Get a jump on summer boating by building your own boat in a class
Chesapeake Light Craft, the boat kit experts, will begin a busy 10-month season of build-your-own-boat classes across the nation with seven weeks of early spring boatbuilding in its own fully equipped workshop in Annapolis starting in mid-February.
In CLC classes, talented professional instructors help students assemble their own boats from start to finish. Each class session starts on a Monday morning; by noon Saturday, participants head home with a completed boat ready for finish work.
Students in the early-season classes in Annapolis can select from several of CLC's most popular designs. Paddlers can choose from high-performance touring kayaks from the Shearwater line, or recreational types like Wood Ducks and ultralight Sassafras canoes. Those who prefer a higher perspective on the water can build a stand-up paddleboard. Sailors have choices ranging from an 8-foot lapstrake dinghy to a traditional 17-foot dory. In the performance rowing category, there are single or tandem sliding-seat designs called wherries - including one of CLC's newest designs, a coastal cruiser with strong rough-water ability, the Expedition Wherry.
Over the last 19 years, CLC boatbuilding classes have launched more than a thousand wooden boats and introduced thousands of students to the joys of boatbuilding. CLC has been hosting and teaching build-your-own-boat classes since 1994.
CLC's precision-cut boat kits are intended for first-time boatbuilders working at home - more than 30,000 completed CLC boats are on the water - but a classroom setting has its advantages. Students work in a well equipped shop with a professional boatbuilder at their sides and enjoy the positive energy (and extra hands) of a group setting. For those who bring helpers, classes are a rewarding and memorable parent-child or family experience.
Those unfamiliar with modern wood-epoxy composite boatbuilding can watch examples of these week-long classes condensed into ninety-second timelapse videos at clcboats.com/timelapse.
Tuition for the week costs $800 and the various boat kits range from $750 to $2,000. More information on Chesapeake Light Craft's Build-Your-Own Boat classes can be found at clcboats.com/classes, or by calling 410-267-0317.
Chesapeake Light Craft Schedule of Winter/Spring Classes in Annapolis:
• Build Your Own Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard, February 17 - 22, 2014
• Build Your Own Passagemaker Dinghy or Eastport Pram, February 24 - March 1, 2014
• Build Your Own Annapolis Wherry, March 24 - 29, 2014
• Build Your Own Northeaster Dory, April 7 - 12, 2014
• Build Your Own Sassafras Canoe, April 14 - 19, 2014
• Build Your Own Expedition Wherry, April 21 - 26, 2014
• Build Your Own Shearwater or Wood Duck Sea Kayak, May 5 - 10, 2014
Chesapeake Light Craft's mission is to help people build boats. Founded in 1991, CLC has shipped more than 25,000 wooden boat kits to more than 70 countries. Specializing in the amateur boatbuilder, CLC offers kits and plans for a huge variety of smallcraft that are easy-to-build, plus all of the lumber, hardware and supplies unique to boatbuilders. The range includes kayaks, canoes, dinghies, skiffs, rowing craft, and sailboats from 8 to 31 feet. Educational programs are a large and growing facet of CLC's broad expertise. CLC develops and leads boatbuilding classes all over the world for students of all ages and backgrounds.