These are some notes on the materials used in Glala's original construction and in her rebuild.


Compared to modern scantlings* the original construction is fairly massive, much of her framing, for example, is at least 150% of the standard size.

* Elements of Boat Strength, Dave Gerr, 2000


Keel - elm

Hog - oak, possibly douglas fir or pitch pine in places

Stem, stern post - oak

Frames - sawn oak

Ribs - rock elm

Stringers - teak

Planking - 2" teak

Floors - oak, wrought iron

Engine bearers - some kind of very tough softwood, possibly douglas fir or pitch pine?

Cabin sides - 2" teak, after section rebuilt 1947 and 1979 in ply

Decks - unknown, probably teak, rebuilt 1947, 1979 (aft), 1989 (fore) in ply

Fastenings - copper boat nails, bronze screws

Rudder, props, etc. - bronze, except skeg which was replaced with stainless steel c.1989


Stern post - laminated iroko

Frames - laminated oak, steel

Ribs - green oak

Floors - iroko, oak

Beam shelves - iroko, oak

Repairs to planking - teak, iroko

New cabin sides - 2" thick, of mahogany (utile) faced with 5/8" teak

Decks - 1-1/2" teak

Deck beams - laminated douglas fir

Fastenings - copper, bronze, and A4 stainless steel where appropriate

Bulkheads - oak framing, 7/8" marine ply faced with oak panelling


Trinity Marine had a large quantity of teak salvaged from the decks of the SS Olympia and some teak beams salvaged from a steam powered cotton mill in India. It's good quality and will make a fine deck. There is enough for repairs to hatches and other parts too.

deck planking