#49 GA Boat Build is on The Home Stretch!

The Home Stretch
home stretchI’m on the home stretch and it’s been awhile since I posted, not because I didn’t want to, but because I just haven’t had the time. I have been working, pretty much non stop on the boat trying to get ready for tuna season. I picked up some paying work since I last posted and I can’t turn down the $.
I have moved the boat out of the shop, and in that process, have made many trips up the ladder and down the ladder, which is very tiring day after day. The boat is painted, inside and out, and I have sanded and repainted many areas.
It seems the days run into weeks and the weeks run into months. The times seem to flow on forever, but I the boat is not complete. Initially, that was a concern, but in talking with a few of my commercial fishing buddies, the fish haven’t showed up yet, and aren’t expected for three to four weeks, which gives me time to finish the few final items before my first launch.
All of the Windows as well as the door have been installed. The transducer is in, as well as the intake for the wash down pump. The steering pump has been installed and I am working on the hydraulic fittings.

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I made my own sliding windows after seeing some windows built by one of the Alaska Builders. I still need to put catches on them, but they are pretty trick. The only thing I regret is not making them longer.

The main reason for moving the boat out of the shop, was the poor lighting and the fact the the side against the rear wall had such poor access. Once outside, I fixed the worst of the goobers and finished up the paint on the sides and the deck. I still have lots of work to do on the pilot house roof so for the time being it only has one coat of paint.

I taped off a pattern on the sheer decks and anchor deck then put on a thick layer of paint, followed by a layer of sand. Once the paint had cured, I removed the tape, vacuumed off any loose sand and put another heavy coat of paint over the entire sheer deck. The sand gives an excellent traction surface to keep from slipping off the side while going forward. I had considered using one of the commercial products on the sheer deck and the cockpit sole, but I already had the sand on hand making it inexpensive but also very effective. I used a spice shaker, the kind with large holes to apply the sand, being careful to apply it evenly. Worked like a champ and looks good all while providing a tough non slip surface.

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I installed the anti-slip using some sand that I had left over from a job I did years ago. Sometimes (rarely) it pays to hang onto things… You just tape out the pattern you want and then apply a heavy coat of paint, then sprinkle on the sand. Once the paint cures, you put another coat of paint or two over the top.

I was going to have a glass company install safety glass in the windshield, but when I purchased the 1/4 inch polycarbonate for the side windows, I had enough left over to do the windshield, so what the heck, down the road a bit, if the polycarbonate scratches excessively, I can have the bullet proof glass replaced with safety glass.

Installing the glass had a pretty steep learning curve. First I purchased a couple of sheets of cheep quarter inch ply from Home Depot for templates. I first cut the ply into pieces slightly larger than the window openings then put two drywall screws in the bottom so the ply would rest on the bottom of the window opening. Then I partially drove a couple of screws so I could hold the ply with either hand while tracing around the opening. Once I had traced the window outline, I cut each piece five sixteenths smaller per side to allow for the H channel. I then clamped the template on the polycarbonate and traced around it with a felt pen. Cutting the polycarbonate was pretty simple, I used a skill saw, table saw and my trusty Bosch jig saw with an appropriate blade. Easy Cheesy!

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I used a hatch design that has been around for over a hundred years to create the skylight. It is pretty simple, and you can make the hatch as large as you like. I used some stainless steel hinges and some brass hatch dogs which are on the inside. I used 1/4 inch polycarbonate for the window. It is basically bomb proof and in a pinch you could even walk on it. I used ss machine screws and nylock nuts to attach it to the hatch.

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Brass Hatch Dog

Once I had cut out the window panes and marked them, I started installing with the rear side windows first. I tried a variety of tools initially, with limited success. After a few hours of struggling with no results, I made a tool to help work the glass into the channel. I took a small Philips screwdriver and ground the point smooth, then using a torch with the end of the screwdriver held firmly in the vice, I heated the end until I could put a 90 degree bend a half inch from the point.
By inserting the dulled point into the H channel I could fairly easily pull the tool around the lubricated channel which lifted the lip of the channel out over the glass. By first spraying the rubber channel with a mixture of dish soap and water the tool slid around the glass panel fairly quickly. When I had purchased the H channel, I also purchased a tool to install the locking strip. Without that tool, I am sure it would be next to impossible to put the locking strip in, but using the tool, after a few trial runs, it only took a few minutes per window to install the lock strip!

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Forgive the mess, it has been raining, and unfortunately with it comes the mess. This photo shows the hawse plate as opposed to having a cleat on the sheer deck to catch lines. Simply put, the mooring line is fed through the hawse plate and tied off to the cleat below.

One of my pet peeves on a fishing boat is to have your fishing line get hung up on things on the sheer deck (gunnels). By the same token, having a cleat on either side is almost a necessity. The fold down cleats would have been nice, but were a little out of my price range at forty or more bucks apiece. I had accepted the fact that I was going to be stuck with a traditional cleat, when I saw a boat on the TV show Wicked Tuna with a traditional cleat mounted down low on either side of the inside sidewall. They had a hawse pipe through the sheer deck which would keep the mooring lines from traveling aft or forward on the sheer deck. I ended up purchasing four Stainless Steel hawse pipes for $25.00 including shipping off EBay. Normally, hawse pipes like these are about forty bucks apiece, so I was happy with my find! I will sell the two extra, which should pay for the two I mounted which makes it an excellent score all the way around!
I also purchased four stainless steel rod holders (rocket launchers) which mount flush through the sheer decks. That means there will be no plastic rod holders sticking up to catch on lines as they slide across the sheer deck, making the cockpit very line friendly.
Climbing in and out of the boat, got me thinking about how hard it would be to climb up to the sheer decks. At first, I considered a removable set of steps which could be stowed in the hanging closet or even with the life raft. After thinking about this for awhile, I wasn’t happy with the thought of loosing space in either my hanging locker or the ditch equipment locker. I also thought that needing to go forward on the sheer deck would be a pain in the butt if you had to pull out a set of steps from storage every time you needed to go forward. My solution was a set of permanent steps mounted on either side of the cockpit at the rear cabin bulkhead. I built them out of half inch marine plywood and glued and taped them in place. After climbing in and out using these steps, I am very pleased with their functionality! I plan to add a grab bar on either side to aide while going up and down the steps and also a strip of non slip on all of the steps for those slick days with tuna blood all over the deck.

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I originally had a six inch round deck plate to access the sump. I was trying to rig the transducer through a six inch round hole. The hole was too small for me to get both hands in to tighten the nut on the transducer. It took two wrenches, one to keep it from spinning and one to tighten the nut. I finally got frustrated and installed the larger hatch cover. After that it was a snap!

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The transducer is in the upper right corner. The through the hull on the left has a shut off, just in case. There are two bilge pumps and two float switches. The bilge pumps will work independently of each other and can either be triggered by the float switches or by manually throwing a switch. The wiring will be cleaned up and made sanitary in the coming week.

When going forward via the sheer decks, a grab rail is a necessity as there is nothing to hang onto should you loose your balance. I initially looked at finding a couple pieces of clear dry fir, but after looking for awhile, I found that to be cost prohibitive. I next considered using stainless steel tubing. The brackets were reasonably priced, but the tubing was not! I figured a couple of hundred dollars to put a grab bar down either side of the cabin roof which was right up there with the clear fir. Finally, I looked at western red cedar, which is readily available here locally. I found two reasonably clear straight grain cedar 2×4 for about ten bucks apiece. The main drawback is that they are not dry. So, I brought them back to the shop, milled them down to an inch and an eighth thickness, ripped them to a two and a half inch width and cut hand holds in them leaving an anchor spot at each of the rafters in the cabin roof. The hand rails will be held in place by a #10 stainless screw at each rafter as well as being bedded in 3M 5200. Once I cut out the grab rails, I set them aside to cure in the shop until I get around to mounting them. Since the are cedar, they won’t rot so they can cure in place when I get around to mounting them and once cured, I will prime and paint them to match the roof. Problem solved!
I am right on target for the upcoming tuna season. I wish I could go faster, but life seems to get in the way and in any event, once complete I will have one hell of a boat!
If you liked this post, check out the other boat build posts and please share with your friends! It is pretty cool the interest this build has developed! I have had a multitude of people who have stopped by to see it up close and personal. If you would like to see the boat, I am more than happy to show it off, please post any questions on the comment area below!

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Sea Lions Taking Larger Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?) From Lower Columbia RiverResearch: Sea Lions Taking Larger Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?) From Lower Columbia River …2015/01/032015-01-03 18:36:58
Climate Change Could Devastate Pacific Chinook Salmon StocksStudy: Heart Problems Triggered By Climate Change Could Devastate Pacific Chinook Salmon Stocks Posted on …2014/12/312014-12-31 12:24:10
Out Wit Winter coyotesLike this:Like Loading...2014/12/252014-12-25 16:54:11
Crossing the bar on a tide changeCrossing the bar during full flood tide change at Greymouth NZ. This would not only …2014/12/222014-12-22 11:40:23
Enough Junk Science! Alleged Climate Change BogusAccording to a new NOAA-sponsored study, natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers …2014/12/162014-12-16 12:58:08
Ever wonder how strong a bear is?Like this:Like Loading...2014/12/102014-12-10 18:47:00
Oregon Voted, Now What?Oregon voted and Kitzhaber is once again our governor although entrenched in controversy. What does …2014/12/072014-12-07 15:16:54
Research Says Killing Wolves Counter-Productive, Leads To Increase In Livestock DepredationsResearch Says Killing Wolves Counter-Productive, Leads To Increase In Livestock Depredations Posted on Friday, December …2014/12/052014-12-05 19:09:43
California Coyote-Killing Contests Face Ban  California Coyote-Killing Contests Face Ban If you have ever been unfortunate to be on …2014/12/04, 2014-12-04 22:56:38
GPS Study: How Closely Do Grizzly Bears Follow Hunters?I was heading into hunting camp in the Pecos wilderness of New Mexico with a …2014/11/282014-11-28 11:36:09
New Seniors gun control LawsNew gun control Laws for Seniors It has already started at Dick’s Sporting Goods. When …2014/11/282014-11-28 08:05:03
Best Turkey BrineMy Best Turkey Brine I have used this turkey brine for years and it works …2014/11/252014-11-25 11:07:37
Are Wolves Welcome?We have been virtually wolf free for many years. Should wolves be allowed back into …2014/11/232014-11-23 16:29:38
CA residents, save your fishing rights!if you live in California you need to sign this petition to save your fishing …2014/11/172014-11-17 12:41:17
Isn’t Nature Wonderful?Isn’t nature wonderful, err at least until it turns deadly! I admit that I like …2014/11/102014-11-10 11:31:42
Deer Hunters Attacked By Five Bears Deer Hunters Attacked By Five bears 68-year-old Michael Snowden and 38-year-old Jeff Ostrin were hunting …2014/11/082014-11-08 23:15:37
Sea Lions Taking Large Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?)Sea Lions Taking Large Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?) From Columbia River Mile 28 …2014/11/072014-11-07 18:59:18
#3 Brown BearImagine being face to face with the largest predator in the world, The Brown Bear …2014/10/302014-10-30 11:07:35
Gun ControlGun Control As a sportsman and as a gun owner, I find the recent gun …2014/10/29, 2014-10-29 13:12:52
Common Sense Survival Made Easy!  Common Sense Survival Last year while hunting for elk over in the Blue Mountains …2014/10/112014-10-11 12:28:56
Coastal Fishing ReportCoastal fishing: How many times have you waited for the weekend, counting off the days …2014/09/28, 2014-09-28 17:58:52
Craigs List Mail and Wire FraudA little over a week ago I was browsing through job postings on Craigs list …2014/09/26, 2014-09-26 13:55:06
BBQ Chinook Salmon GlazeThe ocean Coho season ended yesterday which means that their bigger relatives, the Chinook are …2014/09/20, 2014-09-20 18:28:02
Sweet Sour Salmon GlazeI used this Sweet Sour Salmon Glaze recipe last night on some fresh ocean caught …2014/09/17, 2014-09-17 08:47:37
Fish Hooked AdventuresI’m not real sure why you would go to the ER for this fish hooked …2014/09/072014-09-07 12:59:50
Depoe Bay HoochiesHeaded over to Depoe Bay last Saturday for some salmon fishing. We headed out at …2014/09/052014-09-05 11:21:50
A testimonial for your book, The Kokanee ObsessionDear Mr. Cannon, This is a testimonial to you and your book The Kokanee Obsession.  …2014/09/022014-09-02 12:53:51
Good Fishing Partners Are Hard To Find!Spent the last several days fishing Lake Merwin with my good friend Richard Kennedy. I …2014/07/132014-07-13 14:39:22
Navionics: Adding New Sonar Chart DetailsNavionics: Sonar Charts Here is your chance to help upgrade your favorite lake maps here …2014/06/292014-06-29 22:16:56
Smoking Heaven!1st load of smoking heaven! Just pulled a load of nice sized Kokanee out of …2014/06/242014-06-24 13:16:15
Kokanee Obsession will Soon be available for Download at Apple’s ITunes StoreMy book; The  Kokanee Obsession will Soon be available for Download at Apple’s ITunes Store …2014/06/232014-06-23 13:46:08
Why Can’t We ALL Just Get Along?Why Can’t We “ALL” Just Get Along? I kind of dropped off the map for …2014/06/232014-06-23 12:49:43
Upper Deschutes Salmon/Steelhead Reintroduction Program Showing Low Sockeye Return In 2013Work done to reintroduce salmon and steelhead to the upper reaches of central Oregon’s Deschutes …2013/10/042013-10-04 14:19:12
Removal Of Unused Dam In Northern Idaho Reopens Prime Spawning Habitat For Listed SteelheadDutch Flat Dam, a 10-foot barrier built nearly a century ago to provide drinking water …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:28:53
Corps Plans Test Drawdown At South Santiam’s Foster Dam For Improving Chinook, Steelhead SurvivalThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to draw down the reservoir feeding west central …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:25:58
High Toxicity Levels In Resident Fish From Bonneville To McNary Prompts Fish Consumption WarningsOregon and Washington health officials this week issued fish consumption advisories for certain species from …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:21:01
Mysterious Photo of George Perry’s Legendary Largemouth Potentially Uncovered | OutdoorHubMysterious Photo of George Perry’s Legendary Largemouth Potentially Uncovered OutdoorHub Reporters Daniel Xu + | …2013/06/132013-06-13 15:13:28
Beaver Attack: Angler Killed by Rodent in Belarus | Field & StreamA fisherman on a trip with two friends to Lake Shestakov in Balarus bled to …2013/04/122013-04-12 18:42:30
Adrenaline rushMakes you want to run right out and buy a kayak… Like this:Like Loading...2013/04/112013-04-11 07:33:39
Multnomah County Proposes New Gun Restrictions – Oregon Firearms FederationMultnomah County Proposes New Gun Restrictions03.26.13Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury has proposed numerous new gun …2013/03/262013-03-26 19:23:11
PFMC Ocean Salmon Alternatives AvailableThe Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has just finalized and made available Preseason Report II …2013/03/202013-03-20 14:11:09
#1 Building an Offshore Boat To Target Tuna & Other Pelagic SpeciesI have always wanted to build a boat and after owning factory built boats and …2013/03/18, 2013-03-18 09:39:46
Ocean Salmon Recreational Season – Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Action Notice3/9/13 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management …2013/03/112013-03-11 11:06:21
PFMC Report Shows Potential For Good Ocean Fishing With Strong Fall Chinook Returns In Calif., NWVia Columbia Basin Bulletin Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 (PST) Fishing prospects this summer …2013/03/012013-03-01 21:40:27
Oregon Appeals Court Halts Implementation Of Lower Columbia Gill-Net Ban, Will Hear Legal ArgumentsOregon Appeals Court Halts Implementation Of Lower Columbia Gill-Net Ban, Will Hear Legal Arguments Posted …2013/02/272013-02-27 15:29:52
OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: 2013 PRE-SEASON PLANNINGThe 2013 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013. …2013/02/262013-02-26 18:57:20
Massive Gun Ban Introduced – Oregon Firearms FederationTwo days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms …2013/02/232013-02-23 10:07:11
Northwest States Finding Plenty Of Boats Contaminated With Mussels At Inspection SitesNorthwest States Finding Plenty Of Boats Contaminated With Mussels At Inspection Sites Posted on Friday, …2013/02/222013-02-22 20:58:59
Comcast Drops all Gun Related AdvertizingLooks like it is time to look at the other entertainment options especially those that …2013/02/212013-02-21 09:33:38
Gun rights are under attack Via Hornady.comHornady.com Gun rights are under attack. We need to speak up and make our voices …2013/02/182013-02-18 14:53:22
Woman Shoots Gun For First Time To Save Dog From Mountain Lion « CBS DenverEVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado woman shot a gun for the first time in …2013/02/152013-02-15 15:03:46
Dear Dr. PhilDear Dr. Phil When I retired, I couldn’t wait to spend time bass fishing. I …2013/02/132013-02-13 19:00:54
Pacific NW Sportsman’s ShowIf you are looking for something to do today or tomorrow, check out the PNW …2013/02/092013-02-09 09:47:04
Low Spring Chinook Returns, Wild And Hatchery, Prompt Fishing Closures For Deschutes, Kalama, Lewis via Columbia Basin BulletinColumbia Basin Bulletin Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013 (PST) Fisheries managers have announced that …2013/02/092013-02-09 09:07:24
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Regulation ChangesColumbia Zone News: States set spring chinook, sturgeon seasons for Columbia and Willamette rivers Willamette …2013/02/042013-02-04 09:03:59
Pacific NW Sportsmen’s Show This Coming WeekI am headed up to the show this coming week to work the Kokanee Power …2013/02/032013-02-03 21:06:41
Rough Water Seamanship Part II: Boat Handling By David PascoeI felt that Part 1 was very informative, especially for those just starting out who …2013/01/282013-01-28 17:36:57
Columbia River Sturgeon And Smelt: Consistently Low Populations Lead To Severe Harvest Restrictions (Columbia Basin Bulletin)Via Columbia Basin Bulletin Columbia River Sturgeon And Smelt: Consistently Low Populations Lead To Severe …2013/01/262013-01-26 13:12:26
2013 Halibut Quota Set and Public Meeting AnnouncementThe International Pacific Halibut Commission set the quotas for Pacific halibut for 2013 at their …2013/01/262013-01-26 12:59:44
I had a dream last night…I was fishing offshore for tuna, out on big blue. The rest of the crew …2013/01/242013-01-24 08:21:51
A testimonial for your book (The Kokanee Obsession)Dear Mr. Cannon, This is a testimonial to you and your book.  I hope you’ll …2013/01/24, , 2013-01-24 07:51:13
Fish Caught Near Fukushima over 2,500 Times Normal Radiation Levels – OutdoorHub.comFish Caught Near Fukushima over 2,500 Times Normal Radiation Levelsby Outdoor Hub Reporters on January …2013/01/232013-01-23 05:55:07
Rough Water Seamanship Part I: Boat HandlingVery often novice boaters head out on nice, calm sunny days only to find that …2013/01/152013-01-15 20:59:50
Read John Noveske’s last Facebook postThis is the last post John Noveske made on his Facebook page before he was …2013/01/112013-01-11 12:24:03
Prominent rifle manufacturer killed in mysterious car crash days after posting psych drug link to school shootersConspiracy? Or is there more to this than meets the eye… (NaturalNews) What you are …2013/01/112013-01-11 12:22:07
The Weapons and Violence Conundrum: Let’s Approach the Problem with FactsThis is a very good article which probably will not see daylight in the mainstream …2013/01/082013-01-08 08:07:04
Feinstein’s New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)–author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of …2013/01/052013-01-05 09:29:43
Gill-netters challenge Oregon’s plans to bump them off Columbia River’s main stem | OregonLive.comScott Learn, The Oregonian By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on January 04, 2013 at 4:06 …2013/01/042013-01-04 20:40:48
Old AbeOld Abe I don’t much recall old Abe’s last name, but I do remember standing …2013/01/04, , , 2013-01-04 15:54:37
Brownells Sells Over Three Years’ Worth of AR Magazines in Under 72 Hours – OutdoorHub.comBrownells Sells Over Three Years’ Worth of AR Magazines in Under 72 Hours by Outdoor …2013/01/042013-01-04 10:24:38
States Approve White Sturgeon Fishery In Bonneville Pool Jan. 1-Feb. 10 Or Until 1,150 FishStates Approve White Sturgeon Fishery In Bonneville Pool Jan. 1-Feb. 10 Or Until 1,150 Fish …2012/12/262012-12-26 12:17:51
Reports: UK Retailer Starting to Lift Age Ban on Outdoors Magazines, PETA Attempts US Ban – OutdoorHub.comIn the beginning of October, one of the United Kingdom’s largest retailers of books and …2012/11/202012-11-20 09:50:22
British Retailer Bans Sale of Sportsmen’s Magazines to Minors – OutdoorHub.comHounded by animal rights activists, one of the United Kingdom’s largest retailers of books and …2012/10/172012-10-17 08:37:48
Vance Staplin landing a Sac KingNice little video shot by Vance’s brother. Dang I sure love the singing of line …2012/08/212012-08-21 16:16:01
The Best Lake Trout Fishery in the World?I have spent many days chasing trophy lake trout from the high mountain lakes of …2012/08/212012-08-21 12:51:01
Survey: Many Science Teachers, Including In PNW, Release Aquatic Invasive Species Into EnvironmentSurvey: Many Science Teachers, Including In PNW, Release Aquatic Invasive Species Into Environment Posted on …2012/08/152012-08-15 22:15:59
WDFW Kills Wolf After Non-Lethal Efforts Fail To Break Predation Pattern; 8 Confirmed Packs In StateWDFW Kills Wolf After Non-Lethal Efforts Fail To Break Predation Pattern; 8 Confirmed Packs In …2012/08/142012-08-14 06:00:41
When That Supermarket Labels Salmon ‘Wild’ Is It Really? Or Is It Hatchery-Wild ‘Hybrid’?When That Supermarket Labels Salmon ‘Wild’ Is It Really? Or Is It Hatchery-Wild ‘Hybrid’? Posted …2012/08/132012-08-13 06:00:41
Kitzhaber Proposes Transition Plan To Move Non-Tribal Gill-Nets From Mainstem To Off Channel AreasKitzhaber Proposes Transition Plan To Move Non-Tribal Gill-Nets From Mainstem To Off Channel Areas Posted …2012/08/112012-08-11 22:04:12
Replacing an Axle on an Alumaweld/Rogue TrailerLast spring, coming down from the lake I heard this terrible squealing every time I …2012/08/032012-08-03 09:19:53
A Brief Preview of my latest book Project: ShooterThe Southern Oregon spring sunshine beat down upon the mountain valley leaving waves of blurry …2012/08/01, 2012-08-01 18:57:13
The Good, The Bad and The UglyThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I was browsing through my blog the other …2012/08/012012-08-01 13:24:59
Kayak Fisherman’s Great White Shark Encounter in CaliforniaWe need some more of these off the coast of Oregon to take down our …2012/07/312012-07-31 12:43:54
Canadian Guide Puts Brit Angler on Gigantic 1,000lb, 100-Year-Old Sturgeon | Field & StreamThe white sturgeon is the largest freshwater gamefish in North America, and a nearly 13-foot-long …2012/07/282012-07-28 15:58:31
Jumping Mako Shark Caught on a Fly!!!Warning, there is some graphic language, but there is also some awesome footage!   Like …2012/07/252012-07-25 16:47:27
My hook Tying RantIn the last couple of years, there have been a rash of new small business …2012/07/122012-07-12 06:00:14
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better, Humminbird comes out with new …2012/07/112012-07-11 09:31:24
Blade Bait or Jigging Spoon? BOTH!Mack’s Lure, of Wenatchee WA, proudly introduces the Sonic BaitFish (SBF), a revolutionary patent pending …2012/06/252012-06-25 10:15:07
Wickiup 2012I just returned from Wickiup Reservoir in Central Oregon. I have not had time to …2012/06/192012-06-19 10:06:01
Heading to Central Oregon’s High Lakes for a Week of Premier Kokanee FishngI am headed East for some of Oregon’s best kokanee fishing. I am not planning …2012/06/09, 2012-06-09 07:21:33
Another Live interview with Duane Inglin this weekend on ESPN 710 AM SeattleI will be speaking with Duane Inglin this Saturday (tomorrow) about the kokanee fishing here …2012/06/082012-06-08 17:19:24
For First Time, More Stellar Sea Lions (ESA-Listed) Than California Sea Lions In Lower ColumbiaFrom bad to worse! We have had a serious California Sea Lion problem for several …2012/06/042012-06-04 06:00:23
Judge Denies Injunction Halting Sea Lion Lethal Removal; Harm Tilts Toward ESA Salmonid StocksDo I hear a big Yee Haw! Some may call me red neck, the rest …2012/06/012012-06-01 16:22:12
Lake ChelanHi gang, Chelan is starting, the fish averaged 15” with a lot of them hitting …2012/05/282012-05-28 08:52:16
HiatusI have decided to take a two-week break from writing my fishing and hunting blog. …2012/05/242012-05-24 12:49:30
Contrast and KokaneeThere is much to be said for contrast in your presentations to our favorite fickle …2012/05/172012-05-17 06:00:27
Kokanee Derby TacticsMany are intimidated by the thought of trying their hand at derby fishing. I can …2012/05/142012-05-14 09:53:59
Outdoor GPS TVI will be talking with Cody Herman this Saturday about the kokanee situation around the …2012/05/102012-05-10 17:50:03
The Kokanee Bite is On!Well, the word on the street is that the kokanee bite is well underway with …2012/05/102012-05-10 17:34:09
Live interview with Duane Inglin this weekend on ESPN 710 AM SeattleI will be doing a live interview this weekend with Duane Inglin on 710 ESPN …2012/05/032012-05-03 08:48:01
NW Outdoor RadioI will be appearing (voice only) on John Kruse’s NW Outdoor Radio Show in a …2012/05/032012-05-03 08:31:34
American Lake & the Wounded Veterans Fishing Program Sat. 4-28There is nothing that I appreciate more than our men and women who give up …2012/05/032012-05-03 06:00:28
Vance Staplin Kokanee and Trout Seminar at Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview WAMy friend Vance Staplin of Vance’s Tackle and Rainbow Plastics fame will be in Longview …2012/05/022012-05-02 21:33:39
A day of Infamy in Kokanee/Trout Derby HistoryThere has been much debate in recent years about whether or not to allow jigging …2012/04/292012-04-29 22:21:29
Kokanee Kid Fishing and a few of his offeringsYou may have heard about our fabled Kokanee Kid and his record catches. Well, the …2012/04/252012-04-25 23:03:46
3 Steps to Rejuvenate Old Plastic BaitsHere is an excellent tip from one of California’s top guides. I wish I had …2012/04/242012-04-24 10:44:11
Spring Kokanee MagicLast spring, one of the things that worked real well for me was taking the …2012/04/19, 2012-04-19 22:20:38
Double Trouble Salmon SpinnerNot too long ago I previewed Victoria’s Tackle Secrets X-15 spinner. Well it seems that …2012/04/162012-04-16 19:58:38
Green Peter Derby Kokanee is Coming Up Fast!Green Peter Kokanee Derby I am not sure how many of you have fished a …2012/04/122012-04-12 20:38:39
I got a job and it still hurts!Yeah, I know having a job is a big deal especially in these jobless times …2012/04/082012-04-08 19:32:24
A Kokanee Fishing Rod is BornGraphite fishing rod blanks are made of carbon fiber composites produced by the chemical industry …2012/03/292012-03-29 10:10:06
Sea Lion Removal begins Anew at Bonneville DamOn Thursday U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg denied a request that sea lion …2012/03/262012-03-26 14:13:32
Preview of GVF Lures SpinnersFor those of you who know me, it will come as no shock that I …2012/03/19, 2012-03-19 06:00:03
More new Kokanee tackle coming for 2012!I recently received some real cool spinners from GVF Lures of Garden Valley California. These …2012/03/16, 2012-03-16 09:06:29
Montana Holds Back Support For Lake Trout Netting On Flathead Lake; Wants More Public ReviewThe following article published in the Columbia Basin Bulletin brings to front some very controversial …2012/03/15, 2012-03-15 06:00:51
Washington Kokanee Power fades back into Non-ExistenceI have been rooting for Washington to have the opportunity to experience a kokanee fishing …2012/03/122012-03-12 06:00:25
Downrigger SetbackOne thing that is constantly up for debate is the setback to your dodger from …2012/03/082012-03-08 06:00:34
Shasta Tackle’s new Sling Blade Preview  If you like spinner blades with the foil look, you will love these! One …2012/03/052012-03-05 06:00:48
New Shasta Tackle’s Teaser GrubsNew Shasta Tackle’s Teaser Grubs By Kent Cannon A few years ago, I was trying …2012/03/012012-03-01 21:30:57
Got Those Kokanee Blues!Like many of you I attended the NW Sportsman’s show in Portland a few weeks …2012/02/272012-02-27 06:00:24
British Columbia Pilot Project To Test Raising Farmed Salmon In Land-Based TanksGreat article on how to solve the impact of farmed fish on our wild stocks! …2012/02/23, 2012-02-23 06:00:49
Platypus Super 100 Line Review By Kent CannonA little over one year ago, I was contacted by an distributor friend from up …2012/02/20, , 2012-02-20 06:00:59
My Fishing and Hunting Bucket ListI have been blessed with a life based in the outdoors. I have hunted and/or …2012/02/16, , 2012-02-16 06:00:25
Tackle Preview: “WannaFish a Lure” hoochies and spinnersTackle Preview WannaFish a Lure by Kent Cannon Here are a few tackle items worth …2012/02/132012-02-13 06:00:54
Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee by Kent CannonTackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee By: Kent Cannon I was introduced to these neat …2012/02/092012-02-09 06:00:25
The Kokanee ObsessionIf you are looking for a primer on everything kokanee, Kent Cannon’s excellent book titled …2012/02/082012-02-08 08:17:22
The 2012 PDX Sportsmen’s Showby: Kent Cannon Every year, one of the must attend events is the “Pacific Northwest …2012/02/062012-02-06 06:00:21
My Change of VenueI have been holding off on announcing this, at least until I had some personal …2012/02/03, 2012-02-03 15:26:11
Extreme Fish Porn: 30-Pound Steelhead Edition!Extreme Fish Porn: 30-Pound Steelhead Edition! by JD on February 2, 2012 OMG! OMG! OMG! …2012/02/032012-02-03 12:49:02
Tackle Review; Victoria’s Tackle X-15 by Kent Cannon NW Outdoor WriterI received this group from a fishing buddy from down South. Randy Bergquist (who is …2012/02/022012-02-02 06:00:10
New Tackle for 2012 From Anglers MarketI just received a passel of cool looking kokanee tackle to try out in the …2012/01/30, 2012-01-30 06:00:41
My Summer Kokanee Seminar ScheduleI am now booking my seminar schedule for the spring and summer kokanee classes. If …2012/01/27, 2012-01-27 11:22:44
My Mack’s HatDuring the course of the year, I end up with lots of logo gear. I …2012/01/262012-01-26 06:00:06
Columbia River Gill nets and their effect on the fisheryI have reviewed articles for years on the effect of the commercial gill net fishery …2012/01/23, 2012-01-23 06:00:34
Save Our Columbia Fishing; Action AlertPlease take action now to increase sportfishing seasons and catch, protect wild fish, and help …2012/01/202012-01-20 13:45:51
20-Pound Steelhead from the Chetco RiverBy Tony Sepulveda I’ve spent the last week on the Smith and Chetco Rivers. The …2012/01/192012-01-19 06:00:24
Tackle Review: Shasta Tackle’s Flasher ReleaseThis month’s hot tackle review is Shasta Tackle’s “Shasta Flasher Release.” This is a unique …2012/01/16, 2012-01-16 14:53:15
Heading Up to the Portland Boat Show!I am heading up to the Portland Boat show this Friday! I have literally been …2012/01/122012-01-12 12:33:25
Kokanee Power of WashingtonFor those of you who have been waiting on the fence, Kokanee Power of Washington …2012/01/112012-01-11 09:20:23
My Favorite Fishing and Hunting Sites and Shows      When I am not fishing or hunting, I am usually doing research, …2012/01/092012-01-09 14:30:04
Downrigger Weights, Gadgets and Gizmo’sA few years ago, I noticed at a kokanee derby that some of the guys …2012/01/042012-01-04 11:56:41
Home Made Dodger RetainerEarly last year, I ended up partnering with a fellow (Kokonuts AKA Richard Kennedy) that …2012/01/03, 2012-01-03 10:18:59
Sep’s Profishing Strikemaster Dodger ReviewWhen testing new tackle, I like to take it out and use it over the …2011/12/292011-12-29 20:36:21
Teen seriously injured after shooting self on hunting tripPARMA, Idaho – A 13-year-old teen has been hospitalized after shooting himself in the shoulder …2011/12/242011-12-24 14:38:16
Tie Talk: Unique Fly Tying Materials | Field & Streamby Tim Romano Jay Zimmerman, our resident tying guru dishes on one of his favorite …2011/12/232011-12-23 16:13:14
Senator Suzanne Bonamici resigned her Oregon Senate seatAs you know, Senator Suzanne Bonamici resigned her Oregon Senate seat to seek the Congressional …2011/12/222011-12-22 15:47:34
It’s All About FlashGang Trolls, otherwise known as Pop Gear; were designed to flash in the light imitating …2011/12/212011-12-21 14:57:34
Imnaha Wolf Pack Kills Yearling Heifer; ODFW Says Pack In ‘Pattern Of Chronic Depredation’Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed this week that another cow was killed by …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:28:33
Oregon Attorney General Issues Modified Ballot Title Proposing Non-Tribal Gillnet BanA proposed Oregon ballot initiative that would ban the use of non-Indian gillnets in the …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:25:42
Washington Gears Up To Stop Non-Native Northern Pike From Invading Columbia Basin Salmon CountryConcerned about the spread of northern pike in Washington waters, the Washington Department of Fish …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:23:19
Record 2012 Returns Predicted For Sockeye, 462,000; Upper Columbia Summer Chinook, 92,100Early forecasts by fishery officials predict strong Columbia-Snake river salmon returns almost across the board …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:20:59
Columbia River Fishery Managers Predict Strong Spring, Summer, Fall Chinook Returns For 2012Columbia River Fishery Managers Predict Strong Spring, Summer, Fall Chinook Returns For 2012 Posted on …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:18:48
Need a 2nd Hook on Spoon in a Hurry?This is how to quickly create a double hook setup without having to learn to …2011/12/152011-12-15 12:22:03
Stainless Steel or Braid for Your DownriggerOver the last few years there has been much debate over the pro’s and con’s …2011/12/13, 2011-12-13 05:03:31
Is it a Kokanee or a Chinook???Telling the difference between Kokanee and Chinook or Coho One of the recurring questions that …2011/12/122011-12-12 10:37:09
Oregon Elections Division Certifies Two Proposed Non-Indian Gill-Net Ban Initiative TitlesThe Oregon Elections Division on Thursday released two “certified” initiative titles for proposals that would, …2011/12/112011-12-11 11:36:44
It seems that USA Today didn’t like the results of their last Poll…PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! LET THE POWERS THAT BE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! TAKES 10 SECONDS …2011/12/112011-12-11 10:02:03
NOAA Releases New Scientific Integrity Policy To Protect Findings From Being ‘Suppressed, Distorted,NOAA Releases New Scientific Integrity Policy To Protect Findings From Being ‘Suppressed, Distorted, Posted on …2011/12/102011-12-10 18:07:56
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Spoon Mod’s The Rest of the Story…It seems that the more complicated that you make something, the more chance it will …2011/12/062011-12-06 23:02:37
Adding a Dbl Hook Set to a SpoonI started in on a project that has been brewing in my mind for about …2011/12/062011-12-06 09:35:53
Still Bait Fishing for KokaneeStill fishing bait for kokanee is done in much the same fashion as jigging only …2011/12/032011-12-03 12:08:18
Spot and Stalk. Really?I just got done chilling on the couch, waiting for the turkey that is roasting …2011/11/24, , 2011-11-24 18:54:06
Kokanee Power WashingtonWhile working the Portland Sportsman’s Show last February, I had the privilege of talking to …2011/11/232011-11-23 18:50:07
Lake Sammamish UpdateLast week I wrote about the once populous kokanee in Lake Sammamish disappearing or at …2011/11/232011-11-23 18:46:27
Oregon Angling Rule ChangesThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the process of collecting and reviewing …2011/11/232011-11-23 17:37:20
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For First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries ProgramsFor First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries Programs Posted on Friday, November …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:25:20
First Of Four Steelhead Stocking Efforts In Boise River Begins Next WeekFirst Of Four Steelhead Stocking Efforts In Boise River Begins Next Week Posted on Friday, …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:23:27
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ODFW Recommends $2.5 Million In BPA Funding For Seven Willamette Basin MOA ProjectsODFW Recommends $2.5 Million In BPA Funding For Seven Willamette Basin MOA Projects Posted on …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:19:39
Report Shows Global Warming Causing Huge, Fast Tree Species Migration In WestReport Shows Global Warming Causing Huge, Fast Tree Species Migration In West Posted on Friday, …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:04:51
Northern Pikeminnow Reward Program Snags 155,000 Fish; Top Angler Earns $66,478Northern Pikeminnow Reward Program Snags 155,000 Fish; Top Angler Earns $66,478 Posted on Friday, November …2011/11/052011-11-05 11:30:55
Judge Upholds Restrictions, Buffer Zones For Pesticides Used Near West Coast Salmon HabitatJudge Upholds Restrictions, Buffer Zones For Pesticides Used Near West Coast Salmon Habitat Posted on …2011/11/052011-11-05 11:29:08
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Model 998 Humminbird Fish Finder ReviewEarlier in the year, I decided it was time to upgrade my fish finder to …2011/11/012011-11-01 13:37:01
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Working on Multiple Writing Projects Without Loosing Touch with QualityHave you ever had a good idea while driving down the road or sitting in …2011/10/31, 2011-10-31 14:28:50
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Alaska Dept. Of Fish And Game Monitoring Reported Evidence Of Virus Exposure In B.C. Sockeye SalmonAlaska Dept. Of Fish And Game Monitoring Reported Evidence Of Virus Exposure In B.C. Sockeye …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:02:32
NOAA’s Sea Lion Task Force Again Discusses Lethal Removal Below Bonneville DamNOAA’s Sea Lion Task Force Again Discusses Lethal Removal Below Bonneville Dam Posted on Friday, …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:00:08
Blast Drains Condit Dam’s Reservoir On White Salmon River; Dam Structure Removal Set For Spring 2012Blast Drains Condit Dam’s Reservoir On White Salmon River; Dam Structure Removal Set For Spring …2011/10/282011-10-28 16:58:36
The Story of Rupert Mills by Outdoor Writer Kent CannonThe Story of Rupert Mills Rupert Mills was a slight man, but for every ounce …2011/10/28, , 2011-10-28 15:06:25
Fish Tasting Radioactive Lately? This Plate Can Help | Field & StreamJust in time for the holidays, German designer Nils Ferber has unveiled a dinner plate …2011/10/282011-10-28 11:05:47
No more cigars as we know them? That means no cigars out on the water…The Kokanee Obsession I usually don’t like to politicize my site, but the FDA is …2011/10/262011-10-26 18:38:02
New for 2012, the latest and greatest kokanee tackle is coming!!I have been busy speaking with the kokanee tackle producers about what new things are …2011/10/262011-10-26 16:00:10

About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!
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2 Responses to #49 GA Boat Build is on The Home Stretch!

  1. Butch Bogan says:

    Kent, your project is coming along great, excellent work on the boat and the blog, very informative. I’m seriously thinking about building a 28′ GA and would very much appreciate an opportunity to see yours in person at your convenience. We live up in Tigard, not far from Multi-Craft Plastics, so you’re very close.

    If you’re up for another couple of visitors please let me know how your schedule looks, and your preferred beverage.

    Cheers,
    Butch

    • Kent Cannon says:

      I will send you a private message with my cell number. You are more than welcome to come down and take a close up and personal look! You won’t be the lone stranger, I have had a steady stream of people coming by to get a look, several of them are planning on building. I haven’t been getting in as much time as I would like, I have been filling a furniture order…my other job…

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