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Glen-L Gypsy Houseboat

October 19, 2011
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From the Website: ┬áIf you enjoy all the comforts of houseboating, yet still want fast action on the water, then GYPSY may be the boat you’ve been waiting for.

Above the gunwale she’s all houseboat, but below the rail she’s all speedboat.

The hull has a modern vee bottom monohedron runabout hull, capable of speeds to 30 mph.

With a generous flare forward and a spacious cockpit overhang, you’ll be assured of a dry ride.

Of course, she’s just as comfortable with moderate power for leisurely cruising.

Obviously, a boat of this type is safest when operated in protected waters.

Let’s look at some of the features that make GYPSY unique.

First, observe that spacious cockpit; lots of room for sunbathing or fishing, and she even has provisions for an outside helm. Inside that bright and airy cabin, you’ll find an amazing amount of room with full headroom plus.

She sleeps four adults and even has a private enclosed toilet room. The galley has room for the latest marine galley equipment and storage for cooking gear. What’s more, you can use the cabin top for a sun deck. With all of these features, GYPSY is still easily trailered to your favorite cruising waters and can serve as a “camper” on the way.

Characteristics
Length overall 20′-1″
Length waterline 17′-0″
Beam 7′-11″
Hull draft 9″
Freeboard forward 2′-10″
Freeboard aft 2′-7″
Hull depth 3′-5″
Height overall 7′-5″
Displacement 3250 lbs.
Hull weight (approx.) 1000 lbs.
Fuel capacity 70 gals.
Fresh water capacity 34 gals.
Headroom minimum 6′-4″
Sleeping accommodations 4
Cockpit size 7′ x 7′
  • Hull type: Vee bottom high speed planing hull developed for sheet plywood construction.
  • Power: Single or twin long shaft outboard motors, or stern mounted inboard outdrive units. Total engine weight not to exceed 600 lbs.
  • Can the hull be extended or shortened? No, cockpit seat pattern would not work. We do not recommend increasing the beam.
  • Trailer: Designed for use with Glen-L Series 3800 boat trailer plans.

Bryan Lowe

The author of this post is also the editor of ShantyboatLiving.com. He has built several boats including the Escargot seen on this site. Submit YOUR stories about any aspect of shantyboating HERE. Interested in All Things Odd But Cool? Some odd stories you'll enjoy.

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