Chesapeake 17

Chesapeake 17

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but...

Kits from $1050.00
Plans from $69.00

Chesapeake 17LT

Chesapeake 17LT

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but...

Kits from $1050.00
Plans from $69.00

Chesapeake 16

Chesapeake 16

  More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome...

Kits from $1025.00
Plans from $69.00

Chesapeake 16LT

Chesapeake 16LT

  More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but...

Kits from $1025.00
Plans from $69.00

Shearwater Double

Shearwater Double

  Doubles can be big, like our voluminous Chesapeake Double, or they can be small, like our handy-but-compact Wood Duck Double.  How could we create a double kayak that combined the speed of a longer sea kayak with the convenience of a...

Kits from $1449.00
Plans from $99.00

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

Team Dory

Team Dory

In 2012 we built the first 23'9" CLC Team Dory with a group of volunteers from the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Several more have been built and tested extensively, and the feedback has been uniformly positive.  The report and...

from $3199.00

Petrel SG

Petrel SG

Build this boat in a week: 2018: Jan 13-18: Manchester, CT Nick Schade’s line of strip-planked Greenland-style sea kayaks are renowned for sophisticated performance on the water, beautiful lines, and sculptural hull...

from $1375.00

Chesapeake 18

Chesapeake 18

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but...

Kits from $1050.00
Plans from $69.00

Peeler Skiff

Peeler Skiff

John C. Harris designed this light but sturdy 15-footer. It’s a “crab skiff,” as they’re known in these parts.  We’re calling it the “Peeler” after the Chesapeake slang for a local delicacy,...

Kits from $2599.00
Plans from $149.00

Ganymede and Io Kayak Kits

Ganymede and Io Kayak Kits

The "Ganymede" is part of Nick Schade's Jupiter Point series of kayaks.  These designs are intended as a collection of versatile, easy-to-build, fun-to-paddle kayaks. With a simple 3-panel hull and unique 3-panel deck, the boats are quick to...

Kits from $825.00
Plans from $55.00

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

Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid

Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid

The Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid differs from the original in that a cedar-strip deck is substituted for the standard okoume plywood deck.  It's a "hybrid" because it combines a stitch-and-glue hull with a cedar-strip deck. We've been seeing Mill...

from $1375.00

Petrel Play SG

Petrel Play SG

Paddlers are demanding versatility AND performance from their sea kayaks these days. Little by little, designers like Nick Schade are squeezing huge performance out of compact dimensions. Watch the Petrel Play in surfing action...

from $1325.00

Sectional Shearwater Sport

Sectional Shearwater Sport

Build this boat in a week! 2018: April 2-7: Annapolis, MD May 21-26: Mt. Pleasant, SC June 11-16: Cedarville, MI July 16-21: Cedarville, MI Aug 5-11: Brooklin, ME Aug 13-18: Cedarville, MI Sept...

from $1275.00

Shearwater 14

Shearwater 14

  Stitch-and-glue sea kayak design has grown up a lot in the last fifteen years, driven by enthusiastic paddlers who prefer ultralight, beautiful boats that handle like extensions of themselves. For a new line of high-performance sea kayaks,...

Kits from $1089.00
Plans from $99.00

Shearwater 16

Shearwater 16

  "[T]he Shearwater is an eye-catching, light and fast cruiser that does many things well. It is a strong contender for the budget-minded paddler looking to answer the 'if I could only have one kayak' question." - from Sea Kayaker's October...

Kits from $1175.00
Plans from $99.00

Shearwater 17

Shearwater 17

  "The Shearwater is an eye-catching, light and fast cruiser that does many things well. It is a strong contender for the budget-minded paddler looking to answer the 'if I could only have one kayak' question." - from Sea Kayaker's October...

Kits from $1199.00
Plans from $99.00

Chesapeake 14

Chesapeake 14

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but...

Kits from $949.00
Plans from $69.00

Wood Duck 10

Wood Duck 10

Beautiful, easy to use recreational kayaks - Here we have two beautiful little kayaks designed for just about everyone to enjoy on the water.  With big cockpits and ample stability, the emphasis is on comfort.  But these boats really...

Kits from $1075.00
Plans from $99.00

Wood Duck 12

Wood Duck 12

  Beautiful, easy to use recreational kayaks - Here we have two beautiful little kayaks designed for just about everyone to enjoy on the water.  With big cockpits and ample stability, the emphasis is on comfort.  But these boats...

Kits from $1059.00
Plans from $99.00

Sea Island Sport

Sea Island Sport

  Finally! A sit-on-top with style - Traditional sea kayaks are elegant and sleek but their cockpits exclude a lot of people who paddle where it’s hot, and almost anybody who has stiff knees or who doesn’t want to be confined in...

Kits from $1295.00
Plans from $99.00

Mill Creek 13

Mill Creek 13

Ever since WoodenBoat Magazine featured the Mill Creek 13 in a two-issue spread in 1997, the Mill Creek models have been built in the thousands. And why not? They look good, they're easy to build, and even though they are more stable than most...

Kits from $1075.00
Plans from $69.00

Mill Creek 16.5

Mill Creek 16.5

Ever since WoodenBoat Magazine featured the Mill Creek 13 in a two-issue spread in 1997, the Mill Creek models have been built in the thousands. And why not? They look good, they're easy to build, and even though they are more stable than most...

Kits from $1225.00
Plans from $69.00

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

Mbuli - A Pacific Proa

Mbuli - A Pacific Proa

As featured in WoodenBoat Magazine's November/December 2002 Issue Mbuli (pronounced em-BOO-lee) is a Pacific proa designed and built by John Harris at CLC in 1999 and 2000. The original design brief called for a lightweight beachcruiser, easy to...

from $69.00

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

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

Stitch & Glue Night Heron

Stitch & Glue Night Heron

  Like the strip version of the Night Heron, this S&G version is at home out on the open water and exploring the shores of distant islands. As drawn, it has the exact same profile shape of the lower deck version of the strip-built Night...

Kits from $1399.00
Plans from $110.00

Oxford Shell

Oxford Shell

   The Oxford Shell is a swift, smooth running "recreational" shell suitable for all skill levels. The narrow hard-chine hull provides speed and good initial stability in a shape that's easy to build. Whether you're just learning how to...

Kits from $925.00
Plans from $59.00

Sassafras 12

Sassafras 12

  The Sassafras 12 canoe is so light that you can put it on your shoulder and stroll casually down a wooded trail to a hidden lake or stream, fishing rod and tackle box in the other. That was the idea behind the original "trapper" or "pack"...

Kits from $1025.00
Plans from $99.00

Sassafras 16

Sassafras 16

The lapstrake canoe is an ancient craft. In its recreational form it had already reached a very high pitch of refinement by the 1880’s, in the hands of artisans like J. Henry Rushton. Something about the combination of...

Kits from $1225.00
Plans from $99.00

Peace Canoe

Peace Canoe

  A great family boatbuilding project! Build it in a weekend from a kit, or build it from plans using local materials. The Peace Canoe is an interesting new addition to the Chesapeake Light Craft fleet. Call it a canoe, a pirogue, a bateau,...

Kits from $1075.00
Plans from $49.00

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

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

Chesapeake Triple

Chesapeake Triple

The success of the proven Chesapeake hull shape led quickly to demands for similar tandem and three-person designs. The Chesapeake Double and Triple are high-volume touring boats, with a 700lb payload that belies their surprising speed. Even...

Kits from $1375.00
Plans from $69.00

Chesapeake Double

Chesapeake Double

  The success of the proven Chesapeake hull shape led quickly to demands for similar tandem and three-person designs. The Chesapeake Double and Triple are high-volume touring boats, with a 700lb payload that belies their surprising speed....

Kits from $1325.00
Plans from $69.00

Chesapeake Sport Tandem

Chesapeake Sport Tandem

There was a lot of demand but hardly anything like it in 2002 when we unveiled the Chesapeake Sport Tandem. This very narrow, very fast double is perfect for athletic couples who want to really cover the miles, whether it's for excercise,...

Kits from $1325.00
Plans from $69.00

Pax 18

Pax 18

These completely new designs were developed at CLC in response to a growing constituency of skilled paddlers seeking waterborne sports cars for racing, exercise, or just plain fun. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, we sought out all of the...

Kits from $1225.00
Plans from $69.00

Pax 20

Pax 20

These completely new designs were developed at CLC in response to a growing constituency of skilled paddlers seeking waterborne sports cars for racing, exercise, or just plain fun. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, we sought out all of the...

Kits from $1225.00
Plans from $69.00

Matunuck Surf Kayak

Matunuck Surf Kayak

  Yet another boat that's hard to find: a kayak designed expressly for surfing. Nick Schade has applied his formidable skills in flat-plate-geometry design to the Matunuck, and we are pleased to be the first to offer this beautiful kit to...

Kits from $999.00
Plans from $85.00