Tolman Skiff Hardtop
by David Nolan
Here's out quick and dirty Tolman Skiff hardtop.
Basic design of what we needed. We have 6 foot
two and a half inches under the whole top standing on top of
the stringers. Its relatively light and plenty strong.
Framing (click images to enlarge)
Going on fourth season with our Tolman Skiff and
we just love it. Adding outriggers and bigger fuel tanks soon.
This guy's in charge of sanding and fairing
The hardtop was put together with Lowes 5/8ths
ply for frames, glassed with 4 oz cloth and painted with EasyPoxy.
90% complete and we've fished it twice so far and love not getting
smacked in the face with spray, winds, etc. It's all about utility
for us and not so much good looks (whats all this talk about
sanding and fairing)
I think we MAY have used a few too many
screws in the lexan windows.
Added rod holders all over the place and rocket
launchers on-the-cheap using PVC pipe driled and thru bolted
to a 5 inch piece that is glued and screwed across the back
of the hardtop roof.
Added an Overton 24 gallon port side saddle tank
and garage sale outriggers we snagged for $15 bucks.
Works great. We took it to Oregon Inlet North
Carolina for a trolling trip. Caught 13 Dolphin to 15 lbs. 428
miles trailering and the boat tows nicely with the Silverado.
Some Dorado we caught
Oregon Inlet is on the Outer Banks near Mateo
NC (near Kitty Hawk). They have a nice primitive campground
acorss the way for $20 a night. Five nice ramps across the way
and a giant bait and tackle. Gulfstream fishing is only 30 miles
from the inlet there.
Gary driving the boat
Tolman skiff builder