My grandfather built boats, my father built the house I grew up in, and I always figured I’d build, too. The first boat plans I ever bought, once that dream bit me hard, was for the Bo – Jest from GlenL. I distinctly remember calling up a friendly woman at Glen-L and telling her I was nervous about the idea of building a boat, but she told me people do it all the time and that I should go for it. But when I told her I wanted to order plans for their new Bo – Jest design, she paused. Without speaking I could sense her thoughts. I’d chosen too big a project for my first boat. Excited, I ignored her, or at least what I thought she was thinking, and ordered the plans anyway. When they arrived I instantly knew she was right. Too much boat for a first timer. I never built her. I’m thinking of building my fifth boat now, and Bo – Jest is still too big a project for me.
Not for Tom Smitherman. He built one and stretched it more than 2 feet.
The YouTube video says, “Go on a tour with Tom Smitherman as he shows off the beautiful Bo-Jest he built using Glen-L plans and patterns. See detail on this design: https://www.glen-l.com/designs/cruiser/bojest.html – Here some builders discuss the boat.