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  • Glen-L WB Power Skiff Build

    As you can see in my Sig, I have a few boats. I acquired them over the years in various ways, trade, gift, impulse buy, ect. I was using them all here or there, for specific purposes. As it stands now, each one of them has an issue or ten, so I started looking at ways to cull the herd. The 28 SF, as some of you know, is currently under construction, and I will continue to finish that, I have plans for it. The others are up in the air. Honestly, im quite bored with some of them.

    The 10' gamefisher I got in a trade for a Jon boat...basically I have it just to throw in from shore, to move docks around, or make repairs...but it barely supports one adult, let alone two..

    The Sea Ray, I had some fun on with the admiral for a while, but it has since deteriorated and appears to have the usual issues, transom, and soft deck...I know whats under all that wood, and am not wanting to do the gut and grind thing, on a boat im not all that fond of...Mechanically, its in great shape.

    The Century Center Console is a Yamaha built model, not much wood underneath, but it has a soft spot in the deck, and the engine has some carb issues I need to get to. Its rated at 115hp max, but has an 85 on it...and its been a dog lately, im betting the foam is wet.

    The boat ive wanted for some time now is a vintage Donzi sweet 16, but they are pricey in most any shape, and the cheaper ones usually need the balsa core removed and replaced, which canbe done, but they are still priced to be not worth the effort.

    So lately ive been eying up the Donzi 16 inspired wood boat plans, from Classic Wooden Boat Plans.





    I plan to take the drivetrain and anything else I can use from the Sea Ray, including engine, drive, steering, and any other usuable systems.


    Given that this would be my 1st scratch build, and im not ready to take that all on right now with the big boat still in progress, Ive decided to make a small wood boat as practice, one that me and the admiral can get on the water easily. It only involves a few sheets of ply, and some standard boat building lumber, but I can cut my teeth on it, and finish it quick. If all goes well, ill start gathering what I need to the donzi.

    It looks like ive kinda settled on the Glen-L 13.5 wide body power skiff.
    "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

    Current Boats
    10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
    1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
    1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
    1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
    1972 Checkmate mx-15

    https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

  • #2
    Is their a kit for the Donzi 16 or will you be able to get plans somewhere for it?
    Beautiful boat.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by produceguy View Post
      Is their a kit for the Donzi 16 or will you be able to get plans somewhere for it?
      Beautiful boat.
      For a while, there was only an outboard plan available, but they've recently added an I/O plan, designed around the 4.3 Merc/Alpha setup.....ill be using the 3.0/alpha that I have already

      I plan to glass encapsulate all the wood, so it will be a cored hull, like the original, but with Okoume ply, not Balsa.
      Last edited by zool; May 12th, 2015, 04:34 PM.
      "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

      Current Boats
      10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
      1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
      1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
      1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
      1972 Checkmate mx-15

      https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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      • #4
        Starting small is a GREAT idea, I LOVE Glen-L boats.

        Signing on.
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        • #5

          I think they have great plans too John, this skiff is a Ken Hankinson design, looks relatively easy to build, on temporary frames....its getting used to working off the plans and templates that this test build will be helpful. Like with most plans and manuals, theres always some" reading between the lines" needed lol.

          Classic Wood Plans has the replicas, and some real nice ones, that's where I was able to find the donzi. These are the skiff options available, the 13 1/2 WB seems to fit the bill, maybe with a 15hp tiller, with a 9.9 sticker on it for the local lakes
          "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

          Current Boats
          10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
          1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
          1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
          1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
          1972 Checkmate mx-15

          https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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          • #6
            This is the basic structure of the skiff.



            And this is the donzi



            "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

            Current Boats
            10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
            1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
            1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
            1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
            1972 Checkmate mx-15

            https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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            • #7
              Are you planning to start it right away, or are you going to complete the 28 first? I'll definitely follow along and watch this build, sounds like a fun project!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mikeopsycho View Post
                Are you planning to start it right away, or are you going to complete the 28 first? I'll definitely follow along and watch this build, sounds like a fun project!
                Im gonna work on the skiff and the 28 at the same time, plan on starting the skiff this month. I have about a month left on the house project, then I have a lot more free time...at least til I break ground on the next build, which wont be til late fall or winter.

                Im ordering the skiff plans this week.
                "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

                Current Boats
                10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
                1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
                1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
                1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
                1972 Checkmate mx-15

                https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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                • #9
                  Ahhhh WOW! Both boats are so nice. Looks like you have your work cut out for you with all of your projects going on.
                  Most times I'm wrong, Most times I stand corrected..But...Sometimes I'm right.
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                  • #10
                    Oh boy ! This should be fun !
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                    • #11
                      Yea Sam, I think it will be, welcome aboard.

                      So after tossing around options for a bit, the plans are on the way, should be here any day now. I ended up ordering the 15.4 wide body instead of the 13...the few extra feet wont break the bank in wood, but will come in handy for storage areas, and when the bay kicks up.

                      Sourcing the white oak in the sizes I need was a little tricky, but I found a few places, none are close so im looking at a few hr drive to either. Im gonna use white oak for the lumber, just marine ab fir for the ply..since im encapsulating it all in glass. The materials list calls for lumber from 1 1/2 to 9" wide, so im just gonna get 10" wide planks, and rip what I need, to simplify the wood list

                      As soon as the templates get here, im gonna build the strongback and temporary frames....hopefully by next weekend ill get this thread rolling

                      "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

                      Current Boats
                      10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
                      1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
                      1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
                      1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
                      1972 Checkmate mx-15

                      https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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                      • #12
                        Looking forward to this build!
                        Most times I'm wrong, Most times I stand corrected..But...Sometimes I'm right.
                        1983 SportCraft Deep V OSFF 222 Cuddy Rehab
                        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ddy-walkaround
                        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...-new-fuel-pump
                        www.flotationfoamsolutions.com

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                        • #13
                          Always wanted to build a wooden boat. Maybe its not too late for me. Good luck!
                          Old geezer who never worked a day as a professional in the marine industry but has been fooling with outboard motors for 60+ years!

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                          • #14
                            I can't seem to manage one at a time, and your doing two. Now your just showing off. Good luck! I think I'll keep an eye on you.
                            Ray

                            Never take instruction from a guy with missing fingers.

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                            • #15
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                              Thanks for stopping by KFC, Willy, and Ray, Im the quintessential multi-tasker, but im still spread thin with non boat projects right now, but that's changing real soon The 28 is a big and costly project, so it will take a lot longer than planned, This little skiff is the path of least resistance to get on the water for now...just hoping for some back bay crabbing and weakfishing...with the shallow draft of this rig, I can run in a foot of water, which is all there is in most of the back bays here.

                              Actually, im kinda stoked to get started!

                              "We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again."

                              Current Boats
                              10' tin gamefisher/Johnson 7.5hp ob
                              1991 Sea Ray 170br/AlphaMerc
                              1996 Century 1800 CC/Yamaha c85
                              1988 Imperial 280SF (under the knife)
                              1972 Checkmate mx-15

                              https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...cs-598307.html

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