull permanently watertight without bothersome swelling or leaking, even when it is left exposed to the sun and hot winds or is stored away for a time. The filler coat effectively seals the cloth, providing a smooth, frictionless and waterproof finish. A coat of paint each year will keep the hull in perfect condition. Tears in the fabric may be repaired by applying a piece of cloth coated with canvas cement.

10 pages, 3 plate(s)

Hunter's Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5006)

Every man who takes his fun dropping speeding web-feet out of the autumn skies has at some time wished for an inexpensive, comfortable and easily transported duck boat. Here is that boat. Though it is big enough to accommodate three men and their equipment, and incorporates an unusual design, it can be built by any man having average skill with tools. Only ordinary materials are needed and the building need not take more than three working days. Completed, the boat weighs only 60 pounds and can be handled easily by one man whether ashore or afloat, and can be carried without undue strain on the top of a closed automobile. The unusual craft draws only an inch or so of water, depending upon the load, and can navigate shallow waters ordinarily impassable to any boat except a kayak,canoe or sneakbox. Its light weight permits it to be paddled with minimum labor. The waterproof covering is durable and tough and the necessity of repairs should be few, but, when a hidden snag or rock is struck, repairs can be made with canvas patches and airplane-wing dope.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Bambino--A version of the Louisiana Piroque (Pub. No. 5049)

Because they are light and easily handled, pirogues have been used by hunters, trappers, and fishermen for generations. They can be seen everywhere on Louisiana’s lakes and bayous. The original pirogues were cypress logs that were laboriously hollowed out and shaped. Since this is a tedious task and since logs of sufficient size are hard to come by nowadays, the Louisiana Cajuns have developed the type of construction shown here. Southern trappers and hunters prefer these boats to canoes because the solid planking offers insurance against snags— the user can drag his boat over shallow areas, marshlands, and beaches without harm—and because the construction is so simple. Anyone can build Bambino in a few days’ time, using nothing more than a hammer, a saw, a plane, a screwdriver, and a rule. No special tools are needed

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

Jon Boat--Featherweight Skiff (Pub. No. 5058)

Squared and spacious, this skiff offers featherweight construction, making it easy to build and transport to your own water hide-away.
If you  want a dependable boat to poke around in rivers and marshes, this is the boat for you. And you can build it in two days for very very little money for materials.  Its design was proven before the earliest settlers brought it to America. This combined with modern simplified construction and lightweight materials gives you an extremely water-worthy boat. Add a 1-6 hp outboard motor and a car top carrier to this and you’re free to go anywhere in search of fish, fowl and fun.

8 pages, 4 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)

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)

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

13 Ft. 9 Inch Punt (Pub. No. 5133)

Designed by Frank E. Strickland, Naval Architect

This roomy fishing and duck boat has the flat-bottom stability needed for casting and shooting. Easy to handle with oars, it skims along spryly with a light outboard motor. Shallow draft makes it the ideal swamp boat--lets you get in where the big ones bite. Plenty, of working room for fishing or hunting partner, fishing gear, decoys. Simple to build with rugged exterior fir plywood.

7 pages, 5 plate(s)

Alert (Pub. No. 5144)

by Hal Kelly

This row-or-go plan features self-bailing bait bin for fishing forays.

No problem in building the "Alert". This 12-ft. pram is designed as the ideal two-man fishing boat, although she will safely carry six people. The front and rear seats cover watertight compartments for dry storage use. Under the center seat are two bait wells, which may be used to keep your catch in as well as the bait. They are self bailing, if you wish to drain out the water on the way back, lightening the load considerably. She is designed to get the most out of a small outboard, 5 to 10 H.P. motors being ideal. The original used a Mercury Mark 200 which is a little more power than one would need and snapped her along at over 30 M.P.H. She handles very easy with a pair of oars, sliding over the water quietly and easily. With her flat bottom she is almost tip proof, the perfect boat to cast from.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Shoveller (Pub. No. 5154)

by Robert M. Steward

This 13-foot 8-inch duck boat is perfect for the man who is both hunter and amateur boat builder.

Here is a duck boat,that is reasonably easy to build. The frames are made from the full-size sections developed affer the fore and aft lines have been laid down. The planking and decking thicknesses, 1/2 inch on the sides and 1/4 inch elsewhere, must be deducted from the sections in order to have the frames of correct size, because the lines for small boats are drawn to the outside of the planking. Bevels on the side and bottom frames are picked up from full-size lines and sawed or planed on the frame material edges. To keep weight at a minimum the frames, cockpit sides, the side frame and deck beam have been simply designed, each to be cut from a single piece. Intermediate bottom frames, between regular frames to support the floor boards, can be fitted after the bottom is planked.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Fold-Tite--A Portable Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5205)

by Weston Farmer

LOA 11' 0", BEAM 3' 6", WEIGHT 45 LBS, DRAUGHT 141/2".

"Fold-Tight" is presented in answer to numerous requests for a portable boat that could be carried right on a car. It is an excellent little job for duck hunters and can be strapped to the side or roof of an automobile. Because of its simplicity, it is less difficult to build than most boats. The parts lend themselves to easy home fabrication. The hull itself is just a heavy canvas bag, boat-shaped, that your local awning maker will sew up for you at moderate cost. If money is of prime importance, you could even do the canvas work yourself. Once you have built "Fold-Tight", you can collapse it, load it aboard your car, and take off for your favorite hunting spot. There the boat can be set up quickly for a day’s sport afloat.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Honker--An Outboard Motor Hunting Skiff (Pub. No. 5214)

by J.J. Fanta

Here is a highly serviceable hunting and fishing skiff whose outstanding feature is solid construction, with building simplified. Another feature is the transom projecting above the deck for attaching an outboard motor. The transom is high enough so that the motor may swing un hizh to clear weeds. etc.

11 pages, 2 plate(s)

Mallard--A 14-Ft Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5239)

Light enough for car-top carry, this 14-foot plywood duck boat will keep you dry on hunting trips and also make a good blind.

With a boat like "Mallard" that is especially designed for duck hunting, you’ll get more enjoyment from your gunning and maybe bag an extra bird or two. The boat described in this article is extremely light in weight, just under 100 lbs., so that it rides on top of your car instead of in a trailer behind it. For all this lightness, the boat is strong and rugged, thanks to the sturdy framing and the plywood construction. By using ordinary care in building and under normal service conditions, there shouldn’t be any leaks during the lifetime of the boat. And there’s no need to worry about spray coming aboard, the 11 inch freeboard will keep you bone dry and it is also low enough to permit using the boat as a blind when it’s pulled ashore. An added attraction of this design is that by using the alternate square stern construction shown on the plans, you can attach an outboard motor and use "Mallard" for your fishing or general sports use as well as for hunting.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Gunning Skiff Ranger, The (Pub. No. 5240)

by H. I. Chapelle

The gunning skiffs are often highly specialized craft, suitable only for hunting purposes. There are some, however, that are more versatile; the famed Barnegat Sneakbox, for example. This style of skiff is not only a very fine hunting boat but also a popular model for pleasure sailing. The Sneakbox, in its best model at least, is not an extremely easy boat to build. Fortunately there are gunning skiffs having much the same qualities as the Sneakbox and that are more easily built. One of these, the subject of this discussion, is the Long Island gunning sharpie. The Long Island gunning sharpie developed away back, so far back in fact that we do not know when it came into use. But the model reached its height of development soon after the Civil War and has remained almost unchanged since then. The sharpie gunning skiff is still used, for it is a very handy boat for setting out decoys and for picking up birds. There are some gunners who use sail nowadays to reach their blinds, for they think the noise of an outboard is objectionable in this. Because of its decked hull, strongly flaring sides and rather light weight, the sharpie gunning skiff is often preferable for pleasure sailing, out of the gunning season, as compared to sailing dinghies and prams of roughly the same dimensions. Because of its design, which gives the skiff many of the same qualities as the old-time wooden, decked “cruising canoe,” the gunning sharpie has been used by some hardy souls for rather long single-handed cruises; just as in the case of the better-known Sneakbox. Rugged and easy-working, this utility craft rows and sails well and needs only a low-powered outboard.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Pintail--A Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5268)

by William D. Jackson, Naval Architect

As a duck boat, "Pintail" is small and able, leakproof, light enough in weight (60 lbs.) to be handled by one man, and versatile enough to serve as a year-round fun boat for both children and adults.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)

Shallow Draft Bass Boat (Pub. No. 5270)

by Hi Sibley

Here is an ideal craft to reach the best bass fishing area;—where they feed in shallow water among the spatter-docks. There’s no propeller to foul in water weeds and, with a flat bottom and a 4 ft. beam along its entire length, the draft is at a minimum. The little air-cooled engine is simple to install and it has paddle-wheel propulsion; no shaft log is required. With 3/8-in. exterior marine plywood in a single panel on the bottom, you only need to calk along the chine lines. If full length panel of 4 x 15 ft. plywood is not available for the bottom, use one 8 ft. and one 7 ft. panel, joined under a cross member.

4 pages, 1 plate(s)

Shallow-Draft Hunting Kayak (Pub. No. 5294)

If you want to explore for game in the shallow back waterways (where noisy motorboats can’t go), this two-seater is for you.

For many years a favorite of hunters, trappers and traders in this country, the kayak now is as popular with Europeans as the outboard boat is with Americans. Although this boat was designed to carry two people, it will accommodate three in a pinch, and gear may be stowed under fore and after decks. A few strokes with the double paddle will send it gliding across the water with the minimum of effort on your part. Kayaks are surprisingly seaworthy, too-—more stable than a canoe, in fact, because the occupants sit on the bottom of the hull which lowers the center of gravity.

11 pages, 5 plate(s)

Barnegat Bay Sneakbox-- History and Constr., The (Pub. No. 4902)

collected and reprinted  from "Canoe and Boat Building for the Amateur" by W.P. Stephens, "A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing" by Dixon Kemp, "Small Yachts: Their Design and Construction" by C.P. Kunhardt, The Rudder, How to Build 20 Boats et. al.

A large collection of information about this fascinating, unique and highly useful little boat from the historical literature and the more contemporary literature. The early articles provide a comprehensive picture of the development and historical uses of this boat while the contemporary articles provide detailed information on how to build one. The plates accentuate this latter benefit.

93 pages

Whale-Tail Hunting Boat (Pub. No. 7064)

by Hi Sibley


A novel method of propulsion enables this craft to glide silently through shallow as well as deep water with little effort. It is called Whale Tail because the fin operates in a horizontal plane. just as Moby Dick’s did. Cnstruction of the punt, or pram if you will, is more or less conventionaL All details of the propelling mechanism are illustrated: the fin, use stainless steel or other sheet metal thin enough to give a little but not so thin as to stay bent. Shaft A serves as steering post and shaft B as an operating link. Yokes on the ends can be picked up in an auto-parts yard. Note how the tubing for the pivoting bolts is welded or brazed to the fin. To dismantle the unit for transportation, unscrew pipe cap on bottom of Shaft A and loosen wing nuts on slotted pillow block. The punt then can be transported on the car’s top. All moving parts should be carefully fitted to prevent rattling.

2 page(s)

Teal--A 10-Ft. All-Metal Duck Boat (Pub. No. 5311)

Here is a safe, speedy little sport boat that will handle nicely with any outboard motor of from 11/2 to 10 or more horespower. All metl construction makes it lastingly strong, easy to construct, light and unsinkable.

A block of wood for mounting the outboard motor is the only wood in this 128-pound unsinkable duck boat. It will carry two passengers plus fishing, hunting or camping equipment, and may be powered with practically any outboard motor available. Being of metal construction, the boat presents no shrinking and swelling problems, as is the case with wooden craft, so may be transported readily by trailer or car top and left out of the water as long as is necessary. If carefully built it will never leak. A bulkhead converts the entire front end into an air-tight buoyancy tank. Between that and the seat ample leg room is provided, with Celotex flooring. Galvanized sheet steel, of 24 gage weight is used for sides and bottom. Length overall is 10 feet 1 inch, with a beam of 38 inches. The seat is raised a maximum of 5 inches at the front edge. The space beneath may be used for tools, etc., and is reached through two round holes which ordinarily are covered by lifesaver seat pads. Behind the seat are two more sizeable flotation tanks with storage space between and ovex them. This space is reached through an opening in the deck haying a sliding metal hatch cover, which is shoved forward to install motor.

6 pages, 3 plate(s)

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