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And on and on. There's no end to it.

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  • prairiedog2332
    Graeme, Great reminders of several things. I had forgotten that Featherwind was Bolger s attempt to correct what he ought to have done when he designed that
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24 6:22 AM

      Great reminders of several things. I had forgotten that Featherwind was
      Bolger's attempt to correct what he "ought to have done" when he
      designed that dory with the steel centerboard for which he quoted the
      customers... "were all ignorant of sailing dories except as a myth". I
      think he carried that opinion about sailing dories to his grave.

      About Surf, as you know he wrote:

      "Having remarked that the cost of the Elegant Punt's rig seemed to be
      out of proportion to the cost of the hull, I suggested to Harold
      (Payson) that he add (to his plans catalog) an equally simple, but
      stretched hull for the same spars and sail, since he had a set on hand.
      In effect he just took the punt and stuck 4 feet of taper on each end,
      plus the affectation of the ornamental false head for the fun of it.
      Result: an improvement in looks and capability out of all proportion to
      the added cost and weight; also space for some really effective positive
      buoyancy, so much that it ought to be an easy business to get her dried
      out after a misadventure."

      I think Bolger was also positively influenced by the test review it got
      by National Fisherman as noted below. Particularly since it out-sailed
      the Thomaston Galley - a favorite design of both Bolger and Payson, and
      a much more complicated build.


      If you expand the plan sheet, it is easy to see the influence of
      Bolger's work on Jim Michalak's with one major exception for the most
      part. Bolger thought his customers should learn to row and Jim felt his
      weren't really going to - and were probably beginner sailors as well -
      so a small OB was the safest thing for them for the most part, from his
      point of view. Except for ones designed for rowing or paddling in the
      first place of course.
      The other difference was the rudder and leeboard design. Surf probably
      intended to be launched and boarded from off a dock and where Jim lived
      it was mostly aluminum fishing skiff launch sites with no docks. Plus
      Jim's foils were a bit more complicated to build, not quite in keeping
      with the "instant boat" label given to these Bolger offerings.

      Which brings us back to Woobo. It is simply a stretched version of
      Piccup Pram (Jim's 1st design) with 2 feet added on each end. This is an
      interesting write-up as well. I think Bolger entered that contest and
      his didn't win either. And his comment was much the same as what Jim

      "The usual result is that the winning boat is the slickest looking boat
      but not the best functionally. The winning design in this case was quite
      good but I'd still bet that Woobo is superior functionally in every


      Woobo was intended to be a good performer, both sailing and rowing with
      the option of adding an OB. But with the usual caveat - once you add an
      OB you need extra buoyancy in the stern and a good chance the transom
      corners will drag when sailing and the hull heels. So Jim chopped of the
      corners. And you need and tiller extension as well if motoring.

      And on and on...there's no end to it!


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