- For those interested in this boat and the ongoing pictures sent to
Duckworks, work will be suspended this next week. This is not to say I
quit. Rather it is time to go sailing. As I live in northern Mi. and
have retired, I keep a boat in Florida ( a gemini catamaran) on which I
live during the winter. Thus, the topaz will be put to bed until
april. At that time I plan to continue to send in reports and pictures
of the boat up through it's launch. During that summer I will be
touring the inland lakes on which I live plus some of the inland
waterways in mi. The later part of the summer it will be found in
Canada in the north channel out among the islands.
I will be available and will respond to mail up through the ninth of
this month for anyone who wishes. I would like to thank the folks who
have contacted me and gave encouragement during this project. This is
a big boat and your interest is really apprectiated. Sometimes I need
a kick start as like anyone, I get a little lazy now and
then.............Smooth sailing to all and I will be with you in spirit
while sailing the Bahamas for the next four months. Brad
- Can you tell me about the topaz?
Topaz is a design sold by Phil Bolger, essentially a shallow draft
double ended outboard runabout, mostly out of plywood.
I think that three have been built in the 'enclosed cabin' version,
and I am the first to build in the 'open runabout' version. I think
it could be built with MDO plywood, (without fiberglass), making it
somewhat 'disposable', but with a boat this big (31ft) there is some
justification towards spending the $/time to build it more
substantially w/plywood/epoxy/fiberglass composite.
Some photos of a Topaz build here:
I used a different quicker technique for the bottom build, with no
'table', Silicon Bronze nails instead of screws, and I was happy with
the time saved.
Presently, I am partially done, doing interior fitout (most recently,
the 'faux-teak' floorboard planking between the seats and in the
cockpit) plus painting of the underseat compartments. Two weeks ago,
I installed the narrow curved midship top deck strake (20ft x 6"
tilted and curved), for which I used Free!ship to calculate the
layout. Handy software!