I will just give a quick synopsis of my build so far. It has been on hold while I have been building my new shop. It has been under a tarp in my front yard for the last year.
I got started on this project as I wanted to build a boat to take my grandson fishing and camping. I was originally going to build a 18’ Redwing. I showed my father-in-law the plans for the boat while my wife and I were visiting him. He said I think you should go bigger. My wife said I think Dad is right. Music to my ears, as I had wanted to build bigger but didn’t think my wife would buy off on it. I couldn’t have planned that! ;-)
He told me he had a friend who designed a skiff that is used as a fishing boat in Homer Alaska. It is designed and built by Renn Tolman. Ren has also written an instruction manual to build it yourself. He told me he had a copy and would send it to me when he got back home. I couldn’t wait, so I bought it myself. I then found a yahoo group for Tolman builders. That was a big help. The group has since migrated to Fishyfish.com.
The skiff is a plywood/fiberglass composite boat. Basically you build it from marine plywood, and glue it together with epoxy, and encapsulate it in fiberglass. It is a lot easier to do than I thought it would be. The book is very easy to follow, and if you do get confused there are plenty of guys on fishyfish who have been there done that and are more than willing to help you out.
So I decided to to the whole hog and build a 24’ Toman “Jumbo”. It will have a cuddy and full cabin as I live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Lots of rain during fishing season. It will have a small galley, head, and double berths. It will be great for camping out in the San Juans, and the river islands. We will also go offshore for salmon, tuna and bottom fishing.
I will start adding photos to the blog on the next posting.
thanks for reading.
-- papaj, Oregon