Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper – Almost Done!

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The Waterlust team is finishing up the construction elements on the teardrop camper they are building. They designed and built a new storage box to add functional options for storing all their equipment under the trailer and while it raised their kitchen operations in the aft end, it’s worth the trade off for tidy, accessible areas to stash their gear.

With the all of the epoxy jobs completed and cured, the team is looking forward to sending the teardrop off to a paint shop for a pro spray paint job and we can’t wait to see what it looks like after. They will also be preparing the epoxied storage box for a DIY paint job which we are helping them accomplish with some Wet Edge paint and primer we sent down their way.  Continue reading

Waterlust – Building a Land Yacht

When the team from Waterlust spent part of last winter in the shop at Chesapeake Light Craft, (CLC) they built their first kit boat and apparently took a serious liking to the whole boat building process. But they built 2 boats for exploring, put some miles on the 2 sailing craft, and were let hungry for more. This time however, their adventures will be land based and I would venture to guess that although they are out to build a super-cool and trendy since the 60’s tear drop camper, that you might find an array of boards strapped to the top for their salty addiction. Continue reading

Waterlust’s East Coast Odyssey – Part 1

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All photos courtesy of Waterlust

We have been big fans of Waterlust since we discovered their epic filmmaking with a purpose. This team of water lovers has been on a mission to “produce films and photography that capture the human experience with water as a platform to raise awareness about the environment,” and we have blogged about them often to bring their awesomeness your way.

So when they announced this most recent mission, to build a kit boat from scratch with Chesapeake Light Craft: Wooden Boat Kits then sail it 1000+ miles from Annapolis to Miami through the Intracoastal Waterway, we were all in. Continue reading

Video of the Week: Building a Kayak – Part 5 – We Did It!

Part 5 is the final video in the series showing the completion of the Chesapeake 17 in the TotalBoat Workshop.  The boat is a billboard for the TotalBoat products we work hard to develop and under Rick’s leadership the team was able to integrate lots of it into this project.  It was a great experience using the TotalBoat Products, sharing product advice, individual experience and know-how from a varied group of experienced boat owners, product advisors and industry experts that make up our TotalBoat Tech Team.

Check out this 5th and final video in the series and consider building your own kit kayak, skiff or boat. The kits are created with a novice boatbuilder in mind and with our Tech Team at the end of the phone – you have plenty of support to help you find the right products and methods that will work best for your own built.

Hats off to Chesapeake Light Craft for a super design and a well thought out kit. It was fun for all and we are eager to take the fine kayak out in warmer weather for after-work paddles in beautiful Bristol Harbor.

If you are considering a KIT BUILD, there are many options from standup paddle boards, surfboards, skiffs, sail boats, rowing dories and much much more…. Get your neighbors, kids or grandkids, fellow boating pals or spouse involved and see how much more enjoyment you can get from paddling your own homebuilt boat. And look for us on Bristol Harbor this coming spring….. Thanks for watching.

 

 

Building a Wood Strip Canoe

Happy Monday. This canoe was beautifully built in a make-shift boat shop presumably on a breezy back deck with some plastic enclosure and lots of wooden strips and power tools. What a beautiful canoe this focused builder created for himself in these 2 videos.

Have you built your own boat? Do you dream of moving the cars and bikes out of the shed or garage and turning the space into a boat shop? This winter the crew at TotalBoat Show will be building a kit kayak and we will be videoing the process. It will be a great way for the TotalBoat staff to use and understand the products we sell and a great opportunity for teamwork and some good fun at work. Everyone is looking forward to it. The big question is: how to fit everyone inside the kayak? Guess we need a sign out sheet!

Watch Part II of the strip canoe build here. And don’t ignore your dreams. Get yourself a kit or some plans and start building a cool boat! You don’t need a super shop! Just the will and some wood… and maybe a few other things. GO!

 

 

Chesapeake Light Craft Hosting Weekend Boatbuilders’ Rendezvous

We thought this weekend’s Festival at Chesapeake Light Craft sounded pretty cool and was worth sharing with you! Here’s the scoop!

OkoumeFest: A Boatbuilders’ Rendezvous

Location: Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Maryland
Dates: Friday, May 15, 2015 – Saturday, May 16, 2015

   Friday, May 15th: Open House in Annapolis
Saturday, May 16th: Boat Demos on Kent Island

Mark your calendars, wooden boat lovers and builders: Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 17th annual small boat rendezvous on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015.

“Okoume” is the plantation-grown African hardwood used in tens of thousands of CLC’s build-your-own-boat kits.  OkoumeFest features an open house with technical seminars on Friday at the CLC plant in Annapolis, and on Saturday an on-the-water rendezvous at Matapeake State Park on Kent Island.

The Friday seminars are useful and interesting, but the highlight of OkoumeFest always comes on Saturday, when we bring virtually everything in our shop over to the beach at Matapeake for our friends to paddle, row, sail, and generally put through their paces. We also welcome fellow boatbuilders, who bring their beautifully built watercraft to show and compete for best-in-show honors. This is a special chance to try some of the boats, like PocketShip, we can’t usually take on the road with us, and some that are brand-new designs, like the Outrigger Junior.  Attendance is free on both days this year, but please register so that we can plan accordingly.