Glen of Glen-L

>>> Glen of Glen-L

Please say a quick prayer for Glen (of Glen-L fame) and his family… his daughter Gayle Brantuk (who has run the business for a while now), posted this today:

Dear Glen-L Family,

Many of you ask from time to time, how my father Glen is doing. I just want to let you know that he was recently in the hospital with Pneumonia and we have brought him home. However, his health is failing. At 97 years of age, it comes as no surprise, but, is quite emotionally draining.

No matter how much time Glen has with us, we know his life and legacy will continue on in the Glen-L boats you folks have and will continue to build and enjoy.

We would sure appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you so much… At Your Service,

Gayle Brantuk
Glen-L Marine Designs

Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

>>> Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

Neat footage… somehow the old, decaying vessels are always beautiful and sad at the same time. Somebody was once so proud of those ships, and so much work and craftsmanship went into building them.

And at the end, a modern vessel steams away. When will it join its retired brethren?

Tugboat Graveyard

Squeezed between Staten Island and New Jersey is Arthur Kill waterway and the Witte Marine Equipment Company. Over the last century, Witte Marine has slowly dismantled hundreds of ships that once crowded the bustling piers of New York’s coastline. Even with a steady stream of salvage work and deconstruction, many old tugboats and smaller harbor ships have accumulated on the shores of Arthur Kill and now rot in shallow water.

Current Drives

>>> Current Drives

The other day I mentioned the Oru Kayak with Electrafin, but I wanted to point out that this is not the only product that Current Drives produces. The same device can attach to SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards), and they have their own SUPs and inflatable SUPs with integrated electric drives.

I need to try a SUP someday… not sure my balance is that good, but looks like fun 🙂

Drainage Pipe Clamps

>>> Drainage Pipe Clamps

One thing a boat builder can never have enough of is clamps, but those little things can get pricey pretty quick.

Often the need is for lots of "gentle" pressure, not tons of force.

This paddle board maker has come up with a nice solution – split drainage pipe.

As a professional builder of hollow wooden paddle boards I have a lot of clamps. One of the handiest clamps I use are these spring clamps made from 4" Schedule 20 perimeter drain pipe. These clamps were originally made for building the rails on my wood paddle board kits, but this summer my wife started stealing them for holding down row-covers in her garden. The clamps do not have crushing clamping force but for their weight they are surprisingly strong. There are many things that make these clamps really awesome:

  • They can clamp at weird angles.
  • They can be used individually with a very light touch or nested together to increase their clamping force.
  • They stay put on narrow edges where other clamps eject themselves
  • They are rust-proof
  • They weigh next to nothing

Probably the coolest thing is they are made from the waste cutoffs that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Every new construction project throws out enough perimeter drainage pipe cutoffs to fill a Rubbermaid with these clamps. It is because of this upcycling benefit that I feel this secrete should not be limited to just wood surfboard builders.

Portland Pudgy

>>> Portland Pudgy

Billed as the "World’s Best Dinghy", the Portland Pudgy certainly seems to be an interesting (and tough) design.

Made from rotation-molded polyethylene, it has closed-cell foam filling making it "unsinkable". Easily rightable (they have videos of it being done by a person in the water), it looks like a tough, serviceable boat.

How may dinghys have you seen flying?

A Portland Pudgy was used as a gondola under a bunch of helium filled balloons on an attempted Atlantic aerial crossing. Really.