Glen L Squirt (half way point)

  • Advertise with us
Project by JimYoung posted 04-29-2017 01:26 PM 1663 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I’m posting this since I consider this phase of the project completed. I started this Glen L Squirt back in August 2016. It is just shy of 11’ long (it will just fit up the basement stairs) and I have a 1957 Johnson 18hp outboard to hang off the transom.

The frames are Sapele and Okoume marine plywood. It is framed up-side-down on my old 2×4 and MDF workbench. All fasteners are silicon bronze and it is glued together with epoxy. The planking is 1/4 Okoume plywood. Since this is a wooden boat, I wanted it to look the part so I vacuum bagged mahogany veneer to the sides and bow. The mahogany is dyed with Behlens Solar-Lux dyes to even out the color and give it that classic Chriscraft look.

The entire bottom is fiberglassed with 7oz. cloth and System 3 epoxy. Finally, the bottom was painted with System 3 WR-LPU paints and hand sanded out with 400, 600, 1000, 1500 and polished with 3M Perfect-It compounds.

I’ve been blogging my progress on the Glen L forums at:

It has been a lot of fun so far, and will “flip” the boat today and start working on the deck.

If you have ever considered building a boat, I can’t say enough good things about the Glen-L designs and the community on their forums.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

9 comments so far

View GR8HUNTER's profile


3808 posts in 706 days

#1 posted 04-29-2017 02:08 PM

beautiful classic …....GREAT JOB :<))


View BigFoot Products Canada's profile

BigFoot Products Canada

711 posts in 3386 days

#2 posted 04-29-2017 06:31 PM

Stunning!!! Great Job!!!

View DanMelander's profile


46 posts in 1611 days

#3 posted 04-29-2017 06:41 PM

Wow! That is so cool! I have always wanted to build a wood boat. Thanks for posting the photos. Can’t wait to see the finished boat. I’ll have to upsize mine to fit my 6’ 8” tall frame :-)


View shipwright's profile


7979 posts in 2791 days

#4 posted 04-29-2017 06:46 PM

Glen-L has some nice looking designs and they are very much geared to the amateur.
Yours is going to be one of the best finished I have seen. Very nice work!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

View AandCstyle's profile


3050 posts in 2250 days

#5 posted 04-29-2017 09:02 PM

Jim, that is a real beauty.

-- Art

View Andy Smith's profile

Andy Smith

12 posts in 395 days

#6 posted 04-29-2017 11:33 PM

A wood boat is definitely on my list… Thanks for the inspiration

View woodbutcherbynight's profile (online now)


4500 posts in 2402 days

#7 posted 04-30-2017 01:57 AM

Very cool looking, alot of work with all that sanding though huh?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View metolius's profile


44 posts in 724 days

#8 posted 05-01-2017 07:20 PM

super nice ! the veneer work is great

View JimYoung's profile


281 posts in 1580 days

#9 posted 05-02-2017 01:25 AM

Thanks guys!

I’m definitely sanded out for now. I got back to work cutting and joining wood, I almost forgot how!

@Dan, Glen-L has plans for all shapes and sizes of boats. I’m 5’10” and my passenger will have to be a close friend. However, it will fit up the basement stairs (we already checked), and I have a friend about 5 minutes away who will let me keep it docked at his house. The cool thing about his lake is that it is basically private, but there is a culvert from it to the Huron River and out to a chain of 5 or 6 lakes. So, I can cruise on down to the local watering hole.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics