Your Glen-L Newsletter
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glen-L "Party Boat" (click above photo for details)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our son and daughter-in-law, John II and Kim, stayed with us for several days and as always, we love having them around. This was the first Thanksgiving since my father passed away, and we hosted the family at our home in San Clemente. It was a wonderful day even though I missed him much. It's all good.

We're doing some cleaning up around our office and we have magazines that we've been holding onto for many years--hundred's of them. We used to keep a copy of each one we advertised in, but at some point it gets a bit ridiculous. But, I hate wasting good magazines and even though it would be much easier to toss them all in the trash bin, I've put them online for the cost of shipping and a couple of bucks to cover our costs. You can order a grab bag or two here.
by Jim Peerless
Jim Peerless, builder of the Glen-L inboard  Barrelback 19 , put together 3 videos documenting the building and launching of his boat. Jim resides in Canada and purchased his plans and fastenings as well as all of the  underwater hardware and some deck hardware  for his boat from Glen-L. He did a beautiful job building his boat and we are proud to feature his Vlog–enjoy!
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.

The plans are designed to ABYC Standard E-11. All of the wire sizes and circuit protection values are calculated so all you have to do is follow the wiring diagrams and purchase equipment to the specifications stated in the recommended parts list provided with the plans. All navigation lights shown in the plans are the required types for the size boat the plans are meant for and meet current US Coast Guard requirements. These plans are for recreational boats only. See our site for details.
Greg Rehill aka VanlTug, continues his blog on building the Glen-L Titan in wood. In October he flipped the hull and began installing hardware in November. Since he includes photos and text, it's really best read on our blog.
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
Glen-L Builder Tips
I use cheap chip brushes and just throw them away (I'd rather drink a beer than waste time cleaning a cheap brush) . You can sometimes get a second use out of a brush by wrapping them in plastic and putting them in the freezer. Always use nitrile gloves not latex. You can turn the glove inside out over the brush to put in the trash or freezer.

Plastic food containers work well and flex enough that you can usually get the cured epoxy out. Same for plastic paint trays. Mini bread pans work well and help keep the mix from heating up. You can also freeze some water in the bottom of one pan then nest the mixing pan in the frozen one. When the pan builds up too much throw it away and get another. - - Bill Edmundson via Forum


I used to tell my boatbuilding students upon completing the class, don't let the project be smarter than you! If you get frustrated, just go out and sweep up sawdust. Look at the boat, sand something, step away from the confusion, just DO NOT walk away from the boat! --Ray Vosper via email
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:
by Jim Peerless
by Evan DeHate
Endicott, NY
Updated Gallery:
by Billy Budge
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
For those of you new to Glen-L, you may not know that we have a list of lumber and plywood suppliers on our site by state here. If you come across any of these listings that are no longer valid, let us know so we can update it. Thank you!

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

Get your steering system and parts from Glen-L. We have Teleflex systems as well as a custom steering kit for our small boats. This exposed steering kit will work for the Tiny Titan, Super Spartan, XP8, Pee Wee, Tunnel Mite, Minimaxed, Class Runabouts and similar designs. Learn more
Pour in Place Foam - 1 Gallon

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.  Learn More

New--Blue transfer paper that shows up better on darker woods!
The Easy Way to Transfer Boat Patterns to Wood:

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
Wood Filler, Sealant & Filleting Compounds

We carry Boatlife Sealant, Famowood filler and System Three filleting and fairing compounds. Orders yours today.