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I agree entirely with Cannon and would stick to a basic layout that can later be added to or changed.  One of my favorite layouts is just simple settees, one on each side, and perhaps a head on one side.  You can always mount the captain's and first mate's chairs on the f'w'd end of the settees facing the windshield, and you can always use a butane (or similar) portable stove that you store inside the settee until needed.  I like this design because of it's versatility and high amount of storage, and for the long range types, this layout gives you space to use both belly tanks and some low box tanks under the floors of the settee - potential to have 150+ gallons of fuel on board and 600 miles of range.

The MOST COMMON MOD BY FAR is the raising of the deck, especially in the cockpit... even though the Great Alaskan already has 9-1/2 inches below the deck.  My favorite raised deck concept is to give it some crown and/or slope so that water tends to drain towards the sides and stern for egress off the boat.  When you're in the boat on the water, you never notice the slope or crown.  Combined with the pipe-plug scuppers like Cannon put in, this makes a pretty nice self-bailing boat (noting that the GA is already self-bailing).


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:17:56 AM »
Brain... I'm Mark Burnett and we live in Lake Stevens Wa. (not very close to Vancouver haha) Plan to launch sometime in late Feb or early March.

Oh yeah ... I think you told  me awhile ago, but I forgot.  Lake Stevens is a beautiful spot and you've got great access to the water! I used to live near Mukilteo (Everett area).


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:44:33 AM »

PS: Remind us of where you are located (obviously near Vancouver, WA) and your first name?  I'm wondering when you plan on launching and where it'll be?


Announcements / Re: The Great Alaskan on Facebook...
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:35:30 AM »
That's great!!  Best of luck with all the designs.  I think once a few hit the water they too will gain momentum as did the GA.  I look forward to reading more builds!

I'm having fun, and that's my main motivation :D


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Photo gallery
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:35:52 PM »
I made my box about four feet long. While glassing and taping, it would sit cross ways on the stringers. That worked really well, having it where I was working. Initially I left it on the bench, but ended up leaving a trail of epoxy; so I started using it right where I was taping. For longer pieces, I just folded the tape back and forth in the box. Once impregnated with epoxy, I would lift the whole mess out and lay it in place then unfold it. Worked very well, as I worked by myself.

That's a great idea!  Sure saves on trips up and down the boarding ladder too.... and that can't be bad!


Announcements / Re: The Great Alaskan on Facebook...
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:31:44 PM »
Todd J,

It's a slow moving animal and I'm always too busy ... but pushing hard to get a line of smaller boats in the works.  First is a simple camp boat, next will likely be a drift boat and a 'power drifter' (aka 'Rapid Roberts').  I have a 22' sled partially in the works, a 17+ ft fast fisher (like a Tracker or Lund), a 17+ ft fly fishing skiff (stable, stand-up in it) etc. that'll come out eventually.

First things first though, and getting the underlying web site changes finished were key - the database design changed, and the website application had to change to fit.  That's done.  To add additional designs to the site, I need a home page that points to different groups of designs (or boat designers if someone else would like to offer plans via our site).  The current Great Alaskan page will become the 'detail page' for that boat, and somewhat of a model for how other boats will be exhibited too.

And if that's not enough, I need to implement my own PayPal based shopping cart so I can get away from e-Junkie and can do fun things like automatic permissions for various plans sets given at the time of purchase, instead of it being an afterwards manual process like it is now.

I also want to suck the how-to content out of the Great Alaskan plans and create a Wood Composite Boat Building book too....

ALL that said ... I'll get going on the simple camp boat and try to follow with the drift boat next.  As usual, the designs will come with options ... length and height mostly. 

Back to work!  I'm working on the camp boat this weekend (a friend wants that one right away).....


PS: My wife asked when I'll be done with all this stuff ... I said, "Never!"

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:57:33 AM »
Wow!  The boat's looking great and awesome pix!  You'll enjoy having the carpet-like (forgot the name) lining in the walls of the cuddy ... warmer, quieter, less condensation.  Did you tint the f'w'd windows?  Are they Wynne's?


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Photo gallery
« on: December 02, 2017, 11:22:51 AM »
About as simple as it gets.  I like it!   I see several projects that can be done without scarfing a single piece of plywood.  Good time of year to start.  Be ready to whoop ass as weather warms.

Simple is good! 

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Photo gallery
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:04:31 AM »
Here's a picture of the glassing box that served me well for years ... No mixing station though.  I had a Michael's Engineering pump on the work bench and a foam board box w/lightbulb on a stand to keep it warm during winter.


Projects / Re: Ed's boat in Perth
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:16:25 AM »
Hahaaa!!  What do you call THAT maneuver?  A two-step quicky and a Bosanova?   You did a pretty good job at staying upright right up until the bush plunge!

The boat's looking great, BTW!


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:23:17 AM »
Nice ... Looking forward to seeing the rails on the boat....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Photo gallery
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:25:14 AM »
It would be great to have a gallery set up to see multiple completed builds by just scrolling through.  Fishyfish has something kind of like this.  I realize there are many more tolmans afloat than GA.  I hope to shift the balance to the GA side as I expect to start building soon.

Good idea ... I sticky'd this - we can all add pix to it.  I'll create a separate Photo Gallery forum too ... soon.  But we can get started with this thread for now...

Pics are awesome!


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:11:23 AM »
  That'll look good!

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: BobC's build in Virginia
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:09:18 AM »
Wow!  Amazing single-handed flip!  I am eeeeeeempressed!!!!  Congratulations!  Really love the chines and bow flare that you engineered into it!  It's going to be an awesome boat!


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:54:15 AM »
Scheduled to haul her to Scapoose on the 13th. Should take around a week including the powder coating.

What color powder coat are you thinking of?


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