Glen L Squirt (half way point)

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Project by JimYoung posted 04-29-2017 01:26 PM 2829 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I’m posting this since I consider this phase of the project completed. I started this Glen L Squirt back in August 2016. It is just shy of 11’ long (it will just fit up the basement stairs) and I have a 1957 Johnson 18hp outboard to hang off the transom.

The frames are Sapele and Okoume marine plywood. It is framed up-side-down on my old 2×4 and MDF workbench. All fasteners are silicon bronze and it is glued together with epoxy. The planking is 1/4 Okoume plywood. Since this is a wooden boat, I wanted it to look the part so I vacuum bagged mahogany veneer to the sides and bow. The mahogany is dyed with Behlens Solar-Lux dyes to even out the color and give it that classic Chriscraft look.

The entire bottom is fiberglassed with 7oz. cloth and System 3 epoxy. Finally, the bottom was painted with System 3 WR-LPU paints and hand sanded out with 400, 600, 1000, 1500 and polished with 3M Perfect-It compounds.

I’ve been blogging my progress on the Glen L forums at:

It has been a lot of fun so far, and will “flip” the boat today and start working on the deck.

If you have ever considered building a boat, I can’t say enough good things about the Glen-L designs and the community on their forums.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 02:08 PM

beautiful classic …....GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 06:31 PM

Stunning!!! Great Job!!!

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#3 posted 04-29-2017 06:41 PM

Wow! That is so cool! I have always wanted to build a wood boat. Thanks for posting the photos. Can’t wait to see the finished boat. I’ll have to upsize mine to fit my 6’ 8” tall frame :-)


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#4 posted 04-29-2017 06:46 PM

Glen-L has some nice looking designs and they are very much geared to the amateur.
Yours is going to be one of the best finished I have seen. Very nice work!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 09:02 PM

Jim, that is a real beauty.

-- Art

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 11:33 PM

A wood boat is definitely on my list… Thanks for the inspiration

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#7 posted 04-30-2017 01:57 AM

Very cool looking, alot of work with all that sanding though huh?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 05-01-2017 07:20 PM

super nice ! the veneer work is great

-- derek / oregon

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 01:25 AM

Thanks guys!

I’m definitely sanded out for now. I got back to work cutting and joining wood, I almost forgot how!

@Dan, Glen-L has plans for all shapes and sizes of boats. I’m 5’10” and my passenger will have to be a close friend. However, it will fit up the basement stairs (we already checked), and I have a friend about 5 minutes away who will let me keep it docked at his house. The cool thing about his lake is that it is basically private, but there is a culvert from it to the Huron River and out to a chain of 5 or 6 lakes. So, I can cruise on down to the local watering hole.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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