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Boats with an Open Mind: Seventy-Five Unconventional Designs and Concepts Paperback – September 22, 1994
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Bolger has a way of seducing even the lay reader into thinking about and beginning to understand boat design.''
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.''
From the Publisher
- Publisher : International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1st edition (September 22, 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0070063761
- ISBN-13 : 978-0070063761
- Item Weight : 1.64 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.86 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #610,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Boats With An Open Mind” by Philip Bolger is not a “how to” book. It is rather an exposition of what is possible in the design of small and not so small boats. The book is large. It is a description of one boat after another. To read it end to end is impossible but reading it in parts and even jumping around in it is very rewarding. I assume that a builder could purchase plans for many of these boats if one tickled your fancy. If you have a penchant for independent design this book is a source of many ideas. Bolger apparently did his thinking with drafting instruments in hand. Personally I loved following the twists of mind revealed by these designs. For this reason I gave the book 5 stars. You might be tempted to give it none. My favorite boats in this book were “Brick” and “Super Brick.” I would like one of each somewhere where boats are seen as necessities, like the Chesapeake Bay, and in a time long passed. Perhaps it is not too late.
Open Mind to a friend with a custom-built, gold
plater 28' ketch, he said 'you paid money to
look at somebody's catalog....they're not even boats
you could get excited about'
In a sense, he's right. This really is a catalog
of boat plans by Phil Bolger and yes, I just bought
a big advertising brochure. His second comment is
more devastating. There are those of us who buy boat
books to drool over the pictures (I have a file
on my computer called 'boat porn') and these boats
are more often homely than pretty. Some few are so
ugly that you need not only an open mind but a great
sense of humor.
So why am I giving this book four stars? Because it's
written in a friendly, down-to-earth style that explains
the reasoning behind each boat. In the course of the
explanation, a reader develops a useful understanding of
the compromises that are involved in boat design. Bolger
is very frank about the trade-offs involved and very
clear in his explanations of them.
Finally, there are a few designs-the munroe-inspired
sharpies, the rowing boats sweet pea and spur and the schooners that have
an eccentric eye-appeal. Of course to learn the most and
enjoy the most of this book, it helps to have an open
--Lynn Hoffman, author of THE NEW SHORT COURSE IN WINE and
the novel bang BANG. ISBN 9781601640005
Bolger was an extremely prolific designer and this book contains an extract mainly of some of his later work, although you cannot tell this from the book itself. The book may be considered as a catalog of designs and cartoons. Reading each one of the stories and articles grants the reader access to the thought process behind each of the designs and the reason they came to be. Bolgers style is interesting and funny with surprises and challenges every page.
Some of the plans are complete and sufficient to actually build the boat from the book. However, I would suggest to anyone contemplating more than the simplest craft that they refrain from doing so and buy proper plans from the designers estate (Phil Bolger & Friends). PB&F follow a principle of responsible updating of plans, so by buying from them you ensure you have the benefit of all the learning process since the book was published.
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Instead, the book is best viewed as a sort of "study-plan package" which, by showing some very unconventional - and in some cases untested - designs will raise your interest enough to make you want to order the full construction plans. In this way, it's very similar to the "other" well known series of boat plan books. However, personally, I found the majority of the designs a bit too unconventional and came away wanting something a bit more detailed.