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Announcements / PLANS UPDATED!
« on: April 22, 2019, 09:13:05 AM »
The following updates occurred today (4-22-2019):

  • A new drawing, Sheet A010 - Model Comparison, has been added to the Study Plans and to the Kodiak Addendum
  • The Study Plans main document has been updated (with a minor reference to the aforementioned new drawing)
  • The Kodiak Addendum main document has been updated (minor remarks about bottom panel assembly turnover and seam building)


ANNOUNCEMENT - The new Kodiak Addendum has been ADDED to all Printed Plans (at no additional cost when buying printed plans sets).  Enjoy!

FYI - At one point in time, I stated that bow thrusters might not work on the Great Alaskan - the ones that have a horizontal tube through the bow (impeller inside) were for the most part too large to fit this non-deep-V style of hull.  But I have more recently discovered that there are both compact bow thrusters that may fit and at least one that uses jetted water through a couple of nozzles (port and starboard) that definitely will work on a Great Alaskan  In any case, just wanted to correct/update what I said in the past - It appears that we're all in luck now, and just in time for the larger Kodiak model of the Great Alaskan:  Jetted bow thruster - Dutch made, available in the United States - Easy to have both bow and stern thrusters on even a small boat.

If it were me, I'd go with the water jet version ... quiet, no tricky installation near the keel fillet and glass, and can work in a variety of mounting locations, water inlet can be anywhere.



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ANNOUNCEMENT - THE GREAT ALASKAN KODIAK MODEL ADDENDUM IS NOW AVAILABLE!! At almost 9-1/2' wide by up to 30' long, beefed up for commercial and/or serious recreational use, there is no other boat on the market like it!


OK... First poll is closed.  Here are the finalists ... The winning entry gets the new addendum for the 'big and wide' Great Alaskan version for free.  If a combined name wins, then both naming parties win.  If I pick a name of my choice (always my right!), the winning vote(s) still win even if the name(s) are not used.  Thanks again for your votes!


Announcements / Big & Wide addendum coming
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:50:24 AM »
Over the years, I have received a lot of requests for making the Great Alaskan much bigger ... sometimes outlandishly big, as in "would need a total redesign".  That said, it's interesting to note that I did design the boat conservatively and it does have room for changes without compromising stability and performance.  I did that because I knew it would be a homebuilt boat and people need the flexibility to make their build a 'dream boat' build, lots of variation being acceptable.

So, why am I writing?  Well, I've decided to go with it to some degree and offer a Big & Wide option for the boat design, sold separately as an addendum (probably only $20 for the addendum).  This addendum will increase the waterline beam by a total of 4", and will increase the maximum beam (at the gunnels) to 9' 4" wide.  Loftings will be given for chine flats and sheer-deck shelves, shelf molds, and transom - all derived from accurate CAD models and drawings.  I haven't decided, but I may increase the depth of the hull by 2 to 4 inches as well - I need to model the changes so I can find out if the side panel plywood will span the distance (4' wide plywood).  Loftings will be provided for a default 28' boat, plus adjustments for 27', 29', and 30'.  The biggest boat that you could build from the plans+addendum would be 9'4" wide by 30' long (please do not ask me to go past these dimensions!  If you need or want bigger, I would suggest Mr. Sam Devlin... or switch to aluminum and go with the design of your choice from Specialty Marine in Oregon, )

I will likely have the addendum packaged up and ready to go within 4 or 5 weeks.  Consider this a pre-announcement and an open discussion.  Thanks!  I look forward to your feedback!


Announcements / Terms & Conditions - Sticky - Please Read
« on: October 31, 2018, 12:07:39 PM »
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Experimental Postings / Test picture attachment settings
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:38:24 AM »
Pix attached

Great Alaskan FAQ / Can I use a true inboard?
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:13:58 AM »
You can use a sterndrive in the Great Alaskan, but not a true inboard.  A true inboard has the motor mounted forward in the boat and a prop shaft running through the keel to a propeller.  A sterndrive, and its 'leg' has the motor mounted against the inside face of the transom, and the leg is mounted against the outer face of the transom, the motor and leg together 'clamp' the transom.  This arrangement keeps the weight of the motor very near the transom as designed.  A forward-motor inboard places the motor's center of gravity too far forward (too far for this particular design):

A STERNDRIVE is OK since it puts the weight of the motor and leg on or near the transom - The Great Alaskan IS designed for using a sterndrive (or outboard(s)):

(Example boat is NOT a Great Alaskan - FYI)

A true inboard is NOT OK since it puts the weight of the motor too far forward and that causes the boat's center of gravity to be too far forward (bow-down trim):

(Example boat is NOT a Great Alaskan - FYI)


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Experimental Postings / TEST TEST2 TEST3
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:22:38 PM »
Yup ... that's m'boy!


Announcements / The new Camp Boat 14 design is done!
« on: February 26, 2018, 11:40:18 AM »
The Camp Boat 14 design is done!  Plans are free if you intend to build - the only thing I ask is progress pix (and pix of completed boat), and feedback on the plans - what worked and what didn't, etc.  Contact us ( ) if interested.


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