The Swan

The Swan is a CLC Light Craft “Wood Duckling 8” built over a two week period by 9 year-old McKenzie Kaufman and her grandfather Charles McParland of Tega Cay, SC. She was launched on August 6th on Lake Wylie in South Carolina. Grandpa paddled along in his Wood Duck Double while McKenzie zipped across the lake happy as a girl can be. She managed to flip the kayak in shallow water, climbed back in over the water-tight rear hatch, and paddled back to shore. After Grandpa dumped a few gallons of water back into the lake, she immediately paddled back across the lake in search of geese, ducks, some egrets, and a curious young doe at the water’s edge. Over all — a most successful launch!

Design Specs

Designer Name: 
Eric Schade (Chesapeake Light Craft)
Stitch & Glue Wooden Kayak
Builder Name: 
Charles McParland & McKenzie Kaufman
Home Port: 
Tega Cay, South Carolina
Launching Date: 
August 06, 2016