Monthly Archives: March 2009

Phil Bolger Boat Design For The Robin Jean

Suzanne Altenberger and Phil Bolger stopped down the dock a couple of days ago to talk about Phil’s boat design which came to life in the Robin Jean.  What they told me was that the men that built the boat were not boat builders but by building it to the level of finish that it has been completed to was nothing short of heroic.

Weather you like the design or not is really a question of use and economy and how import they are to the individual.  I won’t speak to the flaws that many fishermen continue to rant about in my office but of the things that Suzanne explained to me in a lenghty conversation that seem to make sense.  Suzanne told me that similar boats equipped with a 60 hp engine would be capable of 20mph.  That’s pretty impressive.  She also spoke to the ease of construction from the design in which she claims ordinary men can build in a small space and that you don’t need to be a boat builder to build it due to it’s simple design.   Whether you like the looks of the Robin Jean or not you can’t argue with the fact that a couple of men built it that were not boat builders and the finish is pretty damn nice.

The smallish deck space was an option as there are plans for the same boat with the cabin pushed forward which would allow for much more working space.   I will post the plans for the same boat with a bigger deck later this week with the video.

Look for the video of Suzanne Altenberger giving us a detailed explanation of the plan later in the week.  I appreciate her and Phil coming down to share first hand what she considers the pluses of the design.  So the men who built this boat should be congratulated for building a boat from a set of plans who had never built a boat before.  That’s quite an accomplishment!  I wouldn’t step foot on a boat I ever built.  To say that carpentry is my weak spot would be the understatement of the year.  Kudos to them.

Phil Bolger Boat Design For The Robin Jean, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

18th Century French Bomb Catch Model At The American Marine Model Gallery

This 18th century French bomb catch is an example of a natural wood ship model versus one that would be painted, copper sheathed or other type of model.  This type of ship model shows shows the wood on wood construction.

American Marine Model Gallery, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Chickity Check It!- Gloucester’s Triathlon

Registration for the Gloucester Triathlon is currently open.  According to the website it is roughly half full for the race which takes place on August 9th.  Janda Ricci-Munn and Bill Burnett founded the Gloucester Triathlon.

Click the picture below for the interactive version of the course map.

Thanks To Mayor Kirk for the tip off on this upcoming event.

Click this text for the Gloucester Triathlon site.

Magnolia:A Brief History-Presentation Thurs.

ramos-magnolia-elec-2-032609Lisa Peek Ramos will be doing a power point presentation of her book Magnolia:A Brief History and Magnolia’s history in general. If you presently live in Magnolia or have in the past, this book is a must-have.

She and her grandmother, Fran Hines (who was maid of honor at my parents’ wedding 61 years ago), collaborated on this project. Magnolia’s history is fascinating! Check it out Thursday night at the Sawyer Free Library!