Sail Boat Plans


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9' 7" Plywood Sailing Dinghy (Pub. No. 5004)
Although extremely easy to construct, this lightweight portable boat is adapted to many uses. It is ideal as a car-top boat for fishing and hunting trips, as a tender for any small cruiser, or as a general-utility boat around a bathing beach, yacht club, or summer cottage. It may be powered by oars, sail or a small outboard motor and is so light it need never be left in the water. When used for fishing, the boat will have plenty of buoyancy and stability for three adults, and when used as a sailboat there is still ample room for two.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)
Racing Catboat (Pub. No. 5010)

Her length is 11 feet 111/4 inches, and the extreme beam is 4 feet 11 inches. She is fast under sail, quick in response to the tiller, and can be used with an outboard motor

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

12 ft Scow Sailboat (Pub. No. 5011)

(For Sail, Oar or Outboard Motor) Simple and inexpensive to build, this extremely fast scow-type sailboat recommends itself to sportsmen who wish a light, serviceable craft for lake, bay, river or other protected waterway. This particular boat is agile, and extremely fast. She points high, and responds quickly to the pressure of one finger on the tiller. Being close-hauled, she comes about in her own length. The usual sailboat is heavy, making it difficult to transport, but this type, weighing oniy 200 pounds complete, can be carried on top of an automobile or on a trailer. The spars are not hard to carry, and the sailing equipment, which is removable in a few minutes, is easily stowed. Without sails, the hull makes a satisfactory boat for hunting, fishing or general use, since it can be propelled by oars or outboard motor like a sneakbox. Sailing equipment is readily made from ordinary materials.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

13' 4" Beginner's Sailboat (Pub. No. 5016)

(For Sail or Oars)
For racing or sport sailing, our Marconi-rigged beginner’s sailboat is not only simple and inexpensive to construct, but easy to handle and speedy under a variety of conditions. The boat gives a superior performance in light winds, yet the hull will ride over waves that would usually swamp a craft of this size.  It has an overall length of 13 feet 4 inches, and a 5-foot beam. Despite the sturdiness of the hull for its size, it should have, completed, a weight of oniy about 250 pounds, which makes transportation on a trailer easy.  Fleets of half a dozen or even fewer of these boats, matched against each other, will offer keenly competitive, thrilling, close-finish racing.  The Marconi cat rig provides for a fair proportion of the sail high near the masthead, where it is most efficient. The use of a sail track facilitates the removal of the sail so that it may be stored easily when not being used. This is an advantage that contributes toward longer life for the sail.

20 pages, 3 plate(s)

Seajack--A 15' Knockabout Sailer (Pub. No. 5021)

By Julius Fanta and Christ Sommer

Here are plans and details for building Seajack, a snappy knockabout sailer that meets the demand for a sturdy, well-built craft for comfortable going. Fifteen feet long, Sea jack is a lot of boat for her size, and yet ideal for single-handed sailing. The five-foot beam makes for a commodious cockpit and the safe pleasure of five or six persons.  The cat-rigged, 97 square-foot sail handles easily. If desired, Seajack may be sloop-rigged with a total spread of 120 square feet; the difference being in the jib’s area.  The entire rig is inboard so that stability is at a maximum. Weighing between 450 and 500 pounds, depending on materials, this sailer is conveniently rowed in dead calms, and light enough to be transported by trailer. The rudder is removable so that an outboard motor may be attached to the transom.  Simple to build, Seajack should be no problem to the amateur.

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Pirate--A 17 ft Cabin Sharpie (Pub. No. 5023)

by I. A. Emmett

This little shoal-draft sharpie not only combines the handiness of power with the pleasures of sail, but provides a roomy cabin for week-end and vacation cruising. An opening in the-after deck permits fastening a small outboard motor astern when the wind fails and the raising cabin top feature gives an unusually roomy cabin aboard so small a boat. Note how this latter works out: when sailing, the top or roof of the cabin nestles down on the low coaming to be out of the way and not spoil the boat’s appearance or ability. But, at anchor, the top is raised on its canvas gusset-like sides, and held up by struts, to give good headroom below. As a cabin is used but little while sailing or under power, room below does not matter; headroom is most welcome when the boat is anchored at night, or for meal

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Handy Andy--A versatile craft (Pub. No. 5024)

by Sam Rabl

At the summer camp, Johnnie wants to go for a sail, Doris wants to row and Dad is anxious to try out a trolling rig with the new outboard over by the lily pads. Three boats are out of the question. For this happy family we present "Handy Andy" which is all that its name implies. Two methods of construction are possible; the choice may be made by the builder. As a sail boat "Handy Andy" embodies all the new developments in sail of the past few years, carrying hardly any more area than the rig on a canoe, yet efficient enough to keep up with boats designed especially for sail. Under power this craft will give good account of herself up to ten horse-power, and will be as easy to row as any skiff of similar size.

14 pages, 1 plate(s)

Icicle--A speedy 2-seat Ice Boat (Pub. No. 5025)

This smart front-steerer, an up-to-the-minute adaption of the 1937 Class C champion of the Northwestern Yachting Association, will appeal at once to the man who loves to build as well as sail his iceboat. A proven success, it carries 125 square feet of sail, is cat-rigged and has double fore and aft cockpits. The hull is streamlined aerodynamically for real speed. “Icicle” is 24 feet long and the runner plank spread of 16 feet provides a full 14 feet between cutting edges. The after end of the hull or backbone is swept upward to eliminate suction, which retards speed. The original sail area has been reduced slightly to increase iceworthiness in heavy weather but the rig recommended in the drawings makes 50 to 60 miles an hour speed possible in average winds.

6 pages, 4 plate(s)

Zip--A Class "C" Racer (Pub. No. 5027)

by J. Julius Fanta and Douglas P. Rolfe

"Zip,” the bungleboard scow type sailboat described here is designed primarily for protected waters where the wind is ample and the waves slight. Other than catamarans and Windsurfers, Inland scows are the fastest type of sail boat afloat—capable of 15 to 20 miles an hour speeds. If you want one of the world’s speediest designs, here it is!

12 pages, 4 plate(s)

Shark--A 15 ft Racing Sloop (Pub. No. 5030)

by Fred W. Schnur

"Shark," though only fifteen feet long, is every inch a yacht. She was designed for sailing in very rough water with quite a bit of breeze, yet the craft will perform well in light airs. Several of the most modern features of the yachting world are incorporated into the design. The rig is high and narrow, with light hollow mast and a rigid tee boom. The permanent backstay adds the nth degree of stiffness to the rigging. With the full length battens in the sail as advocated by leading racing men, maximum efficiency and speed are to be had, along with comfort and safety.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

How to Build Dorothy--An Economical 24 ft Cruiser (Pub. No. 5031)

by John G. Hanna

Here is a little cruiser that incorporates utmost simplicity and economy in building, yet is a real 100 per cent boat, able to go safely anywhere within reason regardless of the fact that the weather is usually bad on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Designed after the famous dory craft such as used by the fishermen of the Grand Banks, Dorothy is the limit of simplicity, yet one of the ablest sea boats ever built.  All difficulties which might otherwise mar the craft’s perfection have been eliminated giving her fair rocker to the keel, a moderate amount of V-bottom, a stern broad enough to prevent squatting, yet retaining graceful lines all around. Though this boat may look wide on deck, notice that the great flare of the sides reduces the beam at the waterline to less than 6 feet, making for easy driving with moderate power.  At the same time, an ingenious form of construction makes the boat as easy to build as a flat-bottom skiff, for the “V” is worked out of one wide bottom member. The frames can be made in one-half the time required for true V-bottom types.  Dorothy is not the real V-bottom model, this being probably the most difficult of all types to build, but along the lines of the old “diamond bottom skiff” which eliminates all twist in the bottom planking; and nearly all in the sides, permitting it to be planked as easily as a "flattie".

(Publisher's Note: Dorothy originally appeard in a 1933 edition of How to Build 20 Boats. We have located a copy of that magazine and include the original plans in this booklet as well. The sails shown in the illustration are meant primarily as auxiliary propulsion.)

24 pages, 5 plate(s)

Flying Cloud--A 27 ft Auxiliary Cruiser (Pub. No. 5035)

by Sam Rabl

Hardly were the plans for "Buddy" off the press than MODERN MECHANIX boat fans everywhere began to demand a large boat along the same general lines. The simple construction of this craft placed her within financial reach of every ambitious youngster who could wield a saw and push a plane. Many of the original craft were built with exceptionally fine results; one of them having crossed the Gulf of Mexico. Men who earn their living today must be back at the office or shop Monday morning and of course, require a boat that will not require hours to dock. Nevertheless, the craft must be large enough to provide comfortable accommodations for the average family and not cost too much to build. With all of these essential points in mind plans were drawn up for this “ideal” boat and eventually the boat itself was constructed and christened “Flying Cloud” after that famous old American vessel. Somehow we feel that the spirit of old Donald McKay, designer of the original sailor, will look down kindly upon our miniature versio

28 pages, 3 plate(s)

Little Injun (Pub. No. 5044)

Easy to build, easy to handle, very fast, and extremely light are the terms that best describe this design. Construction is of ¼-in, waterproof fir plywood over stock one-by-three fir framing. The only power tools used were an electric drill and an electric sander—and even these weren’t necessary.  The boat is absolutely noncapsizable and nonsinkable. A watertight compartment forward acts as a flotation chamber. Even though Little Injun should heel over so the masthead touches the water, the cockpit will be entirely above the water and the boat, thanks to the 130 pounds of lead on the centerboard, will automatically right herself.  In light winds, she is extremely fast. In heavy winds, she’ll plane on her flat bottom in any position except close-hauled. Because of her inherent stability, she’ll scud along under full sail long after much larger boats have shortened sail or turned back to port.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

How to Build a Snipe (Pub. No. 5046)

The Snipe is one of the fastest of the smaller racing sailboats and has repeatedly beaten larger boats with considerably more sail area. She will ghost right along with virtually no perceptible breeze, and in strong winds—when many other craft, regardless of size, are forced to run for cover—she will stand up and take it like a Trojan. Thus the rig is a happy medium. It is a jib-headed knockabout having a 67-sq.ft. mainsail and a 36-sq. -ft. overlapping jib, making a total of 103 so. ft.

16 pages, 5 plate(s)

Building a 22 ft Flying Dutchman (Pub. No. 5047)

by Gerald Taylor White

If "Flying Dutchman" were a new and untried type of boat, you would be entitled to look at her plans and remark, “She looks wonderful on paper, but it is all too good to be true.” For where else can you find a boat of this length that has a huge forecastle, an enclosed toilet room, a good galley, and two full-length berths, to say nothing of as much deck room as on the average 30-footer?  "Flying Dutchman" is the latest of the "Grey Dawn" designs. The basic hull lines were developed in Holland centuries ago and boats of this type have been used ever since in both the shoal waters of the Zuyder Zee and the vicious waters of the North Sea. The first of these Dutchmen to be designed in this country was "Grey Dawn" II. She was built over 20 years ago and is still afloat. During her two-score-and-more years she has cruised the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean, and her owner would have sailed her across to Europe had it not been for the war. She is a 37-footer. Sccres of duplicates have been built and are now in service on both. coasts, the Gulf, and the Great Lakes.  Yachtsmen who saw the 37-footer wanted a smaller edition; so a 29-footer was designed. Again the boat out-performed all expectations. The next was a 22-footer, the prototype of "Flying Dutchman". In this, the most recent of the designs, the original lines have been kept without a single deviation—wise men do not gamble with perfection

32 pages, 6 plate(s)

Dorena--A 26 ft Motorsailer (Pub. No. 5048)

by Luther H. Tarbox

Many old-time readers will recall the popular. 24-ft. cruiser "Dorothy", designed by the late John G. Hanna, the Sage of Dunedin. Hundreds of "Dorothys" were built all over the world and served their owners well. She was a dory-type power cruiser with an auxiliary sail, properly called a short-rigged motorsailer--a power boat with a steadying sail that could be used in emergency to make port should the engine quit cold. She was really more day-sailer than cruiser, for her cabin accommodations were limited and headroom was practically nonexistent. With the idea of giving a larger design with improved cabin accommodations—more the “sailing” motorsailer type— it was suggested that I turn to and get out an up-to-date Dorothy with quite a bit more sail power.  So here is Dorena, Dorothy’s younger and larger sister. She will sail well and will do seven knots under power. She is no ocean cruiser. If you want to be a “miniature Magellan,” don’t build her—she wasn’t designed for that sort of cruising. You can take her coastwise from Maine to Florida if you watch your weather. She can take a good dusting, but nix on this “going foreign” over thousands of miles of blue water.  The original "Dorothy’s" hull form was a combination of diamond-bottom skiff and dory. She was designed for conventional caulked-seam carvel planking. "Dorena" has a hull more after the manner of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, but retains the dory flare in the topsides that was a characteristic of her older sister. The handsome clipper stem complete with trailboards gives a yachtlike appearance to "Dorena" that the older "Dorothy" lacked. Also, she is designed for planking with waterproof plywood. "Dorothy’s" ballast was all inside; "Dorena’s" ballast is part inside and part outside.

36 pages, 7 plate(s)

Arrowhead--A fast trim and able 21 ft sloop (Pub. No. 5070)

Designed and builty by Charles H. McAlary of Newport Beach, California, this sloop, with an over-all length of 21 ft. and a beam of 5 ft. 11 in., is especially designed for quick maneuvering in difficult waters. Exceptionally  fast in light winds and a staunch performer in heavy weather, “Arrowhead” is especially designed for conditions found on the smaller inland lakes, though she’s at home on either salt or fresh water. With a length of 21 ft., and a beam of 5 ft. 11 in. she makes a splendid family boat with room for eight or ten passengers. The hull, moreover, is a particularly suitable type for the amateur boat builder because it is built over a form. With the form right, you can’t go wrong on the hull.

32 pages, 10 plate(s)

Falcon--A 14ft Centerboard Sloop (Pub. No. 5071)

"Falcon" is a small, speedy, sporty sailboat which handles well. Our tests on the original Falcon showed that she could easily out-distance boats of comparable size such as the one design class Snipe and Comet sailers. And she will pace neck and neck with 18 footers with considerably greater sail spread.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Whizz--A fast Class-E Ice Yacht (Pub. No. 5072)

Building this ice yacht, you start by carefully going over the drawings to get acquainted with all constructional details. The six bulkheads, dimensioned in Fig. 5, are cut out of a 5/8 by 24 by 72-in, panel of fir plywood. Centers of all bulkheads except No. 4 are cut out and from the cutout stock of the larger bulkheads, the smaller ones are made. There’s no need to make paper patterns— just lay out the outlines directly on the plywood.

8 pages, 6 plate(s)

Swordfish--A Racing IceBoat (Pub. No. 5073)

Plans and construction details for racers and non-racers who want to build their own ice craft.

After acquiring the knack of racing with a small iceboat, the average iceboater is ready for a larger and faster craft. With such a craft, he is equipped for an active racing schedule and perhaps for a share of triumph in races. To provide the ambitious racing skipper with a craft equal to his sailing and construction ability, the plans and details, for "Swordfish", a highly capable racing craft, are presented here. At the same time, "Swordfish" is suitable for joy-riding and ordinary sailing by non-racers also. "Swordfish" fills just such a bill, as the original won the Eastern and North American Class B championships. With 250 square feet of sail, "Swordfish" comes under the Class B classification of both the Eastern and Northwestern Ice Yachting Associations, and is qualified to compete in all races of clubs governed by these associations. Thirty feet long, this craft is a front-steerer, which is the spin-proof type. There are two cockpits, with the compartment for the helmsman aft and the sheet-tenders, forward. The breadth of the runnerplank, 20 feet, is ample for weather ability. Safeguards against up-sets are the noncapsizing buffers.

15 pages, 4 plate(s)

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