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12' Mini Ski Boat: Glen-L Bullet (Video)

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Project by DustyMark posted 314 days ago 3561 views 20 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest son and I built this boat in the spring of 2008 following a Glen-L Boats plan. My late wife was dying of cancer at the time and this was a good project for my son and I to work on together. The plywood frame pieces are 3/4” marine Douglas fir plywood. The solid wood frame pieces are vertical grain Douglas fir. The skin is 6 mm okoume mahogony plywood. The whole boat is coated with epoxy-impregnated fiberglass. The boat is powered by a two-stroke Yamaha 25 hp outboard motor. With an 11” pitch prop it has a top speed of 30 mph and will pull up two adults on skis or wakeboards. The last photo shows just how far this boat will lean before the prop comes out of the water…

Follow this link to see a video of the interior before installing the deck panels.

Follow this link to see a video of my new wife and I skiing/wakeboarding at the same time behind this incredibly fun woodworking project!

My son joined the Air Force and I moved away from the lake when I remarried, so I sold the boat to a friend. However, I might have an opportunity to move back within the next year. I’ve already told my friend that if he has buyer’s remorse, I’ll buy the boat back from him if I move back to NC. If I move back and he doesn’t want to sell, I’ll build a four-seater!

-- Mark, Florida





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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Beautiful boat, and a wonderful project for you and your son. It was wonderful that your wife was able to
enjoy it also. Most people do not think about 12’ boats, but we had one a few days ago with a 35 horse
Scott Atwater motor on it that would really fly after we adjusted the motor so it would not pull the stern
under. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 314 days ago

Great job. Very nice looking boat.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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sras

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#3 posted 314 days ago

Great project! Excellent choice for some father/son time – especially with the rest of life’s challenges.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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DustyMark

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Thanks guys. It was a good activity for my son and I to remain engaged during a difficult season of life. I enjoy wood boat building a lot.

-- Mark, Florida

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Underdog

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#5 posted 314 days ago

What a beauty! I love seeing progress pix of boat projects. Such nice lines!

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David

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#6 posted 314 days ago

Excellent job! My condolence on the loss of your wife. I wish more Dads would take the time to have a bonding experience project with their sons like this. You both have something that will last forever. Best wishes

-- Islandwoodworker@Gmail.com

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bazz135uk

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#7 posted 314 days ago

THIS IS AMAZING GREAT SKILL.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 314 days ago

I’m sorry about the passing of your wife. Ya’ll did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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crank49

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#9 posted 314 days ago

First boat project I ever tried was when I was 13.
It’s 50 years later now, maybe time for me to get back to that project.
Great build on a great plan you did there.
Is that the plan they call the Bullet?
I’m inspired.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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shipwright

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#10 posted 314 days ago

That is a fine little vessel and a great father and son project.
Glen-L is a very good source for home builder plans.

One point, if I may …... There is a much easier way to apply epoxy / cloth that I would be happy to share with you.

Thanks for posting. We don’t get enough boats here.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Craig Havran

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#11 posted 314 days ago

Very nice boat. While I’m happy of the time you got to spend with your son, I am sad there were other things also on your mind. Stay strong, and keep building these awesome boats!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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michelletwo

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#12 posted 314 days ago

zowie..super boat!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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DBuonomano

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#13 posted 314 days ago

This is awesome! I’d love to give a boat a try, but I was thinking about a row boat… nothing this impressive!

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SPalm

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#14 posted 314 days ago

Nice. A wonderful project.
My wife and I built a canoe together several years ago. It is a very nice bonding experience.

You are a very busy boy. Good for you.
And I am truly sorry about your prior pain.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 314 days ago

Great, fun project! (Two people skiing behind a 25hp outboard is pretty impressive as well.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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