Yo Ho!--A Plywood Cartopper


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by Weston Farmer

Designed with easy bends in her planking this boat is light enough to be tossed atop your car. Cheap, too.

LOA 13 FT., BEAM 50 IN.

YO HO! is not the best looking boat I have lifted from my drawing board these past 35 years—not by a long shot. But she very successfully incorporates extreme ease of building with very nice water feel. As my good old friend Billy Atkin, dean of American motorboat designers, says, “A good small boat is harder to design than a good large boat.” So I am happy to relate that an unusually good compromise has been doped out in Yo Ho! She has enough rocker to row reasonably well, yet not enough to kill her for planing work. She will putzz along with a 11/2 hp Elgin kicker at 7 miles; can use the Evinrude angle shaft 3 hp motor, and even take 71/2 hp Champions, Johnsons, Scott-Atwaters or Mercuries. A Yo Ho! was built—-see photos—-and the lessons learned are here incorporated for the final release as a perfected design. A boat for ideal cartop carrying should come within the limits set by the usual 52” car carrier spreaders, and should be reasonably flat in sheer to accommodate wide variation in car crowns. The Yo Ho! experimental model, preliminary to this design, was 12’ long by 48” beam, 16” depth. While her water performance fitted the outlined requirements, I felt that her rocker could be flattened a little without interfering with good rowing, that her dead rise could be increased to give a boatier feel, and that a pram type bow with a rounded block stem would take less bending. So our published and final version of Yo Ho! is one foot longer—l3 ft.; her beam is 50” over the sheer guard; and her depth has been increased io 18”. This accounts for the slight difference in modeling between the photo version and the design here. Another difference incorporated was to put the steering wheel on center. This gimmick is useful with 5 hp and over. So is a little water speedometer, shown on the dash. She is simplicity itself to build.
There is no sny in any of her planks--no twisting bends, in landlubber language-—to baffle the neophyte constructor. Anybody who can run a saw, use a plane, and drive screws can do about as good a job as a professional boatbuilder

4 pages, 3 plate(s)


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