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With our summer vacation plans scuttled we decided we needed a big project or two. So we ordered two Chesapeake 17LT kits from CLCBoats. The first one is for my youngest son to grow into and he has helped almost every step of way, including getting epoxy in his hair, which we cut out and will be mounting to the boat somehow.

This is a stitch and glue kayak and we just entered the finishing phase which will take about 2 weeks and then we can do the rigging. Over-all very pleased with the results and the kit. There were a couple short-comings with the kit but clcboats has been very good about making things right. Once this boat is out of the shop it's on to the second kit.

He choose the "oxblood" stain color for the hull and opted to keep it blotchy looking.

Only downside of these boats is in order to fit them in the shop, the table saw and other big tools have to be pushed to the side and out of the way, making any other projects virtually impossible to accomplish. I think I need a bigger shop :)

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Nice job. Beautiful kayaks.
 

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I've built a couple of boats and that Damn sure is one fantastic looking boat. You have every reason to be proud of that amazing boat. The fact that you and your son did it only makes it more special.
 

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Wow! That is amazing looking! I'd like to second BurlyBob's comment. Any project with one of your children, especially on something you will enjoy together later is very special. How much does it weigh? How does the weight compare to fiberglass (or whatever material a comparable kayak is made of). Well done! Of course your shop is too small. No shop is ever big enough… :)
 

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Yep awesome project results and great memories to be had. Well done.
 

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Very nice work!

I live close to CLC and have sourced much of my boat building materials from them. Great folks to work with.
 

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Gorgeous - love the color. Very neat to have a family project that will lead to future family adventures. The epoxy in the hair…oh my, part of the story that will be a great memory. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Very impressive. For my build, ( belly ), the holes would have to be bigger. LOL. Excellent job. Mel
 

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BillGo: Not sure of the weight yet, will wait until the finishing stage is done (5-7 coats of varnish) and it's rigged before weighing it. The spec from CLC says ~45 lbs. Looking at similar FG boats they're weighing around ~65 lbs. It is rated for a paddler in the 160-220 lbs range with a 300 lbs total payload. Our other kayak is a 14' SOF (skin on frame) and weighs about 30 lbs but doesn't have the cargo capacity.

This is a stitch and glue boat so while the core is okueme plywood it is fiber glassed on the inside and out for strength and water proofing. The varnish provides the UV protection and glossy finish.
 

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Lovely. Beyond having the boat itself, the build will be a great memory for your son.
 

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Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the story about the hair. Beautiful looking kayaks and I imagine you and your family will use them for a long time to come. Well worth the temporary shop inconvenience.
 

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Nice work. I have two CLC kayaks-18' Chesapeake and a 21' triple. I opted for a varnish top and blown on "marine" paint. The boats have been re-finished more than once, added glass at the bow and hull contact points. I use them so the glow of the pristine look and museum care is long gone. The recent updates have a glass coat on the deck/cock pit area. That was a much needed design repair. Nice project. They will last for years/decades. Mine are pushing 23 years. Here is a picture from 2004, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. Best, Brian
 

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