As of March 2019, work on the Glen L sloop had progressed to the point that the deck had been removed, interior had been sanded and wood restorer applied to some of the damaged parts. The seat planks had been removed and some gussets are being replaced. Some filleting and fiberglass reinforcements had been applied along parts of the framework Interior paint was also being applied.
Working with the CREW Team
The CREW team is a class of students from Middle Park High School in Grand County, Colorado. Students in this program are provided an alternative learning experience where they attend structured classes in the morning and work projects thorughout the community during the afternoon. The intent is to expose students to new opportunities that can be applied to their future careers. The CREW team approached the Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School (RMWBS) in late 2017 asking if it would be possible to work on a project that would involve working with boat building. In spring 2018, the students worked on the retoration of a a 1920's Mullins rowboat that had a long history of use on Grand Lake but was awaiting repurposing as a planter. The boat was rescued and the CREW team worked on restoring the metal hull and interior wood finishes. Because of its history, this boat will eventually be donated to the Grand Lake Area Historical Society where it will be displayed as a reminder of Grand Lake's boating history.
In fall 2018, the RMWBS was donated a Glen L 14 foot sloop in need of restoration. This boat was designated as the next project for the CREW team and work began that fall. Early work involved removing the rotted deck and some wood gussets as well as seat planks so they could be refinished. The outer hull was sanded for future painting. Work began again in earnest in March with the intent on having the boat ready to sail before school let out in late May. This boat is being given to the CREW team members who will be given sailing lessons to be avaialble for their use over the summer and beyond.