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Amp Eater built by Dave Fannon - My wife and I cruising around the marina at G-ll. Thanks Chris for this pic.


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  1. John M Goodell says:

    Nice design. In wood I would use a 90 or 115 tops.

  2. Randolph Wilke says:

    It really looks nice! Good job!
    Is the planking you used 1/8 inch thickness? If so where do you find it?
    I will send pics of the boat I just finished, here in Idaho.
    Randolph Wilke

  3. Kevin Plamondon says:

    I really like the design! I am torn between the Mackinaw or the Chinook. I would really like to stretch it out to about 32′.

  4. Alexander Rohlf says:

    Could you please post some information about the holding jig?

  5. Retired, armed ,looking to keep in shape ,no longer ,working,did a hobby to enjoy,my life ,live by lake need to build a boat …

  6. Larry Pogachar says:

    beautiful job what length is the boat and what is the beam .. amazing job i always wanted to build a boat like that. what is the name of the plans

    • Adriaan says:

      Thank You! I used the “Sea Knight” plans for the hull, the rest has been made up by myself 😅. extended the hull by 5%. Total length is about 5,5 meter with a beam of 2,14 meter.

  7. Mike Hickman says:

    I truly enjoyed watching your progress so far. It looks like your are doing an awesome job and the finished boat will be something to be proud of for years.

  8. Doug Neal says:

    Hi Drew!

    Thanks for reaching out! I love this boat, just a really nice boat for my charter-boat work where the boat has to be sturdy and tough for ocean/bay conditions, but still able to get into skinny water places. If you are so inclined, please checkout more photos of the boat at my website, I hope that you have a great summer!


  9. Harold Silverman says:

    Can you add me to your mailing list?

  10. Drew says:

    Awesome work!. I just purchased what I believe to be a Glen-L “Hunky” or “chunky” Dory. It is 21 ft with a cuddy cabin. It is quite comfortable. We use it for PWS, Kachemak bay, Res. bay. Have you had your out in the ocean or in some nasty weather? If so, how’d it do?

  11. Nora says:

    Keith, I think you’re right – I’ve heard this before and makes sense!
    I’m wondering what to do with a ferrocement sailboat these days – are there enthusiasts that would be interested?

  12. Michael Dines says:

    Hello, …. Curious re complete boat kits for other designs other than Zip? Looking at inboard design 15-17 ft. Just rec’d your catalog, …. Thx for your comments.

  13. Paul Wells Conrad says:

    I am interested in the prefab kit and the supplies to put it together. Can you itemize the cost and we will arrange the payment and shipping for the Zip Kit 14..

  14. Ken Drucks says:

    Beautiful boat. What engine did you use?


    Paul, your boat looks great. I’ve been wanting to build a boat for a very long time, but am concerned about the cost. Including plans, supplies, and motor, how much was all this?

  16. ROBERT JOHNSON says:

    Beautiful work!!
    I’m taking over my friend’s Malahini build, and have to go get it in Washington. I’m buying a new trailer for it, so, how much does your boat weigh when all finished?
    Bob Johnson
    Vacaville, Ca

  17. Roger Hyde says:

    I built one of these, great plans. Works well

  18. samuel vermeulen says:

    Ihave one to bet still i have to build him . I can see pretty job
    te boat have som nice lines.
    Bet i want to know hou fast it go let se 140 hp max speed and i like to see i vidio
    i like to see how se go”s

  19. ed davis says:

    Hi Adriaan
    I just found your blog, good Job. You are comeing along nicelly.
    I also looked at the spacing of my garage door. It was 8 ft and my middle frame was
    8 ft 3′ ! So I checked the next two frame’s and they were 8 ft sooo i made three frames at 8 ft. Looking at the hull as built no one can tell that i changed that middle frame.
    I still had to remove the door jam and trim them grind a notch in the block to get the boat out.
    My build is the Goliath

    • Adriaan says:

      Thank you Ed, thats a bold decision to modify the frames, great that it worked out for you! I however am not that courages and will cut out the door frame for the final “loadout”, luckily plenty of time left for me to get used and get comfortable with the plan.

  20. Glenn C Mariano says:

    Adriann, Congratulations! You are inspiring! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  21. Bruce says:

    If you are still out there, thank you for all the pictures, It really helped a 74 year old man complete my 16′ drift boat of the same design!

  22. Jeroen Brunken says:

    Hi Adriaan,

    Looks really nice. For a few weeks now, the plans that my girlfriend and I had to build a boat are getting more serious. Our eyes fell on the Phantom (which is a bit bigger).

    Where are you located in the Netherlands? Maybe you can give me a few places where to buy materials 🙂

    • Adriaan says:

      Hi Jeroen,

      I’m situated in Zeeland, but order my stuff from all over the Netherlands. but yes I could give you a few pointer for sure. but lot’s of this is also new for me as this is my first boat build!

  23. Tom Stowell says:

    Looks nice. Look forward to more updates.

  24. Niels hermes says:

    I built this same boat. Added a 60 hp long shaft and it went 52 mph

    What a great design

  25. Looks awesome congrats

  26. Suzanne K. says:

    A very informative and an enjoyable read! Interesting to become aware of how the designs are linked to the engine capacities at the time. Thanks!

  27. David Fannon says:

    Looks like you are doing a great job.

  28. Dave Solt says:

    Why are scuppers set up in pairs on a sailboat? It seems that when the boat heals the drain could be quite close to the waterline and no matter where the scuppers feed (is crossed hoses or uncrossed hoses) the leeward scupper will have no draining capability but will also be where all the water accumulates. So the water will always accumulate at the non functional drain. Why not have a single drain at the centerline that drains very low?

  29. Jeff Rose says:

    I built the Fancy Free sailboat almost 25 years ago and she’s still going strong on Narragansett Bay, RI.
    I have never found an insurance co. that will cover a home made built boat. Does anyone know of an insurer that writes policies for wooden boats?

  30. Krish Salian says:

    Brilliant way of describing boat plans.

  31. N says:

    Joe , Nice build . I currently building a zip . I am considering helms seat like you . Wha

    • N says:

      Joe , Nice build . I currently building a zip . I am considering helms seat like you. What seat manufacture and source


      • Joe Thurber says:

        Thanks and best of luck to you! I used Tempress NaviStyle Highbacks in white. I purchased directly from Tempress. You’ll need some very low mounts. The Zip is tight!

  32. Bill Bains says:

    I have been building my Squirt since mid December. Recently I have been describing the build on my Facebook page with weekly installments and it has been well received by many of my friends, several of whom couldn’t conceive of building a boat themselves. With the exception of a lot of sanding I am having a great time seeing my little project starting to look more and more like a boat.

  33. Kester Hamilton says:

    Hi: Again if you send me a email address will send pictures of the various boats built from your plans. I cureently have several old cataloge of your plans would it be possible to get the latest. Secondly as mentioned in previous comments very interested in building the Glen L 134 ft Kit boat and apprciated the price and delivery
    Best Regards Kester 1 613 799 9495. Ottawa Canada

  34. Kester Hamilton says:

    Hi: Have built sveral Glen boats from your plans going back to 50s 8 ft 3 point hydro, 10 ft tunnel, 11ft TNT, 16 ft rampage from your plans. Now 82 years old and would like to build14 ft zip kit boat can you please send me the info, and pricing for such a kit.

  35. Eddie Stephens says:

    Very Nice! I am not too far away in Durham. I am getting a zip kit soon but have a question about the motor. Are you happy with it? Would you get the same one again and is it loud?

    • jthurber says:

      Yes, quite happy. I built the transom for a short shaft and wanted a brand new motor for once. With remote steering and controls, it’s hard to buy new if you want to install it yourself – seems there may be some kind of liability fears. But I was eventually able to. It went on nicely. I would caution you to make a wide motor well in order to be able to attach the steering! This motor is 4-stroke and very quiet and uses very little fuel. 25hp is plenty for me. It runs about 27mph full bore. If you want to ski, you would need more. If you get to a point where you want to see my boat to help in your build process we can work that out! Best of luck!

  36. Joanne Latimer says:

    My uncle has just started on a Hunky Dory project. He’s picked up the wood and got the first seven frames done, but is now stuck at the next stage. Each of the next few pieces needs to be a different size but the plans don’t seem to specify the sizes. He’s looking at a 22′ length for the boat, if that helps. Can you offer any info about these pieces, or direct us to a resource that might help?


  37. Peter Cooper says:

    Hi Don,
    We have communicated several times in the past. I’m building a Riviera as per the Glen L design. I’m now at the stage of installing the rudder assembly provided by Glen L. I asked Gayle how one attaches the metal brace which straddles the stringers which they call a “post bracket” through which the rudder pole goes through. And how are the 2 L shaped metal pieces used in the assembly. Unfortunately, Gayle mentioned she didn’t know and would get back to me, but I haven’t hear from her.
    Could I trouble you to let me know whether you just drilled holes though the post bracket and then screwed it to the stringers or whether there is another way of fixing them.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    All the best,
    Peter Cooper

    • Peter, I apologize for the delay in responding. The angle brackets for the Rudder Post Bracket attach to the sides of the motor stringers and then the bracket attaches to the angles.

  38. Dan Hennis says:

    In the words of David Copperfield, … “More please.”

  39. Dan, this is an incredible build!

    I’ve been scratching my head on how to tackle the azimuth controls on my (much smaller scale) 9′ tractor tug, and I’m curious if 1). You’ve found affordable slip rings for the motors, and 2). If you plan to utilize a closed-loop azimuth control system (arduino perhaps) like the “real deal” or if you’re going to approach azimuth control in some other manner?

  40. Hugo says:

    Donald, thnx for this third post. Your detailled photos are of great help for me.

  41. Scott says:

    I am thinking about building a 22’ Biscayne. How much should I budge for the build?



    Nice summary.

  43. Peter Cooper says:

    Hi Don,
    I am most impressed with your craftmanship. I am about 6 months behind you in my build (that you are showing above – May, 2019). I’m hoping that you will be showing the rest of your build out soon – is this possible?

  44. Bob, great inspiration. I run a nonprofit for disabled veterans out of Savannah GA and we are preparing to build a flats boat for inshore fishing. This will be our first build and we are encouraging veterans with all types of disabilities to participate. I love how your’s turned out. Great job!

  45. John says:

    Hello John, Thank you again. Your thoughts are invaluable.


  46. John P. says:

    Hello again Jeff,
    I wonder if you can remember how you went about lengthening your Celerity to 16ft.

    The instructions on the web site say that one can lengthen the frame spacing aft of frame 3 “a proportional amount.” The first two frame spaces aft of no. 3 are equal, but the third, back to the transom, is not. So, can you remember either the added spacing you used to get to 16ft, or how you handled that last, unequal spacing to the transom.
    Hope my question makes sense.
    John P

    • jprice says:

      Honestly John, I don’t remember.
      Though I do remember following whatever was recommended from the plans.
      Likely following the very link that Gayle posted.

      When you you say the measurement back to the is unequal, it depends on where you measure from since the transom is at an angle.
      Anyway, even if they’re not the same, it’s easy to make the proportional increases based on whatever the existing plan measurements are.
      For example, if the transom to first frame distance was half the distance of the spacing between the other two frames, then it would be a 50% increase as compared to the others. So to add the 2 feet to the total length, the spacing increase would be around 10″ / 10″ / 5″ for each section to get you to the 2′ total increase.

      Of course the real world spacing proportions will be a lot closer than my example.

  47. John P. says:

    Thank you, very much! I hadn’t seen your response until Gayle Brantuk called my attention to it. She seems really on top things. I sorry to hear that the boat is yet to be finished, but completely understand how houses and life can get in the way of avocations! But the pictures are wonderful for me to look at. Thank you again. I’m intrigued by a non-boat element: you have a product apparently intended to coat the interior of rusted steel tubes and channels. I’d never heard of it. Cool.

    Good luck with all your projects.

    John P

  48. John says:

    Hello J price. I’ve enjoyed your long thread about building a Celerity. But it seems to end just as you start decking. Have you finished the boat? I assume so, and I’d like to see further pictures. Unfortunately, the address you gave for your picassa albums is no longer working…I gather google changed things around. Can you please give me a current picassa address? I’d really appreicate it.

    john P

    • jprice says:

      Thanks John.
      It’s been quite a journey. As expected, life got in the way. Bought a new house that we fully renovated, as well as several other projects taking my time.
      The construction of the boat is 99% done. Mainly what’s left is getting an outboard and installing that and the controls and electronics.
      The hold up there (other than funds) is that i don’t have the space in my current garage for that.
      So the current plan is either an outbuilding, or a garage extension. Yay! more projects! lol

      So my boat project isn’t dead, just on a long hiatus.

      Regarding the web album, I’ll have to look into that. I haven’t touched it in a while.

  49. Martin Thompson says:

    You sir should be so proud what you have achieved, no boat should be built the same they all have their own personality that follows their creator’s. I think what you have done brings another level to a brilliant design well done i hope that some day i can do the same . Thanks for posting youe great work and enjoy your creation .

  50. Lorne says:

    I don’t agree. I built a strip/fiberglass kayak almost 30 years ago and have only put one coat of varnish in this time (that was just to cover scratches, the finish was fine).

    I still remember being surprised how much strength the glass added, and have made enough mistakes over the years to conclude that 1/8″ cedar strip with glass on both sides is shockingly strong.

    What I’m looking for now is carefully measured strength comparisons, but all I am finding is random opinions 🙁

  51. P G says:

    Thank you for such a well presented build. Cheers!

  52. Rene Hendriks says:

    Hi Don, my boat is 7 meters long.
    The position of the hlem is on starboard, while prop turn clockwise (looking from the back of the boat), so my weight unfortunately helps to list the boat.
    Thanks for your explanation; i have misinterpreted the
    I thought it was to compensate the torque of the prop on the boat.

    • Donald Collier says:


      What size propeller are you using? Motor size and propeller gearing? A high pitch propeller causes more torque to list the boat to the port side for CW rotation. Depending on the motor HP and propeller RPM, you may be able to try a different propeller with a lower pitch that would reduce the torque to the boat.

      Good luck.


  53. Rene Hendriks says:

    thanks for the response!
    I will try and bend my rudder somewhat so it gets a small angle to the centreline.
    Although i dont understand how (what mechanism) this will compensate the listing of the boat.


    • Donald Collier says:


      I am not a naval engineer, but I don’t think changing the rudder angle will compensate for the listing of the boat you describe. It is my understanding that offsetting the rudder improves the steering response in the direction of the offset. Due to the torque of the propeller, the boat will turn easier in the direction opposite of the propeller rotation. How long is you boat?


  54. Rene Hendriks says:

    Hello Don,
    very nice site and great project!
    I am based in the Netherlands and working on a Riva Aquarama replica.
    Got it in the water yesterday and think my rudder is not having good performance.
    In driving direction the boat tilts in anti-clockwise (the propellor is clockwise).
    I read in your text that rudder should be off centreline.
    Do you have some documentation (or links) on this subject?
    Thanks in advanceene

    • Donald Collier says:

      Hello Rene, There is information on Glen-l’s website about this. Here is a link to Glen-l’s information. I had spent time looking on the internet and found information agreeing with the Glen-l information. The clockwise rotation of the propeller will cause the boat to tilt in a counterclockwise direction under full throttle. If I can find any other information, I will send in a follow up. Good Luck.

      Don Collier

      • Rene Hendriks says:

        Hello Don, thanks for the quick response.
        I found some other text stating what you wrote : clockwise propellor causing listing to portside.
        This is exactly what i am experiencing.
        My rudder and propellor are both in the centerline.
        Is there expereinece that when i put the rudder under a small angle, this reduces or corrects the listing?

        I dont understand how that works, but if there is experience, i will try.
        if you like i send pictures from the boat that i am working on.

        • Donald Collier says:


          Does the boat sit correctly without the propeller turning? I don’t know of a way to correct for listing under power other than the location of the helm. I read somewhere that the the location of the helm (port or starboard) should be on the same side as the rotation. If the propeller turn clockwise looking from the the back of the boat, the helm should be on the starboard side. Mine is set up that way. I hope this helps.


  55. David Walsh says:

    “Every hour of building tends to be an hour added to one’s life, as if idle hours not spent creating this beloved dream are not life but waste.”


    I am quitting my job tomorrow. If I work really hard at it, by the time my next birthday comes around, I will be a year younger.

    What a well-written and thoughtful message. Thank you for sending it.

  56. Keith Galway says:

    What a fantastic compilation of photographs and some really useful descriptions to go with them.
    I will definitely look back over these on some of my builds.

  57. Walter Hansen says:

    To Chris and all the others who attended this gathering, Nancy and I are thankful for your hospitality, warm friendly welcome and dedication to our his annual event. The COVID cast a cloud that made it difficult for those of us at increased risk, but that didn’t keep people from having fun, as Chris’ photos and videos clearly show. We look forward to next year and wish everyone healthy h and happiness until we meet again.
    Walt and Nancy Hansen

  58. Aaron J.Young says:

    Great plans!
    Thank you for sharing this project. It turned out very nice and I appreciate the money it saved me.
    Our Honda 15 horse fits it satisfactorily and the sturdiness is more than I really expected.

  59. Aaron J. Young says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am very pleased with how this turned out. It was well worth the fifty dollars in materials. Your plans and pictures were very easy to follow. I know I’ll appreciate the luxury of freely moving our motor where it best fits in our garage.

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  61. David Walsh says:

    I have finally cleared all of my projects, organized the workshop…err, the garage and I am ready to order plans. Though I would love to build the Tahoe design at 23′, my space will allow for only 20′. I had chosen the 20′ version of the Barrelback. But after reading the string regarding a hooking issue of the Belle Isle with a similar bow, I have had second thoughts. I live 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, so a boat that can handle the ocean is important. Gayle’s article renewed my concern that the Barrelback may not be my best choice for the intended use. Any advice?

  62. BobD says:

    Thanks Eric. A very sweet ride, with head snapping accelaration. In retrospect, 250-300HP would be plenty for this hull, but still, can you have too much power!

  63. walt says:

    We went with bolt ropes in our sails. Sailrite can hook you up with a kit.

  64. Patrik Koppen says:

    Hello Burpee and Jo- Anne,

    Beautiful Mark Twain you have. I like to know. How long are the pontoons of this boat. And the material you build the cabin, what kind of material is this please. And the last thing the outboard motor. How strong is this one? You always can mail me at

    I’m from Belgium, Europe.

  65. Michael Burr says:

    growing up in the Seattle area as kid I loved Hydros so Iwill be looking for more about your boat.

  66. David says:

    Very nice build!

  67. Melissa Fannon says:

    Hi Gayle…..I loved how you described finding that note from your dad. I have some of my dad’s notes to me … he died when he was 57. Such things are so special now!
    Melissa Fannon
    Columbus, OH
    Aquatron (AmpEater)

  68. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project. Can you please tell about the engine HP, gear ration and propeller size/dimentions?

  69. archimedia says:

    Hi Bob, well done on the build. I’m following in your path but I’ve got a long way to go. I’ll be finishing the hull in a few weeks if I can get the materials I need. I’m in Melbourne and you clearly have access to things that I’m finding difficult to source. Any chance of a mentoring session? Well done.

    • BobD says:

      Glad to help if I can. I’ve kept records of where I got everything, and bought everything through local suppliers where that was possible. 0421076974. Look forward to hearing from you.

  70. Andre says:

    Great work!
    How long did the build take you?

    • jthurber says:

      It took me two and a half years part time. It was very satisfying to complete this project and have such a great boat. I get compliments every time I take it out!

  71. Diane Stecher says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos and plans. I build the stand last night and am very pleased with how it turned out. I realized that I misread one of your instructions, and then couldn’t figure out why the upright pieces seemed too short to reach out to the ends of the base, and the angles were wrong. Yet, I changed the angles and made it work. (It was getting dark so it was harder to see – lol).

  72. James Clark says:

    Please publish a summary of the changes that were required vs the standard plans, and a list of the electrical components you used, with source information. I think a lot of Barrelback builders would like the option of an electric drivetrain vs a traditional setup.

  73. HeathMac says:

    Beautiful build. Where did you source your lumber from?

    • jthurber says:

      Thank you! I had the lumber shipped in from LL Johnson lumber in Charlotte, MI. I used genuine mahogany.

  74. Jonathan Thompson says:

    Just found your site for a reason. My grandmother just passed and this weekend my grandfather was sharing with me about the ski boats he designed and built for the family during the 50’s through the 70’s in Turlock. I think it’s my turn. Thanks for these stories & the motivation. Time to learn and gear up for the build. Blessings!

  75. Dan Hennis says:

    All I can say is, WOW! Reminds me of my first Glen-L boat, the Pee Wee. Sold it to my best friend in high school, that put an old Merc 20 on it…

  76. Mike Demarchi says:

    Thanks for the well-described plans. I built one for a 6HP Yamaha tiller. I’m very pleased with the result. Cost was about $70 CAD. Finally, I can put the sawhorse that I was previously using, away!

  77. JayDee says:

    Thanks a lot Michael for this outboard motor stand plan. I have successfully built my own following your step by step procedures with photos. It fits my Yamaha F8, I stood back and admire the finish product as per your advise haha… Much appreciated brother, more power to you!

  78. Rusty Dockery says:

    I mentioned this verse to my wife this morning but couldn’t recall the reference. Then, here you are providing it. “Think on these things …”

  79. murphree flippen says:

    great boat i want to build one with inboard motor

  80. murphree flippen says:

    what is the number of this boat plan from glenl please respond

  81. Mark Masters says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share some personal family memories and feelings.
    Those sure were different times from now. Thank you for carrying on the tradition of boat building and helping people find some happiness.

  82. Joe Buck says:

    As you have many times, you’ve brought me to tears as you bare your heart with your simple honesty and humanness. Thank you for being so real and for keeping me on your mailing list.

    Sincerely, Joe

  83. Bill Merkin says:

    Back in the late 50’s, I built the Rebel…just wondering where that name originated ?

    Bill Merkin

  84. Brett McCauley says:

    Hi Gayle,
    Thank you so much for sharing that insight into your family. A bittersweet look back at the family and places that shaped the person you are.
    Your father not only designed great boats but fantastic buildings. Your family home and lake cabin look wonderful. I love the story of your sister hanging you over the balcony.
    Elizabeth, my wife had four older brothers and when the family travelled to Canada by boat in the mid 60’s they would hang her over the side by her ankles. They all thought it was great fun! Never told her parents, though. I let it slip in a conversation with her Dad many years later, thinking he knew. He turned grey and was very quiet for a time. I guess that is the beauty of remembering things past, it means we are still here to think on it.
    Thank you, again.
    Brett McCauley
    Brisbane. Australia.

  85. Ralph Reagan says:

    This is why I’m a Glen-L fan. I love your family. Thanks for sharing.

  86. Steve Bruno says:

    I really enjoyed all the pictures of the building process. You should be proud. That’s Joe Thurber perfection.

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  89. Oscar says:

    Good day.
    I am interested in building a Mini Tugbiat sweet 16.
    Do you have a photo of the sleeping areas, please?
    It would help me a lot.
    Thank you Oscar

  90. Brandon says:

    Mike, I’m building a sweet 16 and would love to chat!

  91. Bryn says:

    Thanks for your service Bob. If not for people like you, idiots like me can’t turn mums garage into a boat shop. Awesome boat.

  92. Jeff R Pynnonen says:

    Beautiful boat ! Well done !
    Thanks you for your service!
    Enjoy the ride!

  93. Lennis Camfield says:

    Beautiful boat and thankyou for your service to our country!
    Mike C.

  94. Kevin says:

    Hello Ted,
    Was wondering if you could share about your build and performance of the CS20?

  95. John Zeigler says:

    Keep up the good work! Former US Navy ( OT2 ) with PTSD and TBI. I’m on my 10th home built boat. And have carved over 70 sailboat half models from lines plans. Only recently purchased the plans for Gentry, but have to finish another strip planked pram I started a while ago. I might slip a USCA marathon C-1 racing canoe in after the pram though….we’ll see. I agree, it’s great therapy so stay with it!
    ps: I managed to slip in 34 yrs of competitive paddling and rowing also! And I still paddle and row! Helps the focus and concentration. Lots of time to think….about the next project.

    • BobD says:

      John – Thanks Mate – you are prolific, not sure I’ll build another as big and complex as the Riviera, but there will be more to come! The ‘thinking about it’ is as important as the doing!

  96. Eric Fairchild says:

    Great build, and looks like it would be a nice fun ride. And I say Thank You for your service. All of Us Veterans need to stick together.

  97. Bill Zweig says:

    With a sock type sail as on the Sabotina, what do you do if you have to lower the sail when you are out on the water like if the wind picks up?

  98. Eric Youngstrom says:

    Terrific Job!!

    Which Power-Row Skiff did you build? Is it fiber glassed? Would you make any part of it beefier?
    Thank you, and congratulations!

  99. Valerie Sabatoni says:

    Beautiful pictures. My dad built this boat 50 years ago and I still have it.

  100. Dan Hennis says:

    That is just plain beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  101. Dave Carter says:

    Just saw your post from 2013. Did you build your boat after and if so how did it turn out?

  102. graham wines says:

    Hi Don, I’m on your heals . but just at the beginning of my Riviera build. I have a skeleton and I’m fairing away before I begin the process of cladding it. I have found the stem particularly difficult and needing re-working as I learn how the lines work and the plans fall short of detail.
    Did you use metal or plastic staples?
    I’m in Australia so I guess we are a world apart, but any advice would help. Like you, my time is divided and the build has to fit in. Still, as the issues get worked through my enthusiasm improves.

    • Donald Collier says:


      On the first 2 lamination’s of the cladding, I used 4mm thick Hydrotek Merante marine plywood and thousands of #8 x 3/4 st. stl. screws. I fastened the layer every 4 100MM or so. I felt the screw would force the plywood to lay down better. Of course every layer is epoxied. On the final layer, I used the Raptor plastic staples. You don’t have to pull them out, just sand them off and they are invisible.


      • graham wines says:

        Thanks for that. Like you, I’m building the Riviera 10% longer than the actual lines. How did that affected the length of the shaft and where the shaft support was positioned?

        • DONALD F Collier says:

          Hi Graham, The positioning will depend on which shaft support you select as they are at different angles. I purchased mine from Glen-L. I have a drawing I used to layout the position of the strut and the hole thru the bottom if you would like for a reference. See my purchased hardware below.

          Item No. – 90-101B
          Description – Bronze Rudder Stuffing Box – 1 1/8

          Item No. – 90-728
          Description – Pickup Scoop Strainer

          Item No. – MHST724
          Description – Bronze Strut – 15.4 degree – 7.5 drop for 1″ Shaft

          Item No. – 90-195
          Description – Shaft Log – 15 Degree Bronze

          Item No. – 90-232
          Description – Shaft Log Hose – 1 3/4

          Item No. – 90-818
          Description – Hose Clamp 1 5/16 – 2 1/4 Stainless

          Item No. – 90-223
          Description – Rudder Stuffing Box – 1 Packing-Type Bronze

  103. David Fannon says:

    Really Nice Job Richard. People will think that it is a vintage Elco.
    What are you using for propulsion?

  104. Gregg Cameron says:

    Very nice job.

    • Donald Collier says:

      Thank You! I am hopeful to get it in the water this year. I should be releasing the next update shortly. Don Collier

  105. tom says:

    Ken, did you utilize the skeg design in your boat?
    You seemed to have pretty good speed in one of the videos.

  106. Mike says:

    Has anyone built or are building a steel sweet 16. I’m currently doing so and would love to correspond with someone.

  107. Chris Sharpley says:

    Just starting my build of a 20’ barrelback from Glen-L. Any updates? By the by, heading to Australia for a few weeks in September 2020…

    Thanks for sharing.

  108. Chris Sharpley says:

    Hi Donald, thanks for the information—very helpful. First, I’m just starting my build of. 20’ Barrelback. My family asked me for Christmas gift ideas and I asked for a DeWalt 20v Max 18g rad/finishing nail gun, with the idea that I’d use it with the Raptor composite brads to holds the layers while the epoxy dried. Should I have asked for the stapler instead, or do you think the 18g nails will work. And, any idea if the Raptor products are compatible with standard nail guns like the DeWalt as opposed to the Raptor nailers?

    Thanks again! Chris S.

    • Donald Collier says:

      Hi Chris,

      I would recommend the staples. Even though you will be applying a veneer, it takes considerable holding force when bending the veneers around the curves at the bow. You will want to make sure the veneer is fully seated against the under layers so as not to have voids. Even using the staples, I had a could of small voids. You can find them by tapping on the hull every 1/2 inch or so. If there is a void, it has a much different sound. To fix it, drill a small hole (1/16) through the veneer and use a plastic syringe filled with epoxy to fill the void.

      I used the recommended gun for the Raptor staples and purchased it from Glen-L. It does work well, but will need to be oiled periodically to prevent jamming.

      I hope this answers your questions. Please feel free to ask others if needed. I am coming down the home stretch of finishing my Riviera. I need to update my posts here at Glen-L showing the steps and progress.

      Don Collier

      • Michael says:

        Hi Donald,

        Thank you for your great reply.
        As far as I know, the composite staples are better for boat building. But some customers also use brad nails.

        So I think the best way is to test them both.


  109. David Gerhardt says:

    Well…..Well…..Well, what a surprise. For a long time I was making the wrong assumption about what ‘displacement’ represented. The article is very well written and makes total sense. The topic of displacement will make good conversation with my boating buddies. I just hope that most of them are surprised and not looking at me with a ‘you didn’t know’ look. Thanks

  110. Nige Boyce says:

    beautiful boat and with twin electric Warp 9 s bang up to date
    I am building a like Glenn L 19ft barrelback and researching the Warp 9s they quote
    35 hp but at 5000 rpm.
    You don’t seem to have reduction gear .. can you explain what im getting wrong here.
    I read 1 electric hp= approx 3 gas motor horse so about 90 hp per side for a total
    of 180 horses…/

  111. David Kroening says:

    Beautiful! What was the cost of the motors, if you don’t mind?

  112. Mark Thiessen says:

    hi Greg, just found your post. I have just embarked on building a Tahoe 19 and about to start configuring the transom and keel design to take a Hamilton jet .will run a keel either side of the jet intake from the Transom to frame 3 anything else I might need to consider, value your input.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Mark, the two problems I ran into was the low speed steering which is a pretty standard jet drive problem which we solved with two small rudders attached to the jet ours being an older model Hamilton. There are spring loaded blades available in the US that can be retro fitted to solve the handling problem. The other was that I mounted the jet too deep inboard on the boat and should have had her sticking out more as this affected the ability to reverse as the water was hitting the base of the transom when diverted instead of going under the boat. I fabricated another place diverter which protruded further out which solved this.The navel architect suggested I leave the area forward of the intake for about 3ft as flat as possible for the water flow. This has also worked very well. The only other thing I changed was to build a dam around the rear of the jet with an automatic bilge pump in case of a transom seal failure.

  113. Paul Smith says:

    This is a very good and extremely well documented plan. Nice work. Thank you.
    I have not yet added casters. I an choosing to roll a bin of water underneath the motors using my garage creeper or a moving dolly. I altered the length of the 32″ uprights. I used 30″ for my Suzuki DF20A regular shaft and 33″ for my Yamaha F4 long shaft. This resulting in the skegs being 4″ above the floor. Maybe 2″ higher as specified in the plans would be better for fitting an oil catch pan underneath.

  114. Chief Ed says:

    Thanks Ray. I new friend from Miami area has been in touch. Want’s to stop by.
    I like the interest, Hope people really like what I’ve done.

  115. Richard McCalder says:

    Read article.. very informative.. what is thought on stainless steel used for rudders ?

  116. Bill Shephard says:

    I love the lines of Sweet 16 but I’m looking for an identical boat 8 – 10 longer.

    Any advice?

  117. Carlos bairo says:

    thanks to all GLEN L MARINE MENBERS

    Carlos Bairo

  118. Raymond Wood says:

    Looking great Ed!

  119. […] Tipo de publicación: Digital (visita el sitio aquí) […]

  120. […] Kind of publication: Digital (visit link here) […]

  121. […] and patterns for this design are available from Glen-L Marine in our online catalog. You can read Part 1 of Ed’s blog on our […]

  122. Maxwell Criddle says:

    Just want to let you know that I have , Building the Glen-L Tuffy Part 1 , if you are interested,Contact me on my direct email( ) Thanks

  123. Thomas Charrier says:

    I have built 3 wood frame plywood covered Pirouges and have purchased plans for a Clark Craft paddle boat. I wood like to attend the Glen L gathering to see other self built projects and talk with the builders.

  124. Ron Stirm says:

    Great job; I am thinking of building the Hunky Dory 23 also. Thanks for sharing.

  125. Wow….Paul, nice work and great finishing. Hope you enjoy your boat for many years to come!

  126. […] also discuss some things about the engine I bought for the boat. If you missed them, you can read Part 1 and Part […]

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

  128. […] the next one will discuss finishing the deck and electrical system. Thank you for reading! Click here to read Part […]

  129. 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.

  130. […] 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 […]

  131. […] blog post continues from Part 1 of my Glen-L Tuffy build and details the process of finishing the decking and electrical […]

  132. David Larsen says:

    Great template. Just used stuff I had around the garage (I had to buy a set of casters). Thanks for this!

  133. gabriel says:

    Really happy to read your news, it’s been a while since I visit your site and I noticed that you have not posted news.

  134. John Wilder says:

    Hey Ramond.

    My name is John Wilder and I live in Jacksonville. Care to have coffee and swap stories. 904-655-2175

    • Chief Ed says:

      Hello John, I would like to meet both of you.
      My daughter lives in Middleburg and my wife wants a day trip.
      If you two can meet, we would like to come up next sat. the 21
      where ever you say. It’s been a long time since I lived off Beach Blvd.
      Don’t know the restaurants or snack shops.
      Chief Ed

  135. Dan Hennis says:

    Wow Ed!, You are a natural. I am being tempted to build a lengthened Fred Murphy in AL. after reading what your build is like. Love the “character notes and jokes.” It makes it all the more interesting. Especially liked the “pairing” too. I have wondered about that. I built a radome ped on the front of my pylon/mast. wondered if I could find a small rotator antenna to fit. I will be looking now. Keep it up. At the rate you are progressing you’ll possibly pass me. I am still laying circuitry wire.

  136. Raymond Wood says:

    Wow looks great Ed! I too am building a Glen L. Just getting started though and not retired yet so moving a lot slower than you. Comments suggest you might also be in Jacksonville.

  137. Dan Hennis says:

    Ed, This build makes me speechless, then I have a hundred questions, .. And Mine is nearing completion! Please Ed, talk to Gayle about doing a blog on this. I think it would be fascinating. Keep going, it is a beauty.

  138. Dan Hennis says:

    Beautiful! I think the blue center stripe is unique and adds depth to the deck. Never seen one like that, I like it. Can’t wait to see the next installment.

  139. Murray says:

    We has similar issues with a boat refurbish and for ‘next time’ I decided I would put a layer of fiberglass cloth over the deck and then apply finishing coats. The Fiberglass cloth will bind the different strips of mahogany and maple together providing horizontal structural support. At least that’s my theory, I would be interested in hearing other opinions. In this case I would likely sand down to the wood and then start over.

    • Richard says:

      I am contemplating building a Barrel Back 19. And having constructed Soap Box Derby Cars for over 40 years I’m quite versed in Wood and Fibreglass construction. I have found that “S” Fibreglass cloth has a tighter weave than standard cloth making it much stronger. Just my opinion, any thoughts?

  140. Andrew Domingos says:

    I need some ideas for keel hoist for mine.I just got gifted the boat and finishing up some projects on it to make it sea worthy.


  141. Steve Koschella says:

    It is more practical in a small boat to have a sealed cockpit that is small enough that if it totally swamps it will not sink the boat. A decent hand bailer should handle all but the most severe water ingress, or a bilge pump that can be either permanently installed or placed in to handle such events should be enough. I have sailed a 16 ft boat for years and the only water I have ever had come in is wave splash and rain, which rarely accumulates faster than intermittent bailing can’t handle.

  142. Larry says:

    Could you comment on the method you used to apply your bottom paint? Spray, roller-tiped, other?

    • Paul Vankeppel says:

      Hi Larry, I did the roll and tip method and I think it worked great. I had someone else help so that one person could roll a section and the other would follow with the brush. This let me keep a good wet edge and move a bit faster

  143. John Downey says:

    Beautiful little tug. Amazing looking brightwork.

  144. Bart says:

    Dan H, she sits on the waterline, just painted the antifoulant to 4″ above it as recommended by the manufacturer.

  145. Jim Roberts says:

    Hi Ron
    I guess this article was published some while ago. I am 70 and have purchased the Chinook plans. I live in Australia and have handyman type woodworking skills. Have you any advice please. I hope you are able to reply.
    Jim Roberts

  146. […] Editor’s Note: See Tom’s photos of the construction of the Molly B in the Glen-L Photo Galleries. […]

  147. Don Cpllier says:

    Thanks Darren. I hope it will be useful for other boat builders. I have have used Glen-L as a resource many times throughout the build process.

  148. Darren Bennetts says:

    What a journey. You have done so much work and yet still have a long way to go.
    Hang in there. Your documentation is superb. Your boat is magnificent.Thank you very kindly for sharing the build.

  149. Darren Bennetts says:

    Wow the detail in your descriptions is inspirational. I can’t wait to see the finished product. You are a master craftsman in my opinion.

  150. adam says:

    Nice work, I purchased the plans for Tuffy some time ago but have yet to put them into action.
    I plan to start getting supplies together this year. i am based in the UK, some need to look for some of the supplies here. did you buy your screws and fibreglass kits from glen-l directly? or use a local supplier?

    thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Paul Vankeppel says:

      Hey Adam, good luck with the Tuffy! I did buy the fastening kit and fiberglass kit from glen-l directly. It seemed like the easiest option, I’m sure you could save a bit if you really put in the effort to find a cheap supplier, but I felt like that would cost me a lot of time and likely a lot of trips to the store. The glen-l kits had everything I needed aside from some screws here and there that I needed for things I added that weren’t in the plans.

  151. Dwayne says:

    Boat looking very nice I may start billing to squirt I was really interested in your boat rotator

  152. Wojo Walczak says:

    very nice looking boat. wander about the motor hp…?? Looking forward to see your electrical work – and learn from it.

    • Paul Vankeppel says:

      I have a 30hp Yamaha on it which is plenty for what I want to do, even wakeboarding. It’s also a very light motor which is what I wanted, 2-stroke and no power tilt. With a heavier 4-stroke 40hp I would be worried about waves coming over the transom when the boat is fully loaded and it gets choppy.

  153. Dan Hennis says:

    Keep ’em coming! This is one design I have liked for years, but just not built one yet. Now I will be more inclined to do it sooner than later. Thanks so much for sharing.

  154. Rex Black says:

    Enjoyed the article about the Riviera. It is similar to the Chris Craft Capri I restored.
    My first Glen-L was an 8 ball in 1967, it served as a training boat for my 3 kids. I am planning to build another Glen-L similar to your Renegade.

  155. angel ayala says:

    Es posible conseguirlo pre-cortado. (kit)

  156. M.Comyn says:

    Gayle, “In Bellflower since 1956”, eh?

  157. Yacht man says:

    Interesting and good job, man. At what stage are you now?

    • Dan Hennis says:

      I just submitted an update. should be approved in a couple days. wiring mostly. Lots of details, and special parts. more in a couple weeks.

  158. Brian Loveless says:

    Galye, thanks for sharing the status of Buckshot. I’m guessing he’s had a great run of life considering he was your close friend. I have had many furry friends pass and it’s a difficult thing to adjust to. On a different note, I would like to say that the Newt is still swimming and happy.

  159. Larry Saupe says:

    Very sharp! Any further feedback on how this boat performed once it was splashed?

  160. Louwrens says:

    My dad (in South Africa) have built a Missile marine plywood boat in the seventies.He ordered the plans from Glen L.

  161. We built our Riviera without a fin originally. However when turning it slid. Next winter 3 fins were added under the motor and the control improved immensely. The boat no longer slid in the turns and held whether pulling 1 skier or 3. It is also great fun to pull “power turns” and soak the folks in the rear cockpit.

  162. Adel says:

    Would you provide a person to come abroad to build a boat say 15’ feet. A rowing one and how much approx. cost only labor charge?

  163. Paul Crowe says:

    I have never built a boat but I am considering building the Malahini beginning this Spring. All the boat terms and nomenclature are new to me and I’ve never even had a boat license, so I am a true novice. Its inspiring though to see people like you build boats from scratch. I look forward to following your progress.

  164. James Woody says:

    Thank you much for the news and pictures

  165. Brandon says:

    Ken, Brian, and Jeremy, great looking boats! I’m currently 75 hours into my build. I’d love to get more info from you if you are willing and able. As I said on my blog post,Gayle is going I get sick of me really quickly! I’ve also got an iPhoto share site up of the process if anyone wants to check it out.

  166. Walter Hansen says:

    Great job under difficult circumstances. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Thanks for sharing.

  167. steve says:

    This is a good article because there are many tips and also many advices that will be very useful for me.

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  169. John Platou says:


    Helping a guy in Clear lake with a 8 ft Minimost.

  170. john platou says:

    Walter I live in northeast Houston, be happy to help you anyway I can. I built my first boat at 13, in the 12 years I have built 3 or 4 a year, all small. I have an extensive knowledge of outboards and rigging. My cell is 832 473 8928 and email

  171. I built a malahini finished October 2016. Great boat. Did a lot of research on new motors. The Yamaha f70 is an unbelievably great motor for the boat. Great power to weight ratio at 253 lbs. 4 stroke starts always instantly without priming. I hit 37mph at 6300rpm. I can plane out with 6 full sized adults. At 4000rpm I get 9mpg. Reliable motor. I have 15inch aluminum prop. My boat isn’t light either. Extra woodwork instead and deck. 13g tank under back just in front of motorwell next to battery.

  172. James King says:

    The ducts look great. I will be ready for a road trip when you get the castings. I wish I could do more than encourage you. The epoxy paint sprayer is brilliant.

  173. Wojo Walczak says:

    Love the brightwork !
    Have Glen L15 build in 1985 that needs to be rebuild. Your work gives me some ideas.

  174. Wojo says:

    bought Glen L15 build in 1985. Needs some resto, but I am using it as a motorboat for now. Would like to give the boat some bright finishes that she deserves.
    Love what you doing with your boat !!

  175. Jim Isbell says:

    I wanted to do this about ten years ago but new jets are expensive and used ones are trash.

    • Greg Walters says:

      Hi Jim,agreed!. I was lucky enough to get my hands on two identical Hamilton jets that were in great condition. The older ones are a lot easier to fabricate spares for and repair.

  176. LSaupe says:

    I see you can actually back into Derek’s images at:

  177. Rusty Wiese says:

    Gayle, Such a nice tribute to you and your family. What a history you have I always read all your posts and enjoy them for the tech stuff and just for reading pleasure. I go back to 1957 Jr high wood shop days in South Florida to my beginning boat building days. Thanks to my boat plans from Gen L
    I had a small lawn cutting service and it helped pay for my first plan set. I new a lot of guys who built from Glen`s plans . We fished from the boats , we raced the boats, we water skied , we camped out of them and dreamed of the next boat ! Thank you for the history of Glen L Marine. PS I have spent 60 plus years in the maritime boat business and enjoyed it all.

  178. Bobby says:

    cant figure out to line up the bow & transom what is the key

    • Bobby, the drawing of the building form shows the location of the transom and bow and forms–these are all positioned with set-up levels matching and at the angles noted.

  179. Brad G says:

    Is there a comparison or advise on replacing wood casting decks with aluminum?

  180. Tommy says:

    Dear Gayle……NEVER accept the statement the he was just a dog!
    A dog comes to us at some stage of it’s life and IMMEDIATELY begins to become a part of our basic being until his spirit becomes mingled with our spirit. Then, suddenly, we are spiritually one. When he has to go “home”, it is an indescribably excruciating painful awakening! I don’t think it is humanly possible to ever get over the indescribable loss except to KNOW that some day WE WILL BE REUNITED!!
    God Bless You,

  181. Bob Ramsey says:

    What a great pair of creative talent existed with Ken and Glen. We are benefactors of that creativity and I for one am glad that Gayle and company has continued their legacy. I intend to build more of their designs in the future and invite their spirits to accompany me on the water. Thanks

  182. Raymond M Wood says:

    I am just a couple of months behind you (started the the middle of May) on a Key Largo in Jacksonville, FL USA. Finishing up frame #6 currently.

  183. Mark Kamerer says:

    It was a bittersweet moment being there that day.
    It was very nice to make a final visit at the old shop and to take home a few
    Glen L artifacts.
    The painting’s on the wall and the fish is perfect hanging above the fireplace.
    Hope you enjoy your new digs. I will miss the old place.
    I know you won’t miss the commute.

  184. George Simousek says:

    I’m considering a first build of a Scrambler. If anyone has any tips for me I’d appreciate hearing them. I was also curious if anyone has built that design and has used a small outboard of 15hp? I will be pan fishing smaller waters and don’t have a need for speed, but don’t want to languish either. Any input will be valuable.
    Thanks George Simousek

  185. WalterH says:

    That’s great news, Roger. This will be my third boat build, but the first two were not Glen-L designs. The Malahini will be the largest so far. Where will you be in Texas? We are south of Houston in League City. I hope we can connect when you get down here.

  186. Roger Walling says:

    Have built one Glen L boat when I was in college and am looking forward to building another one.

  187. Bobby says:

    Is there any one in Alabama or Georgia who has built one would like to contact them for info

  188. Bobby says:

    need all the help I can get

  189. Mladen says:

    Trebao je biti unutrašnji VW 19 TDI na Znogu Volvo Penta, ali sam od toga odustao, dolazi 90 ili 100 HP vanbrodski, Evinrude E-tec ili Yamaha. Plus mali motor 4-5 ks za štedljivu plovidbu, nizvodno ili slično..

  190. John Wilder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Of course you are crying, it was not just a dog but a beloved family member. Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I type this. He will not be replaceable in your heart but as time goes by, you just need to get a new pup who will be completely different.

    Blessings on you and yours

  191. Jim Vibert says:

    They have a tendency to grown on us. I still miss my chocolate lab “Chaco”. He was a great companion. He was tough on the other dogs and would pin my wife in the bathroom late at night during his later years . 16 years is a long time for a big dog. Yours was able to be a good friend longer than mine. I chose to think he knowingly made a space for our newer dogs.

  192. Mark Freeman says:

    Gayle- So sorry for the loss of your companion.

  193. Dan Hennis says:

    Let me be one of the first to say from experience like yours, your description probably does not do him justice. These wonder friends are as important and valuable as almost any child. I lost my first handicapped companion “Moose” to a cruel rancher that lured him off our property because he hated us. The loss is hard to fill. I have worked and schemed for over 18 years, how to get another like my moose. If my efforts are successful, I know it will not replace your Buckshot, but I will have an extremely rare and special friend to send your way. My wife’s and my hearts go out for your loss.

  194. zoran says:


    sjajna izrada! dokle ste stigli s projektom ? šta planirate za pogon.
    ja sam u NS, na Dunavu, i ovaj mi se brod uvek čini “taman” .

  195. Rolf Koens says:

    I recently bought a 21 ft. plywood Hartley (the beautiful ‘Pterodactyl’) in Adelaide, AU. The boat had been moored for 6 months and when it was pulled out it became apparent that the paint below the waterline had deteriorated and was coming off in sheets. It has not been ‘epoxy-ed’, the paint appears to be oil-based. I had made up my mind to ‘West-System’ the hull: epoxy/glass..until I came across your article. In Australia the term ‘latex’ is not used / I haven’t come across it. We do have exterior waterbased acrylic paints such as Dulux Weathershield, British Paints and Solver also make exterior acrylic paints (with warranties of up to 25 years..) ..question: are these ‘latex-based’ paints?

  196. Appreciative says:

    I’m not a boat builder – but your chart was really helpful in my decision between ply and alum for my project.
    Thanks 🙂

  197. Pat Gresley says:

    Thanks for posting each step, I look forward to seeing it all completed.

    • mccollumj says:

      You’re welcome Pat! I plan on posting a new step each day until I’m caught up and then as I progress through this build. I’m working on the seats and bracing now.

  198. […] The YouTube video says, “Go on a tour with Tom Smitherman as he shows off the beautiful Bo-Jest he built using Glen-L plans and patterns. See detail on this design:  –  Here some builders discuss the boat. […]

  199. Dan Hennis says:

    Hey, Go for it bud! I look forward to every installment.

  200. Chris W says:

    You are one very talented man! Kudos to you on a excellent construction job so far…

  201. Peter Edmonds says:


  202. Wolf says:

    For my first build, good idea?

  203. Michael S Noble says:

    I love these boats. I do have a history with them when I was a teenager. I grew up on a lake in Ohio that had two of the most beautiful mahogany speed boats I’ve ever seen. Dinamite and Firecracker. Thanks for the emails.

  204. Peter Hillar says:

    What a thrill! Nothing better than the reward of enjoying your own handiwork. Until you build something like this you cannot fathom (no pun intended) the joy that building and floating your own boat brings. It’s the culmination of every master craftsman:….carpenter, cabinet maker, mechanic, plumber, electrician, painter……a testimony to your talents. Nice work Jim, Bravo! Happy sailing!

  205. Jean-Sébastien says:

    Why do I only have one picture of a scarf joint !!! It’s the only one I ever let Marc do 😉

    In our duo, I was the perfectionist and he was the super locomotive pushing the project forward… We were a great duo…

    We started the built in April 2004 and finished the project in July 2005. Because of Canadian winters, we had to stop between October and March. We both had all our time to devote to “Project Wildcat”…

    Do net expect to finish a project like this in +/- 1 year… Our “project manager”, a professional wooden boat builder / repairer thought it would take us 4-5 years to finish (Canadian winters again).

    When the boat, for commercial purposes, was inspected by Transport Canada, the inspector thought we were professional builders. That was largely du to all of Jean-Pierre’s advises ( He was helpful !!!

    About the WILDCAT design. When it was cold, all divers wanted the protection of the windshield and came forward… This brought more weight forward than the boat is designed to carry. It is the only “pseudo-negative” that Marc and I agreed on…

    With 2 x 90 HP Honda’s, at minimum weight on a flat St-Lawrence river, we achieved our fastest speed… 65 Km/h (GPS)

    You’ll see the boat in this vidéo:

  206. Dan Hennis says:

    Hey Chris, This is as close to social media as I will ever get… So no response on twitchy/face or any of that other stuff. As for the media used in the sandblasting process, I finally got around to contacting the Blaster. He said it was “40/80 quarts, shot to a white metal surface, and a 1/2 – 1 Mil matt finish.” He also related that unlike some others, he never re-uses his sand tailings. He always uses fresh sand each job. If you were in the SW Missouri area, he is the best priced and always willing to look at the job. A really great contractor.

  207. Dat says:

    I just purchased boat plans for this boat, any advise for the aluminum plans?

  208. Justin says:

    How does the 115hp do on this boat ?

  209. Robbie Combs says:

    I’m interested in building a wood drift boat. I’m a disabled veteran who wants to help other veterans through fishing the New River and Greenbrier River of west Virginia. Fly and spincasting fishing smallmouth. I was just curious about supplies, cost, time line and building plans.

  210. John Montalbano says:

    love the design.


    Qual o valor do plano do catamara

  212. scott h says:

    Looks as though a good time was had by all. One day…one day….whilst cruising the Great Loop maybe timing will coincide with G20 or so! ha.
    Scott H

  213. Gavin says:

    thinking of this design, would you have more photos of the build. and how is the performance.

  214. Chris says:

    Glad this worked for him, certainly the most complicated turning of a relatively small and light boat I have see.
    At least it appears to have been relatively safe. 🙂

    • John Stevens says:

      I agree this is really complex and it doesn’t let the hull flex even a mite. Flexing is good since the hull will flex in the water.
      I’ve built a half dozen Glen L boats including a Glen L 25′ dory/flat bottom, (see pix in photo section). That was in 2005. I have turned it over many times with ropes, a few 4×4’s, a Willys Jeep, and a deadman. Trick is to know your knots.
      But Bravo anyways, after all it’s a firstborn boat, which is special. I’m too poor to afford all that extra lumber and bolts. John Stevens

  215. Eugen Frunza says:

    Dear Gayle,

    Please accept my condoleances for the loss of your father. He lived a great life based on what he has done and left behind him. Including so many people touched by his work and passion.

    Yours trully,
    Eugen Frunza
    Richmond Hill ON Canada

  216. scott h says:

    having read this in Inboard Installations…it is a great time to review as i come closer and closer to flipping the hull. great information…blessings, scott

  217. ctfolmar says:

    Is it possible to build the Bonanza with the engine mounted in the stern driving a jet pump? How badly would that effect balance, and can it be corrected? I really like the design, but my wife really dislikes the engine box in the middle of the boat. I must, I don’t care much for it myself. Thanks.

  218. Al Neill says:

    Just read about your dad Gayle. Yes, he was a wonderful man and seemed to have lived a good full life. Popular Mechanics and Glen-L have been with me for many years, and I loved the information provided by both companies. At 74 I still use my Glen-L Audeen regularly. My boat is admired by many and I always mention Glen-L and direct others to your wonderful website. You can be very proud of your dad and the company and beautiful designs that he created.

    • Thank you so much, Al. And, also for the mentions about Glen-L–we really appreciate that. My dad’s birthday was 8/22/17, the day you posted this comment, and he would have been 99… good to hear about your Audeen too! That’s a great design…

  219. Dan says:

    Wow Norm, that is some beautiful work. A true masterpiece in action. The exterior is unique and demands respect. Your attention to detail leaves nothing to be desired. It should serve you well for many years AND, fetch a hansome price when you want to sell it.

  220. Nick Moschis says:

    Just resumed my long project and sad to read about the passing of your Dad! He was truly blessed to have been able to work with his daughter and in a job that he loved. No doubt the reason he lived so long! What a proud man he must have been! I am now even more determined to finish my Bandido project.

  221. Lynn says:

    I’m very impressed! I would like to be updated as you go along. There is something special about building a boat but you really went to the max with your work.You have to feel that accomplishment that only you can receive from the work that you have done!

  222. John Wilder says:

    All the more reason not to deviate from the plans

  223. Val Pennington says:

    Hey Valley Girl,I reviewed all the the boats shown and they really look
    Good. I look forward to all your postings,so keep-em coming.

  224. PaulBrinkman says:

    Great article and outstanding designs.
    Thanks, Paul

  225. Paul (Skip) Snowden says:

    What a wonderful article. It was really nice to see the connection with Ken and Glenwood. Your father was a very talented man and I feel honored to have built one of his designs.

  226. scott hitt says:

    “best dad a gal could have”! That’s the winner. Well done.
    blessings, scott

  227. Simplicio T. Aguas Jr. says:

    My deepest condolence for the lost of your father. I’m sorry for your dad’s passing.

  228. Marcos Lodi says:

    Great professional that has inspired my career

  229. Rick Davies says:

    I have been reading Wooden Boat magazine for years and learned of Glen-L Marine from adds in Wooden Boat. I grew up in Downey, CA, where my mom still lives. I often drive up Rosecrans to the 605 freeway on my way back from my mom’s house to our place in Fountain Valley. I still have intentions to build MY own wooden boat after retirement, which is not too far away. My dad bought an unfinished Javlyn hull and finished it in our garage there in Downey when I was 4 years old (60 years ago). I have dreamed about building my own boat since then. I just love looking through your catalog, reading your articles, and cruising around your website. I am sorry for your dad’s passing. What a fantastic body of work he acheived.

  230. Mike says:

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your father. You are a living monument to his memory, this was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.

  231. Jim & Peggy Stewart says:

    Just plain beautiful!
    How wonderful it would be if all we dad’s enjoyed a daughter like you and a life full of wonderful things to share.
    I’m sure he is proud as I’m sure you too are.

  232. Richard Downer says:

    Your articles are always very informative. They address questions i did not know i had. Boating safety is some times not considered when choosing a design.

  233. John Wilder says:

    Hey Allen
    Skiing works best at about 20 mph well below the speed limit that Gayle is talking about.

  234. Allen Peterson says:

    This is great information because these are the very boats I have been considering. I am looking for a cruiser that I can also pull a tube or skier. However, I don’t know boats well enough to know what speed range I need for skiing. Can you point me in the right direction for a good all-round boat? Thank you.

  235. Ed Davis says:

    Hello Dan,
    I have the Goliath plans and will be building in aluminum. I’m a retired computer repair tec. ( USN 22 years). I’ve got a Lincoln MIG 180 Welder (220 volt).
    The building form is complete and ready to go. I tried the welder and it would not burn the aluminum, so off to the service center in Orlando. Brand new and broke. Can hardly wait to really get started. I’ve bought the alum. for all the frames and stiffeners.

    • E-J Ohler says:

      Ed make sure you have GREAT ventilation doing aluminum otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy your end result.

  236. Mike says:

    Beautiful camper. Great Job. How difficult was it to modify the plans to the size and specs you wanted? Where did you get your building supplies, appliances, etc.?

    • Norm Stevens says:

      Thanks for the compliment.
      Super easy to modify the framing and structural part of the Glen L plans. I just reduced the front and rear dimensions (lengthwise) . Even though I don’t think it was entirely necessary, I shortened the cabover (bed) dimension, in order to reduce the cantilever over the cab and to reduce weight. I kept all widths the same as on the Glen L plans.
      As far as supplies, believe it or not, Home Depot carries 1×2, 2×2, 1×4, 1×6 lumber which are the dimensions you need for framing. They also carry structural plywood for the base, etc, and 1/8″ veneer for the interior.
      Appliance and accessory wise, I used the internet…primarily eBay. That way I was able to shop and compare, and look for the best prices.
      Thanks for the inquiry.

  237. Scott V says:

    Beautiful work – far better than “factory” and of course, exactly how you wanted it. What is the total dry weight?

    • Norm Stevens says:

      Thanks for the compliment. The total dry weight is 2,000 lbs. Works on a short bed, heavy duty 1/2 ton with rear air bags but a 3/4 ton would be better.

  238. Norman McGill says:

    A couple years ago I saw on your website a complete description of the building of a runabout with many pictures of the project as it progressed. I would like to study this article again but now I don’t seem to be able to find it. Can you tell me where it is? Pete

  239. Charlie says:

    What is the minimum HP (outboard) needed to get the 19′ version in wood to plane out? Since this is the same hull used in several boat designs then, I assume, the hull weight is about 1200lbs for the wooden 19 footer.

  240. EAA says:

    Objects of beauty, grace or speed are traditionally frequently named after women. Probably in deference to the weaker sex. (Old fashioned I know.)

  241. Bill Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the tips and the response. I appreciate you taking the time to get back to me. I will follow your advise and try the forum. Right now, I’m following some additional information I received and constructing a steam box out of PVC. I also plan to pre-soak the chine a day in advance then steam it for a couple of hours. I was also informed to keep it wet while working with it. The chine is 1 1/2 by 3/4 10′ long

  242. Bill Mitchell says:

    Bill Mitchell
    Apologize for the previous short comment an old habit from my job. I’m retired and living in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area. I started this project almost 3 years ago, but had to put it aside to finish remolding my house. So now, I’m picking up where I left off, which was trying to figure out how to install the chine logs My first attempt resulted in sharp bends in the chine log. This my first attempt at building a boat, so is there anyone that has been through this that can give me some pointers or tips on how to bend the chine logs into place?

  243. Bill Mitchell says:

    Looking for help; I’m building a IMP and having a heck of a time getting pass bending the chine logs into place. Does any one have any advise or tips to help me get pass this point

    • Dan says:

      I am sure the wood folks would have some great ideas in the forum section of the Glen-L site. What is the dimension if the lumber? I know there is soaking and steaming, and I have also done thin 1/4″ laminations in place before. The laminations did exceptionally well and one the lams are all in and cured they stay in form well and if you alternate the end grain, it will be much stronger too. But check wit hthe folks on the forum.

  244. KirksRestoration says:

    Thanks Dan.
    I haven’t finished quite yet still have the fuel system to do then I will be buttoning it up for delivery.
    It has really been fun building and seeing the end is very satisfying!
    I will post the final pictures in a week or two!

  245. Dan Hennis says:

    That is one beautiful boat! I like that you took plenty of pictures. I can see that if I were building it, I could and would go to your build to see ANYTHING I wanted in how something went together before I did it. This is a fantastig collection of pictures. Great build. Good fortune on the water!

  246. Pam Lassila says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories is going out to the lake with my family and boating around. My dad would take us and just throw us over the edge of the boat! It was so fun. I love boating and being able to still do that.

  247. David Compton says:

    Hello, I really love your boat and would like to ask a few questions. First, how much weight will it handle? Do you sell the plans and how can I get a set. Are they complete plans, including everything you need to know.. I built a hydroplane 50 years ago and loved it. I am 70 now and love to work with wood and have been looking for something like this. How much HP does it need to push 4 heaver set people across the water at a respectable speed, say 40 to 50 mph. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.

    Thanks David

  248. Rob Haener says:

    Jerry, that is without a doubt the best marriage of good stuff and new stuff I ever saw. I ran an early 1950s Kiekhaefer/Mercury motor (when they were metallic green), on my fishing boat until 1988, when I sold it. As far as I know, that guy is still running it every weekend. Your boat itself is wonderfully worthy of the drive. Don’t forget to post a shot of it at speed (at Cedar Creek?). I’ve been through your town many times making the run from Corsicana to Shreveport.

  249. Stainless Steel Fastenings in Boatbuilding – Craft A Craft says:

    […] good Glen-L article giving an overview (with some really good links to other sites) of the use and recommended (non)-use of stainless […]

  250. vaniltug says:

    Thanks for the tip on the soapy water for sanding. I was going through a lot of paper before I tried your tip, and WOW, does that ever work good.

  251. Mark Coleman says:

    It was my first but not my last meeting. I left the meeting already looking forward to next year. What an amazing group of friendly, talented people!

  252. David Grason says:

    What a GREAT article. I really enjoyed reading this. I almost missed it because it went into my spam file and I came close to deleting it. OOOPS.

  253. HENDRIK HORN says:


  254. Everett says:

    how much do the plans for a 20 foot long by 8 foot 6 inch wide aluminium chinook cost

  255. Rod Hogg says:

    I have just completed building an aluminum Chinook (20.5 ft version) if anyone wants advice on this build I would be happy to provide them with my experiences during the 8 month build that I have just completed.

    • Ulrich Bircher says:

      I’m looking at the 19 ft. Chinook, aluminum const. I don’t think the plans come with any inside finish or wiring information, how did you deal with any of that? also controls,fuel system,
      window glass, interior finish, paint, also some questions on bottom and side plating pattern cutting , welding , would like to talk to you on the phone if possible .

    • Dat says:

      Hi Rod – just got my plans in the mail. I am really excited to start this process. I would appreciate it if you have some advise before I start the build. Thank

    • Chris says:

      Hi rod I’m thinking of building the aluminum Chinook also would love to hear about your build .
      Thx Chris

      • Dat says:

        Hey Chris – I’m half way building the frames, it would be good to connect with someone that is also in the process. Feel free to give me a call at 2014140531. Thanks Dat

  256. Jasper says:

    Shows what a little thought and ingenuity can get done!
    Excellent share, thanks!! 🙂

  257. Jaime says:

    Nice modified version. Do you have a study plan of thos one?

  258. James King says:

    I had a great time hob nobbing with you in the Ozarks. Keep up the good work. 90 percent of America was built by people like you. Take your time. It will work.
    I will get you that powder coater address tonight.
    James King

  259. Jim Isbell W5JAI says:

    I am interested in what you did to the HF welder to get 35% duty cycle. My email address is phone is 361-238-0711 if you have the time? My last steel boat was a Bruce Roberts 44′ CC Ketch.

  260. Rollyn Trueblood says:

    After spending so long making Molly B, and launching it in 2014, I am curious. I saw Molly B is for sale in Rochester, NY. Are you taking on a different project?
    Best wishes,
    Rollyn Trueblood

  261. Wayne says:

    Sexy! And the boat ain’t bad either.

  262. Ken says:

    awesome boats!!!

  263. James King says:

    I am in St. Charles, Missouri. I will be glad to make the road trip to admire your hull. The hull is “the thing.”
    I am still tempted to weld a boat. It is sooo much work but might be what I need to do.

    • Dan Hennis says:

      Hey James, I did not see the comment on the site so I am commenting here again. “Come on down!” Please just call firs and I will make sure I don’t have a load, a cow to work on, a dog to handle, or a neighbor to help. No, I am not that busy, but sometimes it seems like it. I am currently finishing up the construction to the drive turrets. This is time cinsuming and so I have not posted in a week or two. There is a lot of finishing and little to show for it. But my build is in the right “phase” so you can see my mistakes and make better choices on yours…. And I can assure you, the build is worth every bit of the effort. The response to this build has been nothing short of amazing.

  264. James King says:

    For universal joints try G and G in Omaha, Nebraska. Their products are in every farm store in the Midwest and I would guess the rest of the United States. You may find centrifugal clutches in the same area of the store.
    Centrifugal clutches with two sprockets for roller chain are available and as the author states they are necessary. I would suggest operating the motor at 1500 rpm and using the chain drive to gear down the rpm at the propeller shaft. I tried routing the exhaust into the water to quiet the engine and found that you can’t go too deep or the back pressure will stall the engine and make it hard starting. This type of project is undertaken by power mechanics, welding and machine shop students and it results in an excellent power transmission education.

  265. scott h. says:

    there are some fellas down in Bradenton, Fl. that adapted a B/S to an outboard drive…..pretty kewl….Steve @ Dave Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club! kewl kats.

  266. david says:

    How about some pictures?

  267. Peter Edmonds says:

    Great story and pictures. The internet translator has some odd vocabulary for boatbuilding, but we can see what is happening.

    In the Australian vernacular, “Good on ya, mate!” Will this translte to meaningful Portugese?

    Peter Edmonds
    Perth, Western Australia

    • Pedro says:

      Hi Peter

      I used internet to undesrtand what this sentence could mean. I Got it. Thanks

      In the last few months, I add to the blog new photos with the last developments.

  268. Tim says:

    There’s a couple of ideas in Bueller’s Backyard boatbuilding. If memory serves it was less specific. I would bot worry about a lot of bew fresh air those motors don’t need much to stay cool.

  269. Denis Jetté says:


    I’m a draftman for almost 20 years now and I work mostly on computer at work and occasionally on drafting table to redraw old parts of automated machine and remake old template made by our toolers and the pictures of the drafting room here inspired me a lot !!!

    I have my own drafting room at home and I have a lot of old stuff that I use and I was wondering if it is possible to have more pictures, especially the board on the back…

    As I can see I thing there is two T square, a complete set Copenhagen Ship Curves, a standard mechanical french curve set, a brush, a standard 45 and 30-60 triangle and an erase shield… On the drafting table there is a couple of spline weight and a ink well and a K&E Drafting Machine like the Paragon model. But I dont know the brand of the drafting table ?

    On the other drafting table there is a thru point pencil sharpener, a slide rule and a K&E drafting machine like the other one.

    On the flat file cabinet there is a case but not sure what it contain ?

    So if it is not too personal can you add more pictures of the drafting room or can you send them to me by email it will be most appreciated.

    Keep me posted !

    Thank you !

  270. Sean–thank you so much for posting about your beautiful Bullet. Congratulations on a boat well built!

  271. Dan Hennis says:

    That is a beautiful boat. What weight of glass did you use on the deck? I would like to make one on these one day…

    • sean purcell says:

      Hey Dan
      I used 175g all the way around. You can see the mat when you look closely on the deck.

  272. Dan Hennis says:

    Hey Ann, I’d be honored if I could see how your build is turning out. Looks like you have passed me if you are/have turned it…

    Send me a PM, and we can arrange a time.

    • Paul Fairchild says:

      Hi Dan,
      This is Paul my wife is Ann. I am really enjoying building this boat and it is coming out really nice. I’m in O’Fallon Missouri so I’m not that far away. One of the places I plan on using it is Lake of the Ozarks. If you want to see it that would be really cool. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner but I didn’t know this was on here. Google images of Tugboat Atlantic Hunter and you will see how I am doing the superstructure.

    • Paul Fairchild says:

      You can call me if you want 636-634-1503. Thanks Paul.

  273. Mustafa Ercüment Aksoy says:

    Thank you for your very informative article.
    Regards from İstanbul
    Ercüment Aksoy

  274. Donald Collier says:

    Good information. Thanks to Mark and Glen-l.

    A note for Mark Bronkalla,


    I am building a Riviera and posing a blog about the progress. You were a leader in the information posted on yours. I have and still use your website and pictures for information on boat building. It is a great resource. Thank you for taking the time to do it.

    Don Collier

  275. Randolph A. Lyall says:

    It`s clear to me you show a grate admiration for detail giving the coverage you bestowed for the love of wood, It`s truly a work of art to see such work.. I can relate
    due to my Grandfather was a master carpenter and built riverboats.. Sorry for your finger though, It happens some times.. Keep up the good work!!

    • Donald Collier says:

      Thank you for kind words. The feedback keeps me motivated to do it. Mark Bronkalla did a great job when he built his Riviera. I have looked at his website many times. I am really looking forward to the veneer layer. No one will see the work so far, but the final veneer is what will be seen. I will be fussing with that.

      Thank again

  276. Doug says:

    Dan I am still kicking on my project. didnt have the heart to cut it up. any updates on your Goliath? can’t seem to post on this, if it double posts mu apologies and pls delete the redundant one…


    • Dan Hennis says:

      I put it on a short hold for winter to catch up on farm work. Have returned to it and will oudate all this week. Thanks for caring…

  277. Doug says:

    Dan, haven’t heard form the build for a while, I am still kicking on my project. didnt have the heart to cut it up. any updates on your Goliath?

  278. Pete Radecki says:

    Awesome work Don! I look forward to your posts and want to thank you for the level of detail you are providing.

    I have witnessed builder blogs start out then just stop or fizzle out. Hopefully you can keep it up as many will appreciate and benefit from your effort.

    Pete Radecki

  279. Larry says:

    For some reason unable to access Derek’s images (just returns back to this page), however no problem with Mike’s.

  280. Greg Walters says:

    Hi Don I worked on and off on her over a two year period.I could have done it a bit quicker but life just gets in the way



  281. Don Collier says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful. How long did it take to build it? I am in the process of building a Riviera.

  282. Dan H says:

    What a beautiful work of art! I note that she sits slightly above the waterline. Is there still things going into it? Please, please consider doing a short YouTube video if her leaving dock, doing a couple turns, and maybe a reverse. I promise to be one of the viewers… I just hope my Goliath looks as good as your Titan when finished. Thanks for the update!

  283. Dan H. says:

    Great piece. I started building in the 60s, drifted away, but it has become my retirement job/hobby now. I too thank the Glen-L folks, and especially good health to Glen. Though I have never met a-one in person, I consider them close friends. Keep it up.

  284. beppler says:

    The Antique and Classic Boat Society – Pacific Northwest chapter wrote an article about about a new CNC technique being used by Edensaw Woods. This technique eleminates scarf and but joint for small craft using plywood. This gets you the longer pieces with a very strong joint? I plan on trying this out on my 13′ Fisherman I’m working on. See February 2016 article. I would have posted a link and could find it. Endedsaw sent me the article by pdf.

  285. Jim Major says:

    Love this design, have wanted to do it or the Aqua Cat since the 70’s! Looks like Jerry is doing an excellent job as well.
    Jerry, please continue to update us on your progress. Twin 60’s or 75’s would be most cool.
    Looking forward to its finish and a handling report.
    Great work!

  286. Jerry Albrecht says:

    I know all the documentation is slowing your progress, I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to see the next installment.

  287. Bobby Hinely says:

    Great job on a beautiful boat. I like the addition of the outboard motor well. Is this on the plans, or did the builder design it?

  288. John Simlett says:

    Like a good wine … it improved with age.Well done!

  289. Dan Hennis says:

    That is one beautiful example of a Custom Heirloom boat. Just perfect.

  290. What a delightful post, Bill & Linda! Thank you for contributing. Yes, the Squirt was designed by Glen himself in 1954. As for the possible inspiration for the design, I’m not sure. But my father was born and raised in California and was an avid skier so it’s most likely similar to boats he was familiar with at the time.

  291. Lucas Erickson says:

    Great looking boat. I’d love to see some pictures of the inside of the cabin.

  292. Paul says:

    I sure enjoyed reading your article on “Displacement” – as I do all your articles; very informative, and always encouraging. Thank you very much!

  293. John Simlett says:

    Hi Greg,

    Enjoying your project very much.

    I’ve just started my own project, a 15 foot Maine Lobster Boat, over here in Fishguard, West Wales, UK.

    Your gallery, as a slideshow, was very encouraging… and at this stage I need all the encouragement I can get.

    Thanks for sharing

  294. Michiel Folgers says:

    Cant wait to see the progress on this beautiful boat, like to build one myself some day.

  295. Donald Collier says:

    I hope it will help the next person who decides to build. Thank you for the feedback.

    Don Collier

  296. Pat Gresley says:

    Looking forward to your future posts.
    Thanks for detailing so well.

  297. Jason says:

    So to summarize, the list is:
    #10 – Topper – 10 foot Car-top Sailboat
    #9 – Tango – 18 foot Sloop
    #8 – Glen-L 13 – Simple Rig for Single-Handed Sailing
    #7 –Bull’s-Eye – 11′ Stitch & Glue Skiff for Oars, Power or Sail
    #6 – Minuet – 15 foot Overnight Sloop
    #5 – Glen-L 12 – A Lightweight 12 foot Sloop
    #4 – Eightball – 8′ Pram
    #3 Glen-L 15 – Roomy 15 foot Family Sloop
    #2 – Glen-L 14 – Lively 14 foot Sloop
    #1 – Sabotina – 8 foot Sailing Pram
    #3 – Eightball – 8′ Pram
    #2 Glen-L 15 – Roomy 15 foot Family Sloop
    #1 – Sabotina – 8 foot Sailing Pram

    Interesting that we have multiple entries for the top three positions and that they aren’t always the same. Looks like the Eightball is #4 and #3. The Glen-L 15 is #3 and #2 and the Glen-L 14 is #2 and then off the list entirely. I’m confused.

  298. […] completed a restoration of a 1964 Chris-Craft Super Sport and has done a beautiful job. Brad has a Gallery here on our site showing some photos of his work. Be sure and attend the Gathering this weekend and see […]

  299. Chris says:

    Definitely one of the prettiest boats I have ever seen!

  300. Dan says:

    Sounds like sombody discovered Glen-L can design boats worth a heritage, … like an heirloom boat. Great article about a great boat. Thanks Gayl for posting. Hope to be getting back on mine soon. You’ll be the first to know. (FYI- I will NEVER have a facebook account, but thanks anyway.) Cheers all.

  301. Mike says:

    I’ve been working on my book project for nearly 20 years I must have been crazy may not live long enough to ever finish it but I still like looking at it

  302. Al says:

    Gorgeous GL-10!

  303. Martin_Holland says:

    I love #5 the Tubby Tug (maybe a bit bigger) I’m a fan off “work boats” I live in the Netherlands, don’t know if there are some boats in The Netherlands build from your plans, but I love’m (although I think I never can build one)

    Keep up the good work/

  304. VanIlTug says:

    Nice Job, everything looks 110%

  305. […] For more photos of James’ Barrelback and other builder photos, see the Barrelback Gallery Album. […]

  306. jason c patton says:

    I have found personally that its just as easy to go ahead and remove the lower unit and exhaust snout ,as it is to get some help in getting your motor from point a to point b .this also keeps me up to date w doing my impeller on a regular basis and making sure I also change the gear lube every year as well .I hope you find this helpfull .

  307. aero_dan says:

    I loved these Gayle, they make more sense than the actual ones.

  308. Al says:

    I would like to build a Rivieria. Will be following your progress.

  309. Ray Vosper says:

    I built my first boat over 40 years ago from Glen L plans. I’m working on my 39th boat
    now. It’s an addicting hobby!

    I would offer one piece of advice. Do something to the boat every day, even if you just sweep up shavings. Too many people skip a day and it becomes a month, a year, or an incomplete. project.

    Cheers and good luck, Ray

  310. Anthony Skrip says:

    Beautiful job. Very impressive indeed! Did you construct this from your own plans or are plans available for purchase.
    Thank you

  311. Thanks for all the updates Vanlltug–enjoy watching your progress.

  312. Thanks for continuing to keep us updated!

  313. Thanks for posting on our blog. We look forward to hearing about your progress–be sure and keep us updated!

  314. VanIlTug says:

    That was electrifying (flux capacitor)!! Sort of thought you might be doing something electric, say a modified Prius drive with solar panels. Really like your idea for the cooler. That should be enough for a steam plant or a Slowpoke reactor.
    I’m planning something similar for a cooler, but it will be external to the hull and loop around the keel. Picked up the fittings and cooling pipes from an old 1947 workboat (along with a bunch of other parts), Pipes are in good condition, lots of wall and no visible corrosion considering it’s been used in salt water for 60 years.

  315. […] you recall my previous post about the building form and then setting up the frames, this is the foundation of the boat. Once you have that, it is simply […]

  316. […] would be a good place to talk about stuff other than boatbuilding. And, I have once or twice. The post I wrote for Thanksgiving got the most comments of any and I did bear my heart and my faith. It seemed to resonate with many […]

  317. Dan says:

    I’m In SW Missouri.

  318. VanIlTug says:

    I’m building a Titan Tug out of wood. Interesting to see the differences. Your progress is quite remarkable. I’m at the point right now of installing the battens. Things not bending very easily, probably a lot easier with steel. Have you picked an engine yet?

    • Dan says:

      Yes, the differences are sometimes stark. Bwnding stuff in steel is no easier, just different. I have had to use a couple of chains and come-alongs to help stuff to fit. At least when I make a mistake, I can just weld a stub back on and try it again. I had thought about the Titan (same-same just shorter), but I was looking to fill a local need for a very maneuverable, stable floating, work platform, and am not planing for a “sleep-over” option at this time. AS for the “engine”, yes and no. I think I have a viable plan for the drive system, but I do not want to say any more about it for the time being. Besides, if I told you the one of the largest twists to the plot of this saga, you might not want to read to the end. 😉 Expect more updates in the near future (week or two).

      • Randall Johnstun says:

        Where a bouts are you located. Just curious. I start a Fred Murphy tug a couple of years back, and then health issues and life got in the way.

        • VanIlTug says:

          Parksville, BC – West coast of BC on the Strait of Georgia. I’m on the blog, about 10 before you

          • aero_dan says:

            Oh yeah, I remember reading that one and thinking to myself, “boy there is a lot of work in a wooded tug!” 😉 Plane on brother, plane on. I love to see good woodwork.

  319. Angel Ayala says:

    Good article, fiberglass a wooden boat is expensive, add weight, got to painted and is not a ease task for everybody, need some special tools and equipment plus you need experience with dose quimical components. But when you finish the job…you have a better , more durable, better looking, stronger, more safety and is a new boat for a couple more years to go.

  320. Loralyn sanders says:

    Or men bought the boats without the wife knowing and they named it after her to apologize

  321. Chris says:

    Good article, nice to see some truth about fiberglass coatings!
    One thing often overlooked and possibly covered in a subsequent article, is the added weight glassing a wooden boat adds!
    Can take a lightweight hull and add dozens to hundreds of pounds of extra weight, something often overlooked in the building process.

    Thanks for the articles!


  322. […] step of the way on the Glen-L Boatbuilder Forum. You can see his log here. You can also see his Gallery on our site. And, to build your own Tug-Along 16′ or 18′, get plans, patterns and kit […]

  323. eric says:

    Great looking boat. I am considering building the Glen-l 10. I am curious if she can handle a wide range of winds i.e. up to 20 knots.

    Any other sailing characteristics would be appreciated.

  324. Tom Swimm says:

    Beautiful photo, may I have your permission to do a painting of it?

  325. Bill Meachum says:

    I,m in the construction phase of a Tubby Tug, for my grandson. He’s only 16 months old so I’ve got time, but the project is great. I’ve added a round section stern as others have done and it is coming along nicely. The cabin will be removable for a gaff rig sailing arrgt. It is propelled by a built in electric trolling motor for silent running.
    Again it is a great project.
    With a recent addition of a grand daughter, I’ve another obligation in the future, and am perusing the catalog for just the right boat for her. Later, Bill

  326. Charlie says:

    Will somebody that is or plans to build a Chinook please contact me ASAP?

    • Ron says:

      Charlie, I plan on getting plans for Chinook soon. Feel free to contact me if you would like to.


  327. RON FABRETTI says:


  328. Walter Ruda says:

    Great Project, looking forward to following.

  329. James Schrank says:

    I enjoy receiving all the information from you. I haven’t had time to begin building a boat yet but will probably try it soon as I am about to retire. I have a lot of recycled lumber I might practice on. Think that would be fun. Thanks so much.

  330. Jeremy says:

    Thank you. I guess I hope you get a few years of fun times on your boat before it rots…

  331. Jeremy says:

    Screw you and your blog, Gayle. I hope your boat rots.

  332. raymacke says:

    Great article on a fundamental of boat building that is often misunderstood. Anyone building a boat and especially someone considering modifying a design needs to read this clear and concise explanation of displacement and how it relates to the overall project. Thanks for posting it.

  333. Chris says:

    One of the better short articles about these two building method. I also appreciated the comments about encapsulation not being a total answer.
    It is nice to see an article being able to identify a boat as a throw away. Smaller boats are easy to build and can be done very cheaply if they are not built like a bank vault!
    It is nice to see this validated by someone that understands boats! 🙂
    Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to have a extremely long lifed boat, but some boats are just for fun and not meant to live forever.
    When I raced hydroplanes, they seldom lived for more than a season, two at most. Then on to the next one.

  334. Harold Carter says:

    Gayle dear, I love looking at most any boat picture. It is nice to know what people are building. Thanks for this listing. You may be interested to know I’ve owned two boats (27′ Chris Craft cabin cruiser, 19′ foot Bayliner inboard), built three hot air balloons and owned dozens, built one hovercraft and presently own three and concerning your list, I seem to be drawn to that beautiful Strip Planked Canoe!

  335. Douglas Wade says:

    I you epoxy in the morning when the wood is rapidly warming bubbles will form and air expands and leaves the wood but if you epoxy when the wood is at a stable temperature or cooling the problems with bubbles is much less. I have built a Tubby Tug and am currently building an 18 foot electric boat.

    • Chris says:

      The main reason for the bubbles is the resin is being applied in too thick of a layer, and if you are waiting hours for it to go off, you are using too slow of a hardener for the temperature.
      Once you get the layer thinner and use a hardener matched more closely the the temperature conditions, you will not have the problem of bubbles.

  336. Shawn says:

    Saw your post on here with Lake Shasta area mentioned. I’m in Durham (near Chico), when you get this boat done I would be very interested in seeing it. I’m thinking about building a drift boat myself. I use a sit on top fishing kayak currently. If you would be interested in a paddle day I can come up and meet you at Whiskeytown or Shasta.


  337. Chris says:

    One technique I learned years ago working in a boat yard from a fellow who was an expert at doing fiberglass lay ups, was very simple. Most people attempt to put too much resin on at one time.
    If you want a perfect coat each time, do not use a brush or roller, rather use a squeegee.
    As you squeegee the resin over the cloth or mat, you keep a firm pressure on everything just wetting the material. Yes, the fiber will readily show through, but as you do follow up applications, it builds up the resin and covers the fabric.
    Not only does this make a bubble free surface, it makes for a much stronger finished product.
    Does it take a bit longer, yes.
    Does it give you a much better end result, YES!!
    Does a roller have its place, sometimes, but unless you are doing a huge area, the squeegee is the best way to go. Even if you use a roller, it is best to follow up with a squeegee to level the surface and make the bubbles go away.

    As was pointed out to me, too thick a resin layer is not desirable or as strong as a thinner bubble free layer. When you apply resin, making multiple bubble free layers will give you a superior surface every time.

  338. Marvin Cudd says:

    When fiberglassing with cloth don’t use the tape unless absolutely necessary but cut the cloth on a 45 degree (bias cut). Yes you still have to sand the edges and where you overlap it but it will lay flat and not pucker or pull away from the wood. It works well on fairly sharp keels.

  339. Perry says:

    Hoop to see it in europe soon !!!!!!

  340. Duane says:

    What a wonderful boat building story by a wife and husband team. I suspect that the building experience also helped build a strong marriage.

  341. […] his extensive cruising needed a bigger boat, so he built the True Grit and you can see more photos here. Ray recently sent us an email with the latest news on his adventures with True […]

  342. Danny Gragg says:

    Hope to be there. My boat is the Malahini built by Sam W.

  343. Emil Horvath says:

    Is plans for this boat available?

    • John B says:

      Of course the plans for this Glen-L design are available. Just go to the home page or just to the top of this page, hover your pointer over “Online Catalogs” and when the dropdown appears click on the “Boat Plans Catalog – 300 Boats You Can Build” link. Then you can find the Sabotina design in either the Alphabetic List or the “Sailboats” links.

  344. Emil Horvath says:

    Is drawing w/dimensions available for this boat and if so where can I get the plans for it?
    Thanks, Emil

  345. Kyle says:

    Trying to build chinook boat. Did you use the 3X2 angle? and what did you use for the center of the bulkhead?

  346. dglane says:

    I have to say , that is very inspiring. I believe youv’e done a heck of a job. thats the most interesting boat build iv’e enjoyed viewing. Can’t wait to see the rest of the build. Makes me want to tackle building an Atlantic Skiff of my own.

    Thank You And Thank Glen L


  347. Wayne Bell says:

    Hello Mr. Boller,

    I am considering building the Eureka using sandwich foam construction (core foam). What type of construction did you use on your boat? Also, can the boat be trailered around? I would like to leave it in the back yard when not in use and make short trips to the Carolina coast from Charlotte, NC (300 miles).

    Thank you for your response.



    • Ray Boller says:

      To save money and time, I used an existing hull for the basis. That is why it is labeled “Eureka (modified)”. The hull is 30′ instead 25′, and is a modified V, planing hull instead of a round bottomed displacement hull. Materials: original hull is solid FG, without the chalky filler layers which have been used by many commercial companies. Decks are laminations of mahogany plywood (3/4″) to allow the curved shape for quick drainage of water, glassed, all using epoxy for adhesive. Pilot house and forward cabin material is 3/4″ marine plywood with glass. Re trailering: this one requires a commercial, over the road semi to move, plus highway permits for “wide load” and special routing due to height when loaded. Dry weight is not that much at 8,000+ lbs.

      Hope this helps

  348. JOHN ASPINALL says:

    Rudy sounds like a remarkable person and I hope his friendship with your father overcomes his loss of his wife.

    Regards John

  349. FRANK says:

    Hi Brian & Jeremy,

    Beautifully finished craft, could you advise me on the completed height on a trailer, and wheel size on the trailer please.

    Frank Debooy

  350. keith haworth says:

    Hi Gayle, About the rig, I tend to question the names you’ve given, but maybe we call things by different names her in the UK. Firstly as the foremost of the 2 masts is shorter than the aft mast, the vessel is properly schooner rigged. The foreward shorter mast is the foremast and the taller aft mast is the mainmast. The sail on the foremast is the foresail and the Bermuda sail on the taller mainmast is the mainsail. Of the headsails the aftermost one is a slef tacking boomed staysail, the foreward most, bowsprit mounted, sail is a jib (and could be named the foreward jib) and the upper most sail is a flying jib. Hope I’m not being pedantic. Great cruising rig for short handed sailing.

  351. deebrat says:

    Beautiful boat. Looks like outstanding workmanship. What lake are you cruising on? Any problems with Arizona dryness shrinking the wood?

  352. Ihor Kowal says:

    Kudo’s to you !!!! Wish that was my boat.

  353. John Howard says:

    Love the boat design and you did an outstanding job.

    John Howard (no not that one)
    SV Horizon
    Okinawa Japan

  354. […] Editor’s Note: See Tom’s photos of the construction of the Molly B in the Glen-L Photo Galleries. […]

  355. JOHN ASPINALL says:

    Gayle this is first time I have blogged and will only be doing with your site. Regards John

  356. […] 2nd Editor’s Note: See Marshall’s photos in the Glen-L Photo Galleries here. […]

  357. […] people looking and asking questions. Thanks Glen-L. I have uploaded some pictures in my gallery Belle Isle by Dean Berry, Phoenix, Arizona. My next project is a 1956 Hydroplane by Ron Jones Sr. I will get some photos uploaded […]

  358. […] Editors Note: See Andrew’s photo gallery in the Glen-L Customer Photo area here. […]

  359. Pat Freeman says:

    I would like to know more about building boats with foam core fiberglass panels.
    Is there a book or website you could recommend? Bronze screws are way to costly!
    Thanks in advance,
    Pat Freeman

  360. Todor Adamov says:

    Hi Ugo,

    I am from Varna ,Bulgaria,I am also building Kodiak,I am at stage deck and outfitting,
    Your boat look excellent,please device how the boat is performing under sails and under engine,in rough sea and every thing you can share from your experience

    I have sent photos to Glen and I am expecting soon to be published.

    My best regards

    Todor Adamov


  361. Kurt Uetz says:

    You mention building a stitch and glue boat, have you tried painting over epoxy.

  362. Roy says:

    I no longer appreciate motor boats; have a 24’Vodka that hasn’t seen water in three years.
    Retired now, not enough people to crew a large sail.
    what I am looking for is a day sailer I can handle alone, or with my spouse on the Great Lakes (Huron).

  363. John B says:

    The St. John’s Prep Engineering Club just completed construction of a Glen-L Sissy Do maritime skiff. They used “an exterior-grade latex-based enamel-finish paint. More than just being a mouthful to say, the paint is much easier to work with than oil-based enamel, durable, easier to apply than poly, and relatively inexpensive. We’re applying a high-gloss on the outside of the boat and a low-gloss on the inside.”

    Read their story here

  364. Thom Thomsen says:

    That figures! lol I was working in NC for a year, just got back in Dec.

    Sounds like you’re making good progress. Have you found any real difficulties with either the plans or the build?


  365. Thom Thomsen says:

    Hi Tom,

    I was wondering how your build is coming along? I’m finally back in Florida and want to start work on the boat.

    I’m in Tampa. Where are you building? I’d love to see how it’s coming along.


    • Tom Saccio says:

      Hello Thom, I live in Blounts Creek, NC It’s a small town near Washington or Greenville, NC As of this point I’m finished skinning the bottom and am about to start fiberglassing it. I will be posting some pictures as I move along. Hope your build goes well.

  366. Juarez says:

    Boa noite, é dificil conseguir um plano deste POWER CAT.

    Editor’s Note: Our best translation of this comment is as follows… “Good evening, it’s hard to get a plan of the Power Cat.”

    If you are having difficulty placing an order, please click on this link: Build it in Plywood or this link: Build it in Aluminum or telephone us at (562) 630-6258.

    Se você está tendo dificuldade em fazer um pedido, por favor clique neste link: Construí-lo em madeira compensada ou neste link: Construí-lo em Alumínio ou telefonar para (562) 630-6258.

  367. Lance Neibauer says:

    Andrew, Where did you get that windshield? It looks very nice.

  368. keith haworth says:

    Interesting! This construction method was popular in the 1960s and 70s, particularly with firefighters who built their boats in the station yards in between call outs, it should properly be called FERROCEMENT and never concrete as contains only the finer range of aggregates. It is as stated a labour intensive construction method and requires highly skilled plastering teams to make a fair finish. However, the reason for its drop in popularity over the past 30 years is less to do with the cost of the hull, which is relatively small percentage of the total build cost, but more to do with difficulty and cost and availability of comprehensive insurance for Ferrocement boats and residual resale value compared with other methods of construction, based upon dubious total loss claim for badly built hulls. Well built boats, such as the Peter Ibold Endurance range built by WIndboats in Wroxham England, are still in active service 40+ years after launch, are extremely fair, incredibly strong and durable, require less maintenance than other forms of construction, and often of considerably less weight than many traditionally built wooden or steel craft of similar design and dimensions.
    If there is a fault with Ferrocement it is generally with the builder and design, not the material or method, but then this surely applies just as much to other boat building methods.

  369. Ian Stewart says:

    Hi, Gayle, Can you please tell me where Andrew’s earlier posts (1 to 8) are to be found?

    Thanks and best regards,
    Ian Stewart

    • John B says:

      Ian, (and everyone else),

      Just type in “A Perth Riviera” (without the quote marks) in the search box at the top of this page and it will take you to a page with links to all of Andrew’s blog posts.

      Thanks for checking in on the Glen-L Blog!

  370. troopy11 says:

    G’day Justin, I’m looking at building one myself and was wondering if you know of anyone in melbourne building one as I would love to have a chat and possibly a look???

  371. Ray Macke says:

    Another item that comes to mind is a handheld or fixed VHF radio. These are relatively inexpensive but priceless in some situations. In emergencies you can call for help as well as communicate with nearby boats or commercial traffic.

  372. Andrew–thank you so much for another excellent post. We really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to share with everyone the specific details of your beautiful Riviera build!

  373. Thank you James for the additional tips!

  374. James in St. Louis says:

    I save the caps from Tide and ERA detergent and use them for epoxy measures.
    I put out three caps. Sometimes I can use two green caps and one white. I fill them appropriately then pour the epoxy into a paint mixing container. Then I pour the single hardener. Then mix with a wood paint stirrer. Sometimes I use a paint stirrer on an electric drill. The drill is the cheapest I can get from Harbor Freight. I can clean out the detergent caps with a paper towel and reuse. Sometimes I clean up with vinegar.

  375. rodel t. faustino says:

    Happy to hear about the new law…about owning a boat for every US citizen..
    I email to you..just to know when will you offer a holiday sale boat plan this holiday season….
    Thanks, rodel
    Not a US citizen.

  376. […] Reprinted with permission from Sam Marfat aka “Island girl” from the Glen-L Boatbuilder Forum. See Sam’s Bo-Jest build photos in his Gallery here. […]

  377. Gaylord Vermilyea says:

    Aloha Gayle,
    I’ve been in the industry since 1953 and have seen a lot happen in the industry. There are exciting changes happening everyday. Most of them contribute to the quality of the boating industry. Conversation and discussion of new ideas through the “Blog” is a good information tool. I think you have made a good move and I expect you to be a leader in your part of the industry for another 60 years.

  378. […] Congratulations Gale on a beautiful boat and for the successful changes you’ve made! Happy sailing! To see all 175 of Gale’s photos, see his Gallery here. […]

  379. […] added the latest photos to show the progress I’m making on my Glen-L Flats Flyer at my photo gallery. At this rate it will take a long time to […]

  380. tsaccio says:

    Hi Thomas, I just finished making the frames and started setting them on the building frame. It’s a slow process. Good luck

  381. greg says:

    The skeg and the strips on the bottom would scare me to death for drifting. Both could set up a condition where you would “stick” or turn the boat on rocks if you are riding down a chute anyway but straight. All the river boats I’ve ever owned or built had a minimum of gluvit or uhmw on the bottom. flat slick and easy to slide.

    Just my prefernce but more than once I’ve felt, heard and sometimes even watched the floor flex while sliding over a ledge on the Upmqua or rock on the Deschutes. Then, looking at the bottom when its out of the water and seeing the groove or scratch on the gluvit or the plastic sheet convinced me a long time ago that drift boats need two thing to handle well and work through shallow rocky rapids: chines and a flat slick bottom. you might even find that the boat would row better in flat water with at least 3/4 of chine cutting the path for you on each side.

    • jim says:

      i dont understand what you mean needing chine as in 3/4 chine cutting the water. i want to build one of these but have never built a boat before

  382. john lee says:

    I am a boat nut, always have been, always will be. I have a commercial nav ticket and have built and rebuilt several boats in my life but what I find so remarkable about this site is the passion I keep finding. I just love that. I feel Rudy and Gayle are both extremely inspirational to me and keep making me want to go out and do another. Kudos to Gayle for keeping her dads dream alive.

  383. […] a 12′ wooden boat his dad made.  When Todd was a teenager in Hawaii, he and Arlie built an Eight Ball sailing dinghy together and took sailing lessons.  From that time on, they were hooked on sailing […]

  384. Ken Williams says:

    It will never get off the ground . The wheels are too small.

  385. Glad you like it Joseph!

  386. Joseph says:

    You clarified an important principle in boat building. Readers and amateur boat builders should know well that enlarging a boat is not simply a matter of increasing lengths. Thanks for the article.

  387. la movers says:

    I could almost out-run a small outboard while rowing in that little Pram.

  388. John B says:

    As for all of our designs, the Bill of Materials (which is a complete list of all the materials needed to build a particular boat) is linked on the description page of every boat on our website. The direct link to the Bill of Materials for the Biscayne 18 is here: Biscayne 18 Bill of Materials.

  389. Bruce Kirk says:

    I am courious as to how many board feet of lumber to make the Biscayne 18
    thanks Bruce

  390. Jim McQuaide says:

    Great pics. I love this boat. And recently help a friend build Sabotina. I should organize some of my pics, and share them.

  391. Jean-Sébastien says:

    Thanks !

  392. Andrew Higgs says:

    I’ve used a similar method using a wall paper steamer linked to the drainpipe on Malaysian Kauri – it worked brilliantly. I can’t claim the applause though. I found the method on someone else’s post on the Glen-L forum pages!

  393. HighHopes says:

    i think the trick is to try and find straight wood at those lengths!

  394. David Baxter says:

    I’ve been looking at building one of your Mahogany boats for some time now. I’ve caught the Glen L Bug. I’ve settled on the Riviera for my First boat. Purchased the study plans and am reading the book Boatbuilding with Plywood. Thanks for bringing some amazing Boat designs to market for the armature Boatbuilder. Can’t wait to start mine.

  395. R says:

    I love the looks of this boat. I am reasonably competent with wood working but have never tried anything as difficult as this. Apx. how hard was it to build, total cost, less the motor and apx. how many man hrs. to complete. Also I have never worked with fiberglass.
    Thank you for a response,

  396. Rich Harmon says:

    I agree that there are lots of life events and challenges that can slow or halt progress if we let them. I liked the remember when article. I too see alot of changes in my lifestyle from just a few years ago. Some I like and some I don’t. I think I still hate computers. I am learning to live with them in the house. Rich

  397. Brenda says:

    I found a set of blue prints for a boat by Glen L. The # is 58, # opc 654. Can you tell me anything about these prints? The have a yellowish tint to the paper drawen on, than you.

  398. Andrew Halford says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I would love to come see your build too. I also live in Perth, and have recently purchased the plans to build a Ski King.

    My number is 0468 419 473



  399. FTP2 says:

    Hi Bob
    Just love your Boat.
    I am building a Biscayne 18 Foot Boat.
    Can you please tell me where you got the Steering Wheel from?

    Kind Regards


  400. RON SMITH says:

    Nice jod on the blog site and now I have another boat to build out of your Top 10 LIst.

  401. Erich says:


    I live in Surprise, AZ. Where do you get your marine plywood?

    • Mark Coleman says:

      Hi Erich,

      The best source in the valley is “City Plywood”. He has numerous sizes (thickness) and has resonable prices. You can get 3/4″ from Woddworkers Source (which is where I buy my hardwood) but it is expensive (~$100 a pop).
      Hope this helps. BTW – ck out my other build on the Cruisette page.

  402. Steve says:

    As a first time builder, I agree

  403. Anthony Lalli says:

    Thank you very much for the e-mails you send. I must truley confess you are keeping and making stronger the fires in me to get this boat I want alive. Thanks! Because of your encourangement I have made up my mind to purchase all materials from you because of your honest interest and work for your business. Good companies like the one you have are very hard to find. Your efforts make the sun shine a little brighter upon Glen-L. THANKS

  404. Douglas Wade says:

    The addition of silica is an axcellent idea. I place the mixture into a zip lock bag and then cut a corner off. A bead of exact size can then be squeezed out just like decorating a cake. With the amount of compound carefully controlled clean up after is very easy.

  405. Robert Rowe says:

    Great timing for me as I now have my boat based on the Ski King design turned over and remembering those juctions that could not be filled (or fillieted) in the upside down orientation – it all runs out!

    So next step will be basd on Glen’s nots (paper) – thanks

    Robert Rowe – Goolwa South Australia

  406. Russell Davis says:

    As a former Columbia dealer and owner I would suggest that the typical AC or AB would be risky because of the possibility of a void in the vicinity of hte “tang” which is welded to the rudder post (vertical shaft). Regardless of the grade PW used, I strongly uggest increasing the size (area of the tang ) because they sometimes “twist” themselves through the rudder causing failure. Made large enough the possibility of voids is negated, so i fyou are willing to spend more for the metal tang then the less expensive PW will probably be satisfactory. As a minimum i would triple the area of the tang.

  407. Gary L. Sage Sr. we looking on put a gathering in the rockies Down south of you at Lake Powell we are shooting for the year 2014 we will be uppdating the info on the gather on my site and on the Glen-l forum

  408. HighHopes says:

    wow… i’m blown away by your skill. glad to see you took the time with the details. i read that this boat cost $40K and 12000 hours, i was curious what % of the cost and time was just the inboard?

    • Steven Gould says:

      Thanks for the note. The engine alone was about $8K and then all the assorted things like a shaft, custom mounts, custome exhaust tips, etc. I guess that about $10 all together. Actually my out of pocket costs were about $60K. Now if I can sell it I can move on to another project!

      • David Burn says:

        Hi Steven,
        Dave Burn from Australia here.
        Ou5t of curiosity abou thow many hours did it take to build miss Chris? I’d love to do one myself.

      • david Burn says:

        Hi Steven,
        Dave Burn from Australia here.
        Ou5t of curiosity abou thow many hours did it take to build miss Chris? I’d love to do one myself. I’m having trouble with this captcha system sorry if you have this question more than once

  409. Ron C. Dawson says:

    Hull has 3 coats of epoxy, 1 layer of fiberglass and 3 more coats of epoxy

    • Doug Squires says:

      Hi Ron,

      I live in Ottawa and plan on building a Chinook. Was hoping to start last fall but had to push it off so looking at starting this spring/summer.

      I purchased the study plans and am working on some cost estimates for materials. What type of wood did you use? did you purchase any supplies from Glen-L or locally?

      were there any issues with the build?


  410. ron couper says:

    please help: where Barry purchased the brackets for the boat cover? i cannot find anything like them in Australia …thanks Ron

  411. Tom & Peggy says:

    Miss Peggy and I enjoyed Miss Lily at the gathering in September, charming young lady. Did Bill tell you she did some of the driving from Oklahoma (according to Kent). We hope many more folks will attend in 2013. TOM in Mississippi

  412. Wonderful comments everyone! Great poem Julie–looks like this one really struck a chord…

  413. Jim McQuaide says:

    Loved the George boat-building poem.
    I recall my recent efforts , helping my friend build Sabatina, in that cold Maine garage of his. An exciting and bonding experience for both of us.

  414. Julie George says:

    Thanks so much for the lovely presentation of the boats, the guys and my little poem. A thrill for me. Lots of fun all around.


    Julie George
    Muskegon, MI

  415. 4theast says:


  416. David Afford says:

    I like the idea of assembling the bow and stern transoms without the plywood attached in order to fit the stringers and then apply the plywood later. I think the Kreg jig may be useful to hold the frames together until the plywood is installed!

  417. Richard says:

    Hi there,

    I have just been reading your blog, my brother and I have been discussing building the 19′ barrelback. I live in Melbourne is wondering where bouts in Australia you live?

    Regards Rich

  418. You can change the rig, but you’ll need to keep the CE as designed–we don’t provide details for these changes. It looks like Rudy had 3 jibs or foresails. Not sure.

  419. Timothy says:

    Thanks Gayle! Those pics of Derek’s Lodestar build are breath taking. I hope I’ll be able to attempt somethign that large – funny how a 55′ boat on paper doesn’t seem that big until you see life like photos of the boat in near completion with a full sized person on it’s deck, and in the hull. Wow.

    Wonder if the Lodestar could be schooner rigged… Anyways, you said the two forward sails are the Jib and stay sail? So does that mean Rudy’s boat had 3 jib sails? or is it a jib sail and two stay sails at the forward end of the boat?

  420. Timothy says:

    Wow… Just… wow..

    It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind and heart to it. I plan on building the Lodestar for me and my family. I do have a stupid question – that boat looks like it’s a schooner rig, correct? What are the three front sails called (I guess where the jib is or is supposed to be)? I’m new to boat building and sailing for that matter and I’ve never seen that kind of forward sail configuration before.

    • Not a stupid question! The Lodestar is a Masthead ketch double headsail rig with club-footed jib. The mizzen is the aft sail, the mainsail is in the center and the forward are the jib topsail and staysail. Have you seen Derek Penney’s Lodestar and all the photos? It’s here. Enjoy!

  421. Tom Weyand says:

    Several folks on a multihull boatbuilders list reccomended vinegar as a solvent for uncured epoxy.

    I haven’t had reason to test but if it works it would be immensely better than some of the traditional solvents listed.


  422. Paul Faiella says:

    Beautiful boat, great job.


    Good morning , every body.
    I start my first boat in May , a 11 foot Bull’s Eye.and I;m very excited on this.
    When I have some photos I’ll send.
    Thanks Fernando from Curitiba – Brazil.

  424. Gary Baker says:

    I and a friend built the Power Yak. We altered the design so as to permit the power system to be raised up into a well so now the boat only needs 6 inches of water to float it. With the Minn Kota raised I still have headway and reverse. I use a rudder off the stern for stearage. The boat has a bow light and a removable stern light for evening cruises. The boat also has a raised coming completely around the cockpit.
    There is sufficient floatation that hull will not sink with 500 lbs aboard and one deep cycle lead acid battery. The boat can hold two batteries just aft of the rear seat and one in the front by adding a tray there. The boat has been underway in water with 12 inches or more of waves and I had no issues – that is as long as you keep yourself dead centre. Two hours and 15 minutes only ran the one battery down 35%. GPS says the boat does more than 5 mph at full speed with two big guys on board.

  425. Doug says:

    Nice tugs down under! Ken–beautiful job!- I was wondering if you could post some inside pics of the sleeping accomodations and wheelhouse?? I am dying to see what it looks like inside- im doing a Fred Murphy…

  426. Richard says:

    Nice job…that is an interesting hull layup technique. How is it done.

  427. Bob says:

    Nice job ! What motors are you using and what is the top speed?

  428. Bob says:

    Nice job ! I am thinking about building one myself
    What motors are you using and what do you think the top speed is?

  429. TIM KINGHORN says:

    Hi Mike, your Ultra Pierre looks great ! I want to build the Ultra Pierre in the Phillippines Islands. I was wondering how you were using the steel on the bottom ? Thanks Tim in Seattle

    • mike morasci says:

      Hi Tim,

      Been Steel Head fishing, so away from the computer for a while.

      Basically the design is an ultra Pierre with Oak Frames and Plywood sides. My variation was to remove all bottom structure and replace with a 3/16 Steel bottom and transom. Steel knees and lower skirt (essentially a garboard I guess) to attach the Ply to were welded in. Built unconventionally, right side up beginning with the bottom. All done with AC stick welding.

      I have some pic’s posted showing some of the design details. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to share additional details with you if you have any questions I can answer.



  430. Keith Hills says:

    Not surprised the Zip came in high on the list, even if it was called a 14′ runabout.
    I was looking at the photo of Pat Wilening’s zip and cant see any engine well. Looked on the Glen-L web site and can’t see any there either. Would love to see more photos of Pat’s interior if any are available.

  431. […] one of Kevin Brown of Flowery Branch, Georgia. In 2010, we interviewed Kevin and titled the post “Warning! Boatbuilding is an Addition”. That’s because Kevin has so far built 5 […]

  432. […] cabin which Rory eliminated as did his grandfather. See more photos of Rory’s boat in his Gallery here.  Kudos to an excellent job on the boat and interview to Rory. And good for you for carrying on […]

  433. Brendan says:

    Did you fiberglass your boat at all?

  434. Chris says:

    Awesome craft and beautifully done, sir. The Miss Chris is a future venture for me as I would like to produce one as close to the 1929 Chris Craft as possible. I grew up riding in one and staring at a second one awaiting restoration in a barn. Bob Clayton of Conesus, NY bought my childhood craft from my father in the early 1990’s and I have not seen “Screwed Together” since. I am awaiting my workshop to be built and then it is a project-go. If you have any points of advice/lessons learned based on the build rather than instructions, please e-mail them to The hind-sight of others serves me as foresight. 🙂 Thank you sir and again, Bagheera is a beauty!

  435. Dave Phillips says:

    great idea!,but wheres my sea knight? lol

  436. Kenneth Andrusiak says:

    I can’t wait to view the news letters every month, I want to build a Pickle Fork one day,That would be my plan…
    Keep up the GREAT work Glen L is tops….

  437. Dick Hopkins says:

    It looks like I missed a great event. I hope it never happens again.
    Some really great looking usable boats. I’ll never get over the kick I get out of looking at Boats!
    Especially hand made Boats.
    Hope to see y’all next year.

  438. Deo Lazaro says:


  439. […] want to make this article too long. If you haven’t seen the photos from G6, we have a Gallery here.  There are several other videos on the Glen-L You Tube Channel […]

  440. Mike says:

    I need a mast for a sweet 16 tug. Anyone know where to purchase?

  441. frank hartwick says:

    great pictures& vidios have followed the gatherings for 3yrs or more
    would love to meet you all,great forum,many hours spent following.
    thank’s frank-h

  442. Gary L. Sage Sr. says:

    Hi All! I am truly sorry I could not attend your “Gathering” this year it looks like it was a lot of fun!! Have ever considered having three such events in the West, Mid West, and East? Tennessee is a long way from Northern Idaho…

  443. Dwain Colton says:

    Maaaaannnnnn, did I miss bein’ there…Had a good reunion (94 people out of 195 showed up), but my mind was on the G6…Loved the neat pitures….Dwain, the SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII KIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGGGG…..

  444. Al Neill says:

    Great pictures from a super group of people and the best boat building site on the web.


    Al Neill
    Kanata, Ont

  445. Reid Lowe says:

    Looked like a fun gathering. One day in retirement we shall make the
    trip and join in.

    I must say that yellow hydroplane (photos 17 & 18) with the
    6 cylinder Mercury “TOWER OF POWER“ , must be
    an absolute rocket ship!.

    Best Regards

    Reid Lowe

  446. Alan–I’d love to see photos of your boat as I’m sure others would as well. Let me know if you need help posting a Gallery…

  447. Glen Witt says:

    Would agree 100% if you never intend to remove the appendage. My reference at the time was for smaller fast boats. Having to remove a keel/skeg one time convinced me that bedding them in mastic is preferable.

  448. Christopher Chitolie says:

    Hi Gayle,
    Thank you for some great images of wonderful boats, The builders have done a fantastic job building their boats. The one which captured my attention is the Glen-L 17.

    All the very best.


  449. Darren Mahoney says:

    Hi Guys what material did you use to build your splended crafts that you two guys have built & shown the rest of us how it’s done to perfection.

    • Brian Bawcombe says:

      Hi Darren. Sorry for the late reply – haven’t had access to this site for some time.

      Our tugs were built from Tasmanian Oak and Marine Ply, finished with International Paints except for the Royal Blue on the hull which if memory serves me right is Noreglass. The outer hull was sprayed, the rest put on by roller.

  450. pico says:

    I have a captioned Picasaweb album set up for this build. You can find it at

    (make sure to copy and paste the entire URL)


  451. Nikki Tan says:

    what about salt water, are they lighter than fiberfglass

  452. Nikki Tan says:

    What about the rust factor ? Mostly in salt water, Is there a version that uses less HP?

  453. Dick Hopkins says:

    I had a pram like that one and fly fished all over Washington state in it.
    Great little fishing boat. So easy to handle and maintain.
    I could almost out-run a small outboard while rowing in that little Pram.

  454. juan m ruiz ocasio says:

    Send me more information about this boat

  455. Tom,

    You may have cavitation issues with the skeg right up against the transom. It should be 2′ forward of the transom…

  456. Greg Kelso says:


    Great build! Do you mind if I stop by sometime and check it out? I’m in Springfield, but, get up your way quite often. Where are you docking her?

    Greg Kelso

    • Ray says:

      Sorry, I did not see your message until today. If you are in the area please give me a call @847-691-5110. She is at Waukegan Port District on Lake Michigan.


  457. raymond j hartman says:

    i didn,t get that issue as my computer was down i,would like to print it so to have a full series.

  458. raymond j hartman says:

    please send build your dream boat #12 in the build your dream boat series.

  459. Marty Risley says:

    You know what would be great with plans besides Patterns? Table of offsets or the actual dimensions of at least the Frame, Molds,. If I had any one of these it would be so easy for me to place in my CAD/CAM program an machine almost all pieces, even the hull if the planking is plywood. I love your boats but I can do more with offsets than patterns.

  460. Yes, Gerald has done a beautiful job! Glad to hear you enjoyed our site Rod!

  461. Rod Dreyer says:

    Hi Gayle,

    Love your site. Gerald Hurst just sent me the email with link to your site. Just wanted to say thank you for posting his special video and it is truly a special gift when you can capture a “once in a lifetime event”. Gerald and his daughter Barrie deserve much recognition for creation of this beautiful masterpiece.


  462. Thank you for posting the photos Wayne. You’ve done a beautiful job! Congratulations to you…

  463. Fernando González Reyes says:

    Hi!! beutifull boats, do you have a Vessel yacth boat?

  464. joe geronimo says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog, it’s very informative…..MORE POWER……

  465. MARK DOOLEY says:

    beautiful work!!!
    going to post on facebook for many to see….

  466. Ross Gardner says:

    Looks fantastic. Well done Roberta

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  469. Bill Shaw says:

    I neglected to add information about my actual tach. Mine has a selector dial on the back to set the correct number of poles or cylinders (different manufactures have different descriptions). Reading the instructions for my tach I set it to 6. There is a tiny adjustment screw on the back allowing one to fine tune the indicated RPM’s. I suspect many tach’s will be fine out of the box but mine was off. It is also helpful to have a second person calling out (loudly since the motor will be running) the frequency measurements while the other person adjusts the tach. Obviously it is best to do this at rest and across several RPM ranges to get it dialed in closely. Try not to max out the motor’s RPM range when doing this as it’s not good to do this when there is no load on the motor; but RPM’s higher than idle are desireable. I think the maximum RPM I calibrated to was about 3000…even then I only held the motor at that range for about 20 seconds. I did all of my adjustment at the dock with a helper.

  470. Mark Ellefson says:

    Thanks for another inspirational story, Gayle. I also have pretty much found that where there’s a will, there’s a way and if someone else can do something, so can I. A book said I could build a log home, so I did. Now I’m building a steamboat including the engine and the boiler, all from scratch. (I would have built a Glen-L boat if you had one for steam.) Anyway, I’m appreciating our relationship, such as it is.

    Mark from Minnesota (and Florida)

  471. Andy Miller says:

    Hey Guys, great job on the boats 🙂 beautiful paint job!

    I do a video podcast that deals with showing people how to do some basic repairs and maintenance on their boats (fiberglass, paint, brightworks, etc).. This Fall I am giving some consideration to organizing a small boat build with the thought that there may be a few viewers that would be interested in building along.

    On my end the entire process would be put on video and avail online for others to view. I’ve looked over the materials list for this boat but would like some actual info from you on what the “real world costs” turned out to be.

    I’m pretty certain that this particular boat would be out of the price range for many people to build along, but I also think that there would be a large group of people that would be very interested in watching the process of this being built. This is probably one of the nicest looking designs for it’s size that I’ve come across..

    If inclined, please email me with any info you would be willing to share.

    Thank you!


  472. Gayle Brantuk says:

    Iggy–awesome photos and boat! You really did a beautiful job and we appreciate that you posted a gallery for others to see your work. Thank you!

  473. Ndukwe says:

    Thanks dear,i realy appreciate all the lessons so far. The bow design is realy important for a faster boat. Is this also aplicable to a catamaran? Also planning boats always have its bow raised out of water when speeding.

  474. Frank Leary says:

    Awesome Job

  475. Uri Fischer says:

    My name is Uri Fisher.
    I admired the construction pictures.
    I have a question about pictures 3 and 4
    The white color in Figure 3 What is it?
    How did you get the result on Figure 4?
    Thank you.

    • Charles Ranck says:

      The white is System 3 epoxy fairing compound. The planking is 1/4″X4″ mahogany attached with System 3 epoxy adhesive, covered with fiber glass cloth and System 3 epoxy resin.

  476. Richard B says:

    Great topic. I love discussions of boat design and always thankful to hear designers share their opinions and experience on the finer points of boat design.

    Thank you, Mr. Witt.


  477. […] NOTE: See areame’s earlier blog post about building a Glen-L Squirt in Grand Haven, Michigan here. […]

  478. Rick Whitaker says:

    It’s possible to sail the Bull’s=Eye and not get any water over the side (in <10K breeze).., but it gets boring….Saling in 12-15KT you can get the boat moving quite smartly, but you have to react to gusts very quickly or the gunwhale wants to submerge with only ablout 30 degrees heel. Can't bail, steer and handle mainsheet w/only 2 arms!

    I've ordered a self-bailer that bloggers claim works quite well on less-than-one-design planing speedsters. Its a Seasure Super Sucker. Also getting a tiller extension, since cannot hike out full extent without dropping the tiller. Ordered direct from an UK sailing store, at big savings. Hope to get the gear installed while there are still good windy afternoons on Birch Bay! Having a great time with the little sailboat……Glen-L Rocks!

  479. Rick, we built the Bull’s-Eye here and I don’t recall having that problem. I assume the water is coming over the side when you’re heeling? You might want to ease up…

  480. […] 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. […]

  481. Schmidt says:

    Thanks Gayle, I appreciate the reply.

  482. 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…

  483. Tony–thank you for posting. You did a beautiful job and I’m sure you receive many compliments on your work! Congratulations to you!!!

  484. Gav says:

    Looking really good mate. I think most people would ‘keel’ over if they realised the ‘shed constraints’ you are working with! Very impressive, Gav.

  485. Looking good Justin! Thanks for keeping us updated. The Forum guys are right–you’ll have a lot of pressure from the longitudinals to bring your frames true. I do understand the desire for perfection though–just don’t let it be the enemy of “good enough”! Keep up the good work!

  486. Marcos A. Andrade S. says:

    My inglish is very bad, and sorry.

    Yo tengo casi terminado el Glen 10, velero para venderlo y un bote de 16′ para mi uso
    en paseo y pesca, tambien es the Glen-L
    ( NO me acuerdo el nombre )

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  493. Rod Hughes · My own boss , what i say goes yeh !!!! at Retired/Disabled
    I have found that movable extension tables handy when using the large shop equipment so I don’t have to have some body catch the material as it comes out of the machine.

  494. John Herd says:

    Great choice – i just recently completed my own “Ski King” here in New Zealand. I stuck to the standard length and still managed to install a Ford “Grenada” 3 Litre V6 coupled to a Paragon gear box – was a tight fit but it all came out OK.
    The Ford V6 units are still reasonably available in this country as they were extensively utilised in Hamilton jet boats, fully marinised with wet exhausts, heat exchangers etc.
    The Ski King operates well with this installation – very responsive with great acceleration.
    I changed the rear deck configuration by closing it over with a separate rear cockpit and an engine hatch fitted flush with the deck – turned out OK . The deck is fully planked with mahogany. Good luck with your project – cheers JH

    • thekarter says:

      Hi John

      I can’t tell you how pleased I was to view your post. I have been in contact with other builder of Ski Kings and some have had a problem with space to fit the engine, that fact that you have used the same engine that I have bought proves I should have no problem fitting it especially as I have an extra 1ft (30cm) in the length of the engine bay. Also good news as to the performance I can expect. Do you have any photographs?

      • Typhoon says:

        Hi Alan
        Recent pics have been posted on the gallery which may be of interest to you – shows finished product and in particular the somewhat tight fit at the front of the engine installation. I had to move the back of the seat forward a couple of inches but it still left plenty of cockpit space. You should be OK with respect to having lengthened the hull by an extra ft.
        With respect to the engine installation I had to utilise a bell housing for an auto transmission and make an adapter plate up to fit the Paragon gear box – this tended to make the whole package somewhat long (could’nt find a suitable adapter housing in this country). Engine set up is at 12 degrees – all works well.
        John H.

  495. Thank you for your kind comments Carlos!

  496. raymacke says:

    The photos and video of Rick’s boat are great but seeing it in person makes you realize how truly remarkable it is. If it was the only boat at G5 it would have been worth the trip just to see it! But combined with all the others made for a truly memorable experience. Thanks Rick!

  497. charlie says:

    Who could do this quality of woodwork without lots of time and patience, to say nothing of the finish. Can this kit be modified for an in/outboard?

  498. carlos bachstein says:

    hi Gayle,greetings
    you sure got my eyes wet with all those wonderfull boats.
    As for myself, i`m doing some work on my new 7´ (2,10m) sailing boat, and I´m going to send you all the specifications and photos as soon as possible.
    keep on the good work,

  499. Dan says:

    A little late, but certainly appreciated the “rolled away stone” issue of the newsletter!

    A bunch of us got to test our race boats at Lucas Oil Speedway Easter Sunday … after a service commemorating that first light of the Church Age.!

    Bless you all.


  500. Steve says:

    Carpet on the shop floor!
    You are still ahead of me. Mine is still upside down. It is interesting to see the subtle differences in construction. I am actually fiberglassing the entire bottom so I have installed fillets and radiused all edges. I am also going to take a higher line on the coamings to give a bit more room under the front deck.
    I love the wood look but have my heart set on a Budweiser Griffin paint scheme. I get to see the Bud each Thursday so my anticipation is building.
    I am looking forward to your next, and quite possible last, installment. Do the grandkids know about it yet?
    Regards, Steve

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  502. Glenn Holland says:

    When I saw your boat, I had a feeling I had seen it on the water somewhere. My wife and I spent a night on the Delta Queen in Sept. of 2010. Was that your boat docked directly across the river? Anyway, I like your kind of building methods. Good and practical! Beautiful boat. Thanks for the inspiration and details in your blog.
    Glenn Holland

  503. Mike Pfaff says:

    Have built boats since age of 14. Am now 60. Have built two Glen-L boats during those forty-six years. Have a passion for dories/fishing/work boats which began when I first saw a Simmons Sea Skiff at Carolina Beach in the 1960’s. Met and talked with Ted Simmons at his shop in Myrtle Grove, NC. I have always believed Glen-L Marine set a level of excellence in the design world that all others work hard to achieve. The dories in your book of boat designs are really nice. Would like to go out to L.A. and meet all of you and especially Mr. Glen Witt. Maybe someday!

  504. […] us through the upgrades he made to to his True Grit. We detailed his changes in a previous blog post that you can read here, but it’s so much more fun to have Ray actually show and describe what he […]

  505. Doug says:

    What a beautiful build!!
    did you stretch her out\?

    please reply im thinking of this design myself…


    • Dan Hennis says:

      Hey Doug, sorry to take so long to reply. No, for this build, there were a number of other things I was focused on so I opted to keep that item standard. Also, this was started for a client (that has since died), that wanted it for a dock maintenance and towing tug. So, agility and stability were paramount. Once built, tested and video documentation is done, it will be sold. The wheel house has been redesigned for a pair of convertible, transverse bunks on the inside aft bulkhead, and no forward trunk. But there is still a generous forward hold under the fore deck, accessed from the wheelhouse. Keep watching.

  506. Pete says:

    Wow, what a great job you are doing.I’ve been following your story all winter and wish I had the spare time to simply strip and refinish my 8 foot three point that I picked up free at a barn sale 5 yrs ago!

  507. Lee Messerlian says:

    Thanks in not forgetting to send me your bostbuilders newsletter. I look forward to all of them.

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  512. Karl says:

    Thank you for another amazing article!

  513. […] while back in the Build Your Dream Boat series #12 email, I talked about a man who was confused about the Barrelback design. If you’ll recall, he had just […]

  514. […] my post about the Top 10 Designs, I had a request for the top 10 sailboat designs. So, here it is! Once again, these are the top 10 […]

  515. […] Squirt Design | Boatbuilders Site on Glen-L.comA few pictures of the Squirt my son Matthew and I built. Matthew plans on making boat building a career. GLBBS next fall and then on to a degree. Thanks Glen-L … […]

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  517. Steve in MT says:

    Hm, Good pirate outfit, it even has a clasp to hang your house keys. 🙂

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  519. Thanks Gayle – I like it!

    With all the possibilities you have to offer, I didn’t see my boat either. Have my sights set on the tugboat Fred Murphy (with a Titan style wheel house and dry stack). Waiting on our Michigan Spring to break ground on the pole barn then starting the boat this Fall. I imagine we’ll be old friends by the time my tugboat “Charlie” gets to sea trials.

    Thanks for doing what you do!

  520. Steve Killick says:

    Blogging – a great idea. Although I may be biased, I’m a Windows .NET programmer during the day so technology is my friend. 🙂

    I’m currently building – very slowly – an aluminum 20.5′ Kokanee Sportfisher. It’s a great project but I wish more folks were using aluminun so I could learn from them and see the great workmanship that I’m trying to emulate.

    Since August 2011 I have completed the building form and frames 1, 2 and 6. Like I said, slowly building. But it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon in my mind.

    Love the blog idea.

  521. Bill Hodgdon says:

    Great pictures! Great idea adding the labels….however, sometimes they cover the boats. I would suggest next time either eliminating the transparent blue banner and using just the letters, or moving the labels to the top of the picture where they wouldn’t cover the boats we are admiring! Best wishes,


  522. Dan Hennis says:

    Well, this is different, Gayle. First, I guess I’m going to have to step it up and build more boats ’cause I did not see my fav in the list. Second, I am afraid Gayle, this is the closest thing you will see, of me “blogging”. I’d much rather be in the shop building! It looks good though. Hope the others like it.
    Cheers Mates!

  523. Fernando González Reyes says:

    I need plane, for buil my boats , 45 ”

  524. Steve says:

    I too am building a Super Spartan and am at nearly the exact same point as this posting. I notice in one of your pictures that the side planking extended past the transom and that you had a little bottom planking showing past the transom. On mine I noticed the side planking was approximately 1/8 in shy of the transom. I doublechecked the side planking pattern and they were correct. My remedy was to cut back the bottom battens. I’m just wondering if I did something wrong of if this was a plan issue. BTW, no fair using a power planer for fairing! I could only justify purchasing the Rigid sander for the project.

  525. larry wegeman says:

    The lake outing sounds like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the Endeavor will not be completed this year.

    BTW: Does the lake have a connecting canal to the ocean?

  526. Jerry Lindamood says:

    I think I will try and make it this year, it looks like so much fun!

  527. Buzz Gerick says:

    Gayle- You are doing a great job!


  528. Glad to hear you like the new design!

  529. brad schiller says:

    It does look like Gayle
    Love ya brad
    Builder in the corn

  530. Dwain Colton says:

    Gayle, you still look good, was it cold to pose for those pictures, no probably not Southern Cal. and all….Dwain the Skiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGG..

  531. Ross Gardner says:

    The blog format may work out much better and it could encourage debate which would be interesting

  532. Al Neill says:

    It seems to me that I remember those ads appearing in “Mechanix Illustrated” in the 50’s when I was just a boy. Pretty girls were always an attraction of course and I loved the magazine.
    Glen-L continues to be the best of boat building sites on the web. Thanks to you and your dad for the memories.

  533. Jeff says:

    I love the old pictures Gayle. Keep sending them

  534. Dan Bierwirth says:

    I can remember as a young boy seeing some of those pictures in advertisments. My Father was thinking of building a boat at that time. I had such a crush on that girl…. I was maybe 10 or so…. So wow, now I suddenly have a renewed interest in building boats…. 🙂

  535. Kevin says:

    This I’d the design I’ve been waiting for! Awesome!

  536. larry wegeman says:

    Usually I don’t comment on lines, but her keel and shear lines come together so well that I can’t help but wonder how much PoxyShield was used???

  537. geoff burrows says:

    Hi Gayle,
    (Sorry this is a little long winded but I felt I needed to say it)
    Your dad sounds like a very clever and savvy man. I aint no prude and your husband and yourself sound like you both aint either. But I know when my 2 girls were growing up I wouldn’t like to have explained, why the pretty young ladies were on the publicity material. Awkward questions and stuff better avoided.
    Change the subject or sidestep the question or answer a question with a question is a good ploy all our Politicians have used in the past and will continue to in the future. These tactics have met with good success for them in there business and a few photos in night clubs with pretty young ladies does the young up and coming politician or businessman no harm at all, so yes your dad was a very clever businessman of his time in the 50’s when I was growing up.
    If it was a good enough tactic for Ford, GM and Chrysler to name but a few and it sold cars. Then his attitude of, if it is good enough for them and it sells cars then it’s good enough for me. If I managed to hit my product target market and it put food on the table for my family I think I could stand the flack from a few people and a few of my dealers. Your dad sold a good idea and good product and if it the pretty young lady photo gave him an edge then good, it bought you an extra present at Christmas.
    Your edge in this day and age is reaching the maximum number of people with some snazzy pics of beautiful boats in some really beautiful settings and I reckon the internet is your edge and your “pretty young lady”.
    As they say in Northern Ireland where I hail from, you are real easy on the eyes as well (as is my gal of 35 years) and your pic on your web site does your web site no harm at all. As I said before the internet is your edge if it wasn’t I wouldn’t be writing this now.
    Geoff Burrows

  538. David says:

    Dear Gayle,

    Your ongoing GLEN-L work is just amazing and thank you for your efforts. Myself, my friends, and it seems many others, are totally involved in only ELECTRIC boating these days and I would especially like to see your GLEN-L offer something like an efficient picnic-launch hull design for electric power to compete with the likes of… well I image you know expensive who. Given one or two copyrighted designs along these lines, I think you will be well-served and following your dads dream. In any case thank you for your work.

    Best wishes,

    David Butler

  539. warren says:

    At Last!!! I love it!!!

  540. thudpucker says:

    I wonder where those girls are today?

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  543. Larry Evensen says:

    I sure enjoy your historical postings Gayle. It takes me back to my childhood and the work that my dad and uncles did in their shops. Thank you!

  544. Jeff says:

    The first pieces of furniture my wife wnd I had were Danish modern a coutch end tables.looked a whole like what are pictured here. That was 49years a go on the 12th of jan.

  545. Dennis Gallup says:

    I was looking at your furniture designs and I think that my grandfather or father may have built the coffee table and end tables. The both of them loved to do woodworking and loved boats. My grand father built 2 different Glen l designs in the early 60s. I can,t remember which ones but I am trying to get my 89 yr old mother to go thru all the old pics and see if there are any more pics of the boats and furiture. I sent her a kink to the furniture and she said it sure looks like the one in grandmas house yrs ago. If i get a pic I will send it to you. Thanks and keep up the great work that you people do.

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