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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)

Build this Olympic Monotype Sailboat (Pub. No. 5124)

Designed by Edson B. Schock

We are mighty proud to present here plans for one of the sweetest lined little craft we have seen in many a moon. The Monotype class was the official one-design boat in the recent Olympic games, and comes from the board of the most famous of West Coast designers, Mr Edson B. Schock. Here’s a boat to be proud of. The Olympic Monotype, which might be called a centerboard catboat with “V” bottom, is unsurpassed for light to medium weather sailing. The low cost of construction and the fact that it requires a minimum use of the steambox and no elaborate tools, make it an ideal craft for home building; while the comparative safety with which it can be handled makes it ideally suited to the requirements of the younger generation of yachtsmen. Furthermore, the fact that this design has been officially adopted indicates the prestige which it enjoys among those who build and sail good boats. It is modestly hoped that this article will inspire the construction of this type of craft in and around yachting centers to the extent that Monotype clubs might be organized, thus promoting the sport from the competitive angle and making the boats of proportionately greater value.

17 pages, 2 plate(s)

Bantam (Pub. No. 5177)

by Leslie E. Bailey
Secretary, Rhodes Bantam Class Assocation

A 141/2 footer wonderful for racing or day-sailng.

Many experienced skippers have stepped into a Rhodes "Bantam", wondered aloud about the room and comfort in its fourteen feet, exclaimed about its exceptional stability and then found a boat with a real challenge to their sailing ability. For all its good performance, the "Bantam" is an ideal boat for family sailing, one which doesn’t penalize the inexperienced. Another beauty of the "Bantam" is its simplicity. You don’t have to be the best shipwright in the world nor do you need a shop full of special tools. A comfortable chair, a good standard text on boat building and the usual tools of a home shop combined with patience and care and you’re on your way. The "Bantam" is a strict one-design class where home built boats are on a par with factory boats, and there are no “goldplaters.”

8 pages, 5 plate(s)

Victory One-Design, The (Pub. No. 5339)

An 18-ft. Racing Class with simple, all-plywood construction; designed by William F. Crosby, creator of the famous Snipe Class.

The primary purpose of a one-design racing class is to have all the competing boats as closely alike as possible so that the winning skipper finishes first, not because of finer hull lines or a more expensive craft but because of superior skill and seamanship. This is the most democratic form of sailboat racing and one that offers healthful relaxation to everyone of almost any age. For the youngsters or the beginners in boating, one-design competition is the finest training in mind and muscle that can be found. While the Victory can be used for day sailing or general knockabout use, you’ll get the most sport and find the boat at her best when she’s racing with others of her class. So show these plans to your boating friends, talk it up and get them interested in building a fleet of Victory’s. By building several boats at the same time, you’ll not only get more fun out of racing them but by combining orders for the materials you can reduce the cost considerably.

10 pages, 5 plate(s)

Heron Class--A 12-Ft. Sloop, The (Pub. No. 5407)

by Edward Weber

After publication of the plans for the 10-foot Kingfisher Class sailing canoe, quite a number of persons interested in small sailboats expressed a desire for a slightly larger boat; one that was a bit more substantial and able, could accommodate more than one person, and yet, making use of the same light, inexpensive, and easy-to-build method of construction. This design, then, is a blending of the best qualities of three different types of boats: the canvas-covered construction of the light sailing canoe, the hull form (slightly modified) of the larger canoes, and the modern rig of the small sloop or knockabout. Not one of these types is untried or unhandy.

8 pages, 4 plate(s)

Panda a 15 ft ILYA Cub (Pub. No. 5596)

by J. J. Fanta

When the Inland Lake Yachting Association started its official one-design class for juveniles, girls as well, as boys, the aim was to have the boat’s construction simple enough for amateurs to build. By virtue of its stability, the Cub sail boat is especially adapted for “cub” sailors, youngsters under 16, for racing. 15 feet. 8½ inches long, the Cub is large and roomy enough to give the grown-ups lots of fun as well.

12 pages, 5 plate(s)

Pilgrim a North Shore Class 21 ft Sloop (Pub. No. 5597)

by Hi Sibley

The attached photograph so well illustrates the smart lines and fine sailing qualities of this sloop that nothing further need be said on these points. It was designed and built by Don B. Pedersen, Newport Beach, Calif., whose craftsmanship has made his an enviable name on the Pacific Coast. The owner, Lewis Stone (“Judge Hardy”) drew up the original specifications. Construction is round bottom, built-up deadwood type with 1,000 pounds of lead outside ballast. A 5-h.p., two-cylinder, four-cycle inboard motor with a 10x6in. two-blade propeller drives it approimately 9 knots under power alone, according to Mr. Pederson.

20 pages, 5 plate(s)

Build a Lightning Class Racing Sloop (Pub. No. 5613)

The Lightning Class was originated with the idea that a small, inexpensive yacht could be developed to serve both as a safe, comfortable day sailer and as a fast, hard-driving racer with performance equal to, or better than much larger craft. It was also necessary. to create a boat that could be inexpensively built, both by professionals and amateurs. The designing job was submitted to one of the foremost firms of naval architects in the country, who had designed everything from dinghies to the Ranger, America Cup Racer. Result was the 19-foot Lightning, and in her trials at Skaneateles, N. Y., she proved herself a fine boat in all respects, and well worthy of her famous designers.  The Lightning is simple in construction, and hence easily within the scope of the averaee amateur builder, even of limited experience.

28 pages, 4 plate(s)

Little Mae Too a Moth Class Sailboat (Pub. No. 5614)

by Roger Gintling

The joy and pleasure of sailing can be more than doubled by racing your sailboat; this is, if you have a boat built for racing. The little boat described in this article will more than fill the desire for additional pleasures derived from water sports. In general, there are two kinds of sailboat racing; class racing and handicap racing. Class racing is further divided into onedesign and restricted classes. The Moth class is a restricted class, that is, while some of the sizes are restricted, the designer and builder are free to use their own ideas on the other dimensions. In the Moth class, the size and shape of the sail is restricted, but the hull can take any shape within eleven feet overall. The idea of this is to develop better hull forms, and as you travel around to regattas, you will see some queer ones.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)

Windmill--A 151/2 Ft. One-Design (Pub. No. 5694)

by W.P. McMillen

One of the hottest of the one-design sailing classes to come off a drawing board in recent years is the Windmill Sloop. Classy, strong, ultra-lightweight, low in cost, simple to build, and extremely fast, these are only a few accurate descriptions of the boat. With a sail area of only 119 sq. ft., 56-inch beam, and a LOA of 15½ feet, she’ll outsail any single-hulled craft of similar size and sail area—and stay drier than most while doing it!  Designed especially for the home-builder by Clark W. Mills of Clearwater, Fla., the Windmill was first introduced in 1953. The boat proved suitable for both the teen-age set and the mature sailor as well. Now the class has spread over 27 states, and is also represented in Cuba and Guatemala, C. A.  Over half of the Windmills in existence have been home-built, many by youngsters with only a rudimentary knowledge of shop. Much of the Windmill’s hardware can be made at home with tin-snips and an electric drill.

8 pages, 3 plate(s)

Sunray Jr.--Nat'l Triangle Class racing Knockabout (Pub. No. 5707)

by S. S. Rabl

A summer of one of the world’s most thrilling sports—sailboat racing— awaits him who builds this boat.

Triangle class rules are a result of careful study of other racing classes, and under them the man who builds his own boat at home has the same chances as those who can afford to have their craft professionally constructed, because cash outlay on the boat is predetermined in every important respect. Only three boats are needed to get a fleet charter from the N. T. C. R. A. and compete in the national regattas, so here’s an opportunity to organize a fleet in your locality, built at low cost. The past few years have seen a record-breaking revival of the small sailboat. Snipes, Comets and Moths have increased by leaps and bounds. Sunray Jr. is a compact and modernized version of the Sunray, and is eligible to race in the National Triangle class, one of the fairest and most democratic of the small boat racing classes. Like the construction of Sunray, that of the Junior is the acme of simplicity.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

International Star Class--A Brief History, The (Pub. No. 5709)

by G. W. Elder and Ernest Ratsey

In 1907, William Gardner designed the smallest keel sloop of its day. Known as the Bug Class, it was a Star in miniature. It was just one of the many semi-popular useless little classes of that time, too small for a full-grown man to really sail in. The lines of the Bug were not copied from any other existing class, but, in so far as such a thing is possible, were originated by Mr. Gardner and a Mr. Maybrey. At the suggestion of G. A. Corry, Gardner & Company enlarged their own design about five feet in length (the actual drawings being made by Francis Sweisguth) and thus the Star was produced. Isaac Smith of Port Washington built twenty-two of these boats and they were raced on Long Island Sound for the first time in 1911. Later the same year, eleven more were built by Green Brothers of Chelsea, Mass. These were, however, known as Nahant Bugs and were not recognized to be true Stars until the International Association was formed some ten years later. A third, and larger, class from the same design was attempted about 1913 and called the Fish Class. Four of these boats were built and proved a failure. While the larger and smaller variations of this design did not meet with success, the Star struck a happy medium and was destined to become the largest of all one-design classes and to revolutionize yacht racing in many respects. George A. Corry, “Father of the Stars,” was responsible for starting the Class. He conceived the idea of providing an inexpensive boat, that was a real little racing machine, for men of ability but moderate means. This was in the days of the large yacht, when racing was a rich man’s game and something of a society function as well. Small boats were considered playthings for boys, but it is well to note that from the beginning the Star was never intended as a training school for novices. It was dedicated to experienced skippers who could not afford large yachts. The recognition of ability, regardless of finincial or social status, was George Corry’s contribution to yachting.

19 pages

How to Build Sabot (Pub. No. 5850)

Designed by Charles G. MacGregor

New Sail Plan by W. F. Crosby

LOA 9 ft 11 in., Beam 4 ft., Sail Area 36 sq ft.

The pram dinghy has been very popular in Europe for a great many years and in all probability the type originated in Scandinavia. The pram is rapidly becoming popular in this country. Experienced yachtsmen have been quick to see and appreciate its many good qualities and are willing to overlook its odd appearance. As a yacht tender, it is ideal, because of the unexcelled carrying capacity, short length, and light weight--an important item if the dink has to be carried on deck or on top of the deckhouse; and most important of all, it tows exceptionally well. With the advent of resin-bonded plywood, we are able to overcome weight objections and have gained other worth while advantages. A center-board has been installed in place of the original leeboards, the sliding gunter has been changed to marconi rig and a rudder and tiller instead of the steering oar. The vee bottom is slightly more difficult to build than the flat bottom, but it is superior to the latter especially for sailing and towing; therefore, its adoption is recommended. The hard or sharp chine is simple in construction, but the flat chine is better, improving the looks and making rowing and towing in a heavy sea safer.

12 pages, 2 plate(s)

Moth Class Racing Skimmer (Pub. No. 7792)

Designed by William F. Crosby

This simple little skimmer is about as easy a boat to build as anyone could ask for. There is all straight work in her—with no steambending, or any severe twists to the planking or any other parts. The Moth boats are not one-design boats and the majority of them are rounded, or partly rounded, bottom construction. But no hull form is specified in the rules and this easy-to-build modified vee-bottom that you see here is acceptable and far easier to construct than any other.

3 page(s)

Meteor Class Knockabout (Pub. No. 7793)

Designed by Charles D. Mower

This is a fast sailer originally designed as a one-design class for a well-known eastern yacht club and a good many were built. It is a vee-bottomed boat suitable for two or three when racing and the same number when just knocking around. The boat is quite stiff and fast and handles nicely. It is a little wet when slogging to windward in a chop but any small boat is, more or less

2 page(s)

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