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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:33:06 AM »
What you need is TUNA time!

Definitely!  Theoretically, things should get a little less busy here over the next few weeks/months.  Moving to Idaho, buying a house (that someone lived in for 13 years and put in ZERO storage solutions ... cabinets, shelves ... that sort of thing), having to create a new website 'cuz the old one got hacked, fighting through all the troubles with the forum etc.  Right now, I've got a half dozen shelving projects to do and then we'll finally be "settled in" and can just focus on normal living and yard/house stuff ... no projects.  Long story ... but you're right, I'm always too busy.  I want to spend time finishing up some boat designs that I'm working on, do a better job at marketing the Great Alaskan etc..... The web site needs work to make it a multi-boat (and possibly multi-vendor/designer) web site too... all in due time.  This is why I switched to 4-10s on the job.  I work 10s from Tue through Fri, but have Mondays off all by my lonesome (no wife around!!) for getting these other things done :)

BTW, I'm digging into marine-grade logo/website decals.... more info as I get more info....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:02:39 PM »
I built the cuddy as per plan with the exception of the center framing. I wanted hand holds and places to hang gear as well as the skylight. The framing on either side of the skylight is scrap plywood with hand holds.
With that one exception, the cuddy is framed as per plan.

Remember, I made the hull sides four inches taller so the cuddy roof is plenty high when sitting on the bunks...
I can't seem to get Tapatalk to work on this forum so I am posting links...

Looks like it worked quite well :)

Tapatalk is temporarily defunct until I (someday) have time to nuke and replace the forums software.  You can back up the database, delete everything ... folders included, then start with a fresh install and that's what I plan to do.  The root cause to the few annoying things here are read permissions that got messed up by first deploying to a server that did not allow full control, and then giving up on that one, and moving it to this server.  Close ... but not quite what  it should be for now.  Got bigger fish to fry- but will re-announce Tapatalk once I fix the forum issues.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:33:01 PM »
Kent,  Did you build the cuddy according to the Newport cuddy plan, or did you vary?  I like the downslope that gives you good drainage off the cuddy's roof...


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:01:36 AM »
I was washing the salt off the boat at the marina yesterday and they have excellent water pressure. I was blasting away at the skylight and there was a steady flow out the weep holes, but not a drop in the cuddy inside. The big blue doesn't typically give 60 psi, and I have been out in conditions where water over the bow was a regular event. Still nary a leak.

That's awesome ... And the more you can avoid the plastic crap, the better.  Well, except for that bullet-proof polycarbonate (Lexan) hatch 'glass'.  THAT plastic's ok   8) ;D


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 07, 2017, 04:13:58 PM »
Thanks for the link ... and photos.  I really like that hatch a lot better than the commercial ones.... in how it looks and everything.  :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:07:59 AM »
Always love more info....

Pot haulers are either electric and power-hungry (if they're fast and strong enough) or they are gas and way to loud... but hey, a hauler sure saves my back a lot of work!  I wonder if anyone's gone with a sterndrive and rigged up a hydraulic pump ... an idling sterndrive is quiet and the hydraulic hauler would be a dream....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Kent Cannon's Paula J
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:19:34 PM »
Hey Kent,

Thanks again for the pix - I've got your boat on my PC as wallpaper now ... lookin' good!  I can't help but notice the detail and how well you've got it set up (now that I have BIG pix to look at and can see the details).  Looks like an enclosed locker for anchor rode and chain?  Nice perfect-size anchor pulpit too.  Can the cuddy hatch come clear off the boat?  I see a seam around the perimeter like a hatch cover, the type that keeps water out... curious on the details.  You've got a nice RayMarine radar too - which model did you go with?  The $1k+- 'recreational' one or better?  And a life raft!  Nice drip-loop in the coax to the marine radio antenna too ... the tape below is what is used for outdoor ham radio installations for keeping water out of connectors (which will rot out everything inside the coax ... while leaving the outside looking brand new all along), FYI.  It's the non-commercial version of what's used professionally on cell towers and antenna installations.  Does the 'window in a window' on the sides open up?  How?  What type of hauler is that?  I like it's sturdy design with the hauler nested between components.  Looks like an electric gear-motor type, so I won't ask about hydraulics.  In any case ... very well done!  I'm impressed!

Times Microwave Professional Weatherproof Self-Bonding Silicone Sealing Tape for Coax Connectors / Antennas (1.5" x 15')

In the USAF, we called this stuff "F-4 Tape"... great stuff and keeps the water out perfectly.  Just make sure you read the instructions and stretch it 10-20% while wrapping, and hit it with a heat gun (low heat) to make it shrink into place nice and tight.  It comes off real easily too, just use a razor blade or box knife to slice across the wraps (only cut partially through) and you can pull it all right off... but it will NOT come off without slicing it.


Announcements / The Great Alaskan on Facebook...
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:56:34 AM »
Hey ... Finally finished setting up our Facebook page ... more coming soon:  <- VISIT!


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Glacier Boats logo
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:31:04 AM »
Somehow I have misplaced your email address. I got the photos you requested, just don't know where to send them.

Awesome!! (PM'd....)

Building the boat longer helps alleviate CG shift issues with offshore brackets.  Keep in mind that the GA gets good mileage because it's lighter than commercial boats ... you have to be just a tad more careful in where you put things and what you do with the boat, the trade off being your half-price cost for getting out when the fat boats have to stay home due to lack of funds.


I suck, I thought I would flip my boat this summer but I have not done anything since mid June. Sanding in a moon suit in 90 degree days is too much for me.  I use to be able to handle the heat but...  I have been working 60+ hours a week so not much left in the tank when I get home. 

I just cleaned it up today and plan on adding the last of the fairing compound. I have put a fill coat on the sides so after I finish the bottom fairing just need to put on sealing coats of epoxy then get add my strakes and splash rails.

Boy, I know how you feel!  Moving to Idaho from Alaska has been killer on the heat thing ... summers at 60 F plus or minus ... changed to summers where the days hover around 100 F!  I've never had a garden that burned your hand to touch it ... mowing and easy outdoor tasks became volume-beer ordeals and worn out evenings trying to recuperate... geez!

Agree on the quickfair stuff.  A small 3-tablespoon batch goes a long way too, and it's quick to mix up another ... and you can sand on the same day!


I really like the transom fish box and extended hull design. Is your aft cockpit bulkhead (did I say that right?) At the 28' length or is it at 25'-6" or 26'?   As I understand my plans 28 ' is max for a GA.  That's gonna be one sexy machine!

If I recall, Kent Cannon's GA is 29' 4" ... longest one yet


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Those use porta potti
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:48:51 AM »
I think the best spot is right between the kicker and the main motor, nice secure feeling with a nice breeze.   ;D

I saw a guy on Prince William Sound in Alaska using his one time ... he had the porta-potty sitting in the anchor well up in the bow, facing forward ... and there he happily sat, breeze in the face and enjoying the morning.... boat trolling along with his buddy at the wheel.  Can't beat that... :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Those use porta potti
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:55:33 PM »
He knew I would be whipped if I had girls, I would be cleaning weapons and doing live fire drills every time they brought a boy home...

 ;D ;D ;D ;D :-*

General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Those use porta potti
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:46:15 AM »
 ::) :o ;D ;D

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