Originally published in the 1930s, this book is intended for beginners with minimal skills in the art of boat-building, for boys and men who wish to make something with which they may navigate the waters of ponds, lakes, or streams. It begins with the most primitive crafts composed of slabs or logs and works up to scows, houseboats, skiffs, canoes and simple forms of sailing craft, a motorboat, and there it stops.
The author believed there were so many books and magazines devoted to the higher arts of ship-building for the graduates to use, besides the many manufacturers furnishing all the parts of a sail-boat, yacht, or motor-boat for the ambitious boat-builder to put together himself, that it was unnecessary for him to invade that territory.
The designs in the book are either the author's own inventions or his own adaptations of well-known and long-tried models, and have been successfully built by numerous boys and men.
- How to Cross a Stream on a Log
- Home-Made Boats
- A Raft that Will Sail
- Canoes and Boating Stunts
- The Birch-Bark
- How to Build a Paddling Dory
- The Landlubber's Chapter
- How to Rig and Sail Small Boats
- More Rigs of All Kinds for Small Boats
- Knots, Bends, and Hitches
- How to Build a Cheap Boat
- A "Rough-And-Ready" Boat
- How to Build Cheap and Substantial House-Boats
- A Cheap and Speedy Motor-Boat
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