RE: [bolger] Re: Windermere Seaworthyness (Coastal Cruising)
You may have been asked this before, but I cannot find it. How many hours do
you estimate it will take you to finish the boat? How many $$$ (if this is
not too personal)? What % complete are you at this date?
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Subject: [bolger] Re: Windermere Seaworthyness (Coastal Cruising)
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> OK, so I'll ask the obvious (to me) question... what condition wasPCB&Fs refer to her as a coastal esturary cruiser.This suggests to
> Windermere designed for?
me that she is not an ocean crosser,not a heavy all weather boat and
certainly not indistructable.She is intended as a two-some full time
live-a-board boat with potential four season service if insulated
per plan.Her scant 12" fully loaded draft makes her the perfect near
shore,shallow river and canal cruiser.Also,her power plant(50hp) is
there to make cruising up-stream on big rivers(that is, with
Think of her as a stylish houseboat.
Peter Lenihan,Windermere builder..........
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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!