From Craig O'Donnell
the latest CLC propagander blast. Two JPGs as well. The fellow in the boat
is the designer, Mark Rogers.
CLC's ARCTIC HAWK KIT
Designed by Mark A. Rogers
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland. -- May 1, 2002 --
The Arctic Hawk is an 18-foot medium-volume touring kayak. The design,
drawn by Mark A. Rogers following the traditional West Greenland skin
boats, has become a classic. This affordable, high-performance kit is made
of okoume mahogany plywood and manufactured by Chesapeake Light Craft.
Mark, of Superior Kayaks, Inc., is a respected designer who in turn
respects the traditional design wisdom embodied in skin boats.
Our Arctic Hawk is the only Mark Rogers design available in kit form. The
waiting list for one of his handmade boats is years-long. An exhaustively
detailed, step-by-step manual shows exactly how Mark makes boats to order.
By following his directions, you'll wind up with a boat you can be very
Based on a type used for thousands of years, the Arctic Hawk delivers all
the seaworthiness, speed and maneuverability the native hunter relied on
at sea. A shallow "v" hull and hard chines combine to produce superb
tracking in a kayak that nevertheless turns effortlessly when heeled. A
slightly fish-form hull has some fullness
in the bow and stern for lift in heavy seas. The low-profile deck gives
wind and waves little to work on.
The 22-inch beam provides good initial stability and the hard chine gives
exceptional secondary stability. This faithful Greenland-style boat has a
great reputation. It is a perfect boat for paddlers learning rolling
techniques and Inuit paddling styles.
Novices will appreciate learning to paddle in a craft which responds and
tracks as well as the Arctic Hawk. The experienced paddler revels in its
The Arctic Hawk is designed for paddlers approximately 5'8" to 6 feet tall
and 160 lbs. through 210 lbs. Maximum capacity is 350 lbs.
The kit is available for $999. The kit with optional keyhole cockpit is
Sea Kayaker reviewed Mark Rogers' Arctic Hawk design in February 1995,
"The boat easily carves graceful turns when moving... Our reviewers agreed
that the kayak accelerates quickly, is easy to hold at cruising speed and
had little tendency to weathercock. [The Arctic Hawk] is easy to roll, ...
and represents a successful attempt at adapting the traditional Greenland
kayak to the modern recreational paddler."
"The Arctic Hawk comes alive with motion... The rudderless Arctic Hawk
tracks well without significant yawing and is very responsive to leaning."
"...secondary stability was excellent [and] loading the boat with 50 lbs
[of gear] greatly enhanced initial tability."
"...[it] accelerates quickly, is easy to hold at cruising speed and [has]
little tendency to weathercock."
The Arctic Hawk: $999 / $1074 with keyhole cockpit
Length: 18 ft, beam 22 in. -- Waterline with 200 lbs. load, 16 ft
Weight: (Okoume Mahogany) 42 to 44 lbs.
Cockpit: 16 in. x 20 in., or the optional CLC Keyhole Cockpit
The kit includes plans, instruction manual, pre-cut parts, hatches
and bulkheads, full deck rigging, Keepers adjustable footbraces, epoxy
kit, fiberglass for hull and deck, foam seat and backband.
Customer Contact Information
Chesapeake Light Craft, LLC
1805 George Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Call (410) 267-0137
9 am - 5 pm EST weekdays
10 am - 2 pm EST Saturday
Fax 24 hours/day to (301) 858-6335.