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Rheny, one of the major factors of longer-range cruising is range, and therefore both building as light as possible and putting in as much fuel storage as possible. If you want to maximize fuel storage, you really need tanks custom-fit to your hull between the stringers. I wish I had put a little more effort into making my forward tank bigger with a customized front end to the tank - even 5 or 10 gallons makes a difference. So that's one consideration.

Another consideration is building light - to do that I used only okoume, which is quite a bit lighter than other marine plywoods (and nice to work with), and my cabin is mostly made with foam rather than plywood, which has its advantages and disadvantages, but is about 40% lighter than okoume.

I stuck to the glass schedule that Brian specifies, and avoided overbuilding by putting on "extra glass". Extra glass is just not needed, I think Brian's design is proven enough at this point. Extra glass, and therefore extra resin, sneaks up on you in the weight department.

We have arrived at the moment in which lithium marine batteries are widely available and (barely) affordable. I could shed 50 lb off my boat simply by replacing the batteries, and at the same time have more battery capacity and faster recharge times.

One place where I splurged and added weight is by installing an anchor winch. The good thing is this weight is way up on the nose, which is good because it counters all the engine weight on the stern. The winch is the cat's meow of anchor retrieval systems - way less fussy than a windlass, takes up way less space than a windlass (no chain locker needed), you can easily have 600 ft of rode by using 1/4" dyneema backer, and is fast, powerful, and super convenient. Putting the hook out for lunch or whatever is so simple now I do it way more frequently and as a result have a lot more relaxed, enjoyable downtime, which is the whole point of cruising anyway, mostly.

The planning and dreaming stage is super fun - enjoy it!

Finally made and installed my port side storage projects. Down low under the gunwale is a shelf/front that both protects the heat duct going to the cuddy and provides a nice storage pocket, and up high the two storage compartments are pretty obvious. The cherry brightwork really warms the cabin up. I will line them with the foam non-slip mat, and may eventually add a couple of dividers depending on how they end up getting used. I wanted to start super simple and see how the storage gets used. Wanted a simple, sleek look that shows off the wood. Now I have a place to run the cable to the port-side cuddy light, which is the next little finish project. Starting to feel really, truly finished!
General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: My Official build thread. 27 1/2’ GA
« Last post by Todd j on September 20, 2020, 12:33:44 PM »
Finished the refer bin for the most part.  It is taller than needed since Im not sure how thick the the door will be yet.  I will trim it down after. 
Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / Re: It's Official
« Last post by Brian.Dixon on September 19, 2020, 08:08:42 AM »

Awesome and congrats!  Hope you share with us a lot as your build progresses!


Introductions - Are you new here? Say hello! / It's Official
« Last post by WCR247 on September 18, 2020, 09:16:05 PM »
It's official! Convinced the wife that we should build a boat and we bought a set of plans. It's going to be a little while before we can start, and a long road to completion but we are excited to build a Kodiak in the next few years. Thanks for all the inspiration and knowledge on this forum.
General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: My Official build thread. 27 1/2’ GA
« Last post by Todd j on September 18, 2020, 05:11:44 PM »
I will install a drain of some sort and pipe it over to my shower sump. 

Tadaaa... it is now a BOAT!  Fantastic progress!

Got the port front side on today as well as the 33 feet of peanut butter chine to side fill all done. Also started working on fairing the bottom to sides at the bow. Shouldn't take to much it actually came out pretty good!! Coming in to Saturday to sand all the PB and a little more work on the bow area. gona try to get the 30oz of cloth on the chine/side joints also. Still shooting for an October flip.
General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: My Official build thread. 27 1/2’ GA
« Last post by json on September 18, 2020, 01:55:13 PM »
Interesting, I didn't quite understand what the earlier pic of this was, but now I get it. Are you going to install a drain or anything inside the reefer box or just towel out condensation? This is going to have top access right?
General Discussion about the Great Alaskan / Re: My Official build thread. 27 1/2’ GA
« Last post by Todd j on September 18, 2020, 12:45:20 PM »
Here’s the progress on the refer bin this morning.  Got everything I could fillet and tape before more parts go on.  Couple more joints now and the supports over the milk jug storage and I can glue the other side on.   probably wont fuss with the other dividers as drawn.  My dad reminds me that there are tons of stuff already available for RV refers.  I will go that route
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