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WBSCLS - WBS, Chesapeake Lightcraft, Stand Up Paddleboard

Under the guidance of our boat builder, you can construct a great paddleboard from plans and materials obtained from Chesapeake Light Craft ( Construction time is six days. At the end of the session you have a fiberglassed paddleboard that is ready for finishing, which takes about two weeks. The short term building programs is modeled after successful programs we have observed at the Wooden Boat School in Maine and in numerous other programs sponsored by such noteworthy programs as Mystic Seaport, (and others) whereby small groups of two to six come together to fund and build the boat with the group sponsor taking possession of the craft at the end. Please email WoodenBoatSchool@AMMFL.Org or ask for Wooden Boat School Director Ron Dierolf at 850-653-2500 for more information. Why are Stand-Up Paddleboards all the rage? Because they're ridiculously fun--like walking on water. Working with surfing and paddleboard guru Larry Froley of Gray Whale Trading in California, these boards are created with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. Tracking is great and a fine bow with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholo 14 up and over waves. The tail shape and twin fins facilitate surfing on long swells once your skills build up to that. With their uncanny speed, the Kaholo has found a following among racers. The 14 design is good for larger paddlers (or those who might carry along dogs or small kids). There are no other SUP boards in the world that are easier for a first-time boatbuilder, or better-looking. The Kaholo 14 measures 14'0" long, 29" wide, 4-5/8" thick, and comes in around 32 pounds. The construction materials include premium nonskid deck pads, cut to shape, breather tubes, and custom laminated skegs. The construction process allows ways to customize the board with fabrics and other stylish tweaks. Designer John C. Harris counted himself among the skeptics before trying out his first SUP in California in 2006. "It's the most amazing sensation---as close to walking on water as you're going to get. But a little faster. You achieve kayak-like speeds, but your visibility is vastly improved because your eyes are so much higher off the water. You can see more, see further, and in clear water you have a much better view of sea life than you do in a kayak." It's also a major workout---every muscle in your body is at work as you ride over waves and work the long-handled SUP paddle. If taking a walk is healthy, taking a walk on water is healthy AND the view is better. Harris says he can envision shifting one of his hobbies---wandering marinas on foot looking at boats---to a Kaholo. Nature lover? Paddle quietly through the shallows. The Kaholos are okoume marine plywood, stitched-and-glued together and sheathed in fiberglass and epoxy, with a grid of bulkheads and stiffeners inside to make the boards stiff and light. Please contact us with any questions at or ask for Wooden Boat Director Chelsey Venrick at 850-653-2500 to schedule.

Price: $1700.00
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Distance: 0 Miles

Start Point: AMM dock

The docks of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located at 103 Water Street

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End Point: AMM dock

The docks of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located at 103 Water Street

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Meeting Point: Apalachicola Maritime Museum

The primary site of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located at the waterfront in downtown Apalachicola behind the Franklin County courthouse with docks on the Apalachicola River.

Phone: 850-653-2500

103 Water StreetApalachicola, FL 32320

Driving Directions:

Look to the right as you pass over the bridge heading west into Apalachicola. You will see the concrete docks on the right. Take your first right after the bridge and then the second right past the courthouse onto Water Street. Go 100 yards to 103 Water Street.

Linked Map: Click here to view a map of this location.

Boat tours, eco and historical tours, barrier island excurions, kayak and canoe trips.