Neal Goman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, built this 12′ Wood Duck Hybrid kayak from plans by by Chesapeake Light Craft. The hull isstitch-and-glue plywood, and the deck is strips of walnut and red and white cedar. He launched last September at Lake Harriet. The skyline of Minneapolis is just visible in the background of the picture. Neal plans to paddle in the lakes and rivers of Minnesota and Wisconsin with his Wood Duck.
Mike Lancaster built this Chesapeake 18 touring kayak from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. He took these photographs on the Tualatin River in Tigard, Oregon. He notes that you look carefully you may see a Great Blue Heron in the background.
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.
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.
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.