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Building and Outfitting a Kayak

Chesapeake Light Craft is known for wood kayaks, but some of their seminars may interest fiberglass and plastic people too. CLC's open house includes coffee and doughnuts in the morning, and light snacks in the afternoon. If you sign up with CLC in advance, you will be eligible for the prize drawings every hour.  Each seminar lasts about an hour, and I can tell you from experience that they are great! Gear and supplies will be on sale too, for one day only.

10 a.m.: Making Your Own Kayak Seat: how to build a custom seat that fits YOU perfectly.

11 a.m.: How to Sharpen Tools  

12 noon: Fiberglassing Over Wood

1 p.m.: Rigging Small Boats: Whether you're an old salt or don't know a jib from a jibe, everyone will pick up some tips in this intensive seminar.

2 p.m.: Repairing Wood Kayaks

3 p.m.: Working With Stains: You can change the color of wood in wild and wonderful ways, but you must do so with great caution in wood-epoxy composite boats. Learn how.

4 p.m.: Varnishing: There's nothing like shiny wood. Varnishing is easy to do but hard to do well. Learn how to do it well.

To sign up with CLC and become eligible for prizes, click here: http://www.clcboats.com/forms/demo_rsvp.html?openhouse=1&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Open%20House%20Local&utm_content=Open+House+Local

CLC's open house ends in time for you to get over to Annapolis Canoe & Kayak for a presentation about paddling the Everglades (listed separately).


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  • Jaclin G

    I have already RSVP'ed with CLC as I am trying to decide if I have the guts to build a shearwater 16 Hybrid.

    December 2, 2013

  • Rita

    I hope to be able to attend this. I am currently refinishing a lovely CLC Cape Charles kayak, built by David Harp. He took many photos from this kayak and with Tom Horton has published a number of outstanding books about the Chesapeake Bay and its wetlands. I will RSVP "yes" when I am sure I will be able to attend.

    December 2, 2013

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