How To Reach us:

We work really hard to be responsive and easy to reach. 

You can call us at 410 267 0137 from 9am to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday; due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are not currently open on Saturdays.  You can fax us anytime at 410 267 5689.  If you are calling or emailing about a current order, please have your order # avaiable.

Email is a great way to get ahold of us.  We try to answer email seven days a week, and within 24 hours, although response times will vary.  If your email account issues challenges (eg. Earthlink) or filters aggressively, you might not get a response or order updates from us.  We respond to ALL emails, so if you don't hear from us, there might have been a typo in your email address or our response was filtered.

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We have a huge store and showroom, too!  Our newly refurbished showroom is now open, and CURBSIDE DELIVERY also working smoothly. Please call ahead or email your order and we'll be happy to bring it out to your car. We look forward to welcoming you here in Annapolis to allow you to order and pick up boat kits and accessories, talk to staff, and tour the boatbuilding shops.  Click here for directions.


Shipping Info At a Glance:

Boat Kits:  After you place your kit order it's handed over to our shipping manager, who will email you with an estimated shipping date.  If we have your kit in stock, we'll ship it immediately, within a day or two.  If we need to build your kit, turnaround will take longer, and it will be fabricated during the next scheduled production run for that model.  Everything in your CLC boat kit is manufactured and packed right here at our Annapolis, Maryland factory, by highly skilled artisans, and to maintain quality we can produce them only so fast!  If your project is especially time sensitive, just let us know and we'll do absolutely everything we can to accommodate your schedule. 

Whether you place your kit order online or over the phone, you will receive an email with a shipping date, and updates if it changes.  You'll also get an email with tracking information once your kit ships.  Kits are shipped by freight truck and will take 5-7 days to arrive at your door, depending upon where you live.  Rural areas may take longer.  The kit boxes are too large to ship via by small package ground servce carriers.  PocketShip and Peeler kits are shipped in large crates, and special arrangements may be necessary for off-loading from the delivery truck.  The shipping company will call to arrange for the final delivery once it arrives at the local terminal.  Picking up your kit at the shipping terminal is an option as well.  Depending on the kit, some small kit packages will be sent by way of ground service such as FedEx or UPS.

Accessories and other items will be shipped the next business day if possible.  We'll use FedEx, UPS and USPS for shipping on most of those items.  Overnight or faster shipping options are available. Just ask!

Here is an overview of our shipping costs.

  Canadian customers, click here to learn about shipping to your country. 


Billing Policy:  Credit card transactions are processed individually by CLC the same day the order is placed.  Orders that include boat and camper kits are also charged the same day that the order is placed, which may be days or weeks prior to the production or shipment of the kit.  Full payment is required for kits to secure a position on the kit production schedule.   

Kit Order Cancellation:  Contact our customer service team by phone or email, if you need to cancel a boat kit or camper kit order.  If the order has been shipped or picked up from CLC, refer to our return policy below.  A $35 cancellation fee will be deducted from all boat kit and camper kit refunds.

Backorders:  If an out-of-stock item will significantly delay shipment, we will ship the balance of the order immediately and send the out-of-stock item as soon as it becomes available.  Generally, the order will be charged in its entirety at the time of the initial shipment.  Charges on expensive backordered items, such as oars and rowing units, may be delayed until the time of shipment.

Return Policy:  Supplies and accessories will be refunded at full price, as long as they are returned in new condition.  Exclusions include discontinued items, opened paint and opened epoxy.  Boat kits in new condition will be refunded less a 20% re-stocking fee.  A complete inspection of boat kit components are required prior to issuing a refund.  The customer is responsible for all return shipping costs.  CLC will not accept returns for ProKits and custom CNC work.  Refunds are to be issued to the original purchaser only, proof of purchase is required.  No returns will be accepted after 120 days. 

Return Procedure:  Securely pack all items and return them to the address listed below.  Please include a copy of your original invoice or a note with your order number, name, address, phone number, email address, and a reason for the return.  

Chesapeake Light Craft
Attn: Returns
1805 George Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401 


Privacy Policy: We recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of personal identifiying information about you as a user of our website. This website does not collect/record personal identifying information about users except for that information that you provide voluntarily to us. A user's personal identifying information is always treated with the strictest confidence by Chesapeake Light Craft.

We will NEVER share or sell this information or share it with any third parties.


Discounts for Active US Military: Chesapeake Light Craft offers a 5% discount on all boats kits and nearly all merchandise* to Active US Military Personnel.  Use the promo code usmilitary during checkout online to activate the discount. A Valid Military ID will be required before we process your order---you may fax it to us at 410-267-5689.  Please include your invoice number on the fax.

*Discounts are not available on Sculling Oars, Drop-in Rowing Units, Trailex & Grain kits, Marine Plywood, and Marine Lumber.  This discount may not be combined with other promotions.  


International Sales:

CLC has maintained knowledgable sales agents for our products around the world since 1994. These companies maintain an inventory of many of our kits, plans, and accessories and provide technical support.

We ship overseas orders daily.  If you're not in one of the countries below or would like to order from us directly, then:

  •   Place your order normally, including a credit card number.  To expedite your order, you will be prompted to agree to shipping fees up to a certain amount during checkout.  If the selected amount exceeds the actual costs, we will charge you the appropriate fees and process your order immediately.  If the costs exceed the selected amount, we will notify you by email and await confirmation before processing.   Learn more here.
  •   Orders over $250 may require verification or alternate payment methods.
  •   You will be responsible for customs, duties, VAT, brokerage fees, or any other costs that may arise as goods cross borders.  It is difficult or impossible for us to predict these fees in advance.



Norihiko Kanai
12-32 Shichiriga-Hama-I-Chome
Kamakura City
JAPAN 248-0026

Phone: 0467-31-3745
Fax: 0467-32-9867





Arwen Marine
1 rue de Roye
60280 Clairoix, FRANCE

Phone:  +33 (0) 3-44-42-83-31




Fyne Boat Kits
Unit 5, Station Yard
Burneside, Kendal
Cumbria, LA9 6QZ

Phone: +44 (0)1539 721770


Fyne Boat Kits have been manufacturing CLC kits in the UK since 1999. They offer all of CLC's catalog and have extensive experience of giving technical support to kit builders as well as making boats to order. They also run boatbuilding classes and supervised building of kits in the English Lake District.



 Cape Boat Works

Australia & New Zealand:

Denman Marine

Tel: 03 62674660
Fax: 03 62674991

Denman Marine
PO Box 105
Kettering, Tasmania 7155



Berger Boote


Berger Boote

Herzbergstraße 40-43
D-10365 Berlin

Tel: +49-(0)30 / 20 989 777

Berger Boote Chesapeake Light Craft Germany