The PM 38
60s Sea Hawk
The "Mustang" Have You Built a Boat from any of these Plans?
As well as telling their readers about all the momentous inventions of the era, they also gave them plans on how to create some of them.
Popular Science for instance included an article on how to build a Laser..(?).
While some of the plans might seem a trifle off beat to us today, they did publish several timeless plans and instructions for the handyman.
For instance, “Popular Science” in February 1972 published pans on how to build a wood strip Trail Boat, a stripper canoe in two parts for car topping.
It was the PM 38 13ft runabout. .
The appetite for Build It Yourself Boat plans was such that books of plans were also published containing plans for everything from Hydroplanes to Sailboats, Runabouts to Canoes and a few 'wacky' ones in-between.
Many of these plans can be found and downloaded free from the website ‘Svenson’s Free Boat Plans’.
Plans for the PM-38 first appeared in the August 1962 issue of the “Popular Mechanics” magazine.
It was named the PM 38 because the magazine claimed that it could, not only be built in 38 hours, for a materials cost of a mere $38 but would, when launched, do 38 mph.
Read how Carl and his “oldest son (ten at the time) and I
built the PM38 1n 1963.
No particular problems that I remember”
How Greg and his Dad and built a PM38 around 1962.
And then there is Robert who is building one now.
Russell built his first PM 38 in 1962 when he was 19 years old.
Nearly 50 years later "Damm Yankee", is his second PM-38, built in 2009.
“It is still fun and the memories continue to grow.”
Carl Mouton from Durban in South Africa built a PM38 in 1962 when he was working in Aden.
Now that he has retired and has found the plans again he may just build another one.
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Although not a ‘PM’ plan she still deserves a mention in the PM 38 Club.
One of many available free from ‘Svenson’s Free Boat Plans’.
"Little Sanity" is Matt’s first boat build.
“Although she is not 100% finished, my youngest son and I just had to get it on the local lake while the fishing was still good.
This little boat performs really well for what it was intended, and I had lots of fun building it.”
And Bryon thinks that his 1956
12', homemade, row boat may also have been made using the
“Mustang” DIY plans.
"Jewel" is a 16' Crescent Sailboat being built by Mike Allen from the plans by C.T .Allen in the 1958 "Boat Builders Handbook".And what a superb job Mike is doing check out his photos here.
This one is being built by Greg Allore using the downloaded plans from Svensons.com that deserve to be in the PM 38 Club.You can download a FREE pdf version of the plans here.
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So, please share your project with us all.
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I retired in 1990 as a South African Architect. In 1962 I was working in Aden in what is now part of Yemen. Woodwork has always been a passion of …
Since the change in plywood thickness being in mm sizes now I was just wondering if anyone knew the sizes for the PM 38 and if they have built this boat …
"Damm Yankee" PM-38
I'm probably the one and only to build this boat twice. My first build was when I was 19 years old in 1962 and then again in 2009. The first …