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    Default George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    I’m sad to report that I received word from George’s assistant that George passed away on February 28 following complications from surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

    George was an extremely kind, generous and patient man, particularly with annoying rookies like me.

    As if I didn’t have enough motivation already, I promise to build a Duck he would be proud of.
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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    So sorry. I always liked and respected George, though I did not actually agree with a lot of his technical solutions.
    I am sad.
    Condolences to his family.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    I am sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    That is extremely sad. I very much appreciated his attitude that the important thing was to get out on the water, not to gild a lily. I had his first book by my side when rebuilding my sailboat. I didn't use many of his solutions, but it was a good counterpoint to many others.

    He will be missed. Condolences to all that knew him, and his family.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    Sorry to hear that. I enjoyed his books and designs. I emailed him a few time and got quick and delightful responses.
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    Unexpected losses are usually the hardest, so i hope Gail & Co have some support around them. I had some email exchange with George and i appriciated the forthright manner of some of his explanations.....and he could cuss too! His boats will be a testament to his being. Fair winds old bean!

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    Fair winds George!
    Thanks for your writing.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    He was really a great guy.

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    I was always impressed with his writing, and his mission to inspire those who had a dream to be able to conceptualize and actualize it. Building larger, more capable boats then they'd ever thought possible. Were there more sophisticated and developed designs? Surely. But he made it possible for a lot of people to move forward. The couple of interactions I had with him left me smiling.
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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    I am sorry to hear this. George's "Troller Yachts" website and books were a source of inspiration to me even before I took on Petrel, and even more so over the last few years. I never had the chance to meet or converse with him and I wish that I had.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    Too young. His "just do it" attitude and engineering skillls opened cruising/liveaboard boat life to many of our generation.

    He was so remarkably productive from an early age that even though at some level I knew he was just my age, I always thought he was older in years and younger in spirit.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    He set a grand example for those that follow in his wake . . . .
    This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us.
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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    dang! I was just looking over his designs the last couple weeks. a few interesting boats.

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    Quote Originally Posted by Project-Avalon View Post
    dang! I was just looking over his designs the last couple weeks. a few interesting boats.
    Same as me.. I sent an email to him about one of hişs design and I was waiting an answer about.. Than an email has been sent to inform his dead..

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    Default Re: George Buehler, Diesel Duck designer, dead at 69

    Bummer. His do it yourself methods and colorful writing were inspiring to me and a big part of what got me interested in wooden boats.

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