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Build your own 38-pound kayak in one week....

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex, Massachusetts is giving two seakayak building classes this year.

In one week you can build a fast, light, seaworthy seakayak you can take home and fish from. These boats are pretty, weigh
almost half the weight of a plastic boat, and are fast. They're
long, 16 or 17 feet, and are sit-ins.

Anyways, here's the weblink: www.geocities.com/seakayakbuild
(I also happen to be the instructor)

Or you can check the designer's website at clcboats.com --- the Chesapeake 16/17 model is the boat you'd build.

Class is fast-paced, intensive, and designed for first-time builders....
 

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No experience required

No experience is required in either woodworking or boatbuilding to build one of these boats: the construction method is incredibly simple (it's called stitch and glue), just a little time-consuming.

Countless have built this designer's seakayaks over the past ten years.

Check the designer's website at clcboats.com and look at the "Chesapeake model. Their website is really worth a long look.

What makes the process so much simpler is that all of the panels, etc. will have been pre-cut for us by a professional woodworker on a CNC router....
 

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Raregroove,
Check around, there is likely a class building these near you at some time during the year. There are several classes a year at the Norwalk Maritime Center in CT. If you have the space you can get a kit from CLC and build one in abt 50-60 hrs they say. These are nice sea kayaks, kits are about same cost as a tupperware boat.
 
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