January 10, 2013

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


Three-piece kayak offers versatility and convenience to apartment dwellers and travelers

Annapolis, Maryland, USA – For more than 20 years, Chesapeake Light Craft’s has been designing functional and appealing kayaks and small boats and selling them in the form of kits and plans. At home, amateur boatbuilders assemble these boats into varnished, furniture-like beauties, widely admired for their handling on the water. But what if you don’t have room to store a 15-foot kayak? The Shearwater Sectional solves the problem.

Developed by CLC with designer Eric Schade, the 14’6” Shearwater Sectional is a performance-oriented kayak that successfully bridges the gap between high performance, comfort, and stability. Spin loose five bolts at the watertight bulkheads and the Shearwater Sectional packs down to fit into a closet or a small hatchback car.

A sister to CLC’s popular Shearwater Sport kayak, the wood-composite Sectional has been divided into three manageable parts that assemble in minutes. It can be stored in a garage, shed, closet, or displayed in the corner of an apartment living room. It could be hidden away aboard a cruising yacht, or even stowed in a light aircraft and flown into the outback.

“Apartment dwellers are limited either to expensive skin-on-frame collapsible kayaks, or a rented spot in a boathouse,” says John C. Harris, Chesapeake Light Craft’s CEO. “With the Shearwater Sectional you can have a high-performance touring kayak and store it, too.”

At 48 pounds the Shearwater Sectional weighs a bit more than the stock Shearwater Sport but retains every quality that has made the original a huge hit with paddlers. The design combines the proportions and great looks of West Greenland-style kayaks with compact dimensions for the perfect compromise of light weight, sharp handling, effortless cruising speed, and an extra-large cockpit for comfort. Watertight bulkheads and flush-mounted deck hatches are standard, so many builders will camp out of the boat.

“The payload is ideal for up to a 220-pound paddler plus gear,” Harris explains. “But the Shearwater Sectional is proportioned to fit anyone from 100 pounds on up.”

The Shearwater Sport's construction follows the proven stitch-and-glue process used to build thousands of CLC kayak kits. A dark sapele deck is standard. The Sectional kayak is built at full-length in the usual fashion, with the addition of carefully-designed structural bulkheads at the joints. When construction is nearly done, out comes the saw. Using cut lines clearly marked in the kits, builders cut between the bulkheads to create three watertight pieces.

“The obvious application is the paddler with a storage challenge---either an apartment or just limited space, but the possibilities for travel with a kayak like this are endless, and enchanting,” Harris says.

For more information, visit the Chesapeake Light Craft website,

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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.