Why build a boat?
Because it’s fun, and because you really can get a better boat if you build it yourself. Even if it’s your first time. Chesapeake Light Craft boats use only the most modern methods: ultra-high-grade marine plywood, sheathed on both sides with epoxy and fiberglass. Using this method, your boat will be 40% lighter than the solid fiberglass equivalent. You get the beauty of wood---fiberglass and epoxy are clear---but none of the maintenance of your grandfather’s boats, because the wood is sealed away.
How does this work?
Most CLC boats use the “stitch-and-glue” method. You begin with a pile of precisely prefabricated parts---cut on our computer if you’re working from a kit---and assemble the pieces very quickly with copper wire stitches and ultra-strong epoxy and fiberglass. The method has been around for close to 50 years now, and CLC’s stitch-and-glue boats are at the very highest pitch of refinement.
We also have a broad range of cedar-stripped kayaks. We’ve made this easier than ever with computer-cut molds, strongbacks and beautifully machined bead-and-cove cedar strips that we’ll ship right to your door.
How to pick a project:
Here’s something we hear a lot: “Okay, direct me to the boat that’s easiest to build, and I’ll start with that one.” Well, that’s tricky, because all of our boats are easy to build. If you’re in a real hurry, the smaller stitch-and-glue kayaks go a little quicker. A tour de force cedar strip kayak will require many hours and some sharp woodworking tools. But if you’re patient and willing to ask questions, none of the boats in this catalog are beyond the reach of a first-time boatbuilder. We have just three requirements of our designers: Great performance, great looks, and ease of construction.