Your Glen-L Newsletter
Gary is on home confinement in Australia due to the pandemic and working on his third Glen-L Cracker Box. He comments, "I really look forward to working on the hull each day."

I always love to see the Newsletters even though I think I have them all. I am reminded of a saying a friend of mine would say when building a boat. "In this trade, you measure it with a micrometer, mark it with a crayon, and cut it with a chain saw!”
I always thought he was being sarcastic. But it seems it is good advice, not too far from the truth. 


I hope you're doing well during these uncertain times and are healthy. We're doing well and busy as usual this time of year!

We have quite a few articles this month and if you have plans to attend our Gathering of Boatbuilders in Tennessee this year, it will be a very small group due to Covid-19. Check out the discussion on our Boatbuilder Forum.

Enjoy your newsletter and as always, let me know if you have any questions.
Customer Feedback...

The following are responses to our "Thankful to be an American!" email:

Thank you Gayle for the heartfelt email. Glen-L & you have been very helpful throughout my building journey. I especially enjoyed your story about your family. That is EXACTLY what the United States of America is about.

Guy Hopkins
US Army Reserves (Sep. Honorably)
Desert Shield/Storm


I admire and celebrate your wonderful commitment to an exceptional Nation. Although I never followed your heritage family on it's quest to find and invest in a new life in America, nevertheless I, in my small part, immersed myself in the opportunities that America offered to me.

I am a proud Scotsman who early in my career realized that the international business world could provide me with a solid future if I were prepared to work hard. My main joy was to be accepted into the business families of two great American companies - IBM and AT&T. Over a period of 25 years these two giants provided me with opportunities and challenges, not only in the USofA but throughout the world.

My hard work and commitment allowed me to become a senior manager but more importantly a mentor and coach for all things American which I carried into 65 other countries. To say that my life and success was American borne is an understatement. Like you I will celebrate the meaning and importance of July 4th.

Never stop believing in the great country that is America - YOUR AMERICA. David Booth


I hope you get this! Thank you for your email I almost forgot that I am not alone!
Thank you
Happy 4th of July and
God bless you and your family!

I love this. America is truly the greatest place on earth. I served her for 31 years and it is the best thing I have ever done. It was my honor. - Michael Hubbard


And more on different subjects...

I recently purchased the Malibu Travel Trailer plan to help me with a major undertaking of renovation of a similar trailer that I acquired a few years ago. She is working but needs quite a bit of work. So you can imagine being from 1973 had no manual or papers just the title.

Most of it is original and needs to be replaced. So I wanted to thank you for the amazing and thorough instructions!!!! This has helped me tremendously to understand what I need to do and how to do it. I’m not scared to take it all apart now. (Trust me she needs a complete overhaul). And can’t wait to get started.

I will definitely be a future buyer again. 😉.

Thank you,
Years ago in the cold Canadian winter of 1975 a young 12 year old boy labored through the cold of his parents garage to build his first race boat. The summer of 1975 saw the launch of the “River Rat”. An 8 foot Super Spartan hydro-plane with a 9.9 Chrysler outboard. That rat flew. For 4 summers the Algonquin area lakes watched the River Rat race across the glassy waters of teenage summers. Read more...
This custom kit was developed using Glen-L Zip plans by Mark Molden of Benchmark Products in California. His precision CNC cut complete wood kit allows you to begin assembling your boat the minute you unpack tracing, measuring or cutting needed! See our site for details!

"Through my detailed receipts, I spent about $2200 on wood for my Zip 10 years ago and it wasn't CNC cut to fit!!! Great price point, it really makes sense to just buy the kit at this price. " - Chris Atwood

The very first ZipKit purchaser is currently building his Zip utilizing the kit and posting photos and details about the build on our Forum here. He estimates that he's saving about 30% - 40% of building time by using the kit!
by JHerrick
I was still at Berkeley High School in 1961 when I selected the Glen-L Tiny Might plans. I was broke but craved fast boats. I remember reading that the engine transmission weight limit was 300 pounds but I didn’t want to use the recommended Ford flathead V8. Buick and Oldsmobile were both touting a smaller V8 that was 100% cast Aluminum and weighed less than 300 pounds. The difference was that it pumped out about 185 horsepower in stock form. Read more...
We carry a Fastening Kit for each of our designs that contains all the nails and screws to build your Glen-L wood boat and you can find that kit through the alphabetical listing of our online catalog here. Plus, we also have silicon bronze screws, ring shank bronze nails, stainless steel fastenings, copper wire, carriage bolts and beauty (finish) washers too.
Pandemics and the resultant quarantines applied are good for more than protecting your health… they give you a chance to reboot and do things you have not previously “had time” to do before. This is one such short(ish) story…

I fondly recall the summer of 1985 on the Outer Cape of Massachusetts like it was yesterday, hot and humid, an afternoon thunderstorm and a summer of hard work on my Father’s fishing boat, scraping barnacles, painting, working on engines, and my favorite – digging soft shelled steamer clams, all of it lay in wait, and all was well in the world for a young lad. Keep reading...
Going to that special party and don't know what to wear? The Glen-L Boatbuilder T-shirt is always appropriate, even in the most fashion conscious circles.

Our luxurious Gildan "Ultra Cotton" tees are made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton. The deep navy color and white lettering provide the understated elegance that funky old boatbuilders demand. You will be the envy of the guys at the hardware store and it goes without saying that when worn with white pants and deck shoes, you will bow to no one as the stereotypical yachty.
 Boatbuilder Galleries

Thank you for posting photos in the Glen-L Galleries--Congratulations for pursuing your dream! Each of you has done beautiful work and should be very proud...
Click the thumbnails below to view the latest Builder Galleries.
by Scott Andrews
Justin, TX
 by Mark Cruson
Portsmith, VA

 by Dave Thorsen
Bridgton, ME
Updated Galleries:
by Richard Thompson
Bradenton, FL
by Mike Edberg
Nacodoches, TX

by Art Shand
Big Canoe, GA
by Capt. Don Carter
Palm Coast, FL
by Mladen Krkljus
by Lee Thomas
Wantage, NJ
It's simple to post your photos in our Gallery. See our online instructions that walk you through step-by-step how to do it:
Your Link Of The Week
Are you trying to determine the prop size for your Glen-L boat? Glen-L Hot Rod builder, Paul Kane, has developed a tool so you can plug in your numbers and get a couple of recommendations. The link is on our Prop page:

Until next time, build more boats...Glen-L boats that is!

At Your Service,
Gayle Brantuk
Glen-L Marine
Featured Products

Glen-L Marine is pleased to offer electrical plans for the amateur boat builder from Ed Scott of Bayside Marine Design. These plans are fully detailed and can be used in a variety of boat building projects. All you need to do is match the length of your boat to an Electrical Plan size and you'll be able to wire your new boat, re-wire an existing boat or add new equipment.

Glen-L has a full line of RV designs you may not be aware of...

We have travel trailers, camping trailers, campers and shells, fifth wheels, a motorhome and even Van conversion plans.

This superior waterproof marine glue is formulated specifically for the boatbuilder, whether amateur or professional. POXY-GRIP is easy to use, requiring equal parts of resin and hardener (1:1 ratio). Use on all types of wood, most metals, and some plastics.

POXY-GRIP cures below 40° F (although more slowly), and is suitable for high humidity or on woods with relatively high moisture content since it does not absorb moisture during cure. The resin component is nearly water clear, while the polyamide hardener is amber color. Cured joints are clear, becoming virtually invisible. Ideal for use under clear finishes.


These custom Glen-L burgees are made with high quality Solarmax Nylon and sewn appliqué style to withstand the rigors of a harsh marine environment. Glen-L burgees are assembled with UV protected polyester thread and finished with 100% brass grommets on a polypropylene header. The carefully selected materials provide the strength and protection needed to stand up against the elements of Mother Nature. These burgees are two layers so that the Glen-L Logo is readable on both sides. Dimensions are 10" at base and 15" long. Made in the USA.