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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:16:36 PM »
I’m the guy holding the skinny end.  My channel is teamshootemintheface.   I’m not a videographer.  Just cut and paste more or less.

Awesome ... I'll check into your channel.  :)


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:01:16 AM »
Got a link or a name to search for to find your video channel?  Are you in the picture above?  We'll have ling cod in a few days .... from Louie's Wild Alaskan Seafood in Boise, Idaho ... Alaskan fishing family with their own boat, onboard flash freezing and vacuum packing ... and they process immediately upon catching.  It doesn't get much better than that except for the fun of catching it yourself.  Louie's comes into town twice a year, 4 weeks or so each time depending on how the catch went.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:08:21 AM »
Meanwhile on another note.  This was taken a couple weeks ago.  Some friends put it up on FB.  It’s caused quite a stir.  Anyway, hope you guys like the pic if nothing else.  I sure do!

How much did this monster weigh???


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:01:26 AM »
I like the office space idea ... you'll be glad to keep the fine random-orbital sander induced dust out of your computer and off of everything in your office too!  Keep the pix coming!


Thank you!

I took some time off, and just getting back on task.  Windshield panels are made, just have to install.  Little things like this makes me feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It's a long project - good to take a break now and then.  You always know when to get back at it ... that's when you're ready.  It's worth it in the end and about 10 minutes after it hits the water, you'll forget the time that it took to build it!


Yes ... the 1/2" on the sides allows variation in side panel thickness, and if you use 1/4" side panels, it'll leave a stylin' 1/4" little ledge at the front end.  You want stylin', right?  LOL... You've got it dialed in, no problem.


PS: You're boat's looking great, BTW! 

Projects - Glacier Boats of Alaska boat projects / Re: Ed's boat in Perth
« on: October 06, 2018, 08:03:49 AM »
I just clicked the link - worked for me, there is a mobile app for Photobucket on Play & Apple sites.

Thanks, Ed!  I just posted the slideshow link to our facebook page ... great use of peel ply.  People have a need to know!

On that fillet.... Nice video!

How's things in your camp?  What's the status on  your Great Australian?


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Photo gallery
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:19:51 PM »
My less than photographic memory reminds me that Brian says a rockport has yet to be built.  Does any have a picture of a finished Prince Rupert?   Seems like the Newport is the most popular design.  If you have pics a PR please post here.

It seems that the Newport style pilot house is most common, but the down-sloping cuddy that the Newport uses has only been built on Kent Cannon's boat that I know of.  The Prince Rupert actually has a cuddy that slopes upward (somewhat along the lines of the sheer) and nobody's built that yet even though it has the most room inside .... and though several have said they were building a Prince Rupert, I haven't seen a finished one yet.  No Rockports yet.  Most builders utilize something that can best be described as the "Newport Pilot House Plus Rockport Cuddy".  Adrian P in Gresham, Oregon, designed his own walk-through cuddy that turned out really nice.  LOL.... That's the nice thing about building your own boat.  You get to make it exactly the way YOU want it.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Too fast for old farts?
« on: October 02, 2018, 06:21:55 AM »
I would have to responsive as opposed to squirrelly. Very controllable, I have used her in a wide variety of ocean conditions, including coming in thirty plus miles in a hard South blow. Here in the Northwest, that is one of he most “uncomfortable” and to be avoided weather conditions if at all possible! I would have to say a great platform when jigging or just drifting with the current.
Running across the bar in restricted conditions can make the butt cheeks pucker a bit, but not with my GA, quite the opposite, it gets a little bumpy, but not once have I felt unsafe or has she seemed unresponsive or out of control.

You can thank Lindsay Lord for his offshore boat design experiments ... the Great Alaskan was/is heavily influenced by the results of his work (and Daniel Savitsky, but to a slightly lesser degree).  It's the combination of the mostly-prismatic hull form and the boat's aspect ratio (and a little from the tapered stern) that gives you good maneuverability, and the narrowing from amidships aft helps on the following seas.


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: A house for my GA
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:37:06 AM »
Thanks for the update.  We did something similar on breakers .... the house had a 200A drop, but only about 85A accounted for in house circuits/breakers and never had a problem.  So when I built the shop, I split the main into two 100A mains, one that went underground for 150' over to the shop.  People say "not less than 200!" for shops ... but hey, I ran a 100% duty cycle heavy duty Ingersoll Rand air compressor and a host of tools, 2 floors of lighting and plug-ins etc off that 100A without any problems!


Interesting to hear that feedback on the Panther T5, thanks!

Brian, a lot of the time using the kicker, I'm inside the cabin, moving real slow through a bay, sightseeing in the morning or just going somewhere super slow. I'd much rather be inside, and really just wanted to be right at the helm. If I put a steering wheel somewhere on the back deck, I start running out of storage space real quick to hang things, and I have to be outside. I actually don't troll much, the kicker is something I use when I'm in no rush, or as an emergency backup.

I heard of a marina back east that would install a single helm/steering wheel, and run the hydraulics to both engines. Where the line teed to go to each engine, they had valves, so you could valve over to one engine or the other. Pretty simple and intriguing....

Hmmmm.... First thoughts:  OK, why not a little 6" wheel inside the house for the kicker by itself?  It would perhaps fit on top of the helm or ?  And ... T'ing off the hydraulics to steer two motors of very different size, I have to wonder about hydraulic rates versus 2 different sized hydraulic rams that have different ranges of motion.  Perhaps the shop that you mention is the expert on this and can dial it all in ... it would be GREAT to be able to trim the main up out of the water and just use the kicker and single steering wheel for both.  Need is the mother of invention....


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Too fast for old farts?
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:50:00 AM »
Thanks guys. I know you're right. I was worried about it feeling a little squirrelly the way some planing hulls do at very low speeds.

Nope ...not squirrelly in the least little bit, and performs well in a following sea.


Why not use a separate hydraulic steering system for the kicker, say a small Baystar?  Or even cable?  Small steering wheel along the gunnel or on the aft house bulkhead?  I've never tried doing this and haven't seen it done either ... am I missing something?


General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Too fast for old farts?
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:48:50 AM »
Cruising at speeds at or just below planing is not bad ... it holds the bow slightly up a couple of degrees which is 'extra safety' when running into waves.  As Cannon said, it's also comforting to know that you can out-run the weather and current if you need to.  As for efficiency at these speeds, the GA will be better than your average displacement hull trying to go the same speed ... semi-displacement mode (just below planing) is very inefficient in a boat designed for displacement speeds.  The GA's planing hull will have an easier (more efficient) time of it, if that's your favorite speed.  If you want, go small on the motor ... say, build a 26-footer and put a 140 hp Suzi 4-stroke on it and you'll run quite efficiently.  This is what I would do ... displacement hulls are riskier offshore due to the speed limit (hull speed) that they have unless you build a really long one... 40+ feet.   Ocean currents often run faster than the boat if you build a shorter boat.


I do not get notifications but I am subscribed, maybe something you could look into, in your spare time...

Yeah ... the forums are a busted to some degree.  Tapatalk doesn't work either.  It got messed up when moving from one server to another an back again, trying to get it to work in a Windows Server environment instead of Linux (I failed).  At some point, I need to blow it all away and reinstall from scratch (note: "blowing it away" means the code infrastructure ... not the data/text/posts/pix etc ... the CONTENT will be preserved.  It's in a database separate from the code).


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