Glen L 13 build photos

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Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:52 pm

Hi everyone,

Back in January I launched my 13 and I posted a few photos. Here are some photos of the build.
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A mock up of the centreboard trunk with frame 3.

Frames attached to the building frame
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Keel glued and screwed.
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More to come :D

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:36 pm

Another shot after the keel was added.
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My first go at the chines was no good, one broke after I started fairing so I replaced them both. Anyway, below was my first attempt. I was living in a rented townhouse and didn't want to drill holes in the floor so I used weights to help keep the building frame stationary.
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Sheers added. Still with the dodgy chines. Sheers went on correctly.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:46 pm

There were actually two issues with the original chines, they weren't recessed into the frame properly such that the outer edge lined up with the 3rd frame and they didn't bend smoothly around the 3rd frame, more like kinked at the frame but I don't think I have a good picture to show that.
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The break.
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The sheers meeting the breast hook. A bit gappy, but thickened epoxy saved it.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:05 pm

"Steaming" the chines this time to help them bend properly. I poured boiling water onto the towels a number of times and let them sit for a few minutes (can't remember how long) until they were a lot more bend. I also did a better job of cutting the frames to accept the chines.
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I used tie-down straps and clamps to twist the chines into alignment with the sheers. It worked really well.
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I don't have any photos of the completely faired hull, but here are the side panels going on. I didn't join the two pieces properly, they are just butted together and later on I added extra ply in behind the join. Hasn't been a problem so far. Hopefully others won't make the same mistake I did.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:12 pm

Other side, also joined incorrectly.
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Bottom panels added.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby mrintense » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:08 am

The butt joints on the side planking are perfectly acceptable as long as they are backed with planking back ups as you have done. This comes directly from the "Boatbuilding With Plywood" book available from Glen L.

Looking good so far.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:34 pm

Yeah but the backing panels should have been done before I applied the second panel. There are no screws holding the panels to the backing, just thickened epoxy. I wish I'd done it properly just for piece of mind but so far so good.

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby aspags88 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:41 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for posting up some pics. I'm (slowly) working on a Glen L 14 over here. I've got frames ready to get put together but things got put on hold for me for a bit. Seeing your pics provides some motivation to get moving again!

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:55 pm

aspags88 wrote:Just wanted to say thanks for posting up some pics. I'm (slowly) working on a Glen L 14 over here. I've got frames ready to get put together but things got put on hold for me for a bit. Seeing your pics provides some motivation to get moving again!


It's a long process but stick with it.

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Fibreglassed

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Undercoated

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Top coat.
I spent about a year sanding and painting and was never happy with it. I made mistakes along the way that I know how to avoid now so if I was to do it all over again I would spend far less time. Anyway, the bottom and side paints weren't finished properly (I sanded back the last attempt to a matt finish) but I decided that no one will notice or care. So I flipped her.

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:00 am

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Building the plywood mast
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It was made in my lounge room, my kids had to give up their play space for a few days
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Test fitting the sail

There's a bit of a kink in the mast (towards aft). I'm able to pull some of it out with the forestay but it's not too bad. She sails well though so I'm not worried.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:11 am

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I built a flipping frame for her and disassembled the building frame while in place.
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Flipped, and all by myself! Since I was building in a single car garage I had very little room. I pushed the frame and boat as far as I could to one wall (with enough room for it to rock backwards) and tipped it on it's side. I then walked it back to the other wall and lowered it down to the ground, right way up.
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I modified the flipping frame to be the new frame and completed the internals. Here the chain plate blockings are being added.

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:19 am

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Decking added, didn't follow the plans though. I went for a plywood saving option and so far I haven't had a problem with it.
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I built a launching dolly for her as I needed to move house. I've since changed the wheels for larger ones.
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Mast and boat on a hire trailer.

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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby JimmY » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:11 am

Nice to see a sailboat taking shape.
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby Milhouse » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:50 pm

Decking added, didn't follow the plans though. I went for a plywood saving option and so far I haven't had a problem with it.


On Page 212 of the Glen L "Boat building with Plywood" it says (and shows a picture) to "never end the deck at at deck beam"

Do you have fiberglass over it? If not perhaps that why you have not seen any cracking?
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Re: Glen L 13 build photos

Postby dbischa » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:53 pm

It probably would have helped if I'd read the book, but I only had the plans to go off and my lack of experience. If it fails I'll fix it up. I wonder how much life I'll get out of it.


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