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Hey there folks,

 I'm intending on building a 28' GA. As I appropriate funds for the project, I have to come up with a reasonable idea as to the deck layout I choose. I plan to purchase the plans for a Newport, however, a w/a pilothouse really appeals to me, as I'm flirting with the idea of running a 6-pack charter YEARS down the road. I don't feel I should build a boat, if it doesn't have the potential to satisfy possible ideas and fisheries down the road, even if the road is measured in years, not miles.

 So, if a guy wants to run a six-pack charter on a 28' boat, then he needs all the deck space he can get out that 28' vessel, because most vessels in the 6-pack industry are running between 30' and 36' LOA.

IF that can be accepted as valid, a w/a pilothouse has much to offer as far as deck space. The problem I am having with this, is it requires extra deck drainage, more scuppers. I'm grappling with how to achieve the extra drainage without allowing more water coming back in the boat while underway at planning speeds.

 I would imagine a series of 2x6" oblong scupper cut outs across the transom would do it, but because I don't want to deviate from the plans, that won't work, as there is a motor and a splash well in the way (not planning on using an aftermarket bracket for the outboard(s), I think as designed its a very seaworthy boat).

 So, if that won't work, what are some ideas that CAN work? The only other thing I could come with, is to look at other vessels. This is where it gets grey, and I feel I need some input from the forum to help steer me in a good direction.

 The vessel I was looking at, was the Coldwater walkaround 3300, from Coldwater boats of Marysville, WA. There's a 3300 that runs charters out of Gold Beach, OR, and it's got a nifty looking system to deal with the required extra drainage. It has, what appears to me anyway, four or five 2" diameter scuppers along the hull sides at deck level, with a large (4-6" thick) hollow spray rail covering/enveloping the scupper openings, with the back of the spray rail open to let the water out. This must be there to keep spray and waves from coming back INSIDE the boat, through the scuppers, while she's planing and pounding through the waves. This is combined with 4, 2" diameter scuppers exiting  out the transom, port and starboard.

 Could this be a potential way to achieve my goal? Does anyone have a good ( or better ) idea? Any input would be awesome, I'm going bonkers trying to come up with more options by myself  :o !!


   Trevor

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Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / My intro
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:02:51 PM »
Hey there folks, I'm Trevor, and I'm a fishin' fool. I'm here because of serious interest in the Great Alaskan.

 I live in southern Oregon,  and am a third generation Native Oregonian angler, and have acquired the saltwater fishing addiction, in fact, had it for about 7 years. I currently run a 25' long, 9'9" beam fiberglass Chris Craft, which has been a great boat for fishing off the Oregon coast. It's stable, it's roomy, and sleeps 4 comfortably. Problem is, she is a real thirsty boat. Really thirsty, I get about 1.5 nautical miles per gallon with a chevy small block in her.

 Because I fish so much, I need to lower fuel costs. The boats fuel is usually the most expensive part of any trip, and I'm paying through the nose right now, and it's not going to get any better anytime soon.

 So, I am considering building the Great Alaskan, with it's size for fuel mileage being it's largest attraction to me. I have attempted a build before, a 13' sailing skiff. I had just finished setting up the molds on the strong back, when an urgent need for space came up in my parents shop. It got taken down, and the pieces scattered, to be used on errant things like chicken coops and pigpens. A not-so-cool use of prime, hand picked boat lumber.

 Now that I have my own shop ( shanty is more like it, it's PVC framed with heavy plastic and trucker tarps over it), the urge to build is here more than ever. I'm thinking of building a Great Alaskan with a real work-boat style finish, because I absolutely hate gel coat, and the stains it harbors all too easily.  Seeing as I am not too worried about finish, I'm thinking of going with marine grade Doug Fir ply panels, it's economic and strong as all get-out, so why not.

 I most certainly will have a pilothouse, but the real toss-up for me is to go center console/pilothouse or just a classic full width house and cuddy. A diesel pickup and a camper will take care of accommodations while I am on shore, so the only real need is enclosure with a head. I will hopefully discuss it further on the general Great Alaskan sub-forum.

 Thanks for having me aboard,
           Trevor

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