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 on: December 13, 2014, 12:59:25 PM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by David Nolan
Crush Navy.   

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 on: December 13, 2014, 10:08:57 AM 
Started by luk diver - Last post by tananaBrian
Finally escaped hospital and home now. Attitude is pretty good and she'll be just fine. My diet is all gone to hell but she'll be in the kitchen sooner than later. That probably bothers her more than anything. Looking forward to 2015, has to be better. B & B

All good news!  Glad to hear it!  Now go get yourself a big pizza... Smiley


 on: December 13, 2014, 08:02:57 AM 
Started by David Nolan - Last post by David Nolan

It just hit me.   This isn't the Dixon designed 8'6" beam skiff.   It's the jumbo built to 8'6"

Before folks were using the GA and Super Jumbo names synonymously but now there is another model

Have to be careful.    Now I suspect that unless you put some sensitive instruments and a lot of control variables on this, the different in these two boats cant be figured by a human.     How did I miss this one?  

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 on: December 12, 2014, 07:04:54 PM 
Started by starbright55 - Last post by penguin
On the subject of using some heat along with slow cooling to aid in epoxy adhesion and curing, I am thinking that here on Vancouver Island, with the Pacific Northwest climate, this technique might work really well. I say this because although I could probably build year-round, the prime months will likely be March to October, when daytime temperatures are pretty decent [15-25 Celsius, roughly] and the evenings cool down nicely to 5-15.  On the cool days, I could probably use those halogen work lights that are so hot they are like heaters to warm up my Costco tarp shelter to a nice warm temperature, then shut them off and let things cool down. I guess I would try to keep it to at least 10° Celsius (50°F) at night or it might not cure properly or perhaps too slowly (still not sure about that).

Based on what I've read here, I think that might work.

 on: December 12, 2014, 06:54:17 PM 
Started by luk diver - Last post by penguin
Thanks for always adding pictures. Helps with ideas, but as well it's a beautiful boat and a real inspiration for those of use who have yet to build.

 on: December 12, 2014, 05:48:22 PM 
Started by starbright55 - Last post by adam_k
I used a heat gun to pre heat panels prior to epoxy and glass.  If I were building today, I would torch the sucker.

 on: December 12, 2014, 02:37:22 PM 
Started by luk diver - Last post by luk diver
Hi Bob, how do you keep your net attached to your roof?

 Ha ha, don't see that much huh? I nailed two 5'? long SS handrails off eBay during our build and they are on the pilothouse & cuddy roofs. We access the bow for anchoring on the portside which has the widened gunnel. Because we built the roofs with quite a bit of curve the net naturally is held in place after being stabbed under it and we just hold the handle up a little with a rope between the rodholders to clear heads on the fishdeck. Works great and we occassionly don't even remember to tie it and it hangs in there. My younger brother pulled a knucklehead this season and just threw it up there and it went over the side and we found out it didn't float. DUH. Had to catch 3 more fish with a 2' gaff which was mighty challenging. The net in the picture is actually a 10-footer I was given and we started using it after that trip and it flatout is great for reaching out there and netting fish before they even figure out a boat is there. Some major tricks to using it but really like it. Of course solo I drop down to a smaller net. B & B

BTW: Helena is home and recovering and providing I don't poison her with my cooking is doing good. Boy we have a long tough road in front of us.....

 on: December 12, 2014, 02:23:26 PM 
Started by penguin - Last post by luk diver
Right, B&B, just the boat.  I weighed the truck and trailer before I had the boat on it, then weighed again after I got the boat on.

 Dave: Ok not to be anal but we built 'heavy' and 23-7  and hull (no fluids,i.e.: no fuel which would add another #350) w/o trailer is like #3500. That's over a #1000 lighter than your GA26. Just seems like a lot and it's impressive getting those 3nmpg #'s at 22 kts. Just speaks volumes for having too little hp like us and struggling to get 2nmpg most times when carrying a heavy load (like carrying 4-5 people/ tuna runs/etc.) and slugging around at 16-17 kts. B & B

 on: December 12, 2014, 12:32:08 PM 
Started by fishbite - Last post by fishbite
Photo shows looking from inside cuddy to aft, got fuel and water tank in,

Has anyone got the new F200 Yamaha inline 4? looks like a good bit of kit.

If you do, what prop did you go with?

Ben Smiley

 on: December 12, 2014, 11:50:57 AM 
Started by penguin - Last post by captainfogfish
I could easily have shaved off a few hundred pounds in my GA26 by selecting a lighter engine, building less heavy, using lexan windows, etc.  Dry weight with both engines and all systems in place was about 4700 lbs. Fuel use with a V-6 Honda 225 at 3800 RPM making 22 knots is 3.0 NM/Gal.

I wouldn't change a thing except I'd make it 28 instead of 26.

That's not bad ...3 NMPG is equal to about 3.45 mpg (for 'lubbers).  Still nearly twice what your average 26 foot fiberglass floa-tel would get ...when gas prices double, you'll be out fishing while the others are watching from the dock...  Cheesy

When gas prices double,  bloody hell hope not shipmate, we pay £1.30 a Ltr in the UK
Brent Crude has taken a dive lately so prices hopefully drop here.

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