Your Glen-L Newsletter
Hell Cat built by JR Lindamood, Malakoff, Texas

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho, author


Happy new year! They just keep going by quicker, don't they? 

We're excited for a new year here at Glen-L. We continue to have much to be grateful for and especially you, our valued Glen-L family. Why don't you connect with us this year on our Forum or social media? We'd love to have another way of communicating with you and learning more about you...
So which boat will you build this year? There are so many to choose from --we have over 300 designs in our online catalog and I'm sure one of them will suit your needs and desires. Plus, you can change it to be just what you want since you're building it!

Enjoy today's Newsletter and let us know what you think...

 Prayer for a Fellow Boatbuilder

Pictured at right in his Zip is fellow Glen-L boatbuilder and friend, Chris Atwood (aka vupilot) and his wife Heather.

Chris is a regular on our Forum and at our yearly Glen-L Gatherings. When he built his Zip he named it "First Born" which I thought was really clever because building a boat is somewhat like giving birth--for a man anyway.                                            
Chris has recently been diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer and is undergoing treatment. I'm asking our community to please remember Chris, Heather and their son Carson in your thoughts and prayers. You can see our our post on the Forum.

After finishing inventory for the year, believe me when I say Glen-L has a ton of fastenings! Silicon bronze ring shank nails, bronze wood screws, carriage bolts, stainless steel and copper wire for Stitch & Glue construction and a bunch more. Click here to get your fastenings!

One of our Barrelback builders called today asking where the spray rails go and what material to use. On this design the plans call for 5/8″ net x 1-1/2″ x 20′ mahogany or similar for the spray rails. But, you may be asking, “what’s a spray rail?” Well, it’s a piece of wood attached to the outside of the boat that keeps the water from coming up over the side and soaking your passengers.

Of course, maybe you want to soak your passengers and if so, just disregard this article. I vividly remember riding in the aft cockpit of Butch Barto’s Tahoe (shown in photo above at a Glen-L Gathering) and the wall of water that soaked me as we were docking. Butch has since added a spray rail. Read the rest...

When mixed, System Three Flotation Foam undergoes a chemical reaction that produces polyurethane foam in a 2lb/ft3 density, United States Coast Guard approved for flotation. This foam also is an excellent insulation material that is unaffected by fuel, paint, solvents, polyester and epoxy resins. One quart of mix will produce about one cubic foot of foam. Each cubic foot of foam provides about 60 pounds of buoyancy. This Gallon Kit makes approximately 5 cubic feet.
Many of you have been waiting patiently for the Steermaster replacement cables to be available. We have word that they should be in stock mid-February. As soon as they're available for order, they'll be on our site here. As you know, once this year's stock is out, that's it until they are made again next year. So, get your order in early so you won't miss the boating season... again!
 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 some of the latest Builder Galleries--the latest galleries are usually at the bottom of the linked pages unless it states otherwise:

New Galleries:
Updated Galleries:

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:

How to Register & Add Photos & Posts
How to Add Your Own Photos
How to Add Your Own Story
Your Link of the Week

How much does it cost to build (insert name of boat)??? 

This is a frequent question and so is "how long will it take to build such and such a boat?" So we've collected feedback from other builders and it's on our site here. Not every boat is listed, but sometimes you can find one that's similar and get a good cost and time estimate that way.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your years is the best ever! And until next time... build more boats. Glen-L boats, that is!

At Your Service,

Gayle Brantuk

Featured Products

Only $127 - The Glen-L Poxy-Shield Glue Kit contains a 1.2 Gallon Kit of Poxy-Shield and a 1 pound bag of Silica filler.

This combination of our 5 to 1 Poxy-Shield Epoxy combined with #1 Silica is THE glue of choice for Glen-L's Shop Foreman. Glen-L Poxy-Shield has great workability, gap filling properties and a long shelf life.


We feel that the main benefit of System Three SilverTip Resin is its non-blush quality. Even at low temperatures and high humidity, this resin will not blush. This means you don't have to wipe down the cured epoxy between coats which will save you time and energy better spent building your boat. There is also a longer working time with this resin, but not an extended cure time. So, you have more time to apply it properly without taking longer to complete your project.

Our BOAT TRAILER PLANS cover the latest in axles, wheels, hubs, brakes, suspension systems, tires, couplers, welded steel frame details, hull support systems, jackstands, and more! All parts and materials specified are standard items readily available anywhere. If you can weld or know someone who can, you can save big bucks. Best of all, you'll get an all-welded steel framed boat trailer EXACTLY the way you want it to suit your boat! Plans are also suitable for existing boats if you know its size and weight. 

These composite fastenings & tools are great for your classic mahogany build or fine furniture:

  • Completely non-metal
  • No need to remove
  • Sawable, Sandable, Stainable, Planeable