Thanks, hopefully everyone can see the amount of inspiration the Tolman's gave over to this project, there's lots of Renn's techniques and style in her construction.
I'm running a 5 rod setup on the troll for tuna:
3 across the transom, 2 at a 30 degree angle out the sides, which gives us a nice overlap and a relatively effective W pattern. During the trips this year, we had zero tangles from the troll, the only messes came from fish moving through the gear faster than we could clear it.
I have 4 eyes on the transom, laid out to keep lines down and hold a 30x60 kill bag. The outermost eyes have downrigger releases on them on an 18" piece of 200lb mono. These are attached to the corner transom rod lines and keep the line down so the gear can cross tangle-free. As I've learned this year, 5 rods can make it plenty hectic back there, no need for handlines, though we could easily do some tuna cord and a clone.
She does catch fish...
This 5 rod thing is why I'm actually eyeballing the GA. If I can add one more crew, we can run an effective bait stop instead of relying on the troll so much. A larger dance floor, room for a bait tank, and the ability to put 3 in the back while I run the boat would make for a lethal combination, so long as I can keep the fuel costs in check.
Been thinking about picking up study plans so I could start laying her out.