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introduce yourself and what type of boat your building

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:35 pm
by River City Speed & Marine
hi, just thought is it would be nice to intrduce myself. my brother and i just got our plans for the crackerbox. we are going to set it up like a 1930s gar wood speedster, planked with mahogany. just wondering who else might be building a crackerbox? i hope everyone will post to this thred and tell us what they are building. its nice to know who your hanging out with! :wink:

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:24 am
by ListerD
Currently cutting on the Sea Kayak.

Will build the Tubby Tug in the spring and then sometime in the next year or so start on the Bo Jest.

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 2:07 pm
by Barry
Have you looked at the Project Registry on the Glen-L web site?
There are several CrackerBox builders listed (with progress reports and email addresses). ... eg2.html#c


Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2003 8:36 am
by highyield2
I'm building a Crackerbox in Kentucky. Doug fir for frames and fir plywood throughout, ribbon striped Sapele for the deck. Building form set up Frames, keel and battens fitted and awaiting gluing.

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:20 pm
thanks barry, but i'm not just interested in the crackerbox builders. i just thought it would be nice to meet everyone. this is my first boat and i will have a ton of questions.

thanks, scott

Who's there?

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:51 pm
by Bob
Well, I too am SLOWLY getting used to the new board, so I figured this was as good a spot as any to try out a post.

I'm STILL working on the Sea Knight (about 4 1/2 years in my spare time in the garage) and with two active kids at home there never seems to be enough time to get boat work done. Not to mention 5 months of winter. Oh well, the plan is to be done early summer next year. The hull is done, the cabin is done, now its the wiring, fuel lines/tanks, etc. etc. Then when it warms up a little the flybridge windshield and the painting.

I notice in the other posts that a lot of people check in with this forum every day....I do too, or ALMOST every day. Its almost like a cult or subculture of sorts. I've been looking at the Glen-L many of the rest of the people on here....since I was a kid. Must be pretty neat for the Glen-L folks to have/work for a company that has so many lifelong/ second and third generation customers/builders/devotees.

OK, yak, yak, yak, that's all for now. see y'all. Thanks Glen, Barry, Gayle, Al, and all at Glen-L.

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:56 pm
I am new to this site and this is the perfect place to start.I am building my first boat ,it is a 16' runabout.It is an old style from the late 60's early 70's.I am using mahogany frames and fir plywood. I will probably be working on it all winter as i will be getting layoff from work Dec.-to April yeehaaa.I too may have a few questions to throw out there and maybe i can help someone and we can all save ourselves some aggravation and money..well goodluck to all who are building this winter..BRIAN J.:D

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2003 12:31 pm
by Dave Grason
I'm planning on starting my Mist Miss within the next few weeks.

For many years, I've wanted to build a mahogany runabout and I'd settled on the Mist Miss before Glen-L even introduced the Riviera and Monaco. However, I've not started this project because of running my own business and having to sink my money into the business in order to grow it to a self sustaining level. Also, all space has been taken up by machinery to run the business and there hasn't been any room to build a boat. That's changing this week. My wife and I are moving to a new place with a huge (well, huge for me anyway) barn in the back yard. This will be the first time in 20 years that I've had this much space.

After having seen Mark Bronkalla's site, I imediately fell in love with the Riviera but I decided to still stay with the Mist Miss because I really think the utility syle boat will be more suited to my use. I also have been wanting to paint below the sheer because I've had a particular color and pattern theme in mind. I can build a Riv later.

I plan on buying the frame kit simply because of the time involved. I feel I need to really kick start the project and if I have the frame ready to fair in a few weeks, I'll feel very good about it. I know this because back in 1983, my father and I built a replica of a Shelby Cobra. Many of the kit's parts simply refused to fit together without major modification and, as a result, the project stagnated due to discouragement. In the end, we DID finish it and we had an absolutely gorgeous car that was also insanely fast, but it also took us over 2 years to complete. This is NOT something that I want to repeat. Mark Bronkalla claims his Riv took approximately 1 year to build. To me, that seems about right and the Mist Miss is a simpler design due it not being cold-molded but rather, plywood.

Also, I plan to carefully document every step with loads of digital pics for my own website. I want to make every success and every silly mistake available for others to learn as I have from all of you. :wink:

Here in Nashville, the state of Tennessee does not require anything in the way of emmissions testing. In fact, there's no inspection of any kind other than normal seaworthiness. So I have carte blanche to put any kind of engine combination in that I want. So I have a 350 4 bolt small block Chevy engine in an old truck that I'm going to get onto an engine stand and start tearing it down to go through it. I want to use a lot of the parts from Glen-L's inboard catalog because they have a real nostalgic look to them. I want the engine to be as much of a show peice as the boat itself.

Ok, enough of my ranting.

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2003 9:09 pm
by Dave Grason
BRIAN J. wrote: I will probably be working on it all winter as i will be getting layoff from work Dec.-to April yeehaaa.
What kind of work do you do that lays you off for so much time?

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 8:14 am
by Brian Eager
Dave, Using the Glen-L frame kit is a great way to get something going quickly that in your mind you can say "this is a boat". Nothing like some visual reinforcement. Please be aware, however, that boatbuilders claim the famous Murphy and his Law as one of their own.

But don't let that get you down. And don't be discouraged if the project takes longer than you expect. If it were easy, the results would be far less satisfying. Good luck with your project and happy sailing.


Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 11:42 am
by DavidMcA
Brian Eager wrote:boatbuilders claim the famous Murphy and his Law as one of their own.

I think I'm related to Murphy...

I thought...hey, fairing....that'll take a couple of hours......12 hours later, sore knees, a broken power plane blade (found a few screws), a blunt hand-plane blade, and an extremely ripply hull, I'm still nowhere near finished!!

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 3:00 am
by Dave Grason
Brian Eager wrote: If it were easy, the results would be far less satisfying.
Truer words were never spoken! And I learned all about Murphy with the Cobra mentioned earlier in this thread. I really think that the Cobra helped me with the proper mindset. It was a tremendous learning experience that has stayed with me all these years.

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:50 pm
by RobbieD
HI last summer i built a minimax hydroplane and it's a blast with my 9.9 it does about 25mph. This summer i am building a TNT and am currently looking at supplies for it now.

Best Ruguards

introduce yourself

Posted: Sat May 22, 2004 6:46 pm
by sailors
My name is bruce perreault and I go by the name of sailor. I am almost finished building the 18' surf dory little hunk. I live in Rhode Island and teach sailing every summer on Narragansett Bay. We are the home of Newport, Americas Cup, the International Yacht Restoration School, and many large building cos., Hinckley, Carroll Marine(farr), North Sails, etc..

This year we are hosting THE wooden Boat show, and the Tall Ships. Always exciting around here. Jamestown Disrtributors is right down the street. I've still gotten more info from Glen-l site than I have locally.

Come to Narragansett Bay if you ever have the chance 10-15 kts every day, great sailing, fishing, the islands. Wooden boat paradise.


Posted: Sat May 29, 2004 11:44 am
by Dave Beem
Hey all for those who have not seen my ramblings I am building a glen-l 25. beem at it for a few months now and ready to glass the hull. I had to make a wheel and not use a tiller LOL. Ok I was board and the weather was really nasty and I needed somthing to do. I am still trying to get it in the water by july this year! I have never done a project this size before. Typicaly I alwas read, read, then do it. so anyone that wants to build a boat I say " do it and do it now" it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. The folks around me think it is really cool and ask alot of questions. A friend at work told about Glen-l and that was all it took, and well now I am hooked. This is only one of many projects I plan on doing. My goal is to build the Loadstar and retire on it ans sail anywhere we want to go. and the price of gas now a sailboat is looking better everyday. I am an Electronics Tech by trade and I am working on some solor and LED lighting systems (low AMP drain) to make a boat stand alone. As I prefect this and solor heating for a boat I will keep it posted. Dand rambling agine LOL. Good luck to all of us boatbuilders and if you have any questions e-mail me at
God bless