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Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« on: June 30, 2020, 08:47:28 AM »
Hello, all

I live in Silverton Oregon, just out of Salem a ways. I currently have a 20' Thunderjet outboard I take out in the ocean, but as I near retirement, I want something that my wife and I can really have some ocean and inside passage adventures in. I visited with Chuck in Bend to see his set-up (very sweet, thank you, Chuck) and consider the kit option. I'm now clearing shop space and hope to begin a GA build this fall. I'm planning two years for the build and am super excited about the possibilities. I look forward to spending time on this board learning more about how to do this correctly so I can be proud of the results and comfortable with the capabilities. I guess if you can't bet your life on the boat you're building, you probably shouldn't build it.

Randy H - rhenryinoregon

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 11:19:09 AM »

Randy ... Welcome aboard!  You'll find lots of useful info here and you should ask all the questions you want.  Share pix of course!

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PS: I used to go up to Silver Creek a lot when I lived in the Salem area ... many moons ago.  Grew up farming Lake Labish onions north of Salem... always did like Silverton :)

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2020, 09:33:54 PM »
I know the area well! Im in Newport for the ne t week and see there are a few GAs at the Marina. I hope I can see them and talk to the owners. Im impressed that your so personally involved in the comment boards and all. Great design! Thanks.

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 07:32:25 AM »
I know the area well! Im in Newport for the next week and see there are a few GAs at the Marina. I hope I can see them and talk to the owners. Im impressed that you're so personally involved in the comment boards and all. Great design! Thanks.

Yeah ... those Great Alaskans ... they're becoming some kind of an infestation in the PNW and Alaska!  Just sold plans to a new builder in Russia, and another in Singapore ... they're truly getting around!

I like everything about boats, especially boats like the Great Alaskan, and that's the main reason for the existence of the Great Alaskan and my involvement.  Continued plans sales appear to keep covering operating costs, so I expect I'll be around a good long while.

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 01:56:39 PM »
I have been reading the construction manual and most of it is making sense. Ive made a list of tools and supplies and have started making plans to begin the build. I have definitely (probably) settled on a 28 GA with a 200 hp Suzuki and 15 hp kicker. Ill transfer the Garmin radar to this boat from my Thunderjet and make the tjet my inland boat. Ill probably go to the 12 multifunction on the GA. Ive even named it already. Im cleaning out a 12x 48 space in my shop which means Ill need the platform on wheels and Ill have to wire in some more LED lights and outlets - probably do that this weekend. I will be watching every penny but I will not compromise the build, hence reviewing craigslist for those parts and pieces that save money but dont risk longevity or functionality (like another 1 ton chain hoist to help flip the hull).  My goal is a two year build, a few months of testing, Then retire and do the inside passage to Alaska. I have my USCG license and continue to brush up my captaining skills. Ill start my build thread in the next month. I love nearly everything about Mr Dixons build in Colorado and will refer heavily to his thread. Im considering the outback mount (swim step) like he did but still have some questions about how to implement that. I completely rewired my Thunderjet this last winter and have a good grasp on what that entails, but really appreciate the FAQs on wiring (Ill hide USB ports everywhere). Building a boat like this is a lifelong dream. At age six I fantasized about building a big boat someday!  I want to do it right, efficiently and with expediency. Looking forward to it and love the resources on this website. Its going to be a fun couple of years!

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2020, 07:57:41 AM »

That's great, Randy ... You're getting very dialed in and that's very positive.  I know that your build process and the boat are going to be fantastic ... Keep that SE Alaska trip as your carrot on a stick and keep at it.  The SE Alaska trip is very much worth your effort, and how better to do it than camping in a big 28-foot Great Alaskan?  There are more 28-foot Great Alaskans than any other size ... for good reason.  It's really an ideal boat.

Brian

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Re: Another Oregon builder (hopefully)
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2020, 11:00:23 AM »
Welcome aboard Randy,

Looking forward to your build, lots of great people to give advise and share experiences.

Bob