New 32' salmon boat

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  1. powderpro

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    Sold the 40' Lowell, going to build something smaller and cheaper. New boat is a 32'x12' Wegley hull, being layed up right now. I'm just buying a bare hull, will build entire structure (decks, bulkheads, cabin, interior) with plastic Honeycomb core. Going with a 400hp 6068 John Deere, 2.23:1 reduction, 26"x28" DQX prop. Shooting for about 23 knot top speed, cruise 18-19 knots. Should start on the engine install and build in August/September and launch by June 2018.
     

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    Going with Robert's gray gelcoat on the hull. Here is a kit boat (hull and top) built a few years ago with a darker gray gelcoat (Astoria gray). Transom is 11' beam, big boat for 32'.
     

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    Alright.. looking forward to this .
     
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    Looking forward to seeing it, especially from the bare hull forward how you are doing it..

    What were the cost considerations between getting out of the 40' and into a 32' , is it a matter of fuel or overhead of owning a 40' versus 32' ?

    Jon
     
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    Interesting. what is going on with the prop area, is that a pocket. I owned an Osprey and all those PNW boats seem to have a similar shape to them.
     
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    "and here we go again"....I have always enjoyed Brian's build....34 Calvin Beal, 40 Lowell...32 Wegley...nice !
     
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    Always fun watching your builds Brian.
     
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    What are you fishing in the mean time?
     
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    Jon- just didn't need and really couldn't justify a 40' boat for my fishery, wanted to pull equity out of my 40' and build a cheaper boat. The 32' will do everything I need, just won't be as comfy as the bigger boat. Fuel burn won't be much less in the smaller boat, insurance will be noticeably less though.
     
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    Yes, it's a prop tunnel, it's for reduced draft in the shallow waters of Bristol Bay. I won't be using the boat in the Bay, but can't take the tunnel out without major modifications after the hull is layed up. This hull originally came from a 32' BHM, and was heavily modified including an increase in width especially at the stern, raised sheer, added hard chines, prop tunnel added. Everyone who has owned one of these has loved the performance and comfort of the hull.
     
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    I'll be fishing with my dad on his boat, I'll just be the deckhand for this season. Here is my dad's 37' bowpicker, we ran it up to Alaska last year.
     

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    Thanks guys. Unlike the Wesmac and Lowell, this boat will not be a walkaround. At 12' beam, I can't afford to lose anymore cabin width, so going with a conventional cabin design. I'm pretty excited about this build, never finished this hull or used this engine. Interested to see how it performs with the 6068 Deere. I'll keep this thread updated as the build progresses.
     
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    Good luck with the new build(like you need it:rolleyes:). Glad you sold the Lowell and just being curious where did it go and still being used as a gillnetter ?? I remember seeing some of those 32 hulls when i fished the bay and the owners all had good things to say about them. There was one in cordova when i fished there also.
     
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    It went to Puget Sound, I guess they will use it for salmon trolling and possibly a few other fisheries, but no plans to be used as a gillnetter.
     
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    Hull was pulled out a week ago. Almost done with a little cosmetic work and hull will be ready for finishing.
     

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    Boot stripe is on, hull is ready to be finished. Probably start on bulkheads and engine install in late August.
     

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    What made you drop down in engine size?
     
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    The money savings of the Deere 400hp 6068 versus a 500hp 6090 is about $11k - $12k, so cost was a big reason. And 400hp in this hull is plenty of power to achieve the speeds I need, 500hp would have been way overkill. The hull is 32'x12' and heading out to fish shouldn't weigh more than 16,500lbs, so I figure it should easily cruise 18-19 knots, and probably top out at 23-24 knots.
     
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    That's what I figured, Didn't know if you might have had a issue the the 9liter. Good luck with the build, I'll be checking your updates. Have a Great Season with your Dad!!
     
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    I think we've installed 7 Deeres in the last 6-7 years, and they have been perfect except for the 2nd 6081 375hp we installed needed a new injector at around 400hrs. My dad and I just launched this new 32' last week, it also has a 9Liter Deere 425hp keel cooled, great engine for this boat. The boat's for sale too.
     

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