I do not talk much of my "other boat" because it took a back seat to Spark which is really a shame, the Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) Expedition Wherry is truly a neat little boat. With work on my GP slowing aside from a few repairs and tidying up some details, it is time to refocus on my "pulling" boat.
As with so many things, I can never just leave well enough alone. I have this insatiable need to tinker. It does not matter if it is my Sea Sprite, the GP, the Land Rover, and certainly not with something I am building from scratch. There is no way I could not leave my fingerprints all over this boat.
To start with, the biggest change I made to the plans was to beef up the internal bulkheads for one and one reason only, I want to take her apart. CLC offers the East Port Pram, the Passagemaker Dinghy, and their Shearwater Sport with "take apart" options. Simply unscrewing a few knobs allows one to take these boats into sections for easy transport and storage. As the Wherry is almost eighteen feet in length, yet only thirty-two inches wide, it is a bit bulky to move and store, hence the need to make it sectional.
What does that have to do with today? It's all done to explain why I only sanded down the bow section.
While I grew up along the shallow salty waters of Southern New Jersey's back bays, It was not until High School that I learned to row. While illness kept me from joining the Crew Team, it gave me the knowledge and need to get back on the water again in a slender boat designed for all out speed.
The Expedition Wherry is a not a slender and tippy racing shell, it is not even a recreational shell, it is a beast onto itself that has most of the speed of a shell, but is seaworthy like a kayak. Able to carry over 400 pounds in cockpit and both sealed compartments, this is the perfect boat for a day on the water or a weekend of "camp cruising" on some deserted island beach.