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