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 51 
 on: July 07, 2014, 01:24:01 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by tananaBrian
For you guys who knew him personally, it must have been an honor. I never met Renn. A few emails back and forth. I felt like I was annoying him with my stupid questions. He always replied. His answers were stern, & he told me to go back & read some more. He also told me his skiff couldn't be all things to all people. So, if I didn't like it the way it was, go build another boat! In the end, he answered all my questions, and he was right about me going back & reading more. I needed to do that. I don't know much about Homer, but their ought to be Tolman skiff at the entrance to town with a memorial to the man.

You're not the first person that Renn accused of 'shallow reading'... haha.  Don't let him fool you though... he had a big heart and was glad to see all the people enjoying his creations.

I know just where a Tolman skiff ought to be parked as a monument ...right at the top of the bluff near the 'Welcome to Homer' sign Smiley

Brian


 52 
 on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:34 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by MikeS
For you guys who knew him personally, it must have been an honor. I never met Renn. A few emails back and forth. I felt like I was annoying him with my stupid questions. He always replied. His answers were stern, & he told me to go back & read some more. He also told me his skiff couldn't be all things to all people. So, if I didn't like it the way it was, go build another boat! In the end, he answered all my questions, and he was right about me going back & reading more. I needed to do that. I don't know much about Homer, but their ought to be Tolman skiff at the entrance to town with a memorial to the man.

 53 
 on: July 07, 2014, 12:11:06 PM 
Started by dbohara - Last post by David Nolan
I wish I could help.  Im glad you did it yourself.  You learn a lot doing it your self and you help others by posting.    I just went thru this wire brushing out the tilt tube this winter on my 90.  Its not yet re-installed.  I have to rebuild the carbs due to ethanol.  This will be the third time in 12 years.    Things break and rust and go bad.  Unless you are lucky enough to have enclosed shop.  Bearings go bad on the trailer, wires corrode, stuff happens.   One time I was emailing Renn and told him about my woes of the day, wrapping up a  shit ton of pot warp.  And he said something to the effect that “its all part of the game with boats…”

Thanks for posting.  Somebody will have a better idea than mine (which was no clue)

Good luck.  good thread


 54 
 on: July 07, 2014, 12:08:15 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by tananaBrian
Sad  A sad day for all of us.   He will be missed but for sure not forgotten.
Someone on the other side of the bar must have been in need of a boat.
Homer won't be the same now.

So true ...he was an icon of the Homer community and everybody knew him.  I imagine the funeral must be soon, if not today.  Wouldn't it be cool to see a double row of Tolmans lined up outside the services?

bd

 55 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:53:59 AM 
Started by dbohara - Last post by dbohara
Replacing the NFB steering assembly wasn't enough trouble and I just had to decide to replace the Tilt-Trim steering tube on my 90 hp Yamaha too because it was filled with rust.  I later found this is very common and you just wire brush it out.
So, bought the new tube ($125.00).  Hoisted motor off transom.  Tried to pound on the tube to drive it out of the bracket with motor hanging, not much luck.  If I had been by myself, I 'd have gone inside to think and ponder matters but my son and his friend were helping so I just kept at it.  Hung motor back on transom and told my son and his friend to take good whacks at the tube to drive it out.  They did and the tube finally came out.  It was almost dark so that was enough work for the evening.

Next day, came out and looked things over and tried to install new Tilt-Trim Steering tube but the motor and bracket holes would not line up. Then noticed the Tilt piston was BENT and after awhile I realized it had happed overnight with the weight of the motor hanging from it.  AAAAAGGGHHHH. This would not have happed if I had not put the motor back on the transom because then it would have only been the Tilt Trim assy hanging from the piston.

Dang, what do I do now?  Took off entire Tilt Trim Assy and am having a boat yard look it over to see if they can bend it back.  If they cannot, I may be able to do it at my shop.  If neither works, I will have to at least replace the piston Assy and that is about $500.
There are a few salvage Tilt-Trim units on ebay but getting just the right one is unlikely.
Any ideas?

 56 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:25:53 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by NSchlee
Sad  A sad day for all of us.   He will be missed but for sure not forgotten.
Someone on the other side of the bar must have been in need of a boat.
Homer won't be the same now.

and tip back some Y-Jack in a salute to Renn!!

 57 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:19:44 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by GPorter
 Sad  A sad day for all of us.   He will be missed but for sure not forgotten.
Someone on the other side of the bar must have been in need of a boat.
Homer won't be the same now.

 58 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:00:20 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by NSchlee
Wish someone could preserve Renn's shop intact so that the Tolmanites from around the world could make a pilgrimage!

Steveoh


Maybe his nephew Colin Tolman will inherit it.  He's a young carpenter/boat builder, he and Renn built his Standard in Renn's Shop. 

Renn's shop is not only known for boat building.  I'm sure quite a few locals and others will want to carry on the very popular traditional Contra Dance parties held in Renn's shop every New Years eve.  Here's a clip from the Homer News. 

Homer’s bars will offer dancing, live or DJ music and champagne toasts at midnight. One of the bigger events is really a private party, the annual contra dance at Renn Tolman’s boat barn. For Homer’s contra dance community, though, it’s a longtime tradition. The public is welcome. This year, world renowned, award winning Troy MacGillivray, a fiddler and step dancer from Nova Scotia, returns. He performs with local musicians Tom Kizzia and Renn Tolman. Most dancing will be contra dancing, but there also will be some step dancing, too    

His shop and cabin are situated right on the water inside of the Spit on Kachemak Bay.  It has experienced erosion problems during big storms over the years and I don't think Renn had yet addressed it.  He mentioned the Corp of Engineers were allowing the land owners to shore up the waterline with steel sheeting or Rip-Rap or a combination of the two.  He said he could sleep thru most anything but when the waves would hit the clay bank during a storm his bed would bang against the cabin wall damn near rolling him onto the floor.  Grin

Neal

 59 
 on: July 07, 2014, 10:19:51 AM 
Started by Coldwater - Last post by tolman_paul
Spend one night at the lagoon in Disk Island on the N end of Knight.  PWS anchorages that have flat dry camping spots above the high tide line are few and far between.  You tend to get into thick brush right above the high tide line and flat areas are often marshy.  Be willing to hike some distance back from shore to set up camp.  Bring lots of bug dope, the no see ums are bad out in PWS.  As far as must see areas, I don't think you can go wrong with any anchorage.

Deepwater bay IMHO is a must see area of the sound.  Not that far out of the way heading to Knight, and heading down Culross passage is a nice short cut to Deepwater.

I've heard mixed things about getting gas from Chenega.  The basic tenant of boating in the sound is bring all the fuel you'll need.

 60 
 on: July 07, 2014, 12:00:09 AM 
Started by Lane - Last post by Lane
I was pulling out of the harbor this morning and was surprised to see a jumbo tied in one of the transient slips. It was fairly early so couldn't stop and chat, but am curious as to who came to town. No name I could see, but sea foam hull and beige cuddly and house.....


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