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Offline zwonkin

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Story from 1999 - 7 months of isolation in the Aleutians
« on: January 23, 2022, 06:16:16 PM »
Been a while since I stopped by the forum. This is Betsy, Renn's girlfriend and the supplier of his book to the world since he died.

My nephew found this Youtube video about being caretakers of a remote homestead for seven months way out on the Aleutian Islands in 1999. At 4:50 minutes in, the narrator talks about the Tolman Skiff that was on this island for his use,

“Of all the boats I’ve had the opportunity to use in my lifetime, I would say that boat is as fine as they come.”

https://youtu.be/UwL3TRmJ16U

Pretty cool.

Betsy

Offline Kobuk

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Re: Story from 1999 - 7 months of isolation in the Aleutians
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2022, 09:52:11 PM »
Nice!
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Started: 3/2019
Flipped: 6/2019
Floated: 6/2020

Offline pfithian

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Re: Story from 1999 - 7 months of isolation in the Aleutians
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2022, 10:09:36 AM »
Thanks for sharing, Betsy, great story. 

Can you advise how many total books have been sold for these great boats?
Made It Jumbo 25
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Build Start:  3/2009
Hull Flipped: 1/31/2010
Maiden Voyage:  9/16/2011

Offline KenB

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Re: Story from 1999 - 7 months of isolation in the Aleutians
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2022, 02:53:03 PM »
Hi Betsy!

Thanks for posting! The video reminds me of how I felt when I first found out about Tolman Skiffs. Their really nice photos and story telling fits right in with the 'notable voyages' on the inside cover of the book... Build a better boat than you can buy!

No need to reply about the number of books sold... that's private info and as long as you are happy with us, it's your business (literally!). And if there is anything we can do to help, just let us know! I just ordered 3 more copies, so I hope that's useful.

I read the post with Dave Nolan's short story on Renn's school house; the more things change, the more they stay the same! Anyway, thanks again for posting.
best,
KenB

"HOW CHEAPLY CAN A TOLMAN SKIFF BE BUILT AND JUST HOW  MUCH IS SACRIFICED IF COST IS THE PRIME MOVER?"
- Bruce Armstrong   

"I can tell you that either a nice BFT or a big YFT is an absolute riot on a Tolman. The boat is so light it's like the old man and the sea..."
- Dave Nolan (RIP)