Thanks, I'll keep the idea open. Still undecided on cabin configuration and or center console. I hope be able to afford all electronic controls including GPS track navigation.
Thanks surfnfisn. I am still very torn on the final configuration. Center console or cuddy. I might go with the console approach first just to get it in the water and finish out a cabin at a future time.look forward to watching this 'free style' build unfold.
Just an FYI, if planning on a epoxy/glass hull envelope, found the Jamestown Distributors 'Total Boat' epoxy to be an excellent and reasonably priced product which got me off the more expensive West products.
And since salmon fishing often = cold and wet conditions, have you considered an open hardtop with forward and 1/4 side windows, side helm? Can always install clear snap curtains for the more wet or frigid days.
One of my previous salmon chasers was a 21' WestCoaster Bayrunner center console...as much as I enjoyed the open dance floor, the constant exposure finally drove me to a hardtop.
The heat will help with the composting toilet as well.It's been quite a while with almost no progress on the boat, but the shop has received much love.
The loft has been made livable with sheetrock, flooring, and completed finishes. The shower and composting toilet have been up there unused.
But the big change is heat. 75kbtu propane heater set up with two 120gal tanks.
I already notice no dampness first thing in the morning.
This addition will help with the near future epoxy work.
There is nothing like a warm shop! Mine is heavily insulated and I keep an oil filled radiator going all winter that maintains a comfortable temp inside. It is a small shop-15' wide by 30' long and 10' high so the heating requirements aren't that great. In addition I have a big 220v heater to bring the heat up fast that will produce shirtsleeve temps in a manner of minutes.The work on the boat has been progressing at a retired pace, slow and steady. Forward frames complete and progressive bevels roughed in for the shape of the bow. Stringers are being fitted. I can't reach all the way to the center so I had to take off temporary bracing located along the chine. The centerline stingers were ripped at 17deg and preglued together.
It's nice getting to shop first thing in the am and it's 60deg inside when 33 outside. The glue is dry and ready to go.
Almost every boat I see framed up has the stringers notched into the frame with weep holes cut out for water drainage. I am going to deviate from convention and simply attach stringers to the frame to allow free flow of water.
After the stringers the next challenge will be the hard chine curved tapers in the bow. It's a Good thing I have some cardboard for templates.