Chesapeake Light Craft Tred Avon Kayak

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Project by DustyMark posted 05-08-2014 02:11 AM 4615 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this two-man kayak from a plan by Chesapeake Light Craft in 1996. It is 29 1/2” wide and 20’ 6” long. It originally weighed in at 69 pounds fully rigged. There are four laminated beams that define the radius of the deck. This stitch and glue kayak is constructed with 6 mm okuome mahogony plywood. The deck is coated with Interlux marine varnish and the hull is painted with Interlux Brightsides paint.

Electric Bilge Pump
We are moving to MN this month and plan to paddle in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. I recently installed an 1,100 gph electric bilge pump to help empty the cockpit if we should ever swamp in those frigid waters. This will free our hands to be able to put our spray skirts back around the cockpit coaming upon reentry. The battery is tucked neatly away in a Pelican box bolted to the stern bulkhead in the dry storage area.

I built the paddles in the photos. The shafts are laminated from basswood and turned on the lathe. The blades are also laminated from basswood and sheathed in 6 ounce fiberglass cloth. I faithfully used my homemade wood paddles for years. However, I finally nodded to technology and purchased a nice pair of Werner Camano paddles with carbon shafts and fiberglass blades. They are a delight to paddle…

Final Thoughts
The Tred Avon is stable and quite fast. It’s a great coed tandem kayak. After 20 years of good use, I sold it to a good friend and switched over to a shorter, wider folding kayak that has more room for our dog.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 02:15 AM

A very nice looki

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 02:20 AM

Thanks. I just finished sanding and varnishing the top for maintenance. She isn’t pretty close up since she bears the scars of a lot of hard use. But she paddles well and looks great from about 5 to 10’...kind of like me!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 02:31 AM

Sweet looking kayak. I built a skin over frame one last year (Kudzu Craft). It was very fun to build, but I can’t use it. My back will not take sitting in the position required for a kayak. I had it out once and had to be lifted out when I got back to shore. But great fun to build.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 03:50 AM


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#5 posted 05-08-2014 05:47 AM

Very Nice Indeed Dusty! Thanks For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 08:01 AM

This is just plain AWESOME! Thanks for all the detail and sharing your thoughts. I plan on building a couple in the future. Absolutely love yours. Great job and thanks again for sharing

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 11:18 AM

Very nice kayak! Beautiful photos, makes me want to wet a paddle!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 05-08-2014 11:26 AM

Very well done! Love the kayak and the wood…so, love this!. Congatulation

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 12:35 PM

That’s a handsome kayak. Looks like it should efficiently cut a clean line in flat water and allow you to sneak up on all kinds of wild life. And just 69# is awesome. I personally wouldn’t want to paddle anything in 4’ swells, so my hats off to you.

When storing outside, do you place it upside down on saw horses? That should keep the water out.

I’d love to paddle the Apostle Islands some day. Been to the UP several times, but never that far west.

Thanks for sharing and good luck with your next build.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 03-29-2016 03:01 PM

Sold this boat to a good friend and switched over to a Long Haul Mark II folding sea kayak that will be easier to take with us on our teardrop camper trips!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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