The Rhode Runner is a 1950s-style wooden runabout, updated to use modern rapid construction techniques for builders at home.
Chesapeake Light Craft designed this small runabout to echo the grace of the post-war Lyman and Chris Craft runabouts. The deep sheer line is unusual in a retro runabout – she looks almost Norwegian at idle speed.
It is a smooth-running powerboat that is light, durable and fast, thanks to its modern plywood and fibreglass composite construction. The CNC-cut panels are assembled using the stitch-and-glue method to naturally form the correct hull shape, without needing any sort of building mould. The topsides use CLC's LapStitch™ construction for a classic clinker appearance, while the bottom panels form a smooth v-shape with 12.5° of deadrise at the transom. The plywood panels are sheathed in transparent fibreglass to produce a stiff and strong hull.
The boat is named after the Rhode River, where CLC have launched many of their new prototypes over the years.
The boat is well-behaved in general and doesn't skid in turns. She isn't much slowed by a crew of three adults, either. In trials we saw 24 mph (just under 21 knots) with a 25 HP motor.
As one of CLC's ProKit range, this kit is not recommended for first-time builders. The building instructions are aimed at confident builders who have already completed a couple of stitch-and-glue boats. The complete kit can be assembled in 250-300 hours. Full-size plans are also available for builders who prefer to cut out the panels from scratch.
The kit includes CNC-milled grooves in the plywood deck for gluing in dark sapele strips to evoke the decking of traditional runabouts. The kit is available with integral wooden seats or without seats, for those who prefer aftermarket seats.
The kit includes:
The windscreen, steering wheel, throttle and other engine controls are not included.
This kit weighs a lot and requires a specialised courier. The price of delivery will vary with your address. You are, of course, very welcome to collect the kit from our Lake District workshop.
The manual is the same one that is included in the kit. It is 34 pages and well illustrated in full colour. Please note that, as a CLC Pro Kit, the manual for this boat assumes prior knowledge of stitch-and-glue techniques.
The plans include full-size drawings for every part in the boat. The plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit.
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase the kit. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat kit. It is the manual that accompanies the kit. If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.
This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual.
These study plans are intended to give you an overview of the construction of the boat. They are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. There are four pages and they measure 914 × 610 mm (36″ × 24″). They can be printed for carrying around.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step.