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Building the Glen-L Tuffy Part 3

On October 16, 2019, in Outboard Powered, by Paul Vankeppel

In this post I will discuss the building of the interior of my Glen-L Tuffy, Pluto. I will also discuss some things about the engine I bought for the boat. If you missed them, you can read Part 1 and Part 2


The dash area after varnish.

The last stage of the build was to finish the interior of the boat and add hardware such as deck cleats and the radio. A major modification I made from the plans was the location of the dash and seats. With the boat being quite small, I was worried that there might not be enough space to get comfy inside. To make it a little bit more roomy, I shifted the dash forward approximately 8 inches. The seats were also shifted forward a couple inches. This means that there is more standing room in front of the front seats and more leg room in the back seats.

Deck cleats being positioned.
Seats being framed.
Almost done with the interior. Arm rests with cup holders still need to be finished. Seat bottoms are hinged for extra storage space.


By this time, I had already purchased an outboard on craigslist. It is a 1997 Yamaha 30 HP. The engine ran very rough when I bought it. Although it was in great condition and had no rust or damage, it had been sitting for a long time and needed a tune up.

Upon starting the engine, it was immediately obvious that there was a problem with cooling. The lower unit was disassembled and the water impeller was found to be dried out and cracked. This was replaced, along with many other seals and gaskets, and it solved the cooling problem perfectly. All three carbs were disassembled, cleaned and tuned properly and the motor ran great.

After rebuilding the lower unit, the next problem was getting it to idle smoothly. This necessitated taking apart the 3 carbs.

That’s all for Part 3, Part 4 will be the last post and will be some final thoughts and more photos. Thanks for reading! Click here to read Part 4.

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  1. […] include some details about the engine that I had bought on craigslist. Thanks for reading! Click here for Part […]

  2. Walter N Hansen says:

    Thank you for posting your progress. Your electrical wiring diagram was most helpful and inspiring. After reviewing it, I spent several days selecting all of the electrical components I will be using in my Malahini build. I created a similar wiring diagram with accompanying charts showing wire gauges, connectors, and wire numbers. I wouldn’t have thought of doing this until I read your article, so many thanks. Happy boating! your Tuffy is beautiful.

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