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sa   CANOE
sa   KAYAK

Weight versus performance. How to determine the loaded weight of your boat (using an ordinary bathroom scale) and its center of gravity.
BOATING WORLD #80 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 68

Tips on adjusting the trim setting on the lower unit of an I/O outdrive.
BOATING WORLD #149 May 1999 pg. 88

The need for speed. Twelve relatively inexpensive ways to improve the top speed of your motorboat without compromising safety.
BOATING WORLD Jan 2003 (v.24#1) pg. 94

River Queen, a 10-ft. long, 4-ft. wide, flat bottom, flat bow, and flat stern boat suitable for rowing or a small 5 hp motor. Constructed of marine plywood over a simple wooden frame. Designed for the beginning boat builder.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1967 (v.57#7) pg. 46

A 3-in-1 sailboat that holds four which can be sailed, rowed, or powered by a motor. Hull, made of plywood, is 5-ft. wide, 12-ft. long and weighs about 140 lbs. Mast is aluminum pipe and lateen rig sail is polyethylene. Plan must be ordered.
FAMILY CIRCLE Apr 24 1978 (v.91#5) pg. 20

Getting back into the water. Tips on preparing your outboard motorboat for the new season.
HOME MECHANIX #707 Mar 1987 (v.83) pg. 74

A 12-ft. canvas covered pudgy.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #417 Feb 1963 (v.59) pg. 110

"Taffy", a deluxe runabout.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #420 May 1963 (v.59) pg. 112

A 5-hp air-cooled lawnmower engine drives a hydro-kart at 20 mph.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #430 Mar 1964 (v.60) pg. 98

Flat bottom skiff utility boat. All nailed construction. Only basic hand tools are needed to build it. Uses oars or outboards up to 10 hp. Est. cost: $25.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #455 Apr 1966 (v.62) pg. 93

"Foamy", an 8-ft. motor boat built from 1/2" plyfoam covered with 10-oz. fiberglass cloth. Complete boat weighs only 27 lbs. and is unsinkable, fire-resistant, non-toxic, and not affected by gasoline or oil.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #466 Mar 1967 (v.63) pg. 98

Station wagon skiff. Family-size, 16-ft. skiff weighs 120 lbs. and has three seats. May be paddled, motor driven (3 to 10 hp), or sailed using a sailing rig with leeboards. Constructed of plywood, styrofoam and fiberglass. Est. cost: $80.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #466 Mar 1967 (v.63) pg. 106

Convert an aluminum rowboat to a powered runabout by the addition of a control console to hold steering, speed, and shift controls.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #467 Apr 1967 (v.63) pg. 125

The Guenther Garvey, a blunt-bowed garvey (boat) designed for hunters. Will run in 6 inches of water. Built of plywood covered with fiberglass. Canvas spray shield keeps operator dry. Boat is 11-ft. long and 4-ft. wide. Est. cost: $100.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #473 Oct 1967 (v.63) pg. 117

Plans for adding a permanent cabin to a 16-ft. or longer motorboat for as little as $30 in materials.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #476 Jan 1968 (v.64) pg. 88

Miniature 3-point hydroplane is 9-ft. long, uses a 6 hp outboard and will do 25 mph. Plyfoam and fiberglass construction.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #482 Jul 1968 (v.64) pg. 68

Build an Aquarod. The 225 lb. tunnel hull is set up for solo seating. Can be powered by a 35-hp motor or will accommdate a 125-hp motor with a high-speed short shaft (for the experienced).
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #514 Mar 1971 (v.67) pg. 66

Ten tips on boat rental.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #514 Mar 1971 (v.67) pg. 84

Build a Scottish Schooner, a 15 ft. runabout powered by a 4-hp Clinton air-cooled engine. Est. cost: $300.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #519 Aug 1971 (v.67) pg. 42

Build the Aquarail, a scat-type boat that carries one or two people seated on the boat in snowmobile fashion. Does 30- to 35-mph with a 20-hp motor. Est. cost: $100.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #531 Aug 1972 (v.68) pg. 68

How to get really hot performance from a boat hull.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #534 Nov 1972 (v.68) pg. 66

How to get top performance from your boat and engine. Includes nomograms to help compute speed/weight/power ratio and speed/propeller pitch/shaft rpm ratio.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #543 Aug 1973 (v.69) pg. 70

Aquaracer, a tunnel-hull racing boat you can build. Boat is 18-ft. long, 7.5-ft. wide and weighs 450 pounds. Has hit 76 mph with a 135-hp engine. Est. cost: $450 (less motor and accessories).
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #561 Feb 1975 (v.71) pg. 44

How to own a crusier without being rich. Tips on buying an older boat, fixing it up and maintaining it yourself.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #561 Feb 1975 (v.71) pg. 64

How to build the AquaDuck, a duck boat designed to hold one man, one dog, and gear. Dimensioned drawing and instructions included. Large-scale plans may be ordered for $5. Est. cost: $100.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #594 Nov 1977 (v.73) pg. 70

A 23-ft yacht you can build. AquaCruiser, a trailerable boat built of plywood, weighs only 3300 lbs. Powered by a 170 hp sterndrive engine. Cruises at 22 mph with a 600-lb. payload capacity. Sleeps four, two in cabin and two aft under a canvas cover. Est. cost: $7,000 (excluding electronics). Plans cost $15.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #597 Feb 1978 (v.74) pg. 51

Build MI's Basement Boat, a 10-ft pram that can be rowed, sailed or powered by a small outboard. Est. cost: $135.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #609 Feb 1979 (v.75) pg. 86

A guide to selecting your family's first motor boat.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #618 Nov 1979 (v.75) pg. 12

5-in-1 boat. Basic 16-ft. plywood boat built using a new wood-saturating epoxy. Finish off the boat for use as a bass boat, utility boat, runabout/ski boat, fisherman or relaxer. Plans must be ordered.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #638 Jul 1981 (v.77) pg. 66

Your first boat. A primer on the language and lore of boating. Looks at hull types and power systems.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #110 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 56

Three-point hydroplane seats 4 and does 50 mph. Est. cost: $75.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1963 (v.119#3) pg. 144

A 16-ft. sled seats six and takes up to a 100 hp engine. Est. cost: $200.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1964 (v.121#3) pg. 144

Shim up your stern to improve cruising, eliminate squatting.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1964 (v.121#4) pg. 152

Small plastic boat for use in swimming pools is powered by a garden hose.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1965 (v.123#1) pg. 50

One-man, 3-point hydroplane is 8 ft. long and weighs 74 lbs. Takes a 20 hp engine. Est. cost: $25.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1965 (v.123#3) pg. 144

Waterbike that can be pedaled or powered by outboard.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1965 (v.124#2) pg. 148

White-Water Riverboat. Rugged craft designed to take the wildest rapids in stride and also to row with oars on the quiet waters. Extremely shallow draft. Length can vary from 15 to 19 feet. Use an 18 to 60 hp outboard. Est. cost: $100.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1966 (v.126#6) pg. 154

Building the Stiletto. A 16-ft. runabout boat designed strictly for speed. Ideal as a ski boat. Features a broad, flat bottom. Use almost any size outboard motor. Plywood construction. Full-size plans and kits also available.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1967 (v.127#1) pg. 166

Winter wrap-up for your stern drive. Setting up your inboard-outboard for safe off-season storage.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1967 (v.128#5) pg. 164

How to pick a marina.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1970 (v.133#3) pg. 130

Nomograph allows you to figure your planning speed from hull and horsepower.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1971 (v.135#3) pg. 120

How to measure your boat's speed. Explains how to set up a simple timing trap and gives shortcut calculations.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1973 (v.139#1) pg. 116

Device for determining the most efficient cruising speed, miles per gallon, and range of your motorboat. Est. cost: $3.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1974 (v.141#2) pg. 106

Build the Glen-L, a 10-ft. long tunnel hull design. Will carry outboards up to 100 lbs. on this 120-lb. hull. Wood framework covered with plywood skin. Est. cost: $200. Plans cost: $12.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1974 (v.142#2) pg. 69

How safe is your boat? With tape measure and some arithmetic, you can rate your boat the way experts do.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1975 (v.144#6) pg. 138

Diagram shows how an older 23-ft. Chris-Craft was outfitted for underwater treasure locating and salvage. Installation of an underwater window, a winch to lower a metal detector and a simple hoist for raising small sunken objects.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1977 (v.147#2) pg. 101

Three-way boat for less than $50. Sail it, paddle it, or power it.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1965 (v.186#4) pg. 126

Overcoming torque problems.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1965 (v.187#1) pg. 78

A flat-bow, flat bottom boat made from one sheet of plywood. Weighs 58 lbs. Suitable for a small motor. Est. cost: $12.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1966 (v.188#3) pg. 164

Car-top boat uses oars or small motor. Square bow and stern. Made from 1/4" and 1/2" plywood. Est. cost: $20.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1966 (v.189#2) pg. 138

A 9-ft. dinghy made of Vinylcel (polyvinyl chloride foam) covered with fiberglass. Weighs only 46 lbs. May be rowed, powered (up to 3 hp outboard) or sailed.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1967 (v.191#2) pg. 142

Build a towboat for one man water skiing. A midget 7 ft. boat with an outboard motor up to 20 hp and 7 ft. tow bar (incorporating a dead-man switch) will pull a single skier without anyone in the boat.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1968 (v.192#5) pg. 100

Ten quick checks to improve a motor boat's performance.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1970 (v.196#6) pg. 76

General article on the new 1973 boats and motors, plus suggestions on matching a motor to a boat for your needs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1973 (v.202#2) pg. 106

How to build a wood-strip trail boat. It splits in half across the middle for portage. Can be be rowed, paddled, powered or sailed. Boat is 16 ft. long and weighs 89 lbs. Beam is 40". Both halves can float alone.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1973 (v.202#2) pg. 112
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1973 (v.202#3) pg. 148

Three-way day tripper boat can be rowed, sailed, or powered. This 12-ft. boat is built from standard lumber (mostly plywood) and carries 5 people. Est. cost: $400. Plans must be ordered.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1982 (v.220#2) pg. 108

Plywood boat you can sail, scull, troll and row. This 14-ft. cartop boat features 3 cockpits, transom for motor or rudder, and double-deck track for snapping on oarlocks and cockpit covers. Uses standard hardware-store fittings. Est. cost: $450. Plans may be ordered for $10.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1986 (v.228#2) pg. 84

Simple device to show the direction and tilt of a stern drive.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1987 (v.230#2) pg. 126

Three-point hydroplane. Part 2.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS #213 Jan 1963 (v.34#1) pg. 114

Fifteen-foot Hickman type sea sled. Part 1.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS #217 May 1963 (v.34#5) pg. 108

Fifteen-foot Hickman type sea sled. Part 2.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS #218 Jun 1963 (v.34#6) pg. 108

A 12.5 ft. runabout two-seater that will do 38 mph with a 20 hp engine and pull skiers. Est. cost: $35.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jan 1964 (v.35#1) pg. 77

A 12-ft. skiff that takes a 6 hp motor. Est. cost: $12.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Mar 1964 (v.35#3) pg. 95

Install lift rails on your boat to increase speed, lower fuel cost and smooth out the ride.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1964 (v.35#5) pg. 72

Building the "Vera Cruise", a 21 ft. cabin cruiser. Part 1.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jan 1965 (v.36#1) pg. 69

Building the "Vera Cruise", a 21 ft. cabin cruiser. Part 2.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Feb 1965 (v.36#2) pg. 109

Small, one-man, plywood boat has a built-in window for underwater viewing. Powered by a 3-1/2 hp lawn mower engine. Est. cost: $80.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Sep 1969 (v.40#9) pg. 72

Mini-hydroplane built from plans ($5) is powered by a 4-hp Clinton lawn mower engine. Est. cost: $100.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Aug 1971 (v.42#8) pg. 44

Explanation and analysis of the complex interference patterns found in the wake pattern of a motorboat.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Feb 1988 (v.258#2) pg. 124

SLICER, a 29-ft. plywood outboard which only needs a 10-horse engine. Ideal for use in windy and choppy water.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #47 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 23

Boy's LAUNCH, a sedate and shapely little inboard features carvel planking on bent frames.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #51 Oct-Nov 1986 pg. 18

Converting a 16- to 18-ft. outboard runabout to a camp cruiser. Some tips.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #53 Feb-Mar 1987 pg. 24

Small boats and small kids. Planning for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of small children on small boats. Some advice.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #54 Apr-May 1987 pg. 20

Ocean crosser. Design considerations for an ocean-crossing powerboat include a large cabin, self steering, and gear to dampen rolling.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #55 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 24

Outfitting a 26-ft. bare hull into a fully-equipped, trailerable cruising boat. Some tips.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #55 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 28

Versatility in an aluminum skiff. Tips on customizing a stock boat to suit widely different needs. Ideas included: (1) Harbor pilot for cruising & fishing. (2) Pocket motor/sailer. (3) Pocket motor cruiser. (4) Blunt-bowed "landing craft" with a drop-down front ramp.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #56 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 20

Outboard cruiser. Outfitting a 14-ft. aluminum fishing boat (skiff) for comfortable overnighting. Additions include more ballast, carpeted seats, oversize bracing, etc. Powered with a 7.5 H.P. outboard engine.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #58 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 18
Added Info SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 5

An affordable coastal cruiser. Details on outfitting a 14-ft. barebones aluminum skiff with a 7.5-10 horsepower outboard and safely cruising in her.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #58 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 88

Basic idea of what a "pushboat" would look like and how it would attach to the mother ship.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #59 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 28

Cruising johnboat. Upgrading a simple, 21- to 24-ft. open skiff for cruising comfort.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #60 Apr-May 1988 pg. 24

Quick and easy speedboat captures the spirit of the 1924 Gold Cup winner named "Baby Bootlegger." Designed for use with a short-shaft outboard of 7.5- to-25 H.P. This 26-ft. flat-bottom boat is built mostly of plywood. Plans available for $30.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 18

Building "Kayleigh", an 18-ft. ultralight cruising skiff designed to be constructed of sewn-seam plywood and powered by a 5- to 15-hp outboard. Est. cost: $800-$1000.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 28

Building "Whisp", a 16-ft. sharpie skiff that is light enough (70#) for cartopping. Motion is provided by sail, oars, or electric motor. Step-by-step guidance is provided for building this plywood boat.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #62 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 31
Added Info SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 7

Two or three part boats. With epoxy and plywood bulkheads, you can turn a one-piece hull into a versatile take-apart boat. Technique can be applied to a plywood, cold-molded, or fiberglass boat.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #63 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 16

Diesel cruiser. Exploring the elements of powerboat design with a capacious 26-ft. cruiser.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #63 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 18

Cruising under power. A 14-ft. aluminum skiff equipped with a small outboard motor makes a capable cruising vessel. Tips on selecting and rigging the boat. Tips on camping equipment and supplies to carry.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #63 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 21

Flattie skiff for cruising. Tips on building and outfitting a small (15.5-ft.), trailerable plywood skiff, easy to load and launch, combining shallow draft with seaworthiness.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 16

The shape of power. Designing the most efficient powerboat hull is an exercise in compromise. Some tips.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 48
Correction SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #65 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 9

Custom boat. Tips on converting a surplus Navy whaleboat into a mini-trawler suitable for near-shore travel.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #66 Apr-May 1989 pg. 18
Added Info SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 6

Big (26-ft.) version of a Chaisson surf dory features a motor well for a 6-hp diesel outboard. The motor will swing up easily when beaching the boat. The boat may also be rowed. The cockpit features two 9-ft. benches. Designed primarily for sightseeing.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 28

Safety by design. Boat buying and outfitting for comfort, convenience and safety. Looks at both sail and power boats.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #70 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 26

Keeping trim. Tips on trimming small motorboats to adjust to various loads and water depths.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #70 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 74

The anatomy of a wooden boat. A pictorial glossary of wooden boat terms.
WOODENBOAT #60 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 115

Building the Downeaster 18. A guide to constructing a plywood outboard runabout. Part 1. Est. cost: $5000. Available plans are recommended.
WOODENBOAT #73 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 67

Building the Downeaster 18. A guide to constructing a plywood outboard runabout. Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #74 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 87

Building the Downeaster 18. A guide to constructing a plywood outboard runabout. Part 3. Conclusion.
WOODENBOAT #75 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 53

Buying a runabout. A guide to surveying the antique or classic wooden runabout.
WOODENBOAT #77 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 79
Added Info WOODENBOAT #79 Nov-Dec 1987 pg. 6, 7

Two outboard-powered garveys. Simple, but sophisticated, scows for work or play. Includes dimensions and construction tips.
WOODENBOAT #91 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 96

Mark's boat. A 14x5-ft. planing garvey built from plywood. Part 1.
WOODENBOAT #121 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 88

Mark's boat. A 14-ft. x 5-ft. planing garvey built from plywood. Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #122 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 67

Hydro Kart, a one-man water cart that is stradled and steered like a motorcycle. Uses 10- or 12-hp engine.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1970 (v.26#2) pg. 31