The team at Chesapeake Light Craft, the boat kit experts, will be heading south with a caravan full of kayaks, sailboats, and rowing craft so Florida small craft aficionados can touch, feel, and take a spin in one of the company's demonstrator models.
The public is invited to join the CLC crew on Saturday, February 15, in Miami; Saturday, February 22, in St. Petersburg; or Sunday, February 23, on Merritt Island, to try out twenty-some kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and small craft.
Boatbuilders who already have a CLC boat or two are encouraged to bring them along to show off. These demo days are also great opportunities to meet other small boat enthusiasts and builders and to spend some time with fellow wooden boat lovers.
The tour begins on Saturday, February 15, in Miami with a rendezvous at the Miami Marine Stadium off of the Rickenbacker Causeway. The following weekend, the team will set up on Saturday, February 22, at Gandy Beach off of Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, and on Sunday, February 23, near Cape Canaveral on the beach at Kelly Park on Merritt Island, just off Bennett Causeway. All events are held 11 am. to 4 pm., rain or shine. There is no fee to participate but reservations are appreciated; RSVP at clcboats.com/florida.
Here's this year's list of boats:
Kayaks: Chesapeake 16 LT, Chesapeake 17 LT, Shearwater 16, Shearwater 17, Shearwater Sport, Wood Duck 10, Wood Duck 12 Hybrid, Wood Duckling 8, Mill Creek 16.5, Petrel, Petrel Play SG, Night Heron. Sassafras 12 canoe. Kaholo 12-6 and 14 Stand Up Paddleboards. Northeaster Dory (rowing/sail), Annapolis Wherry sliding-seat rowboat, Passagemaker Dinghy, Chester Yawl
For more information, visit clcboats.com/.
Chesapeake Light Craft’s mission is to help people build boats. Founded in 1991, CLC has shipped more than 25,000 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.