Tolman Alaskan Skiffs

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by Renn Tolman
239 pp., softcover

With its plywood stitch-and-glue construction, this Alaskan Skiff is an ideal boat. But this is not an instant boat, with roughly 300 hours of your time for the building process, resulting in a 20' hard-chined skiff. This is a thorough manual from which to build.

Table of Contents:

  • Defining the Tolman Skiff
    Part One - Design
    Part Two - Construction
  • Design Choices
    Part One - Which Skiff? A Description of Skiff Models
  • Tools & Shop Space
    Part One - The Shop
    Part Two - Woodworking Tools
  • Tools for Epoxy and Fiberglass
  • Choosing Materials
  • Materials List
  • Using Epoxy & Fiberglass
  • Preparing the Plywood
  • Making the Frame Members
  • Building the Transom
  • Making the Bottom
  • Framing the Skiff and Placing the Bottom
  • Installing the Rear Framing and Hanging the Sides
  • Finishing the Outside of the Hull
  • Finishing the Inside of the Hull
  • Some Options for Open Skiffs
  • Building the a Cuddy Cabin
  • Windshields and Hardtops
  • Decks, Fuel Tanks and Pedestal Seat
  • The Kachemak Bay and Full Wheelhouse Cabins
    Part One- The Kachemak Bay Cabin
    Part Two - The Full Wheelhouse Cabin
  • Finishing Touches for All Skiffs
  • Some Add-ons
  • Applying Nonskid and Paint; Installing Windows and Hardware
  • Care, Repair and Maintenance
    Revised in 2003

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