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Old 05-11-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Classic Tolly lovers...

1963 '36 ft. Classic Tollycraft

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this.. But she sure is awesome!

Dave & Suzie - Roughwater 35
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:52 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by dhmeissner View Post
1963 '36 ft. Classic Tollycraft

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this.. But she sure is awesome!
Purrrty, to be sure! Mr "Tolly" was excellent cabinet builder first... then became boat builder.

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Old 05-11-2015, 06:47 PM   #3
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I remember that green color. They were everywhere. Ya just couldn't miss that green. Good Marketing I spoze. Being such an unusual color I'm surprised it went over so well.
Speaking of green that FG "house lid" dosn't do the aesthetics any good. Would be so much better looking if it were traditional wood and canvas but that was high maintenance.

Must have tied it there for the photo. If so you'd think they'd pull up the fenders. Marin did that. He had an otherwise good pic of his GB36 but the fenders were dangling over the side for years (in the pic). Beats what I last saw he had ... nothing.

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Old 05-11-2015, 08:22 PM   #4
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From an article you can find on the Internets:

Another Tolly trademark, stemming from his artistic sensibilities, was the use of color. While other manufacturers churned out boats with safely bland grey or white exteriors, Tolly boldly striped his boats with lines of teal — “Tollycraft turquoise,” later updated to a royal blue — and incorporated color into the interiors. It was a dramatic change for fiberglass boats, and some dealers initially needed convincing.
“Some dealers liked it, some of them didn’t. Our dealers used to tell me here in the Northwest that I was the best salesman they had,” Tolly said, laughing...

...It was the early 1950s, and there were few boat manufacturers in the Northwest making anything but custom wooden boats. Before long, word got around about Tolly’s runabouts, and people started asking for them. When the mill was destroyed by a fire in 1952, Tolly launched Tollycraft Yachts in Kelso with five employees...

...He opened a larger plant in 1959, building bigger, all-fiberglass boats and often introducing several new models each year. The company built more than 6,000 boats over the next three decades, ranging from 28 to 65 feet.
Tolly worked extensively with renowned naval architect Ed Monk — and later his son, Ed Monk Jr. — who would do the lofting and help refine the designs. But as Ed Monk Jr. once told Sea magazine, “We’re more like engineers. We seldom have to do much more than make minor changes to Tolly’s drawings. The inspiration and conception for each Tollycraft comes from Tolly himself.”
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:27 PM   #5
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Famous (well almost – lol) Tollycraft company song (worth a listen):

I wrote, bound, and provided the following poem as gift for Mr. “Tolly” in his still quite active 98th year. Mr. Tollefson passed while being 100 years of age. - Art

“Tolly Poem”
March 9, 2009 / by Art – Owner of a Tolly!
1977 Tollycraft, 34’ tri cabin with a very sunny deck, named “The Office”
For: Robert Merland Tollefson
(And, All Tolly Friends)

Tolly grew rugged in Idaho snow; from very young age having mind on the go
Wisdom a factor runs strong in his genes; with good life to live, age builds means
Respect and straight thought, passion for all; Tolly made living a time to stand tall
Boats caught his attention, then attention caught fire; Tolly located his true heart’s desire
Singing and acting he played for a while; but boats for dear Tolly stayed top of the pile
Designing and building was study he choose; the more he thought boats, the higher thoughts rose
No matter world times of depression so full; Tolly was always ready to pull
A mag gave him plans for boat vessel to build; soon his life needs would start to be filled
Wars come and go, as we all know; tis people as Tolly that finish the show
Corvette boats, buoy tenders, tugs play a part; their captains, like Tolly, steer strong from their heart
In war-times of duress, with hope at a low; sweet ice-cream for workers helps everything flow
Lumber and millwork made Tolly do well; but boats were his passion, that he could tell
Sudden wind blew cross his lumber shop tour; flames liked high toward ruin for sure
He then caught insurance, dreaming sea-tales for comfort; twas his capability, to turn ruin triumphant
Soon there were wisps of waves in his mind; he realized for certain twas time for sea-kind
Up lifted he felt, knowing full well; as his own boat-filled ruler, success would foretell
So, to boat designs Tolly entered his might; feeling quite rightly Tolly boats would take flight
He grumbled, he garnered, Tolly worked his butt off; associates gathered to make his landing soft
With effort and smarts he planned Tolly boat toys; each meant to be friendly for all women and big boys
Outboard then inboard, in wood and then glass; 14 then 20 then 60 foot class
Tolly and Monk, designers dejure; made big ones and small ones, grand selections for sure
Months turned to years with decades to follow; Tolly’s great boats filled many a sea hollow

Next thing Tolly knew a following grew tight; each asking him louder to continue his flight.
So keeping his premise of pay as you go; Tolly made commitment to let everyone know
My Tollys are fashioned with pleasure in mind; fear not their built backbone, seaworthy you’ll find.
Humming along, his boat factory built; Tolly his mates with associates felt
Offers came in from others that build; asking Tolly to join with their boating guild
Carefully, methodically he searched with due diligence; through all of their figures and factory significance
Each time does he find that when all the smoke clears; they are not as they premised, their books holding smears
So back to his shop with sea waves in mind; each time to feel comfort as he worked with like kind
One Tolly then another rolled through the front door, it felt like forever occurring for sure
They patted each Tolly on the rump as it passed; giving boats ingenuity, via love that could last
First they built wood, then built with glass; as all things traverse life forms, all eventually pass
Decades ran by, many years of success; Tolly felt sure they could sell outright, creating no mess

So sell it he did to a group with big funds; thinking they could play Tolly, with more decades of runs.
Too soon due to items that can hobble a giant; the cost of boat building became highly defiant.
Accountants played numbers, builders they built and salesmen they sold; no matter the efforts, Tollycraft’s end was foretold
There were hiccups and belches, grand tries galore; all meant to save the once great Tolly store
No matter how inventive, no matter how smart; no person got Tollycraft a financial restart
Deep sadness was felt by all true believers; unfortunate conditions placed Tollycraft at hand of receivers
Once a great effort comes to end of its line; tiz best to take comfort from days of past time
For years Robert Tollefson and friends broke new molds; of boats toward perfection as their designing unfolds
Tolly boats changed yacht market’s complexion, with many fine seamen telling great recollection
Tolly and Monk with all of their friends; never looked back as they prospered toward Tolly boat ends
Now that it’s over, great memories galore; remember, not Tolly nor Monk are who closed the door
Six thousand five hundred Tollys or more; came to existence to travel the shore
For keeping them going and in good repair, tis a fellow named Gordon whose always right there

Great structure, design and rugged sea worthy; make all Tolly owners quite ready to survey
Tolly’s true meaning at end of this show; a meaning deep seated, a reason to know
On travel, the Tollys for all owners’ pleasure; a life of sea views toward great fun and leisure
A century from now when we here are gone; there will be classic prized Tollys motoring on
Great results from Tolly’s system is so simple to see; good endeavors are empowered by the operative word WE!

Successful regards, Mr. Tollefson. You are one great boat builder!
Art, a proud Tolly owner.

Boats – Forever!
Of necessity and for simplicity, floating devices were utilized by humans for transportation purposes long before the wheel was devised.
Via human ingenuity, intelligent boat designs became the natural outcropping.
Of necessity and for pleasure, floating devices that carry all manner of items will continue to be one of the most often used and intricately designed transportation devices.
Of pleasure, “power boating” and “sail boating” will always remain as one of the best recreational devices ever available, bar none!
By design, Tollycraft will always be a renowned name in boats.
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