GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

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GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Cracker Larry » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:39 pm

Finally finished her and delivered last weekend. Whew, it's been a long ride on this one. The only things built to plans are the basic hull and frames. Everything else Rogerdog, Raymond Martin and I designed and built.

It's not your average GF18 :lol: There is nothing that this boat doesn't have that you would normally find on a 30' sportfisher. Hydraulic steering, hydraulic trim tabs with gyro controlled ATC, 11" color fish finder and chart plotter interfaced to 80 lb. Ipilot trolling motor and to the VHF. Full Yamaha Command link gauges with everything including fuel flow and GPH and MPG. Kick azz stereo system, sit on top T-top so you can drive by remote control while spotting fish. Sole, pod, swim platform and some other stuff we milled from reclaimed cypress. Darker trim wood is reclaimed ipe. About 300 LED lights on different dimmer circuits, every hatch and compartment is lit. 5 DC power outlets, 4 group 27 batteries, 2 on-board Dual Pro chargers.. the list goes on.... Trailer was custom made to fit the boat, almost, and modified by me so it did, trim tabs were sent out for powder coating, rod holder parts sent out to a custom CNC shop to be cut, laser engraving...nothing was easy, but everything is good :D

F90 Yamaha, with 17 pitch Solas aluminum prop is giving us about 44 mph with light load at 5900 rpm, and 40ish with a heavy load at about 5700 rpm. Which is faster than a GF18 needs to go anyway :help: Rogerdog just switched to a 4 blade 16 pitch stainless Powertec, waiting to hear back the results back on that.

Thanks to everyone who helped, Jacques for a solid plan to work with and his advice, Bateau and Joel for keeping the plywood, epoxy, FG and paint rolling in on the big brown truck on time, and especially thanks to Rogerdog who trusted me to build this boat for him. Got to thank Mrs. Cracker for putting up with me and holding one end of anything, and Cracker Jr. for giving me a hand anytime I needed one too. Couldn't have done it without them.

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The only thing wrong with it is....it's not mine :lol: She's gone home...

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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by terrulian » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:53 pm

Wow.
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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Walkers Run » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:39 pm

Pretty cool right there. Thanks for documenting every step. I learned a lot
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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Cracker Larry » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:12 pm

So did I :D
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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Rmarsh » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:32 am

Thank You Cracker Larry.....It has been a very enjoyable (and educational) build to follow.
I think you have crossed the line from craftsmanship to artistry with this build!


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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Noles309 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:24 am

Congratulations again to both of you. That is one fine boat.
Want to adopt me? You can teach and supervise. I'll do the work, that way you can keep far enough away from the epoxy :D
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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by TRC886 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:26 am

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That is one beautiful rig :!:

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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Fred in Wisc » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:50 am

Beautiful boat Larry. I can only aspire to that level of craftsmanship and tenacity in getting all the details right.

If sanders had hour meters, I bet yours is way over recommended TBO.........

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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by peter-curacao » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:44 pm

Congratulations truly a work of art 8) 8) Btw is that our king in that tower? :lol:

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Re: GF18, June 28, 2015, Cracker Larry

Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:38 am

Thanks all :D

That's King rogerdog in the tower :D
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