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PocketShip

PocketShip

"PocketShip" is a small cruising sailboat of refined model, meant to sail well on all points, provide dry camping accommodations for two adults, and tow behind a four-cylinder car. More than 60 are sailing or under construction on six continents....

Kits from $3399.00
Plans from $249.00

Northeaster Dory

Northeaster Dory

A dory is a lot of boat for the money, which explains the enduring popularity of the type going  back 150 years or more.  Relatively few planks means less construction work.  The narrow waterline results in a fast hull under sail or...

Kits from $1599.00
Plans from $99.00

Skerry

Skerry

Easy to build, easy to row, and easy to sail – the Skerry is a truly versatile boat, and a pretty one, too.The Skerry design combines elements of traditional working craft of the British Isles and Scandinavia, with a little bit of American...

Kits from $1449.00
Plans from $89.00

Outrigger Junior

Outrigger Junior

We are taking infinite pains with the Outrigger Junior's comprehensive instruction manual, and we'll have the entire package ready shortly.  Check back often for updates.  Designed in 2003 for a proposed youth sailing program, plans for...

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Southwester Dory

Southwester Dory

The Southwester Dory is a lightweight and highly capable expedition boat, designed for sailing, rowing, motoring, or any combination of the three.  Elegant and straightforward to build from a kit or plans, this is an ideal boat for family...

Kits from $2599.00
Plans from $155.00

Autumn Leaves Canoe Yawl

Autumn Leaves Canoe Yawl

The Humber Yawl Club was created in 1883 by canoe enthusiasts who wanted to cruise the rugged estuaries of Britain's east coast. The club oversaw the evolution of a uniquely elegant and capable class of pocket-cruising sailboats, led by...

from $49.00

Nesting Expedition Dinghy

Nesting Expedition Dinghy

John Harris worked on the Nesting Expedition Dinghy off and on as time allowed and launched the prototype in October 2016. Read the full write-up on this design here. This tiny cruiser is intended for people who like exploring in small...

from $49.00

Waterlust Sailing Canoe

Waterlust Sailing Canoe

In the summer of 2016 Chesapeake Light Craft partnered with the filmmaking team Waterlust to design and build a pair of 17-foot sailing canoes. Waterlust - Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Laura Graham, and Jennah Caster - then...

Kits from $1399.00
Plans from $5.00

Faering Cruiser

Faering Cruiser

Faerings are the indigenous smallcraft of Scandinavia, direct descendants of the Viking ships that raided and traded throughout Europe starting more than a thousand years ago.  Lightly but strongly built, the distinctive double-ended hulls...

Kits from $4500.00
Plans from $299.00

Eastport Nesting Pram

Eastport Nesting Pram

"Dinghy" is derived from an old Hindi word for a sailing or rowing passenger vessel.  In English, a dinghy is a small rowing and sailing boat, often (but not necessarily) serving as a tender to a mother ship. At Chesapeake Light Craft,...

Kits from $1125.00
Plans from $89.00

John's Sharpie

John's Sharpie

There is certainly no other boat that offers the performance under sail and ease of construction of a sharpie. Developed in southern New England as workboats, their speed, shallow draft, easy handling, and quick construction caused sharpies to...

from $59.00

Eastport Pram

Eastport Pram

The Eastport Pram, with more than 800 built, is one of the most popular small dinghies in the world.  Classic good looks, stand-out performance, and ease of construction are hallmarks of this John C. Harris design. Now in production for ten...

Kits from $1050.00
Plans from $69.00

CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

Kayaks are so easily driven that the urge to equip them for sailing must be as old as kayaks themselves. This neat trimaran-conversion kit, first introduced in 1995, has been built in vast numbers. Read this article for the entire 17-year...

Kits from $1425.00
Plans from $69.00

Madness 31-foot Pacific Proa

Madness 31-foot Pacific Proa

One big hull, one little hull.  Lots of speed, not much money.Madness is a lightweight “Pacific” or windward proa, intended for fast cruising with two adults or daysailing with four.  With a payload of just under...

Kits from $4258.00
Plans from $19.00

Passagemaker Take-Apart

Passagemaker Take-Apart

Here's a handy boat that can be rowed, sailed, and powered with up to three large adults, and it "nests" to take up less space. The Passagemaker Dinghy is easy to build but looks great and performs beautifully. A smooth glide when rowing,...

Kits from $1449.00
Plans from $99.00

Passagemaker Standard

Passagemaker Standard

Here's a handy boat that can be rowed, sailed, and powered with up to three large adults, and it "nests" to take up less space. The Passagemaker Dinghy is easy to build but looks great and performs beautifully. A smooth glide when rowing, spirited...

Kits from $1399.00
Plans from $99.00

Jimmy Skiff

Jimmy Skiff

Before the advent of the outboard motor, rowing/sailing skiffs were common on Chesapeake Bay. They were used for crabbing, fishing, transporting goods, and enjoying summer evenings with a friend. Many local kids could row their dad's skiff long...

Kits from $1325.00
Plans from $59.00

Tenderly 10-foot Dinghy

Tenderly 10-foot Dinghy

Here's a beautiful 10-foot dinghy or daysailer that slots between our 7'9" Eastport Pram and the 11'7" Passagemaker Dinghy.  The Eastport and Passagemaker are "prams," meaning they have flat transoms at the bow as well as at the stern....

Kits from $1699.00
Plans from $125.00

Independence R/C Sailing Model

Independence R/C Sailing Model

Our friend Eric Schade, with assistance from Dave Jackson, developed this 48-inch long radio controlled model sailboat, which Eric has named the "Independence".  At least a hundred Independence yachts have been built,  both by...

Kits from $199.00
Plans from $75.00