34302RE: [bolger] Re: Watervan/Cabin Clam Skiff
- Feb 5, 2004My Partner George, & I have built, and have been operating for the past
3 years the only "Bolger Watervan" in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a
wonderful, any weather, full 3 season craft. It got a lot of attention
on the Eire Canal this fall. Lots of comments like, "what a perfect
canal / intercostal live aboard".
It worked very well for the two week trip. We built the Watervan with a
roof strong enough to be used as a deck, actually not much higher than a
normal 25' boat, but with the added benefit of a fully enclosed
interior. Useful floor of 20' x 8'.
If you're interested, I'll furnish pictures. E-mail me directly at:
stefan-g@... with additional information requests.
From: vicskiff [mailto:john.ewing@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 12:26 AM
Subject: [bolger] Re: Watervan/Cabin Clam Skiff
To tie together a couple of threads, albeit a little tardily...
Watervan is not a sharpie, of course, but rather a further step
along an evolutionary path from Fiddler II, mentioned earlier.
Watervan is considerably larger, an all-indoor boat (one pilots
Fiddler II while standing in a transverse slot aft, looking over a
cabin with 4 feet of headroom), and adds a box keel. Fiddler II has
long intrigued me but, insofar as I know, no plans are available,
PCB not having taken it beyond a design exercise.
As mentioned by others, Cabin Clam Skiff is close to the sharpie
form but features a River Thames 'saloon launch' cabin. Vey stylish
for a 'square boat' but lots of windage despite less-than-standing
headroom. As I go round and round considering 'next boats', CCS
regularly comes to the fore. But then come thoughts of how it might
be better. And I'm really taken aback by the lack of detail -- key
dimensions, even, and no specs sheet or materials list -- that
Bolger provides in the blueprints.
My 2 cents (Cdn).
--- In email@example.com, "john_fader" <johnfader@b...> wrote:
> Thanks, Nels,
> that is an interesting boat, but it doesn't come near to meeting
> requirements. First, I am not thinnking about the smallest boat
> can do the job, but rather a spread out accomodation that one
> live with permanently (while keeping overall size down to a
> envelope). Second, the state series look of a past era is a firm
> requirement. I'd rather not live if I have to live gracelessly :-)
> The above is no criticism of Watervan, but rather a complaint
> own peccadilloes :-)
> Cheers/The Fader
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