Glen L Gentry 17 Motor Launch

Below is a series of photos showing a Glen-L Gentry 17 design, a traditional speed boat from frames to current…

"In 2011 I got to thinking about a houseboat, but it took another couple of years before I felt the idea was mature enough to build. The PuddleHut 17 evolved from a lot of dreaming and sketching, plus a few models.

The first requirement was easy trailerability. A flat bottom rather than pontoons was used for the benefits of buoyancy, shallow draft, better fore and aft trim, and a lower trailing height for the same interior room. The initial layout was tested by lofting using taped lines on the shed floor. The hull is a shade over 5.3 metres (17'+) long, with a waterline beam of 2.0 metres (6'6"") plus the gunwales.

Well, finally! Just wanted to say thanks for all the support over last three years, it is really appreciated... Everything seems to work well, we did a five day stay after the launch and would have happily gone longer. We even won first prize in the Lake Lyell ""Boat Float"" regatta on Australia Day...
Below is a series of photos showing a Glen-L Gentry 17 design, a traditional speed boat from frames to current build status. John started building in mid 2015. The hull is finished in New Guinea Rosewood. The planks are 6mm thick by 75mm wide and each is hand fitted over 2 layers of 3 mm Mourikis Gaboon ply. All plywood and planks are glued insitu with Epox-E-Glue and coated with Bote-Cote to seal and waterproof the timber. The bottom is three layers forming 14 millimeters thick and the sides are 12 millimeters thick by bonding three layers of 4mm ply. It uses the cold moulding method, forming an extremely strong and rigid hull. The deck and all other timber will be clear finished Mahogany and Silver Ash.

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