Build a Motorized Surfboard
These plans are some of the strangest we've seen yet. They are for a surfboard-type craft coupled with a gas engine to cruise over the waves.
THERE'S something new in water-sports
equipment — a motor-driven paddle
board. It combines the common characteristics
and seaworthiness of the surfboard
and paddle board, but, more than that, it's
power driven by a conventional outboard
That's the new angle. Smooth,
sweeping "hull" lines, crowned deck and
low motor hatch make this the sleekest,
trimmest little craft you ever looked at.
Light enough to be easily launched by one
person, it rides rough water like a cork.
The hull, or board, itself is constructed
just like the nonpower jobs, except that it
is 5Vi in. deep instead of the usual 3 in. or
so on the conventional surfboard and paddle
board. Deck and outboard plan views
shown in Fig. 3 give the general over-all
Note that the motor hatch is
placed well forward, giving ample room for
a tall man to lie full length aft of it. Controls
consist of tiller and speed lever, and a
clear plastic transom permits a view inside
the "engine room" from the rear.
with a midget headlight, could be
lighted from a small storage battery for
Build a Motor Board