Re: "Stepby" info sought
- Hi John:
The only other clue on there is that the plans are from the "Motor
Boating Build a Boat Series" I don't know if that directly coincides
with the Ideal Series books or not.
I thought it seemed kind of rounded, but I guess you're right, from
the engine back it's a pretty straight run.
Side note: This book is the first I'd heard of the "Practical Series"
from MB, the Ideal Series seems to be much more popular - has anyone
seen the Practical Series before? I'll send you some photos John.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@b... wrote:
> Welcome aboard dan! The earliest volume of the Ideal Series my
> Stepby in is #9. My copy has a copyright date of 1927, so the boat
> designed before then. That's probably as close as we'll get to
> Stepby, unless the plans exist and Mrs. Atkin sees this thread and
> up so we can get the number and make a better guess, or there might
> be a date on them somewhere...
> Stepby is a high-speed boat in spite of the sharp stern. Just look
> flat run! She probably wouldn't be a good choice for electric power.
> On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 02:52:56 -0000, Dan K wrote:
> > Hi All:
> > I'm new here, and have known about John K's site for some time
> > to his Ideal Series pages, and his link to the Atkin pages. I just
> > got a "Practical Series - Vol 1" from Motor Boating today (dated
> > 1918) and inside was a loose MB plan of Stepby - doesn't appear
> > from the book oddly enough. I was curious to know what year that
> > was drawn up, and if anyone know of any examples around today.
> > a nice 23' double ender which might lend itself nicely to being
> > for electric power. It's listed in a couple of the Ideal Series
> > books.
> John <jkohnen@b...>
> Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after
> <Mark Twain>
- Most of the MoToR BoatinG Ideal Series books consist of reprints of the
"Build a Boat" articles. It sounds like you have a copy of the article
straight from the magazine. Does it have blueprints?
If you want to go 25 mph Stepby will do it with a lot less horsepower than
most boats her size nowadays! She'd go slow pretty well too, without wasting
a bunch of power making a big wake. She wouldn't make a _bad_ electric boat,
in fact if you wanted to try making an electric-powered speedster she might
be a good choice. A big electric motor -- say 25 hp. -- and a big pile of
batteries might not weigh much more than a 1920s era high-speed 40 hp.
marine engine... But for the best efficiency at displacement speeds a hull
that isn't designed to cope with high speeds would be better.
I too have volume 1 of the Practical Series. It was advertised rather
ambiguously, something like "volume one of MoToR BoatinG series" and I
bought it sight unseen thinking it might be volume one of the _Ideal_
series. I was sure surprised when I found out it was number one of the
_Practical_ series, which I hadn't heard of before... But it wasn't terribly
expensive, and is an interesting book in its own right. Here's an ad for the
series from Ideal Series volume 9 (1927). What happened to volumes one and
On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 16:07:06 -0000, Dan wrote:
> The only other clue on there is that the plans are from the "Motor
> Boating Build a Boat Series" I don't know if that directly coincides
> with the Ideal Series books or not.
> I thought it seemed kind of rounded, but I guess you're right, from
> the engine back it's a pretty straight run.
> Side note: This book is the first I'd heard of the "Practical Series"
> from MB, the Ideal Series seems to be much more popular - has anyone
> seen the Practical Series before? I'll send you some photos John.
One boat just leads to another.