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HARBOR MASTER-WD / Ernst DeGroot / / 2-16-99: Forms, stem, skeg done. Stern widened.

HARBOR MASTER-WD / John Cook / / 3-14-02: Cedar strip will be used, with epoxy – fiberglass on both sides of the hull. The project was begun in March 2002. An outboard will be used instead of the normal inboard engine. 9-2-02: The hull has now been built by a boatbuilder in Nova Scotia. Pine planking was used, with epoxied fiberglass on both sides. The hull was extended to 25′ 6″, and a motor-well for an outboard was built, but otherwise the plans were followed closely. An enclosed cabin with cuddy is now being fabricated. 4-7-03: The hull and cabin have been completed by the builder, and I will soon begin on the interior. (See Customer Photos)

HELL CAT / John W. Martin IV & John W. Martin III / Columbia, South Carolina / / 5-31-10: My father and I began building the Hell Cat design in October of 1995 using the Glen-L plans and templates. Due to some time in the Army and college, I didn’t complete the boat until June of 2003. Since “completion” I have realized that some of my inexperience and shortcuts due to a tight budget led to some minor problems. I stripped the boat of all gear and hardware in 2006 to sand, paint and do epoxy repair. I am in the middle of another refit – mostly because I enjoy working on the boat but also because I want to do a better job on finishing out the boat. When we started building the boat originally we were advised that modifying the boat to a center console configuration was acceptable, so my Hell Cat is different from most of the ones on the site. The main question I have right now is how to power the boat. I have until this time been using a single 1990 Mercury outboard, 90 hp, for power (it was given to me). The boat was designed for twin engines and I would like to power it as designed. Motors have changed significantly in weight and performance over the years; I am very curious as to the most appropriate engine configuration for this design considering today’s options for power. Any recommendations?

HERCULES / John Stechman / / 4-18-00: Hull completed and ready for epoxy/glass. Most electrical prefabed. New 2GM20F in hand. Rudder and steering components, and all remaining wood, glass cloth, and epoxy purchased.

HERCULES / George Remington / Nanaimo, BC, Canada / / 8-30-01: The project is nearing completion, with interior 90% complete, exterior 100%. Ready for installation of engine. Still in a tossup over engine selection. Presently considering a Nannidiesel conversion of 37.5 hp Kubotu dsl. Design was modified after consultation with Glen-L for 26 ft. length, stitch & glue construction, and cedar epoxy lamination. Many interesting techniques evolved, which I’d be happy to discuss with other builders. Information available on copper-poxy bottom coating. 12-21-03: It has taken me that long to get finished because I was away for two years on an offshore project. We launched last summer with a total of about 4000 man-hours in the boat. I spent most of the summer carrying out sea-trials, and this coming summer we should be ready for out first long cruise up the coast to Alaska. I’d be happy to hear from anyone building or using a Hercules, and can now supply a lot of data on performance (engine size, prop size, fuel consumption, etc. (see Customer Photos)

HERCULES / Stephen Mines Custom / / 9-24-01: At a customers request am building two of these at the same time, in beginning stages w/forms built and comparing clients modified plans with originals from Glen-L just rec’d. Have built before, but two at a time is a first! With many decisions already engraved in granite by the buyer and a 10 month deadline, anticipate speedy completion (due in no small part to available funds furnished!). Will post as work progresses.

HERCULES / Gregory Williams / Email address no longer good 3-05 / West Virginia / 1-25-03: Just got the plans will start this spring. Now purchasing the materials. 2-7-03: Received 500bf White Oak, 8 sheets plywood, 2 gal epoxy, a bunch fasteners. Built up the Frame Platform…starting frames this week. 2-12-03: Built 3 frames 3/4 white oak Laminated each frame with epoxy to 1 1/2″ and Lapped each covering each frame 2 coats epoxy …working on #4 4-9-03: Hi …Doing well…have all frames set up on the strongback…Laminating the keel and chine…raining this week…am working outside. (see Customer Photos)

HERCULES / Rod Kerr / / Port Stephens, NSW, Australia / 12-27-11; Purchased a 70% completed Hercules December 2011. Built to plan and original design. In the process of making the engine selection and plan installation. Once engine is installed I can fit out including wiring etc. I plan to complete for October long weekend 2012 launch. I am interested to hear from Glen L builders.

HONKER / Matt Flanery / Tyler, Texas / / 8-19-02: Received plans 8-15-02. I constructed building form, cut gussets, transom, motor board, stem, harpin #8 and knee from plywood on 8-17-02. 9-30-02: Reinforced building form and completed lamination of all frames. 10-16-02: Attached frames, stem, and transom to keel. Also, I have attached the harpins to the stem and the first two frames. Now that it is starting to look like a boat, building is more fun. 4-8-03: I have the sides on the boat, but I am dreading the precutting of the inner lam for the bottom of the boat. Every time I go out to work on the boat, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out a way to avoid the inner lam step. I guess I just need to suck it up and prepare the inner lams. 10-29-03: Well, I finally finished the Honker and I must say that the boat was a lot of fun to build. I made a few modifications to the plans. I did not lean the front coaming forward at 45 degrees as called for in the blue prints because I made a locking storage compartment under the deck, and I did not like how the front coaming hung out over the clasp. I also made a small compartment near the transom to accommodate my rocker panel. I took the boat out this last weekend and it performed great, despite the fact that it only had a 9.9 on it. I have attached a few additional pictures of the completion and the maiden voyage. Thanks again for answering my stupid questions along the way.(see Customer Photos)

HONKER / Ron & Joe Bastin / / 10-18-02: A father and son working together. We started our Honker project the end of August, prior to my son returning to college for his senior year. Today we just finished glassing the hull. Joe is home for a couple of days for Fall break and tomorrow we will be righting the hull and glassing the deck. 5-26-03: Complete. (see Customer Photos)

HOT ROD / Paul Kane/ Chelsea, Quebec, Canada / / 3-3-05: In October 2003, the frame half-plans were expanded to full-size plywood templates. A full-size mockup of the boat was built to validate and fine-tune the templates. The boat frames were started in March 2004. A used marine engine was purchased and rebuilt in June 2004. It was mated to a rebuilt Velvet Drive transmission and installed in the mockup. After completing the electrical system, the engine was outfitted with an automotive exhaust and cooling system so it could be fired up and broken-in.
March 2005: We’re now in the final stages of fairing and sheeting the hull. I would like to hear from any Glen-L builders in the Ottawa/Hull/Gatineau area.
5-12-09: The boat’s moving along. We just finished laminating up the cockpit coamings and dash. Those radiused corners were a lot of work but they change the whole look of the boat. I’ll be off next week to finish up the deck. It’s getting pretty close now so we’ll be glassing over the sub deck and covering it with primer for now. It’s not a real Hot Rod unless it’s got some primer on it! See my website for complete progress report and photos:

HUCK FINN / Bob Anderson / Edson, Alberta, Canada / / 1-14-03: Began construction over Christmas and have mostly completed all the bulkheads, transoms, and stems. I must decide soon if it will be a 16′ or 20′ Huck Finn. If 20′, I need to make 2 more bulkheads. Next step is to cut (and join, if necessary) all the chine, sheer, and keel material. Found a source for marine grade 1/4″ fir plywood. 4-7-03: I have built stems, bulkheads, and transoms on the Huck Finn. I am awaiting the warmer weather so I can reclaim the garage for it’s true function i.e. boatbuilding shop. In the meantime, I built a nice little cart for my PowerYak to make it easier for me to launch her. Looking forward to getting at her again.

HUNKY DORY / Jim Hennessey / / 11-1-98: Started month ago, have transom, frames, stem cut (1 extra frame to increase length). 3-22-99: Assembled stem, frames, transom, cut battens, sheers, chines, laying out building form. 6-21-99: Finished fairing and planking, starting epoxy and glass. Very enjoyable work, patience seems to pay off.

HUNKY DORY / Maurice Twitchell / / 4-4-99: Have framing done, getting ready to plank. (Built Sweet Caroline Skiff in 1972; had good luck with it.) 4-17-99: Planking complete. Couldn’t believe the size of this boat. 4-24-99: Ready for glassing. 5-15-99: Epoxy seal coat applied. 6-7-99: Finished glassing, ready to paint and exterior trim. 7-25-99: Painting and installing outer keel and bottom strakes. Everything pretty well done, ready to turn over. 2-23-00: Sorry folks, I haven’t done anything to the boat. It’s buried in the snow in Maine and I am in Florida for the winter. 7-22-00: Have gotten back from Florida and am getting on with the boat. Have just about gotten all of the hull sanded and am getting ready to apply the Gel Coat for the final outside dressing. Then it’s turn over and finish . 7-16-01: Having gotten back late from Florida this year I am in the process of finally finishing my Dory. It is all painted now and am in the process of getting a motor for it and finally getting it in the water. So far so good.This has been an interesting project. 10-21-01: Well I finally got the Dory finished after three shortened years. I have acquired a Tohatsu 40 hp motor for it and will have it in the water very soon. Have to hurry though, winter coming on. Will send pics.

HUNKY DORY / Peter Gierga / Kaunakakai, HI / email address not valid 4-6-03 / 2-23-00: Started building July 99, finished hull Feb 21 00. Starting topsides today. 4-13-00: Finished cabin and topsides. 4-24: Finished painting. 4-25-00: Starting to install hardware… getting close. 4-30-00: Finished. (See Customer Photos)

HUNKY DORY with Cabin / Lee Walker / / 12-29-00: Just laid out the building form, Barn floor is compacted earth. Had to grade a few small humps out and place plastic sheeting under the form. Have completed a small gluing table to construct the frames. Barn is unheated so will probably have to tent the construction as needed. 1-29-01: Have proceeded with transom, and the aft 4 frames, pretty cold here, so I work a little and warm a little. Ended up using Clear Douglas-fir, found some good straight grain 5/4. 2/5/01: Proceeding on the frames, had some good advice from Don Carter, thanks Don. I left my frame plans on the lofting table overnight, they were soaked almost beyond use, just from the dampness in the air. The blueprints letters tended to “run” when wet. I was able to dry it, and salvage the information. I have since drawn over the dimensions with a permanent marker, I’ll call Glen L if any specific information is lost. Keep them plans dry folks. 9/1/01: Time passes quickly, construction occurs slowly. Have finished all the frames and mounted the stem. Transom and motor well are together. My plan of attack is to get the chines in place, fair up the framing and hopefully get the port planking ready to go. 9/3/01: received an E-MAil from Roger, he has ordered plans for his Hunky Dory. We look forward to reading about your progress once you get it going- Good luck Roger. 9/7/01: Rule # 96, never tell anyone your plans for the next phase, something will stop progress, same plan, new weekend. 3-16-02: …and the project goes on. I have finished screwing the bottom in place, I think I have wasted materials sufficient to build a cute little 12’er. Had some trouble getting good joints on the bottom, ended up butt blocking. I am very happy with the joinery, I expected to see some “gaps” between the bottom and sides, she look pretty darn good to me. Sides faired up well, only had to adjust one frame. Very happy with the way the side pieces tied to the stem. Weather here in Oregon is still pretty cold, snow today. Hope to begin glassing the hull by the end of the month. Have been talking to Matt up north. Good luck Matt, I’ll e-mail you for turn over, you do the same please. 11-16-02: Looks like I blew a perfectly good summer, at my last update (March I think) I had hoped to “get her glassed in the next month of so”. I did that, she is glassed, sanded, re-coated,sealed and primed, but that is about it. I can think of a lot of excuses, but none of them ring true. Looking forward to talking to another builder out there, if one of you have had the mid-construction doldrums I would sure like to talk to you about how to get back in the groove. I spent some quality E-time talking to Ken up north, he’s done a great job on his Double Trouble. I expect to see some great stories in the Dory news this next spring. As I said before the best way to break a “goal” is to tell someone about it, so I won’t say, paint by Christmas, roll over by the New Year. 4-7-03: The Hunky Dory is still under construction. Hopefully it will be ready for turn-over this month…. HMMM heard that before.
6-22-03: Well didn’t make it by 4/7/03, but have finished painting, and am building a beam overhead, I will be rigging a sling for turn over. The plan is to lift the boat, with a come-along (10 ton). The come-along will be attached to a 4X12 beam, and will have a pulley attached to run the sling through. I have cut out the strong back of the framing form at the (hopefully) balance point and am going to attach 2 – 2×6’s side to side to keep the pressure of the sling from deforming the sides. Then I will lift, remove the framing forms, rotate the boat to upright, and lower on to the trailer. One suggestion for those of you who are building in a “reduced width” space, build bow toward the door, the boat will not fit worth a hoot on the trailer backwards. I retire next week so hopefully will have time to put towards the boat. I am still having trouble coming up with a name… any reader suggestions? 8-6-03: Please feel free to delete my notes from the project registry, due to fire damage the boat will not be completed. Thanks for your support over the project’s duration, I will be selecting a new project soon.

HUNKY DORY / Matt Krick / Washington / / 5-6-02: Started on frame construction 4-30-02. Have the aft seven frames done. So far so good. Will start on front 5 frames on 5-7-02. Been talking with Lee down in Oregon. He has been great with a lot of helpful information. 5-11-02: Been hard at it building frames. Finished frame 11 today. Will finish frame 12 tomorrow. Learning lots about wood. This is my first real woodworking project. I’ve learned tightening clamps too tight does you no good at all. Not using as much glue as expected. Continue (see Customer Photos)

HUNKY DORY / Don Bing / / 6-18-02: March – Laid out stem, transom and breasthook per plans. Cut all from 3/4″ Doug-fir marine plywood AB grade. Assembled transom, stem, breasthook.
April and May – Cut all frame members from genuine mahogany. Precut all notches for chines and sheers. Also pre-beveled all forward frames per plans. Assembled frames.
May – Getting a lot of rain and it’s time to move the project outside. Progress now slow. Built the setup form on our deck.
June – All frames plumb, level, square to the centerline, and at the proper set up level. Repeated measurements indicate the deck is a stable building platform (whew!). Will post next when chines and sheers are installed and boat is faired prior to planking. Should be around July 4, hopefully. Certainly would be pleased to correspond with other Hunky Dory builders. Note: The above is an edited version of Don’s entry, click herefor the complete text and latest update (4-9-03).

HUNKY DORY with cabin / Harold Cobb / / 8-24-02: I am building the Hunky-Dory now and am presently working on the cabin. The project was started in may 1995. Back to back hurricanes Eric and Opal in Aug. and Sept 95 slowed the project and Hurricane Georges in 1999 almost wiped us out. Hope to have it completed this fall. 4-10-03: I am preparing an update with photos on my Hunky dory project. 9-15-03: At this point, the cabin is partially completed. The boat is ready for the wiring and installing the console, fuel tanks and engine. For power either a 4 stroke 90hp Honda or the new 90hp Evinrude will be used. (See Customer Photos)

HUNKY DORY with cabin B / Randy Lee / Kelowna B.C. / / 8-1-06: I started my boat in June and I am laying up the side panels, I lengthened the boat by three frames to 28, 4ft. The extra length will be used to make a longer cabin. Other changes include a center batten and increasing the bow height by 16″ and the gunnels by 12″. A 4″ kick rail forward and an outboard transom that will accomodate 2- 90 horse merc’s and a kicker bracket for a 10 horse trolling motor. Because the boat will be used off N Vancouver Isle. the sides will be 1/2″ and the bottom 5/8″. 2-6-07: I glassed the hull and am in the process of sanding the bottom in preparation for prime and paint. A few weeks of cold weather slowed me down so I ripped the battens and built a trailer. Sure looking forward to topside building.
4-22-08: I’m sending in a few pictures of the Hunky Dory built from your plans and modified for my use fishing and cruising around the pacific north west of B.C. The plans were easy to follow and straight forward. The cabin has been legthened and a couple of sliding doors will be added at the helm. Work is progressing on the interior of the cuddy and main, fish boxes are being built for the cockpit and outboard power will be determined after she is weighed. Thanks, Randy Lee (See Customer Photos)

HUNKY DORY / Tom Ferrell / Evanston, WY / / 5-28-03: Starting frames and hunting for a place to build it.

HUNKY DORY / Bob Lutley / BC, Canada / / 3-24-07: I live at mile 300 alaska Hwy. B.C. Canada. I just spent 3 long days Planing Rough cut Douglas Fir down from 2.”x3.50″ down to 1.50″x3″ I do not have a jointer so I built a carriage to carry the wood so I can cut a straight edge on one side before planing. I now have all the frame members planed & cut to length. Frames 1 to 7 all notched & ready for assembly tomorrow. That is sure a slick way you came up with to transfer plans to the set up board. Heh Heh! I’m just like a little kid, can’t wait for tomorrow. 3-27-07: Assembled frames 1 to 8. Had a hard time getting Gel magic out of container so I cut container in half Length ways and scraped into 1 gal honey pail with snap on lid, makes it much easier to put right amount into measuring cup. Will build frames 9 and 10 tomorrow. Must be careful to have angle towards the bow and cross pawl on rear side of frame. I will use a different color pencil tomorrow so as not to get confused. My master board as I call it, is getting a lot of lay up lines on it. 4-9-07: I have now got all the battens, sheers and chines cut and planed to specs. And the hole in the back wall of my shop covered with a chunk of foam. I will now build the building form supports in the shop and assemble after the snow has gone and the ground has thawed. Going to have a tough time waiting. Sooo! I’ll find some other chores to do and keep reading the boat builder forum. (see Customer Photos)

HUNKY DORY / John Stevens / Cape Cod, MA / / 7-23-07: You first timers should know that when you build a boat, make it a boat and not furniture. I actually have documented this boat with the Feds, instead of obtaining a state registration. I believe it may be the first Hunky documented. If you go to the Homeland Security/Naval Documentation website you will get the formula for documentation. Keep crunching numbers and adding inches to the hull until the formula works. It’s not a big stretch. I put alot of extra frames about a third foward of the stern for attaching a towing bit, tower or whatever in the future. I used alot of slab white cedar from the Vermont swamps on the inside and left the edges rough. Looks cool. All I ever use is a hammer, a skill saw and a drill. I guess I’m lucky, I’ve built a dozen boats from 8′ to 30′ and never had a problem with a chine log or a sheer. They just fit. Please feel free to e-mail me if anyone wants to ask questions. (see Customer Photos)

HURON / Terry Griffith / / 10-3-01: constructed form for Huron canoe.

HURON 15′ / John F. Fanning / Austin, TX / / 1-30-02: 50% of the framing completed.

HURON / Tom Clark / Houston, Texas / / 10-11-09: Started on 9-26-09 Building form was erected in one weekend of intermittent work. The form went together pretty quick but I have spent a bunch of time tinkering with leveling, blocking the frames in position and firming up the stems. I have purchased the spruce for the chines, keel etc and am waiting to pick up the product from the lumber yard, along with the plywood.
4-12-10: Ready to fair. (See Customer Photos)

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