Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bob Blomquist does a Bolger Chebacco Mod

Since I've not done anything particularly noteworthy over the last two months, I'll keep leaning on my friends to provide blogging material.

Bob Blomquist, prolific amateur boatbuilder, who I profiled in this post, is once again hard at work reworking another Bolger design; this time the popular and pretty Chebacco day sailor/ pocket cruiser. For more info, Doryman has an excellent post on the Chebacco up on his blog.

Bolger designs lend themselves to customization and to create the perfect pocket cruiser, Bob has taken the Chebacco lines and raised the sheer, created a flush deck coach roof, added a double bottom in the cockpit, and designed in an inboard motor well.

Bob built a substantial model to facilitate testing in a pool. He wanted a boat that would self right after a knockdown and has been balancing the weight of the centerboard in conjunction with internal ballast to get the hull to pop up when laid over at 90 degrees.

Bob and his modified Chebacco - full view..............


View from the cockpit into the cabin...........


Side view from the waterline.........



Aft cockpit with motor well...............


Another side view..........................



Bob is in the process of cleaning out his garage/boatshop to start building this winter.

2 comments:

michael b said...

Bob has done exactly what I would do to this design. The raised shear and full cabin do reduce some of the impressive drama of the design shear, but when I spent a week on this boat [design] last year, the thing that was lacking was comfort in the cabin (for an aging fella').

A self draining cockpit is a must!

JDRSnipe said...

Back about 1976, Bob Blomquist built a beautiful high-tech plywood Snipe #22699, all varnished hull and deck. It was sold after a Snipe National Championship in TX, the boat is still in TX and recently "resurfaced" after a number of years "lost." It is for sale by the current owner who lives in Richardson, TX. Very nice boat...