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Boatbuilders Live Longer
What is it about building your own boat that extends your life? Well, perhaps we should qualify that by saying life will be more fulfilling since we really can't prove you will live longer. Have you ever wanted something so bad that you can taste it? Keeps you going, doesn't it? That's the point we are trying to make--building a boat is such an incredible experience that we want you to "taste" it for yourself.
To get you started on your own journey of building the boat of your dreams, we have put together a special Boatbuilder Starter Kit of materials to get you going. To sweeten the offer, we have also added an upgrade which is described later in this text.
Why would someone want to build their own boat? Well, there are many reasons and here are a few:
Face it, some of us will never have the additional resources to buy the boat we really want and it may seem like only a pipe dream. But you know, with Glen-L plans and kits we've seen dreams come true over and over:
"The boat is so unusual here in New Zealand that every time I take it out people just flock around feeling and touching it and putting dirty finger marks on it. Bother! So many people have seen boats like this in movies but never in the flesh. The knowing ones who come for a look congratulate me on an excellent restoration and are blown away when I tell them it's brand new. I have named the boat ADDICTION which seems kind of fitting and congratulate you guys at Glen-L for designing such a beautiful boat that any old mug with a little determination can build for himself." Regards, Wayne Cox, New Zealand
So, who are we and what do we know about boatbuilding? Well, since 1953, Glen-L Marine Designs has provided plans, patterns and kits for the amateur* boat builder. We have quite a community of folks just like you who have built our boats from generation to generation.
*Definition: amateur (Latin: a lover) - a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons.
We don't like to brag, but we have written and published THE book on plywood boatbuilding which is part of the Boatbuilder Starter Kit. Okay, I'm going to have to brag again, my dad wrote the book! My father, Glen Lewis Witt, began Glen-L Marine Designs in 1953 and since then, we have been privileged to have our designs built by thousands of folks just like you.
The Boatbuilder Starter Kit comes with all of these great resources:
The retail value of these items is $66.80, but we are offering this special package to readers of WoodenBoat and Boatbuilder Magazines for a special price of $39.95 plus postage.
Order using Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express or PayPal.
SPECIAL UPGRADE: For an additional $15, we will send you a copy of our "How to Fiberglass a Boat" DVD. This hour and a half DVD normally sells for $32.95, but we really think it will add a tremendous value to your learning experience. You will actually see a number of wood boats being fiberglassed in our shop and learn the techniques, tips and tricks to really give your boat that professional finish. After all, the finish really is what makes the difference in whether a boat looks custom or home-made.
What type of person builds their own boat? Well, hopefully someone like you! Our clients tend to be folks of all ages, mainly men, who like to work with their hands. Many are retirees who finally have the time to actually do what they want and many build boats with their grandchildren. Or, fathers who want to teach their young daughters or sons the value of creating something to show what you can accomplish with perseverance, work and craftsmanship.
It is amazing how many folks have built a boat with their fathers and then go on to do the same with their children. Boat building is truly a generational hobby.
I could go on and on with heart warming stories of people like you who decided to just go for it and build the boat of their dreams. No, you won't get to use the boat next weekend and friends and family may look at you a little strange (remember Noah) and wonder if you'll ever really finish it. This isn't instant gratification; if you were looking for that you'd be at the boat dealer. This boat will be YOUR "baby", your creation, the loving work of your hands and something that will be treasured for generations. Don't put your dream off another minute, order your Boatbuilder Starter Kit today! See you on the water...Warmly,