Ray & Anne's

Home-Built Tolman Alaskan Skiff

Begun: June 16, 2004

The Beginning





Cruising Plans



Cockpit and Cabin

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Aft deck looking forward to seat-steps and rear cabin bulkhead. The deck has 3 access hatches and at the bottom of the picture is the engine compartment.


The seat-steps are really the last 12 inches of the fuel tank compartment with a 6" space on top for storage. They are 13" off the deck or about 1/2 way between the deck and the side deck. There is a drain groove in the frame.


On the port side there is a hanging locker aft of the forward facing seat, a space for a fold out table and the forward seat box is shown in the aft facing position. The three uprights are for the table support.

This view shows the Admiral's seat in the command position. The seat slides back enough to stand in the well in front of the seat box.

Captain's seat also slides on a track on the outside bottom of the seat box. The small galley is still under construction.

The seat box can slide back to allow me to stand at the helm on the grate outside the stringer. The box under the dash aft of the bulkhead is for one of the two house batteries. To the right is the seat box with the seat and plywood plate removed. This is how I will access the storage inside.

The seats are on Garlick active seat suspension units. A poor man's suspension seat.


You can see the plywood base that fits in the indentation on top of the seat box.

The dash is plywood, glassed, coated with graphite-epoxy and sanded flat black.

The the group on the right is my MerCruiser dash unit. Behind the wheel are two fuel gauges and a rudder position gauge is below center. Yet to add is a boost gauge.

Garmin 176C GPS Plotter and Humminbird 737 depth plotter are up on top.

After the boat was moved off the porch I could make the cabin roof. It was sandwiched, with foam between layers of ply top and bottom. The front edge turns down.


I decided to run the wires for the cabin lights
in the roof cutting the foam to let them pass.

The foam was cut to fit with a hot wire. It's a simple device that consists of a nichrome wire, a stretcher and a battery charger. With a thick piece of foam lying between the ribs the wire cut along the tops of the ribs and made an almost perfect cut. The speed needs to be constant and you have to pay attention. Sanding can fix most problems.


Here is the finished front edge.


©2004 Ray Brown & Anne Thompson