Wood Duck Kayak Kits by Chesapeake Light Craft

"Gear and Gadgets" from our August 15, 2007, CW Reckonings

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Building the Wood Duck 10 (above) is as simple as sewing together precut pieces with epoxy and applying varnish.Chesapeake Light Craft

It's not too soon to start planning for next summer's adventures and I can't think of a better time to work on plans than while building myself a boat. In this case I'm talking about a kayak. The kits from Chesapeake Light Craft have long been favorites of mine and their new Wood Duck 10 and 12 look like winners for the first-time builder. The stitch-and-glue kits come with all the wood precut so all you need to do is stitch the parts together using the pre-drilled holes, apply the (included) epoxy, and paint or varnish the finished product. Included are all the materials necessary to build the boat, complete with a hatch in the aft deck and a comfortable seat and foot-brace. Options include an airtight hatch assembly to keep lunch or luggage dry, and a sapele-wood deck for those who have the skill and desire to really make their boat a standout. Kits start at $750 for the Wood Duck 10 and up to $850 for the 12-footer with the sapele deck.