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Old 08-07-2012, 01:16 AM   #1
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General Comments on Tollycraft build quality

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Can you offer thoughts on tollycraft build quality? With specific reference to materials? Are older (70s) dfecks balsa? Problems with stringers? Etc? Please keep the info coming.





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Old 08-07-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
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From everything I've heard from owners I know, read in reviews, etc. they are very well built boats indeed. But like any boat, be it a Bayliner or "Taiwan Trawler," Grand Banks, Fleming, or Nordhavn, a Tollycraft can have serious problems from neglect or abuse. But the baseline brand and its construction is among the best.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:32 AM   #3
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A forum member named Art should see this thread in the next day or two and he's a walking encyclopedia about all things Tolly. He owns a 34 and can fill in many of the details for you.

Try sending a PM(private message) to him. That'll draw him out.

The ones I've seen where well put together boats, but like all boats the care(or lack thereof) of the previous owners is more important than the pedigree of the boat itself.

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Old 08-07-2012, 01:32 AM   #4
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thank you. I hope to have news and more details soon. I appreciate the guidance.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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Owned two Tollys and they are well built, from Ed Monk designs. Had to sell my 30' Tolly due to the high maintenance and horrendous fuel burn of the two gas engines.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:54 PM   #6
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Jut spoke to the surveyor who will be there on Thur. Said that stringers and transom are typically non issue. That engines and running gear and systems are where we want to focus. Seems worth going forward.
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One point of concern was that the owner did no maint for the Past 6 yr! Excited but nervous...
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #8
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Just curious--- is this a gas boat or a diesel?
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:57 PM   #9
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:38 PM   #10
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By chance is this around a 76 40' double cabin that came out of Anacortes as a repo about a month ago?

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no but i looked at that... why
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I'll send you a PM.
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Last Post on this TF thread was near seven yrs. ago, on 08/08/2012.

Guess I'd missed it completely. Hope this post actually get chance to be seen.

So... I just happened upon this old thread while searching Google trying to find out what's happening to Tollycraft Forum and Tollycraft Boating Club in general. The forum has been closed for months and it seems the Boating Club only posts on Face Book. Myself, I have no desire to be on nor follow FB! That includes for Tollycraft or anything else.

To keep the ball rolling:

As was mentioned, Tolly's are one heck of a well built boat. We plan to spend five [5] happy days out n' about for this 2019 Memorial Day weekend; will be aboard by early AM tomorrow and return next Tuesday eve.

By keeping our Tolly in covered slip and 100% fresh water [with no stray electric currents at the marina] our maintenance costs for the last decade have been minimal overall. Being that I swim under to keep all bottom items in good order each time we use her helps to minimize costs. General mechanics above water I do myself. If it's too technical or needs repeat work over periods of hours on different days I let the yard mechanics do their stuff [that's because it's docked 100 miles from home]. In the last decade at this marina I believe I've not topped $6K work on our Tolly... including parts I install and work that others did too.

Back to the Tolly Forum and Tolly Boating Club I'm currently researching:

Tolly forum underwent a supposedly top knotch, modernization revision about two plus years ago. Well, someone made BIG mistake. All contents of the forum's couple decade existence got erased. They tried and tried to get the contents back in place... unfortunately to no avail. Many tried n' true Tolly owners [myself included] did all we could to assist repairs; we even brought in some program experts... but all was lost. The boating club decided to set up the forum in same basic layout as before and asked all owners/members of the boating club as well as other contributors to the forum to repost all and anything they could to get the "Forum-Ball" rolling again. That equalled a whimper compared to previous robust forum.

The club raised annual fee from $50 to $75. Many stopped participating.

Seems that Tollycraft support opportunities are deeply dwindling. Also, and although there is still [ Tolly Classified - Authorized Tollycraft Parts ] for Tollycraft parts and other Tolly stuff ... it seems that that too may meet its demise.

In closing... I'd like to say... If you find a well cared for Tollycraft boat that has what you seek at a price you can afford, buy it, you'll very probably fall in love with it!

Happy Boating Daze - Art
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Last Post on this TF thread was near seven yrs. ago, on 08/08/2012.

Guess I'd missed it completely. Hope this post actually get chance to be seen.

So... I just happened upon this old thread while searching Google trying to find out what's happening to Tollycraft Forum and Tollycraft Boating Club in general. The forum has been closed for months and it seems the Boating Club only posts on Face Book. Myself, I have no desire to be on nor follow FB! That includes for Tollycraft or anything else.

To keep the ball rolling:

As was mentioned, Tolly's are one heck of a well built boat. We plan to spend five [5] happy days out n' about for this 2019 Memorial Day weekend; will be aboard by early AM tomorrow and return next Tuesday eve.

By keeping our Tolly in covered slip and 100% fresh water [with no stray electric currents at the marina] our maintenance costs for the last decade have been minimal overall. Being that I swim under to keep all bottom items in good order each time we use her helps to minimize costs. General mechanics above water I do myself. If it's too technical or needs repeat work over periods of hours on different days I let the yard mechanics do their stuff [that's because it's docked 100 miles from home]. In the last decade at this marina I believe I've not topped $6K work on our Tolly... including parts I install and work that others did too.

Back to the Tolly Forum and Tolly Boating Club I'm currently researching:

Tolly forum underwent a supposedly top knotch, modernization revision about two plus years ago. Well, someone made BIG mistake. All contents of the forum's couple decade existence got erased. They tried and tried to get the contents back in place... unfortunately to no avail. Many tried n' true Tolly owners [myself included] did all we could to assist repairs; we even brought in some program experts... but all was lost. The boating club decided to set up the forum in same basic layout as before and asked all owners/members of the boating club as well as other contributors to the forum to repost all and anything they could to get the "Forum-Ball" rolling again. That equalled a whimper compared to previous robust forum.

The club raised annual fee from $50 to $75. Many stopped participating.

Seems that Tollycraft support opportunities are deeply dwindling. Also, and although there is still [ Tolly Classified - Authorized Tollycraft Parts ] for Tollycraft parts and other Tolly stuff ... it seems that that too may meet its demise.

In closing... I'd like to say... If you find a well cared for Tollycraft boat that has what you seek at a price you can afford, buy it, you'll very probably fall in love with it!

Happy Boating Daze - Art
Contact a Trawler Forum Moderator and request a Tolly Forum added to the Trawler Builders section. I just had our manufacturer to that section.

I live in "Tolly Land" - PNW and the Tolly is closer to a trawler in appearance and concept than some of the other manufacturers listed.
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