Steel and Aluminum
DESIGNS AVAILABLE IN STEEL....
For the amateur boatbuilder who has knowledge of proper weld types and welding sequences, together with the necessary electric and gas welding skills, steel is an ideal material. On a cost-per-square-foot basis, steel is probably the cheapest of all boatbuilding materials. Construction is simple when using the building methods specified in GLEN-L plans, and faster than just about any other boatbuilding material. No special shelters or structures are required, and the materials are readily available just about anywhere without special order. For strength, steel is just about tops in all respects. Repairs and modifications can be easily made anywhere in the world as long as a welding set is available.
Even if you don't know how to weld, acquiring the necessary welding skills is relatively quick and easy. Numerous welding schools and classes are available in most areas, either through public school systems or through private trade schools. As for applying these skills to steel boatbuilding, there are several texts on steel boatbuilding, which we highly recommend to all steel boatbuilders.
To further put steel boatbuilding within the realm of the amateur, ALL GLEN-L steel boat plans include our comprehensive "STEEL BOAT-BUILDING MANUAL" to supplement the plans and abilities of the builder. This general instruction manual discusses the various building procedures and options for setting up, proper hull assembly sequence, welding recommendations, tank construction, insulating methods and materials, joinerywork, electrical, finishing, and much more. To enable the builder to fabricate many of the usual "store bought" parts, the plans are further supplemented by numerous detail sheets showing hatch construction, rail details, rudder fittings, shaft tube and stern bearings, mast steps, chainplates, deck details, cabin-hull junctions, and joinery details.
Full size patterns mean even faster construction since no lofting is necessary. For those who desire to loft their boats, however, a Table of Offsets is also provided. And of course, our comprehensive plans include all the typical information you'd expect to find in a GLEN-L plans set. They cover all aspects of the design including structural views and sections, scantlings, cabin construction, joinery arrangements, tank configurations, engine placements, rudders and underwater fittings, and spars on sailboat designs. In short, you get everything you need in the way of information to build your very own steel boat, and at a low price! That's why at GLEN-L we mean it when we say, "You get custom design quality at low stock plan prices."
TO ESTIMATE THE COST OF YOUR STEEL HULL....
DESIGNS AVAILABLE IN ALUMINUM....
Plans listed for aluminum construction include all the details necessary to build the boat in sheet aluminum. As with all our designs, they include FULL-SIZE PATTERNS so that no lofting is required. In addition, all aluminum designs include our comprehensive "ALUMINUM BOATBUILDING GUIDE" as well as a hull material listing. See our "Boatbuilding & Marine Supplies" catalog for additional publications on aluminum construction.
TO ESTIMATE THE COST OF YOUR ALUMINUM HULL....
COMPONENTS & MATERIAL Hull plating and decking 5052-H32 to H36 5086-H32, H34, H112 or H116 5456-H116 Framing 5052-H32 to H36 5086-H32, H34, H112, or H116 5050-H34 or H36 5456-H116, 6061-T6 Extrusions 6061-T4 or T6, 5086 5052, 6061-T6 Piping 6063-T6, 5456-H116
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