RE: [bolger] Re: Windermere Seaworthyness (Coastal Cruising)
> As to your spouses desire for a flush toilette and showerI was thinking of a composting toilet, although I have not been completely
> stall......it is not on the plans. What is offered instead is the not-
> yet-famous Bolger DLD head and the possibility of using the head
> compartment for a quicky shower. The DLD concept may take some fine
> wordings from you to your spouse to convince her that it is anything
> other then an outhouse arrangement, the DLD standing for Don't Look
> Down...............Mind you, if you both have had lots of camping
> experience and/or small boat adventures, the privacy afforded by at
> least a fully enclosed head will be a plus in the right
> direction, not to mention the private space to shower.
convinced that they work. Part of the problem is that I am a backpacker
and she is a campground tent camper (You know, the kind with bathhouses.
She likes a shower every day or two, I can make it 10 days. Of course,
if I was with her, rather than a bunch of smelly guys on a backpacking
trip, I might have more incentive to shower every day!
> You are also a rather tall drink of water and may find yourselfPeter, that is why they make 4x10 sheets of plywood. After spending
> having to bend your head a bit in places as you stroll around
> inside....the full length use of 4X8 plywood for the sides self-
> limits any thoughts of raising the roof any higher :-( ....that
> is, unless you lower the sole to get space for your 6'8".
time in an RV with a 6'6" headroom, I would never have a live-aboard
boat with less than 6'10" of headroom. The cost of cutting down 10 long
sheets of ply is insignificant relative to my neck being straight.
> I would love to hear what you consider a "reasonable amount ofReasonable is in the eye of the beholder. I figure that means something
> time" to build along with whatever response you may gather from our
> Hero regarding your questions.
I can build with 2000-2500 hours of work. Temper this with the fact that
I am a hands-on, experienced, engineer, carpenter, mechanic and machinist.
I have built and/or repaired about one of everything before, so I tend to
work relatively fast and make few mistakes (usually, not always).
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- 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!