Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques

Bubbles in Epoxy

On January 9, 2015, in Fiberglassing, Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Gayle Brantuk

So, you decided to build a boat and do the right thing and coat it with epoxy. But, for some reason, when the epoxy dries there are tiny bubbles all over the surface. There are two common causes of bubbles in epoxy. One, air escaping from newly coated wood. This usually only happens on the […]

More On Getting Started Building Boats

On August 8, 2014, in Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Gayle Brantuk

(Submitted by a Glen-L Newsletter Subscriber): I enjoyed your last newsletter about the ‘getting started in building boats…’ A couple of thoughts you might consider going forward… One of the most important tools I’ve found is making a model before the actual build… The model doesn’t have to be anything elaborate – I just use cheap cardboard and […]

Overcoming Confusion


I’ve been reading the latest issue of Gayle’s “Build Your Dream Boat” series this morning and remembered how I overcame my confusion when looking into the plans of my first boat, (sorry to say, not a Glen-L plan) but all the same a good way to overcome those moments of confusion when you start to think you […]

A $10 – 10 Minute Steam Box


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 […]

How to Build a Portable Outboard Motor Stand

On April 15, 2014, in Glen-L Styles, Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Michael Maddox

When I recently bought an outboard motor, I needed a stand to keep it on while I finish building my Glen-L boat. I found a few good tutorials online for building your own stand. However, I wanted my stand to have the same 12 degree transom angle that is common to many Glen-L outboard boat […]

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