[bolger] Double Eagle
- I have posted a few pictures of the unfortunately slow progress of
Double Eagle. As you can see the first hull is together. I have a lot
of the second hull prefabricated. Progress has been slow for many
reasons none of which are the plans or construction method. I would
appreciate any words of encouragement.
- I'm new to the group. I drooled over the MAIB discussion of Double Eagle.
Incredible design. So many issues solved in unique ways. It's good to know
you've gone ahead with the project. I've built 20 small boats, 21 is half
done. I can't imagine the size of the project you've got going. Keep in
mind that time a not a concept builders need to concern themselves about.
It's a relative human construct. The project will get done if you keep at
it but not if you become a slave to it. Enjoy every piece you form.
Take SUnday off and go to church. Become on with the inventor of the arque.
>From: "Fritz Koschmann" <fritzdfk@...>______________________________________________________
>Subject: [bolger] Double Eagle
>Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 01:37:30 -0800
>I have posted a few pictures of the unfortunately slow progress of
>Double Eagle. As you can see the first hull is together. I have a lot
>of the second hull prefabricated. Progress has been slow for many
>reasons none of which are the plans or construction method. I would
>appreciate any words of encouragement.
>Accurate impartial advice on everything from laptops to tablesaws.
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- "fritz koschmann" <fritzdf-@...> wrote:
> I have posted a few pictures of the unfortunately slow progress ofHi, Fritz --
> Double Eagle. As you can see the first hull is together. I have a lot
> of the second hull prefabricated. Progress has been slow for many
> reasons none of which are the plans or construction method. I would
> appreciate any words of encouragement.
Susanne Altenberger called me last night and told me of this site and
your pictures. I have written a bunch of encouraging words to your
email address as above, but 2 msgs got kicked back. Is this your
correct address? Mighty interested in your project.
- Hi All -
Double Eagle - a great though very different looking cat can be
Enjoy, see if you can get an update on this building effort a
lot of us would like to hear more.
Aloha - Jack Spoering
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- I have fairly recently updated my site with a few photos. My season
as a captain for Glacier Basy National Park is over now so I can
concentrate close to full time on Double Eagle. In the spring of this
year Bolger recommended that the overalll beam of Double Eagle be
increased to 20' from 16'. I resisted a little at first but am now
committed. It doesen't change anything I have done so far. I have
been waiting for updated plans from Bolger but they have been very
slow in coming. I am a little nervous in going to far for fear
something will change. In the last few days I have been constructing
the forward stress bulkhead, this stretches between the two hulls and
along with the after stress bulkhead connects the two hulls together.
It ends up being a sheet of plywood two inches thick by 12' X 6' 3".
Needless to say it is very heavy even with two doors cut out of it. I
may need some help carrying it out to the boat.
I have constructed a temporary shelter that is 24' X 44' with 10'
walls. Pictures can be seen on the website shown below. I hope to get
the basic structure of the boat done this winter.
--- In bolger@y..., JohnSpoering@a... wrote:
> Hi All -
> Double Eagle - a great though very different looking
cat can be
> found at:
> Enjoy, see if you can get an update on this building
> lot of us would like to hear more.
> Aloha - Jack Spoering
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- Great site Fritz!
I think this is such a handsome boat in profile. What
do you intend to do with it?
I am glad to hear it has been boosted to 20', that is
about the narrowest modern catamarans are built, going
back to about the 60s. Most newer cruisers are about
66%, though I am sure you could please yourself, since
you have a conservative sail plan, and your wavemaking
seems to be mostly downward, and at modest speed.
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- For those who missed it earlier, Fritz K has a real good site on his
Double Eagle at
He has pictures from late summer.
My thoughts other than the previous rave, were that this is a very, very
large one man project. If you look on the site you can see the very
narrow shop that Fritz is working in. In spite of the cramped quarters,
he is doing very nice work, and I was kind of envious of the finish
quality of some of his liquid joinery work.
I had seen the plans in MAIB, and I had thought I wouldn't mind building
one of those. That all changed when I got up close and touched and gazed
on the actual product.
Those of you that have built Micro's think of what it took to finish it.
Now multiply that by 6 at least. You have one hull done buddy, one more
to go. Then you get to tie them together, and do the rig, oh and don't
forget the interior joinery, and systems.
I think that Fritz has more time then most of us to work on the project
during the winter, but still one man can only generate so many
man-hours. I think he is going to get it done, and not to far off of his
estimates either (2-3 more years). Most of us don't have the focus to
keep at a project of this magnitude.
thomas dalzell wrote:
> Has anyone seen any pictures on the web, or heard
> anything about the jaunty looking Bolger designed
> Double Eagle? A catamaran described as a 39'
> wilderness cabin for six paying guests on week-long
> trips in the Alaska wilderness.
> A sheet for it was featured in Wooden Boat #146.
> Any information would be appreciated.
- For those interested Fritz K has gotten a lot done this summer on Double
You have to actually see and touch a project like this to realize just
how huge it is and how amazing that one man can actually do it pretty
much by himself. I think that the focus and dedication of people like
Fritz and Jeff with his Wyoming is amazing. The rest of us who take a
year or two to get a cartopper done get bragging rights, we can say we
are on the same group as these paragons of industry.
- I have posted some new photos to Bolger 5:
We have decided to wait until the spring to launch. The sail rig will
be done by then and many other details also.
- Your work is incredibly impressive. Congratulations.
It must be difficult to be looking at another winter
without being in the water. It appears that you will
have a great boat to do just what you need it to do.
--- fritzdfk <gaffcat@...> wrote:
> I have posted some new photos to Bolger 5: