Wooden Boat Plans

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by ColinGrey, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. ColinGrey
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    Hi, does anyone out there know of some decent wooden boat plans for classic style wooden runabouts? I have come up with a few while browsing the web:

    Glen-L
    classicwoodenboatplas.com

    Does anyone know anything about the second one? The boat I have in mind looks something like some of those on that sight, a sort of one off racer design, but I can't seem to find much information about that.

    The plans from Glen-L look pretty decent and comprehensive though.

    Thanks!
     
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    Glen-L designs boats that are supposed to be easy to build. They are a not quite a classic design. I don't find them attractive, but that is a matter of personal taste. Also, the word "classic" is used very loosely. What era, size and type are you specifically referring to?
     
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    Specifically, which Glen-L design are you referring?
     
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    Hi Colin I am on my second Glen-L build the first was a Malahini sorry if you don't like it gonzo :D but I feel most of their boats are classic design as most of the plans date from the 50's 60's and 70's making them classic in my eyes :p

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    The one I'm building at the moment is the Crackerbox something like this, you can see my build in the link below. I looked at a few other places for plans but I found Glen-l had the best backup forum and were always willing to help with any questions.

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    I suppose classic wouldn't be strictly accurate, I realize that this leaves much room for interpretation, I don't know how the eras work with boats but with cars it would be the vintage period, something between the two wars from the 20's or 30's. I like the look of the old race boats, sleek and long with a cockpit set fairly far aft. That's why I was inquiring about www.classicwoodenboatplans.com, as there are some plans there that catch my fancy, but as yet I have seen no mention of the plans anywhere else, no forums for members or anything. So it looks sketchy.
     
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    Those look brilliant! Yes I think probably the best will be to get a Glen-L design closest to what I'm looking for, build that and cut my teeth on that because of the aforementioned support and detail in the plans, and then move on to something more challenging, i.e. one of the racers for which the plans are sparse.
     
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    Many of Glen L's plans are a bit dated from the post WW2 era when people were experimenting with fins and such. Not all are though and, to my eye, Zip is as nice and classic as a 14' runabout gets. In a larger and a bit fancier theme, Ken Bassett's Rascal is wonderful. Its a matter of taste but these are my choices for small outboard runabouts.
     
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    I've been to the Glen-L wooden boat festivals (Gatherings) and liked all the boats there were displayed.
    I'm a fisherman, so those Racing boats held no interest, but all the Cabin skiffs, Center Consoles and 'overnighters' were great in my eyes.

    Steve Lewis still has the best Jon boat plans.
     

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