Designer Articles

Decking – the icing on the cake

On March 27, 2015, in Designer Articles, by Glen L. Witt
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Icing isn’t necessary on a cake, but it sure makes it look and taste even better. An attractive wooden deck on a boat is similar. It doesn’t change the basic boat, but does enhance the appearance; often many times over. Now let’s understand that we have nothing against the fisherman, hunter, or workboat operator who […]

Fitting the Chines

On February 25, 2015, in Designer Articles, Plywood Construction, by Glen L. Witt
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A chine in a boat is the backing member of the side and bottom planking and is typical on a hard chine hull, meaning an abrupt angle change from bottom to side, not a radius or round shape. In other words, the chine is the usual longitudinal backing typical on vee bottom boats. The backing […]

Three-Point Hydro Spray?

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I recently received a question from a gentleman who built our Glen-L Tiny Titan 8-foot hydroplane.  He was experiencing what he thought was too much spray coming over the sides, and therefore decided to modify the design of Tiny Titan by adding strips of 1 ½-inch wide aluminum along the outside bottoms of both sponsons. […]

AAAAArrrrggggh! Move Athwartships And Belay That Line To The Midship Cleat!!!

On July 10, 2014, in Boatbuilding Humor, Designer Articles, WebLetters, by John B
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Or “Tie that rope to the middle cleat on the other side of the boat.” Nautical speak can be a strange yet oddly wonderful way to communicate.   Have you ever wondered why long-time boaters don’t speak in a language that landlubbers can easily decipher? No one really knows why they do, but they continue […]

First Splash(?) Italy 1938

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These photos were made from already developed negatives found in a thrift store in Virginia in 2013. The photos appear to be taken in and around Naples, Italy in the Spring of 1938. About 400 negatives were found, but I thought these two would likely resonate with our Glen-L boatbuilder family. And no, I don’t […]

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