Lovely ultralight traditional canoes you can build yourself.  CLC's patented LapStitch™ Sassafras designs are much quicker to build than strip-planked canoes, while the Peace Canoe is meant to be built in a weekend.

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

Nymph Canoe

Nymph Canoe

"It is wonderful how few pounds of cedar, rightly modeled and properly put together, it takes to float a man.” So wrote J. Henry Rushton in the late 19th century. Rushton was a canoe builder who helped promote a class of ultra-light sporting...

Kits from $1209.00
Plans from $90.00

Mystic River Canoe

Mystic River Canoe

New from the pen of designer Nick Schade is the 17-foot Mystic River Tandem canoe.  It's a handsome, comfortable boat for protected water exploration---and a great embarkation point for builders looking to try their hands at the art of...

Kits from $1599.00
Plans from $100.00

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

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

Einbaum Canoe

Einbaum Canoe

Think about this:  We harvest trees, mill them laboriously into veneers and straight sticks of wood, and then stick them back together into a canoe shape.  Why don't we just start with the tree and go straight to a boat?  That's the...

from $75.00