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New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:02 am
by KenRas
Hi everyone, I am Ken and have been looking and talking about building a boat for years. We will be moving out of the People Republik of Kommifornia within the next year headed for the promised land. After 50 years of taxation, oppression and working my butt off for nothing we have had enough.

I am a paramedic in a very busy 911 system, company handled almost 100k calls last year, and am finally figuring this is a young mans game. Wife is a RN at a local rheumatology clinic.

I am seriously considering building in the next year after we relocate. The Chinook is currently at the top of the list to consider but the Olympian and True Grit are also getting serious consideration. I was wondering what others thought about those designs and which would be the easiest for a first time builder?

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:43 am
by vupilot
Welcome to the Glen-L forum.

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:56 pm
by Ozzieboat
Ken
Both you and your wife have very noble occupations, but stressful. I can assure you that building a Glen-L boat will go a long way in relieving some of the stress.
Happy building
ozzieboat

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:15 am
by KenRas
I have narrowed it down to the Chinook. I did purchase the study plans for the Chinook and Olympian along with the plywood book. After looking at the study plans the Chinook looks like an easier build for a first timer.
I have read through about a 1/4 of the plywood book and am picking up a few hints and tips. My father and I did repair and fiberglass an old wood boat when I was about 10, some 40 years ago. Seeing the pictures brought back a lot of memories of that summer. Its a decent book and I still have a lot to learn, terminology is a bit confusing

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:34 am
by Bill Edmundson
Ken

We'll do our best to confuse you more on the language. :lol:

On your boat choice... My advice is build what you really want! You don't want to invest this much time, money and effort to be thinking "I wish I'd built the _________."

Bill

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:04 am
by mrintense
I agree with Bill. Once you get into the build you will realize that it is a considerable project and you may not want to do another after you finish the first one (not that the building process is a bad experience - just a lengthy one). Build what you want from the get go. You'll learn as you go and by the time you get to the harder parts, you will have more experience and confidence.

I've never built anything larger than a book shelf prior to this and my boat is the 21 foot Vera Cruise, which a fairly substantial boat.

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:50 pm
by Lowka53
8) welcome to the forum what part of Idaho you moving to I live south in Utah 8) not far from the boarder

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:23 pm
by KenRas
Lowka53 wrote:8) welcome to the forum what part of Idaho you moving to I live south in Utah 8) not far from the boarder
We are looking in the northern areas of Boise, Eagle and Horseshoe Bend. Would love to be in McCall but I dont think the mother in law could handle the winters

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:40 am
by KenRas
Only been off the forum for about a year and a lot has happened. Both here and with us personally. In the original post I said we were looking for a home in the south Idaho area. Scrap that idea and look north. Way north, panhandle region next to one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever been on, Pend Orielle. We have purchased a home on 1 acre with a small. 22x30 detached shop/garage in the town of Sagle. It is about 45 minutes north of Coeur d'alene and 75 or so miles from the Canuck boarder. Gonna be a big change from the central valley of California, but we are up for it. Escrow set to close next week and loading the moving trucks the first week of October.

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:46 pm
by WojoW
WOW, that's a drastic change!
Must be a beautiful area, but definitely 4 seasons!
Congratulations!

Re: New member, will need some guidance

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:01 pm
by hoodman
Sounds like a great place to build a boat!