Sailboats

A $10 – 10 Minute Steam Box

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A $10 – 10 Minute Steam Box by Jack Dice, Stonington, Maine I needed to bend some wood the other day. I was installing new gunwhales and inwales on a fiberglass skiff (an old “Plastic Pete’s”) that was molded with a rounded bow as many of those fiberglass skiffs are. The original wood had rotted […]

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 […]

Fancy Free With A Twist

On November 15, 2013, in News From Gayle, Plywood Construction, Sailboats, by Gayle Brantuk
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For over 60 years, we’ve strived to provide the best plans and patterns we can so that beginning builders can build their own boat and have something that performs beautifully and that they can be proud of. Over the years, we’ve developed guidelines on changing a design so that first, the change is within the […]