Build Your Own Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard

Location: Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, Washington
Dates: Saturday, July 23, 2022 - Friday, July 29, 2022

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Northwest Maritime Center

For more information about this class, call or email:
360-385-3628 x300

This Class in Port Townsend, WA, is offered by the Northwest Maritime Center; for registration and class inquiries, please call 360-385-3628 x300 or email

Instructor:  Joel Arrington

Tuition & Materials:  

  • Student Tuition: $725/NWMC Member,  $775/Non-Member

  • Plus Kit & Materials:

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Kaholo SUP - Build Your Own Boat in One Week
Kaholo Stand-up Paddleboards
Kaholo 12-6 - Build Your Own Boat
Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard - Build Your Own Boat

First seen in Hawaii, SUP boards have exploded in popularity. This freshly rediscovered sport has the paddler standing on a long surfboard, propelled by an extra-long paddle. SUPs have caught on in numbers that are more than simply faddish. Why? It is as close as you can get to walking on water. The increased visibility of the standing position changes your entire perspective on your local waters. And unlike surfing, anyone can do it! While some enter races and venture into the ocean, most use their boards to explore bays, rivers, and quiet waterways.

In this one-week class, you will build either a 12-1/2-foot or 14-foot Kaholo paddleboard. It took more than five years for the team at Chesapeake Light Craft to develop the Kaholo designs, boards with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. Tracking is great and a narrow nose with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholos up and over waves. 

The 14 is better for larger paddlers, 190lbs or more (or those who might carry along dogs or small kids). The 12-6 is more compact, best for smaller-statured paddlers, and it fits in several increasingly popular racing classes. There are no other SUP boards in the world that are easier for a first-time boatbuilder.
Starting from a computer-cut Chesapeake Light Craft kit, you’ll build your wooden Kaholo stitch-and-glue style. Okoume plywood panels are joined to form the board’s shape, and the interior reinforced with a grid of aircraft-like frames for stiffness and light weight. Epoxy and fiberglass add strength and durability. Proper deck pads and carrying handles are included. You may add whimsical decoration to your board, such as Hawaiian fabrics beneath the fiberglass. There are many SUPs, but the one you built yourself will be absolutely unique.

Note:  Boat kits for classes are specially prepared at CLC and delivered directly to the classroom.  These kits include extra supplies and may have certain parts pre-assembled. Because of the particular nature of these kits, discounts and other promotions do not apply. Kit shipping fees and tax will be applied at checkout.


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