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Thanks for the wise words Cannon. I can definitely see where overthinking could be a huge time sink. I have been working on the project for a month or 2 when I can (got the stem, shelves done and working currently on the transom), but with 2 small kids and 2 jobs sucking up 60 hours a week it's hard to find time. I am hoping the 2 job thing changes in the not too distant future, in the meantime I am just plugging away where I can and trying to just keep the project moving forward.

That's the main thing ... keep making progress whenever you can, and it'll get done :)   Unless you're retired, most have busy schedules while building .... You'll forget all about it after the boat's done


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:59:22 AM »
If this works like I hope it does?  I plan to add a oil burner to use up motor and cooking oil that I normally would recycle or just dump out.  Our climate is such that I expect this stove will not get used as steady as it would further north.  It should at least take the chill off

The original Mother Earth News version had a design flaw... the way it worked, the hotter the flame burned, the more oil that would be fed to the burner ... positive feedback loop makes for big'm fire!!  To counter that, you had to keep tweaking the oil flow valve to reduce the flow.  The first redesign (see the link) worked well and fixed this issue - a friend of mine outside of Fox, Alaska used it full time in his shop and it worked great.  Probably the biggest downside is that the oil needs to be gravity fed, which means you have to refill something that's higher than the heater ... up a ladder, stairs, or up a hillside outside the shop.  Regardless, if using free oil (or even buying cheap dirty used oil), the heater DOES work well....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: December 11, 2018, 12:12:02 PM »
Interesting ... You'll have to let us know how it turns out ....  Up in Alaska, at least in the interior (Fairbanks and points north) where transfer stations are used for local garbage drop-off, including lots of waste oil from oil changes and other sources, people use a modified/improved version of the Mother Earth Waste Oil Heater.  I was building the 'improved version' right about the time we moved out of Fairbanks down to the Anchorage area ... never completed it, but it would've meant free heat for the shop:



General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Outdoor build of GA
« on: November 21, 2018, 06:11:36 AM »
Another viable option (check the rules) is to consider finishing up in a storage unit type shelter .... the roof-only type where boats and RVs get stored.  Might have to get a small portable generator for some work, but for outfitting, painting, and that sort of thing, this might be another option.  If it violates the rules however, then there's a lot of liability parked around you in a place like that .... but for some aspects of finishing up, it can work (once the boat's on a trailer.  You could even park it there, bring it home to work on in the driveway, then haul it back.  Sometimes you have to be creative but where there's a will, there's a way.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Outdoor build of GA
« on: November 20, 2018, 11:31:53 AM »
The process will be one of those one step at a time things, figuring it out as you go.  You're not the first though ... I know a guy in Alaska who built his outside.  He tried to keep the coating down to a minimum when there was direct sunlight on the project and that sort of thing, e.g. coat late afternoon or early evening (paint or epoxy) when it's cooling and dry.  He did have his project get rained on right after adding a fresh coat of epoxy to the sheer decks ... it was sort of funny though, because the rain created a natural anti-skid dimpled surface that turned out pretty cool.  The rain just bounces off the wet epoxy.  He did go ahead an add another coat later though, once it was dry.

Sometimes you can violate CC&Rs and get the HOA cops after you if you need to in order to get a stage of the process done.  I would view such things as a temporary cost to pay while you finish up the project.  Fines usually aren't too bad and you only have to pay them off before you sell the house.... for example, plan ahead on things like painting the exterior and then build a temporary shelter that you leave up for a month .... do your work and then take it down .... pay the fines if there are any and move on.  So?  :)

Some have built in the garage for 90% of the build (all but the top half of the pilot house) and have had the building jig on wheels so you could roll or rotate it out, work on it and put it back.  Others have built temporary 'extensions' out of tarp or plywood on the front of their garage to extend the boat working area out onto the driveway.  If the HOA complains, tell them you're taking it down as soon as you can... keep'm on a string :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Materials for build
« on: November 15, 2018, 06:41:36 AM »
Thanks.   Something bound to happen soon I hope.  Iím trying to pound out honey-doos so I can start cutting something boat related.  Iíve run out of excuses!

Yes ... but don't stress and push too hard either.  It takes the fun out of the process... building a boat is fun and ought to stay that way :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Materials for build
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:36:50 AM »
Sounds good.  I will be doing some searching here and elsewhere re: epoxy.  Thatís one I canít afford to screw up.  I have read every build in the forums for the entertainment value.   Need to hit it again and take  notes!

Top choices that I've seen lately:

- eBond Marine Epoxy (NOT their polyester resin stuff)
- Aeromarine
- Progressive Polymers No Blush (#2 or -II?)
- System III General Purpose (or the Silvertip no-blush version if you want to pay for it)

This is not a comprehensive list.  Use whatever non-shrinking, no-volatiles, marine epoxy that's designed for wetting out fiberglass that you want.  It's OK to buy the cheapest if it meets these requirements.  The non-blushing types save some work for you and prices are not significantly different.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Materials for build
« on: November 13, 2018, 03:19:23 PM »
Estimating that way is probably about as close as anyone can do.  Lots of variables along the way.  Used boats have their own problems you know, like shoddy construction where you can't see it, mechanical or other failures about to happen, or well-done but requires a 2nd and 3rd mortgage to buy.  And are they ever laid out the way you want?  These are a few of the reasons that convince most to build their own.

Note that on the fiberglass that the numbers are generally rounded off ... like someone selling some 8.4 oz fiberglass tape lists it as 9 oz, or 9.7 ounce tape gets listed as 9 oz by some and as 10 oz for others.  Close enough.  The boat is over-strong.  Try to land close but don't sweat it if you can't hit the numbers exactly.  You'll never know the difference and neither will anyone else!  Try FS again ... or RAKA marine.  They've been around for decades and are reliable.

BTW, another idea is to hit ... It still works.  Another is ....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Materials for build
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:32:25 AM »
Crosscut hardwoods in Eugene has in stock hydrotech and aquatech plywood.   I did talk to Fiberglass supply and they didnít have the right size and weight for what I needed.  Seemed like they just were t interested in my business.  Between them and Jamestown supply I think I found everything.  Will do some more confirming and ask specific questions before I go to get the stuff. Turned out to take several hours.  PITA!?

Odd ... I've been doing business with Fiberglass Supply for decades and never had a bad experience.  Perhaps someone there was just having a bad day.  What kind of glass are you looking for?  Checked eBay yet?  RAKA Marine?  Sometimes it's hard to find just the right width in the type of glass that you want, and you end up having to utilize the width that you can find.  Been there, done that....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Materials for build
« on: November 13, 2018, 05:52:49 AM »

Compared to the overall cost of the boat project, the plywood is not expensive.... just to put things in perspective.  Are you calling Edensaw in Port Angeles?  For fiberglass, I like Fiberglass Supply at (yes, that's three s's).  Did you give them a shout?  Hope this helps....


I went with Raymarine. You really should have them all networked to really get the most benefit out of each unit. Raymarineís network is real easy to install and has worked flawlessly. I spent more time worrying than actually installing.  Your radio will also work intimately with the network should you choose to go that route. When buddy fishing, you can monitor your friends location every time they key the mike!

Good call ... I knew I was forgetting one of the brands. 

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:32:23 AM »
Awesome elk... and with a bow too!  Definitely will look good in the man cave :)



Wow!  The seats and upholstery turned out great!  What do you think of the bigger-than-queen-size bed you've got up front?  Pretty roomy, eh?  You can definitely live aboard for good long trips in your boat ... warm, dry, room to sit and sleep in comfort.  You're going to be addicted to this boat pretty fast....


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« on: October 31, 2018, 12:07:39 PM »
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:53:19 AM »
I know right where you're at ... we just drove through there on this summer's vacation over to the coast.  We covered the Lincoln City to Florence stretch, north to south, then headed back through Eugene (with no stops there!) and up the McKenzie River hwy and over to Bend .... then across the desert back to Ida-who....


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