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If you want to build a boat, we have what you need.  Chesapeake Light Craft is your source for boat kits, kayak kitsboat plans, and boatbuilding materials. Our original, award-winning boat designs include kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, dinghies, and sailboats. More than 30,000 CLC boats have been built from kits and plans.  Our designs are built by amateurs and professionals alike in more than 70 countries around the world.

Enjoy hours of free boatbuilding video content, including this 14-part how-to that takes you through a stitch-and-glue kayak kit from start to finish.  Dozens of videos on strip-planked kayaks are here, and most boat pages have engaging intro videos like this one.  

On this site you will find not just boat kits and plans but boatbuilding materials, marine plywood, boatbuilding tools, MAS epoxy, paint and varnish, kayak and canoe paddles, oars, paddling gear, books, DVDs, and sails. Have a boatbuilding question? Check out our pages of illustrated boatbuilding tips and tricks.

CLC Kits: As Featured in MAKE: Ultimate Kit GuideAt our Annapolis showroom and boatbuilding shop you can see finished examples of our boat kits and pick up boatbuilding supplies and paddling gear. However, most of our business is through the mail: we will ship one of our meticulously prepared boat kits right to your door. 

It's a big web site, so please use our handy search tool to find the right kayak kit, canoe kit, sailboat kit, rowboat kit, or paddleboard kit for you.  Let us help you build your own boat.