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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Winter Storage- Trying Something New Again
« Last post by gdwamsley on December 01, 2016, 02:02:42 AM »
Cool. Hmmm. Maybe I can fit her under my carport. I'll have to measure.

Thanks for potentially a new project

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Console is finally Finished (probably)
« Last post by gdwamsley on December 01, 2016, 01:58:34 AM »
Nice clean and we'll thought out.  Great info for the board and prospective builders.

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Console is finally Finished (probably)
« Last post by Dave B on November 30, 2016, 10:48:16 PM »
I spent a lot of time during my build just thinking and researching all of the various design components and a major one was the design and layout of the center console. In hindsight I ended pretty much going back to my original idea, and that was to copy most of what Chuck Mazzola had done on Reel Sweet. I didn't completely finish mine, however, until this past week when I received and installed a wireless engine kill switch from Fell Marine.

In the hope that I might help any others that are mulling over their design, I thought I'd post a photo and explain what's there.

Starting at the top and working my way down, you'll see a stainless grab bar that runs up each side and over the wind screen. I consider some type of hefty grab bar to be essential in these center console boats (mine's a 21' Widebody). You just have to have something to hold on to as you're moving around when it's rocking and rolling. It doesn't have to be designed just like mine, but trust me, it will increase your sense of security a thousand fold.

The wind screen is not essential but it's a wonderful creature comfort. I made this one of Lexan but not until after the first summer/fall of fishing. I had to guess about the best dimensions and luckily it's perfect. The wind flows just over the top of my head and I never worry about losing a hat. I also don't get frozen from wind chill.

Centered on top of the console is the compass. A real challenge with limited console space is where to mount items like the compass that should be kept away from other electronics. I couldn't figure out any other alternatives and so I tested the compass first by just sticking it down with two sided tape. It turns out it doesn't seem to be bothered and so it became permanent.

To the right of the compass is a Ram mount for my cell phone (another recent addition). Family obligations require me to remain in touch plus my phone is the backup for GPS/chartplotter. The Ram products are very nice and I'd recommend them.

Down and to the far left is a BlueSea switch panel.

Next and on top is a BlueSea 3 way bilge switch (On/off/auto).  Also not seen inside the console is a high water bilge alarm.

Below the bilge switch is a 12 volt accessory socket.

The large center screen is a Garmin 7612 MFD. The 12 inch screen is kind of a luxury, but it's sure nice on aging eyes. In addition to the chartplotter, the sonar shows Chirp, down and side view, and it's all connected via the network to the autopilot. A lot of the engine information can also be displayed.

The smaller screen to the right of the MFD is the autopilot display/controller.

To the right of the autopilot is a fuel gauge.

The two larger round gauges below the autopilot and fuel are the Etec engine gauges. A lot of their information is also available on the MFD.

Down on the next panel and to the left of the wheel is the VHF radio. The VHF often get stuck where you can't see their display without standing on your head. This one's a little low but still easy to see.

Above and to the right of the wheel is a horn button, and the larger round item right below it is the control base for the new engine kill switch. This replaces the worthless lanyard that almost no one wears. It has a small fob that I'll carry on me and it automatically kills the engine if I happen to go overboard. This is another thing that certainly isn't a necessity, but it would really suck to be out by myself and watch the boat merrily motor out of sight.

Next to the right is the engine control binnacle, and to its right is the autopilot wireless controller. I can either leave it in its mount or carry it on a neck lanyard.

Inside the console is what seemed like several miles of wire, 2 batteries and the autopilot pump. The console extends over the tops of the stringers which allowed me to run wiring, cables and hoses outside of them.

I had lots of help when I was building and I hope this helps to pass it on. Let me know if you have questions.

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / 20' Standard or Widebody?
« Last post by backatit on November 30, 2016, 09:58:30 PM »
Hi guys,

I have my schedule mostly cleared and most materials purchased and finally, finally am ready to start my build.  My plan is to have parts cut out, by pre spring, to the stage that I would of received them as a kit.   Then when I don’t have to fight the temperatures so much start the actually build in earnest.

I am about to order LVLs for stringers and probably for the shelves. 

I am hoping to get some input on a question I asked before but replies were a little scarce.   I have a  garage 29’ door to back wall to store the Tolman when I am done.   

My question is:  Can I fit a 20’ Tolman on a trailer with a motor on it, in that depth of 29 feet?

How about 21’4” Tolman?

If some one had a chance could they get a  measure from the tongue aft to the motor and let me know the length they got.  I would really appreciate it.

If yes to the 20’ and not a 21’4” would you suggest I build a 20’ wide body or would it be better to stick with a standard if 20’ is all I have room to store it inside.?

Thanks for your help

General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: How long did it take to build your boat
« Last post by elkhunter338 on November 30, 2016, 09:11:45 PM »
27' jumbo, no kit, pilothouse model, un heated shop in a high desert climate with winters  in 0-40 degree range most of Dec/Jan/Feb.  Help only at critical stages (cloth on the hull, flip, some sanding) basically I have done 99% of the work.  My day job is 40hrs week, 5 days a week, most sundays 1/2 day is spent at church.

Build time is basically 2 years, no idea on hours because I did keep track, kind of wish I had.
what helped was starting in Feb. lots of work at start can be done in cold weather, pushed to glass the hull in the summer to get the boat ready to flip before winter came.
General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Winter Storage- Trying Something New Again
« Last post by Dave B on November 30, 2016, 04:53:01 PM »
That's a new one for me. Great idea!

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Winter Storage- Trying Something New Again
« Last post by TFreeburg on November 30, 2016, 04:33:17 PM »
VERY clever!
Did you use the rope underneath to pull it onto your frame or did you use 10 friends and neighbors?
General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Winter Storage- Trying Something New Again
« Last post by Lyle on November 30, 2016, 03:41:52 PM »
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / How long did it take to build your boat
« Last post by Cannon on November 30, 2016, 02:20:43 PM »
I would and probably will build another. As far as finishing a build goes, it takes a lot of commitment. If you intend to power through it as I did, you will get burned out. I did, mainly because I did most of the pushing the last six months. Had I spent even amounts of labor every month, I would have cut down on the build time and I would guess that I would have been less stressed. As it was, I had a burning desire to go which pushed me to my limit the last three months...
There is a complete log of my build on my blog if you are interested:

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: How long did it take to build your boat
« Last post by MikeS on November 30, 2016, 02:12:48 PM »
When I started the build my life and schedule were reasonable. I figured on about 18 months to complete. Things changed. Loss of my Dad & having to care for my Mom, now 90, one of my boys got real sick & that came first. He's OK now. Working 60 hours a week. When all the stress of life was at its peak, the boat project was just a thorn, no joy to be found in it. Had to step away and take care of the family. Renn was right when he wrote that a Jumbo was a big commitment. There was a point when the build was 1 minute to midnight. I chose a bad time in the stream of things to start the build. Who knew? So forward we go. Hopefully  things will be quite enough to get her flipped. I'm cool with it now, slow is OK. Wasn't cool with it when I had that sawzall in my hand last year.
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