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    Has anyone here built small boats from the plans that were in the Science & Mechanics magazines in the 1950s? Most were by Wm Jackson I believe. I built two of his designs in the 50s. One was a very small outboard runabout called the "Mustang" at 9'-10" long. It was a rocket with a Merc Super Hurricane 10 on it. I also built a small inboard runabout, called the Sea Scout, which was only 14 1/2 feet long.
    The Mustang plans were for ( I believe) three different lengths that could be built.

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    I built a boat out of those old magazine plans this summer in fact, can anybody guess which one from this construction photo??



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    Don't know which plan that is, but it's simple enough that I could do it

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    You can try, but I warn you, there are some pretty advanced construction methods involved. It might be too big a project for one person working alone.

    http://www.svensons.com/boat/?p=Novelty/Corky


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    You certainly need a kid to help. My dad and I made one of those of rough spruce ledger boards. It actually sailed (sorta).

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    I had thought about building another of the Sea Scout design. A friend gave me an old Subaru with a flat four banger in it. I had heard that some were converted for marine use (?) I've seen a few in home-built airplanes. Don't know how much power they have.

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    Something about those old designs really appeals to me. I have seriously considered building this one: http://www.svensons.com/boat/?p=Utility/SeaRover

    to use as a picnic/dayboat. Anybody have any experience with this design or can you suggest a similar newer design? I really like the retro look and the low power requirements.

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    I've looked at SeaRover a few times myself, I think that if built carefully using good stock and technique, one would end up with a useful, pretty boat (that's big for her weight, and light for her size, if ya folla). Powered by a Subaru, you could end up with a 100-hp 17-footer that weighs about 800 pounds with full tanks.

    That's pretty appealing.

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    That is a neat retro design alright.

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    Here's another good site for some of those old magazine builds. dngoodchild.

    Doug

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    Here's one that I built several years ago. It was in "Mechanix Illustrated" from around 1950. The plans were by Jack Williams, who I really think was William Jackson, as the building description was the same as his plans in "Science & Mechanics".


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    See DN. Goodchild on the net.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    What is the name of that boat design Bob?

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    The design is called Arrow. It was also in "How to Build Twenty Boats". I first saw the plans in the fifties when I was a kid and came across them again about 12 years ago. I believe I've seen them online some place. Here's another view of it.


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