December 30, 2012
CONTACT: John C. Harris, [email protected], 410-267-0317 ext. 17


Thirty classes available in beautiful maritime locations around the country

Annapolis, Maryland, USA – Chesapeake Light Craft, the boat kit experts, will be running thirty of their popular Build-Your-Own-Boat classes at locations around the country in 2013. Over the last 18 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.

In CLC classes, talented professional instructors help students assemble their own boat from start to finish.  Most classes are 5-1/2 days---a perfect one-week vacation, with a boat to take home at the end, ready for finish work.

Demand for the classes remains strong year after year as the word spreads. In 2012 CLC ran more than 30 classes at sites in Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, and Washington. 2013 locations will include the legendary WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine; the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, Connecticut; the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington; the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington; and the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School in Cedarville, Michigan.

CLC Boatbuilding ClassesWhile 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---a classroom setting still has its advantages. Students work in lavishly equipped shops with a professional boatbuilder at their side 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. And the boatbuilding classes take place in beautiful maritime locations: Annapolis, Seattle, Maine, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Students in 2013 can select from 18 of CLC's most popular designs. Paddlers can choose from high-performance touring kayaks like the Shearwater and Chesapeake series, or recreational types like the Wood Ducks and ultralight Sassafras canoes. Sailors have their choice of everything 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. Newer offerings in the CLC boatbuilding curriculum include multiple classes for the popular Kaholo Stand-Up Paddleboard and Cocktail Class Racers. This year there is even an ambitious class to build a 15-foot powerboat called the Peeler Skiff in Michigan in August.

Those unfamiliar with modern wood-epoxy composite boatbuilding can watch examples of these week-long classes condensed into ninety-second timelapse videos at

Tuition for the week costs $800 and the various boat kits range from $750 to $2500. More information on Chesapeake Light Craft's Build-Your-Own-Boat classes can be found at

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The Best Boats You Can Build 

Chesapeake Light Craft’s mission is to help people build boats. Founded in 1991, CLC has shipped 24,000 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.

Chesapeake Light Craft Boatbuilding Classes