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 91 
 on: November 18, 2014, 06:42:17 AM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by ballance.patrick
Seems like you have achieved a good balance at about 220#.   Although heavy you will apprecciate the safety aspect of a heavy weight.

The closer you move your axle towards the center line of your 'distributed weight' the closer you get to zero and can actually tow at a negative.  Think 'teeter totter'.  I don't reccommend this however, as you get upward pressure on the hitch assembly and with each bump in the road you run the risk of popping the ball off when you hit a big bump in the road.

How do i know? Grin I popped my 24' flatbed off rear loading all my shop tools when i made a move between buildings.  I loaded the trailer while it was attached to the truck so never noticed the upward pressure on the ball hitch.  Wasn't til i was driving through a canyon at 70 mph being jerked around by the safety chains that i realized my error.  Drag half a mile on the pavement to the shoulder.  Nice thing was that since it was so ass heavy i didn't need help putting it back on the ball!

On the other hand, I have run down the road with the reciever not hooked up at all...just sitting on the ball. That was me though it was thanks to a worker who was trying to 'help' me out.  I had heavy tongue weight on that trailer however and she didn't move at all.

I have had dozens of trailers and just finished building my second one.  But i don't have a Tolman yet! (Still deciphering parts of the book and gathering materials.)





 92 
 on: November 18, 2014, 06:32:34 AM 
Started by ballance.patrick - Last post by pfithian
When I first got the bug to build a boat, the Bartender was at the top of my list.  I inquired about these over on The Hull Truth, and Ken from this forum suggested I consider a Tolman.  Never spent any time on researching the Bartender after that, and I'm glad I built the Tolman intstead.

A smaller scale is a great idea.  It wasn't until I started building our Jumbo that I realized that the construction was the same as the wooden model Star sailboat I built when I was 12 years old.  Just a different size.  So technically, the Jumbo is the second boat that I've built.

 93 
 on: November 17, 2014, 06:17:17 PM 
Started by ballance.patrick - Last post by jklistof
Welcome Patrick,
Also fell in love with the lines, and then got to ride in several different builds and was hooked.

 94 
 on: November 17, 2014, 02:58:36 PM 
Started by Lyle - Last post by ballance.patrick
don't know if you have already purchased one or not.  If I had to live with one saw only, I would take an 8 1/4" Skilsaw.  They cut 2 7/8" at 90 degrees and angle cut to 60 degrees with a depth about 1 3/4 inches.

The 55 degree bevel on the bow stem cut is no issue.  Same for scarfing.  Will also cut 6x6 material with two passes instead of the 4 cuts and a handsaw/sawzall.

But who would only want one?  It is like golfing with only one club or trying to fish with only one rod...

 95 
 on: November 17, 2014, 02:49:52 PM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by NSchlee
Looks like a boat from a water carnival ride.  Grin

Neal

 96 
 on: November 17, 2014, 02:16:01 PM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by captainfogfish
I've heard of Pocket Battleships , but this looks like a pocket Tender  Grin
   Eddie

 97 
 on: November 17, 2014, 02:13:38 PM 
Started by ballance.patrick - Last post by captainfogfish
Welcome aboard Shipmate , I guess you've been looking in on the Forum before you took the plunge . All the guys are spot on and always keen to assist no matter how daft you think your question is . Looking forward to seeing yer build pix in the future .

  Eddie

 98 
 on: November 17, 2014, 02:08:17 PM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by David Nolan
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boat-and-trailer-/171537981570?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27f075e082


 99 
 on: November 17, 2014, 01:38:42 PM 
Started by ballance.patrick - Last post by ballance.patrick
Hello,

This is somewhat of a test.  Never really 'posted' or 'forumed' etc...so we will see how it goes.

Started looking around a couple months ago for a boat to build with my six year old.  He has already done several fair winning projects with grandma in the last couple year. (She has had her shop featured in American Woodworker and Woodcraft.)  

Fell in love with the lines of the Tolman.  I also liked Bolger's Bartender but not the rounded rear for fishing and general usage.

We are going to start with a 1/4 side model of a 20' Widebody.  Additionally we will make all of the other items like jigs and forms in the same manner that Renn describes in the book.

In the spring I am going to sell my raft/rowing frame/trailer to purchase plywood, epoxy etc and we will see what the summer brings.  

 100 
 on: November 17, 2014, 08:50:45 AM 
Started by jklistof - Last post by coldwaterak
John that is a brillant setup...    Great looking build too!

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