Your Glen-L Newsletter
Tahoe 23 built by Varno Porovarde in Estonia

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible”.

-Albert Einstein


May was a particularly busy and wonderful month for John and I. We were able to visit our son John and daughter-in-law Kim in Idaho. Then we got a surprise visit at the end of the month from our daughter Jaclyn, husband Denis and granddaughter Lennon from Seattle.

Our 4-year old granddaughter has certainly stolen our hearts! What a blessing to have time with family.

Enjoy this month's Newsletter and as always, we appreciate your continued business...

Dan has added another entry for May about the building of his steel Goliath. He's definitely making some interesting changes and detailing everything as he goes. We sure appreciate that he takes the time to contribute to our community like this. Be sure and read his post and leave a comment.

This combination of our 5 to 1 Poxy-Shield Epoxy combined with #1 Silica is a versatile glue because you can add silica to get your desired consistency. And, the un-thickened Poxy-Shield can be used to encapsulate your wood to protect it from the elements. Glen-L Poxy-Shield has great workability, gap filling properties and a long shelf life too. 

We have combined the two components of this excellent product at a special price just for Glen-L clients! Order yours today!

Glen-L has been providing Camper plans for amateur builders since the 1970’s. In addition to Campers, we also have trailers, fifth wheels, camper shells, van conversion and motorhome plans and patterns. You can find them all on our site in the RV Plans section.

We sell a lot of camper plans but we don’t always hear back from builders. But, last week we got an email from a builder of our Acapulco Camper. He provided a bunch of info on his build and he altered it to fit a short bed truck. So, I thought I’d share his comments. He also provided a list of the components he used. Continue reading.

StopLossBags® allow you to preserve the fresh off-the-shelf quality of wood finishes. The specially formulated 3-ply construction helps prevent loss of solvents while a special gas barrier inhibits oxygen penetration into the bag. Each bag holds 1.05 quarts or 1.0 liters.

Almost all woodworkers have had the experience of throwing out cans of skinned-over varnish. Metal cans are excellent for transport and storage until opened, but are not designed for dispensing the finish or the exclusion of oxygen after some of the contents are used. Click for details

This discussion primarily applies to vee bottom boats, although the terminology is similar to those with a round bilge.

The terms buttocks (butt), waterlines (wl), and diagonals (diag) are referred to on the “Lines Drawing” of a set of plans which is usually on sheet 2. Unless the boat is being lofted, they will have little purpose as far as building the boat is concerned. However, understanding why these lines are important, and their purpose will enable a builder to better understand how the lines of a boat are generated. continue reading

This book is the complete pictorial guide for building the Glen-L Torpedo, but because of its value in detailing the cold molded construction process, we are offering it separate from the plans.

The Torpedo is a 19 foot classic mahogany runabout and the proof boat was built by Glen-L boatbuilder, Roberta Hegy. Roberta took great care to document her entire build from start to finish with many photos and detailed explanations of the process.

This book is invaluable to those wishing to build any boat designed for cold molded construction. Roberta details every step of the build and doesn't hold anything back. After building two other Glen-L boats (the Zip and Super Spartan), she knows what she's doing.

Roberta takes you through every step of building from laying out the patterns for the frames to her beautiful finish work, interior and motor installation. Order your PDF download.

Vintage and Antique
Racing Boat Show

Note: The organizer of this show tells me that they aren't real strict on the definition of "race" boats. Zips, Squirts and other designs are welcome.

Vintage Race Hydroplane &
Runabout Boats
Free Race Boat Reunion
Saturday July 15, 2017
10AM - 3PM

at the Dossin Great Lake Museum
on Beautiful Belle Isle - Detroit, Michigan

Display at No Charge
Limited Outdoor Space
All Boats Must Pre-Register

Contact Ed for details:
 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 John Thomas
Coto de Caza, CA
by Gary Knight
built by Bruce Andrews
Long Valley, NJ
built by David LeBon
Baltimore, MD

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

I got an email from someone looking for plans for some parts for a "Sunfish" sailboat. We don't have plans for manufactured boats, but we do have many designs that are similar. Our Glen-L 10 is designed to be similar to a Sunfish and as I was looking it up on our site, I discovered a neat pictorial showing the building of this sweet little sailboat so I thought I'd share it with you--enjoy!

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

At Your Service,

Gayle Brantuk

Featured Products
Boatbuilder Library - Save $20!

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! Order yours today! 

This economical, ready-to-use filler is ideal for filling screw holes, dents, cracks, and other minor imperfections. This putty dries quickly, and can be easily sanded. Waterproof, weatherproof, and water based; it can be stained, varnished, painted, or fiberglassed over. Won't crack or shrink. One or two cans are usually enough for most trailerable boats. Color: Cherry/Dark Mahogany. Comes in a 24 oz. can (1 pint).  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

In the past...before plywood, there were a variety of different "skimmers" being built using wood planking methods. Because of their weight (300 to 400 lbs.), they were not great performers. The GLEN-L 10 can rightly be called a "performance boat". This is possible because of the superior strength/weight properties of plywood construction. Keep reading.