Boat kits are bulky.  The packaging varies from one boat to the next, but most comprise one or two large cartons the shape and size of an eight-foot-tall door, accompanied by one or two smaller boxes with your epoxy kit and peripherals.  The largest carton is rarely more than 60 pounds.

We use a freight company for kit shipping.  In most cases, a UPS-sized step-truck will pull up at your house to unload the boxes.  We will email a tracking number so you can follow the progress of your kit as it departs our Annapolis, Maryland factory and crosses the country.  The shipper will call the phone number you've provided to establish a drop-off time convenient for you.

Like the airlines, all freight companies from FedEx to UPS to AIT (our shipper) use a "hub" system to move freight efficiently.  And, universally, they all add a surcharge to zip codes that are a certain distance from their freight hubs.  From each boat kit page, you can type in your zip code to get a total shipping cost.  If you're lucky enough to live in a more secluded neighborhood, having the kit shipped to your workplace or to a friend closer to a busy freight hub might eliminate the delivery surcharge.  Boat can camper epoxy kits are shipped by FedEx or UPS.  There are a few kits that will have other small packages sent by FedEx and UPS as well. 

Less bulky accessories ship via FedEx, UPS or USPS.  Accessories will be shipped separately from your kit packages, so a boat kit and accessories may arrive at your home in several waves.


Orders of Marine Plywood, Marine Lumber, Cedar Strips, Thule X-Sporter truck racks, and PocketShip Epoxy Packages will require a rate quote.  You will be contacted with a shipping quote after your order has been received. You will never be charged until you have agreed to the shipping costs.

Shipping rates for the contiguous 48 states of the USA

Most of our supplies and accessories will ship to you via FedEx, UPS, or USPS.  Shipping methods are made available to you based on the items in your shopping cart and your shipping zipcode.

Expedited Shipping:

Expedited shipping (Next Day Air and Second Day Air) is available on most regular orders of supplies and accessories.  These methods will not be available if your shopping cart contains hazardous materials, items that dropship from our vendors, or items that are difficult to keep in stock.  Additionally, expedited methods are disabled for shopping carts that contains boat kits, plywood, and other special items that are shipped via freight services.  

*If you choose an expedited shipping method (Next Day Air and Second Day Air), your order must be placed by Noon Eastern Time in order to leave our facility on the same day.  Next Day Air and Second Day Air refer to business days only: transit and delivery times do NOT include Saturdays or SundaysIf you need to specify Saturday delivery for an order, please give us a call for an accurate rate.  Call us (410.267.0137) or send us a note if you have any other specific questions about expedited shipping on items in our catalog.

Additional Shipping Considerations:

*All FedEx & UPS shipments require a physical street address.

*Shipping charges are automatically calculated during checkout on most items.  Some special items cannot be quoted accurately during checkout---in these cases, the website will show the charges as TBD ("To Be Determined"). The order will not be charged until a shipping quote has been obtained and approved by the customer. 

*Boat kits, plywood, trailer kits, rowing units, oars, dollies, and some other items have individual shipping rates, which are listed in the Flat-Rate Shipping table.

Shipping rates for the contiguous 48 states of the USA*

 Flat-Rate Shipping
 All Single Kayaks, Sassafras 12, Eastport Prams,
Eastport Ultralight Dinghy, Mill Creeks,
Wood Duck Double, and San O & Kaholo Paddleboards
$331 to $406

Grain Surfboard Kits

*Shipping applies to showroom pickup.

Quote Required

"Forms Only" kits for Strip-planked boats & Independence Model Kit $35 - $65
 "Forms & Strongback Only" kits for Strip-planked Boats $65 - $95

Tandem Kayaks, microBootlegger, Skerry, NE Dory, Lighthouse Peapod, Chester Yawl, Cocktail Racer, Oxford Shell II, Annapolis Wherries, Sassafras 16, and Peace Canoe

$331 to $406

Passagemaker, Jimmy Skiff, Peeler Skiffs and PocketShip Quote Required
Teardrop Camper Base Kits $345 to $520
Eastport Pram, Jimmy Skiff, Skerry, NE Dory,
 and Passagemaker Sailing Component Kits
(a Sailing Component Kit will ship for just
25% of the normal rate when bundled with the Base Kit)
$301 to $409
CLC MKII SailRig Kits, Mill Creek Sailing Kits Quote Required
Kayak Rubrails (available only with kit purchase) $10
Sculling Oars $95
 Trailex Hand Dolly Kit  $90-$105
Trailex SUT Boat Trailer Kits $154/Quote
Trailex SUT-1000-CLC Flatbed Teardrop Trailer Kit $269
 Marine Plywood: totalling 100 lbs or less, Lower 48 states only.

Quote Required
Marine Plywood: totalling more than 100 lbs Quote Required
Marine Lumber, PocketShip & Peeler Trailers Quote Required

* Please note that a small group of zipcodes within the Lower 48 that represent islands in WA, ME, and elsewhere will require a shipping quote.

International Shipping Details

We ship overseas orders daily.  We work with a variety of carriers to find the best rates for each shipment, whether it be a kit, plans, or any combination of merchandise.

When ordering online, you will be prompted to agree to shipping fees up to a certain amount during checkout.  Often this will expedite order processing and shipment by eliminating unnecessary email exchanges about shipping costs.  If the cost of shipping your order is within the amount you have agreed to, we can adjust your order and ship it right out without having to wait for your approval. Do not assume that you will be charged the full amount that you have agreed to; we will only charge you the fees appropriate to your shipment.  

For example, most of our Plans & Manual sets weigh in around 3 lbs and can be shipped overseas for under $50.  If you agree to shipping fees up to $50, we'll be able to process your order immediately.  If the actual shipping charges exceed the amount you have agreed to, we will email you with the updated costs and await your approval before processing the order.

Also note:

  • We do not ship paint or varnish overseas.  Please remove any of these items before you submit your order so that processing is not delayed.  
  • Orders over $250 may require verification or alternate payment methods.  You will be responsible for customs, duties, VAT, brokerage fees, or any other costs that may arise as goods cross borders.*  It is difficult for us to predict these fees in advance.

*UPS Brokerage to Canada Information/Disclosure:

Canada Customs requires Canadian recipients to pay applicable duties and taxes on each shipment entering Canada.These charges may include PST, GST, HST,duties and other taxes of goods (e.g. excise tax). A brokerage fee is also charged to process shipments and present the requisite customs paperwork to Canada Customs on the importer’s behalf.

If shipped via UPS, your order will be shipped under UPS’s e-Tailer Brokerage Program (eBP), where eligible shipments imported into Canada for non-commercial purposes and valued under CAD$ 200 shipped via UPS Standard service are subject to a reduced brokerage fee of CAD $10, plus any applicable duties and taxes. Shipments valued at CAD $200 and above and/or being imported to Canada for commercial purposes and/or subject to specialized clearance may incur additional fees.

Please, be aware that UPS will request payment of these charges at the time of delivery. You have the ability to call UPS ahead of time (1-800-742-5877) to pay these charges, eliminating the need for payment on delivery. 

Border KinekPoints for Canadian Shipments:

Shipping to Canada?  Customers near the U.S. border can ship to a Border KinekPoint to save on shipping costs. Research KinekPoint locations and sign up here --- then use the provided KinekPoint address as your Shipping Address during checkout.

Chesapeake 16 LT in Venice

Andrea Thommesen tours Venice in her Chesapeake 16 LT, built from plans.