San Francisco Bay .. wind dodger up ... design fact: I'm 6'4" and have to stand up to run the skiff.....the kicked up dory bow requires it for visaibility.
San Francisco/Alcatraz to the left .... the dodger gives perfect wind protection on cold days
Construction photo: underdeck spaces are all filled with closed cell marine foam....makes for a very quiet ride
another construction photo: custom aluminum underdeck tank...64 gallons approx
Bow attach line: Thru grommet ..... the large white line runs from the trailer up to the bow bit...... no chance of the skiff sliding off the trailer as I only release this line when backed well over the water at the ramp.
Stainless transom corner protectors and kicker bracket for 8hp Suzuki backup.....it's a 66# two stroke with auto-lube so it can be run off the main tank or the 5 gallon spare I carry under the seat.
A fellow Tolman builder running my skiff off Santa Barbara
Details that appeal to some: lots of brightwork, whipped lines, bow bit, custom stainless work throughout
Time wasters, for sure.......but I did row it once....just once
Looks good but hope to never use them
Got tired of looking at my rolled/tipped paint job and had the skiff sprayed 2-part professionally...a good view of the stainless dodger support and side rails....done by a master craftsman
No 'peel n' stick' mailbox numbers on this skiff.....Judith is the master of Santa Barbara harbor.
British Columbia and a pix of the skiff with the sleeping canvas in place........
This photo shows the window in the dodger so my wife can see out (lots of logs in BC) . Also visible under its cover is the 8hp Suzuki behind the thwart. The bag behind the starboard thwart is the trash bag, the one to port is the line bag. There's also a curtain hanging from the dodger support to give privacy forward....porti-potti' box up there.
Empress Hotel mooring.......Victoria
Northern British Columbia......the skiff comes with four bumpers
Good pix of the mooring/sleeping canvas system....great dockside privacy.......
Helm shown underway on Lake Powell / instrument on right is Floscan .... a real fuel saver, even on a small skiff.....map table, as expected on 20' skiff, is just adequate....the velcro attached clear map case makes it work
Lake Powell's Dangling Rope Marina......gas 1/3 the way up the lake.....Begone! was built as a travel skiff and at 5mpg, we've got the fuel to explore the entire lake with one fuel stop.
22mpg is normal travel speed up in BC / best economy and chance of avoiding logs and other stuff in the water. Wife Diane looks thur the dodger, I look over.....
Fuel stop, BC
Travel cover ... expensive but allows you to travel, arrive with the skiff clean and ready to launch. Made out of the heaviest truck tarp material, it's heavy and awkward to handle but a wonderful addition.
Cook box......bottle to the left. Keeping things organized while living in a 20' skiff is mandetory and we've got this skiff organized properly. All the stuff goes with the skiff...the expensive S/S ice chest, hanging interior gear carriers, porti-potti/matching box, Avon, new Standard Horizon hand held radio, inflatable fanny packs/life jackets, etc......
Lake Powell rain squall from inside/anchored for the evening
Included: 8' Avon dingy, Stand. Horizon hand held radio, cook box, shore bag.
Nearly forgot: this hand dolly was built by the folks that built the trailer for the Tolman.......this isn't some mail-order $99 dolly either......wheel bearings, tough and will not twist when moving the skiff......
Avon Redstart .... like new/no patches ... bag ..... Zodiac pump
36" long, commercially made chamber.....was trying to make a seat but could never satisfactorily tie it in place.....could be used as float toy, anchorage tie off, spare floatation, etc..
Pump-up solar shower.....very cool on Lake Powell
Wets: Patagonia sailing suit (6'+) and Gil sailing suit (5'4") plus shore bag made of same material as skiff's interior
Wets in shore bag
Boots, oar, laundry bag and assorted shore/gear bags.
Small boating library inc. skiff log, original Tolman building manual, destination books, map case and complete San Juans library, charts
Interior just refinished / painted / new edged floor covering.
porti-potti box rides forward of the steering station....Toilet paper rides in hanging storage above.
all is reveled
Forward locking storage....extra lines and main anchor tied down above... deployed out the dodger which folds back....chain portion of the line stores in the canvas bag
life jackets.....one cheapie kids jacket, two Mustang workman's jackets, two Mustang inflatables and two inflatable fanny packs.
storage aboard: the two boxes slide under each seat, the bucket rides in back opposite the folding anchor/300' line lunch hook bucket and the ditch bag is in front......
Safety box..............inc. basic navigation instruments, an FAA approved lazer rescue lite (even though I've never been in the skiff at nite) and assorted flares, horns, flash lites, etc.
Document/tool box.....all the gps chips, warranty forms, instruction sheets for everything on the skiff, is in the brown folder...dmv/trailer/insurance, etc.
ditch bag stuff........
Misc. bucket....I run a poly Piranha prop with replaceable blades.....spare blaces, blade wrench, tools to change blade, Yamalube used with every fillup, grease gun, assorted cooking stuff in pouches, funnel is my invention....clamps to railing....