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Shokan, NY


Boat Name

PM 38


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  • PM 38 built the summer of 1963 when I was 14 years old, pretty much all by myself with some guidance of a neighbor who had some wood working tools. My parents said I could do it if I built the canvas covered kayak first, another PM design. My grandfather said he would buy the engine if I built the boat. Ended up with a 33hp (?) Johnson but never came close to 38 mph. Had to remove the planing tail behind the transom because I could not get it into plane properly. Had to add a large aluminum fin because the boat wanted to scoot sideways when trying to turn and the fin made a huge difference. The ribs and plywood were just common pine and after two summers of beating it to death on choppy waters in central Michigan pulling cousins waterskiing it went onto two sawhorses where it remains back in the forest behind our cottage. Now 55 years slowly rotting in the forest giving inspiration to other younger cousins to take on projects of their own. Maybe I will build another. In 1966 I also built an Otto Lilienthal biplane glider from a 1912 PM magazine found at a garage sale. Fortunately never covered the wings with linen before we moved and project got scrapped. Otherwise I would have certainly killed myself. Sherret Chase - sherretec@gmail.com

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