ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Glen Witt 98 years old , born on August 22, 1918 and passed away on June 13, 2017. We will remember him forever.
Posted by John Wilder on August 22, 2019
We shared some common loves, boats and classical music. My favorite boat pattern is the Bolero Runabout and asked his daughter if he ever played that famour classical piece at home and she remembered that he had and realized the reason for the boat name. It is great that he left a legacy to his daughter to carry on the business after his death. Obviously he lead a good life.
Posted by Michael Toogood on June 13, 2019
I can remember so well (forty years ago) coming across a small ad in an out of date boating book,,,"Build your own boat...)"
What a great idea I thought... I wonder if I can do that!
What an impact that little ad made on my life.
Thank you Glen
Posted by John Downing on August 23, 2018
Glen has been an inspiration for me since the early 80s. His designs, particularly his "Lucky Pierre" has been the stuff of dreams. By his designs and his family, hewill live forever! 
Thanks, Glen!
Posted by David Fannon on August 23, 2018
I was inspired by Glen's designs from the first time I saw the website. I have spent countless hours looking through the catalog. Glen had a gift and he shared it with us all.
Posted by Mike Bauer on August 22, 2018
God Speed you Glen <3
Posted by James Brown on August 22, 2018
My thanks for the life of Mr. Witt, whose common sense for the common man brought about and popularized the garage-built boat. The fact that his boats now frequently appear in WoodenBoat Magazine is testimony to his talent and love for clean, eye-pleasing lines, where form defines both function and performance.
Posted by Pat Workman on November 7, 2017
I just learned of the passing of Glen L Witt. Only in recent years did I even become acquainted with the company. Since then I have avidly followed this site. I have not only been inspired by the designs, but more importantly, to me, the man behind it all. Gayle, your sharings have made me feel as if I am part of your family. I suspect I am far from alone in that. Your father gave us so much more then boat plans. He gave us an example of how a man should truly live and help make life better for family, friends, and strangers.
Posted by Mike Bauer on August 22, 2017
bye Glen, Thanks
Posted by John Downing on August 22, 2017
Glen, thank you for the knowledge and inspiration you gave me through your books and plans. Thank you for the time you spent that one afternoon at your business when you autographed my brand new copy of "Plywood Boat Building". You may have gone home, but you will remain with us through the knowledge and inspiration you gave us all!
Posted by Tina GAllagher on August 22, 2017
His plans gave me hope that I could build a small trailer and get out of being homeless. That will always be priceless to me. He will be sorely missed.
Posted by Dan Spurr on July 21, 2017
Glen made a difference in many people's lives. His body of work is impressive.
Posted by John Downing on July 12, 2017
Glen has been an ispiration for me for thirty years. I have dreamed about building a boat and purchased plans and books. Some years ago, I happened to be in southern California on business and had the opportunity to visit Glen L Marine. I bought Glen's book on Plywood Boat Building and he was gracious enough to autograph it for me.

He was a fine Gentleman, with an equally gracious daughter. He will be missed, but my world is definitely better for his presence.

John L Downing, III
LTC, FA, USAR (Ret)
Amherst, NH
Posted by Ibelema Faango on July 6, 2017
I was deeply touched knowing that Glen has passed on. I also have benefited from his works even though I live across the seas, far away in Nigeria.
Posted by Allyn Perry on July 6, 2017
I was fortunate to have worked for Glen for 35 years. I began with Glen L. Marine as an apprentice wood worker in 1971 and soon became shop foreman. Working for Glen was an incredible privilege. As an employer Glen was beyond generous. During down economic periods Glen kept employees working out of sheer compassion. I regarded Glen as a good friend who offered me sage advice often. Glen L. Marine was a family affair with Gayle and Barry also contributing mightily but the rest of us were always made to feel an important part of this family. Those of us who were fortunate enough to work for and with Glen lost more than an employer. A huge part of our life also left us and will never be replaced.
Posted by Paul Riccelli on June 30, 2017
Likely the most influential person in the home built industry. Innovative, influential, very helpful and generous. A hole now exists, not probable to be filled any time soon with his lose. My deepest sympathies and thoughts for Gayle, John and family.
Posted by Sean Coleman on June 28, 2017
My deepest condolences Gayle, John and Family, I have always enjoyed the emails and as soon as I get healthy again and I will, I will be building a Glen L boat. Although it will take longer now.......
   Smooth sailing Glen,, you will be missed.....Sean
Posted by Matthew Mackenzie on June 27, 2017
Please accept my most profound condolences on the passing of that great man who was your father. Although I hope to soon join the ranks of Glen-L boat builders, I have already had the immeasurable pleasure of reading Glen's books and studying his plans.. And dreaming.
Posted by Pierre LaRochelle on June 26, 2017
The boating world loses another great one! Fair winds and following seas Glen L. Witt.
Posted by Bob Thomas on June 25, 2017
Have followed Glen-L marine all my life. I feel a great loss. My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
Posted by John Nystrom on June 25, 2017
With the passing of your Dad, Glen, we have lost one of the last of a generation of creative people that brought boat building to the masses, great souls like Percy Blandford, Phil Bolger, and Harold Payson. Blessings on you and your family.
Posted by Alan McLaughlin on June 21, 2017
Glen's amazing designs continue to inspire. I have built 5 Squirts over the years starting when I was a teenager. may he rest in peace and continued success to the business he created.
Posted by Butch Barto on June 20, 2017
Gayle and John We are very sorry to here of your fathers passing . Paula and I will have you in our prayers. His legacy will live on through the decades in all the Glen L boats that have been lovingly built by their owners in the past , and all his designs yet to be built in the future.
Posted by S. Brown on June 20, 2017
Fair winds and following seas Mr. Witt. Thank you for sharing your lifetime of achievements with us. God speed to Gayle and the "Crew" you truly have made the world a brighter place.
Posted by Jim Blakemore on June 20, 2017
My family built two of your designs, the Glen L 21 and Centerfold. My sincerest condolence to you and your family
Posted by Dennis Brown on June 20, 2017
Sad times, but glen will be remembered for a long time to come,i have almost completed Delta Q
Posted by Paul McComas on June 20, 2017
Gayle, Your Father's life and work will continue on and his soul, will be in your heart forever. Love and Prayers for your loss.
Amen

Paul McComas
Jacksonville, Florida
Posted by Rosales Schneider on June 20, 2017
Dear Gayle, my heartfelt condolences for the death of your father, the spirit of him will continue in you as captain of GLEN-L, enthusing many who dream of building a boat.

Ignacio Rosales Sch.
Posted by Jay Degges on June 20, 2017
Though I never actually met Mr. Witt, He taught me, and all of us a lot about boats and boatbuilding and about perseverance.
    He has touched so many people in a manner that undoubtedly made us more capable, independent, and certainly expanded us in such a positive way.
    He must have been,- make that Be, wonderful.
Posted by Michael Toogood on June 20, 2017
You have been such a big part of our lives. "Fisherman", "Lucky Pierre"
"Vera Cruise" "Utility" and "Squirt"
So many happy memories.
Fare well my friend.
Posted by Gudmundur Fridrik Johanns... on June 19, 2017
Thank you Glen for lighting my dream. God bless you. Rest in peace.
Posted by Farag Farag Hanna on June 19, 2017
I am so so sorry for the lost of the great Mr.G.L.Witt , it is years now and I am waiting for the right timing to start building my dream boat, kept watching your site every week and have more inspiration , my only problem is to have a place where I can work. but just to see the success of others thanks to Mr. Witt was filling me with Joy and no stop hope, may God bless his sole for all the happiness that he put in the heart of the others with his help, and bless you to keep his memory and tradition alive for the joy of many others and for many many years to come. Thanks again Mr. Glen , may God rest your sole in his great peace.
Posted by Brenda Cooper on June 19, 2017
Gayle: my heart is heavy knowing the sadness you are feeling. I do know how much you loved your Dad and how often you saw him and how you took care of him. Feel comforted knowing that your Dad knew you loved him so much. What a blessing for any parent to know that their child loves them!
Posted by David Kamper on June 18, 2017
In New Zealand we have a single saying /word to describe such a person and legacy such as Glens

Ledgend
Posted by Garry Nelson on June 18, 2017
My deepest condolences Gayle and family. Although I never met your father, I feel as though I knew him, from your stories over the years, and the enjoyment I have received from planning and dreaming of the day I build a Glen-L boat.
Posted by Ed Davis on June 18, 2017
Our prayers go out for you. I first got interested in building a boat thru your ad's. Rest in Peace Glen.
Ed Davis DSC USN Ret
Posted by James Brown on June 18, 2017
I am deeply saddened to learn of you father's death. Many were inspired by him to do the unthinkable...to build a boat they could not otherwise afford; to learn new skills; to work with a daughter, son, spouse, or friend; to take pride in, to celebrate, and to share with both friends and strangers alike the path from creation to christening. To carry in your memory the unique aromas of turpentine, tung oil, varnish, saw dust, stain, and paint, or to catch out of the corner of your eye the unmistakable glint of sunlight reflecting off the varnished surface of a wooden boat; to hold a sweating bottle of a cold,refreshing beverage while taking a break as a ballgame plays on a transistor radio (a WHAT?) or maybe an iPhone. And to have these long-ago memories spring to life when unexpectedly encountered and transport you back to a distant time and place populated with family and friends now far away or gone. Your father, and those like him (yourself included) accomplished this by creating boat plans and the means to carry them out. How marvelous...for him, for you, for us. May his memory be for a blessing, and this Father's Day be for a celebration, commemoration, and affirmation of his life and his gifts to us all.
Posted by Ken Hankinson on June 17, 2017
So sad to hear of Glen's passing. Glen was not only my mentor but my closest friend and teacher. I would not have had the opportunities I have had in my life if I had not met him 57 years ago and he had taken me under his wing. We made a complimentary team and his influence through all the years was invaluable to me. I know this is a very sad time for you and your family, but may the love of friends and family see you through.
Posted by Doug Hepler on June 17, 2017
Dear Gayle:
Thanks to your father, we discovered a new and unique chapter in woodworking... building wooden boats. His plans and lessons made what looked like a very complex operation, actually quite simple, and very much fun. If you were to add yet another accolade to the many tributes to your father, I would add "teacher". My then-10-year old son and I bonded nicely when crafting our wooden dingy, based on your dad's plans.

My prayer is, "A great man is coming back to you, God,. Thanks for letting us have him for awhile."

God Bless you and your family,

Dr. Doug Hepler
Teacher, Kwajalein Jr-Sr High School
Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Posted by Reid Lowe on June 17, 2017
My dad built two Glen L designs over the years, and now so am I.
Building boats made my dad very happy, thank you Glen.

To the Witt family please accept my deepest condolences.
Posted by Pat Burgess on June 17, 2017
A genuine inspiration...  So many years I dreamed of his boats... God Bless
Posted by Bob Brown on June 17, 2017
It is sad to hear of Glen's passing. However, his legacy will go on, especially through all who have built a boat from one of his plans. I am privileged to be working on a boat project, and would not be able to do so without his wonderful company. I pray that he rests in peace, with pride in the family and company he created.
Posted by Ian Stewart on June 17, 2017
Dear Gayle & Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. Your dad was obviously a great inspiration to many people, and your plans have been used world-wide. I haven't yet built a boat but seeing the boats that some have built from your plans are truly awesome.
Posted by Martin Bolton on June 17, 2017
Such sad news of Glens passing, my deepest condolences go to all his family.
His legacy will live on in all the boats that have been built from his plans, a little bit of him is in them all.
Posted by Ron Humphrey on June 17, 2017
I felt a sadness when I read that Glen had passed on, the 1st boat built was the 'Missile' in 1963, so have always admired Glens unique skills to design so many easy build, but classy boats, he shared these skills & helped so many........... to do something meaningful & fun.
Wonderful memories.
Posted by Mo Sherrill on June 17, 2017
Such sad news! In 1958 I built the Glen L. "Miss Crackerbox" racing boat. Unfortunately I didn't have the money to properly outfit it with the proper engine, etc, but I did get it running with several marine engines that provided my young family the pleasure of running around Lake George, NY in my crackerbox I called "Furioso." The building of this boat gave me the inspiration of restoring other boats later in my life. I still have the Glen L. Marine catalog from those years. Having built "Miss Crackerbox" formed much of my love of wooden boating that has lasted throughout my entire life. Glen had a keen eye for designing the boats that gave many people the where-with-all and the pleasure of becoming a proud boater who built their own boat.
Posted by Mike Bauer on June 17, 2017
God Speed you Glen
Posted by Charley Courson on June 17, 2017
My thoughts , prayers and condolences to the Witt family. I have yet to build a boat, but I am dedicated to the website until that day and beyond. Please continue with the inspiration Mr. Witt left to all of us.
Posted by Norm Stevens on June 17, 2017
I recently finished a Glen-L camper, and many times during the build I thought about the man behind the creative, detailed plans. Sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all. I'm sure he's smiling, knowing that Gayle is carrying on with the Glen-L company.
Posted by John Wilder on June 17, 2017
Gayle Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved father. Might I say that he taught you well and you are doing an outstanding job carrying on his legacy. Blessings on you and yours and I celebrate his rich full life. John Wilder
Posted by Doug Wolven on June 17, 2017
I feel like my being a boat builder is a combination of my dad and Glen-L from the time I bought that first catalogue at Thrifty Mart over fifty years ago. I'm so thankful to have been able to walk in the door and say hi to Glen, to you Gayle, John, Darla, Paul or Barry over the years. We are a boat building family because of Glen's vision and warmth. God bless, and thank you, Glen-L Witt.
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Posted by John Wilder on August 22, 2019
We shared some common loves, boats and classical music. My favorite boat pattern is the Bolero Runabout and asked his daughter if he ever played that famour classical piece at home and she remembered that he had and realized the reason for the boat name. It is great that he left a legacy to his daughter to carry on the business after his death. Obviously he lead a good life.
Posted by Michael Toogood on June 13, 2019
I can remember so well (forty years ago) coming across a small ad in an out of date boating book,,,"Build your own boat...)"
What a great idea I thought... I wonder if I can do that!
What an impact that little ad made on my life.
Thank you Glen
Posted by John Downing on August 23, 2018
Glen has been an inspiration for me since the early 80s. His designs, particularly his "Lucky Pierre" has been the stuff of dreams. By his designs and his family, hewill live forever! 
Thanks, Glen!
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Shared by James Kelly on February 25, 2020
I built the little 3 point hydroplane while I was stationed at Ft Fisher AFS in NC (1964 to 1967). All I had was a jigsaw, circular saw and drill at the time. I was fortunate to buy a polished and ported Mercury Mark 16H with a neat lower unit.  It would really scream when up on plane. Had to fashion a couple of aluminum skegs on the chines to make it turn. I brought it home to Florida in the trunk of a 1964 Bonneville. Found an old rusty trailer and wire brushed the frame and added Rustoleum primer and paint to match the boat.

A great "thank you" 51 years later, from Greece

Shared by Yangos Metaxas on June 18, 2017

Strange coincidence today, Gayle. As I was preparing a Facebook post about the 25th anniversary of my father's passing, I saw your email about your farewell to your own father. He was blessed to live until 98 and you are grateful to have had him with you that long. My father, Othon lived from 1922 until 1992.

I have been intending to write you and send you some photos for some time now, but I perceived your message today as a sign from the Universe not to delay any longer.

Both my father and I had been indebted to your father for the long hours of creativity and fun that he offered us, through his design.

But let's rewind back in 1965. My father and myself, I was 15 years old at the time, “met” your dad through an ad in BOATING magazine. We ordered your catalogue and we chose the “Albert. E”.

We were not very happy with the idea of the inboard engine, so we asked your father what he thought of the Evinrude 90 hp Stern drive, instead. His reply was that it should be OK, so we ordered the full-size patterns. The boat was completed during the first 6 months of 1966 in Athens, Greece.

We took it by sea (an 180 nautical miles trip) to Kefalonia, the biggest of the Ionian Islands on the Western parts of Greece. Kefalonia is our place of origin and this is where I am living now. The boat with two people had a top speed of 26 knots and cruised happily at 20-22. We think we did a great job building it and it proved to be a great hull, making the passengers feel very comfortable both as far as the ride was concerned but also space onboard.

Although it was not a deep vee hull, it was extremely seaworthy and fought bravely with the Mediterranean afternoon choppy seas. It was also very robust and sturdy and having two layers of fibreglass and the advantage of the stern drive, she could be easily beached.

Moving the engine aft was a great idea and we regretted not getting the OMC 120 hp 4 Cyl. 4 strokes straight, instead of the 90 hp V-4 2 stroke we opted for. A friend of ours built his “Albert. E” with the bigger engine and this proved to be a better configuration.

The boat was christened “Ketty M.” after my mother's name and we had lots of fun with it for several summers. Years later, in 1977 the engine broke down and it was not worth repairing. Somebody somehow persuaded my father to modify the boat and put a Mercedes inboard diesel engine, following the original design.

The outcome was utmostly disappointing because on one hand the boat lost its spaciousness and on the other, she never managed to exceed 12 knots. Obviously, the engine did not have enough power. My father sold it to somebody who was looking exactly for this kind of performance and got himself, after my advice the British built Center Console Fletcher model Fish “n” Ski, in 1979, which I am still enjoying. I already had my own boat at the time, a Greek made Compass F3 racing hull of Swedish design.

“KETTY. M”, was not our first boat and it was not going to be our last. But, it will always hold a very special place in my heart as long as I live. I was very proud to say that I built this boat with my father following the design of Glen-L. Sharing this story with you makes me feel relieved. Like giving credit to where credit was due.

Another friend built in the early seventies your L-Dorado, here in the island. It was Dr Nikos Troianos a good friend of my parents. Lots of fun and skiing with it...

I have some photos from those days to upload. A bit late after 51 years, but better late than never. My sincere condolences for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and may you live longer than he did.