Chesapeake Light Craft “OkoumeFest”

Mark your calendars, wooden boat lovers and builders: Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 20th annual small boat rendezvous on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018. “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. This event is RAIN OR SHINE. Please note that if thunderstorms are detected nearby we’ll bring the boats off the water. 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 event also 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 new designs, like the Outrigger Junior and the exciting Waterlust Sailing Canoe. Attendance is free on both days this year, but please register so that we can plan for the hordes.


  • May 18, 2018 through May 19, 2018
  • 9:00AM – 5:00PM


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