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23 Boats You Can Build -1950

23 Boats You Can Build -1950

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Compil
ed
by
th
eEditors
of
Popular
Me
chanics
Magazine
POPULAR
MECHANICS
PRESS
2
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ight
1950
by
Populo
r
Mechonics
Co.
 
Bootbuilding
is
part
of
the American
heritage.
Thesettlers
of New
England
developed the
sturdy
dory
to
cope
with
the
storm-wracked Atlantic
waters
in
which they fished.
It
was a
rare
son
of
Maine
or
Massachusetts who could notfashionhis own
boat
with
crude hand
1001s.
The rivers
ot
America
were
explored
by men who
learned
fromthe Indians how to
make
bark
and
dugoutcanoes.Flatboat
s
carried
a
large
part
of the
goods
of
the
pioneers during the westward movement.Today,
boatbuilding
is
no
longer
a
part
of
everyday
life,
except
in
somefishing communities
where
boats
slill
are
built by menwho
earn
theirlivelihood fromthem.
But
there
ore
asurprisingnumber of
amateur
boatbuilders.Altogether
there
are
more
than
half amillionpersons
in
the United
States who
are
regularly building
boats
forpleasure
or
forprofit. They form a cross section
of
Americanlife.Thesleekma
hoganycabin
cruiser
of
the
Chicago
banker
sharesBelmont
Harbor
with theplywood sailing
dinghy of
the shipping clerk.
On
Chesapeake
Bay,
in
theFlorida Keys,
and
through
San
Francisco's
Golden
Gate,
therich man'sself
designed
yacht
and
thehome-built sloop
of
the
ordinary
man
head
out to
ward
the
open sea
together.
Self-built
canoes
and
rowboats of
fishermen
and
hunters glide on theinlandrivers
of
the country,
and
on its lakes,ponds
and
marshes. Theirs
is
a
double
reward-the
pride of craftsmanship
and
the
thrill
of
navigating Ihe
boat
when
the
building
is
done.
With all this
in
mind,
the
ed
itors
of
Popular Mechanics
have
chosenwilh
care
the
croft
that
make up the con-tents
of
23
Boals
You
Can
Build.
Boats built from these
plans
are
nowinsuccessful
operation
in
various
parts
of
the country. The instructions, pictures
and
plans
were
prepared
for
ease
of
understanding.
Those who
have
never built a
boat
before
are
urged
to
read
ParI 9,"BuildYour Baal Right,"which begins on
page
161. The editors believe this
book
offers something totempt everylover of
boats
-a pion
that
will
make
his
hands
itch for tools
and
materials. Choose your favorite-cobin cruiser, sailboat,
rowboat,
inboard,
outboard,
ice yacht, bicycle
baal,
canoe,
kayak,
sea sled,
paddle
board,catamaran.
Good
building,
happy
launching,
and
bon
voyage!
3
-
 
The kind of aboatyou'd like
to
have is sure tobe withinthecovers ofthis book. In
23
BOATS
'lOU
CANBUILD, the
editon
of popularr-.lechanicspresent awidevarietyof
craft-
rangingfrom"Seacraft,"a 25-foot cabincruis 'ersleeping four persons, to"Tiny,"a six-footer that flaunts a muslin sailfroma boom made
of
a sawed-offbroomstick.There's"Su-Lu,"a plywood dinghy built likeaNavy PT-boat
...
threeboatsofsheelply wood... aneight-footduckboat for sportsmen . a three-section rowboat
thai
fi.ts
inside itselllike aChineseboxpuzzle
...
a CanadianIypecanoe
...
a kayak of the North...a pon loon boat pedal-powered by a converted bicycleasea sledthatruns
on
aconvertedwashing-machine
engine.
.aracingice boat that
will
take you
sk
immingalong at more than
80
miles an hour
...
a mol or_drivencatamaran
...
a paddle-propelled pontoon.
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