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In 1953 no one talked about mission statements, but if we had had one it would have gone something like this:

“Our goal is to provide plans, kits, and building materials to home boatbuilders.

  • All of our plans will include full size patterns, to eliminate the process of lofting which is required with boat plans that are now (1953) available. We feel that lofting excludes many potential builders from ever beginning their project and our patterns will eliminate the tedious lofting process.
  • We will sell Fastening Kits and Fiberglass Kits for our designs.
  • We will also sell Frame Kits to those builders who are in a hurry to complete their boat building project.
  • If customers have questions, we do everything we can to see that those questions are answered; the success of our builders is our best advertisement.”

A lot has happened since 1953. In the beginning we had runabouts, ski boats, and cruisers. Now we supply plans for virtually every type of boat. We have published six books written by our staff. We have published seven videos. We now have this web page. In all cases these projects have been do-it-yourself projects. We type the copy, shoot the pictures and videos, paste-up the books and literature, and after a little help in the beginning, we have written our own html copy for our web site. Along the way we have built the test models for many of our designs. We have done testing of building methods, and have recently researched the ins and outs of electric boating so that we could produce plans that you can build, from the boat, to electrical wiring, to rudder and motor installation. Sometimes we ask ourselves whether we will ever sell enough plans to pay for the time and expense… some don’t. But this is the only way we know how to do it. It is important to us that you succeed.

From the beginning Glen-L has served as a training ground for Naval Architects, some of whom have gone on to start businesses of their own. Through cover articles in Popular Mechanics and other magazines we have introduced generations to the art of boat building. It is common for us to be told that “I built one of your boats when I was a kid”. Or even, “I helped my father build one, I later built one by myself, and now I’m going to help my son build one”.

Glen-L marine designs has been serving the amateur boat builder since 1953. We have been in our Bellflower location since1956.
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We were pioneers in plywood boat construction, which led to the publication of our book BOATBUILDING WITH PLYWOOD. This book is the only text available that is devoted exclusively to plywood boat construction. It has served as a text book in college boatbuilding classes throughout the US and Canada. Our video on fiberglassing is required viewing for all students taking the plastics program in a university in Florida. Our books FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING FOR AMATEURS and HOW TO FIBERGLASS BOATS are sold by suppliers of fiberglass materials as instruction books.

Even though we are one of the largest suppliers of boat plans and building supplies for the home builder, we have remained a small company. We wear many hats, helping in the construction of test models, writing or proof reading copy, or answering customer questions.

We hope you will turn to us when you get ready for your first or next boat building project. We like to help, and it keeps us in business.

Titan Tug on a Trailer Series 5000/6000 built by Doug Harrison

Glen-L designed Titan Tug on a Glen-L designed Trailer Series 5000/6000 built by Doug Harrison

Our BOAT TRAILER PLANS feature the most modern, up-to-date, and technologically advanced features available to give you a boat trailer that’s equal or superior to those you can buy. Created by designer, Ken Hankinson, long associated with TRAILERBOATS Magazine as columnist and contributing editor, he knows boats AND boat trailers inside out. Each plan includes a comprehensive ILLUSTRATED MANUAL detailing all aspects of the project for QUICK & EASY assembly by anyone who can weld steel.

Books, Boat Plans & Instructions
with Links to Glen-L Bookstore

Aluminum Boatbuilding by Ernest H. Sims
Aluminum Boatbuilding Guide by Glen L. Witt
Boatbuilder’s Notebook (Expanded 2nd Ed) by Glen L. Witt
Boatbuilding with Plywood by Glen L. Witt
Build It Yourself the Glen L Way by Glen L. Witt
Fiberglass Boatbuilding Manual by Glen L. Witt
Glen L Book of Boat Designs (2012) by Glen L Marine Designs
Glen L Book of Designs (PDF Download) by Glen L Marine Designs
How to Build Boat Trailers by Glen L. Witt
How to Fiberglass Boats (2nd Ed) by Ken Hankinson
Inboard Motor Installations by Glen L. Witt & Ken Hankinson
Steel Boatbuilding Guide by Glen-L
Stitch & Glue Manual by Glen-L

If you know of a book that should be added to this list, just mention it in the Comment Box below.

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Contact Information

Glen-L Marine Designs
9152 Rosecrans Avenue
Bellflower, CA 90706
Toll Free: 1-888-700-5007 (Orders & Ordering, Shipping & General Questions Only)
Phone: 562-630-6258 (Technical Assistance)
FAX: (562) 630-6280
Website: http://www.boatdesigns.com
Email: info@Glen-L.com
Email: Darla@glen-l.com (Order Desk for Shipping, Ordering & General Questions)
Boatbuilder Forum: http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/index.php



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