After Alex had jokingly told his seven-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, that she’d have to make a speech at the launch of his 15′ Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry last summer, she took him seriously and wrote a speech on her own. More than 60 people showed up at the christening and listened to Hannah read her speech, which is printed here as she wrote it.
Relying on Nick Schade’s book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, George Nourse built this Expedition single kayak from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. The kayak is a cedar strip-planked hull, covered with a layer of fiberglass cloth inside and out. George gave her six coats of varnish. He paddles primarily on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
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.
This Kaholo stand-up paddleboard and Bolger Pointy skiff are just two of the boats that Jed Lavoie has built. He built the paddleboard (plans from Chesapeake Light Craft) from okoume plywood, sheathed with fiberglass and epoxy. The birdsmouth paddle is made from spruce, cedar, and mahogany. Jed made the Pointy skiff from exterior-grade plywwod sheathed in fiberglass and epoxy. Then he painted it with Glidden porch paint.
Carol Knickman took an off-site WoodenBoat class in the fall of 2012. Geoff Kerr led the class in the construction of the Kaholo stand-up paddleboard at Chesapeake Light Craft. (See WoodenBoat Nos. 229 and 230).
This Wood Duck 12 kayak is the first boat that Rich Schmidt ever built. He built it for his wife and launched it in early spring. Rich started with a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft. His wife enjoys paddling the kayak near their Maryland home. Rich has already started on his next boat, a CLC Shearwater Sport.
Gus Duncan made quite a few modifications to this Chesapeake Light Craft (www.clcboats.com) that had been originally built in Brisbane, Australia. Gus rejected the standard single sliding seat on VINEGAR STROKE because it took up too much floor space and the fixed riggers for the oars made launching in spaces of limited width difficult. He installed a full-length sliding seat track on top of the lockers on each side of the boat.
Sue Gaire’s first attempt at building a wooden boat turned out beautifully when she launched ARROW from a small beach at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda, Florida, last summer. ARROW is a Shearwater 14 hybrid kayak that she built from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft (www.clcboats.com). Susan modified the coaming around the cockpit, but otherwise followed the kit as given.
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.
This boat project was chosen to work with my one owner 1972 Johnson 9.5 hp outboard.
Turned out to be a perfect match. She runs at 10 miles per hour with outstanding stability. This was a plans built project from our friends at Chesapeake Light Craft. The build was a pleasurable challenge!
My grandson Jack Cade Narvy will own this boat, after I teach him to fish!
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.
Mike Jennings spent three months building DEVA from a Chester Yawl Kit produced by Chesapeake Light Craft. Launched last June, he rows her near his home in Coquitlam, British Columbia. DEVA is seen here at Rocky Point on Buntzen Lake in Anmore, British Columbia. Mike reports that she rows as beautifully as she looks. You can buy plans and kits for the Chester Yawl here.
12′ Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck kayak. Launched at The Whalehead Club at Corolla, NC in June. Constructed by Jeff Loomis between January and June, 2013. Full name is “How much wood could a wood duck duck if a wood duck could duck wood?”, but shorted to “How Much?” as that was the question most often asked during construction: “I want to build a boat”, “How much?”… “I’ll need some space in the basement”, “How much?”… “I’ll be making a bit of a sawdust mess”, “How much?”… “The varnish is going to smell somewhat”, “How much?” and so forth :-).
This dory style sailboat was built in a small wood shop in my yard. It took ten months to build and would never have happened had it not been for the folks at Chesapeake Light Craft and their assistance.
Hagoth is an epoxy-glued stitch and glue Annapolis Wherry Tandem by Chesapeake Light Craft. Jared launched the boat on 9/19/12 at Utah Lake. This picture was taken on 3/29/13. The boat was built during a week long class in April of 2012 and finished over the span of 5 months. The boat will go on various lakes throughout the US and may even be rowed on the ocean.
Alex Braden, age 7, and his brother Andy, age 9, helped their grandfater, Charlie Brown, build two Chesapeake Light Craft paddleboards. during the winter of 2010 and 2011. Built from kits, the SUPs are 14′ long and just under 30′ wide. Alex named his board WHAT’S SUP?, and Andy’s board is SUPER SUP. The team are grateful for guidance from Larry Froley, whom Charlie describes as a “surfing and paddleboard guru.” Charlie designed individual paddles for the boys.
Tom Peretti spent a year building this 12′ Sassafras Canoe from a kit created by Chesapeake Light Craft. He trimmed the stitch-and-glue plywood boat with mahogany rails and thwarts. Tom covered the outside of the hull with Epifanes yacht enamel, and the inside with their wood-finish matte. He made the paddle from yellow cedar in a class at the Brewery Creek Small Boat Shop in Vancouver, Canada. Tom writes that “the canoe is very light at 26 lbs and is easy to carry through the woods to that secret fishing hole.