I am looking at buying a 28 foot Tollycraft Royal Express like Jolly Man. Any tips which I should be aware of? What is the price range on these boats? it is a 1970 in great shape. Thanks for your help.
A few things I would pay particular attention to would be fuel tanks.
If the fuel tanks are original, there’s a good chance they are steel. I had to replace mine a few years back, and the only reasonable way to do so was to pull the engines. That, in itself isn’t a too big of a deal, just time and money.
Other than that, these boats are tough, and were well built. A great little cruiser with a lot of style, in my opinion.
I suggest checking out the Tollycraft Boating Club http://www.tollyclub.com. You’ll be able to find a lot of info on the forums as well as a fun group of boaters! The website is http://www.tollyclub.com . I run that site for the club, and right now it is down due to a hacker, but it should be up and running again soon…
Another ’68-70 Tolly Express wannabe here – [Q] How does the Pli-Cor hull hold up after 45 years ? What to look for when surveying an older Pli-Cor hull ? Love your site. John – Bellevue
Glad you enjoy the site- it’s a lot if fun to keep, and a great way to share and look back on my travels.
As far as I know, the hulls hold up well. There’s no wood to rot, so the biggest concern I would think would be water between the layers of glass. I’m not aware of any real blister problems.
Just get a good survey. You’ll need it for insurance at the very least.
Nick , I have a line on one if you are still in the market for a 28′ tollycraft . It could actually be a R-Express as it has no flybridge 914 443 9861
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