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Being New to the Glen-L Family I guess I should start with how I came to this point of life.

Some where in the South Pacific on a Navy ship around 1965 I found a Glen-L Ad for plans in a magazine. I wanted to build just the right boat to fit Me and my life. But I knew that was just a dream. There was no way I could build a boat and the Navy ship it for me from station to station. But some day!

Twenty two years later! I retired, worked in Maryland for 8 years. Then returned to Florida, 20 years as electronic tech., 6 years as Security Guard. Then another retirement.

Just for something to do I built a plywood boat called “Apple Pie”. I found it on line at DuckWorks Magazine. It was supposed to be 7′. I used left over shutters from a hurricane the year before. It Is 6′ 5″. I made the cooper mast out of 3/4″ staves for a hollow core. There is an article on “DuckWorks” about the cooper mast.

My next build was a Tug Called “Gill 12” and was really cute. Nice for a day trip but too small for anything else. It got a bad case of rot while I was away on a cruise to New Zealand (with my second wife) and had to be taken to the junk yard. The boat, not my wife!

We went to the Wooden Boat show in Georgetown SC

My third build was” The Lady in Red” by Stephenson Project’s. The plans are called Triad it’s 12′. Makes a good sail or power boat and can be rowed, if you are so inclined.

Lady in Red
a planter for the yard

A lot of sailors can tie knots, so I gave it a shot for the boat. It looked too plain, so I made some Bow Pudding. Now it will go on my new Tug.

Now! ” 2017″ In March I ordered the study file for the Goliath. I went thru that and got welding books from the library. Ordered welding book from Glen-L and read thru those. Ordered the full plans and studied them for several days. The wife said it looked good and safe. So “Yes”, build a new boat. I explained to Her that it would require several years. She still said OK.

Side note!

I haven’t ignored my wife, We went to a wedding in Baltimore, family visit in NY, Caribbean cruise, cruise to Rome, family reunion in SC, trip to Sidney Australia, with cruise to Auckland New Zealand and several day trips here in Florida. Now back to the scheduled program!

In June got a Lincoln welder and some mild steel from Lowes. I did all the welding examples the books said to do. Then took a sample to my metal supplier. The shop man,” John”, beat my weld with a hammer and it held up. He said “OK, Now get serious”!

I got a friend, a U-Haul trailer, Bought the wood for frames and My first order of aluminum. The “Build” had begun.

It took a couple of days to build the frame. I double checked that the floor was level and the top bars of the frame were level. I was worried about the length available for a build and chose to do just the 18 ft. I could have gone for 20, but went for the safe route.

making a square base
installing spacers to firm up each frame junction

I laid a piece of 2×4 on the plans, then used an angle guide to mark the angle then chopped that angle. Took it back to the plan and marked the other angle. Then with those two angles chopped the aluminum for length and angle. Five cuts for nine frames grind the joints for 45 deg. then weld, weld, weld.

first two frames

I’m working in a two car garage with a support post in the middle.

frame 9 which is in the bow looking aft
frame 7 came up short and was raised three inches frame 5 was lowered 2.5 to give a smother line to the keel it still has a curve over all

The chop saw on the right with a metal cutting blade was used for all frame cuts thru out the build. I did have to change the blade.

made a pattern for the stem, checking how it lines up along the keel. every one looks in line
now to make it in 1\4 alum.
the bars at sheer and chine are 1/2 in. alum. I bought a pipe bender to put in a curve then clamps and a chain fall to pull in place
I used a piece of angle iron and clamps to draw the joint for the bars together for weld
Pipe bender I got a Harbor Freight
The bars for the stern were another problem. I cut out the curve in 1×8 boards, screwed it down to plywood, clamped in place as I pulled to shape with the chain fall. Not quite the right way some may think but I got it done
I used the chain fall, bungee cords, clamps, all manner of ideas to get this boat built.
Sometimes there’s not a right or wrong way to do something, just what you can come up with to get it how you want.

1/8″ door skin for patterns

These two show my patterns for the skin. I didn’t want to move the metal back and forth and try to clamp it in the same position each time. The pattern got close enough to put the skin up then shape to the final. More cope-estetic.(sic)
Second skin starboard side, lots of clamps. Make note–get more clamps!!
This shows the bracket I welded inside the skin to draw it to the frame. It was needed for the bow panels to get the two direction bend’s required. Made the job a lot easier. Did I say I was doing this alone?
Roll out, a friend (who does Lawn Service) brought His whole crew of ten to turn it over. Sorry no one was left to take pictures.
I had to bust the door post 1/2″ to get it out/in.
Wow it worked!
Making a pattern for the motor well
Transfer to plywood
This is one pattern for the motor well. I am using an outboard in a well rather than an inboard. I wasn’t up to figuring out all that an inboard would require.
This is the walkway to help with welding the keel. Getting up was easy but I kept sliding off. This gave me a place to put my foot.
I set up a used radar to check it out. Raymarine told me that it would not talk to a Garmin. Garmin told me exactly how to wire up the info bus. Now they’re a pair. Didn’t have a formal wedding just a justice of the peace.

We’re having a hurricane “Dorian”. It just left Freeport Bahamas expected to be here in two Days. Hopefully it will stay off the coast about 40-50 miles, as projected. This is the end of my first part and need time to rearrange my mind for part two. I still have a load of pictures. Just need to find them in their various files. As that actor Arnold said ” I’LL BE BACK”!

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4 Responses to Building A Goliath By Ed Davis

  1. John Wilder says:

    Hey Ramond.

    My name is John Wilder and I live in Jacksonville. Care to have coffee and swap stories. 904-655-2175

    • Chief Ed says:

      Hello John, I would like to meet both of you.
      My daughter lives in Middleburg and my wife wants a day trip.
      If you two can meet, we would like to come up next sat. the 21
      where ever you say. It’s been a long time since I lived off Beach Blvd.
      Don’t know the restaurants or snack shops.
      Chief Ed

  2. Dan Hennis says:

    Wow Ed!, You are a natural. I am being tempted to build a lengthened Fred Murphy in AL. after reading what your build is like. Love the “character notes and jokes.” It makes it all the more interesting. Especially liked the “pairing” too. I have wondered about that. I built a radome ped on the front of my pylon/mast. wondered if I could find a small rotator antenna to fit. I will be looking now. Keep it up. At the rate you are progressing you’ll possibly pass me. I am still laying circuitry wire.

  3. Raymond Wood says:

    Wow looks great Ed! I too am building a Glen L. Just getting started though and not retired yet so moving a lot slower than you. Comments suggest you might also be in Jacksonville.

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