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Wood Duck 12 along the Susquehanna River, PA

This is a kit-built stitch and glue kayak from the friendly folks at Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, MD. The hull is constructed of okoume marine plywood. I elected to tackle the hybrid version which incorporates the tri-color cedar strip deck.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Mon, 07/21/2014

Northeaster Dory

I completed building this Northeaster Dory from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit in June after 8 months of weekends working. Just completed a 5-day beach-camping-cruise on the Maine Island Trail in and around Deer Isle, even stopping in Brooklin Maine to briefly visit the WoodenBoat School and Store. The boat sails and rows very well.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 06/15/2014

Pictures of the construction process

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Thu, 07/18/2013

Expedition Single Kayak

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Thu, 09/12/2013

Kwei rowing his Annapolis Wherry on Richardson Bay

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Wed, 10/10/2012

Paddleboard in shop

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Fri, 04/27/2012

Carol Knickman built this paddleboard in a class at CLC

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).



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 08/24/2013

Rich's wife is very happy with her new Wood Duck Kayak

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 04/06/2013

VINEGAR STROKE at rest

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Mon, 07/01/2013

ARROW on a beach at Ponce de Leon Park in Florida

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 07/07/2013

SOLACE, Annapolis Wherry,

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 11/02/2013

Peeler Skiff

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!



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 09/01/2013

Annapolis Tandem Wherry photo 1

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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 04/14/2013


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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 06/23/2013


Chesapeake 17 hybrid kit. Stitch & glue hull, cedar strip deck.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Tue, 06/25/2013


Father and son project. Our first boat build, she took us a little over a year in all, but she finally hit the water yesterday.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sun, 08/04/2013


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 :-).



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 06/08/2013


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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Tue, 06/25/2013


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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Wed, 09/19/2012


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.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Fri, 06/24/2011

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