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Hey Lindy, Your Kodiak kit is in this pile of marine ply along with 2 other Kodiak kits. Starting to cut them out tomorrow. Hopefully ready to ship by the end of next week!! This stack of marine ply is roughly $10K

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WOW- So many great responses thanks so much. I've been totally swamped lately and was on vacation. I can't wait to go back through and gather so much good info and answer some questions. The generous offers to help out any and all GA builders on the way up is amazing. It's like a family and most of us haven't met!!  I'm sure I will be posting questions and some of mu progress over the winter months.

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For years I have been wanting to do the inside passage, one of my Bucket List items!!! I finally have a boat that was designed for this very type of trip. Just the fuel savings alone in a GA Kodiak Vrs some manufactured glass or aluminium boat in the same class will save me almost $4000. Not to mention the hours of wear & tear on my outboards will only cost me half as much since I'm only running half the HP of the big heavy boats.
 
Any Words of Wisdom for the trip Please Chime IN!! I have been reading The Wagner book that has a ton of good info in it for some of the problem areas along the way. I also have some other books and charts for more precise navigation. I'm planing to do more of the site seeing and fun (longer) stops on the way up. So I will plan my route this winter while I have plenty of time. This will take a lot of planing and reading all the do's & don'ts along the way for each stop. I plan on pre-programming my chart plotter with all of my intended stops, as much as possible.
My trip back will be more direct with fewer stops. I'm soooo looking forward to this trip. If anyone has the time and wants to buddy boat all or part of the trip let me know. I haven't decided yet if this will be a guys trip for me ( currently have lots of volunteers) or bring my favorite lady along. Just need to find that special lady that loves this kind of stuff as much as I do!!!! Hope that electric flush toilet wasn't installed in vain'''lol

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I have been using one of these to smooth out my fillets if I don't get to taping them while they are wet, works great... I might have to get one of those die grinders tho, as corners are kind of it's kryptonite.

https://www.amazon.com/WEN-6307-Variable-Detailing-Sander/dp/B072Q2FTLY/ref=asc_df_B072Q2FTLY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309802506143&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=400276441695278918&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031600&hvtargid=pla-588003624477&psc=1
I got one of these early on in the build. It was my go to tool for many reasons!!!!!

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Projects - Glacier Boats of Alaska boat projects / Re: 30' GA in Elma Wa.
« on: November 12, 2021, 02:54:36 PM »
That roof should be perfect!!!

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Projects - Glacier Boats of Alaska boat projects / Re: 30' GA in Elma Wa.
« on: November 04, 2021, 07:16:18 AM »
really looking good. I'm starting to miss the building maybe time for the next one....lol

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Boat builders ... especially builders of BIG boats ... have a special kind of resilience ... be proud and look forward to enjoying the fruits of your labor.  You are accomplishing a Big Task that you'll never forget!
I can whole heatedly agree with that!! Mine is living in her moorage spot 24/7 now.  I love just going down to the docks and hanging out. Lots of folks to talk too and they all love boats, especially mine:) Always something to be working on, its a blast.

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I really like that look!!

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Hull Numbers
« on: October 20, 2021, 06:18:31 PM »

No ... you CANNOT make up your own HIN.  When you register the boat (and establish a title), you will be issued a special 'homebuilt boat' type HIN.  The HIN includes a federally-registered 3-letter prefix that identifies the boat's manufacturer, and there's a special prefix for homebuilt boat.  Glacier Boats is assigned "GBK" as the prefix, for example.  Different states have different prefixes for 'homebuilt'.
Exactly mine is "WEW" for West Coast Boat Works

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Hull Numbers
« on: October 19, 2021, 07:17:02 PM »
Thanks, I guess you can make up your own HIN?
That's a good question, Not really sure. I have a very specific numbering system I have to use since I'm registered with the Coast Gaurd. I'm not sure when you title the boat if they will issue a HIN or not.

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Hull Numbers
« on: October 14, 2021, 07:42:07 PM »
Iím not doing anything unless itís a requirement
Yes HIN numbers are most definitely a requirement. One goes on the starboard high corner on the back of the transom. The other is to be put somewhere only known to the builder incase of theft and the remove the transom HIN number you still have a hidden HIN. This alone could save your boat.
Without giving away the builderís secret location,  can you share with us how you handled the placard?
I'll get some photos. So this is what I give out to my kit customers. 1"x3" SS plate with anti tampering reverse screws as fasteners which is also a requirement. Have them laser etched with your HIN number works great. 

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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: Hull Numbers
« on: October 13, 2021, 11:11:04 AM »
Iím not doing anything unless itís a requirement
Yes HIN numbers are most definitely a requirement. One goes on the starboard high corner on the back of the transom. The other is to be put somewhere only known to the builder incase of theft and the remove the transom HIN number you still have a hidden HIN. This alone could save your boat.

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You could put some thin cuts across from top to bottom on the inside of the wood.  That way you would be loading the outside in tension but the compression on the inner half of the wood would be reduced.  It will reduce the overall strength of the wood but at least it should reduce the tension on your bolts.
Probably your best bet!

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I ordered a 200 suzuki on april 20th and just got word it should be here november or december...  crazy to wait 7 or 8 months.

Great job on the Kodiak Chuck!  I'm pulling some ideals off of ya.


--dave
Thanks I do love her so far. Got my windshield wipers on this weekend and mounted the rest of the Fishfighter Sliding Rod holder system.
Yea my #2 motor is now 7 months so hopefully soon. Pull all the ideas ya want it's strongly encouraged:)

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Its great to hear you could get on plane with one motor, there is hope that mine will get up with a single 115 if the other has a problem.   Getting your first fish in the boat had to be great too.  You did great on your build so now its time to make us all green with envy with all the fish you post.
Thanks Gary, you won't be far behind.

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