Zip or Tuffy? The question in Austin

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Zip or Tuffy? The question in Austin

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Hey all! I have been lusting over Glen-L boats for several years. I am a rank amateur wood worker but have done a few projects. I am about to embark on building my first boat. I love the look and lines and size of the zip but think the Tuffy is more in my skill set. For those of you out there with some experience, how much more intense would the zip be to build than the Tuffy? As a pastor on staff at a large church, I don't have much free time but I want to build a boat I'll love to use with my family of 4 and don't mind if it takes a few years. Anyone care to share some advice?
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gomerrell

First. Welcome!

There is very little difference in the degree of difficulty in the work between the two boats. One is just a little more material, a little more sanding and a little more painting. etc.

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Thanks Bill. I appreciate that.
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From a work hours perspective, would there be a significantly greater investment of time put into the Zip as opposed to the Tuffy?

On the Tuffy catalog page, it says it is designed for the "Rank Amateur". Is that just catalog marketing or do you think it really is true? If so, what makes it so much better for the Amateur?

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There will be very little difference. I think you'll find that you set a task for the evening. It will take an hour and ten minutes or it will take an hour and twenty minutes. It will end up the same number of days.

I'd go with the zip and stretch it 10%. These boats were designed a long time ago. People are just bigger now.

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gomerrell wrote:From a work hours perspective, would there be a significantly greater investment of time put into the Zip as opposed to the Tuffy?

On the Tuffy catalog page, it says it is designed for the "Rank Amateur". Is that just catalog marketing or do you think it really is true? If so, what makes it so much better for the Amateur?

Thanks.

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The primary difference for me between those two designs, at least for me, is that the ZIP would probably look best with a mahogany deck & classic finish. Whereas the Tuffy would probably look best finished in paint as it has a real sporty look to it.

I love them both.. so I wouldn't want to steer you in any particular direction.

Whichever you prefer.. they will both be a pleasure to build and require about the same amount of space and tools and time.
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Thanks guys for all of the input!

I am going for the Zip. That is the design that I really like the most. I received Tuffy plans in the mail today but will send them back and have already ordered the Zip plans. The decking on the Zip psyched me out but after looking at the Forum, it looks very doable with some good elbow grease and patience. I am excited to begin!

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