Mostly retired spend all my time working on or thinking about boats and outboard motors :)
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Follow our project from start to finish



The history.....

Sometime in 2005 we were out fishing on Balsam Lake in the Kawartha's. The night was perfect, the sun had just set and despite having the required navigation lights to run at night, we knew we would have to get back to the dock. After all, you just can't sleep on a 14 foot aluminum utility even if you have added a full console. We decided then and there that we wanted another boat - something larger - something that we could take out for a weekend and spend the entire time on the water.

So the very next day we started looking. Something in the 24-26 foot range seemed perfect. However, the cost of new can quickly add up to the cost of a home. So we focused on the used market - lot's sitting around in marina's and in dealers lots. We considered buying a "fixer upper". Went to boat shows, marinas, dealers, private sellers etc etc. This one or that one was nice but....

After saying "but" so many times, while looking at a 24 footer that needed a new transom, it was suggested "why don't you just build your own" - perfect solution, I have done cabinet making as a hobby for years, have a decently kitted wood shop, can cut a board straight most of the time - if nothing else, definitely worth investigating....

From all our looking we had decided that a walk-around sport fish model with a cuddy would suit all our requirements. So in early 2006 we started reading up and asking questions. How to build? - What methods that would suit us - availability of the required material - what skill levels were required - what are the regulations if any? After much talking, reading, listening we decided that plywood over frame construction ("hard chine"), epoxy encapsulated was the answer "for us".

No, plywood building isn't "traditional". No, the boat is not going to have sails. But hey, contrary to what some wooden boat builders will tell you - "plywood" is "real wood" and we were going to build a “wooden boat”

Late 2006 with the initial research done, we started looking for suitable plans. Some builders may enjoy the challenge and charm of lofting - whatever suits you - we were looking for solid plans from a reputable designer that was nice enough to also provide "patterns". More talking, listening, reading and web searches, considering and discarding various options led us to the Glen-L website.

So with almost a year and a half invested, it was time to actually move forward with the build. Sound like a lot of time? Maybe your experience will/has been quicker. We figured since whether our new boat would be bought new, used, restored or built we would be putting a fair chunk of money into it or a combination of money and lot's of time. Since our ultimate choice was to build, you best be certain you know what you want before you undertake a project that could take in excess of 1000 hours to complete - plus lots of cash...

To keep my narratives to a reasonable size, they are broken into a series of links.

These are "our" observations, recommendations and experiences coupled with advice for perspective builders....

Why am I writing all this other than to kill time while not working on my project? Well I am not writing this to try and convince you “our” way is better, or am I professing to be some kind of professional or expert with all the answers. I am writing all this because in our vast searches while researching we found bits and pieces from other amateur builders but there was no “total story” from any one source.

We figured it would be nice to get the whole story from start to finish from an another amateur and hope it may be of some use to you should you be considering a project of this scale for yourself.
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