(Same info as just posted in Bolger Discussion group)
Here's one of Bolger's most well-known early sharpies... for sale as a
fixer-upper -- lots of innovations.... would be MUCH easier and less
expensive to take this project over, than to start a "build from
Went to my Black Skimmer in the storage yard this week and came to
realize it's not in my schedule to do the refurb this boat needs... so
with a big sob, I now realize it has to go to another owner. She's
being sold as a fixer-upper, as every surface WILL require
refinishing, but the boat's structurally solid, no hull-rot, a few
appendages require repair. I brought her back from far worse
condition about 20 years ago.... now she needs another total restoration.
This is the Black Skimmer with "Red Zinger"s tapered box-section mast
and tuned sail (see BWAOM chapter 63), mounted on a Bolger-designed
tabernacle pivot right at cabintop: makes it a fairly easy boat to
trailer and rig at launch ramp...
Best way to get an overall sense of this boat is to review its specs
and a few photos at
(should be "up" there thru March 7)
I've rigged many modifications to Bolger's typical Cat-Yawl rig, to
make fine-tuning of the sail-set a breeze, also have rigged a unique
way to raise-lower leeboards from the tiller-position.....
Boat's in Tacoma WA, transports easily on its trailer (included); she
came all the way cross-country when we moved away from the Chesapeake
a few years ago.
Feel free to contact me on-list or off-list for any info --- I have
more photos, lots more info, but if serious, a phonecall is in order.
253 318 9873
If you've ever thought of building one of Bolger's small cruisers, why
start from scratch? this one's a do-able project.