Don Milnes

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My goal is an Outer Island strip built kayak. However the reality of my knowledge (or lack of,) my woodworking skills and available space, suggested I start with something more achievable. My selection was a North Bay from Chesapeake Light Craft. I purchased this boat as a kit - complete with all parts precut, fiberglass and epoxy included. Then working in a borrowed basement (picture attached) I completed the boat over a period of about 4 months - working only a couple of evenings during the week and Saturday afternoon.

 Finally one early summer evening I was ready for launch. What a thrill!!!!! I paddled often through the summer without the varnish coats. Over the winter I have added some hatches and I WILL varnish before paddling this year.

 All in all it was the best winter I remember. I gained confidence, the knowledge I need for a strip built and I have a wooden boat. All I need is the place and I will be starting my next one.