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Looking good!  Have you tried the sander method for trimming glass off the edges of the plywood?  On anything that's going to end up in a seam or under epoxy, you just take a random orbital w/80-grit on it and run it around the edge of the plywood, holding the sander a about 45 degrees.  Peels the excess right off!



You'll find that the boat is forgiving of where the CG lands.  If you aim for having the CG of the fuel tanks just behind the aft pilot house bulkhead or so, your usual array of motors will work fine.  For building an open house-less version of the boat, that's new territory and I suggest building the hull and decks, following the drawing for center console framing, then use sand bags to represent various items (motors, fuel, people, gear, any other tankage, any batteries and appliances etc) and then move them around until you've got the bow trimming 1 to 1-1/2 inches high versus the stern.  Use an angle measurer (below) or a bevel and level to take an approximate angle off the deck and then apply a bit of trigonometry to figure out the trim... I can help with that.  I'd calculate the upslope angle right now but am headed off to the Home Despot....

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:50:33 PM »
People are assholes!   Kokanee fishing good.  5 man limits in a hour or so.  Fish average a 3Ē bigger over years past.

Good on the Kokes. They're running big here this year too :).  16" or longer at Anderson Ranch already.... they'll hit 20" by season's end.



Once the sheer deck in installed, what is the glassing schedule? 

Note that not
until the aft pieces are in place will you go back and round over the gunnels and
glass the sheer decking.

For any deck that you'll be walking on, use 10-oz woven (and 9.xx ounce is OK too).  No need to go to 12 and 6 is too light.  No need for biax, but some people like it since it lays over the edge smoother ... but if you do that, go light and put a light layer of woven over it, wet on wet.  For example, 6-oz biax plus 6-oz woven, wet-on-wet so the 2nd layer will smooth out the yarn on the biax .... this'll save you work when it comes to fairing.  You want the woven to extend beyond the biax by an inch.  OR .... K.I.S.S. and just put the 10 ounce on, make sure you give the side-to-sheer deck corner a good round edge so the glass will lay smooth.



Yeah ... you're kind of in a stage that ends up time consuming without the work accomplished being super obvious yet.  The bulkheads and house will be more exciting :)


PS: Your work's looking great!  Nice, neat, professional!

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:19:53 PM »
I had bad luck like that once ... running my driftboat on Green Peter Reservoir in Oregon with a big electric motor on it.  There were so many you-know-what's at the dock when I was trying to put in, and NOT letting me in even though I was yelling that my battery was dying.  I was stuck motoring against the wind and unable to dock ... until the battery did run out.  Yelling for someone to toss a rope only got angry stares ..... as I drift away on the wind.  Rowed/ran the boat up against a mud bank at the bottom of rocky cliffs on the far side of the lake and waited until the wind dropped ...due to the sun going down, THEN we were able to row back to the dock.  Sucked - lost lots of hours.  People at boat ramps can really suck.... And I've been a HUGE fan of using ONLY gas motors ever since then.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 11, 2018, 05:13:12 AM »
Brian,  care to expand on your Optimax hate.  Iíll tell ya a little story after I hear back

I don't hate Optimaxes!  It was a joke about the hot horsepower...


Hi Guys- Cannon- Found one online.  I looked a few days back and must have missed it, duh!
Brian- Thanks for the kudos.  Yes, it is a bow shed.  I worked on the design with a more talented then me, carpenter.  He did most of the building on that project.  I ran out of bandwidth and was to obsessed with the boat to build it. Found some greenhouse covering from an outfit on the east coast.  Has a 10 year warranty so I am expecting good service from it.

There's something about a whole row of frames that just looks neat ... whether it's a boat, a building getting built, or something like that bow roof shed.  I don't want frames like that in MY boat, but they still look cool....


Hi Guys- I recently purchased a Yamaha 90 SHO for my Outer Banks 26 build. I am going to do most of the rigging myself and wonder if there is any RIGGING MANUAL out there?  It doesn't look that complicated but anything to make it easier and keep me from screwing up would be really helpful.  Any advice or input would be appreciated.
Here is a link to my build if you are interested.
Not a GA but a lot of similarities.

Beautiful boat!  I really like it and how it's turning out!  BTW, Is that a Bow Roof Shed or did you use some other plans, or design it yourself, that's outside and covered with plastic?


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:54:45 AM »
Runs like a raped ape!   No freeboard !

 ;D :o 8)

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:41:29 AM »
I currently have a 21í phantom sport Jon with a 200 Optimax.   Currently for sale. Itís our Kokanee chaser.  I also have a zodiac mark V hd wth a 115 tiller steer. The latter being my dive/reef fishing rig.

If you're careful and stay close to shore, the 200 hp Optimix 'might' get you home (LOL ...  ::))


Awesome!  Looking forward to seeing pictures.  It's going to be a great boat, I'm sure ... like the sailboat that you built :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:56:04 AM »
We live in Veneta, Or. Just west of Eugene.  We like to fish at crescent lake.  The limits are low,  but the scenery is great and the water is crystal clear

Have you gone up to Green Peter?  It's a spectacular beauty, limits are high ... but it's a long lake and you have to have a boat that'll get you there in order to fish it effectively.  My driftboat with 6-hp motor wasn't up to snuff....


Thank you Brian,
I must have been tired to miss that point while working on the drawing.

Taken all at once, there is a LOT of information to stuff into your head when building these things ... It's easy to forget little details :)   Never hesitate to ask questions....  8)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:09:47 AM »
Good on ya!

Kokanee?  Where do you live?  I've got my little teensy 14' skiff all prepped but have made it out just once .... the boat moves too quickly, even at idle, so I got a sea anchor to drag along... haven't tried it yet.


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