Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Cockpit Size: Paddler Weight: Knee Height: Max. Men's Shoe Size:
Chesapeake 18 18' 0" 48 lbs. 24 in. 350 lbs. 31" x 17" 210 - 270 lbs. 13" 14
see other Chesapeakes 14 16LT 16 17LT 17 18 Sport Tandem Double Triple
Chesapeake 18 Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Complete Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Wood Parts Only Kit
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Plans & Manual Only
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Manual Only
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Study Plans - Emailed PDF
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Materials List for Plans Builders:
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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 and fast. High-volume bows lift you over rough seas - or powerboat wakes - while the skeg-like stern prevents weather-cocking in blustery winds. CLC's signature cambered decks shed spray, increase the storage space inside the hull, add strength without weight, and look great. Chesapeake kayak builders explore quiet local rivers and paddle the length of the Sea of Cortez. They are used in expeditions above the Arctic Circle and for day paddling in Florida. Chesapeakes are built in garages, apartments, living rooms, television studios, and in at least 50 countries from Iceland to Australia.

July 20-25: Clayton, NY
Sept 28-Oct 3: Annapolis, MD

Build this boat if:

  • You weigh more than 220 pounds
  • You need a very large amount of storage capacity
  • You need lots of extra legroom, knee room, and foot room.
  • You want a large kayak that still handles will in wind and waves

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