Flying Saucer Design

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July 2014

We started with two trees, one cedar and one black walnut. All the ribs (frames) are cedar and all the trim is black walnut. The hull is plywood.

"Brown Sugar" is equipped with electric start/ power tilt /remote start/ chart-plotter and fish finder.

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Update February 2013

Glen-L Flying Saucer stretched 15 inches to 13 ft. 6 inches in length.

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Here is the latest picture of the Flying Saucer.

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1 February 2007

Hello Glen L!

It's been a year since I first saw your plans online and have not stopped thinking about building this boat. I did not have any space in a 1 bedroom apartment, so I got hooked on building scale boats in a corner of my living room. I just got married and moved into a house where my wife is kind enough to let me take over the garage. Now I have the plans, bought some lumber, and dove in with the help of some great people on the forum. I am hoping to get the boat in the water by late this summer, but it's a stretch since I work full time.

Thanks for providing the great plans and a great forum full of knowledge to help connect the great people that are on this forum today!!

Here are my first pictures of rough cut frame members, since I wanted to build the whole thing myself (lots of shaping and sanding to come)

~Bill L.

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Subject: Flying Saucer Photos Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004

Here is my Flying Saucer that I launched today in the Salton Sea. Weather was beautiful and no wind.

It's been a "Snowbird" project for me during my winters in California.

It was a solo launch so no action fotos, but take it from me, the boat and engine ran beautifully! It registered 32mph, I might of liked a bit more, and I might re-prop, but at 12' you know you're moving! I have no, nada, adjustments to make to this boat!!!

A comment about the Flying Saucer. After reading comments in Project Registry and looking at the early design, porpoising was a concern of mine. As a result, I did make some minor changes during construction. First I extended the stem to the next frame aft, and then added vertical members to the floor battens in the aft area to assure straightness. It payed off. Today I sat in the back; I put the gas tank in the back and not a hint of porpoising.

I guess I forgot; the engine is a 1992 30hp Evinrude with probably less than 50 hours. It was on my Glen-L Sweet Caroline dory. It needed a home , and I think it found the perfect one with the Saucer!

Regards, Bob Ellis

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Subject: Pictures of my finished boat Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 From: Andy Welch

Dear Sirs:

I found the Glen-L Flying Saucer on the Internet in the fall of 1997 and purchased my plans at Noah's Boat Building Supplies in Toronto. I built the boat over the winter in my garage and launched it at my cottage in Muskoka in June of 1998. I hated finishing because it was so much fun working on it. You should definitely promote the scarf joint, it was easy with a belt sander and some saran wrap.

The boat planes out beautifully with up to 3 adults aboard using a 15 HP motor. There were a few handling problems at first. Initially I left off the keel strip and added it last fall. This improved handling at low speed in the wind. Also, the boat porpoised at speed until I added a lift fin on the outboard. Last fall I stuck on a small planing step at the stern beside the new keel strip. These changes basically fixed it up although I would recommend putting the wheel in the front cockpit rather than the back.

Thank you for a wonderful boat building experience.

Here are some pictures.

Andy Welch, P.Eng.

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