Phil Bolger RIP

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Phil Bolger RIP

Postby Georgs » Thu May 28, 2009 3:55 pm

Celebrated American boat designer Phil Bolger has died at age 81. He took his own life with his Colt 45 handgun at his home in West Gloucester, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Bolger was one of the most prolific boat designers of the 20th century. He designed upwards of 680 boats, including the well-known Bolger Sharpie, 'the folding schooner', and HMS Rose, which was featured in the 2003 movie, Master and Commander starring Russell Crowe. Many of Bolger's small craft were designed to be constructed largely of plywood and built on a budget with minimal labor.

Phil Bolger was also a prominent author, publishing numerous books on boats and a novel about apartheid in South Africa, along with countless magazine articles. According to his wife and business partner Susanne Altenburger in a statement in a Bolger blog, Phil Bolger had "observed the progression of declining mental faculties" for some time and had made "amply clear his insistence on controlling his final fate if at all possible."

He will be missed by many.

Bill Prince
Publisher
Classic Yacht magazine
http://www.classicyachtmag.com

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