GNALGAN has been my project over the winter months in Victoria, Australia. The name is an Australian Aboriginal word for the “Nankeen Night Heron.”
She is made of 4mm marine ply which has been coated inside and out with fibreglass. She is fitted with an electric bilge pump located behind the backrest with all electrics on the other side of the rear bulkhead.
This was my first attempt at any form of boat building and certainly my first introduction to fibreglass.
I launched Simmer Dim on Lake Champlain on Sept 20, 2014. The build took almost a year, having begun with a WoodenBoat School class in Annapolis in November 2013. I will make use of her mostly in Maine, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound and pretty much anywhere in between.
The boat is stitch and glue construction from a kit produced by Chesapeake Light Craft. The red pieces were stained prior to construction in order to highlight the “artistic” puzzle joints that designer Nick Schade uses. The build took 59 work days/134.5 hours spread over a five month period. I will primarily use the kayak to explore the many streams/springs located in the Ocala National Forest, with occasional trips to the beach to try surfing.
This is a Chesapeake Light Craft Petrel SG sea kayak. Construction is stitch and glue, fiberglass over stained Okuome ply. Custom changes to the kit included the soft pad eyes, dragonfly inlay, a carved skeg control housing and turned carrying toggles and paddle bead.
I built “Arrow” from a CLC kit, designing my own pattern for the deck and redesigning CLC’s combing. It took six months to build and the experience was very impactful. I fell in love with this boat before I ever launched her and kayaking is now a renewed pleasure!
Dave Singleton took this picture of his son, Raleigh, sitting in their 18′ Peace Canoe, GENTLE, that the two of them built from instructions in “Getting Started” in WoodenBoat Nos. 195 and 196. John C. Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, Maryland, wrote the articles and designed the boat. She is built from marine plywood and fastened with bronze screws and ring nails. They launched GENTLE at Daphne Bayside in Daphne, Alabama, and plan to paddle her along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.
Two kit boats from Chesapeake Light Craft, built from March to July, 2012. Mill Creek 16.5 and Chesapeake 17LT. Built in my shop in Points, WV, and launched at Camp Seven Lake, near Manistique, MI. The Mill Creek 16.5 will be used by me in the lakes and rivers of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Chesapeake 17LT will be used by Dave Allen in Lake Superior and the waters of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The picture was taken at Chicago Lake in the U.P.
Paul Newman of Melbourne, Australia, just built a Wood Duck 12 Kayak from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. He spent about 12 months on the stitch-and-glue plywood construction. The finished 12' boat weighs just 40 lbs. Paul will paddle his Wood Duck on the many waterways of his state of Victoria. Kits are available from www.clcboats.com.
Kjell Klinkenberg of Oslo, Norway, finished two boats in the summer of 2004: a 18' x 25" Cape Charles kayak (CLC designs) and a 16' x 4'5" Shearwater (Joel White). The boys in the pictures are his son Oyvind on the right, and his friend, Inge Svale. Kjell is at the helm.