Free Boat Plans for Homemade Ice Boats, Canoes, Catamarans etc
Free boat plans for a variety of homemade boats. We have free plans for
boats with an ice boat, a canoe, a catamaran etc.
FREE ICE BOAT PLANS
With the actual speed of the wind a skater may be hurled along the ice
if he is aided by sails. He has been known to travel at the rate of 40
miles an hour.
And the sport while
affording the limit of excitement, is not dangerous. The sails
made, as the illustrations and description will show.
two large thin hoops about 4 ft. in diameter. They may be
obtained from an old hogshead or by bending thin strips. For each hoop
select a piece of
strong cane about 3/4 in. in diameter to constitute the fore
and main masts or
cross yards. Extend these across the center of the hoop and fasten each
end firmly to the
hoop's sides. For the middle of each cross-spar make a cleat
and lash it on firmly. The
main spar should also be made of two pieces of strong cane,
each about 9-1/2 ft. long.
Bind them together at each end so that the large end of one is fastened
to the small end of
Next comes the
attaching of the sails to the separate masts. The sails
should be made of strong sheeting or thin canvas. Tack the cloth to the
hoop on the
inner side after it has been wrapped around the hoop two or
the main spar should be attached by springing it apart and slipping
the cleats of the crosss-spar between the two pieces. Bind the inner
sides of the hoops
tightly together by means of a very strong double cord, as
shown in the figure. Then your
sail is ready for the ice pond. See that your skates are securely
fastened, raise your
sail and you will
skim along the ice as lightly as a bird on the wing.
With a little practice you will learn to tack and guide yourself as
If the hoops cannot be
easily obtained the sails may be made equally
effective by using the main spar and fore and main masts as
described, making the
sails square shaped instead of round and leaving off the hoops. In this
sails should be securely bound with strong tape. Attach a
corner to each end of the
cross-spar, and a corner to the outer end of the main spar.
The remaining corner of each
then appears opposite to each other, and should be fastened
together by strong cord
in the same manner as the hoops. In this case the sails may be left off
the frame is entirely put together and then fastened on to the
spars by buttons.
A more simple sail may
be made according to the free boat plans illustrated in the
lower drawing. It is made by binding together in the center
the halves of two
strong hogshead hoops, or two bent poles are better. If possible the
sail should be about
8 ft. long and 4 ft. wide. Fasten on the sail at the four
corners. The rig will carry
two people and is more easily constructed than any other.
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