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 on: April 14, 2014, 09:07:01 AM 
Started by cgrfish - Last post by peterl
I'm working on this same issue myself right now. Has anyone figured out reliable, dry under deck storage?


 on: April 14, 2014, 08:53:50 AM 
Started by cgrfish - Last post by steveoh
I have the area between my stringers on the back deck as storage. It's big fat space, and it was originally gonna be a cooler, but I never did finish it. So I store extra fenders and a mushroom anchor, spare line etc. Trouble is it gets wet in there and can get kinda funky. I wish I'd just put in another fuel tank for long adventures, tuna fishing etc.

My cuddly cabin is the place where we really store stuff (too much). It is, as Dave Nolan says a rather HUGE tackle box. And I have two bunks with the option of adding a drop board between for a total of three sleeping spaces.

I also have storage under captain's leaning post, and under the crew seat on the port side. It's just a box with a seat on it.


 on: April 14, 2014, 08:13:59 AM 
Started by cgrfish - Last post by cgrfish
Once again I'm looking for feedback from fellow Tolman junkies.   I'm building my Jumbo with two purposes in mind.   First off, it will spend most of its time on the Oregon coast chasing Salmon, Tuna, and bottom fish.   The dream is what is challenging me to be creative in the build.  My dream is to launch in Olympia, WA, and do the full inside passage north as far as Glacier Bay.  The pictures the Alaska guys have posted in the Tolman Adventures forum have planted a dream I never even imagined before I started this process.  Ive read several books and blogs in the trip, and it is very doable with the right boat, and I think this will be the right boat.  I am trying to build redundancy into all aspects of my build, so if you are offshore or in a remote Alaska passage and something quits, you have options to fix the problem yourself.

On of my biggest concerns about a extended cruise is having enough storage to keep all the stuff you need.  The list grows when you start considering taking spare parts, etc, to accommodate an extended cruise.  I had planned on dropping the cabin floor down between the stringers to have lots of headroom, but this weekend the idea struck me to raise it a bit and put deck hatches in it to allow storage.  I'm 5'11", and I really dont think I need 6'8 of headroom.   It would be a great place for stuff you don't need often, but yet want to have along.   My stringers are 9 1/2 inches, so I'll probably drop a inch or two for adequate headroom.  That would still leave an area roughly 7 inches high for storage.  You could get plastic storage containers to put stuff in so its not just rattling in the bildge and to keep it organized. 

If it was needed (and i'm undecided), you could still put the web stringer in, supporting the hatch.  It would leave you two long narrow spaces, but they would be very useable.

Anyone see any major drawbacks?   Its and idea I don't remember seeing in any of the tolman pictures I've seen, and that makes me wonder if I'm missing something in my thought process.    I'd appreciate any feedback you have.

 on: April 14, 2014, 07:02:07 AM 
Started by adam_k - Last post by cgrfish
Congratulations!  Thats a day Eli will never forget.  Tolmans make dreams and memories....

 on: April 14, 2014, 05:27:24 AM 
Started by adam_k - Last post by luk diver
 Congratulations Adam & Eli!!!! B & B

 on: April 14, 2014, 04:34:08 AM 
Started by fishbite - Last post by fishbite
Thanks Lads,

Yes, i knew it was big when sanding the hull before the flip, made the fatal mistake of not being satisfied with the graphite finish, now ma house looks like a coal mine.

It was only when you see it the right way up do you realize its actually huge, scratch your beard with a sigh and ponder what have i done.

Awesome though ay

Had a day off yesterday and went fishin, got two kingfish, two hapuka, one bass and heaps of skipies

 on: April 14, 2014, 02:38:33 AM 
Started by adam_k - Last post by mjggjm12
Another great day in a Tolman

 on: April 13, 2014, 11:17:09 PM 
Started by cgrfish - Last post by starbright55

 Finally made it out to test boat. Rather shocked when the AIS alarm went off on Garmin 740S gps and pleased to see new vhf (standard horizon GX2150W, best buy for a ais unit and recommended to me by a commercial buddy, basically $315 off eBay).

Since you have the 740s which has two sets of 0183 connections, it's too bad that you couldn't have found a discontinued GX2100 - They were blowing those out at <$200 right about the time Standard Horizon was making the model switch to the 2100.

(I'm running a Lowrance HDS and HAD to buy the GX2150 with the adjustable baud rate since there's only one set of 0183 connections on HDS - both are great radios!)

 on: April 13, 2014, 08:47:34 PM 
Started by adam_k - Last post by Dave B
Way to go Eli!!!

 on: April 13, 2014, 07:40:23 PM 
Started by adam_k - Last post by adam_k
We left the house a 8 am, for an easy drive to Bodega Bay.  The widebody is in a slip for the summer salmon season.  We knew that the salmon bite had slowed down, but we decided to give it a try.  After trolling for a few hours we hook up our one and only fish of the day.  It was Eli's first time battling a king salmon.  He reeled and reeled and finally gets the fish to the boat.  I was surprised because the fish wasn't the usual school sized fish, we had been seeing the last couple days.  The fish sees the boat and makes another run, I ask Eli if he wants me to take over, he grunts no and keeps cranking on the reel.  Again we see the fish flash just below the surface, this time it swims straight for the other side of the boat, I scramble to clear the down rigger cable, and fishing line.  The down rigger and fishing rod are now out of the way and Eli's rod is pumping as the salmon swims away from the boat once again.  My heart drops as I see it begin rolling just under the water fifty of sixty feet away.  Ok Eli, just keep the rod tip up, and don't stop reeling.  The fish is coming back to the boat slowly, its just under the surface now, not perfect but here it goes..... into the net!  After a few more hours of trolling we call it a day. One nice fish in the box, 18lbs gilled and gutted.  What a feast, pacific king salmon for dinner!  

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