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I’m a retired military vessel master with saltwater in my veins. I have always wanted a boat we could live aboard and enjoy our retirement. The cost of a vessel of this size was more than I wanted to try to finance so I decided to build my own. That way when I get it completed it would be paid for and I could enjoy cruising without worrying about making payments.

I started my retirement home project in January of 2003 and I’m still at it. I am getting close to the launch date but there is still much work to do. This has been a very interesting project over the years with many setbacks and many enjoyable years of work. You can visit my website to view my progress from day one at

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3 Responses to Building the Yukon just a little bigger.

  1. […] Building Form I started looking for boat plans a few years before I finally found Glen-L. I loved the hull design of the Yukon but I didn’t think there was enough room to live aboard so I stretched the hull to just under 40 feet. I was also concerned about the living space of the supper structure on the Yukon. I looked around Glen-Ls’ site and settled on the Argosy for the super structure. I bought the plans for the Argosy because I liked the raised pilot house and thought I could increase the living space by building what they call a “Wide Body” Trawler. I eliminated the walk around decks which increased the inside width to almost a 12 feet beam inside the saloon. I still had about a 12 inch raised deck outboard of the saloon which I could use as a walk around with a hand rail atop the saloon so I didn’t have to go through the saloon to move fore and aft. I scaled the raised pilot house down to fit on the lengthened Yukon hull and started building. I used Parkers’ Cold Molded plywood construction techniques to provide additional strength and to amplify the bulbus bow and reverse curve of the hull. I also lengthened the stem about 10 inches to provide more free board forward hopefully resulting in a dryer riding boat. I used rough sawn, air-dried, vertical grain, clear douglas fur which I had shipped in from Oregon. This was all full dimension lumber so all the structural members were a little extra heavy, also for additional strength. With my swim platform and bow pulpit, my LOA ended up around 45 feet. Overall, a little bigger than I intended but a vessel with very spacious accommodations.Read this blogger’s previous post here. […]

  2. Schmidt says:

    Thanks Gayle, I appreciate the reply.

  3. Erik–just beautiful! This looks like a first class boat as you’ve really done nice work. How much bigger did you make the Yukon? Please post more–we’d love to see more details! Thank you…

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