Tom Fulton built this Chesapeake Light Craft 17 kayak from a kit. CRISPO is 17′ long with a 2′ beam. This was Tom's first build. He launched her on April 11, 2011 on Prospertown Lake in Cream Ridge, NJ, and will use her as a sea kayak along the Jersey shore. Tom's wife, Karen Overbye, took this photo of Tom in CRISPO's cockpit. Plans, classes, and kits are available from Chesapeake Light Craft.
Bob Philips began building this Chesapeake Light Craft 17 kayak under guidance of Bill Thomas at a WoodenBoat School class held at CLC in Maryland in May 2002. After the week-long class, Bill needed another 40 hours to finish the boat, and launched her in July 2002. Bob paddles on Lake Michigan, where he reports he has paddled through 4' waves and 20 knot winds. He writes that the boat tracks remarkably well and is the most stable craft he has ever paddled.