Glen L Squirt

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Project by JimYoung posted 09-02-2017 12:22 PM 10061 views 21 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my completed Glen L Squirt Runabout. I started this a year and a week ago, and rolled it out of the garage yesterday. It was built from a set of plans from Glen L Marine. It is 10’ 10” long, 52” wide and is powered with a 1957 Johnson 18hp Outboard.

Construction is marine grade Okoume plywood, Sapele, African Mahogany, and Genuine Mahogany. The hull was veneered with Mahogany using a vacuum bag (see Half Way Project) and fiberglassed. The deck is 1/4” plywood with 3/16” Genuine Mahogany planking that a friend help me re-saw. The covering boards are dyed with Trans-Tint walnut, and the deck boards are dyed with Behlen’s SolarLux (mixture of Medium Red Mahogany and Nutmeg Brown). The white “caulk lines” are a mixture of epoxy and microballoons. The deck was encapsulated with System 3 Silver Tip epoxy, and then painted with System 3 WR-LPU Clear gloss for UV protection. The paint was applied using a roll and tip method, and then wet sanded with 600, 800, 1000, 1200, and 1500. Then I used three grades of 3M “Perfect It” polishing compounds to bring out the gloss.

All of the stainless steel hardware was sources from various places.

For more information on the build, check out my build log.

I can’t say enough good things about Glen L Marine and their designs and plans. If you are considering a project like this, please check them out. Also, they run a builders forum and the people there are just as supportive and knowledgeable as all you jocks.

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

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#1 posted 09-02-2017 12:37 PM

This is a very impressive piece of work.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 09-02-2017 12:59 PM

Jim, she is a real beauty. The finish is magnificent and I think you have definitely graduated from being a beginning woodworker as you indicated in your profile.

-- Art

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 01:04 PM

Gorgeous boat. Stunning craftsmanship. Some of us can only live vicariously through others skills. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 09-02-2017 01:33 PM

Fantastic work and most beautiful results.


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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 09-02-2017 01:59 PM

WOW squared!!!!!!!!!!! That is a gorgeous boat. Something I’ve always wanted to build.

Very fine craftsmanship!! You can sure be proud of that when you take it out on the water!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-02-2017 02:02 PM

beautifull – almost a shame to get it wet but I’m betting you can’t wait.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Charles Maxwell

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 02:03 PM

Impressive work! It should probably be in a marina museum not on the water! Gorgeous!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#8 posted 09-02-2017 02:35 PM

What an outstanding boat. There’s lots of wonderful details and craftsmanship in this beautiful vessel.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-02-2017 02:38 PM

very beautiful …must post video when it hits the water …... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 09-02-2017 02:53 PM

That boat is slicker ‘n deer guts on a door knob!!! If you are a “beginning” woodworker as you say, you’ll be the Michelangelo of woodworkers before long. And I see on your home page you are a model plane builder. That’s the way I started 60 years ago. I was into RC at the age of fifteen (1955) with a single channel Babcock radio and a rubber band powered Bonner compound escapement giving non-proportional rudder, elevator, and motor control. But I moved on to scale rubber free flight for the rest of my life. It is more of an “art” to building and flying in my eyes.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#11 posted 09-02-2017 02:56 PM

That piece of art is going to turn many heads for a double look.


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#12 posted 09-02-2017 03:28 PM

Belongs in a museum! Very beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#13 posted 09-02-2017 03:36 PM

Beautiful work!

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#14 posted 09-02-2017 03:53 PM

Wow! That looks fantastic!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#15 posted 09-02-2017 04:09 PM

That is one gorgeous project! The finish came out like a mirror finish. I look forward to hearing about how it does on the water.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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