Boat Building with Waterlust at CLC

Hopefully you’re familiar with the marine based video geniuses at Waterlust. (Check out their website and their YouTube page of great videos). If not, go watch a few or read a few of the blog posts we posted about them.  We are big fans as they cleverly use boating, foiling, snorkeling, kiting, boats and all things water to make top-notch videos with a spin on science and conservation.

So, when Pat Rynne and his Waterlust team came to us with their latest idea and it involved boat building – we knew that somehow we had to be involved. The Waterlust team is set up for this week and next, in the shop at Chesapeake Light Craft where they are constructing 2 sail powered wooden boats that they plan to take from the Chesapeake all the way to Miami via the ICW.  Their idea was hatched from the Race to Alaska, which required that all boats be human or wind driven with no auxiliary power.  And rather than haul out to the West Coast for another R2AK, they decided to build their own boats (design TBA with the help of the masters of design and kit boats: CLC) inside of 2 weeks and head south back to Miami.

Below is their report. We will be following along with them – updating you when they post videos and updates and we are even sending down Mike Mills, JD El Presidente, for a first hand look. He will of course have some TotalBoat paint, Thixo and boat building goodies in hand. The COOLEST part (for us all) is that they are, of course, documenting the whole build and the entire voyage south and will be posting video updates often as they go. Keep an eye on TotalBoat Show for updates and links as they are released.


Photo courtesy of Waterlust

FROM WATERLUST: Yesterday we embarked on a new adventure! Together with our friends at Chesapeake Light Craft: Wooden Boat Kits, we are designing and building two wooden craft and taking them 1,000 miles from Norfolk to Miami through the Intracoastal waterway. We’ve never built a boat before, or tried to sail such a distance, but figured it sure would be fun to try!

For the next month we’ll be documenting our experience through film and photography. The build will take approximately 2-3 weeks which you can follow LIVE on the CLC workshop webcam ( – see live view at top of this post). Once the boats are complete, we’ll conduct sea trials, gear up, and point the compass south!

If you have any questions about the unique boat design, the building process, or why the heck Waterlust would want to do this in the first place, comment below and we’ll be sure to pass along your comments to Waterlust and get back to you!

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