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I agree... stick to the design, especially the hull. I did make a change to the bow and added a windless, covering the anchor well and creating a rode locker. I think Cannon did the same. Also agree with Cannon, don't buy junk because its cheaper, you will pay more in the end replacing it.
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I agree entirely with Cannon and would stick to a basic layout that can later be added to or changed.  One of my favorite layouts is just simple settees, one on each side, and perhaps a head on one side.  You can always mount the captain's and first mate's chairs on the f'w'd end of the settees facing the windshield, and you can always use a butane (or similar) portable stove that you store inside the settee until needed.  I like this design because of it's versatility and high amount of storage, and for the long range types, this layout gives you space to use both belly tanks and some low box tanks under the floors of the settee - potential to have 150+ gallons of fuel on board and 600 miles of range.

The MOST COMMON MOD BY FAR is the raising of the deck, especially in the cockpit... even though the Great Alaskan already has 9-1/2 inches below the deck.  My favorite raised deck concept is to give it some crown and/or slope so that water tends to drain towards the sides and stern for egress off the boat.  When you're in the boat on the water, you never notice the slope or crown.  Combined with the pipe-plug scuppers like Cannon put in, this makes a pretty nice self-bailing boat (noting that the GA is already self-bailing).

Brian

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: What is your favorite feature/best mod
« Last post by Cannon on December 11, 2017, 05:25:55 PM »
My thoughts are simple on this, the GA is a relatively new design so Inwould read through the hundreds of posts on the fishyfish forum and the fishyfish web site. You will literally see hundreds of variations and ideas, some good and some not so good.
I would attend the upcoming boat shows to see first hand what the pro's are offering. Mostly though, I would rely on your past experiences with boats you have ridden in as well as owned. Keep your ideas minimal, as far as outside the box, make changes like cabin height, deck height, tank sizes (both fuel and potable water), galley size, where your storage will be and how it will be accessed.
Everything you do is a compromise of space! In the end, everything is changeable, but it is better to add than tear apart. That is why I say don't get too elaborate as next year you might hate the layout and want to change it. Whereas if you cover the basics, it is easy to migrate down the road once you have a feel for what you really want.
I added the anchor locker first. Like the concept, but wish I had extended it down to the crash chamber. Not a biggy, but something I would do differently. Don't buy cheap junk to stay on budget. Buy good quality and leave some things undone until you can afford to add them. For example, I bought two bilge pumps off EBay. First one failed in the first season, replaced it with a quality unit, second one failed second season. Just tore up my dollars and threw them away😭
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / What is your favorite feature/best mod
« Last post by Todd j on December 10, 2017, 08:46:00 PM »
im very interested in what folks have done to make their builds their own.   Cuddy, wheelhouse, cockpit.  Specifically changes in the plans as they are drawn.  I am also interested in your favorite or least favorite feature.  What you would do different if starting over.
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« Last post by Brian.Dixon on December 10, 2017, 08:17:56 AM »
Brain... I'm Mark Burnett and we live in Lake Stevens Wa. (not very close to Vancouver haha) Plan to launch sometime in late Feb or early March.

Oh yeah ... I think you told  me awhile ago, but I forgot.  Lake Stevens is a beautiful spot and you've got great access to the water! I used to live near Mukilteo (Everett area).

Brian

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« Last post by twisted1 on December 10, 2017, 06:40:00 AM »
Brain... I'm Mark Burnett and we live in Lake Stevens Wa. (not very close to Vancouver haha) Plan to launch sometime in late Feb or early March.
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« Last post by Cannon on December 08, 2017, 09:30:59 AM »
The sides of the Paula J are four inches higher than the spec's. The cuddy roof is built as per plan for the Newport, which is determined by the top of the rails. Heading out for the tuna grounds at the crack of dawn, ( o dark thirty) the design gives me better view for spotting crab pots and logs.
I am not sure how much taller the cabin height is above spec, because I wanted it tall enough that I wouldn't hit my head (I'm 6'3"). Proportionally, I don't think it is out of sync at least visually.
One thing I wouldn't change is raising the deck four inches! I might even go five inches if I were to do it again! Standard deck height is ok, if you are planning on using the bilge to get rid of water trapped on deck, but would be too low for open scuppers. My reasoning for scuppers as opposed to using the bilge is based more on personal experience. Fish blood coagulating in the bilge is extremely hard on bilge pumps. So with that in mind, being able to seal the scuppers off while the deck is awash with tuna blood, keeps the sharks away, while fishing, but easy opening to hose off the deck when needed, keeps the crap out of my bilge.
The Rail height is high enough you can safely lean on it in rough water or while fighting a fish. My rail height from the cockpit sole is as per plan. The rail height from the strake is four inches taller. Less deck to rail height would be dangerous in my opinion.
One thing I really like about Twisted's build is the anchor locker. Should I do it again, I would definitely run the locker clear down to the crash chamber. When using a windlass, having that extra fall makes the windlass work so much more efficiently!
The carpet is a nice touch, and definitely is on my punch list to do. When I built the Paula J, I focused on going fishing. Because of my construction schedule (to fish the next season) and my budget $$$.$$ there were things I put on hold for later as time and money allowed. I have been crossing things off the list ever since, but fishing is my first priority 🤠. I really don't mind not having it all right now, it is fun to plan ahead and keep my hand in the build!
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« Last post by Todd j on December 08, 2017, 06:45:10 AM »
Thanks twisted 1.  After reading your reply I realized all GA I look at I compare to Cannon's.  His is the only one I have seen in person.   I realized his sides are higher which makes the cuddy different by comparison. 
   Do you have a build thread?
I think I speak for for everyone, we need more pics please!
Nice work
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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: 28' 6" GA
« Last post by Brian.Dixon on December 08, 2017, 06:44:33 AM »

PS: Remind us of where you are located (obviously near Vancouver, WA) and your first name?  I'm wondering when you plan on launching and where it'll be?


Thx,
Brian

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Announcements / Re: The Great Alaskan on Facebook...
« Last post by Brian.Dixon on December 08, 2017, 06:35:30 AM »
That's great!!  Best of luck with all the designs.  I think once a few hit the water they too will gain momentum as did the GA.  I look forward to reading more builds!

I'm having fun, and that's my main motivation :D

Brian

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