At Chesapeake Light Craft, we receive a steady stream of kind words and photographs from boatbuilders across the country and around the world.  You'll find a small sampling of those comments below.

If you have feedback of any kind, don't hesitate to contact us.  If you would like to attach photos to your comments, email them to photos@clcboats.com.  We can be reached by phone at 410.267.0137.

  
Nathan E | Perth, Western Australia | Passagemaker Standard

Great project -- looking for the next project already.... Just a few photos of the finished product launched Saturday.  Great project -- looking for the next project already....
James D. | New London, Connecticut | Shearwater 17

My Shearwater is in the water, and I love it! Tracks like a bullet, fast, snug yet comfortable cockpit. Thanks for your patient help during my build. My Shearwater is in the water, and I love it! Tracks like a bullet, fast, snug yet comfortable cockpit. The Sapele deck may be the most beautiful wood I've ever seen-pictures don't do it justice!
Betty A | Port Jefferson, NY | Wood Duckling 8

Needless to say, I am a big fan of CLC kits.

I have attached some photos of the Duckling we built as our raffle boat.  Pic. #1 shows the family that won it  and me in front of our boat shop on Port Jefferson Harbor, Pic. #2 is their daughter in it, Pic. #3 is their son, Pic #4 is just a picture of the completed boat.

We currently are building a 12' Sassafras Canoe for our raffle boat this year and are using a 17' Chesapeake Kayak for our first boatbuilding course.

I am also affiliated with  the Long Island Maritime Museum, where a Skerry is being built by me and 5 other volunteers for LIMM's raffle boat.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of CLC kits.


Matt Steetle | Boulder, CO. | CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

This boat is amazing!
Last year, after two days of sea trials I sailed this [Chesapeake] LT17 with the SailRig to Catalina island from Cabrillo beach. It was a 36nmi voyage in seas that were 5-7ft swells from the nw mixed with 2-4 ft swells from the sw. This melee started just west of the northern shipping lane less than half way to the islands northern half. The lee board snapped at that point with two reefs in the sail.
 
While it was a wet trip, the kayak was completely safe and felt secure the entire voyage. It took nine hours to finish because I had to paddle until I hit the far side of the shipping lane against incoming tide. I averaged about four knots at that time. I turned south and hit speeds on the GPS of up to eight knots and nose dived while surfing that swell, then it repeated over and over again.
 
On the return trip  I again had a nine hour trip because I had to paddle all the way through the south shipping lane on my way to Newport beach. While this is about half way i had incoming tide and made about six knots paddling. This was a week before you had an event at the Newport yacht club. But after I cleared the shipping lane I was resting and blue whales started making noises under me and the boat literally went into harmonic vibration at one point. I was convinced there was something about to run me over. The winds picked up and sailed me to Newport at that point.
 
Sailing into Newport a moored live aboard captain stood by and gave me a standing ovation. I cheerfully announced "Catalina". He replied "I know!" I guess there was radio chatter that I missed.

This boat is amazing. I built a new lee board from half inch walnut. I have yet to try it but sailed locally in colorado without it and can't believe I sailed most of the trip without it.
 
I have a lot of photos but this one makes me very proud.
 
Thank you!
Cesar R | Santiago, CHILE | Chesapeake 17

Les mando fotos de mi Chesapeake 17 en un lago del sur de Chile ... Hola, mi nombre es Cesar y les mando fotos de mi Chesapeake 17 en un lago del sur de Chile ...
Paul K | Warwick, Rhode Island | Skerry

 What a gem of a boat! She rowed beautifully, and under sail drifted along in a very light breeze. Paul and I made our deadline! As we left Maine we declared that we would launch our Skerry on Thanksgiving morning, rain, shine or snow; warm or cold; wind or no wind. The finish work was done with the help of a very powerful space heater in the garage, but done it was, and at Noon on Thanksgiving we skipped little Casper into the waters of East Greenwich Cove and put her through her paces.  What a gem of a boat! She rowed beautifully, and under sail drifted along in a very light breeze.
David G | Milton, South Otago, NEW ZEALAND | Chesapeake 17LT

Thanks for the great plans and instructions.
Edward C | Woodbine, New Jersey, USA | Jimmy Skiff

I heartily recommend this boat to any father that wants to share this type of experience with their children.
Andrew R. | Arlington, MA | Wood Duck 10

I'm a novice stitch-and-glue builder; a fan of your work since my first project last winter turned out to be a pair of Wood Duck 10s. I came from a rowing/sailing family, so the Wood Duck has been my intro to the world of 'yaks. For my girlfriend, her duck is her first boat and an introduction to the fun of messing around in boats. On her behalf especially I want to congratulate you on making a design that first and foremost made her feel at home, secure and comfortable afloat, such an important part of starting out. For my part, I want to express my appreciation to you for drawing such a nicely proportioned little boat: I never tire of looking at them, and one of the great satisfactions of giving one away is being able to see it from a distance as well as from inside when we're out on the water together.

Paul S. | New Windsor, Auckland, New Zealand | Mill Creek 13

My Mill Creek 13 is now built and trout have been caught!  Thanks for a great design. 
Nicholas L | West End, North Carolina | Chesapeake Double

Many thanks to you for creating a user-friendly kit (I had no previous boat-building experience). Although I took three years to complete it (I spent most of this time thinking before cutting) the entire experience was a pleasure and quite rewarding. Many thanks to you for creating a user-friendly kit (I had no previous boat-building experience) and for all of the technical support over the years.

I look forward to my next CLC project!
Cathy & Paris V. | Ottawa River | Annapolis Wherry

 She runs well in the variety of wave and wind conditions

We finally launched our wherry at our cottage on the Ottawa River. She runs so well in the variety of wave and wind conditions we get. Not too shabby for our first boat build!

Peter H | Mathews, Virginia, USA | Peace Canoe

The 35 individuals who saw to it that the six canoes got built had a wonderful time.
Eric S. | Austin, Texas | Wood Duckling 8

I am in the process of building a Wood Duckling 8. It is my 8th boat construction and my 6th by the stitch and glue method. Your Duckling 8 kit is the best kit I have ever used, by a wide margin. The precision fit of the panels and the completeness of the instructions and parts makes assembly an absolute joy.
Dave E. | Bozeman MT. | Shearwater Sport

Thrilled with the performance: quick, responsive, quick to turn, and most important, LOTS of fun to build!

I, my wife, Carol, and our friends are all thrilled with the performance of the Shearwater Sports. They are everything your catalog says they are: quick, responsive, quick to turn, and most important, LOTS of fun to build–a super winter project. The kits are beautifully put together and very complete, and the accuracy of the cut on every part is amazing.

Keep up the great work, CLC, and thanks for a great product!

Nathan Z | New Haven, Connecticut | Eastport Pram

Your kit was so easy to construct and your technical support team is fantastic. I just recently completed an Eastport Pram. I've always wanted to build a boat but never thought I'd be able to. Your kit was so easy to construct and your technical support team is fantastic. The first sail, while on an overcast day, was simply terrific. I've attached some photos for you. Thank you for helping me complete a dream.
Christine E | Eugene, Oregon | Annapolis Wherry

It was a GREAT experience to build it myself with out hands on help from my husband. I purchased an Annapolis Wherry at the Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend, WA in 2007.  . I love it! I just
haven't sent you any comments yet until now.  It was a GREAT experience to build it myself with out hands on help from my husband.  I row the boat up at our mountain cabin/lake, Dexter Lake near Eugene, where racing sculls are and as well as the Puget Sound.
Arthur C. | Friendswood, TX. | Chesapeake 17LT

The Chesapeake 17LT is a JOY to paddle.

I just completed the first sea trials of my Chesapeake 17LT.  Relatively new to kayaking, I can only compare it to the 12' by 25" plastic that I've been paddling.  The Chesapeake 17LT is clearly faster, especially upwind, and eerily quieter; and surprisingly, just as stable.  I finished the hull with Interlux Grand Banks Beige and Dark Blue, and used Interlux Schooner on the deck.  The Chesapeake 17LT is a JOY to paddle.

Mark & Mercedes B | Clermont, FL | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

14' Kaholo as a racing tandem Stand Up Paddleboard

We added an extra bulkhead, stringer and deck pad so that we could use our 14' Kaholo as a racing tandem Stand Up Paddleboard.

Gary Reich, Editor at PropTalk Magazine | Annapolis, MD | Cocktail Class Racer

I really can’t speak more highly of how professional and friendly each and every member of your staff has been.

Please thank everyone at CLC for all of the help over the last many months. We have a lot of fine-tuning to do to our little Molotov Cocktail before the October event, but had a blast regardless.

I really can’t speak more highly of how professional and friendly each and every member of your staff has been. Most places I deal with have one or two bad apples who aren’t very friendly (especially tackle stores) and not much fun to buy from. CLC doesn’t have that, and it’s refreshing. We couldn’t be more pleased with how the whole partnership worked. (Oh, and by the way, our little boat was the lightest at 87.6 pounds!)

 

Michael K. | Abington, MA. | Eastport Nesting Pram

Just wanted to drop a line to say what a great product you make.

Just wanted to drop a line to say what a great product you make. I was surprised by my wife Carol with the Eastport kit last March for a 25th wedding anniversary gift.  What a nice surprise.  It sat in the box in my basement 'till December when I finally started on it. All in all the build went well, without any 'hitches' overall. I did need to purchase more epoxy, but probably overmixed a few times. I was initially attracted to the beautiful lines of the boat and thought it would make a great ' tender' for our 28 Capedory F/B, The 'Carol L'. Finally launched on Memorial Day. It rows easily and I received great praise from alot of folks around the marina as a few people besides my wife and I took turns rowing it.  John has really designed a beautiful product here and I am very pleased with the results. Keep up the good work . Wishing much continued success with your present and future kits. Sincerely , "A Brother in Boating!".

Mike H. | Gettysburg, Pennsylvania | Wood Duck 10

Thanks for a super fun building experience! Thanks for a super fun building experience!
Doug C | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | Mill Creek 13

I really enjoyed the building phase, the looking phase and now the paddling phase.
Tim S | Acampo, California | Chesapeake 17LT

Thanks again for a great boat, people always comment on how beautiful the 14 and 17 look. Thanks again for a great boat, people always comment on how beautiful the 14 and 17 look.
James & Nicole B | Portland, Oregon | Chesapeake 17LT

We wanted to write to say how much we enjoyed building a Chesapeake 17LT and a Mill Creek 15.  Both kits were fun to build, and just challenging enough to make us proud when we completed them.
Herb P | Holland, Michigan, USA | Sassafras 12

Thanks for designing a great little boat, and for supplying a kit with accurately-cut parts.
Chris S | Comox, BC | Chesapeake 17

It paddles so effortlessly and tracks superbly.

I finally got to go on the kayak trip that sustained me through the whole time I was building this boat. I was on a 5 day trip to the Broken Group Islands, Vancouver Island, BC this August.

It paddles so effortlessly and tracks superbly. I even got it up to 5 knots for a brief time! I am so happy with this design and all the helpful tips on your website.

Thank you CLC

Steve & Sheryl B | Port Angeles, Washington, USA | Chesapeake Double

Vernon L | Pacific Grove, California, USA | West River 18

I must say I was and continue to be pleased with the quality of the kit. Everything arrived in perfect condition.
Steven L | Colorado Springs, CO | Mill Creek 16.5

It was a great trip, and the Mill Creeks were loved by whomever was lucky enough to paddle them!

You might not typically think of seeing a kayak in Canyonlands National Park unless you’re familiar with the floats down the Green or Colorado Rivers. During the first week of June this year my group took three canoes, my Mill Creek 16.5 and a Mill Creek 13 down the Green River from Mineral Bottom to the confluence with the Colorado
River. It was a great trip, and the Mill Creeks were loved by whomever was lucky enough to paddle them! The smooth, flat hulls makes them perfect for skimming over sandbars in mere inches of shallow water while the low profile makes them easy to paddle on windy days... especially the tandem.



Tony R. | New York, New York | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

The kit was really first-rate, and I was amazed at how perfectly all the parts were cut. I particularly loved not having to scarf the panels, nor drill hundreds of holes for the stitches! I really love this boat. So far, I've stayed mostly inside the protected embayment next to Pier 40 as I get comfortable in the boat, but even in the embayment there's often plenty of wake action from the ferry boats during rush hour and the ever-present commercial traffic on the Hudson River. The wherry handles all that easily.

I had a good time building the boat. It wasn't for myself, but for my boathouse (http://www.villagecommunityboathouse.org/), so I made a big push to get it done quickly. The kit was really first-rate, and I was
amazed at how perfectly all the parts were cut. I particularly loved not having to scarf the panels, nor drill hundreds of holes for the stitches! The manual was excellent, and especially important for a project of this size. CLC's reputation for top quality is well deserved.

I'm looking forward to another project in the not-too-distance future, I hope - perhaps the Oxford Shell.
Fred D | Mill Creek, WA | Passagemaker Standard

The Passagemaker gets lots of compliments!

The Passagemaker gets lots of compliments!  Mine's totally bright, and would 'present' @ the WB Festival - hung on davits of my Devlin Czarinna - if it weren't for my fear that some ding a ling might clipit while maneuvering!  (I'll forward a sweet photo of it slung).

Ashton Y. | Tampa, Florida | Northeaster Dory

It was my first full size boat build, but it won't be my last. Thank you for such a quality kit and terrific instructions.

Hey CLC, 

I went to your boat demo day on Gandy Beach near St Pete this spring and tested several boats on the water. I had built two scale models that I purchased through Wooden Boat magazine, the Shellback Dingy and the Yankee Tender, which came out great and boosted my confidence. I had been thinking about your NE dory because it seemed to be the best of both worlds for rowing and sailing, and decided to order it. I really enjoyed building it in my garage and became much better acqainted with all of my neighbors as they stopped by daily to check my progress. It was my first full size boat build, but it won't be my last. Thank you for such a quality kit and terrific instructions. I have rowed the Dory several miles up the Hillsborough River in Tampa and she handles very fast and easy in moving water, especially for a 17 foot boat. I have also been out in Tampa Bay and was impressed by how quickly the Dory covers water and how shallow she can navigate in the flats and around the mangroves, (where all the big snook and redfish hide!). Everytime I go out, people come over and ask "what kind of boat is that and where did you get it". Thank you for a great experience.

 

Bob F | Walkersville, MD | Shearwater Sport

 Love how it handles, and my grand kids (age 6 to 11) handled it with no problem. Great design.

Thought you would like to know that my new Shearwater Sport has been added to the CLC population on Lake Champlain NY.  I know, if you look closely you will see that I have some more trim work to finish it, but I couldn't wait any longer to get launched!  Love how it handles, and my grand kids (age 6 to 11) handled it with no problem.  Great design.



Bob C | Grosse Ile, MI | Sassafras 16

It's modified for rowing with center seat and oarlocks. Rows beautifully, stable and fast.

I'm sending a few pics of Ken Moody's Sassafras 16 built last summer at Mystic (during the Family Boatbuilding event).  It's modified for rowing with center seat and oarlocks.  Rows beautifully, stable and fast.  Photos are the first row and they speak for themselves.  Thanks, John, for your sketch of a layout for rowing.

Steve K | Larchmont, New York | Passagemaker Standard

My teenage boys and I are building this together and having a time that is hard to express in words. What a great product.
Thomas Z. | Grand Forks, ND | Northeaster Dory

Thank you also for always being there when I had a question.

Thank you also for always being there when I had a question.  You guys didn’t send me off to some list of frequently asked questions, you took the time to type an answer, and sometimes I even got drawings to help me.  I can’t wait for fall so I can order my next kit!

Betty J | Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA | Jimmy Skiff

Thank you for helping me accomplish my goal of building a boat.  I'm very proud of my efforts.
Ken W | Trevor, Wisconsin, USA | Chester Yawl

It looked & felt great - in fact it exceeded my expectations in the way it handled.
Angus M. | Barrie, Ontario, Canada | Pax 18

Good Day, Getting into the paddling season proper and couldn't resist the urge to send a note on the performance of my Pax 18. One year old and scars to prove it. I want to add a skeg although as practise builds the requirement seems to be decreasing. Also want to radius the chine. No real need just something I'd like to do. I have 4 coats of varnish on the deck and three on the hull. A number of people have remarked on how brilliantly the sun reflects off the hull. It's like the sun coming up in the morning only brighter. I'm not going to argue. I was pretty pleased with the effect. My current problem is getting it out of the water long enough to finish it completely. Not a bad problem to have. It's a terrific boat and can't quantify the enjoyment I get out of it.
James D | Honolulu, Hawaii | Shearwater Double

Presenting the amazing craft that flies thru the air, paddles on land & sea, and can even cut thru dense Maine fog! Presenting the amazing craft that flies thru the air, paddles on land & sea, and can even cut thru dense Maine fog! Thanks for your support!
Greg G. | Fair Oaks, CA. | Chesapeake 17

 It looks amazing compared to all of the plastic kayaks

[My Chesapeake 17] was a joy to build and I have taken it paddling at least 30 times, including one trip on the ocean since I have built it. It handles better, is 100 times lighter, and looks amazing compared to all of the plastic kayaks who share the waters. 

Aubrey W | Kingstree, South Carolina, USA | Sassafras 16

I have really enjoyed every minute spent working on it.
Jon | Vancouver, Washington | Mill Creek 16.5

The boys and I wanted to thank you and your crew for the outstanding product.

The boys and I wanted to thank you and your crew for the outstanding product.  Our youngest son is autistic and this entire project has really shown how focused he can be.

Again thanks.  We are already thinking about MC16.5 #2 for a fall project.  

Andy N. | Frederick, Maryland | Chesapeake 17LT

2 years ago, my "vacation" was to build a Chesapeake 17LT with you guys and Geoff Kerr. Last week, I took a REAL vacation.. first one in 5 years!  To Rhode Island -- Jamestown / Newport to be exact.

I put her in the water...and climbed in...she just sort of quivered like a race horse in the starting gate. What a thoroughbred!!!  She handled all sorts of conditions from bay to coastal ocean with equal grace and amazing speed...as in AMAZING speed!  

I have few words to describe it .. awesome, amazing, terrific (augmented with profane exclamations!) and do you know what the icing on the cake was??? There, in that world of drop dead gorgeous boats???  The number of people who just stared at the boat and commented on her appearance (not her speed! darn it!)---from toll booth attendants on the Newport bridge to folks around the marinas and beaches...boat owners and tourists...what a great experience this has been!

THANKS!!!!

Bill T | Easy Syracuse, New York, USA | Mill Creek 13

I beat the hell out of it this year, my camp is on rocks, and it held up great.
Itay B | ichron-Yaakov, Israel | Petrel

Today was a very special day for us here on the “east coast” (of the Mediterranean).

Today was a very special day for us here on the “east coast” (of the Mediterranean).  Steve and myself both had our launch of brand new homemade wooden kayaks.  Steve launched his beautiful, featherlite Petrel while I launched with my son our handsome Chesapeake Sport Tandem.

Champagne poured like water on both vessels and each of us tried the other boat.  As you can see we also had quite a gathering of wooden kayaks which are becoming more and more popular.

Mark M | San Francisco, California, USA | Chesapeake Triple

This is the race that I built the boat to win and it more than lived up to the expectations.
Jim S | Dixon, California, USA | Annapolis Wherry

Everytime people see this boat I find myself spending more time talking than rowing.
Jerry B | Shoreline, Washington | Annapolis Wherry

Thanks for a great start point with your kit and excellent instruction.

I built my wherry with Dave in late March up here at Port Townsend.  Got it in the water July 4th weekend at Lake Wenatchee in the Cascade Mountains. Never underestimate the time to finish the boat...7 coats on the bottom, and 7 on top.  I put a custom mahagony trim on the transom and seats, and stained the railings, seat supports and trim a red mahagony color.  The varnish really sets it off.  I get a lot of very positive comments.

Thanks for a great start point with your kit and excellent instruction. 

Bennie U | Redding, Connecticut, USA | Shearwater 17

Thank you so much. This is a GREAT boat!!!!!

You sold me the kit for this Shearwater 17 at the WoodenBoat show in Mystic last summer. I worked on her non-stop as soon as she arrived, got some good advice and help from my dad, and finished her in time to go kayak camping with my family in Georgian Bay, north of Toronto, at the end of August. I named her Osprey. I love her very much. She is living in my family's living room for the winter, stacked on top of my dad's Arctic Hawk (which he also built from a CLC kit). Here are some pictures!

Thank you so much. This is a GREAT boat!!!!!

Larry W. | Tenino, WA. | Petrel

This was my first strip boat and I could not be more happy with the way the Petrel turned out.

Many thanks to all your staff for the expert advice given to me during my seven month build. This was my first strip boat and I could not be more happy with the way the Petrel turned out.  I installed a skeg with some pointers from Joey. I also built this boat with two layers of 4 oz. cloth on the hull for added abrasion resistance. I launched it today and I'm just as happy with the way it handles as the way it looks. It is stable, fast and nimble. Oh and it it a rolling machine for those that like to do greenland style rolls. Thanks again for a great boat.

Marie B | Palatine, Illinois, USA | Chesapeake 16LT

You just don't seem to have enough women pictured who have built boats.
David C | Yardley, Pennsylvania | Mill Creek 16.5

The boat has proven to be most seaworthy, even in wind and rough chop.

Mill Creek 16.5 – I built this boat in 2000 and use it exclusively on Martha's Vineyard. It's a great family boat – my daughter Cara (now 11) loves to go out in the many ponds and bays on the island to tour the sights and watch shorebirds, particularly our favorites – the ospreys. The boat has proven to be most seaworthy, even in wind and rough chop.  In 2007 Cara and I "raced" it ~3 miles in Martha's Vineyard Sound and Sengekontacket Pond in just over 31 minutes to finish first in the parent and child class of the local season end boat race. This summer, Cara and I easily kept pace in Martha's Vineyard Sound with two high end sea touring kayaks – our fellow paddlers were very impressed with the capabilities of the boat.

[The Mill Creek and our Skerry] draw lots of attention when they are hauled out on the beach and at boat launches. As you might suspect, your company and your boats have received many enthusiastic testimonials from me over the years.  I think you can tell by now that I'm a very satisfied customer.

Paul K | Sugarland, Texas | Mill Creek 13

Got ‘em done just in time to sneak them under the tree on Christmas eve. This is one of a pair of Mill Creek I assembled for friends. Got ‘em done just in time to sneak them under the tree on Christmas eve.
Patrick S | Elk Grove, CA | Chesapeake 17LT

I finished my Chesapeake 17 LT and I love it!

I finished my Chesapeake 17 LT and I love it!  Thanks for making such a great product.  Here are two photos of the boat (well the front of it at least) in action at the Cosumnes River Nature Preserve just south of Sacramento, CA.

Neil W | Saint Charles, Missouri, USA | Jimmy Skiff

Thank you for all the research and development that makes the plans so complete and reliable, it was a fun family project.

About this time last year I bought a set of plans for the 'Jimmy Skiff', the plans and drawings are excellent and cover the building procedure very well. Over the next three months my boys (ages 12, 10 and 8) and I worked on it here and there as time allowed; it came together quickly, so much so that we took it out on it's maiden voyage during april. We made it as the sailing Jimmy Skiff using a fifty eight square foot sail that I had built several years ago for a canoe; it sails wonderfully and is easy and light and comes up on step quite nicely.

We sailed it through out the summer and found that it works well in a wide range of wind speeds, I do not consider myself to be that good of a sailor but this little boat makes me look like I am. 

Thank you for all the research and development that makes the plans so complete and reliable, it was a fun family project. We have just ordered plans for the Sassafras canoe and look forward to another season of building.

Carrie K | Lexington Park, MD | Shearwater 14

I can't believe I built this!

I can't believe I built this! The water is the Chesapeake Bay just south of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The workspace is our back deck in Lexington Park.


David M. | Baton Rouge, LA | Northeaster Dory

For me, the CLC experience has been much more than just a great boat kit.  It's been an enduring learning experience that has instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment that goes well beyond my greatest expectation.  The support you get from CLC family is without question the best in the industry. 
Barbara T. | Nova Scotia | Eastport Pram

You guys design really great boats!  Cheers, and thanks for the great customer service.

I wanted to send you some pictures of the latest Eastport Pram, Marisol.  I built her in my garage in a little over 2 months, and it was quite a fun project.  Everyone is raving about what a pretty little boat she is and I have had her out rowing a few times.  Even with the dark paint, the chines still show up very nicely.  You guys design really great boats!

Cheers, and thanks for the great customer service!

Pat L. | Potsdam, NY. | Oxford Shell

I am looking forward to building another (as soon as my wife calms down) boat from your excellent plans catalog.

I just completed this boat from your plans.  It worked out very well.  I am looking forward to building another (as soon as my wife calms down) boat from your excellent plans catalog.  Maybe something that sails. My boat gets many compliments on Norwood Pond.  As you can see I Opted for my own rowing rig arrangement rather than the drop-in.  The red/white color scheme represents the Grateful Oars Rowing Club.

Ruedi A | Switzerland | Wood Duckling 8

The second one is nearly finished too...and my garage starts to look like a little shipyard now.

Thought I would send you a picture of my first Wood Duckling 8.  The second one is nearly finished too...and my garage starts to look like a little shipyard now.

Elizabeth R. | Minoa, New York | Wood Duck 12

I enjoyed building it and am enjoying it here on the Salmon River in NY.

Thought I would send you a picture of my wood duck 12, affectionately referred to as "the duck."  I enjoyed building it and am enjoying it here on the Salmon River in NY.

Jerry M | Plymouth, Connecticut | Wood Duck 10

Even survived my crashing it over a beaver dam. Just wanted to share a picture of the maiden voyage of my Wood Duck 10.  It's far from perfect, but it floats, doesn't leak, and paddles great.  Even survived my crashing it over a beaver dam.  To my surprise, I got lots of unsolicited compliments from fellow paddlers and even bystanders.  Can't wait to go out again!
Michael P. | Fiesherton, Ontario | Chesapeake 17

Thanks for your help with questions I had during the building process.  I learned so much.

Thanks for your help with questions I had during the building process.  I learned so much. Though you might like to see the finished product.  Her name is “Gwi yaat chit” which is Gwich’in from Princess. I had the opportunity to work with Gwich’in youth in Fort McPherson, NWT and I learned so much from them I thought I would name the kayak in their language to say thanks.

Robert H. | Napa, CA. | Wood Duck 12

Thanks for such a great kit and learning experience!

I thought that I’d send along a couple of shots of my recently completed Wood Duck 12.  I was hoping for a more “scenic” time of the year for the maiden as it looks much nicer on the Napa river in the summer, but ah well, here she is anyway. It was such a pleasure to build and I must say that your support, along with the many others at CLC who manned the “help desk”, was greatly appreciated. It was a fun and enjoyable build that I would repeat anytime.

At one point, I read somewhere about how many nice complements one would receive when paddling a CLC kayak and even though she’s only been in the water three times so far I can absolutely concur that people are incredibly impressed. Needless to say, I always tell them where it’s from, that I did build it -which amazes them to no end, and how wonderful it is to paddle. 

Thanks for such a great kit and learning experience, and I plan to order the next “project” before the [end] of this month!

Flavio C | La Plata - Buenos Aires - Argentina | PocketShip

Thanks very much for the quality and effectiveness of your service

Hi folks, finally yesterday morning, I received the plans for Pocketship. I hope to keep in touch with you to continue learning this beautiful building tradecraft. I believe this will be the first pocketship of Argentina and South America.
Thanks very much for the quality and effectiveness of your service and as the project progresses with "Gringuito"  I will update you on progress.

Thank you very much!

Jeffrey B | Boise, ID | Wood Duckling 8

My grandkids enjoying their first ride

My grandkids enjoying their first ride, in the Wood Duckling I made, on a pond in Boise, Idaho.

Gina W | Sturgis, Michigan, USA | Chesapeake 16

I love it!
Steven L | Colorado Springs, CO | Mill Creek 13

 Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food, stove, etc. . . . it all fits.

Bought a Mill Creek 13 several years ago and put my own wood-strip deck on it. This is the third year I’ve taken it on the rocky rivers in Colorado and Utah, and is also the first year I sustained any appreciable damage to it requiring repair. Mostly just scrapes from sliding over big rocks, but this year I got pushed sideways into a big rock putting a silver dollar sized break in the lower panel in front of the hanging knee on the starboard side.  I’ve been taking it on 3-day/2-night trips and I have to say I love it. It fits all my gear, including a hard-sided Igloo Island Breeze cooler inside the aft compartment and 2 Coleman half-gallon water jugs in the forward compartment bungeed to the bulkhead and 2 more on the other side of the bulkhead, right in front of my feet. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food, stove, etc. . . . it all fits.  I even put a second small soft-sided cooler behind my seat so I can have access to drinks without getting out of the boat. The attached photo was taken last weekend on the White River in Utah, somewhere between the Bonanza put-in and Enron take-out.

I also built a Sea Island Sport in parallel with the building of the Mill Creek 13. My three sons and I took it along with two canoes to the Upper Missouri River Breaks area in Montana. My sons love this boat! It paddles fast, and is super stable, and holds a bunch of gear. It was a great choice for paddling a river like the Missouri and is a blast going through the wave trains. I’ve included two photos of my youngest son in this boat on the Missouri River, just downstream of the Wood Bottom put-in, taken in July.

Nick W | Canyon Lake, TX | Passagemaker Standard

Build her a boat and she'll marry you!

I just wanted to write to tell y'all about my tremendous experience building my first boat.  I built the Passagemaker Dinghy in about 4 months under the mentorship of my friend and neighbor, and the whole endeavor could not have gone smoother (taking into account that for most of that time I was working in 100+ degree Texas heat).  Aside from always wanting to build a wooden boat, I've also always (or at least for the last five years or so) wanted to marry a certain special girl.  

Well, after finishing and testing her (the Dandy Lion) out on the water, I took my now-fiancee out for a sail during which time we had a picnic and I proposed to her (and she said YES!). 

Thank y'all so much for a great product and tremendous support!  And all romance aside, I'm quite impressed with how well she sails!

Zach W | Hollywood, FL | Skerry

I have been extremely satisfied with the kit and your customer service.

I just wanted to send a picture of the progress on my Skerry.  I am loving every minute of the build.  I have a little over 90 hours into it, but have been spending a lot of time on some modifications.  They include custom rails and a trolling motor integrated in the rudder (I plan to build a second rudder for sailing).  

I have been extremely satisfied with the kit and your customer service.  Austin treated me great when you visited Miami!

Rich H. | Santa Ana, CA. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Thanks for a great kit, and even better service. I'll be back again.
Thought I'd send some pictures of the Kaholo 14 I just finished for a friend.  I showed him a flyer that I'd picked up in August when you were at Newport Beach and he was hooked!!  He hasn't even had it on the water yet, but it looks great in his living room!  I also included a picture with my Great Auk that I had down there at Newport too.  Thanks for a great kit, and even better service. I'll be back again.

 

Don K | Fallston, Maryland | Chesapeake 17LT

I could not be more pleased with the level of service at CLC, or with the final result.  What a fun project!

I purchased a Chesapeake 17 LT kit during the October sale and completed the build over eight weeks.  I could not be more pleased with the level of service at CLC, or with the final result.  What a fun project!  Neighbors dropped in on a regular basis just to see the progress.  All were impressed, that a jumble of parts turned into such a handsome craft.  Even though it's now December, I am looking forward to her launch.

Sean G. | Gilberton, SA, AUS | Eastport Nesting Pram

 I've just completed the project (two years later) and am very pleased with the results. The design is
beautiful.The plans and instructions were 1st rate.

John E | Honor, MI | Chesapeake 16LT

Here is a tip for people wanting to keep a low profile on a Florida vacation: do not carry two CLC kayaks on the top of your car!  I can’t tell you how many admiring comments and questions we received.  The questions were always along the same lines:  “Did you build those boats?”  “How long did it take you?”  “How much do they weigh?”  “What kind of wood is that?”  I was glad that I had put another coat of varnish on the boats before the trip.

Even though driving from Michigan with two kayaks (and two bikes) is a little worrisome at first, we plan to do the same thing when we return to Anna Maria Island next March.  Once we were there the kayaking was great. My Mill Creek 13 is ideal for photographing birds, and my wife loves the Chesapeake 16LT.

Thanks again for the high quality of your products and service.
David J. | Shelbyville, TN. | Northeaster Dory

Just wanted to say the Northeaster Dory that I completed in Aug 2013 has performed well as advertised, but I was so pleasantly surprised at how much the sailing performance exceeded my expectations! This was my 4th CLC build, all of which have been enjoyable. However, the Dory's combination of row/sail has been great, especially at this point in my life. 

Michael C. | New Hartford, CT. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

The custom boards are perfect in every way, I even like the sound they make as they glide through the water.

I just wanted to share some pictures of Kirs and I on our custom Kaholo SUP's.  Today was the first day we ever tried this fascinating sport. As for the equipment, we could not be happier.  The custom boards are perfect in every way, I even like the sound they make as they glide through the water.  Nothing like a hollow wooden vessel to carry you as you glide!  Our first experience was a success and we didn't even get wet until the end we walked in to see if our feet would feel wet or cold in the frigid water. Surprisingly, we were dry and comfortable the whole time. 

Thanks to all for the encouragement while building these boards.  Best Regards, Mike

Glenn S | Wilmington, Delaware, USA | Chesapeake 16

Thanks to CLC's expert staff for their time when I've called for technical support!
David S | Orleans, Ontario, Canada | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

The boat seems very fast and very efficient to paddle, compared to all of the other boats I've tried.

Finally getting around to posting the pictures for you. I've been out a couple of times now, and it is a great boat.  The boat seems very fast and very efficient to paddle, compared to all of the other boats I've tried.  I actually really enjoyed the building of the boat. I took my time, no real time constraints and it came out wonderfully.

Bob D | Rochester, New York, USA | Chesapeake 17LT

I very much enjoyed building the kayak and found the shop tips section as well as phone support to be great!
Kelton D. | Manhattan Beach, CA. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

There's nothing quite like paddling your own rig!
The Kaholo brought me in for a top 20 finish (out of 200 prone and SUP paddlers) and 3rd place in the 50-59 year old division at the Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard Championships in Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach, CA. There's nothing quite like paddling your own rig!
 
Thanks CLC Boats!
Pat D | Wayzata, Minnesota | Hybrid Night Heron

Your production of this boat was terrific and you & your teams' support of me was outstanding. Thank you. From a build standpoint the stripping was difficult without staples when making bends, but one great thing was buying a righteous, killer Japanese pull saw. It make the precision cuts unbelievably easy.

Your production of this boat was terrific and you & your teams' support of me was outstanding. Thank you.
Alec T. | Vienna, VA. | Shearwater 17

I just wanted to let you know that I reached the great milestone of the first stitching together of the hull and deck on my Shearwater 17.  Thanks for all your help in getting to this point.  The manual says this is the time when you invite all your friends and neighbors in to see how great it looks, and that was no lie.  The Shearwater is a beauty, and we have invited all our kayak-building friends over for a celebration.

In spite of all the challenges (and that is the point of building yourself, right?), I couldn't be happier with the CLC kit, the quality of the materials, tools, the customer support, and most importantly support from other builders, on the blog and elsewhere.  What a great job your company has done.  I couldn't have imagined such a wonderful experience until I started the work.

Many thanks to you and the crew at CLC, and all best wishes for a very successful 2014

George H | Milford, MI | Mill Creek 13

Great kit, great kayak !

13'  Mill Creek hybrid I built last winter. Great kit, great kayak !

Ilene C. | Annapolis, MD | Chesapeake 17LT

The class was an unbelievable experience for a woman whose only previous experience with power tools was a hair dryer.

The CLC staff has been terrific, answering even the most simple or farfetched questions with patience and good humor.  The class was an unbelievable experience for a woman whose only previous experience with power tools was a hair dryer.  But I never would've gotten through the analysis paralysis to finish the kayak without your help.

Johann L. | Knoydart, Scotland | Chesapeake 17

I am ready for the Chesapeake Double now.

Started building my Chesapeake 17 in Holland, but moved to Scotland before I could launch the kayak.  Did the deck rigging the day before I left Holland.

Now I paddle on Loch Nevis, Knoydart, Scotland nearly every day.
 
Managed to get an air tight seal on the hatches!  Got a rudder, but up till now have not bothered fitting it - might do in the future.
 
I am ready for the Chesapeake Double now.
Russ P | Harcourt, Ontario, CANADA | Annapolis Wherry

I found the Annapolis Wherry kit excellent, and the factory support excellent. You folks have really got it together.
Frank W | Camas, Washington | Chesapeake 18

 Glad to share with you guys at CLC my boat and my success.  Much thanks to all of you.

I am glad to say the kayak performed great. The plan is the Chesapeake 18'.  On the hull I stayed with the plan, but I redesigned the deck and strip-built it with zebra wood. The Greenland paddle I made was also a performance hit. Glad to share with you guys at CLC my boat and my success.  Much thanks to all of you.

Chris D | Nashville, Tennessee, USA | Eastport Pram

Just so you know, I've never built a stitch and glue boat before and it was really fun.

I'm forwarding you some shots of my Eastport Pram that I just finished.  I mean like just now!  I'm really happy with the looks and from what everyone says, she's a great little boat.  Now if she floats (due to my construction) we're in business.

Just so you know, I've never built a stitch and glue boat before and it was really fun.  I wanted to pull my hair out a few times trying to get those little "notches" to line up in the transom and bow but once I cut them flush and said screw it, it all worked out pretty nicely.

I'm addicted and will most definitely be building a larger sailing boat to play around on.  I will be using this pram with my Tartan 27.  A great pair if you ask me.

Valerie G | Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA | Chesapeake 17

Phil D | Richmond, Virginia | Chesapeake Triple

It's finished - and looks great.  I can't believe I actually built this. It's finished - and looks great.  I can't believe I actually built this.
Gary Z | Wausau, Wisconsin, USA | Pax 18

Andrew K | Evanston, Illinois | Eastport Pram

The Eastport Pram got me into college!

The Eastport Pram got me into college! I wrote my college admissions essay about my experience building the boat, and now here I am!  Thanks again for all of your help throughout the process; it was alot of fun.

Roger C | Annapolis, Maryland, USA | Eastport Pram

It is so nice to get on the water early in the morning, not get caught in the rush hour traffic and save fuel all at the same time.
Nathan M | Pensacola, Florida | Passagemaker Standard

I had no wood working experience and the boat just came together because of good design and easy to follow instructions.

Thanks again for such a great product.  It was a joy to build. We made a couple modifications including a spruce mast, douglas fir spars and polytarp sail. She has graphite thickened epoxy on the bottom and is slick and tough.  She was named Heresy, was launched a couple of weeks ago and is sailed in Pensacola, FL.  She has a desirable ever-so-slight lee helm.  I'm already looking forward to the next project.

Keep up the good work.  I had no wood working experience and the boat just came together because of good design and easy to follow instructions.

Peter S. | Grass Valley, CA. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

I'm afraid the bug has bitten me hard---I've already started on my next project . . .

I have recently completed a Kaholo 14 SUP with the sapele deck upgrade.  I'm afraid the bug has bitten me hard - I've already started on my next project: a WoodDuck 12/Sail Rig trimaran.

Jim G. | Las Vegas, NV. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

I can't wait to build another CLC kit!

I just finished my Kaholo 14! It goes to show that even an old man with little woodworking skills can do it. I live in Las Vegas but this photo is the board's maiden voyage on Gold Lake in northern California. I can't wait to build another CLC kit!

David C | Yardley, Pennsylvania | Skerry

It has proven to be most seaworthy, easy to trailer and put in and take out of the water singlehanded.

Skerry - I built this boat in 2007/8 and launched it on Martha's Vineyard over Memorial Day weekend this year. I've been a paddler (canoes and kayaks) until now, so not only is the Skerry my first sailboat, it's the boat I'm learning to sail in. So far I've been very pleased. It too has proven to be most seaworthy, easy to trailer and put in and take out of the water singlehanded. I look forward to many days on the water around Martha's Vineyard in the future in this boat. The photo of Cara and the boat on the trailer was taken on Sengekontacket Pond in Edgatwon, MA. The photo of me under sail was taken at State Beach in Edgartown, MA.

[The Skerry and our Mill Creek] draw lots of attention when they are hauled out on the beach and at boat launches. As you might suspect, your company and your boats have received many enthusiastic testimonials from me over the years.  I think you can tell by now that I'm a very satisfied customer.

Joe H. | Vienna, Virginia | Shearwater Double

I have to tell you, my Shearwater Double is the best double EVER. My wife and I love that thing like it's our kid. It is a magical combination of speed, comfort, storage capacity and durability!
Mark B. | Visalia, CA | Chesapeake 17LT

 You guys make it easy.
Longtime woodworker, first time boatbuilder.  You guys make it easy.  I love the beautiful sapele [ply]wood on my deck.  I was impressed with the care taken to match the grain through the bow puzzle joint.  I am glad someone took the time.  One benefit I didn't anticipate while building my boat was all the wonderful comments I get whenever I take it out. THANK YOU!
Lash A | Seeley Lake, MT | Eastport Pram

Thank you very much for making this boat. I love everything about it.
Two years ago I ordered an Eastport Pram kit from you. I was more concerned about doing a meticulous job in its construction than I was in completing the job in record time. By the end of the summer of 2011 it was ready for its maiden launch and it was a beauty. I strapped it to the top of my truck and headed to Salmon Lake (western Montana) about 8 miles south of my home. I live in the mountains five miles from a paved highway and the five graveled miles are pretty gnarly. My habit when carrying anything on the top of my truck is to stop when I get to State Route 83 and check the straps. This time, however, I was accompanied by an attractive young lady and we were deep in conversation. (I am in no way blaming her for what is to follow.) I entered Rt. 83, having failed to check the straps, and when I approached 60 mph I heard a loud Whoomph! I looked in the rearview mirror and to my horror saw my pram cartwheeling down the road behind me. After collecting all the pieces I could find I put the pram back on top and re-strapped it. (I always carry extra.) Upon returning home I found solace in a bottle of single malt scotch (Scapa).
 
After storing it for the winter I began the process of restoration this summer. A meticulous finish was no longer an option. Last month (Sept. 2012) it finally made its maiden voyage on Lake Alva (10 miles to the north). I can’t imagine being more pleased with it. It has garnered many compliments in spite of being only slightly less gnarly then the aforementioned roads. My only complaint is that it rows too easily. I got it for exercise and after an hour of rowing I don’t feel like I have done anything. (One time as I approached a dock with several people on it I was told that they thought I had a motor on it because I was leaving a wake.)
 
Thank you very much for making this boat. I love everything about it.
Wil I. | Lebanon, CT. | Northeaster Dory

 It rowed very smoothly, with little effort required.

We launched this past Saturday in the Mystic River, near the Seaport. Later that evening, we participated in the annual Mystic Lighted Boat Parade (The boat won “Best Small Boat”).

The boat handled great with my and family onboard. It rowed very smoothly, with little effort required. I am extremely pleased with the boat, and have shared my satisfaction with the design with others.

John R | Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA | Chesapeake 18

Frank O. | Newmarket, NH. | Chesapeake 17LT

CLC is THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!

I love this boat! Having access to knowledgeable people who respond quickly and accurately to the consumer is a very uncommon resource these days. CLC is THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS! Thank you all for your help and the top quality boat I am fortunate to have. 

Phil A. | Austin, TX. | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

I'm really satisfied with my Annapolis Wherry Tandem kit, a great kit and an amazing boat.

I'm really satisfied with my Annapolis Wherry Tandem kit, a great kit and an amazing boat.  I've had it on the water 4 times now and each time I get multiple inquiries and even more compliments!

Iggy S | St. Petersburg, FL | Chesapeake 16

Your video made it happen easily. Thanks!

My 14 year old just finished building the 16 foot. It took him 6 months on weekends to complete. This was a school project. Your video made it happen easily. Thanks!

Andy H. | Iowa City, IA | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Thanks for giving me such a perfect kit & plan!

Very pleased with my gorgeous Kaholo! Thanks for giving me such a perfect kit & plan!  Building it was a pleasure!

Zach B. | | Chesapeake 17

Thanks for the plans and help!  You guys are awesome . . .

Finally finished my CH17 this weekend!! I did mine from just plans, started on it a few months ago with a few breaks here and there, but IM SO HAPPY its done and I can enjoy it on the water! I went for an all paint finish and I love it.  Thanks for the plans and help!  You guys are awesome, I have people asking me where I got the plans from and I sent them to you!

Wal P | Sandy Beach, New South Wales, Australia | Sea Island Sport

Have had a few issues with a rather large tiger shark lately -- came in so close on one occasion I could have almost touched it.

G/day everybody at CLC.   Just thought I would send you some pix of my SEA ISLAND SPORT -- I believe it may be the first built of its kind down here in Australia.  As you can see I have made a fish box with a fold back lid that can hold a fish of approximately 10 kilos and I have also fitted four rod holders.

I fish mainly offshore (up to 10 kilometers) chasing pelagic fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Cobia (black kingfish), Snapper, Tailor (Bluefish in U.S.)  As for the yak, I couldn’t be happier with it and am the envy of my fellow fisher folk.  It certainly is faster through the water than a tupper ware boat and much more stable.  I can stand up on it ( only to prove a point, but it can be done easily).  Have had a few issues with a rather large tiger shark lately -- came in so close on one occasion I could have almost touched it.  It hasn’t worried me though probably too pumped full of adrenalin.

Once again thanks for a terrific kayak; Nick really knows his stuff.  Cheers for now, hope you like the pix.  Wal from Aus.

Barry P | San Antonio, TX | Play

About ready to order my next kit.

About ready to order my next kit.

Dave S | Ira, MI | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Great plans and kit. A pleasure to build.

Great plans and kit. A pleasure to build. I'll probably add the Kaholo 14 letters to the deck as soon as I have them made. I took it out yesterday for the first time, I'm really sore today.  Thank god for vicodin.

Ryan B. | Elkton, MD. | Chesapeake 17LT

Thank you for providing such a great product!

I built a Chesapeake 17lt in 2008 and have had many hours of enjoyable use over the years around the Chesapeake region. I recently had the opportunity to go on a 5 day kayak camping trip through the Florida Everglades Wilderness Trail and finally got to use the kayak for its intended purpose. I packed 90 lbs +/- in gear, myself weighing 192 lbs, for a total of approx. 282 lbs. For 2 days we encountered 24-28 mph sustained winds with 30 + mph gust, along with extreme lunar tides. The kayak handled AMAZINGLY fully loaded in these conditions!! (no skeg or rudder). Thank you for providing such a great product! This experience would not have been the same without such a wonderful handcrafted vessel!

Rick L. | East Lansing, MI | Northeaster Dory

Many cheers and thanks to Chesapeake Light Craft who designed the Northeaster Dory, cut the wood, and always answered the phone.

Many cheers and thanks to Chesapeake Light Craft who designed the Northeaster Dory, cut the wood, supplied the fiberglass, epoxy, and hardware, and always answered the phone.

Manuel C. | Alpharetta, GA. | Annapolis Wherry

Really enjoyed the process and now the rowing!

Really enjoyed the process and now the rowing!

John A | St. Petersburg, FL | Wood Duck 12 Hybrid

She weighed in at 38.7 lbs

Launched a WD 12 yesterday behind Weedon island on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. She weighed in at 38.7 lbs. I want to thank you guys for answering all my questions during the build.  My wife and I took it paddling on the bayou in the late afternoon and it performed very well. When the pads on my finger tips heal from lots of hand sanding I suppose I'll be looking to order another kayak kit and or Kaholo SUP. The CLC family continues to expand down here. The pram I built in 2007 is doing great. I finally added deck pads and now the dog can stand without slipping.



 

Dave K | Pine Grove, PA | Passagemaker Standard

It floats and handles very well!

Please find the photo of my Passagemaker I started on April 2, 2012. It floats and handles very well!

Brian W | Canton, OH | Mill Creek 13

This was totally unexpected and a testament to the quality of the kits and instructions CLC provides.

When I went to the DNR to have it inspected prior to registration, the ranger who inspected it gave me a very kind compliment: he said it was one of the nicest homebuilt boats he had ever seen.  This was totally unexpected and a testament to the quality of the kits and instructions CLC provides. 

I have enjoyed the build and am now awaiting spring so that I can paddle my mill creek more as the weather will be turning cold here very soon.  Again thank you for a wonderful experience with the build and hopefully many nice days to come paddling on the local lakes.



Phil O | Stoughton, Wisconsin | Chesapeake 17

You have a great company and the assistance I received during my project was outstanding. You have a great company and the assistance I received during my project was outstanding.  Thank you.
Dave S | Stanwood, Washington, USA | Chesapeake 17

George M | Burlington, ON | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

The quality of the parts and instructions was excellent.

Thanks for your assistance in getting this started. The quality of the parts and instructions was excellent. These photos are of the finished boat on Lake Huron at Southampton Ontario. I got a lot of compliments on the design from passers-by.

Even as a novice oarsman in choppy water I stayed dry and upright.

Pete & Sidonia A | Bothell, Washington, USA | Chesapeake Triple

John T | West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Chesapeake 17LT

Thanks for creating such an attractive boat and builder friendly kit. Just finished my 17LT. Such a good time building her, involving many friends, my kids and other family members too. Here is a shot from launch day, last Monday.

Thanks for creating such an attractive boat and builder friendly kit.
Barbara & Andy | St Clair Shores, Michigan | Mill Creek 16.5

It is a great boat.  I know that we will have many years of kayaking fun on our “B Marie.” My husband, Andy, and I bought a Mill Creek 16.5 Kayak Kit back in October 2007.  Andy began work on the kayak that October and we enjoyed kayaking during the spring and summer of 2008.  We then purchased the sail rig for our kayak and he completed that this summer.  We also bought a kit to make our own sail.  It turned out great!  Attached are pictures of our completed trimaran kayak w/sail.  We took the “B Marie” out last week.  The wind was light, but we were still thrilled to test her out.  It is a great boat.  I know that we will have many years of kayaking fun on our “B Marie.”  I can’t be more proud of Andy’s handy work!
George D. | Chapin, SC | Chesapeake 17LT

I just wanted to thank you for being one of the most gracious companies that I have dealt with over the years. I am moving on in my interests and am grateful for the opportunity to use your site to sell my 17LT and move on to a more sedentary life (golf). The only issue with my kayak was that it was almost to pretty to use. Thanks again for the great experience.

Mark A | Belmont, North Carolina | Chesapeake 16LT

I just wanted to thank you for the class of this past week, not only for the knowledge shared but for the patience with which you shared it. I just wanted to thank you for the class of this past week, not only for the knowledge shared but for the patience with which you shared it. We worked hard all week but you hung in there with us, graciously correcting any mistake and carefully guiding us on to the next step. I have a new measure of confidence now as I look forward to my boat's completion.
Richard H | Alhambra, California | Skerry

I rowed her back out thru some pretty good sized breakers and she rose to the challenge impeccably!
This photo was taken at Venice Beach, CA. Right before the lifeguards told me I couldn't launch thru the surf. I took it to the marina (Marina Del Rey) and rowed the 2 miles out to the ocean and while they weren't looking brought her in thru the surf and swamped her in 2 feet of water!
 
Rule #1: Though must row faster than the breaking wave!
Rule #2: Pay attention while rowing and keep her 90 degrees to the face of the wave! (and in the trough between waves)
And, most importantly, Rule #3: Don't bring your wife and dog along the first time you attempt this!!!!! (neither one will get back in the boat!)
    
I rowed her back out thru some pretty good sized breakers and she rose to the challenge impeccably! One of the nicer lifeguards says they used to saw off the skegs on their old wooden surf boats just to avoid being turned in the surf... now they use these ugly self-baling fibreglass boats to race in and he says he misses the beauty of the old wooden surf dories which look like the Skerry only quite a bit bigger.
Joe M | Points, WV | Chesapeake 17LT

Dave says the Chesapeake 17LT is the best boat he has ever been in (and he has been in a lot of boats).

I built the Mill Creek 13 back in 1999 for him, and the Chesapeake 17LT for him this year, after building the Mill Creek 16.5 for myself. Dave says the Chesapeake 17LT is the best boat he has ever been in (and he has been in a lot of boats).  He has five kayaks of various types and has lots of professional and recreational experience with lots of other boats. 

Peter G. | Palm Bay, Florida | West River 18

The boat has hundreds of miles on it now. I train in it 4 to 5 days a week and compete in races on the rivers across Florida. The boat has hundreds of miles on it now. I train in it 4 to 5 days a week and compete in races on the rivers across Florida. I'm thrilled with the stability and speed of this boat and, even with scratches in the paint from some pretty hard use, still receive compliments on its appearance.
Steven D | Beaufort, South Carolina | Chesapeake 17LT

Hi, I just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is to be building my Chesapeake LT 17 kayak from one of your kits. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first time experience and I promise it will not be the last one I build. Your kits are everything you say they are.  Keep up the great work and thanks for your friendly advice and help.
Mike H. | Machesney Park, IL. | Shearwater 17

This was the most fun that I've had in a long time.

This is a photo of my just finished Shearwater 17 that paddles like a dream.  This was the most fun that I've had in a long time.  My first time working with fiberglass and epoxy, a wonderful learning experience. Many positive comments already.  Thanks to everyone at CLC for the support on this build.

Phil B | Ourimbah, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | Chesapeake 18

The Chesapeake 18 is a great little boat and it's getting plenty of use.
Howard S | Glen Burnie, MD | Chester Yawl

It moves through the water like a dream.  Thanks!

Here is the nearly complete boat.  All that is left is a few coats of varnish on the floor, decks and rail.  It moves through the water like a dream.  Thanks! 

Eden O | Warwick, Rhode Island, USA | Pax 20

Frank O. | Newmarket, NH. | Chesapeake 17LT

My Chessie made this 18 mile trip possible!

I did an overnight trip to Jewell Island with some friends. My Chesapeake 17lt led the pack weighing in at 63 lbs. Just a bit more than the empty poly boats. The Chessie made this 18 mile trip possible. I will reward her with a fresh couple of coats of Epifanes this winter. Thanks to CLC!

Masa T | Hiroshima, JAPAN | Sassafras 16

The Sassafras-16 runs fast on the sea.
David M | Burnsville, North Carolina, USA | Mill Creek 16.5

My expectations were exceeded in all respects. Thanks for the design and the help by phone. We will enjoy this boat. You have a satisfied customer.
Steve A. | Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island | microBootlegger

Thanks for your help--the kit, design and materials were first class.

Bootlegger is now in the Bahamas at Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas.  Thanks for your help--the kit, design and materials were first class.

David R | Yakima, Washington | Chesapeake Double

Just wanted you folks to know that your directions (when followed) are excellent. Any deviations on your wonderful design was apparently my interpretation :) The kayak is beautiful.
Andrew C. | New Bern, NC. | Wood Duck 12 Hybrid

My first project came out great thanks to the quality of the kit.

 

Just finished my first project. It came out great thanks to the quality of your kit and the help on your web site.
 
Mark R. | Davis, CA | Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid

I was so excited to paddle it that I forgot the seats. Thank you CLC for a great design, and a great kit.
Yahoo!  It's finished, it floats and it is beautiful.  This has been my dream boat for as long as I can remember.  We have used it every weekend since launching and I hope to keep it up for as long as I can.
 
That is my daughter and me at Lake Berryessa, CA.  I was so excited to paddle it that I forgot the seats. 
 
Thank you CLC for a great design, and a great kit.
Valerie S. | Freeport, IL. | Chesapeake 16LT

Hi and just an update on the kayak I built a year ago. A MARVEL!! Stable, FAST, and easy to maneuver. I have taken him on three paddles with the NE Wisconsin Heritage paddles and had a great time. I took it to a wood boat show this past weekend in Green Lake Wisconsin and passed out several printouts of the Chesapeake 16LT spec page. I do have to tell you that there was one guy who just could not believe that I built it. My response is.. 'you too can build a kayak in your garage!'

Thank you again, for about the millionth time, for ALL your kindness, help and generous gift of your time to advise me along the course of construction and finishing. Buying a kayak kit is not just getting the bits and pieces to put together, it's the people in the organization who make the difference... as you did for me.

Renate B | Silver Spring, Maryland, USA | Chesapeake 16

Sergio M. | Puerto de Sagunto, Valencia, Spain. | Chesapeake 17

I love it. People love it. It really was worth all the effort.

I finished my Chesapeake 17… finally. I love it. People love it. It really was worth all the effort.

Jon C | Cupertino, CA | Chesapeake 17LT

The plans and instructions were great, as were the builders tips on your website.

Just launched this modified 17LT on Friday. The plans and instructions were great, as were the builders tips on your website. I've had it in the water every day so far. I love it. The kids are already asking for a wood duck of their own.

Willliam H. | Council Bluffs, IA. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

The Kaholo 14 is easy to get onto the water and a pleasure to paddle

Thanks again for providing me with hours of enjoyment building my fourth CLC watercraft. The Kaholo 14 is the easiest of the four (rowing shell, skerry, and kayak) to get onto the water and a pleasure to paddle. My wife observed that I am getting better on it because I was less “wiggly.”  The Kaholo decal did well under the fiberglass and I like the improvements you have made on the air vent.

Bill P | Hyde Park, NY | Shearwater 16

It is fast, comfortable and very nimble.

I got the Shearwater 16 as a 75th birthday present from my sweet wife. Had a blast building it even with my few cosmetic mistakes.  On the Hudson River it really seems to be at home. It is fast, comfortable and very nimble. I love it.

Paul D. | Iowa City, IA. | Wood Duck 12

Thanks CLC for a great build... my first and hopefully not my last

Thanks CLC for a great build... my first and hopefully not my last.  Now I need to wait for water conditions to soften a bit before paddling.

Wayne B. | Bellows Falls, VT | Shearwater Sport

It's amazing what can get done in a week ... I came home with a kayak ready for finishing.

In July, my friend Pete came with me to the Wooden Boat School in Maine to build a Shearwater Sport. It's amazing what can get done in a week under the expert guidance of Eric Schade.  I came home with a kayak ready for finishing.  Of course, "ready for finishing" means I was about halfway there. Anyway, I persevered and finally finished it in time for Labor Day weekend and Pete helped me put it in the water. 

We had a great time in Maine, and the Shearwater Sport is really fun to paddle.

Steve G | Wilmington, NC | Shearwater 17

Eric Schade's design is a treat to paddle in our coastal waters.

Good afternoon.  I recently finished a Shearwater 17-footer.  Have not added the deck lines yet, but Eric Schade's design is a treat to paddle in our coastal waters. 

Bill, Sarah & Caroline | Norwich, Vermont | Chesapeake 16LT

All three boats paddle great. Mine has been around islands off the Maine coast and on Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River.
Enclosed is a photo of 3 completed Chesapeake kayaks--a 17LT (blue in the middle) and two 16LT's (yellow and green). The 17LT was built by my daughter Caroline and me in a class at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and taught by Geoff Kerr. The 2 16LT's were built by my other daughter, Sarah in Geoff's class the following year.
 
All three boats paddle great. Mine has been around islands off the Maine coast and on Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River. We plan a trip with all three, but so far the girls have just paddled locally on the Connecticut. 
Mike V. | Fairfield, CT. | Peeler Skiff

Quite fast and maneuverable.

Splash down at last at Cedar Point YC, Westport, Ct. Delighted with boat's handling. I have 200 lbs in the front to keep it down with helmsman in the rear. Quite fast and maneuverable.

Chet Z. | Salem, OR | Wood Duck Double

My Wood Duck Double kit arrived a few days ago, delivered on time and in good condition.  I am impressed by the efficient packaging of the kayak parts; it must take some considerable time to be able to do that well.  I am excited about getting started on my kayak!

Sean L | Marblehead, MA | Chester Yawl

Building it was a blast.

Here are a couple shots of the Chester Yawl I finished last fall.  Building it was a blast.  I am competing with it in a couple of open-ocean races this summer.   Hopefully she is as fast as she is pretty!

Dave B | Royal Oak, MD | Wood Duckling 8

The entire experience dealing with CLC was great.

I built this kayak about a year ago for my grandchildren. The entire experience dealing with CLC was great. The kit was a pleasure to build and the end result is a great performing kayak. Best regards

Jeff P. | Burlington, Ontario | Chester Yawl

Thanks for a great design and tech support during the building process.

I built my Chester Yawl over the last 2 summers and launched her this year.  Despite my poor rowing technique, Esperanza rode the waves quite nicely and the day was a success.  I love my Chester Yawl -- thanks for a great design and tech support during the building process.

Roger W | Dublin, Ireland | Chesapeake 17

The 17 literally only had a couple of drops in the front and rear compartments which impressed everyone including myself!!  Proof of a good design! Just a footnote to the recent day I had in the 17 - there were a small group of us totalling 7 and the conditions were quite heavy - force 4+ and wind with a rising tide making for lively weather! The front deck of my 17 was under water quite a lot and I also had two inversions!! All the other boats were plastic with rubber hatches and all their hatches leaked "about a pint or two" to my surprise. The 17 literally only had a couple of drops in the front and rear compartments which impressed everyone including myself!! Proof of a good design!
Rich S. | Rockville, MD | Wood Duck 12

 Thanks for offering such an amazingly good kit.
Thanks for offering such an amazingly good, hard-to-screw-up kit that produces such a beautiful heirloom. We're already tickled by the attention this thing gets, whether on the roof of the car or in the water.
Tom K | Santa Rosa, California, USA | Eastport Pram

Kwei U. | Mill Valley, CA. | Annapolis Wherry

It was fun and easy to build and a joy to row.

I finished my Annapolis Wherry and have been rowing in San Francisco Bay between Sausalito and Tiburon.  It was fun and easy to build and a joy to row.

Bill B | Tucson, Arizona | Eastport Pram

I just wanted to thank you and your crew for the outstanding customer service I have received over the past year +. It is one of the main reasons I have become a loyal customer. I plan to do more business with you in the future, so keep up the good work!
Jeff M. | Vineland, NJ | Northeaster Dory

I used to think it would be amazing to own a rowing dory. Thanks to CLC Boats, not only do I own one, I actually built it from a stack of plywood.

I used to think it would be amazing to own a rowing dory. Thanks to CLC Boats, not only do I own one, I actually built it from a stack of plywood, plans, manual and a lot of phone calls and emails. Thank you guys so much. I just had a great morning rowing on the Maurice River in South Jersey.

Bob R | Chesapeake, Virginia, USA | Chesapeake 18

Tony C. | | West River 18

I own 3 boats and my West River 18 is awesome! That is one high performance boat. Love it, and so does everyone that sees it and is lucky enough to paddle it---I don't let just anyone paddle it you know. I've put many, many miles of water under her.  It cruises so nice---quiet, true and she can really get up and go---not a plastic boat around can catch me when I'm really diggin'...

Dan N. | Talbot County, Maryland | Chesapeake 17LT

When paddling with friends, they often remark, “Why are you only taking one stroke to my two??”

This challenging but well engineered project carried me through the fall and winter of 09/10, commissioned in May 2010 at Turkey Creek.  Turkey Creek is a tidal trib to the Upper Choptank River in Talbot County, MD. This kayak was everything I had hoped for in a kit built boat without disappointment. But do not fool yourself it is a lot of sanding, ha ha.

When paddling with friends, they often remark, “Why are you only taking one stroke to my two??” Or, “Why are you always enjoying a rest while waiting for us??”  

This durable, sleek Chesapeake 17LT workhorse cuts through lakes and rivers with ease & stable with  65 lbs of camping gear stowed in the two hull compartments when this picture was taken.  I weigh 210 lbs. I’ve never had leakage into the hatches, and she tracks well in river currents. I can’t wait to build the next one!

Bruce M | Bayport, Long Island, New York | Wood Duck 12

I never did anything like this before and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process.
I just wanted to say thank you.  I spent my winter and spring building a wood duck 12.  I never did anything like this before and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process.  I love the way the kayak turned out and I love the way it handles on the water.
 
Thanks again for such a wonderful experience and product.
Andrew R. | Arlington, MA | Wood Duck 10

Not only was CLC's ordering and delivery quick and easy but the forum and the help line were amazingly helpful for a beginner: the build was an extremely satisfying experience.

I just completed my 1st project, a pair of Wood Duck 10s for myself and my girlfriend. I chose the design because we're both novice paddlers and she's almost entirely new to smallcraft, and we loved the boat's lines. So far she's taken to the water like the proverbial duck herself, and looks quite at home. I've been surprised at the steady rate the duck can cover ground and the payload capacity. These little boats are easy to move around both in and out of the water and have a way of charming everyone. I'm surprised how many people ask what they're called and compliment their looks: unlike those neon colored plastic boats, paddling one doesn't make me feel like I'm ruining the scenery at all!

Not only was CLC's ordering and delivery quick and easy but the forum and the help line were amazingly helpful for a beginner: the build was an extremely satisfying experience. I think you at CLC have come up with a recipe for success: every customer becomes a willing and enthusiastic representative, and that's good business.

Thanks so much for your good work!

Tom G. | Jordan, MN. | Chesapeake 17

You have a great company with great customer service

Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of "The Loranely," the Chesapeake 17 Hybrid that had its maiden voyage approximately 1 year ago in Ely, Minnesota.  Unfortunately, it hasn't been in the water as much as I would like but that time will come. I forgot to send these Last year but I just wanted to say you have a great company with great customer service. Something that's so important, especially when a lot of your customer are novice builders like myself.

Todd H | Louisville, KY | Arctic Hawk

Thanks for your quick service

Finished at last. Thanks for your quick service when I needed to order things from you you to finish the boat.

Richard M. | Port Charlotte, Florida | Mill Creek 16.5

The kayak paddles great and tracks great too. Had to design and build a roof rack for my Toyota Venza as the OEM rack was not sufficient. The kayak paddles great and tracks great too.
Chris P. | Hortonville, WI | Chesapeake 18

Thanks for the great kit and instructions!
 
I built my first boat over the winter and put it on the water for the first time a few weeks ago. I love the boat! This is my first kayak and I can't wait to build my next one! Thanks for the great kit and instructions!
Bob L | Jackson, New Jersey, USA | Chesapeake 16

Dave K | Chase, South Carolina, USA | Chester Yawl

David W | Guelph, Ontario, CANADA | Chesapeake 18

I really enjoyed building this project. When working on it, I was indeed removed from some of the daily work pressures we all face.
Jim R | The Hills, Texas | Wood Duck 10

It was a great learning experience, and I am very happy with the result! Thanks again for your help and guidance in this project.  It was a great learning experience, and I am very happy with the result!  See attached.
Johan V. | Santa Cristina d'Aro, Spain | Chesapeake 17

A wonderful experience, thanks for the detailed plans and the great design, this boat is truly a seaworthy kayak!

After 70 hours of dedicated building today I launched my Chesapeake 17.  A wonderful experience, thanks for the detailed plans and the great design, this boat is truly a seaworthy kayak!

Salvatore B | Catania, ITALY | Chesapeake 16

Erich S | Pewaukee, Wisconsin | Chester Yawl

12 coats of varnish later we had a great fall wedding in Door County, Wisconsin. Thanks for 4 great boats -- 2 kayaks, a Sharpie with a jib and big roached sails for 195 sq ft upwind and an asymmetrical spinnaker for another 150 sq ft downwind.  Hull is little overweight - lousy boatbuilder!!!

I built the Chester Yawl in 2008 -- we used it with the kayaks on a long river trip with my son.  When he set a date for the wedding, he asked "Can we use the row boat for pictures?"  12 coats of varnish later we had a great fall wedding in Door County, Wisconsin. 

Thanks John and CLC.  You are a great company.
Ken B. | Fremantle, Western Australia | Chesapeake 18

It is a work of art and I would like to congratulate Chesapeake on the brilliant plans that I purchased.

Hello to CLC Headquarters in the USA.

I am from Fremantle, Western Australia and have just finished building a Chesapeake 18' with a ply hull and a red strip cedar deck. It is a work of art and I would like to congratulate Chesapeake on the brilliant plans that
I purchased. I made the boat from scratch preferring to source my own timber and do my own cutting.

The boat took me 306 hours to construct from scratch. I am extremely pleased with the product and have attached a few pictures for your perusal. I have fitted a 1.4 square metre sail and boy does that make a difference. I have just completed a 6 day, 180 kilometre paddle from Denham in WA across to Steep Point at the bottom of Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia's North.

I have used the Australian measurement of 5.5 metres rather than 18 feet. I also increased the height of the gunwhale by 3/4" (20mm) to allow me to take more drinking water, camping gear and food for my extended trips. The boat handles beautifully in very big seas and is very fast on the flat water. I have fitted a 12V 800 gallon per hour bilge pump and the boat is encased in 6gsm fiberglass inside and out. I manufactured the steering and foot pedals out of carbon fibre. The weight is 24kgs.

I would really appreciate it if you could PLEASE PLEASE put my pictures and story on your site or builders blog. Everywhere I go people want to talk about the boat - it does look very cool!

Kind regards from down under!

Evan S | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA | Chesapeake 17LT

Scott M. | Florence, CO. | Wood Duck 12 Hybrid

The Wood Duck 12 Hybrid is a great kit and I'm kinda sorry it's done.

I gotta tell you that the Wood Duck 12 Hybrid is a great kit and I'm kinda sorry it's done. Maybe I really should do another one?

Wes O'Brien | California | Chesapeake 17

I just wanted to drop a line and let you know I finished my Chesapeake 17 a month ago and have had it in the water several times...last time at La Jolla Shores in heavy swell where it really excelled.  I can't be more thrilled with this boat and your kit and support.  Other than a couple of small blems it turned out great.  I'm going to add some rub rails this winter. Again thanks for all your support, I'm already looking at your web site for the next project! Wes
Leslie H | Charleston, SC | Matunuck Surf Kayak

The Matunuck drew a lot of attention and praise

Greetings from beautiful near downtown Charleston, SC. Grandson Tyler and I finished the Matunuck and the results are most excellent. Tyler took the kayak on sea trials off Folly Beach (The Edge of America) and is quite happy with it. On the way to sea trials, we stopped by Sea Kayak Carolina where there was a large gathering for a winter sales event. The Matunuck drew a lot of attention and praise, not just for its looks, but for its lines for surfing - by the local surf kayakers. Now it is time for me to build my own Matunuck, according to Tyler.

Renee F | Chesapeake Beach, Maryland | Passagemaker Standard

Came out a real beauty!  It was a gift for my Dad's 70th birthday.  He loves it and was very touched. Attached is a picture (though land-locked) of my done Passagemaker Dinghy.  Built it during the January class in Annapolis; been working on it since May.  Came out a real beauty!  It was a gift for my Dad's 70th birthday.  He loves it and was very touched.  That was nice!

Thanks for the wonderful experience.  Would love to do another though right now I'm really tired of sanding.
Carl S. | Grand Rapids, MI. | Wood Duck 12

Can't say enough about how helpful and courteous you people were . . .

A wonderful design.  My wife KK and I use the two Woodduck kayaks in Michigan especially in the fall.  Also, we had an opportunity to catch your traveling road show in St. Petersburg, Florida this week.  Can't say enough about how helpful and courteous you people were (Austin and Joey).  Got the opportunity to row the dory, the pram, and the wherry.  Also paddled the Shearwater 16.  All great boats!  Thanks.

Walter R | Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada | Chesapeake 17

Great kit, great support, and……it paddles like a dream. I thought you might like to see my creation. Great kit, great support, and……it paddles like a dream. This 17 will be spending two weeks on the north shore of Lake Superior (Sibley to Rossport) in July/August this summer.
Randy S | Durham, NC | Chesapeake 16LT

Thanks for all the advice and encouragement!

 

Hey Guys,
 
Just launched my Chesapeake 16LT Saturday an hour after finishing the deck rigging. Would have launched it immediately but I had to install the cradle on the car.
 
Thanks for all the advice and encouragement!  I'm starting the second one, for my wife, next week.

 

Richard G. | France | Wood Duck 12 Hybrid

Thanks to the designer for the concept, and to CLC for the fine after-sale support!

Thanks to the designer for the concept, and to CLC for the fine after-sale support!

Eric S. | Prospect, Kentucky | Wood Duck Double

Came together as easily as advertised.  Looks great, too!  Thanks for putting together a fantastic kit.

I just finished my kayak and am looking forward to using it for the first time.  It required about 90 hours of labor, including finishing, and came together as easily as advertised.  Looks great, too!  Thanks for putting together a fantastic kit.

Peter P | Chardon, Ohio, USA | Chesapeake 16

Richard C | Rifle, Colorado | Chesapeake 17LT

I am very impressed at how well the boat went together, I can't wait to start my next one. I just took the first ride in my just completed Chesapeake 17LT – Awesome!!!  I am very impressed at how well the boat went together, I can't wait to start my next one.  I have absolutely no experience with building anything out of wood, this would be the first.  I highly recommend the video "The Zen of Wooden Kayak Building"  for any first time builder; this video was a huge supplement to the instruction manual.   
Sam C. | Meriden, CT | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

I would like to thank everyone at CLC!

So yesterday marks the official completion of my winter project.  I launched my new Shearwater 17’ Hybrid kayak at Red Bridge, which is located on the Quinnipiac River where it meets Hanover Pond in Meriden.

I would like to thank everyone at CLC who answered my many questions and helped me along the way.

Stephanie B | Petaluma, CA | Eastport Pram

Friends of the Petaluma River

Thank you for your support for the Friends of the Petaluma River small boat building project. I've attached images of the launching of our first boat, the Eve-O. I hope you enjoy them.


Jan H. | Driftwood, TX. | Annapolis Wherry

Thanks for the perfect Annapolis Wherry kit

Thanks for the perfect Annapolis Wherry kit, great accessory choices, and support along the way!  I tell everyone about CLC when I talk about the boat.  Already, my friend Scott caught the bug and ordered a kit from you.

Neil M. | Anchorage, Alaska | Skerry

After researching many designs I picked this one. Three years later I'm still loving it as much as ever.

The Skerry is a wonderful boat and an excellent first boat project. The manual is excellent and technical support is available. Being 15ft and 100 lbs it's one of the best compromises of seaworthness and light enough to carry with two people or one person with a dolly. After researching many designs I picked this one. Three years later I'm still loving it as much as ever. I consider it to be an excellent oar and sail boat.

With a 10 - 15 knot wind you can sail it as fast as you can row on a calm day, about 3 knots and sustain that speed for 4 hours before it becomes work. I have rowed it up to 14 miles in one day. It's an excellent fishing boat and though tippy compared to a flat bottom boat will not take in water unless you stand on the rail. I have rowed it in 3ft seas with no concern for safety. 

Ian H. | Lincoln, New Zealand | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

Just wanted to say thanks for a great set of plans.

Just wanted to say thanks for a great set of plans. I've been paddling around Banks Peninsula in New Zealand and am well pleased. I made a few modifications including a skeg and kajaksport hatches. All the best

Howard H | Whitehouse Station, NJ | Sassafras 16

We received lots of compliments too!
We finished construction of the Sassafras 16 on Sept 10th and enjoyed the canoe for a month or so until it got too cold to paddle.We took it on a weekend canoe/camping trip down the Delaware River with my son's Boy Scout troop and it performed great.  We received lots of compliments too!

We had a great time with you all in Mystic.  Many thanks to you and your team.
Phil T | Watertown, NY | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Do I like my board? I have paddled 8 times so far

I just returned from a trip from Outer Banks N.C. and can tell you paddling in 63 degree water is a lot more fun than the 40 degree water in upstate NY. Only problem I have is my two CLC  kayaks are feeling neglected. Every spring my brother and I take a kayak trip in April, This year I made him leave his plastic boat home, I was tired of waiting for him to catch up and made him use one of my small fleet of CLC boats (three so far). With me on my paddle board and him in a kayak he was waiting for me. After kayaking I find the view from my paddle board eye opening, I can't tell you how many sting-rays I saw. Do I like my board? I have paddled 8 times so far and can only feel sorry for my kayaks

See you at Okoumefest

Wendy W | | Matunuck Surf Kayak

They are psyched.

Happy New Year!  We pretty much finished ! all our students have to do is sand and varnish/paint. They are psyched.

Thank you for your support

Patrick F. | West Creek, NJ. | Sassafras 16

Your tech support was outstanding as well as comforting

The build was both challenging as well very satisfying, already thinking about another building project. As a first project, I feel it came out well. Your tech support was outstanding as well as comforting, the hand holding was appreciated.

John K. | Newton, MA | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

It is surprisingly stable and rowers, both novice and expert, have been zooming happily up and down the river.

The boat is great. It is surprisingly stable and rowers, both novice and expert, have been zooming happily up and down the river. It is very fast, much faster than our canoes, kayaks or electric boat. And it was new for me to row a boat that glides many times its length compared to traditional rowboats that row like they're in molasses.

Shane K. | Edgewater, MD | Shearwater Sport

Wanted to thank you for all of your assistance and a great product.  I have finished my Shearwater Sport Hybrid. Looking forward to my next project.  People are always commenting on the boat and want to know where I got it. Thanks again!

Jason D | Auckland, New Zealand | Chesapeake 17

Every time I go kayaking I go fishing and have yet to come home empty handed.

I did my longest paddle yesterday of 26 km -- very much feeling it today, but it was well worth it. I spent the day trawling a soft bait and caught my biggest haul yet of 8 fish. 7 Kahawai (a local predatory fish that is the most fun on light tackle) and 1 Snapper. Every time I go kayaking I go fishing and have yet to come home empty handed.

Kayak fishing has taken off here in a big way and on a beaut day you'll see a lot them on the water. I've had nothing but praise and all sorts of questions about the kayak. It's a real head turner for sure.

Thanks guys for all your help and I'm happy to say wifee is keen for a double so will be contacting you soon for a quote. 

Thomas D | Hartland, Wisconsin, USA | Chesapeake 17

Believe me I am no woodworker but this boat came out nice. Even my carpenter friends were impressed.
Aurelio | Miami, FL | Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid

I have been taking it all week long to the beach and I must say it turns a lot of heads

I have finally finished and am a proud owner of your Mill Creek design. I have been taking it all week long to the beach and I must say it turns a lot of heads. The surf has been a little choppy but it handles very well , I love it!!! I hope you enjoy the pictures, let me know what you think.

George H. | Milford, Michigan | Mill Creek 13

Great kit….great company !

Mill Creek 13 hybrid I built last year.  Great kit….great company !

Tim B. | Apex, NY. | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

 It was exciting to build and big fun to paddle.
I recently finished my Kaholo 14 paddleboard.  We held a launching party at Jordan Lake near Apex, NC this past weekend.  It was exciting to build and big fun to paddle.  I look forward to the many hours of enjoyment my family will get from the board in the years to come.
Nik P | Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA | Mill Creek 16.5

Rich H | Santa Ana, CA | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Thanks for a great kit, and even better service. I'll be back again.
Hey Guys,
Thought I'd send some pictures of the Kaholo 14 I just finished for a friend. I showed him a flyer that I'd picked up in August when you were at Newport Beach and he was hooked! He hasn't even had it on the water yet, but it looks great in his living room! I also included a picture with my Great Auk that I had down there at Newport, too.  Thanks for a great kit, and even better service. I'll be back again.

 

John S | Leonardtown, MD | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

It sails straight and fast.

Attached are photos of my completed Kahalo 14.  I designed the fabric for the boat.  It sails straight and fast.

Erik M. | Middletown, DE. | Northeaster Dory

Thanks for all your help.

The most glowing thing I can say about your company's kit and the process in general, is that I am without question one of the least handy people on the Eastern Seaboard and this is what I made. Thanks for all your help.

Norman E | Portland, Oregon | Jimmy Skiff

Your product was perfectly suited for my modest construction skills allowing me to gan confidence and new skills as I went along.

Here are a few photos of the "Crabcake" the name suggested by my wife and approved by the family.  I tried my hand at a few customizations.  I have enjoyed every moment of the work and thank you for your product and the help you and your colleagues have given me over the phone.  I found that as I got comfortable with the design and flow of construction, I grew more and more confident.  The moment of supreme confidence came when I successfully cut the slot for the daggerboard. Once that was done, there was not anything I could not do.

As I have said before, it has been a wonderful experience. Your product was perfectly suited for my modest construction skills allowing me to gan confidence and new skills as I went along. Your technical staff were always ready to gently explain what to do when I was confused or had a problem. I also found a fellow locally, Steve Miller, who had build one of your kayaks and lives nearby. I found him on your site. He was always available for a consultation and was at the launch. So you see it really did take a village. 

Keith B. | Edmonton Alberta, Canada | Chester Yawl

Some years back I bought a Chester yawl kit from you, which was an excellent package, and the boat is giving me stellar service kitted out with a custom rowing rig, and is used on Lake Wabamun, Alberta. I
took exactly the 110 hours that you estimated, to build it, plus as much again in finishing time, of course! The yawl is indeed a pretty boat, and many at the lake comment on how it adds to the yachty visual appeal of this part of the lake. Well done CLC!

Reinhard & Eva G. | Munich, Germany | Skerry

A great thank you to you and your team for your assistance, patience and help so our dream came true.

February 2013 we first heard about the Skerry, the following May we started with assembling the kit supplied by Bergers from Berlin respectively Fyne Boat kits. Almost exactly a year later after a long winter where we worked on the rig - the hull had been finished by October last year - we finally launched our boat a week ago. Since then we had 4 days of sailing with almost no wind and up to 8 knots. The boat sailed wonderfully; even at the lightest breeze we moved and felt very secure at 8 knots. It's much more of a boat than what one might think considering its size.

Many people are puzzled and astonished and keep asking where the boat is from and all admire and can hardly believe we built it ourselves. Of course we always mention and recommend CLC, Fyne Boats and Berger - hope more of these boats will show up here in Southern Germany. The handling of the sprit sail when sailing is of no problem much to our surprise. The lightness of the boat is something we still have to get used to.  Anyway we are very happy with the way it worked out and I must admit we are quite proud having this boat and we would not want to miss this experience of building a boat. I can say a dream I had since my childhood came true.

A great thank you to you and your team for your assistance, patience and help so our dream came true.

Meredith H. | Stowe, Vermont | Chesapeake 16LT

It fits just like it was meant for me. Oh wait, it WAS built just for me! Attached is a photo of my new Cheaspeake LT hybrid.  This was the ultimate present:  I "gave" the kit to my father, to build the kayak over the winter months (and keep him busy!).  He "regifted" the boat back to me for my birthday in March.  It is the gift that just keeps giving!
 
I am a former collegiate rower (who continues to work in the rowing industry) and am excited to get back on the water facing forwards.  The light weight of this kayak makes it easy to transport and nimble to paddle.
 
My father is in the background in another boat he built.  I think he did a gorgeous job on my Chessie!  I'm looking forward to many years of paddling this gorgeous boat.  It fits just like it was meant for me. Oh wait, it WAS built just for me!
 
Bill & Gayle B | Monroe, Oregon, USA | Chesapeake Double

Thank you for providing both quality products and excellent service. We are already looking forward to building another kayak. My wife and I ordered a Chesapeake Double kit from you last July and spent the rest of the summer building it together. It was by far the most enjoyable project we have ever done. The materials were of the finest quality, and any questions we had were answered over the phone clearly by a friendly person who you could tell knew what they were talking about.

The finished kayak looks great and performs even better. It handes nicely and glides through the water smoothly and quietly. . . Thank you for providing both quality products and excellent service. We are already looking forward to building another kayak.

Gary & Eldon A. | Novi, Michigan | Wood Duck 12

You can see CLC boats every year in Pentwater Michigan (on the shores of Lake Michigan) the 3rd weekend of August. This is the Wooden Boat Show and your boats have been in the last 5 shows. People really love them. This year I built a Wood Duck 12. What a hit, WOW!

Bill D. | Athens, TN. | Shearwater Sport

Easy to build, lots of fun!
First project--- Shearwater sport.  Easy to build, lots of fun!  Worked on it with my daughter-- great "bonding" experience!
Dirk F | Bloomington, IN | Skerry

Thanks for the help, the great kit and design.

Thanks for the help, the great kit and design.  I took my first row yesterday and was deeply pleased.  People have been pulling up next to me at traffic lights to ask about the boat.  Next spring I plan to work on the sailing equipment.  

Jerry B. | | CLC Cradle Boat

Built from the kit, it was a breeze.

Sundial is finished and ready for her captain. Built from the kit, it was a breeze. Thanks for making it so easy. The transom was painted by an artist friend of the family. I look forward to my children's children's children enjoying it for generations to come.

Eric V. | Dickerson, MD. | Northeaster Dory

 looking forward to many miles of sailing my field camera through the marshes of Chesapeake country

I'm unreservedly thrilled with the Northeaster Dory and looking forward to many miles of sailing my field camera through the marshes of Chesapeake country. All the guys have been great to work with, particularly David. The only downside is that it doesn't look homemade so no one asks if I built it!

Vincent S. | Orange City, FL | Peeler Skiff

The Peeler is perfect for what I have planned!

I took my maiden voyage in my plans built Peeler Skiff on the Saint Johns River out of DeLand Florida. The engine I used was a 1972 Johnson 9.5 Hp. (one-owner) and it topped out at 10 mph. Perfect for what I have planned for this boat!

Martin S. | Sammamish, WA. | CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

Thanks for creating these great designs and kits!

Here's a photo of my Chesapeake 17 with a SailRig Mk 2 ready for it's maiden voyage last week on Lake Sammamish, just east of Seattle. She was built from your kits over an extended period. She performed very well and was fun to sail once a breeze came up. I look forward to sailing her on Lake Washington and Puget Sound in the not too distant future. Thanks for creating these great designs and kits!

Tim C | Alexandria, Virginia | Eastport Pram

Thanks for the support for my questions, well documented plans and great supplies. I built this Eastport Pram from plans so I could customize the transom to fit the sailboat (1974 Tartan 30 Competition) in the background.  I will send a picture of it on deck some day if I ever put it there.  She follows along very well even in a stiff wind.  Thanks for the support for my questions, well documented plans and great supplies.
Dave H | Whitmore Lake, MI | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

Thanks for offering great products and excellent support!

Just completed my second CLC boat and launched this weekend "Water Log".  Cruised over 20 miles on some of the most beautiful water in the US and then tooled around a small peaceful lake.  Love it.  Is it wrong that on her maiden voyage, I was busy planning for my next build?

Thanks for offering great products and excellent support!


Dan B | Victoria, Minnesota | Chesapeake 17

Without a doubt, CLC has provided the best customer experience for any product I have ever purchased.  I wish you also sold cars, dishwashers, computers, etc.
Thanks to you and your team, I recently completed my first build, a CS17.  I can't thank you enough for your support along the way.  Without a doubt, CLC has provided the best customer experience for any product I have ever purchased.  I wish you also sold cars, dishwashers, computers, etc.  The instructions, DVD, forum, and live support got me through questions and uncertainties. 
 
I can't wait to start my next build.  Maybe a hybrid? 
 
I know the directions say the boat is not supposed to be furniture, but I'm not quite there yet.  Do you also provide a support group to get us first timers into the water? 
 
Thanks again.
Peter D | Indiannapolis, Indiana | Wood Duck 12

I went fishing this morning with my plastic bottle kayak friends and they loved the duck. I went fishing this morning with my plastic bottle kayak friends and they loved the duck.  She handles beautifully, straight and true and cuts through the water with minimal effort.  I out-fished them to boot.  This duck came in at 39.5 lbs and is a dream to paddle.  
Don J | Stillwater, Minnesota | Chester Yawl

We get lots of looks and admiring comments around our lake. The Yawl was a fun project and turned out very nice.  Anyway, we get lots of looks and admiring comments around our lake.  The yellow really looks great!
Steven B | San Diego, California | Wood Duck 12

This is a great boat - fast, stable and looks great.

Just thought I would send a picture of the Wood Duck I just finished. This is a great boat - fast, stable and looks great.  Thanks for a great product!! 

Kent Z. | Port Townsend, WA. | Annapolis Wherry

 It's been a real pleasure to row.

There's hardly a day when I take it out that someone doesn't walk up and ask about the boat.  It's been a real pleasure to row.

Dan C. | Sarasota, FL. | Shearwater Sport

Thank you everyone at CLC...your products are wonderful...your support is beyond wonderful!

Today, October 23, 2013, I took my Shearwater Sport for her first paddle at Turtle Beach, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. It was a windy day so I had some good chop in the bay in which to play. The boat handles and paddles just like a dream...I'm truly happy. 

I learned enough during this build to know that this will NOT be the last boat I build from CLC...it was so fun, so challenging, and so rewarding to see her come together and make it to the water within a month of taking delivery of the kit.

Thank you John and everyone at CLC...your products are wonderful...your support is beyond wonderful!!!

Bill G | Renton, Washington, USA | Chesapeake 17

John K | Forked River, New Jersey, USA | Annapolis Wherry

The Annapolis Wherry is a really nice product & fun to build, and incredible to row..
Terry M. | Houston, TX. | Chesapeake 18

Many thanks to CLC for providing an excellent kit, helpful instructions, and an eager sales and service department . . . all geared to make a “first time builder” a success.

I am very proud of launching “Peaceful”!  Many thanks to CLC for providing an excellent kit, helpful instructions, and an eager sales and service department . . . all geared to make a “first time builder” a success.

 

Roger S | High Bridge, NJ | Chesapeake 17LT

Thanks for providing a top quality boat that was incredibly easy to build. My 17LT is everything and more than I expected. Thanksfor providing a top quality boat that was incredibly easy to build.
Dan K | Anchorage, Alaska | Wood Duck 12

Just a quick note to let you know that I am still enjoying my WD-12 immensely!!

Just a quick note to let you know that I am still enjoying my WD-12 immensely!!  Thanks again for a wonderful product! 

Jeff S | Chicago, Illinois | Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

My Kaholo is awesome!  I'm spreading the joys of SUP here in the Chicago metro area. My Kaholo is awesome!  I'm spreading the joys of SUP here in the Chicago metro area.
John P. | Moneta, Virginia | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

This was my first go at building a boat and I found it to be a great experience. I thought you might enjoy seeing my "finished product".  This was my first go at building a boat and I found it to be a great experience.  Thanks for all your help and quick responses to my questions while I was building it.
Keg A | Auckland, New Zealand | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

She floats!  Thanks for your help.

She floats!  Thanks for your help.


John W | Kennebunk, Maine, USA | Chesapeake 16

People honk and give me the
John Z | Ponte Vedra Beach, California, USA | Chesapeake 16

Randolph W | Cumming, Georgia | Passagemaker Standard

I have had many admiring comments from my club members at Lake Lanier Sailing. Just a note to tell you we have launched our Passagemaker, and it floated, with no leaks!  I have had many admiring comments from my club members at Lake Lanier Sailing.  Many thanks for your help along the way.
Kathy D. | Seattle, WA. | Wood Duck 12

Thanks for designing great boats that the whole family can enjoy!

I had the opportunity to take my niece, Janissa out for her first paddle this weekend.  She was visiting from California and had a great time despite the fact that it was a bit cloudy (we live in Seattle so clouds
are pretty much a given on any holiday weekend).  We went in the Wood Duck 12 I made from plans and it worked wonderfully for both of us, plenty of room in the cockpit (my Shearwater 14 would have been a bit snug!). Here's a shot of her helping to paddle.  She is such a special little girl - adopted from Ethiopia; I got to go with her Mom to Ethiopia to pick her up, and it is amazing to see her grow and develop and have new experiences.

Thanks for designing great boats that the whole family can enjoy!

Frank S | Centreville, Virginia, USA | Chesapeake 17LT

The supplies provided with the kit were complete and generous. The materials were flawless.
Seth H. | Northborough, MA. | Skerry

She handles the swell and currents under oars really well!

Here is another photo of Sugar Honey in Newport RI, her first salt water adventure. She handles the swell and currents under oars really well!

Scott E | Great Falls, Montana, USA | Mill Creek 13

Thank you for all the research and development that makes the plans so complete and reliable, it was a fun family project.

I am dropping you a note to say thanks designing the Mill Creek 13. We are very happy with the versatility of this boat as Montana has so many different waters to choose from. In these boats we enjoy fishing, camping and watching our eleven-year-old son handle the Mill Creek like it was made for him.

Mariska H | Apeldoorn, Netherlands | Chesapeake 16

Every minute of the boatbuilding was lots of fun, I enjoyed it all. Thanks to your great plans, I've made a chesapeake 16 last year. See enclosed a few of the photos. As you can imagine, I made lots of photo's during the construction. Every minute of the boatbuilding was lots of fun, I enjoyed it all. I named my boat "Infinity," which is the meaning of the japanese characters on the deck -- in Japanese it is pronounced as Mugen.
James D | New London, CT | Shearwater 17 Hybrid

Here are some photos of my latest, a Shearwater17 Hybrid. Next year, it’s the Night Heron!

Here are some photos of my latest, a Shearwater17 Hybrid. Next year, it’s the Night Heron!

Bob M. | Bloomingdale, GA | Peeler Skiff

She has met all my expectations so far.

She has met all my expectations so far. I haven't had a chance to open the Yamaha 15 yet as she is brand new and must be kept slower for 10hrs or so. I will say she gets up on plane fairly quickly with a
smooth transition and returns the same.  I haven't yet found any unexpected handling issues and she is just a comfortable stable boat.

Mark C | Missoula, Montana, USA | Chesapeake 17

Fred S | Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, USA | Shearwater 17

I would recommend this boat to anyone whose looking for a long distance cruiser that's comfortable, fast and a blast to paddle.
Timothy F. | Savannah, GA. | Hybrid Night Heron

If two newbies like us can do it, anyone can!

Over the past year my Son Zachary and I have been tackling our first boat building project. We selected the Hybrid Night Heron. It was a challenging build, but if two newbies like us can do it while avoiding the dreaded Viking Funeral, anyone can! Thanks for your support, and for the quality and attention to detail that you build into each kit.

Peter Van S | Couer d'Alene, Idaho, USA | Chesapeake 17

This turned out to be a great way to obtain a beautiful boat.

I'd like to thank you for an easy to build and beautitul design in the C17. I spent this last summer building 2 of these kayaks with my young friend Beau. Beau is a high school senior at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He is also a Boy Scout so this made a great scouting project. He used the project to earn his woodworking merit badge. I'd say this is a fitting project for that purpose. As it turned out we launched both boats at a scouting event on Coeur d'Alene Lake at the beginning of October.

This turned out to be a great way to obtain a beautiful boat. We purchased the plans last spring and worked on the boats on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. It was exciting to see the plans come together into such beauty. We have only been able to take them out twice before the cold weather set in, but may yet see an opportunity to get them out on the water before too long. Maybe we'll have a chance to do a New Years Day paddle - well if our chosen destination is not frozen over.

Attached are some photos of our results. We hope you are as proud of the design as we are of our results!

Stewart B | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | Chester Yawl

The boat has exceeded all my expectations.
Kathe B | McMinnville, Oregon | Annapolis Wherry

My husband and I have build two CLC crafts (a 16' kayak and a wherry) -- both get drools and ooohs and aaahs everytime we have them on the road traveling from home to our point of destination.

We will NEVER buy a craft from any other company other than CLC. GREAT company...GREAT projects!!

Dave G. | Grand Island, NE. | Wood Duck Double

I enjoyed the process immensely.
Here is a shot of my first CLC build.  I enjoyed the process immensely.
Barbara & Andy | St Clair Shores, Michigan | CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

Our highest sailing speed was 5.8 knots! Andy and I went on a glorious vacation last week to East Tawas Bay/Lake Huron.  We stayed at a great cottage with a beach area the size of a football field.  We were able to beach our kayak down by the water when we were not sailing it.  It was an awesome week to go kayaking!  Our highest sailing speed was 5.8 knots!  Andy spent hours on the bay and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Thanks to everyone who put together our kayak kit.  It was a great project for Andy and a wonderful “investment” for both of us.  We will always keep our “B Marie.”
David L | Asheville, North Carolina, USA | Chesapeake 18

The dragon was designed by me and the Chinese symbols mean
Dan K | Anchorage, Alaska | Wood Duck 12

It handled absolutely beautifully, and I am looking forward to many years of enjoyment with my new boat.

Viewing the world from a kayak quickly puts things in perspective.  It handled absolutely beautifully, and I am looking forward to many years of enjoyment with my new boat.  The only "drawback" is that up here in Alaska, our days of ice-free lakes are numbered!  Thanks for a great product!!

John-Kare T | Jan Mayen, NORWAY | Chesapeake 17

There was one thing that I wasn't prepared for: The silence in these wooden boats compared to fibreglass kayaks.
Ken M | Rossland, British Columbia, CANADA | West River 18

I was delighted with every aspect of the hardware, literature and support. . . . Thanks again for your great service.
Michael H. | Lititz, PA | Wood Duckling 8

He is paddling the Wood Duckling that I built him for his 7th birthday . . . It handles amazingly well.

The paddler is Benjamin, my grandson.  He is paddling the Wood Duckling that I built him for his 7th birthday.  He lives in South Florida and so the boat is ideal for him to explore among the mangroves with his father.  Benjamin was able to help to build some parts of the boat.  It handles amazingly well.  It tracks well enough for him to be able to paddle in a straight line, yet is easy for him to turn.

We named it the Mangrove Skipper.  When he outgrows it, we'll build another and pass this on to his little sister.
Ray D. | Roswell, Georgia | Wood Duck 12 Hybrid

What a great experience! This was my first boat building project and I loved it. CLC, I just finished my Wood Duck 12. What a great experience! This was my first boat building project and I loved it. Thanks for a great product. It was a pleasure dealing with you. Here are some photos of the final days in the shop and the launch with my daughter and granddaughter. We had a ball.
Steve B | Morrisville, Vermont | Chester Yawl

Thanks for putting out such a fun and beautiful product.

I had a great time building and then rowing my Chester Yawl in Farmers Cay, Exuma, Bahamas.  We brought down 3 kits....one is complete, one half built and the third is still in the box....we're looking forward to many rowing adventures around the Exumas.  Thanks for putting out such a fun and beautiful product.

Tim S. | Citrus Heights, California | Pax 20

I'm really stoked about the PAX.  The only boats that beat my time were Huki surf skis and one Westside K1 and a lot more behind me.

Just wanted to thank you for your PAX 20 design.  

As you may recall I compete in Eppie's each year, for the past 3 years.  I'm the paddler on a mens over 50 team even tho I'm 61. We've won our division 2 of the last 3 years but came up short this year, 2nd place. The winning team found a runner that was outta this world.

Anyway, my personal paddle time was 25th of 389 team paddlers and only 10 of 700 Iron Men.  That's 35th of almost 1100. I'm really stoked about the PAX.  The only boats that beat my time were Huki surf skis and one Westside K1 and a lot more behind me.  I started the PAX on Memorial Day and launched it on July 4th. Only had 9 paddles in it prior to the event and of that only twice down the 6.35 mile river course.

I'll have  the Pax20 and the Shearwater 14 LV at Natomas on Labor Day---Hope to see you there.  May even bring the S&G NH also. Thanks again for all your great boats.

Bruce B. & Gary O. | Clovis & Fresno, CA. | Wood Duck 12

In spite of our initial lack of skill, the kayaks were easy and fun to build.

After the Sacramento event last Labor Day, we decided to build a pair of  12' Wood Ducks for fishing. We started in late October, and working part time through the winter, we completed the project in late April. They went in the water in the Sierra Nevada foot hills for the first time April 30th. Our woodworking skills weren't too great in the beginning, so we had to use a little exterior filler, thus the paint jobs. In spite of our initial lack of skill, the kayaks were easy and fun to build. We are both eager to join you once again in Sacramento to test drive other models so we can start another project for the winter.

Dan C. | Sarasota | Shearwater Sport

Wanted to THANK you for this seriously sweet boat that I'm building (middle of day three here....hull has since been tack welded)...

Also, thanks for all the resources online that are helpful to myself and all boat builders. When I opened up the kit, I was apprehensive at best, but now that I have the hull and deck formed, I'm having a really good time. No Viking funerals here!

Mark S. | Centreville, VA. | Eastport Pram

Thanks for making such a great product available.

I've recently completed construction of one of your Eastport Pram dinghies and I am very pleased with the results.  Thanks for making such a great product available.  Later this year, I intend to purchase the sail kit which I am very excited about.

Paul B. | Lamar, MO | Sea Island Sport

Very stable, holds a line like a dream.  Still need to work out what to do with the paddle while pulling in the big one on the fishing rod.

11 days of wilderness travel in Canada:  Very stable, holds a line like a dream.  Still need to work out what to do with the paddle while pulling in the big one on the fishing rod.

Jussi L | Finland | CLC Kayak/Canoe SailRig

 It sails beautifully. Thanks for a great product!

The CLC SailRig fitted to an old plastic Oasis kayak. It sails beautifully. Thanks for a great product!

Dan M | Union, OH | Northeaster Dory

Congrats to CLC for helping to make us look so good!

Hi, John!  We thought you would like to see this e-mail, particularly the last line of paragraph two.  We are going to put it on our web site. Congrats to CLC for helping to make us look so good!

Pat, Adam, Bonnie

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Can't say enough about the week at GLBBS. I knew that it would be helpful to work under a master boat builder, but the advice and attention that Pat gave us made all the difference in the world. He provided us with numerous helpful hints - ones that may have been implied in the directions that came with our kit, but might not have been picked up easily. Too, he quickly recognized that Ric brought a host of carpentry skills across the Atlantic to our week in the shop and schemed with Ric to find ways to make a really fine kit boat even better! 

The GLBBS facilities were and location were terrific. All the tools we needed were of good quality and in plentiful supply. Pat made the entire shop available to us as needed. We got more than we bargained for as other staff and students from the school would drop in, hang out, share ideas, and urge us on. Though the Northeaster Dory could be built by one person, I'm glad there were two of us there to move the project along as there was more than enough to keep us busy all week. 

Mostly, we had fun. Ric and I thoroughly enjoyed the time in the shop, the commute between Cedarville and Alanson. Time to talk about boats, about life. Sand paper and clamps replaced cell phones and internet. And, the format of the "custom" boat building week allowed us to enjoy watching other styles of boats being built at the same time. Many things in common despite the design differences.

Okay, enough chatter from down here in Dayton, Ohio. Good luck on the projects you have going up there this school year. Don't hesitate to have any interested and potential summer workshop participant contact me about GLBBS.

Zack P | Robbinsville, NC | Chesapeake 17

Thanks again, CLC!  Your products are great and I hope to continue building in the future.

I built this Chesapeake 17 for my senior project in high school and have since paddled every lake in my area with it, several of these trips being overnight--week long cruises.  The build was extremely enjoyable and the directions were easy to follow, especially for a beginner such as myself.  The cockpit is roomy on long paddles and comfortable when fitted with a few extra cushions (personal preference), and there is ample room for gear below deck.  Depending on how you pack, it's very easy to load for long trips.  

As far as the boat's performance goes, she handles quite well when you consider her length.  She is also very stable due to the hard chine and wider beam in the cockpit area; this is a blessing in rough waters as well as stiff winds.  Overall, Diamond in the Rough was a great project, good investment, and a wonderful new way for me to enjoy the outdoors.

Thanks again, CLC! Your products are great and I hope to continue building in the future.

Walter R | Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada | Chesapeake 17

We're back from a two week kayak trip on the north shore of Lake Superior.  The 17 performed admirably! We're back from a two week kayak trip on the north shore of Lake Superior. It was a flawless trip with outstanding weather. The 17 performed admirably!  The compass came in very handy – check out the fog…..
Richard C. | Rifle, CO | Mill Creek 16.5

Thanks for your amazing kits – they are a blast to build and even more fun out on the water.

We just took the newly completed Mill Creek 16.5 out this past weekend for its maiden voyage – it was awesome!  The boat was by far the nicest one out on the water.  We are at Harvey Creek Reservoir located in Silt, Colorado.

This is the 4th boat of yours that I have completed – 2 Wood Ducks, 1  Chesapeake 17LT and the Mill Creek 16.5.  My next project hopes to be your stand-up paddleboard. 

Thanks for your amazing kits – they are a blast to build and even more fun out on the water.

Steve G | Wilmington, NC | Shearwater 17

What an awesome kayak.

Hi, Eric.  Recently finished a Shearwater 17.  What an awesome kayak.  I have paddled several different stitch and glues, and built your brother's Great Auk Single and Tandem pictured in the CLC catalog.  The Shearwater is by far the best looking and among the best handling stitch and glues on the market.  Congratulations on such a tremendous design.  Enjoy your day, Steve

William R | Atlanta, GA | Stitch & Glue Night Heron

I've now made several CLC boats

I've now made several CLC boats and I enjoy reading your hard print catalog in part because of interesting images of customers and CLC staff in action.  One of me on an extended GA barrier islands trip finally made it.

I attached 3 images of the two Night Herons I made.  I did the stitch and glue with my massage therapist and then needed to make the stripper version for myself. These images were taken on a 3-day trip to Long Island (Little Tybee)

William R

Scott A | Skandateles, NY | Chesapeake 17LT

The build was really enjoyable and the finished product is amazing.

Just wanted to thank you for the kit and fun I had putting together the Chesapeake 17LT this summer.  The build was really enjoyable and the finished product is amazing.  I live near one of the Finger Lakes,and wheel the kayak down to the water.  The boat received lots of compliments, and quite a few people asked for the name of the company. People from twenty something women, to middle agers told me they havealways wanted to make their own boat.  I encouraged them that if I could do it, so could they.  I'm attaching some pictures; added to the
basic boat is your compass rose on-lay, and the hull was stained withwater based dark walnut.  Can't wait for warmer weather and new places to paddle.  Thanks again.

David K | Cleveland Heights, OH | Chesapeake 16

The whole thing was great fun.

The whole thing was great fun.  Laura and I built a cardboard model before we ordered the kit.  It could just barely make the turn into the attic closet and out the window.  We measured more carefully as we were
actually squirting the boat out, we have enough room to eject a Chesapeake 17 and that will be this winter's project.

More pictures later.

James K | Phenix City, AL | Sassafras 16

you guys know how to take care of your customers

Thank you for the complementary t-shirts and cap… you guys know how to take care of your customers.  If you look closely in the photo, you can see the cap already collecting sawdust on my drill press.  My family Sassafras is almost complete, and not soon enough, because the cedar strips for the night heron that are sitting on the garage floor are haunting my dreams.  In addition, my wife has her eye on the Kaholo 14 so… not sure I should say thanks, but more like you, personally, have ruined us for life!  Ha.  At least she gave me until after retirement (30 years from now) for the Pocketship!  Just wanted to personally thank you and your people again for all of your hard work and dedication!

Tim M | Berkeley, CA | Northeaster Dory

The plans and book were great! The boat is great!

Well after a freak thunderstorm, which was only over my house, and a lot of scraping and sanding; I finally have the third coat on! I no longer fear epoxy!!! The plans and book were great! The boat is great! It went together - well perfectly. At least I'm happy. My only regret was not getting the kit! You guys have been great! Thanks!!!

Regards,
Tim

Bob L. | San Francisco, CA | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

Just wanted to say thank you. I've finished my boat and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Just wanted to say thank you. I've finished my boat and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The CLC staff is amazing. You all should be proud of the great work you do. The products are top quality. I was never disapointed. Now all I want to do is row...and build another boat. 

Mike P. | Houston, Texas | Sea Island Sport

I love this kayak and plan to make other kayaks/canoes/boats.

I completed this over a year ago and have used it many times, most often for my son's Boy Scout troop camping events. I love this kayak and plan to make other kayaks/canoes/boats.

Ilene C. | Annapolis, MD | Chesapeake 17LT

The class was terrific and Philip is thrilled with his kayak.
This is the Chesapeake 17lt I built for my husband in Geoff Kerr's class last May. It's the first *anything* I've ever built. The class was terrific and Philip is thrilled with his kayak.
Tim S | Citrus Heights, CA | Pax 20

Just wanted to let you know that I'm having great results with my PAX 20. I pretty much race guys 20 years younger than me I'm now 62.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm having great results with my PAX 20. I pretty much race guys 20 years younger than me I'm now 62. They use Thunderbolts and Epic 10. Some are in Huki surf ski's. This is a non pro group. but very competitive.

Kevin M | Miami, Florida | Oxford Shell

The Shell performed flawlessly and is fast.  The club members were blown away by your product. Finally launched my Oxford Shell Saturday at the Miami Beach Rowing Club.  The Shell performed flawlessly and is fast.  The club members were blown away by your product.  I included a few pictures.  Thanks.
Claire W | Whispering Pines, North Carolina | Sassafras 12

I'm 17 years old and just finished my first boat, the Sassafras 12, from CLC for my senior project.

I'm 17 years old and just finished my first boat, the Sassafras 12, from CLC for my senior project.

I absolutely love it and really enjoyed the project. Thanks for the awesome kit, CLC!

José J. | Granada, España | Chesapeake 17LT

I enjoyed every moment of the build.

Finally finished my Chesapeake 17LT, and it had some modifications such as the arch of the back cover to give it more height. Currently, I'm installing a rudder. People stop and ask me for information about the construction all the time. Everyone here has a PVC kayak!

I enjoyed every moment of the build. My friends laugh at my dedication, but when I have finished they want to build one of these too. I decorated the boat with inlays based on themes from the Alhambra.

John F. | Delafield, WI | Annapolis Wherry Tandem

 love this little boat. Nothing finer than an early Wisconsin sunrise on a placid lake in my CLC boat!

Well...I should have gotten around to posting this picture last May. But I've been out having too much fun in my new boat!  My wife gave me the kit for Christmas last December. I started in right away and had the boat finished by April.  April  was too cold in Wisconsin this year, and there was still ice on the lakes, so I had to wait until May to launch her. She's called "Andiamo", which is Italian for "Let's go!"  

I had a ton of fun building her. As the weather cools down around her, I'll bring her in for a few minor modifications: replace and glass the skeg, touch up the exterior paint, replace the plastic seats on the row wings with mahogany ones, and add a bronze eye to the breast hook so tha I can have a little painter to tie her up occasionally. 

I love this little boat, and along with my new rowing partner, we're out 3-4x per week pulling 6 or 7 miles. Nothing finer than an early Wisconsin sunrise on a placid lake in my CLC boat!

Wayne D | Gig Harbor, Washington | Annapolis Wherry

Overall, I love the boat. It handles nicely, has a nice turn of speed, and is quite stable, which is a factor at my advanced age of 72, and the primary reason I decided to build it.
Overall, I love the boat. It handles nicely, has a nice turn of speed, and is quite stable, which is a factor at my advanced age of 72, and the primary reason I decided to build it.  The construction was easy, with no surprises, although I always find varnishing to be a humbling experience.
Dan W. | Portland, OR. | Chesapeake 16

Love the boat and the stitch and glue process.

Love the boat and the stitch and glue process. It took about 40 hours build time and weighs 42 pounds.

Greg W | Virginia Beach, Virginia | Chesapeake 17

I am the envy of my neighbors! I want to thank you for the technical help (numerous times) via phone with my first build of a Chesapeake 17 lt kayak. I launched it the other day in Virginia Beach and it paddled well. I am the envy of my neighbors!
Steve D | Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA | Mill Creek 16.5

It was a great project for us to do together -- we do not hang wallpaper, but can build a CLC kayak together!!!!
  

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