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General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Modified Price Rupert
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:46:09 AM »
Hey Brian
Hope things are going well. I am leaning towards the GA for my next build. I have modified one of the drawings you sent me, the top one is my version. Just looking for a quick opinion if you think this will work I am in the beginning stages of the thought process as far as putting it on something besides my brain anyway. I don’t want or need a full wheelhouse I will add side curtains and a back curtain with walk through for nasty days starting from the back of the roof to the sides of the wheelhouse.

I'm thinking two 40 gal tanks on each side of the fish hold to have options on with balancing out loads. Obviously most tuna trips would start out with full tanks, full gear, 300-400 pounds of ice and 4 people what’s your first thought on this configuration for CG without going to a bunch of work? I don't plan on fresh water holding tanks and all the other normal creature comforts like stove, frig all that stuff just a lean mean fishing machine. Probably will set up the cuddly with storage under the bunks and a built in head for some few and far between nights on the boat. BTW I am thinking a 4 stroke Yamaha around the150 to 175hp range with a 4 stroke 10-15 HP kicker

One last question the drawing says this is a 26’ price Rupert but when I dimension it out it says 26’10”. My question is can I still stretch it 2 feet and make it 28’10”? I have had this drawing for a while so maybe I already stretched the original drawing but I do not remember doing that. I would like to get as much fishing deck space without going outside you approved stretched dimensions.

Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / Re: christmas
« on: December 27, 2012, 02:09:08 PM »
Got my wife a new rock for her finger for Christmas so I can start a new build soon:) The things we have to do to build another boat.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that.... geez!

Another odd trend that I've noticed amongst people building boats like this is that there is almost always a kitchen or bathroom remodel mixed into the schedule as well ...may as well plan for it!


The sad part is you are SOOOOOOOOOO correct

Good point I miss red the post

Look at pages 14-17 in the first set of construction manual you will find it there

Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / Re: christmas
« on: December 26, 2012, 01:18:22 PM »
I'm gona leave more than milk and cookies out next year and keep my fingers crossed for this Santa!!


Are you hanging tarp or anything to keep the dust off the planes?  Boat building produces a tremendous amount of superfine dust...  It gets everywhere.

as a former airplane owner myself that fine dust would not be good on the avionics either. If you have any openings at the top of the hanger with neighbors next door that have planes in there you might want to mask them off or they won't be very happy:) just a thought

I'd have to say your both right. I have never restored a boat but if it is anything like starting a restoration on a house you normally bite off more than you expected when you open up the walls, it never seams to end. I have built several boats and thoroughly enjoyed them especially the using it part after she's all done. 

Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / Re: christmas
« on: December 25, 2012, 02:42:53 PM »
Got my wife a new rock for her finger for Christmas so I can start a new build soon:) The things we have to do to build another boat.

Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / Re: New Member Intro
« on: December 25, 2012, 02:40:52 PM »
How'd the fishing season go?
Made ur mind up?

I haven't made up my mind yet but leaning towards a 28' GA with an out board. Still have not sold the Grady White yet. Looking forward to getting a lot better mpg with a GA

Announcements / Re: KITS now available for the Great Alaskan!
« on: December 25, 2012, 02:38:04 PM »
Precision cut CNC kits are now available on the WEST coast too!  Our friends at the West Coast Boat Works shop in Oregon are now shipping kits!  (see West Coast Boat Works (aka Proshop Millwork))  Email them at:

NOTE: The West Coast Boat Works shop will ship anywhere...


Hey Brian
Thought I would also post here the new website for West Coast Boat Works my real day job is Pro Shop Millworks where we do all the CNC cutting on the Kits. Thanks for all your support.

Member Businesses / GA Kits Now Availble on The Western Half of The US
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:48:07 AM »
Offering the Great Alaskan kits 25' to 28' and the larger 30 foot 9'6' beam Kodiak GA on the Western side of the US & Internationally. Kits are cut on a CNC and are to the exact specs in Brian's plans. All plywood is marine grade and I use Boise Cascade Versalam for shelves, stringers and the 2x8 for the motor doubler. Kits are made from Doug Fir or Mahogany ply, I strongly suggest the mahogany if you want a better finish on your Skiff. A donation will be made to this website for each kit sold by West Coast Boat works. If you are on the East side of the US contact Jim Shula of Saltwater Work Shop this will save you a lot in freight cost. See our web site at where we also offer Tolman Skiff kits for all three models.

If you're looking for a bigger offshore boat than a Tolman Jumbo the GA is the way to go.  I plan to build a 28' GA myself to replace my 30' Grady White as soon as I sell it. The fuel economy alone, only requiring one main engine, and being able to trailer it is a big plus over my Grady White.

Thanks for the quick answers it helps a lot. I did spend several hours going though both the short and long versions of the construction manual but must have missed the part on stretching I will revisit it. I am going to spend some time refiguring a few areas in the drawings and maybe do a little cad work with some of my personal items I would like incorporated into the GA I must admitt it is an Awsome looking design you have come up with. If I lived in Alaska Or used the boat for sleeping much I probably would not change a thing. Most if not all my fishing will be out of Newport Oregon and I have a place there on the Siletz River for my RV so I have a place to stay.
The other cool thing for more sleeping my jet sled had was a few bars that stretched across between the the two seats, you then took the back rest cushions off and laid them across the two bars made a nice 4 foot wide bed.

Oh yea a few other questions I really like the radius on the transom the guys down under are building and just wondering what affect it would have on maneuvering like sharp turns better or not? Pros an cons on this design change? What about how will it effect bow steer/ broaching?

Anyone feel free to chime in:

1.   I assume if I was to stretch to 28 feet all you do is add to the back and leave the rest as is? Since the plans show the 26 foot
2.   If I were to build one I would do it much like Adrian’s layout Brian recently posted with something less than full length wheel house. I would probably keep the roof the same and add drop down curtains so to speak and a removable curtain back door.  Question is since I would add to OAL 24” and reduce weight up front by shorting the wheel  house should I move the helm back a bit? Bear in mind I would like to do this to fit the head in the bunk house. From what I can tell the helm would need to move back aprox. 16” for full size head like you have drawn in on the deck.
3.   Instead all the stuff drawn in behind the two captain chars I thought I would just add  bench seating 4 feet wide much like you see on a typical alum. sled with cabin. Under  these would be insulated fish boxes as deep as possible trying again to keep the deck clear for fishing room. The question here is this may be too much weight at mid ship I would guess with ice and full of fish on a good day could be 300-350 lbs per side. Is this doable?
4.   With all this in mind would I keep the fuel takes where they are drawn of move to the stern a bit?
5.   I’m thinking 175 to 200 hp

Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / New Member Intro
« on: July 04, 2012, 05:26:15 PM »
Just thought I would give a short introduction on myself. I have lived  in Central Oregon for the last 32 years, I am a self employed cabinet shop owner and have built six wood boats so far over tha least several years. I am currently building a center console 21'4" Toman Widebody (boat # 7) and it is nearing completion. I would guess I have maybe at most 60 hours left including painting and wiring.

I  am considering building a 28' GA for my next project so I thought I would join this forum, I have the same name on I currently fish off shore from a 30' Grady White which is a fantastic fishing platform and I absolutely love the boat. The only problem is besides the 1nm per gallon in fuel is there is nothing like spending a day on the water just crusing around or having a successful day of fishing in a boat you built yourself. The sence of pride is outstanding and you just don't get that satisfaction in a boat you buy pre-built. Believe me I have a lot of pride owning a Grady but its just not the same.
I won't make a finial decision until the end of this fishing season on building a 28' GA

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