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Compiled by the Editors of
Popular Mechanics Magazine

POPULAR MECHANICS PRESS
2 00 E AST O NT A RI O STR EET

CHIC AGO 11 , IL LIN OIS

Copyright 1950 by Populo r Mechonics Co.

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Bootbuilding is part of the American
heritage. The settlers 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 not fashion his own boat with
crude hand 1001s. The rivers ot America were explored by men who learned
from the Indians how to make bark and dugout canoes. Flatboats 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 some
fishing communities where boats slill are built by men who earn their liveli-
hood from them. But there ore a surprising number of amateur boatbuilders.

Altogether there are more than half a
million persons in the United States who
are regularly building boats for pleas-

ure or for profit. They form a cross section of American life. The sleek ma-
hogany cabin cruiser of the Chicago banker shares Belmont Harbor with the
plywood sailing dinghy of the shipping clerk. On Chesapeake Bay, in the
Florida Keys, and through San Francisco's Golden Gate, the rich man's self-
designed yacht and the home-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 the inland rivers 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 chosen wilh
care the croft that make up the con-

tents of 23 Boals You Can Build. Boats built from these plans are now in
successful operation in various parts of the country. The instructions, pic-
tures and plans were prepared for ease of understanding. Those who have
never built a boat before are urged to read ParI 9, "Build Your Baal Right,"

which begins on page 161. The editors believe this book offers something to
tem pt every lover 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!

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experienced seamen will be able to handle
the hull easily when a +lr,-in. centerboat'd
is used. Naturally the width of the center-
board well must be varied accordingly so
that the centerboard will not bind when the
centet'board slot swells aftet" the boat i:s
launched. Fig. 39 gives full dimensions fOt"
the sail. It is best to have this made up by a
competent sailmaker. The
materials and fittings re-
quired are available at
any marine-supply stot'e,
and all the sailmaker will
need arc the dimensions
given in Fig. 39 in order to
tum out a sail that will be
fit and serviceable. For
the amateur to attempt
the sailmnking himself
may t'esult in a waste of
expensive material and
an inefficient sail.

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The <omple!ed herringbone "il<h w ilh Ihe finish
end abOUI 10 be ,ul off. Some so ilmo ke .. relurn the
twine Ihrough leverol loop. before <ulling Ihe end

stitch and Fig. 8 details the procedure
quite clearly. Note in Fig. 8 that the
dark-shaded portions of the twine are
on top of the cloth while the lighter -·
portions are underneath. With this in
mind, it is easy to follow the course
of the needle and twine -above and
below the cloth. The stitch is· started
as in Fig. 8 by forcing the needle
through the cloth, then back up and
thl·ough to the underside again. Next,
the twine is carried to a point just
about opposite the end of the tear and
about % in. to one side of it. Then the
twine is brought up through and across
to an equal distance on the opposite
side of the tear \vhere it is passed again
through thc cloth and brought up
through the tear. From here it is taken
over the first loop and down thl"Ough
the tear. This completes the first individ-
ual stitch. The trick in making a smooth,
neat I·cpair without bulges or wrinkles is
simply to maintain an even tension on the
twine as the individual stitches are made.
A common method of ending the stitch is
to cut the twine as in Fig. 6 about % in.
above the cloth. Another acceptable meth-
od is to pass the needle through sevel·al

The herringbone .Iilch al.o i, used 10 repair leo ..
around gramme". In mc:k i"g I~ ~ repair, one loop of
each "itch pOISes around the grommet rin g o •• how n

HERIINOeONE
STITCH

ST ..... ' OF STITCH

loops and then cut the twine just back of
the last loop. In repairing the cloth around
grommets, one loop of the stitch passes
around the grommet ring, Fig. 7. This type
of grommet repair cannot be considered
pel·manent, although it will last throughout
a full season unless the sail is old and weak-
ened by weathering. Holding the sail on the
lap permits free left-hand movement.

large Fuel-Settling Bowl Made From Fruit Jar
Solves Problem of Water in Gasoline Line

for a boat where water in the gasoline is a pl"Oblem and the
small sediment bowl requires constant attention, an emcient
settling bowl of larger capacity Cetn be metde from a quart-size
fruit jar. Obtain a jar with a screw-type metal cap and two
pieces of copper tubing, one long enough for the intake and a
shorter piece for the outlet. Solder the tubing to a metetl disk as
indicated, and cover the outlet tube with fine copper ga uze to
filter foreign matter that may not settle in the tank. Mount the
jar in a convenient position in the fuel line.

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