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.
Rod Fuqua built this 17′ Northeaster Dory with guidance from Les Chase a boatbuilding school in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The stitch-and-glue dory has a 56″ beam, and will easily hold three adults. Rod launched MARY AGNES on October 15, 2011. She is currently setup for rowing but Rod planned to add a sailing rig over the winter so he will be able to sail around Boston’s inner harbor and the Charles River.
Tom Willess of Oakton, Virginia discovered Chesapeake Light Craft a few years ago and has fallen in love with building their kayaks. He has already built two 12′ Wood Duck Hybrids that are stitch-and-glue constructed from one of CLC’s kits. Tom combined dark- and light-colored cedar strips on the decks above the okoume plywood panels of the hull. This boats weigh just 40 lbs.
James McFadden, age 4, has a wonderful pilot in his 11-year-old brother Dominic, on this Chesapeake Light Craft 14′ Wood Duck Double Kayak. Dominic built it with a little help from his grandfather, Ned Farinholt. Dominic and James live near the Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Virginia.
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.
In WB No. 229, Geoff Kerr presented the first part of a two-part article on building the Kaholo Standup Paddleboard from Chesapeake Light Craft. His manuscript included an impressively detailed list of tools and supplies that we simply couldn’t fit onto our pages, what with all of the detailed drawings and step-by-step images we included for the project.
I wanted to share with you a couple photographs of my Night Heron kayak (LOA 18′, beam of 20″), designed by Nick Shade of Guillemot Kayaks . The boat took nearly two years of weekends and evenings to complete, with work proceeding at a glacial pace during some periods. The boat was first launched on a cold, windy day in February, 2012 on Jordan Lake, located in central NC. It performed wonderfully despite the weather conditions and my kayaking skills being a bit rusty.
This Passagemaker dinghy, one of Chesapeake Light Craft's designs, was built by Mark R. Allen of Reston, Virginia, for Brian White. Intended for use her as a tender for the White family's trawler, the dinghy will see use in Chesapeake Bay. The pram can be fitted out with a gunter rig for sailing. Here she is rowed by the builder's daughter, Catherine, on launching day. Contact Mark at email@example.com.
Peter Yudkoff and his kids, 16 and 11, built their Mill Creek kayak from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. "This was our first boatbuilding project and it took us about 16 months," writes Peter. "The project was a big success: our kids discovered that, with patience and effort, a pile of wood could be turned in to a boat. There's no better way to teach children about plans, measuring, and safe tool use. An added bonus of working together was the opportunity for idle conversation--a treat any father with teenagers would appreciate.
Rick Granger built this Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10 over six weeks in the winter of 2010-2011. The 10' hull weighs just 34 pounds and is made from 3mm okoume plywood, with a deck of western red and white cedar strips. Granger added a fishing rod holder, paddle holder, and cup holder to make it the perfect craft for his fishing trips on the flat waters of Colorado. He notes that it is very stable and light enough to store on his car.
John Beck built this Chesapeake Light Craft Shearwater 17 hybrid using white and red cedar strips for the hull and decking, and added aniline dye to the hull to give it a blue color. John won the best in show at the 2007 Okoume Fest sponsored by CLC.
CLC designed this touring Chesapeake 17LT kayak (16'11" x 231/4"), which was built by Boone Brewer of Smyrna, GA. He plans to use it in the Gulf of Mexico near St. Theresa, FL. Boone used stitch-and-glue construction of okoume plywood, covering the hull and decks with fiberglass cloth and epoxy. You can virtually find Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John and Barbara Strattan built these kayaks in 2003. They are Mill Creek 13 kayaks, designed by Chris Kulczyki of CLC. They use the pair on the streams and rivers of north central Kentucky. Hoping to avoid paying $60 a sheet for plywood they found a source for doorwood, the plywood used on the faces of hollowcore mahogany doors. They also made use of some 1/4" mahogany plywood which had been the shipping crate for a Yamaha piano. In the fall of 2006, John Strattan wrote "Barbara and I are 70 years old this year.
Bill Farquhar had great fun building this pram for his daughters, Lauren and Katie. When she was launched in June 2003, they used juice boxes instead of champagne to christen her. She is an Eastport Pram with a length just under 8' and a beam of 4'. She was designed by Chesapeake Light Craft of Annapolis, MD. Bill and his daughters use their new boat in Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN. Contact Bill at email@example.com.
Colin Williams built this Mill Creek 13 kayak from plans by Chesapeake Light Craft. He uses her mainly in the estuary of the Crookhaven River and in Lake Woolumboolah near the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, near Jervis Bay. He writes that the "kayak is an ideal boat for the beginner builder and paddler." The only modification he made was to add a retractable skeg to help it track straighter in heavy coastal winds.
Michael Schefers uses this Eastport pram as tender for his sloop, HARMONY. He built her in two months in a friend's garage, using okoume and cypress wood with LapStitch construction. Launched on Thanksgiving Day, 2002, she has a length just under 8' and a beam of 4'. Chesapeake Light Craft of Annapolis, MD, designed her.
Raymond Wright used stitch-and-glue construction with African mahogany plywood in building this CLC 17 kayak. He also included a retractable skeg, and designed the spruce paddle. He launched the kayak on Schroon Lake on Aug 30, 2002. Write Ray at P.O. Box 62, Adirondack, NY 12808.