Kwei U, of Mill Valley, California, had built model boats and airplanes for 50 years before deciding to build a full-sized boat. For his first build, he chose a 17′9″ Annapolis Wherry designed by Chesapeake Light Craft. Kwei reports that he spent about 130 hours on the construction, not including thinking and planning time. His friends lent him tools and his car lost its garage space for the duration of the build.
I began to build the Annapolis Wherry (named SOLACE) during the WoodenBoat School class at Chesapeake Light Craft during the week beginning April 8th, 2013. Rowed for the first time on November 2, 2013.
Rob Caveney launched this glued-lapstrake plywood Annapolis Tandem Wherry in April this year following plans from Chesapeake Light Craft. The hull is 18′9″ long, Rob reports that,“As advertised, this boat is a real rocketship. Rowing is nearly effortless, leaving almost no wake. I did find, however,that the skeg shown in the plans is essential for directional control, and not an optional design feature.
John Parrish built this Tandem Annapolis Wherry from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. He writes that at 19′10″, it is 3′ longer than the one-man version of the same boat, and that it was the first one that CLC put into kit form. He adds that the crew at CLC was still writing the construction manual as John was building his boat, and they were very helpful as they emailed him each new part of the manual as it became available.