The second was a Bolger Micro 12 ft. mini cabin sailer with a large mast up front like a catboat, and a small mizzen at the stern. Bolger was an American designer with a reputation for eccentricity that worked. If you Google him you will see why.
The two sets of photos are chronologically wrong way round.
These are the only photos I have of the Bolger's construction; I took many on the old film camera with no film loaded. I have another set of pictures of turning the Bolger back from upside-down, but that is another story.
|The boat was built upside-down to start with|
|The mould for the 440lb lead keel. Copper rods were inserted top to bottom at intervals so that individual pourings of lead would be held together|
|I had some assistance with melting and pouring the lead from a friend Kevin and his mate who were plumbers|
|Note the stratas of lead. The copper pipes can be seen sticking out, they run right through the lead and keep the individual pourings in one piece|
|This is the framing for the 440lb lead keel. That long keel baton was a superb piece of Douglas Fir, and had to be bent alarmingly to follow the profile of the boat bottom|
|The keel was then encased, glued and screwed with marine ply. The boat was finished with two layers of glass cloth before painting|
|I never got a picture of mine sailing. This is cribbed from Google Images|