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What a beauty!!!! She looks very sexy on the water, your going to love it. Being up in the PNW waters I've had my Kodiak out in some pretty gnarly waters. I've run her pretty hard try to see if she will broach. So far not even a little hint of broaching. Not saying she won't broach just haven't seen any signs. I can tell you the 30' Marlin Grady White I had would have broached, I know from first had experience. I've been in enough nasty waters to burry the bow in a wave enough to have lots of green water up over the roof and onto the deck running out the scuppers as it should. What an amazing design!!!!!!!!!!!!

You weren't skipping across the tops of waves again, were you?  :o ;D 8)  It's pretty tough to bury the bow of a Kodiak! 


True that ... too many speed units.  I vote for nautical miles per hour... 1 nautical mile is 1.151 landlubber miles ... and nautical miles per hour is nmph

Let's get some video of all these FAST boats!!


Like the beer keg solution. Will give it a try, thanks for the advise

When you get your pony keg, don't forget about the boat .... :D


Gonna have to break the speed record, currently held by Adrian P of Gresham, Oregon who went 44 mph with his ... :D


Wow and congratulatons!!  We've all been waiting on your launch!!

Re; bow-heavy.  Recall that the weight distribution shown in the -000x drawings have batteries and more than half the gas located behind the aft house bulkhead, and has short brackets and a kicker ... and in that config (half fuel, normal gear and 2-man crew), the boat trims up at the bow by 1-1/2".  You'll find that if you add a kicker and fill your aft tank half full or more, that your trim will suddenly be correct.  Weighing in at half the weight of a glass commercial boat in this class, fuel and gear location becomes a larger percentage of the boat's weight.  The boat was designed to operate well from 'too stern heavy' all the way to 'too bow heavy' ... notice how it planes well, cuts chop, and is stable regardless of loading, and how much capacity the boat has.  Better to start out a wee bit heavy in the bow than vice versa ... boats tend to gain weight in the stern over time and you also don't want it stern-low when a thousand pounds of humans (your 4-5 crew), ice, gear, and fish are in the stern.  The number one way that boats founder is the taking-in of water over the stern ... capsize follows if the incoming wave is big enough.  Better to have a little buffer...


Trick photography, no arch but lots of slope going aft. Yes, working hard to get er dun by spring. Should make it assuming my engines and controls show up in the next 6 months or so.

Really like how your boat's turning out ... the styling is perfect :)


Looking really good!  I admire the endless perseverance!  GA builders are a unique breed...

Looks like your cockpit deck has some arch to it?  Might be the camera lens, but an arch is good ... water runs to the sides and out the stern.  Not that you get much water in SE Alaska!  :D

Announcements / Re: PayPal is going away on our website - Place orders now
« on: November 05, 2022, 08:56:27 AM »

Done.  PayPal payment processing has been canceled and removed from our website.  We are, of course, hot on the trail to select a new payment processor (and shopping cart) as soon as possible!  In the meantime, check our website for alternative ways of ordering plans or download access to plans:

Thank you!  Updates will be posted here!


DJ - they're going with twin 175 Yamahas. Same weight as the 150s. All electric steering level 4. Whenever that becomes available!!

Brian - very interesting about your waterline calc, and I can see why you hesitated on that. On a project like this, he's got a big 5.1 cubic foot 2-drawer fridge that weighs 121 lb, a porcelain head that weighs 62 lb, anchor winch, stove/oven, pot puller, downriggers, full plumbing systems, twin propane tanks, the works, so would have qualified for slightly wider chine flats. That's something for future builders to keep in mind. In actual use there would be no difference, just maybe slightly better mileage and perhaps lighter handling?

About a thousand more pounds in payload.  Get on plane quicker (it already does get on plane quickly), and yes, maybe a couple tenths of an mpg more.

To do it, you'd loft the chine lines on the bottom panels about an inch higher ... leaving a little extra wood at the bow so you can use a batten to curve nicely to the new point.  Then, similarly, the outer chine lines on the chine flats would get lofted a half inch wider.  Same thing at the bow to define a new point.  Pretty easy change and you could even go a tad more ...

Why thank you, Dan!  Realistically, the boat's waterline beam could be about 2 inches wider ... to really optimize the boat.  I would do that with slightly wider/taller bottom panels and add another 1/2" to each chine flat.  I was conservative when I designed the boat, e.g. waterline at the transom is about an inch high (stabilizes the boat), but now that there's a lot of them out there and no bad habits have come forth, I'd be comfortable letting the boat float an inch higher... even more in a 'heavy' version where the builder knows up front that a lot is going into the boat (serious campers, charter boats, light commercial).


Wow ... I've got nothing but respect for you guys.  Nice of you to go to Juneau too.  That's a beautious boat, no matter what angle you look at it from!


Announcements / PayPal is going away on our website - Place orders now
« on: November 03, 2022, 09:09:09 AM »

ANNOUNCEMENT: We're changing providers for accepting payments.  PayPal will be disabled within a week or so ... after that, sending in checks or using GabPay (info TBD) will be the only way to order ... I will announce when the new system is up and running and when we can accept credit/debit cards again.  Until then ... If you need to place an order, either right away or in a month or so after things are back up will be the available times.

Dang, sorry to hear that. Sounds like you are close in any case...

Yes, sorry to hear of health issues ... but, get a little done now and then as life allows and it'll get done. 



(She looks ready for the Zombie Apocalypse too!)

Projects - Glacier Boats of Alaska boat projects / Re: 30' GA in Elma Wa.
« on: October 22, 2022, 06:34:53 AM »
And down the rabbit hole we go......

Nah... I'll let it ride.  I just don't get it.

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