Re: [bolger] "Buildability" for the lone builder, cost issues and logistics: DOUBLE EAGLE-modified ?
- There is always #646 DOUBLE EAGLE at 40' x 20' on 4'-wide hulls with smooth vee-nose bows.
Those 10:1 length-to-beam hulls offer stout liveaboard weights carrying capacity.
Narrow the connecting structure to your desired 12', modify her bridge for single-level/full-width layout, hang between the hulls a single YAMAHA large-prop T-60 (or twin T-25s for more propeller-blade area and redundancy), forget about the sailing rig unless you're happy with loading up on some say 25% ballast-ratio for starters, (instead use a kite for reaching and down-wind sailing...) and there she is at 40 x 12.
With extant plans, working together on respective modifications would likely yield a worthwhile outcome...
Susanne Altenburger, PB&F
----- Original Message -----From: harrystone.24755Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:55 PMSubject: [bolger] "Buildability" for the lone builder, cost issues and logistics.I know that I do not need to "convice " anyone on this group that one of the most appealing things about so many Phil Bolger and friendsdesigns is "accessability " to a vast range of boat designs .Mr Bolger ( and Suzanne's ) efforts have made it possible for many people to "live their boating dream " , (what ever that may be) with oftem limited funds.So ...speaking of "the dream" ...here is mine :River house boat. For two . Live aboard year round.Plywood pontoons / catamaran hulls ( 3 ft wide state series ( idaho , Tennesse , whyoh ,) type of hulls ? , supporting a platform approx 42 ft long x 12 foot wide overall.Plywood floor pan....sectional bolt together.Lightweight "house" using sips ( structural insulated panel ) on top......Insulated cool room panels perhaps.All fitted out with light weight off shelf furniture , ( deck chairs , card tables , ikea style flat pack furniture.Outbord a stroke power.Solar fed battery bank for lights , stereo , maybe tv.Gas cooker , possibly gas fridge.Logistics , Buildability and Costs......this is often where the " dream " rapidly deteriorates......Building spaceWith suitable access to river ? Expensive ( if you can find it ! ).Build out doors ? ....yes , possibly , but a large project like this ....?Add the cost of turing the hull over....( crane ? .. makeshift temp gantry ? )TransportHold onto your hats here folks ! Lol....I have just been " quoted " a rough approx . cost of $ 5000 - 7000....to move such a vessel...Slip fees to "launch ".....$ 650.00 ......Temp mooring fees.....??So what remains achieveable here ?Modular construction.8 - 12 ft long plywood pontoon sections bolted together.( Breakdown Schooner , Bantam bow assembly ? )Build them in a modest garage .....Modular floor platform , bolted to bulkheads.Build them in a modest garage too.....Sips/ prefabbed modular house structure and roof.Any thoughts about this ?