In 2008 I started building a Chesapeake 16. I was at 172 when I started. This was a plans build boat. All the plans and books were geat. The boat was very eays to build. I took me from Sept 2008 unitil May 2010 to complete.
Life got in the way of building so it took a little longer than usual. In October 2009 I had a heard attack and slowed me down a little. I launched the boat in on May 31st at Lake of the Ozarks. I was very disapointed. The boat seemed very unstable and turned over several times so I put it away. I though I had done somthing wrong. What I did not realize was the boat was 9 pounds heaver that the plans. In additon I had gained 28 pounds during the last year. Starting out at 179 adding 20 28 pounds and the boat being a little over weight I realized it was my fault.
The maximum paddler weight is 180 pounds. So over labor day weekend I attached styrofom noodles with bunge cords to add stability and it worked. The boat is great. But I will start a Chesapeake 17 with a paddler weight of 180 to 250 next week.
The moral of the story is the plans are great the boat is great but you need to pay attention to the charts for weight and what you will be doing with the boat.
If anyone is looking for a Chesapeake 16 I will let it go because I will never fit the max paddler weight.