wegcagle's GV-15

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wegcagle's GV-15

Post by wegcagle » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:40 pm

Here we go. After floundering around on the forum for many months, and many times of balking at the last minute on my order, I finally worked up the guts to click the purchase button for my new boat. I wanted a boat that would be multipurpose, as I am long time crazy duck hunter and recently striper fishing machine at Clark's Hill lake. I debated forever between the GV-15, GF-16/18, OD-18, and most recently the low shear FS-17 (Thanks alot Joel. Just what I needed another boat to ponder endlessly over. :wink: ). I want a mod v/v hull for the big lake water, but as shallow a boat as possible. I finally decided on the GV-15 mostly because of the shallow draft, low freeboard, it's easily modified, low horsepower requirement, and stability. Of course I think this accurately describes most of the boats above. I've rebuilt aluminum jon boats from the ground up many times, but haven't had alot of fiberglass experience. So I took one of CL's many pearls of wisdom and started with a console. I quickly learned you guys make this look way too easy. In the end the console looks great! (At least to my eyes). I'm not done fairing/painting but that will come later. Here's a rough sketch of what my ultimate goal is. We'll see how close I come. All critiques/ideas are greatly appreciated. One interesting part is that I am thinking about using Joel's pool noodle carbon pole technique to build the built in duck blind. We'll see. Gotta a long road and ALOT of sanding to do before then.

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Post by Aripeka Angler » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:15 pm

Welcome to the forum :!: It is great to see another build about to get underway. Your sketch looks pretty neat and has some cool custom features. You will have plenty of help here with your build...

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Post by wegcagle » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:39 pm

Thanks Richard, I'll certainly need it. I got the jig done today (who knew it would take 2 hours to build, straighten, and level :oops:), and confirmation that Joel is shipping the goods 8) . Right now the jig has no roof, but I am probably going to pick up a portable cover in the near future. Any suggestions on good/bad brands :?:

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Post by Aripeka Angler » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:04 pm

wegcagle wrote: Right now the jig has no roof, but I am probably going to pick up a portable cover in the near future. Any suggestions on good/bad brands :?:
I guess it would depend on your neighborhood. I have seen these boats built outside, in garages, in livingrooms, porches, and in portable structures. Cold now in Georgia so that needs to be taken into account. If you have a garage you should build her there...

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Post by gk108 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:54 pm

Shelter Logic is about the only brand with any name recognition. A polyester cover will be more sun resistant than other fabrics, but more expensive, too. I've been building under a tent, originally with plastic tarps for the top. Last time around, I went with a Harbor Freight canvas tarp. Nothing has lasted more than about 6 months. After all is said and done, I would have been better off if I had spent my money on a $700 metal carport. Now I still need a carport for storage of the finished boats.
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Post by Fonda@kauai » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:25 pm

The Costco ones are nice if you have them in your area. They're fully enclosed with zippered entrances on each end. They run about $220. Mine is from k-mart. Zippered entrance on only one end and runs about $260.Here's an old pic before mine was full of boat Image
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Post by Aripeka Angler » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:20 pm

gk108 wrote:Now I still need a carport for storage of the finished boats.
Gary, that's what I like :!: Not boat, but boats 8) Every builder needs a 3 or 4 boat garage, of course with a design for future expansion :wink:

Good luck on your build Wegcagle...

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Post by Cracker Larry » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:19 pm

That boat should work real good at Clarks Hill. That lake gets a nasty chop at times and it sure is getting shallow :( Sounds like a good choice to me.

Good luck with the build. Making the decision on what to build may be the hardest part. Or what to build next :lol:

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Post by wegcagle » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:50 am

Thanks for the input guys, I'm headed to Target, Kmart, Academy sports, and Harbor freight today before my wife changes her mind and tells me I gotta build in the open. (She just got something shiny for her birthday that has temporarily changed her mind about a large "tent" in the backyard :wink: )

I know what you mean, CL. I've already been drooling over the AB23, LB26, CS23-25, and of course the upcoming GS28. I had to tell myself more than once to simmerdown :D Just because they're incredible boats, doesn't mean they are the boats for me.....YET :!:

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Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:13 am

(She just got something shiny for her birthday that has temporarily changed her mind about a large "tent" in the backyard )
:lol: If you first set the tent up in the front yard, she'll probably feel a lot better about it being in the back. I need to shop for one of those tents myself. My OD just spent her first night outside, it won't fit under my shed with the T-top on it :cry:

Where do you boat at Clarks Hill? My family owns some property and a cabin on the Lake at Modoc. Modoc Shores I think it's called now. We've had it 50 years. It's in a cove and there used to be 20' of water under the floating dock. Now the dock isn't floating and it's another 100' just to the waters edge :doh:

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