View Full Version : Chesapeake Light Craft

08-07-2007, 04:07 PM
Anyone familiar with these?....Considering building one over the winter...IMO, they are beautiful to look at...Anyone have any experience with them from a building or performance standpoint?...Anyone out there ever built one?....How was the experience?...Your thoughts are appreciated.

08-07-2007, 06:05 PM
I'm not into kayaks or sail boats, but they are very nice looking boats.
Keep us posted if you build one. Would love to see in-process pics.

08-07-2007, 06:53 PM
I've built 4, a 5th kayak is sitting in the box waiting for some attention. What are you looking to build? The kits are very complete and the construction is not at all hard. It is a very rewarding experience. CLC is a great company to work with, very customer oriented. Fellow builders are also eager to help via the message board on their site.

The boats perform as good as they look. The Artic Hawk and Shearwaters are my personal favorites as far kayaks go. I built an Annapolis Wherry for a guy and was very impressed with its rowing ability, much faster than it looks. They have expanded their line extensively this summer adding the Guillemot line of kayaks. Where are you located? They have wednesday night demos in Annapolis and will bring most anything you want if you request it in advance. They are also going to be at the Annapolis boat show this year.

08-07-2007, 09:28 PM
Thanks for replies....I am in Northern Va....but would probably make this a weekend project at my cottage on Va.'s Eastern Shore along with my 15 year old son...we have lots of kids, so we're considering the Passage Maker or the Skiff...

08-07-2007, 10:25 PM
I have sailed the Jimmy Skiff and it really moves for such a simple rig. Haven't been in a PMD yet. Both have a very loyal following. The PMD uses and little different construction technique called lapstitch. The Wherry I built uses the same and was very easy to build. Good luck with the project, give me a shout if you need anything-Joey

08-21-2007, 07:38 PM
i know the clc guys there boats are great they travel all over the US selling them the boats are beautfiul i always wanted to buy a display model.

08-22-2007, 08:41 PM
gotta link to their website?

08-22-2007, 08:43 PM
Also, IMO any boat you buy plans for and build yourself, the boat is going to be as good as your boat building skills.