Tolman Boats in Rough Seas


Headed in from the Great Barrier Reef off New Zealand.

Tolman boats become an obsession to those who use them! In conditions that would make most pilots pucker, these boats perform! When I first ran the Paula J, I was cautious, wanting to learn what the boat was capable of before ending up in a trial by fire situation.

Last year on the last run of the season, my son and I got caught in an unpredicted hard south wind forty five miles off Newport Oregon. We were planning on going for tuna, but once the wind kicked up I elected to head back in rather than try to fish in those conditions. Trying to land a hard fighting albacore in those conditions can be trying at best! Worst case scenario, one of us could go over the side, or fall against the gunnel, possibly breaking a rib or two. If, and I say if I was a commercial fisherman, I would probably have stuck it out, but I am just an old guy who likes to fish…

TolmanThe wind driven swell was well over the top of my wheelhouse with the tops cut away by the wind. The spray shooting horizontal across the bow. Surprisingly, the boat handled it well, better than I had even hoped to imagine. Cutting through the waves with ease, not pitching or pounding. Granted, I came in on a reduced throttle, of maybe twelve knots.

On the way in, about twenty five miles out, we came on two whales playing, oblivious to the rough conditions. My son spotted them first, as one of the pair breached in front of the boat. We shut her down and watched as one of them, laying on it’s side flapped a huge pectoral  fin nonchalantly without a care in the world. Just as I was about to take off again, one of them erupted out of the water in a massive breach, right in front of the boat! Even when I get shut down by the weather conditions, I am constantly in awe of Gods creation!

The photos in this post are of a Tolman Jumbo headed in with a buddy boat. They were taken off the Great Barrier Reef near New Zealand by a fellow boat builder who built his about the same time I built mine. All I can add is that these boats will bring you home, safe and sound!

You can read more about these amazing boats at FishyFish

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

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