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Skeg Versus Fin

On January 18, 2019, in Builder Tips, WebLetters, by Gayle Brantuk
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We’ve had several builders inquire about putting fins on their boat; specifically on the Squirt. The following notes should allow you to make a more informed decision as to whether to use a fin or skeg. Why use either? You don’t have to, many builders don’t. At low speed, you may not see a need. […]

Why Fiberglass A Boat?

On May 28, 2015, in Designer Articles, WebLetters, by Gayle Brantuk
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The following article is excerpted from our book, “How to Fiberglass a Boat”.   It may seem self-evident why one should want to cover a boat with fiberglass. But the surprising thing is that many people do not realize the REAL reasons. Some just assume that it’s the thing to do because they’ve seen it […]

True Grit Update

On October 31, 2014, in News From Gayle, Outboard Powered, Plywood Construction, WebLetters, by Gayle Brantuk
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Here at Glen-L, we’re grateful to get to know many of you who have built our boats but usually we only meet by phone. At the annual Gathering of Boatbuilders, we actually get to meet many of you in person and Ray Macke is one such person. He came to the very first Gathering in […]

Three-Point Hydro Spray?

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I recently received a question from a gentleman who built our Glen-L Tiny Titan 8-foot hydroplane.  He was experiencing what he thought was too much spray coming over the sides, and therefore decided to modify the design of Tiny Titan by adding strips of 1 ½-inch wide aluminum along the outside bottoms of both sponsons. […]

AAAAArrrrggggh! Move Athwartships And Belay That Line To The Midship Cleat!!!

On July 10, 2014, in Boatbuilding Humor, Designer Articles, WebLetters, by John B
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Or “Tie that rope to the middle cleat on the other side of the boat.” Nautical speak can be a strange yet oddly wonderful way to communicate.   Have you ever wondered why long-time boaters don’t speak in a language that landlubbers can easily decipher? No one really knows why they do, but they continue […]

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