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Tolman Skiff Adventures / Re: Washington to the Bahamas
« Last post by Cordell on May 20, 2018, 08:14:33 PM »
Cordell,

Where did you guys get the rectangular deck plate hatches? They look like they might be stainless.

John

Deck hatches are aluminum.  Sold by cabelas. Made in Texas I think. What I liked is they are nearly flush and have gutters which I drained into the fishbox.  So far the bilge stays completely dry unless water goes down in the cabin sole. I always hated a bilge that you can't quite get cleaned out and reeks after a few days of fishing.We painted them with kiwigrip but should have primed first. Not sticking well. Nor is it sticking well to the epoxy. Nothing a little elbow gease can't fix.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Custom-Hatch/699966.uts?productVariantId=1184377&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02737030&rid=20&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=Cj0KCQjwuYTYBRDsARIsAJnrUXDaDdaHWoNdb0lORXNHN89eyWvnxwcatZ4jF1SVbifDI9i2N_HfvoEaAmDhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Ditto on the deck plates.  And that color?  I really LOVE the color of your boat ... it really brings out the beauty of your boat!  Thanks for sharing your trip with us....

Brian


Thanks Brian!  Color is Awlgrip Red Mohagany and Whisper Grey I believe.  My wife gets credit for making sure the colors came out good. Was great paint to work with. Hopefully wont fade or chalk as fast as other paint. Time will tell. 
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Tolman Skiff Adventures / Re: Washington to the Bahamas
« Last post by Frank Olsen on May 20, 2018, 10:11:30 AM »
30 and 40 ft bar restrictions untill late in the day. No luck friday. Got out Saturday for cod and Sunday halibut and cod and got limits. You make it out?
Yeah we got out on Friday. A bumpy ride to blue dot, then the North end of the C closure and finally found a good bite at table top on the way in. Finished a long day with limits.

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: New Jumbo launch
« Last post by GS on May 20, 2018, 08:23:18 AM »
Outstanding GS! Plenty of people have dreamed of building a good boat. You are one of the few who have done it. Best of luck going forward, enjoy your time on the water.

What was the best and worst part of your build?

Looking forward to on the water pics.
Lyle
Lyle

Start with the worst. Epoxy dust sucks, period.

The best. Just watching the progress and the feeling of the accomplishment. Besides the launch, the flip was real cool too.
There was nothing really hard about building the boat when taking it step by step and not trying to get too far ahead of myself. Someone could get overwhelmed if they try to put all of the pieces together in their head if they have no experience with building a boat. No doubt Renn was right when he said something about just needing common skills and tools to build a Tolman.

Lastly this forum and the myriad of opinions on how or not how to do something was part of the best. There really are some talented people building these boats who make mine look like it was built in my garage (which of course it was). I have to say that Dave Nolan's attitude about getting it done and looks don't make it work or fish any better helped a lot when I was slaving over the epoxy finish. Seeing Jim Shula's widebody in person motivated me and the contentious Mo'Poxy taught me technique that drastically improved my skill level and made my finish work look that much better without needing to sand the hell out of stuff. Lastly if it wasn't for stumbling upon Kevin Bedoe's build site I would have never chosen the Tolman. There are several others on the forum who post often that helped me through as well.

So thanks all!
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Tolman Skiff Adventures / Re: Washington to the Bahamas
« Last post by tananaBrian on May 20, 2018, 07:45:38 AM »
Ditto on the deck plates.  And that color?  I really LOVE the color of your boat ... it really brings out the beauty of your boat!  Thanks for sharing your trip with us....

Brian
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Comments from Widebody owners.
« Last post by tananaBrian on May 20, 2018, 07:42:03 AM »
Re: that 20" shaft on a W/B.  You CAN build for a 25" shaft if that's what you'd like, and if you're concerned about following seas pooping the deck ... built a full-width splash well that's as high as the sheerline and give it large scuppers (add screens to keep tools and knives in the boat).

Brian

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Comments from Widebody owners.
« Last post by Todd j on May 20, 2018, 07:28:31 AM »
My 115 is a 2 smoke so I know it is lighter than the 400 pounds if that is the number in the book.   My extension of the hull would be done by extending the bottom to a shorty transom,  not a true bracket. 
Thanks for the encouragement
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Alternative Build Order
« Last post by Surfrat81 on May 20, 2018, 06:05:10 AM »
MoPoxy and fairing have led me to believe that glassing EVERYTHING first makes things quick and easy...and don'tforget to fill the weave while flat...then tape it together after assembly...
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Comments from Widebody owners.
« Last post by Surfrat81 on May 20, 2018, 05:29:52 AM »
I thing the spec weight limit on the WB transom is 400lbs.
The new Yamaha 114 4s almost max's that out.
Not sure how much, but i figure that stretching will help a little.
I've read here, that moving the weight further aft with a bracket does the opposite...the reasoning there makes sense to me.

Seems that several builders have gone over the spec transom weight without too much negative effect. As i understand it...a 15 degree transom angle helps a lot.

The pocket yacht recently posted from craigslist...in Anchorage i think...has a honda 150 if memory serves...on a bracket?
The added trim tabs (mentioned option in Renn's second edition) probably help to offset the extra weight under way.

I too was concerned about the 20" cutout for the WB I'm building.
I went with a transom height of 25" and stretched her to 24'.
...made a mistake while framing...went with 9" stringers and forgot to drop the forward support horse...the effect is a bow that is about 3"-3 1/2" higher than spec...also, the 15 degree transom angle is widened by a deg or two...
Fingers crossed, she's going to be just fine...it seems these boats are quite forgiving of many sins/alterations.

No real experience running a Tolman yet. We'll just have to see how things work out.

That being said...with so many different setups out there...I've not read one bad thing about the safety and seaworthiness of these boats.
You can probably get away with quite a lot of shenanigans (alteration) without too much risk, as long as it's approached with reason and trialed appropriately and within a good margin of redundant safety buffers prior to putting lives on the line.

Cool thing is...im just now to the point of being almost ready to flip...and I'm not at all bothered by the thought of working on a boat.
It's so cool to know how to fix and change things.

The wisdom, experience and guidance I've found here has been the key.

Stick around and keep reading/posting and commenting. These guys are awesome.

Oh yeah...and post pics!!!

The dock is feeling lonely...better get moving...if only the humidity would drop a touch...gotta get her painted!!!

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Tolman Skiff Adventures / Re: Washington to the Bahamas
« Last post by jklistof on May 19, 2018, 06:39:41 PM »
Cordell,

Where did you guys get the rectangular deck plate hatches? They look like they might be stainless.

John
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: New Jumbo launch
« Last post by GS on May 19, 2018, 09:27:00 AM »
I made an error in my initial post (head up ass syndrome) and wrote 15x19 prop when it is actually a 13.75x15.
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