(Rendering courtesy Boat Design Quarterly and Phil Bolger & Friends)
I saw this design again recently, perhaps six months ago. She’s always been one of my favorite of Phil’s designs. For some reason, no one has built one yet. Here are her specs:
Displ: 5,500 pounds
Power: 225 hp (Phil cautions: “She’s better suited for less power than more.”)
She’s to be built using glued-lap construction of 1/2″ marine ply.
I love this design. If I didn’t already have the powerboat of my dreams (24′ Whitaker), I’d be cleaning out room in my shop to loft DESTRIER. Wait, I don’t have a shop yet…
And a note about Boat Design Quarterly. The publication springs from the fertile mind of WoodenBoat‘s quasi-retired senior editor, Mike O’Brien. I’ve been a subscriber since Issue #1, and it’s always an inspiring and lively read. Mike’s editorial in this particular issue is one of his absolute best. But I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll have to buy a copy to read it.
Other designs in this issue: Francois Vivier’s JEWELL, just a heart-breakingly beautiful design; Charles Withhholtz’s three versions of MADAM TIRZA; and the two schooners AMERICA Jr. and CAPT. JIM YOUNG, from the father and son team of William and John Atkin.
You owe it to yourself to read BDQ. See here: http://www.woodenboatstore.com/product/Boat_Design_Quarterly_Vol_43
And to order plans for DESTRIER (as you should if you like the design): Phil Bolger & Friends, PO Box 1209, Gloucester, MA 01930.
What do you think? Thanks, Carl