Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10 Kayak (Kit)

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Project by DustyMark posted 05-08-2014 10:12 PM 5630 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I launched my newest kayak today. It’s a Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10 that I built from a kit. Check out this short video of my maiden voyage.

Boat Details
This kayak is 10’ long, 30” wide, and mine weighs in at a light 33.8 pounds. It includes a bulkheaded rear compartment that is accessible from a stern deck hatch. The primary wood is okuome mahogany plywood with an accent piece on the deck of sappelle. The construction method is stitch and glue. Each panel is stitched together with copper wire. Adjacent panels are filleted with a thickened epoxy mixture which eases the radius for the 3-inch wide, 10-ounce fiberglass cloth that holds the boat together. Copper wires are cut after the inside seams are cured. The entire boat is then sheathed in a protective layer of 6 ounce fiberglass cloth that is impregnated with high quality epoxy.
I finished the hull with three coats of Interlux Brightside marine paint. The deck is finished with four coats of Interlux Schooner varnish. The boat shines like a piece of furniture on launch day, but these finishes take a beating while in use and require a bit of tender loving care to keep their look.

I paused the build for over two years. I used the original epoxy for a subsequent filler coat and it never cured; I had to scrape it off the entire boat…what a pain. I eventually prevailed, but considered scrapping the boat at one point.

The panels on the starboard stern did not line up perfectly during assembly. I applied a thickened layer of epoxy to bondo that area. This forced me to paint the hull to mask the bondo area. Most builders varnish the entire boat, but I’ve come to like the look of a painted hull. It makes the deck stand out all the more.

Final Thoughts
This is a great little boat. I should have finished it back in 2011 and been using it this whole time…oh well. I sold it my brother-in-law. He’ll see a lot of good use out of it for fishing!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 11:12 PM

Wow! really great project…. and great result! I love it.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 11:31 PM

Very Nice Indeed Mark! Thank For Posting!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 01:36 AM

Nice job. looks like fun, both the build and the float.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 01:39 AM

great looking kayak, the fiberglassing can be a pain.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 02:03 AM

I have only had epoxy not cure once on me, and it was my mistake of not adding enough hardner, and not mixing it enough. (double whammy).

I have used West epoxies that were many years old without issue. Sorry you had to go through the pain of scraping it off.

It sure came out nice.

BOWTIE, it’s funny, but I like the glassing. It can be a pain, if you pull the fabric, but if you do it right it’s not bad. I pick up rollers that are made for it.. very short nap weaved rollers. These rollers are great for spreading out large areas, and wetting fabrics. Makes it go much faster.
They don’t pull the fabric like brushes do.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 05-09-2014 02:13 AM

I think the hardener must have gone bad. This was my fourth boat and the first time that has ever happened. I’m very careful about measuring at the correct ratio. Another one of those lessons in life…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#7 posted 05-09-2014 12:51 PM

Beatiful. Excelent job. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 05-09-2014 01:08 PM

Turned out very nice.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 05-09-2014 02:14 PM

That turned out great, the painted hull goes really well with it.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#10 posted 05-09-2014 02:59 PM

Wow you did a beautiful job,congrats on a super build.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 05-09-2014 03:48 PM

A work of art! great job…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-09-2014 04:31 PM

Beautiful! looks like wonderful times.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-09-2014 10:09 PM

Took it for a three-hour paddle down Durbin Creek this afternoon…saw six gators! It paddles pretty good for such a short kayak.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#14 posted 05-10-2014 11:22 AM

Wow excellent job, it looks great and lots of fun…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 05-10-2014 04:50 PM

She’s a beauty! I checked out your other projects too. You’ve got some skills. I’ve built a strip kayak, planning on a canoe the coming winter.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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