- Series: International Marine-RMP
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (September 22, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070063761
- ISBN-13: 978-0070063761
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boats with an Open Mind: Seventy-Five Unconventional Designs and Concepts Paperback – September 22, 1994
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Boat lovers who are used to designers who conceive the same boat over and over, camouflaged with a face-lifting here and there, will be amazed at Phil Bolger's diversity--Here are novel and wonderful boats.''
Bolger has a way of seducing even the lay reader into thinking about and beginning to understand boat design.''
. . .entertains, informs, and makes you think about boats in ways you probably thought weren't possible--Boats with an Open Mind is wonderful, its author priceless.
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Here are 75 novel and wonderful boats--some strange, some beautiful, all of them paragons of Philip Bolger's form-follows-function design philosophy.
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Radical designers have often called for advanced techniques of construction, expensive materials and sophisticated tools, with exotic results - but Bolger's boats are for anyone with a yen to be afloat, and so is this book.
Even if I never build a Bolger boat (unlikely, since three sheets of plywood are now on order) I will have gained an extra appreciation of boats and boating that will stand me in good stead.
His writing skill is to make clear what is needful without bombast or technical obscurity. Despite this, there is a technical daring in some of his simplest designs that can be breathtaking. At times he waxes poetic, within the context of how one might use and enjoy his designs. Check out "Birdwatcher" and see if you don't agree.
There is also a refreshing frankness about the ones that didn't pan out - not all designers will admit to errors, but Bolger is happy to expose his learning processes for our benefit. This is an unusual book, and I recommend it.
He is a clear writer and there are some fun and gentle stories. I think what makes it so darn good is that each boat is not too far from reach, and if it is then you just know you could throw the boat on the next page together over a few weekends. Or, you know, a few months at the most.