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CABIN SKIFF / Scott Amos / / 1-27-99: Completed 5 years ago, extended 2′. See photos in Customer Photos.

CABIN SKIFF / Art Burgess / a& / 2-20-99: Laying out planking. 3-24-99: Hull stitched and installing transom. 6-14-99: Hull complete, w/6 oz cloth inside and 2″ x 7″ yellow cedar keel, 3 laminations of yel cedar on stem. Used 1/4″ ply w/4 1″ x 2″ yel cedar stiffeners. 5-28-02: After a layoff of about one year, I am back building again and have finished the hull, have flipped the boat over and finished the cabin. I manufactured three portholes (one for each side and front) made from purple heart, with tinted plexi going in. Have windshields built but not yet installed (made from yellow cedar….great wood to work with). 3-24-03: I have installed windshield, hardtop, and have fibreglassed the lot ( West System). In process of installing 20 US gal aluminum fuel tank, have rear seats made but not installed. Bulwarks and inner-outer sheers installed and fibreglassed. 2-18-04: All building is done and am starting the finishing work sanding and more sanding. Then paint’er. Hopefully I will get her in the water this summer!! 2-6-05: Well, didn’t get the boat in the water in ’04 BUT.. I have finished painting. All the wiring etc. is completed. Just have to hang the motor and LAUNCH!!! Thank God! (after only six years!!) Will send photos when I get ‘er out of the shop!

CABIN SKIFF / Jeff Lintz / / 9-17-99: Received Frame Kit, SNG Video, ordering lumber and plywood. 3-21-03: Project is at a dead halt, but please keep me on the email list.

CABIN SKIFF / Ray Macke / Marissa, IL / / 11-1-99: Received basic kit on 10-26-99 (plans and patterns, SNG Kit, video). In first week I have formed hull, made & installed transom and am now adding keel and battens. 11-20-99: At end of 3 weeks, battens, longbeams, and partial bulkhead installed. Knee and aft bulkhead fitted and fiberglass tape installed. Boat is complete, I have posted a web page about construction at Fall of 02 From a story on Ray’s website: “All up, the entire trip had covered 1034 miles and logged 51 hours tach time… I also had somewhat of a personal milestone when near the 186 marker I logged mile 10,000 on Therapy. Kind of a special moment being an 18′ watercraft.”

CABIN SKIFF / Gerard Heukensfeld / / 4-10-01: I have just finished installing the flat and sole. 10-23-02: I have just turned her over and am ready to fiberglass. The glen-l video on this process is worth every penny. I will review it once more and begin the work. I have really been taking my time and in Arizona it is so hot and dry that I had to wait for it to cool down in order to work the resin. 6-24-05: Progress has been slow but things are turning out great with the boat. I am pretty close to finishing. I still have to install the cabin roof, windsheild and hard top. Should finish the project this August. Pictures to follow. Everyone at Glen-l has been great and extremely helpful.

CABIN SKIFF / Edward Andrews / Los Angeles, CA / / 9-26-01: I started on July 17, 2001. Hull is finished, and will be turning over this weekend. Going great! 8-24-02: Well, I am finished, for now, with my Cabin Skiff. It has been a great experience for both myself and my family. Now I can enjoy it. Please check it out at

CABIN SKIFF / Ed Skulski / Lancaster, NY / / 5-23-03: Received plans, patterns, and video in Jan of 01. It’s been off and on again when I have time to work on it, but it’s truly a labor of love. Fortunately or unfortunately I spend about as much time planning and dreaming as I do working on the boat. As of 5/03 I have the hull formed with transom and floors installed. The hull is turned over ready to start glassing the bottom. Most plywood parts are cut out from the patterns and I have made the windshield with hinged windows over the winter. Also have made louvered doors for the aft bulkhead opening as well as port lights for the cabin. One thing I enjoy is finding old bronze fittings for the boat. I have pretty much collected all the hardware now which will be all bronze. Whenever I get frustrated I spend a few minutes looking at Ray Macke’s site and it gives me motivation to keep going. Ray & the rest of the guys that have posted photos really are an inspiration. 11-14-04: Well It’s Nov, 2004 and my outside work on my Cabin Skiff is stopped for this year since it gets a little cold this time of year up here in Buffalo (17 degrees right now). I know my building progress is slow but I’m still moving forward. Actually the structure of the boat is pretty much finished including the cabin roof. The only major item I have left is the bulwarks and sheers then it’s back to a lot of sanding. Building this boat is a lot of fun, I might be going slow on purpose to make it last. I’m even having people stopping in from around the neighborhood to see how it’s going. Over the winter I will be making some of the interior items in my basement like the helm station and cabin door. I also have a bunch of teak from an old swim platform that I plan to cut into 1/4 thick strips and plank the deck and sole with. Well I’m pretty sure the launching will be next summer – I’ll send a photo (five years – is this a record for being the slowest?). 3-21-08: My wife and I will be showing our boat at the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic Seaport for all 3 days in June. Photos of the boat before it was totally completed are in the customer photo section. (See Customer Photos)

CABIN SKIFF / Dave Benson / Karuah , NSW, Australia / / 4-27-07: I’m just starting. I run a boat building school for aboriginal students. So far, we’ve built around fifteen dory skiffs and have been developing designs. We don’t usually build to plans. Currently gatheing materials. 6-4-07: I’ve now stitched the hull together and I’m about to epoxy the seams. The plywood I’m using seems a bit stiffer than the ply on console skiff video. It sure took some pulling together at the stem. My main problem so far has been with using metric ply sheets. If you are building any sort of boat to Glen-L plans in Australia, ask your supplier (Mine’s Mr Ply & Wood) to get you imperial measurement ply. It will make your job much easier.

CABIN SKIFF / Chris Mogg / Mackay, Queensland, Australia / / 7-22-07: I started building about six weeks ago. Have formed hull, installed transom and am currently filleting the seams. Most of the other parts up to deck level are cut out and cleats etc added, ready to install. 9-24-07: Last Friday I recruited a few guys from the office to turn the boat over so I can fibreglass and paint the bottom. Topside is complete up to the lower shear but I haven’t added any of the decking or cabin stuff yet. These can wait; I wanted to get started on painting before it gets too hot. All has gone pretty well so far. The only problem I have had is that the MTO calls for 1 sheet of ¼” ply but actually two are required. I think I’ll substitute exterior ply that I can get locally rather than ordering marine ply from Maroochydore. I’m working on the calculations that will be needed to register the boat – load capacity, persons capacity, power rating etc that are listed on the Builders Plate and determined by Australian Standard AS1799. This also covers flotation requirements etc. – I have added about 80L of expanding foam under the cockpit floor and will add more up higher, ultimately aiming for level flotation. Another requirement from AS1799 is that any enclosed cabin must have two exits so I’m planning to add a hatch at front. I’m getting to the point where I’ll need to decide about an outboard as the control cables etc need to be built in. I looked at a Tohatsu last week 40HP direct injected ~$8000 or 50HP for $8150. I’m thinking a two stroke might be cheaper. Other than that, I’m thinking about shortening the cabin by 12” to make more room in the cockpit where we’ll be spending more time. The plan was to install a fuel tank inside, on the flat on the passenger side. This also moves the helm out of the cockpit and makes space for a battery box under the helm. Seemed like a good idea at the time but upon reflection the details are not as simple as I first thought due to the tapered cross-section of the cabin. Anyway, I can keep thinking about it whilst I paint the underside.

CARIOCA / Jeff Cole / Houston, TX / / 8-10-01: Frame kit was ordered and was delivered appx. 9-10-01. Frame is completely set up with all bottom battens, chine etc. in place. Most fairing of these was completed 11-25-01 and side planking to begin later this week. Pictures will hopefully follow soon. 4-8-02: Just about to cover the hull with fiberglass and turn it over. Great project. 3-21-03: The project has just been started up again at the fiberglass stage. The hull is complete and seams are taped. Now just saving up for the fiberglass kit. I think once that part is complete it should move along a little faster. I hope to have it in the water late this spring. 4-29-03: Just finished the last coat of epoxy on the fiberglassing of the hull. Sanding and paint is next to come. Should be all downhill from here. Picture of the completed hull is attached. (see Customer Photos)

CARIOCA / Brian Bouwer / Walker, MI / / 3-1-02: At this point I am building the frames. 3-10-02: All frames are complete, breasthook and stem are cut. I am waiting on fastener kit to complete stem and breasthook. Will start on building form next. 4-28-02: Have finished building frame, chine installation, bottom battens and most of sheer. Half of the fairing is complete. 7-5-02: Have finished planking. Ordered and recieved fiberglass materials. Will begin fiberglassing in one week. 8-17-02: Fiberglass and painting complete. Filled the cooler with beer and had a boat flip party today. Boat is on the trailer right side up. 9-12-04: What boat is ever finished. The roof is on and the controls are set. The motor was installed around the first of august. I put a 50 hp. Johnson four stroke with EFI. I launched the boat the third week of august. The launch wasn’t as smooth as I would like but the boat ran fine. She seems quite fast although I don’t have a speedometer installed. I will try to get some pictures in the mail soon.

CARIOCA / Douglas Broad / / 10-27-03: Started cutting out frames after studing plans and gathering materials.

CARIOCA / Jeff Kuan / Irvine, CA / / 12-7-05: Currently shaping the hull in preparation of the planking. 7-28-06: The Boat (soon to be named Madeline after my unborn child) was launched on July 16th 2005. With 4 people and a 115hp Optimax 2 Stroke engine. We got up to ~40mph. The finishing touches on the Cabin and trim still have to be completed but it’s on the water! 10/4/07: Still working on trim and cabin interior. Moved down to So-Cal and wishing there were more lakes close by. Hoping to get the interior all padded for the child.

CATALINA EXPRESS / Mario Stagliano / / 3-28-99: Frames completed, making building form. 9-30-02: Just turned over the hull, picture attached. 3-24-03: Deck beams in place. 7-11-03: We are working on the interior, completed most of the forward berth, the aft bulkhead at frame two, the forward main bulkhead and the center berth. Currently working on the flying bridge area. (See Customer Photos)

CELERITY / Tom Reid / / 3-2-99: Hull finished, applying final fairing and primer. 5-3-99: Just applied the first coat of paint. Decided to use Interlux single part poly with roll and tip method. Easy to apply as advertised. 4-12-01: Have finally completed the boat and will test in the water soon. The boat has lots of room for 14 1/ ft. Will send photos soon. 5-14-01: Finished the boat and got it in the water last week. The results were terrific! The boat is very smooth and fast with the 90 horse Merc (60 mph+) The deep hull keeps you nice and dry and the boat tracks straight as an arrow with no bad handling characteristics at any speed. This is a great boat that will fit in almost any garage. Thanks for the great design and frame kit. (See Customer Photos)

CELERITY / Don Storgaard / FL / / 7-17-01: Glen-L… After receiving plans,frame kit and epoxies from you I proceeded to build a modified plan of the 14’6″ Celerity as shown on these photos. Just click on the http below. I have yet to install the outboard motor (50hp.) 2 way helm seat, bimini top etc. I was very pleased with the accuracy of the plans, kit, and instructions finding them very exact in every detail. Upon completion and water testing I will forward more photos and hopefully more favorable comments. Thank you for your prompt attention and assistance at the onset of this project. The latest boat photos are on the web:

CELERITY / John C. Smith / Edmonds, WA / / Began project 9-20-01. 1-17-02: Just finished assembling frames and am ready to plank sides and bottom. I am surprised how heavy duty this hull is for a 14ft boat. 1-20-02 finished planking hull. 1-23-02: ordered Jacknife cabin plans to put on boat. 1-24-02: Finished decking. 1-30-02: Finish motorboard area, encapsulated inside of hull, ruffed in plumbing and wiring, put floor decking in and epoxied. 2-5-02: Have filled and sanded screw holes with epoxy/microballoons, also filled and faired out transition point forward of frame 3. 2-8-02: Applied first coat of epoxy to outside of hull. The hull is thirsty! I am getting good “air to resin” transfer from the plywood. 2-09-02: Epoxied cloth in place, (used 6oz. cloth). 2-12-02: Applied two more coats of resin over hull, I added a small amount of pigment to the first coat over the cloth coat to use as a reference point so that I would not sand through the pigment coat. Sanding and painting is next. 2-20-02: Hull is in primer. 3-14-02 Hull is painted, cabin is installed. 6-14-01: The Celerity is done. It is ready for sea trial as soon as the trailer is complete.(Previously built Tunnel Mite)

CELERITY / Jim Martin / / 10-30-07: I built a Celerity and finished March 2007. I stretched it by adding an extra 5 inches between frames to 15ft 9in. I also built the transom from solid plywood to 1 3/4 inches. I also did not use wood framing to build the slop well, I used a router to cut 3/8 inch deep slots in the transom and flooring and built it up using tack and tape. The boat is completely open with a short bow deck and 6 inch wide side decks, and a single side console. I built the floor solid, front to back, and completely sealed it off with fiberglass and epoxy. Also it is made from 3/4 inch poplar boards instead of plywood, and the area below the floor is filled solid with pour foam. The hull is made from 8mm meranti plywood and yelow pine framing. The weight came out close to 900 lbs, and I power it with a 50 hp outboard. It’s a good design, very roomy and stable, which is what I wanted. I got caught in a 60 mph squall line in Canada this spring and it handled it with no problems, again a good design thanks.

CHESSIE FLYER / Karl Kenyon / Eau Claire, Wisconsin / / 11-1-07: I started my boat in March of this year. As of now (1 Nov. 2007) I am starting to glue the sides on. This is rapidly becoming difficult because of approaching winter temperatures. Hope to get the sides on before it gets too cold to Epoxy. I would enjoy hearing from other sharpie builders.

CHIPPEWA 15′ veneer (baltic birch plywood) / Jeff & Tom Mills / (email address no longer valid 5-02) 5-26-00: We have constructed the skeleton and are about to put the strips diagonally on the boat. Any tips would be appreciated. 7-15-00: We’ve finished the first layer of veneer strips. Starting on the second layer. Can’t wait to get it in the water. There was a lot to learn about trimming each strip for a smooth fit. 8-5-00: Finished second skin of plywood veneer. Now to start pulling hundreds of staples out of the second layer. Started on Seats, one is finished, need to cane the second. Pumps on the epoxy bottles were worth every penny. A “Must Have” item. 8-20-00: started with the fiberglass. Messier than baking cookies with a two-year-old. 7-10-01: Finished with inside fiberglass, gunwales, seats and thwarts July 7, 2001. Launched on July 9 at Palo, Iowa. Will post more photos soon on web site. Very proud of our accomplishment! A nice looking canoe.

CHINOOK / Ray Slater / Crestline, California / / 6-23-10: I am almost two years into the project. The last coat of fiberglass goes on today. Then a little more sanding and I am ready for the System 3 primer. I started the boat more as a journey than a destination but it looks like I could finish in another year (or two). I live in the San Bernardino mountains and had to build a construction deck to get a level building platform. All of the neighbors are very curious about how I plan to turn the boat over (I have a plan and will send pictures)…and how I will get it off the deck and onto a trailer (not sure about that one myself). The plans are fantastic. Figuring out how to do things is half the fun. I can’t say enough about System 3. Having never used fiberglass before I followed directions exactly and arrived at a beautiful result.

CHIPPEWA / Edd Stansberry / / 6-10-00: Just got plans and read over everything. Laying out lumber.

CHIPPEWA / Jim Pschirer / / 8-4-00: I am finishing the inside with fiberglass and epoxy. the outside is already glassed. 8-27-00: i have previously sent information tjis is an update. i have completed all wood work the inside and outside are glassed and have (2) coats of varnish. i am going to put another coat of satin finish on the inside with sand for non-skid. i have (1) more coat of varnish to put on the outside. plan to finish this week… in water next weekend. 9-27-00: I finished the canoe on Aug 27, 2000. I waited until Sept 1 to put it in the water. Used it for fishing, with 3 adults in the canoe it drew about 6″ water. Paddled great. A great project.

CHIPPEWA 15 / Leslie Arbouin / Medellín, Colombia / / 2-2-05: We are starting our project. We are buying materials and cutting the Forms.

CLASS AB / James M Faulkner / Kennebunkport, ME / / 9-15-03: Working on frames.

CLASS CD / Don Slomke / Barboursville, WV / / 9-23-08: My 6th Glen-L boat. I received my frame kit and began construction on 9-20-08.
10-9-08: Three weeks into the project. Bottom finished, turned over to complete topside planking. Hope to start fiberglass work this weekend.
3-14-09: After a long winter, I finally had some weather that allowed me to resume work. I have completed the woodwork and fiberglassing. The paint is now finished. I have installed the motor, controls and steering. Just a few minor details and it will be ready for the water. I will send updated photos soon. (See Customer Photos)

CLASS D / Bill Gysin / UK / / 8-10-00: Just finished….

CLASS D / Bill and Daniel Petrie / Toronto, ON, Canada / / 12-22-03: The frames are complete and we got the wood together for the chines and keel. However, we stopped work at this early stage so the pieces would be easier to store. We want to finish the boat in April. Because my son is 15, the boat will be roughly handled. Thus, I have built the frames a little stronger adding a wooden support between the top and bottom of the frame. Apparently spruce is strong, but I have had a great deal of difficulty finding clear spruce. I have a line on a 1955 Merc like the one pictured in the catalog, and I have promised my son that if he gets straight A’s, it will be his. His marks have increased accordingly, as we agree that putting our new 30 Johnson on this boat would be a travesty. 10-9-04: The boat is finished. Put a 15 Johnson on it and it does about 28 mph. It is a fast boat, and handles beautifully. We are thinking of widening the cockpit to make it a two seater across which would also require some modifications to the transom.

COASTAL CRUISER (Aluminum) / Patrick Green / Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada / / 9-16-09: Built and setup frames welding in longitudinals lenghtened to 29 feet. 75 hours so far but the pace is picking up now.
10-07-2010: Flipped hull in December 2009 and have built the cabin and pilot house. Am in the process of finishing all the welding inside in order to spray insulation and am starting to fair the outside of the hull, but work has taken priority now so only 8 hours a week of boat building.

COASTER / Dave Foster / / 2-21-99: Hull, deck, interior built. Yanmar 2GM20 installed. Cabin in progress.

COASTER / David White / / Hull and deck completed. Boat was trailered from Canada to Mexico. I have been sensitized to epoxy and would like help in finishing the boat next winter in Cetumal, 250 miles south of Cancun. Have large yard for RV also have converted bus available. Come spend the winter in the Carribean. 3-23-03: I am at a stand still on the Coaster. I have trailered it down to Mexico to finish but don’t seem to have the time when I am here. I am sensitised to epoxy so I have to be carefull what I do.

CONSOLE SKIFF / David Apple / Email address not valid: 03-24-03 / 11-19-98: Cutting out pieces. 5-8-99: Hull formed, stitched, buulkheads and stringers in. All interior seams and glassing done. Flooring in and taped. Working on a more compact center console and seat, really going fast, also a lot of fun!! Nice plans and good instructions.

CONSOLE SKIFF / John Petersen / Sweden / / 12-27-98: Boat finished 1996 and has been used extensively with a 40hp long shaft.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Pablo Lafontaine / / 1-24-99: Boat finished Jan’97 w.60HP. Excellent in offshore waters around Puerto Rico.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Brent Harrison / / 2-24-99: Hull stitch, transom in, 25 hrs so far. 3-6-99: Breasthook, inner sheer and knee installed. Enjoying project. Intend to add a cabin. 3-29-99: Floors in, inner seams and joints fiberglassed, adding storage compartments, and starting console. 5-17-99: Cabin made, finishing cockpit and cabin now. 6-27-99: Moved hull outside to tape outer joints and fiberglass. Cabin painted. 3-11-00: Built a garage to work in. Now boat is high and dry. Working on fiberglassing outer hull. Put a ventilation skylight in the cabin, looking for suitable windows or portholes. Cabin is all fiberglass, no wood. 9-13-01: After almost a year away from my project I finally got back into it again. Have built two swivel chairs and added a roof section over the cockpit. I am building the windshield now. Getting into the finishing stuff, which is very enjoyable.

CONSOLE SKIFF / David Rigoulot / Email address not valid: 03-24-03 / 4-17-99: Currently fiberglassing interior seams. Longbeams are in, bulkheads next, then I will be ready to turn boat. So far, so good. 7-19-99: Ready to get the gang together and flip the boat over. I am really getting excited now that I am getting close to fininshing her. 11-12-99: Hull fiberglassed and painted using InterLux Plus, Wow! Looks great! Boat turned and on trailer. Installed outer sheer/bumper. Still have a little preparation on interior before installing console. We have already named her SEARIG JR. Our cabin cruiser is named SEARIG II. 1-25-00: Center console in, finished, with steering. Made a bow pulpit from extra mahogany. Next, finish transom area, motor well and get an outboard. Used 72 qt. ice chest with seat cushion for the helmsman. Still a little work to do on trailer. If I must say so myself, she really turned out great. I have already received complements from friends and family on how she turned out.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Kurt Ayres / / 5-3-99: Plywood finally arrived, and have begun cutting out plywood parts. Frame kit and engine on hand. 5-15-99: Hull formed. 5-25-99: Transom, motorboard, and keel installed. Making fillets. 6-13-99: Long beams installed, sanding, sanding, seams being fiberglassed, inner sheer installed. 7-18-99: Interior structure and cockpit sole in. Will be turning her over to fiberglass the hull within a week. 2-19-02: Hull exterior fiberglassed and painted. 40 h.p. engine installed and connected. Wiring, carpeting and other finishing details are being taken care of. She should be in the water as soon as the weather permits!

CONSOLE SKIFF / Mike Erwin / Email address not valid: 03-24-03 / 5-23-99: I have recently completed the construction. Started the boat in January 1999. Found the plans very easy to follow and complete. I am planning on putting it in the water by the end of the week.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Pat Walsh / / 6-25-99: Started boat 10/98, Launched May 16, 1999, but I never consider her finished. So much fun building the Console Skiff, it would be a disappointment not to spend time working on and adding to her. Or is it just time to start another boat? 3-21-03: My project has been finished for sometime now. The boat is holding up great and we have thoroughly been enjoying it’s performance and comfort. We have been using her for knee-boarding and fishing. I would be working on another if my realworld job was not dominating all my time. (See photos in Customer Photos Archives)

CONSOLE SKIFF / Greg Slakov / / 8-9-99: Started in May, now installing long beams. Moving console forward one foot to increase aft floor area. 10-10-99: Flipped boat over with help of friends. All decks and floors in. 12-14-99: I glued, taped and glassed the bottom of the boat and have painted to the approx waterline. Boat flipped rightside-up and have almost finished fairing the interior, which was tougher than the outside. I am ready to cut the console and seat. 2-20-00: Launched the boat yesterday; worked well in flat calm conditions. I have to install windshield, bottom paint, and nav lights and I will be done. A very exciting and satisfying day for me. I measured 20.2 knots over 1.6 miles with a Johnson 40 hp at about 80% power. (See Customer Photos)

CONSOLE SKIFF / Al Walters / Summerville, SC / Email address not valid: 03-24-03 / 9-13-99: Started Oct 96 after attending wwoden boat show in Georgetown, SC, finished 7-99, will be entering finished boat in same show Oct 99. I was in no hurry, many 2 and 3 month periods where I did nothing. Biggest problem was rigging out. Contact me or one of other builders, we can probably save you headaches later on.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Joe Luttrell / Huntsville, AL / / 2-13-00: Started the skiff in 94-95 time frame and worked off and on in spare time and launched her on Oct 16, 1999. Love the way she handles and looks. The 48 Special Evenrude pushes her faster than needed. I had so much fun building her, I’m looking for an old wooden sailboat to re-furbish.

CONSOLE SKIFF (with raised bulwarks) / Tom McKinney / / 7-3-01: I have cut out the front panels and moving slowly to the rest of the hull.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Chris McAnally / East Bernard, TX / / 4-18-02: In the process of laying the glass, and buying the rest of the rigging. I am looking forward to completion in early May. Very easy construction, and it was a enjoyable first boat project. I started the project in early March, and have about 10 full days into her. Can’t wait to hit the bay!!

CONSOLE SKIFF(with raised bulwarks) / Rich Bagley / Marlborough, MA / / 4-20-02: Purchased the plywood and started cutting out the panels. Ordered the epoxy kit. 5-30-02: Hull stitched together and transom is in. Building a cradle, then I’ll start puttying the seams. 3-24-03: It’s slooow going here in the Northeast. Over the winter I completed the support structure for the soles, cut-out the soles, installed quarter knees and motorwell. I have pvc conduits ready for wiring between motorwell and console and bow. Next step is to install flotation, decks and rope locker.

CONSOLE SKIFF(with raised bulwarks) / James K. Chapman / Carlsbad, CA / / 3-27-03: I began construction in early December and have kept careful track of my hours. I have 77 hours in and the hull is almost complete to turn over and fiberglass. I opted for the raised bulwark model and have ordered the outboard (Honda 40 hp 4 -stroke) and have installed an 18 gal below deck aluminum gas tank forward of the partial bulkhead. 5-30-03: I have108 hrs into the boat since December and the hull interior is nearly complete with all seams fiberglass taped, all floorboards, long beams etc. in place. I am now dealing with details for running electrical, steering etc, prior to turning the hull. I will be putting positive flotation foam under the forward and aft sections and will also be completing some custom trim work. I basically work on the boat weekends and an occasional evening. I used red-oak for the inner sheer and I doubled it which resulted in a very strong construction. Will send pictures shortly

CONSOLE SKIFF(with raised bulwarks) / Gary Watson / Conway, SC / / 3-1-03: Received plans as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend in 1994! Since married another gal and began building on 24 Mar 03. Making frames and a rolling dolly/frame to allow work outside small garage-shop. Plywood is ordered. Was very fortunate to acquire some high quality mahogany stock scrapped from a large building project. Ordered the Raised Bulwark plans last week, as I think it makes the boat look “saltier” and I want to venture offshore through rough tide/wind conditions. Obviously I’ve had plenty of time to study the plans. They are really good. Can’t wait to get the hull shape going.

CONSOLE SKIFF(with raised bulwarks) / Dan Hehn / Norfolk, MA / / From Glen-L, I have purchased the Console Skiff Frame Kit, ‘Stitch and Glue kit’, Stitch and Glue video and the Building the Console Skiff video. I have decided on using BS1088 Meranti plywood for the hull panels. 8-8-03: Designed and completed assembly of a simple cradle/dolly that will be used to hold the boat during construction. It is roughly 5′ x 8′. I have pictures of it if any is interested in building one of these. 8-9-03: Hull panels transferred from patterns and all hull panels have been cut. I have found that a 7 1/2″ circular saw to be the best for cutting out the hull panels. These are long cuts and the curves are gentle. I found that if you set the depth at a height just deep enough to cut the plywood, even the bow curve is easily cut. 8-10-03: Assembled hull panels and epoxy coated the hull panels. 8-11-03: Hull is fully stitched and it looks like a boat! At first I used plastic tie wraps (a.k.a. nylon zip wraps) for the stitching. I have used this approach before. Unfortunately, I was not able to get this hull fair using this method. I switched out the plastic tie wraps for wire and everything fell into place. Next steps: Transom installation and begin applying fillets. 9/2/03: At this time, I have completed the installation of the transom, applied the fillets along the chine and the bow. I have also completed the installation of the bulwarks, keel laminations, and batten laminations. The only problem I had was that I couldn’t get the forward bulwarks to meet at the bow. I have about a 3/4″ gap. I believe is this due mainly to the fact that I was working alone and I just couldn’t keep everything lined up with only two arms. I will insert a piece of plywood into the gap and then apply epoxy putty. I should be able to shape this nicely. Before I did all of this, I decided to follow the recommendation in the instructions to install two 6′ 2x4s temporarily on the bottom of the hull to insure straight panels. 12-12-03: Completed installation of partial bulkhead, motorwell sides, aft bulkhead, keel upright, aft decks, etc. Installed PVC piping from the center console to the bow for electrical runs. I modified the width of the motorwell and transom cutout to 30″ assuming that I may need the clearence for steering components on my outboard. I don’t know if I would do that again. It may be easier to make a small cutout in the motorwell side for the steering rod. Installed PVC piping, one on each side of the keel upright, from center console to aft bulkhead for steering, electrical and fuel lines. Forward sole panels installed. 03-08-04: Completed installation of all sole panels, the forward bulkhead, and forward deck. The boat is ready to be flipped. 4-22-04: The boat has been flipped. Fiberglass has been applied to all hull seems per the schedule. I am currently fairing the tape edges in preperation for the application of the hull fiberglass cloth. 8-27-04: The hull exterior was completely faired, primed and painted by the end of June. I used S3 primer and paint. They are water based and are very easy to cleanup. The primer is hard as a rock once it is cured. This primer needs to be thinned per the instructions on the can in order for it to flow nice. The S3 topcoat covered well and was very easy to work with. The boat was flipped onto a trailer in early July. Since then, the sheer clamps and rubrails have been completed. The console has been built and installed. All of the electrical and mechanical cabling is complete. I have mounted a 1985 Mercury 50 hp outboard that I have owned since new. The interior has been primed. I plan to get her in the water soon and use her for the remainder of the short New England boating season. Final interior painting will take place as time allows. In the few times that I have been out with the boat (on the trailer), I have received many compliments. Next update will be after I have had her in the water. 8-30-04: The boat was launched for testing on 8/29. The boat performed extremely well. The 50 hp Mercury is more than enough power for this boat. In fact, I think it is too much power for most users of this boat. With 1, 2 or 3 people on board, I would say that a 35 or 40 hp outboard would be ideal. This boat pops right up on plane (even with 2 adults, 5 small kids and a dog) and handles well. 4-26-05: Throughout the spring, I have made some minor improvements including; installation of a 11.5 gal permanent fuel tank/fittings/gauge, filled under-sole cavities with foam, and completed the finish work on the console and the boat interior. The boat is now complete and ready for the 2005 New England season.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Brandon Northroup / Orange County, CA / / 03-20-04: Bought the Marine Plywood, copied the plans onto the wood using carbon paper that I purchased also from Glen-L. Ready to start cutting.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Mark Newman / Wilmington, DE / 3-22-04: Finished. See WebLetter 50 and Customer Photos. I would be glad to answer any questions.

CONSOLE SKIFF / Gerardus Van Dellen / Drexel Hill, PA / / 10-15-04: Complete work shop set up just for boat building. Just got my wood and lining it up for pattern tracing. 10-21-04: Started to cut out front hull pieces. Boat motor arrived today. A Mercury 2005 40HP Electric Start, Remote Steering, with Power Trim for $3500 on Ebay. Found a great way guide saber saw for curves. 10-28-04: So much has been done in the last few days. I got the last of my plywood and mahogany from Boulter Plywood. Thank God!!! All the stitching is done. Crossing my fingers it wouldn’t snap but I did use AA grade so it shouldn’t. I could have used more stitching wire. I had no where near the length needed and still have enough to twist reasonably. That was two days ago. Yesterday I coated and mounted the motorboard to the transom. Today I mounted it and did the fillets for the transom and the chine. Tommorrow I’ll do the battens and such and give it a long cure over the weekend since I have to go back to work for a few days. I’ll be able to start back on it on Wednesday and install the long beams. See website for images:( ).

CONSOLE SKIFF / Gary R Solmi / Oregon / / 3-23-05: I have basically finished the outside of the hull and have just turned it to the upright position. I formed a cradle while the hull was upside down. I will finish all the fiberglassing, fairing and sanding. Next will be the inside paint. I will then lower the transom to fit the engine.

CONSOLE SKIFF(with raised bulwarks) / Andy Erskine / Ballina, NSW, Australia / / 2-24-06: I’m sending these photos of our recently completed Console Skiff. She started life as a Cabin Skiff but as the construction slowly progressed (over 15 years!) my family grew, to the point where they wouldn’t all fit if I’d kept the cabin. So the cabin was done away with but the raised bulwark and deck were retained. I believe this keeps the boat drier than otherwise and the deck gives us a handy little area for rigging lines etc. “Ourway” is powered by a 50hp 2 stroke Tohatsu (fitted with hydrofoil) and performs beautifully. We plan a long life of exploring the rivers of Northern NSW and Queensland. I’d be happy to correspond with other builders and to share my experiences. Your patterns were easy to follow, a tip that I can share is to use a leatherwork stitching marker to roll over the plan lines, they will be transferred in a line of easily seen dots to the ply. (see Customer Photos)

CONSOLE SKIFF / Bill Arnold / Fort Collins, CO / / 4-29-07: I ordered the boat plans and purchased the necessary supplies (e.g wood, brushes, containers for epoxy, and so on). On receiving the plans, I studied them in detail and made a list of sequential tasks to perform. I also purchased the DVD and watched it several times. On having a good idea of how to proceed, I plunged in. The whole process was easy. Maybe I have a slight head start over a rank beginner, having built or restored 16 airplanes and having previously built 5 boats, one of which was a Glen-L runabout. I did order the transom, breasthook, and frame as my shop consists of simple tools. At this point in the construction, I have installed the sole (two parts).

CONSOLE SKIFF / Walt Corwin / Debary, FL / / 05-01-07: Ordered DVD; ‘Building The Console Skiff’. 05-03-07: Ordered Plans and Frame Kit after visiting Ray Macke’s incredible Cabin Skiff site I am inspired!! 06-18-07: Interior complete thru long-beam and bulhead installation. Few more seams to glass and ready for floor. LOTS of epoxy has passed thru the entrance of my garage!! Lookin’ good though. I expect to be turning the hull over within 30 days. That may be optimistic, we’ll see. I know I’ve got a serious fairing job ahead… 08-21-07: Yes, that was a little optimistic. Haven’t got her flipped yet, but she is sitting on her new trailer, floors, console, seats, fuel and steering systems installed, and I am getting real close to painting the inside/topside. I’ve obtained the Zolatone epoxy paint for the inside. It’s supposed to nicely cover minor imperfections. Of which there are a few. Ok, a lot. And seems I’ve developed an intolerance to epoxy, and it’s slowing things down a bit. Might need a haz-mat suit soon, but I’m gonna finish this boat!

CORINTHIAN / George Hunter / / 10-27-98: Started 4 years ago, planking almost complete.

CRACKERBOX / Bill Ellis / CA / / Built 1955-56 by Tom Moseley in Berkeley, CA / We purchased the boat from him in 1968 and have had many great years of use.  It is 16′ 4″ long and has a cockpit forward of the engine, driven from the rear cockpit. Powered by a 1949 Oldsmobile.  It has the curved transom!  This is a plywood boat with a fiberglass coating. I’m currently repairing some stress cracks prior to new paint. 

CRACKERBOX / Mike D / / 6-24-99: Purchased frame kit 2 years ago, sheathed with 1/4″ luan all around. Have begun planking with 1/4″ cedar, will cross plank bottom for ttl 1″ thickness. Have streched the boat 15% and increased beam 10%.

CRACKERBOX / Scott and Hans Nelson / Minneapolis, MN / / 12-16-00: began fall ’99. Fairing for deck of ply and cedar strip. Altered bow line, moved engine back 15″ in to compensate for bow heaviness. 10-28-01: I said in my last registry that the motor had been moved back 15″. I found this wasn’t necessary so it now presides at 12″. The Main construction is finished. Two opposing diagonal layers of okume 3\16 ply underneath 1\4 cedar plank the deck. The deck has 2 coats of epoxy on it now and gives us an idea as to what we will be looking at from the lawn chair at grandmas cabin. The cockpit now needs to be furnished all around with 3\4″ mahogany coaming and the engine hatch raised 3″. 5-5-04: Boat is nearing completion. Fabricated outboard rudder bracket from stainless plate. Cut hole in hatch for flame arrestor and air scoop. Using an old model-t steering wheel and minimal guages. Boat needs to be painted and varnished and outfitted with electrical and fuel fittings. Try us for pictures!

CRACKERBOX / Tom Michaelson / Linclon, CA / / 10-18-01: Frames and moter stringers set up, installation of stem and keel will start next week. 3-23-03: My Cracker Box is still in the framing stage. We are going to install the engine and other hardware to check everything out before we skin the frame. We have designed an outboard rudder system which lets us move the eng back 6-8″.

CRACKERBOX / R. J. Smith / north Texas / / 8-27-02: I have just started the gathering of materials in anticipation of an 11-1 start……have completed the building of a 030 over 327 and am beginning to gather other components as time and $$$ permit. Would like any input that might be forthcoming from anyone who is also so involved. I am located in north texas and venture onto lakes in oklahoma as well……plan to do a little IHBA racing and a lot of river and lake cruising. One of my 1st concerns is with motor placement. I am considering the straight line configuration, i.e. sans transmission and wonder about the chain coupling hook-up to front of crank….what about balance concerns and the use (or not) of the harmonic balancer??? Has anyone been down this path?? any and all input is welcome and appreciated and look forward to a little crackerbox dialogue.

CRACKERBOX / Tom Payne / Birmingham, Alabama / / 9-28-03: I received the frame kit for my Cracker Box boat and am about to start construction. I have a Chevy hi-performance 350 waiting in the wings to power the boat. This will be my first total boat construction project. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

CRACKERBOX / Bob Londress / Decatur, AL / / 12-22-04: I ordered the plans about 2 months ago. The last 5-6 weeks have been spent studying the plans and locating materials sources and collecting hardware. During the weekend of 12-18, I assembled the building jig and attached the motor stringers. Plans call for a mild 305 SBC with no trans and outboard rudder system. I have been in contact with a couple of other Crackerbox builders. I am hoping for an April or May completion. 3-20-05: Finished shaping the sides and most of the bottom. I have both sides planked with 1/4″ fir at this point. All went very well, an awful lot of screws involved. I was a little worried about the tumblehome at the transom but it bent very nicely and without any cracking. Both sides were done with 2 sheets of 4 x 8 with plenty of scrap left to trim. I am now getting ready to inset the longitudinal stringers and finish shaping the bottom. I am using 1/2″ fir marine for the back 8′ and 2 layers of 1/4″ fir at the bow section. 1-10-07: Hull complete, wiring complete, Decking is half done. I wanted to get all the wiring completed before finishing the after deck panels. Driveline and engine rail mounts roughed in. All engine machine work is done, needs to be assembled. Shooting for an April or May completion, it’s time to get it done. Name: ‘PLUM CRAZY’, Burgundy hull, yellow highlights on deck, yellow seats. 3-28-07: The deck planking is complete. Outboard rudder bracket complete but not polished; steering linkage complete. No, I am not really going to use a wood tiller ! its just a mockup Aluminum pieces need to be polished A lot of sanding to do before glassing the deck Engine is being built , 305 SBC .030 over. 9-22-07: I have all the wood and glass work done now. The hull has 2 coats of primer and now I am working it down in prep for the color coats. I have started on the upholstery to take a break from all the sanding. All the mechanical parts are made and now have to be painted or polished. See you at the gathering.

CRACKERBOX / Peter Randall / Lemon Tree Passage, NSW AU / / 3-5-05: I have started my Cracker box, the engine stringers are Douglas-fir, the frames are of Australian hoop pine. The planned engine is a 4.9 litre Range Rover engine with three speed auto and an australian built out-drive that uses standard Mercruser props. 3-17-05: Battens are now on, looks more like a boat. Next are the chines and sheer and hopefully planking to stop the thing from sinking. 5-5-05: Planking complete. The “Red Dwarfe” The transom has alternating stripes of australian red gum and hoop pine. The motor plans have changed and now will be 350 Chev and outboard rudder. 10-15-07: Well it’s finished… at least well enough to power, with only minor interior finishes to do. The boat goes really well, about 40 mph at 2000 rpm with an 8% step up in the gear box and a 12×15 three-blade prop. She rides quite flat so a little has been taken off the cav plate. She is a little skaty at hgher speeds, so the rudder has been trimmed and reshaped a little. Also I’m removing the tension springs from the steering and replacing them with turnbuckles to try and stop the rudder fluttering. All in all, I couldn’t be happier. Now the red tape begins as I start to register it. Thanks all at Glen-L. (see Customer Photos)

CRACKERBOX / Neil / Toronto, ON, Canada / / 10-8-05: The Boat is coming along, varnish work is complete and reassembly is taking place. 1-25-06: Finished. (see Customer Photos)

CRACKERBOX / Fran Matera / Palm Harbor, FL / / 9-28-06: Ordered plans on 12/17/03, launched on 09/24/06. I had a great time building this boat and have learned much in the process. I changed the bow lines a bit and moved the motor back about 10″. I’m using a chain coupler with direct drive which seems to be quite fun. I left room to install some sort of in/out box as soon as I figure out how. I have an outboard rudder controlled by a outboard hydraulic steering system. The boat handled much smoother then I thought it would, this must be due to the rear seating arrangement. Now the boat is just a plain white but I plan to have some race numbers painted on the sides. (See Customer Photos)

CRACKERBOX / Michael Wasserman / White Lake, NY / / 10-31-06: So far I’m in the gathering stages of the build.I have been purchasing parts: Velvet-drive trany, prop, shaft log, stuffing box, Chevy 350ci. engine w/ 330 hp., bellhousing etc. I’ve transferred the frame plans to a sheet of plywood and have started to cut up the wood for the frames. This is my first inboard build. I built the TNT about 30 years ago and now my son uses it. This will obviously take alot longer to get together but… I’m on my way! 3-27-07: Frames are almost done, just need a little sanding. Now I have to wait a month to open my country house to start building form and frame setup… I can’t wait. Still collecting hardware. Spreading out the costs since I started has made the stress of spending less painful. “God bless Ebay”.

CRACKERBOX / Greg Fagen / / 11-29-07: started 12/06. Building 15′ according to plans. I have converted this from an inboard powered boat to an outboard. Plan is to use 115 hp, maybe higher, based on some further research needed. Hull is glassed, sanded, and ready for paint. Plan on flipping hull by end of year. Also going to see if I can convert this from a 2 passenger to a 3 passenger seating configuration.

CRACKERBOX / Jim Patroni / Cape May, NJ / / Pictures at / Oct. 2006 ordered plans. Will be building to the 16-1/2 foot length. Using a Velvet Drive 71C and 4.3L V6 with MPI so I need the extra length to help balance the boat. The entire hull will be planked with 1/4″ x 4-1/2″ mahogany. I was impressed with the boat shown in the catalog and wanted something very similar.
November 6, 2006 – Purchased Phillipine Mahogany for the framework. Local supplier stocks 7/8″ thickness.
November 26, 2006 – Started cutting and assembling frames.
December 27, 2006 – Completed building form and started assembling frames to motor stringers.
January 8, 2007 – Finished curved transom for assembly to motor stringers.
May 13, 2007 – Finally got back to the boat. Installed the 2 layers of the keel and the stem.
June 16, 2007 – Installed the battens and the chines. Had to make some minor adjustments to the chines. Somehow they were slightly missaligned at the stem.
July 21, 2007 – Applied first layer of sheer battens. Had to cut a slit in the middle from transom to frame #1. I felt it was just too hard to bend and I don’t have access to boiling hot water at my shop. I epoxied a piece of wood that matched the saw kerf into the silt. Formed like butter.
July 22, 2007 – Applied the second layer of sheer batten, Used same process as first layer.
August 8,2007 – Purchased a used 71C Velvet Drive. Turns smoothly. Will have a local authorized service shop check it out.
August 23, 2007 – Just purchased a new complete Glenwood rudder (the recommended model for the Crackerbox) on eBay. Good price.
October 25, 2007 – Just about done fairing the framework. Glad I waited for cooler weather. Still worked up a good sweat doing that.
November 26, 2007 – Scarfed 1/4″ Okoume BS 1088 mahogany plywood for both sides of the boat. Made a fixture and used a router to get the 12:1 taper. Very nice system for joining the plywood. You don’t get a flat spot in the bend.
November 28, 2007 – Scarfed the plywood for the bottom. 36″ x 216″ pieces of plywood can get a little hard to handle by yourself. December 1, 2006 – Pre shaped and installed both side panels. No one available to help with this part of the fabrication. Had to make support blocks that were clamped to the sheer to hold the panels up so they could be aligned before fastening without wiping the epoxy off the framework.

CRACKERBOX / Don Sanderson / Sutter Creek, CA / / 2-1-08: I have just ordered my materials. 4-1-08: After several tries at getting my pattern right, (carbon paper, pins, holes) I finally found a way that works well for me. I marked my set up level, and my center line at the extremes of my layout board using holes. I then cut holes along each frame line, large enough to write the frame number on it. I then used my razor knife to cut through the pattern into the pattern board, leaving sufficient paper in between each cut to hold it together. Removing the pattern sheet, I could plainly see my cuts, and using a ball point pen, easily followed the cuts for a very accurate line. They were close enough together to fill in the blanks. This automatically made an accurate “mirror” pattern for the other side. The long set up level line and the long center line indications were key in making sure my mirror pattern was accurate. I then just followed the cut lines on my material with the razor knife also. Finally was able to cut out accurate frame members and lay them up cleanly.
4-10-08: Progress so far…I would like it to be more, but alas, hobbies cost money and I took a part time job as a gold mine tour guide. Lots of fun, but it cuts into my boat building time. I had a few miscues on the start-up, but soon got the feel of the tools again and it is going smoother now. I just cut out the stem and glued it up today. Next will be the building form. I found a great engine, a 1992 350 marine, rebuilt with only 50 hours, 64cc Corvette heads with zero hours, Mallory ignition and aluminum intake manifold. It’s a bit early for an engine, but you gotta strike when the iron is hot. Got a super deal from a guy who had his own boat business and retired. He is cleaning out inventory. It should run out about 310 hp. More later.
4-17-08: I finished my frames today, also laminated 1/4″ marine ply to my stringers. I would HIGHLY recommend it. I bought them about a month and a half ago, stored them properly in my shop and went to move them the other day and one had split almost in two! I had purchased them at Meeks and their policy for exchange is 30 days, and they are not inclined to exchange split wood. I explained what they are for, and at almost $150 for the two of them, I cannot salvage the split. They were nice and exchanged the split one for me. I picked up my engine today, a ’92 350 5.7 liter marine 4 bolt with steel rods and crank with only 47 hours on it, and the heads are Corvette 64cc with NO hours on them. He had sent them to Indy Heads in Indianapolis to have them done. Aluminum intake and Mallory ignition. Even got a pair of vintage ridged aluminum valve covers. I bought it from a guy who used to have a marine repair business and he is retired. He was keeping this for himself, but health is keeping him down. I got the whole magilla for $1500. As soon as the stringers set, I will build my form and take some pics.
6-19-08: Well, making progress. You know the old saying, “I cut and cut and then cut again, and it’s STILL too short. After a couple of false starts, I am ready to place my chines and battens. I have been working on my engine at the same time (SBC 350 with Corvette 64 cc heads which were built at Indy Racing in Indianapolis). Splitting time between engine and boat is great. It helps with the “burn-out” factor. I have sent a couple of pics for the picture page. (See Customer Photos)

CRACKERBOX / Christian Hamblin / Washington, North Carolina / / 9-6-08: Just ordering material.

CRACKERBOX / Ricardo de Hartog & Joey Koeckhoven / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / / 12-1-09: Started build in March, 2009.

CRACKERBOX / Don Fischer / Muskegon, Michigan / / 3-17-10: Received plans; purchased fasteners and oak for frames.

CRUISETTE / Ernst & Thomas Burkhard / Switzerland / / 1-17-00: Frames almost finished… beam had to be reduced to 179cm. 1-30-01: We’ve finished the hull. 3-31-03: Our Cruisette had her launch mid of March 2002 and received her seaworthiness certificate in May 2002. At the moment this beauty has been around 70 hours in use – most on lake Zurich but also some hours on river Rhine. (See Customer Photos)

CRUISETTE / Rob Porter / Dallas, TX / / 10-16-01: Plans purchased 2001/08/16. Frames now completed. 3-23-03: I have just finished applying the keel strip(s) on the hull, and am about ready to start the final steps for the outside of the hull. I am planning to apply four coats of clear epoxy, sand smooth, then apply two more coats and final sanding before applying primer. That will make about 1.5 years for hull construction. (Obviously, I have lots of other stuff going on!). 12-10-06: Still working on outside of hull to prep for painting.

CRUISETTE / Jeff TerBush /Monroe, Ohio / / 7-7-05: I started the build on July 7, 2005. I have the building forms assembled after Day One.

CRUISETTE / Ron Porter / / 7-21-06: Don’t ask me how, but somehow I missed the whole registry thing! We bought Cruisette plans in the early fall of 2005 and started construction on the 1st week-end of December, 2005. Shop space was graciously supplied by my employer, Crestline Coach Ltd ( There are still a few things left to do, but she slid into the water for her maiden voyage on Thursday, July 13, 2006. She handles like a dream in both flat water and in the ‘bouncy’ stuff. Our builders’ diary is at

CRUISETTE / Dennis Harrington / Hobbs, NM / / 9-13-06: Building form done, transom drawn out”.

CS-20 / Archie Clark / Twin Cities area of MN / / 5-30-05: I am just starting to build the CS-20.

CUDDY SPORT / Graham Lamb / Inverary, Ontario, Canada / / 12-19-09: Began construction in September 2009. Got all the frames completed before it got too cold to work/glue outdoors (early November). Lumber all ripped for chine and shear and will be glued up indoors over the winter.

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