PM 38 Club is for all those Boats (and their Owners),which
were built using the Free Boat Plans that were published in magazines
such as Popular
Science and the Boat
By the end of the nineteenth, beginning of the twentieth
before the advent of television and before the internet was even
thought of, news was principally promulgated via newspapers.
Most newspapers however still only catered to local audiences.
An increase in printing and distribution efficiency as well as a
growing demand for more national information led to the emergence of
magazines, particularly those which catered to the readers
increased leisure time.
And publishers who were able to capture and keep the public's interest
also gained from increased advertising revenue.
Two of America's most popular magazines, both of which are
published today were Popular
Science founded in 1872 and Popular
Mechanics first issued in 1902.
sprang from their formula of straightforward reporting
on scientific and mechanical developments, prescient journalism and DIY
how to articles.
Science was a pure science magazine but in 1916 it moved
times to add full-color covers extended the focus of its coverage and
began including advertising.
Both Magazines are still being published today and both, naturally
enough, have their own websites where you can subscribe and where the
entire run of back issues can be viewed.
As well as telling their
about all the
inventions of the era, they also gave them plans on how to create some
Science for instance included an article on how to build a Laser..(and
I don't mean the sailing boat).
While some of the plans might seem a
trifle off beat to us
today, they did publish several timeless plans and instructions for the
Science in February 1972
published pans on how to build a wood strip Trail Boat, a stripper
canoe in two
parts for car topping.
One of the most
enduring set of plans appeared in the August 1962 issue of Popular Mechanics.
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.
I am perfectly aware that the majority of Wooden Boat aficionados are sensible folk. However, I need to point out that I am an amateur wooden boat enthusiast simply writing in order to try to help other amateur wooden boat enthusiasts. And while I take every care to ensure that the information in DIY Wood Boat.com is correct, anyone acting on the information on this website does so at their own risk.