Designer Articles

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 […]

Latex Paint for Boats???

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Latex Paint for Boats by Dave Carnell When I bought my first yacht (27′ auxiliary sloop) for $300 in 1951 I quickly learned that if it’s for a boat, the same material costs several times as much as if it is for your house. Oakum was $1/lb. at the marine supply store compared to five […]

Boatbuilder Tip: Using the Versatile Block Plane

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Using the Versatile Block Plane   Roundovers Edges are simple to shape with the block plane. For chamfers less than 1/8″ you can usually eyeball the cut as you move the plane along the edge of the board.  For wider chamfers, first draw a layout line on the workpiece as a guide. Flush Trimming There […]

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