My Great Alaskan boat build update
Here is the basic layout, which is subject to change as the build proceeds. I am using the Great Alaskan plans drawn by Brian Dixon, which are an adaption of Renn Tolman’s Jumbo. The boat will be 30′ long and 8’6″ at the beam. There will be a cuddy cabin for sleeping, and a wheel house that will comfortably seat up to six. There will be a head, so the ladies will be comfortable. I am planning on powering it with a 225-250 hp outboard. The boat should have around a five hundred mile cruising range.
Normally, a boat this size would require at least double the horse power, but due to the design of the hull as well as being less than half the weight of comparable boats be they fiberglass or aluminum. The mile per gallon ratio is much better than in comparable boats which means that it can go farther on less $ which allows you to fish more, which is what it is all about!
The Great Alaskan will cost a minute fraction of similar off shore boats like the North River OS, and the fiberglass versions costing in around $150,000, all while having a similar value once finished, which make it a very desirable boat to own! In fact, a fully equipped Great Alaskan with a full array of electronics can be put together for under $30,000.00 in comparison, my bare bones 20′ Alumaweld Stryker with no electronics came in at $28,000.00 plus interest!
There are also two very reputable companies that offer pre-cut kits for the Tolman and Great Alaskan Boats, for those in a hurry or those who are not comfortable lofting their own:
On the East Coast: Salt Water WorkshopOn the West Coast: West Coast Boat Works
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