New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby Andy Garrett » Thu May 25, 2017 8:21 am

Thanks for the pictures! Whatever it is, its a cool boat!
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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby PeterG » Thu May 25, 2017 8:50 am

Does anyone else think this may be a Chris Craft kit boat? The hull shape looks really close to those. They were sold in the 1950's as a boxed kit that you assemble yourself. They were re-issued as James Craft boats several years ago, though they are no longer in business.
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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby Andy Garrett » Thu May 25, 2017 10:43 am

I was unfamiliar with those kits, so I looked at all the relevant photos I could find online. They have a very similar shape, but the Baracuda kit at least, has even more frames which use a lap joint in all the pics I could see.

I couldn't find anything with those horizontal sheet metal gussets at the rear either but at least one has similar longitudinal members on the interior which ties the transom to the next couple of frames.
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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby Scotty67 » Thu May 25, 2017 3:17 pm

Thanks guys, this is getting interesting...you're a great source of help.

I measured it and its only a 5' beam, 14'-4" long overall, 50" wide transom (x16" high from keel to bottom of cut out). The lines of the Nimrod aren't the same (side view, the sweep of the rub rail is different) and the ski one is too wide and long.

The Chris Craft looks wider and deck has a flatter radius, but I'm wondering if you guys are on to something. I've been looking at the Chris Craft Barracuda's. I the size is right, being only a 5' beam. The frames look heavier on those .though. They also look like they came with different steering wheels. Because the construction appears light, could this have been a Sears kit?

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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby Andy Garrett » Mon May 29, 2017 8:01 am

I don't think it is a Sears kit.
Those don't look to be hard-chine boats. That is to say, the chine area just wraps under with a steady curve--like a canoe. Interesting design.
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Re: New to me Glen L Zip - what size motor to use?

Postby Scotty67 » Mon May 29, 2017 5:45 pm

Andy Garrett wrote:I don't think it is a Sears kit.
Those don't look to be hard-chine boats. That is to say, the chine area just wraps under with a steady curve--like a canoe. Interesting design.


Thanks Andy, this boat doesn't have a hard chine? Not sure what chine really is to be honest

Do you think the guys at wooden boat forum will know what it is?


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