Your Glen-L Newsletter
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Zip built by Ted Gauthier

One of our Newsletter subscribers, Dale Jenson, sent me a big envelope of advertisements from various magazines of Boat Plan and Kit suppliers from about 1947 to the mid-60's. Dale commented that Glen-L has outlasted them all, so we must be doing something right.

These ads were in Science & Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Sports Afield, The Man's Magazine, Field & Stream & Outdoor Life. It's amazing how many Kit Boat companies were around during those years: Luger, U-Mak-It, Custom-Craft, Taft Marine Woodcraft, Wagemaker, Ozarka and many others.

All I can say is I'm extremely grateful that we're still here and that you continue to build Glen-L boats. The credit goes to you all. And, thank you again Dale for the walk down memory lane... Enjoy your Newsletter!

by Bill Edmundson
(photo is courtesy of Michael Maddox, aka BarnacleMike)

G-11 was great! We lost a few people this year to having to do restoration work after the hurricanes, RV breakdown in Texas, and silly things like a wedding in the family. But, we still had around 50 people. I didn’t get a count on boats, probably about 20.

Neel Thompson and Craig Flemming came in on Monday. More showed up through the week. Many of us came on Thursday. Thursday is mostly unload, set-up, and launch boats. Thursday night,  read more...
Beginning Boatbuilder Library

This library of books is perfect for those interested in learning more about building their own boat. We have packaged these books as a "Library" at a great discount price. What a great gift this would be for the handy person or do-it-yourselfer in your life! You save $20 on this Special Set. Order yours today!  
by Ted Hanneman
What follows is my personal experience in building my first boat. These are the techniques that worked well for me under my construction conditions. They are written as an aid to first time builders purely for information. I take no responsibility for their use or misuse or any event positive or negative that may result. If anything in this document is different to instructions given by the supplier/designer, the supplier or designer’s instructions take priority. If anything is unclear, contact the supplier/designer. Above all, work safely. Always wear personal protection equipment: eye protection, and as needed hearing protection, dust mask, and gloves … nitrile or leather as the situation requires.
I turned the hull last fall and worked on fiberglass, epoxy, the skeg and painting during the winter in my rather cold garage. Needless to say, progress was slow. Turning the hull upside-down is reasonably straightforward, however since the boat is about 500 lbs at this stage, the hull must be cross-braced keep reading...
Many who are building our classic mahogany runabouts RAVE about these fastenings for cold-molding. And they are great for other non-structural applications as well.

We recommend bronze fastenings in conjunction with composite. But for additional layers and veneers, these fastenings are a HUGE time saver! Imagine using metal staples to fasten your layers and then having to remove all of them! These composite fastenings don't have to be removed, saving you countless hours.

These composite fastenings only need to penetrate 3/8" into the wood you're fastening to. And the benefits continue...
  • Completely non-metal
  • No need to remove
  • Sawable, sandable qne planeable
  • Can be stained
Ted Gauthier has been a friend since I first met him at one of our Gatherings in Tennessee. He built a beautiful Zip and has brought it to a number of our Gatherings and even honored me by asking if I would sign one of the frames. Certainly a humbling experience.

Ted has also done a number of videos for us because he's very good at it. We are so proud that his article was published in Small Boats Monthly. It's such a nice write up, with beautiful photos and a great video. I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends. Read on...
For years we have provided the underwater hardware for the majority of our boats--rudders, tillers, shafts, stuffing boxes, etc. But, we've had some manufacturer issues recently and some of the items listed in your plans may have different item numbers.

We are adding new Inboard Hardware to our store as it becomes available. Glenwood Marine is back up and running and doing their best to re-stock. We've added some aluminum fins, bronze rudders, Covico steering wheel and some other items.

If there's something you need that you don't see, please email me and I'll find it. Check out or online Inboard Hardware catalog.
 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:
(middle of the hundreds of photos!)
by Reidar Abrahamsen/Kent Andreassen
by Darryl Berkowski
by Jim Martin
San Antonio, TX
(3rd from top)
by Tyler Reynolds
Portland, OR

Updated Gallery:
by Vince Iacozza

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
It's hard to believe it's been five years ago that I was doing the "History Photo of the Week" on our blog. I definitely need to add to this, but in the meantime, this will give you a bit more of Glen-L's background and sort of "that was then, this is now" perspective... enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! And until next time... build more boats. Glen-L boats, that is!

At Your Service,

Gayle Brantuk
Featured Products

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Pour in Place Foam - 1 Gallon

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Transfer patterns from paper to plywood, wood, metal, glass, wallboard. Sheet size: 1' x 16' roll. Good for multiple uses. Easy to use:

* Simply place transfer paper on the surface with the coated side against the surface. 
* Place your drawing on transfer paper, tape or tack in place. 
* Trace around patterned part with a pencil. 
* As easy as that! No more poking holes and connecting the lines.  Learn More
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