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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)


Useful link on trailer maintenance and repair, towing etc - worth a look!:


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.


Announcements / WHOOPS! Are you missing your construction manuals?
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:47:53 AM »

If you purchased plans between 1/13/2018 and 2/15/2018 and used the download link from the email you received, you likely received a ZIP file that only has the drawings in it.  The downloaded ZIP should contain both drawings AND construction manuals.  If you are in this situation, please contact us and let us know so we can send you a new link that'll send the right ZIP file to you.

Also, if you are in the situation above, another way around the block is to register at our website so I can activate full plans download for you there as well, and then you won't need the download link from your post-purchase email.


Unbeknownst to me, our website domain (website hosting and all of it's files) hit a limit and all email and contact efforts made to us were bounced and not let through.  The warning emails from our hosting company ... went into our Spam folder!  (FRICKINFRACKIN#&*%!!).  In any case, if you've been trying to reach us and were unsuccessful, please try again.  All contact and email issues have now been resolved and our website has been given FIVE times more storage, so it should be a long time before this happens again....

THANK YOU for your patience!  In the future, if nothing else works, please feel free to use our phone number that's listed on our contact page ... I had no clue that anything was amuck until someone finally called me.... sigh.


Announcements / Two NEW drawings added to the plans package
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:43:20 AM »
FYI - I just added 2 new drawings to the plans package.  Some of the builders have asked for a deck outline that would help them layout and plan their arrangements, cockpit etc ... So, I decided to add these drawings to the plans set.  One is for the 26-ft boat, and one for a 28-ft (and builders of other lengths can easily extrapolate from these).  The drawings show the full range, and default locations, of where the bulkheads go and the front edge of the splashwell.  I hope these drawings prove useful!  I will be creating something similar for the cuddy layout within 2 or 3 weeks, but need to switch tasks to some other pressing issues first.

To get these new drawings, you will need to log in to our website ( and then click the Downloads tab at the top of the page.  The new drawings are Sheet 025 and Sheet 026.  You will see them at the bottom of the list of files for the full plans set (they are not in the study plans).


Announcements / New design on the way: Camp Boat 14
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:33:45 PM »
FYI - I've just posted to the Blog and Designs forum about our next design .... a 14' 4" camp boat.  Let me know what you think!

Camp Boat 14


Hi All,  Just a short note on our current happenings.  At the request of a friend who wants one, and also wants to gain experience before building a Great Alaskan, I've been working on a 'camp boat' design ... and in fact, that's the boat's name.  Sweet and simple, it's a 14' 4" camp skiff that can carry 3, take 10 hp or dual rowing stations.  There are a couple of finer points that I hope make this boat stand out as better or different from what so many others have designed.  From my experience, most flat-bottom camp skiffs then to stick their bow way up in the air when you put any appreciable horsepower on them, and they tend to be noisy as well ....plonk plonk plonk all day while small chop and wind waves plonk off the bottom of the bow where the stem meets the flat bottom.  Many of these skiffs are also narrow, focusing too much (my humble opinion) on rowing ... but if you go to any camp ground, you will see that 90% of the skiffs have electric trolling motors or small outboards on them.  So ... with that in mind, I came up with the Camp Boat 14.  It has a 48" wide waterline, low (but not non-existent) rocker and aft taper - so, it should motor better than row, but still row adequately.  Up front, the boat has a small V-bow that transitions into a flat bottom at about the halfway mark - good for beaching, yet still has some V- up front for a little quieter operation.  I think this will be a popular design and my build one for our own use as well - or perhaps a 16' version (which will come out soon after this one).

Last, noting how nice it is to sit in the bow of a boat on a calm summer day, enjoying the water, the boat will sport a 'sweetheart seat' in the bow ... curved back support, aft-facing.  The seating in the stern will use typical sailboat style seating that runs forward along both sides to make it easier to handle a tiller without breaking your back by twisting around to reach it all day.  More details and CAD renderings will come soon as I work them out and produce the plans drawings and documentation.



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!  Like!!  SHARE!!!


Announcements / Plans UPDATED - 4/12/2017
« on: April 14, 2017, 12:43:45 PM »

FYI - I just updated all of the plans documents, manuals and drawings.  Not much changed:

- Fixed all contact info and copyright statements (all was out of date)
- Collected up a few items from the errata - all minor, but now in the docs

I will update here to notify people that plans were updated whenever I upload new copies.  Might be adding a center console walkaround addition soon (as time permits).


This video really illustrates how great things like kill switches and life preservers are ...these guys will be back another day:



OK... It's done!  Over 300 customers have been migrated to the new website and have their download access restored!  If you're one of them, please click the 'Confirm your new account' link in the latest email that you received.

If you purchased plans AFTER August 15th, 2016 and haven't done so already, please register at our  website so I can activate your download access...



DARN! The stuff below is true, but I had to start over ...all the email confirmation links had 'localhost' in them instead of ''.  Starting over... sigh.  If/when you get another email, just follow the NEW link...


WEBSITE UPDATE: I am currently migrating users from our old website to our new.  There are approximately 600 customers getting migrated, and I can only send out 50 emails per hour (12 hours of emails), so it'll likely take a day or three to get everyone migrated into the new system.  Your continued patience is appreciated!

GOOD NEWS: You will be notified via email if YOUR user migration is about to occur.  When your user migration DOES occur, you will then receive a second email - One that asks you to confirm your new account (click a link), and gives you your login information (including temporary password).  Once you confirm your new account by clicking the link in the email, we recommend logging in with your email address and the assigned temporary password.... then change your password right away.  Note that it's an ugly password and it's not recorded anywhere, so if you mess up ...please use the 'Forgot my Password' link on the login page and follow instructions...

DOWNLOAD ACCESS: Once you confirm your account, then the Download tab at our website will automatically make all your downloads available to you whenever you are logged in... no need for me or you to do anything to activate downloads... just login and voila!  Please let me know if something isn't working right...

NEW CUSTOMERS: Customers buying plans after about August 15th, 2016 are NEW customers - You are NOT being automatically set up.  Please click the Register link at the top of our website and follow instructions.  I will activate your downloads after you have successfully registered (and confirmed your account...)

Thanks!  Everyone should be migrated into the new website by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest ... I hope :)

Brian Dixon - Owner/Designer

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