Renn Tolman spent 18 years developing
the Tolman Skiff to answer the demands of commercial and sport
fishermen in the rugged waters off Alaska.
Eventually, he put everything
he learned in this book. This is all you need to build
one of these wonderful boats, including complete plans and
is a sturdy pickup truck of a boat, long on utility and short
on flash. These 18 and 20' stitch and glue plywood craft have
become a familiar sight in Alaskan waters, carrying loads
and operating in sea conditions that intimidate similar sized
production recreational boats.. And because of their light
weight, they operate with unbelievably small outboard engines.
The Tolman Skiff has a vee hull, but not
the deep vee found in most fiberglas boats. The result is
a boat that is comfortable underway yet stable at rest and
able to negotiate the shallows right up to the beach.
Tolman Skiff is an ideal project for the backyard boatbuilder
or skilled home craftsman with the common woodworking tools.
Even if you’ve never built a boat before, the author’s
patient, step by step instructions and a multitude of drawings
and photographs leave no mysteries to unravel.
Simple, basic, practical, and
able to be tailored to your specific needs–the Tolman
Skiff comes as close to being the all-purpose boat as any
Armstrong's review of Renn's original book
is what David Nolan said about the book:
does a great job outlining the various steps for building
this boat. He is also readily available if you don't understand
something. Renn has design changes in his pamphlet. I am almost
to the roll over point and my only regret is not starting
sooner. I love this book and the boat. If you never build
a boat, the book is still very good reading...
In Renn Tolman's book you'll
find not only the plans for building your skiff, you'll also
find a mountain of information for the first time boat builder.
You'll know what tools you need, what supplies, plywood, epoxy
etc to purchase for your project. I think at last count Renn
has personally hand built over 100 of these fine boats and
the design evolution is evidence of this man's quest for the
perfect offshore fishing skiff.
Now, Renn's new book is out
- in it you will find not only the original material, but
all the WIDEBODY and JUMBO plans are included in this new
addition. Previously, you had to pay $20 each for these two
addendi for a total of $62.50. Now the complete book is only
$34.95. Order yours today
Review by Bruce Armstrong
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"A complete, step-by-step
building guide for a light but strong, multi-purpose,
V-bottomed sea skiff. Tolman conveys as sure sense of
his subject matter... a welcome addition to marine literature."