The Chesapeake-series sea kayak designs are foundational not just for CLC but for the entire world of "backyard boatbuilding." These award-winners are now available as PDF downloads! This is a quick and accessible way to get started building one of these proven kayaks.

This collection of plans are on 24" x 36" (610x914mm) and include the complete illustrated assembly manuals. Parts that fit on those pages are generally shown at full sized, but you'll lay out the hull panels from "offsets."

IMPORTANT: You'll need to be able to print the plans at the full 24" x 36" size, probably on a commercial plotter. 

Just put the "Plans & Manual Only - Emailed PDF" kit option in your shopping cart and check out. We'll send you the PDF links in reply!

Orders from outside the lower 48 U.S. states will need to wait until the next business day for processing and email delivery of their plans.

Chesapeake 14

Chesapeake 14

More than 9000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast....

Chesapeake 16LT

Chesapeake 16LT

  More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome...

Chesapeake 16

Chesapeake 16

  More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast....

Chesapeake 17LT

Chesapeake 17LT

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast....

Chesapeake 17

Chesapeake 17

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast....

Chesapeake 18

Chesapeake 18

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped since 1996. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast....

Chesapeake Sport Tandem

Chesapeake Sport Tandem

There was a lot of demand but hardly anything like it in 2002 when we unveiled the Chesapeake Sport Tandem. This very narrow, very fast double is perfect for athletic couples who want to really cover the miles, whether it's for excercise,...

Chesapeake Double

Chesapeake Double

  The success of the proven Chesapeake hull shape led quickly to demands for similar tandem and three-person designs. The Chesapeake Double and Triple are high-volume touring boats, with a 700lb payload that belies their surprising speed....

Chesapeake Triple

Chesapeake Triple

The success of the proven Chesapeake hull shape led quickly to demands for similar tandem and three-person designs. The Chesapeake Double and Triple are high-volume touring boats, with a 700lb payload that belies their surprising speed. Even...

Nesting Expedition Dinghy

Nesting Expedition Dinghy

John Harris worked on the Nesting Expedition Dinghy off and on as time allowed and launched the prototype in October 2016. Read the full write-up on this design here. Click here for a 2016 update on sailing impressions of the boat. This tiny...

Autumn Leaves Canoe Yawl

Autumn Leaves Canoe Yawl

The Humber Yawl Club was created in 1883 by canoe enthusiasts who wanted to cruise the rugged estuaries of Britain's east coast. The club oversaw the evolution of a uniquely elegant and capable class of pocket-cruising sailboats, led by...

Madness 31-foot Pacific Proa

Madness 31-foot Pacific Proa

One big hull, one little hull.  Lots of speed, not much money.Madness is a lightweight “Pacific” or windward proa, intended for fast cruising with two adults or daysailing with four.  With a payload of just under...

Mbuli - A Pacific Proa

Mbuli - A Pacific Proa

Plans updated and expanded in August 2019. PDF download now available! 16 years after Mbuli's release, we've revisited this fun design. While no changes have been made to the design or construction, we've taken this opportunity to increase the...

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