I spent 20 years looking for a boat design that I could build when I retired. I was set to build a Devlin “Black Crown” and even rented one several times. My plans changed when I found Brian Dixon’s design “Great Alaskan”. I chose his design because of the planing hull. I started the build in January of 2019 and launched in the spring of 2020. Being a trailerable live-aboard, we have traveled from lake Powell to Yellowstone lake and hope to spend next summer cruising from Puget sound to Alaska and back. Our boat is a plywood stitch glue boat that anybody can build.