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Glen-L 17
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Description: Glen-L 17
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Thu April 10, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Summary of Design: Kit built Daysailer designed by Glen Marine in the mid 1970s out of southern California. They are still in business but I don't believe they still market this kit. The Glen-L 17 is intended for short cruises and day sailing but can be adapted to reasonable comfort for one or two for cruises up to four or five days.
Key Features: Hard chine, Sloop rigged, steel centerboard, trailerable.
STRENGTHS: Easy to build. A rigid craft that has taken six foot waves in stride, cockpit (where most folks spend most time) as large as boats twice the size.
WEAKNESSES: A bit tender. One has to take care to not overpower the boat with sail. Rough calculations as built suggest it would float if knocked down but just barely. Additional flotation highly recommended high and outside (under cockpit coamings best) to improve margin of error. Cabin can comfortably sleep two adults on a nice level deck. Not much head room though. Just enough to sit up and no more.
OVERALL SATISFACTION: Sailed it two years. Builder fitted it out a bit extravagant resulting in too much weight in stern. Looks pretty. Can sail up to 50 degrees of the wind. Hard chine results in fairly good ride with boat heeled 15-20 degrees. Would like to find just one other owner of this boat. I may have the only one still afloat.
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Review Date: Wed August 29, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Good sailor
Cons: Low headroom, but this is to be expected

I built my Glen-L 17 from scratch in 1969 and sailed it for 3 years. It has been in my barn ever since now undergoing a refit for more sailing. The boat handled 4 foot waves with 4 people on board and sailed to weather very nicely. It is easily trailerable and the steel centerboard stays put when put down. Not easy to bring up since it is heavy. Requires a small winch or cleat.
I would recommend making the mast beam heavier and the cabin sides out of two 1/4" or 3/8" sheets laminated together in the planned curve. The 3/8" side alone does not allow for window depth and is not particularly strong if subjected to severe stresses. I would also fiberglass the cabin deck joint to ensure rot resistance and also fiberglass the hull/deck joint for the same reason. I have reglued my boat with epoxy inside and out including the garboards, centerboard trunk, etc.
By the way there are others afloat including one in Sarasota, FL which is in very good condition. Mine is in London, Ontario, Canada.
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