He was a
perfectionist, Philip Bolger, dead by his own hand at 81. He couldn't bear the decline of his powers, as his wife and partner Susanne Altenberger and friends recount in this death announcement. He thought boats should do what they set out to do, not do everything. He preferred simplicity - as in the Gloucester light dory (compare it to Winslow Homer's), but he could also manage the complex: as in his design of a replica of a 1757 frigate the HMS Rose.