Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck Double Kayak

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Project by DustyMark posted 04-19-2021 11:01 PM 843 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this kayak from a kit and heavily customized it. The 84” long cockpit makes it pick-up truck versatile. We use it many different ways to include:
1) Open cockpit solo
2) Open cockpit tandem
3) Closed deck solo on Lake Superior
4) Closed deck solo with dog cockpit on Lake Superior
5) Closed deck tandem on Lake Superior
6) Motorized fishing
7) Layout blind hunting for ducks

Features include:
1) Electric bilge pump
2) Rudder
3) Hip braces
4) Layout duck hunting blind
5) Torqeedo Ultralight 1103AC Electric Motor
6) Creature Comfort seats
7) Custom spray decks
8) Dog cockpit
9) Fish finder
10) Fish cooler
11) Anchor Wizard system
12) Shallow water anchor pole
13) Anchor trolley
14) Rod holders

Check out my blog Building the Swiss Army Knife of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double.

-- Mark, Minnesota

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-19-2021 11:54 PM

Very nice kayak. Well equipped for lots of good boating for you and the dog will love it too.
Good build.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 04-19-2021 11:55 PM

That is cool, nice build. CLC does have some nice designs. You do have that decked out too.

Nick Shade has a few books on the subject, one of these days I would like to build one from his books.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 04-20-2021 12:04 AM

Great project! Really have some fun with that…Very cool, great job…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 04-20-2021 12:13 AM

That is one fine looking boat.

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#5 posted 04-20-2021 12:40 AM

man that is awesome.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 04-20-2021 12:50 AM

Thanks! I’ve enjoyed tailoring this boat to my uses. I went crappie fishing for four hours last weekend and the raised/reclined seat was very comfortable. I caught seven…not bad for pre-spawn shortly after ice out.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#7 posted 04-20-2021 01:02 AM

I bet that was a nice time out. And peaceful

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 04-20-2021 01:30 AM

It was quite peaceful with just our two kayaks on a 65-acre lake at the end of a dirt road messed up by intense pipeline construction. We could hear ruffed grouse drumming and loons making their haunting calls.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#9 posted 04-20-2021 01:33 AM

Wow, that’s nice. Listening to nature calls.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 04-20-2021 01:55 AM

Neat!! Love the ability to have your dog along. I’m not a fisher but would love to find a way to get my pup on board.

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#11 posted 04-20-2021 02:15 AM

Very neat.. I built one many years ago… It was a Kudzu Craft design, skin over frame… I love the build… Would love to do another,,, I have always been intrigued with wooden boat building..

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

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#12 posted 04-20-2021 03:57 AM

Skin on frame boats are lightweight and relatively inexpensive to build. Kudzu craft boat designs are well thought out. I built a Dave Gentry designed Ruth rowing shell and it’s a great exercise boat.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#13 posted 04-20-2021 03:57 PM

Nice job on the kayak! I enjoyed following your blog.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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