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Denman Marine Newsletter

Hi Denman Marine, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter.


In this month's newsletter we have;

  • Shop Class - Stitch & Glue workshop with Denman Marine
  • Spotlight - Chesapeake Kayaks
  • Te Rapunga Update
  • Special - Free Galley Module with Teardrop Camper kits
  • Build Updates
  • Barton Marine - SkyDock

If there is anything you would like to see in our future newsletters, discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our website.

Always wanted to build a boat but feel your skill level is holding you back from taking the plunge? Well, here’s the answer.

Later in 2022, Denman Marine will be holding two-day workshops aimed at overcoming the confidence hurdles faced by first-time builders.  

The skills we are looking to cover include;

•    Working safely and effectively with epoxy resins
•    Epoxy filleting
•    Correct bonding techniques
•    Using fibreglass cloth and tapes with epoxy resin
•    The basics of stitch and glue epoxy plywood construction

We are currently taking expressions of interest for the first course, which will be in October at this stage. So if you want to come and learn from the professionals, please reply to this email or use our contact form (Query Type: Chesapeake Light Craft) to express your interest in attending a course.

Chesapeake Kayaks are built to endure a lifetime of strenuous touring with 4mm-okoume plywood hulls and decks, both sheathed with fiberglass. Watertight bulkheads are standard, as are hatches, deck rigging, adjustable footbraces, and a comfortable seat. One reason so many builders prefer the Chesapeakes is their flexible architecture, unique among kit boats. Experienced builders may customize every part of the boat above the waterline, whether building from a kit or plans.

More than 7000 Chesapeake-series kits have been shipped over the last 16 years. An enduring favorite among paddlers, the award-winning Chesapeakes are the gold standard for build-it-yourself sea kayaks. They are easy to build but handsome and fast. High-volume bows lift you over rough seas - or powerboat wakes - while the skeg-like stern prevents weather-cocking in blustery winds. CLC's signature cambered decks shed spray, increase the storage space inside the hull, add strength without weight, and look great.

Chesapeake kayak builders explore quiet local rivers and paddle the length of the Sea of Cortez. They are used in expeditions above the Arctic Circle and for day paddling in Florida. Chesapeakes are built in garages, apartments, living rooms, television studios, and in at least 50 countries from Iceland to Australia.

You can watch a video of a Chesapeake kayak being built from start to finish here.

Large storage compartments will absorb enough gear and water for long, unsupported expeditions. Cockpits are large and easy to pad out for a custom fit. The big, comfortable cockpit is an ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon if multi-week expeditions aren't your speed.

Individual kayak fit is very important, so there are six singles, two doubles, and a triple to choose from. The 16LT and 17LT are standard Chesapeake 16 & 17 hulls with lower decks and sides, reducing total volume by 20% for a sleeker, more compact kayak.

Head on over to our website to checkout the Chesapeake Kayaks for further details or to place an order. Otherwise please dont hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have.

The restoration of Te Rapunga continues, you can follow along via the Te Rapunga Instagram page for frequent updates.


Te Rapunga is the foundation for an amazing story about a man, a small boat and the many lives they influenced along the way. You can find more information on George Dibbern, Te Rapunga, and the restoration via our website.


You can also find us via our Denman Marine Instagram and Facebook accounts where you can see many more updates about past and present builds.

All Teardrop Camper Base or Wood Only kit purchased before 31/08/22 will receive a free Galley Module valued at $550. Head on over to our website to take advantage of this offer while it lasts.

*This offer is valid from 02/08/22 till 31/08/22. Applicable only to Teardrop Camper full and wood parts only kits. Shipping within Australia and New Zealand is tailored to suit individual orders and will be quoted separately.

Rob's Chester Yawl

Will's Eastport Nesting Pram

Introducing the Barton SkyDock

The ideal garage storage solution for dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, roof box, camping equipment, in fact anything that needs lifting off the ground to save on storage space.

The clever configuration of ropes and blocks means one person can raise and lower loads up to 80kg single handed and then lock off with Barton's unique SkyLock block when finished.

Comprehensive hassle free fitting instructions are included along with the rope, woven bands, fixtures and fittings required to transform unused areas in your garage, loft, barn or shed into valuable storage space.

Maximum lifting load up to 80kg/175lbs
Ceiling height up to 4 metres/13ft

  • Safe, Secure Storage holding loads up to 80 kgs
  • Locking Pulley Block will not let loads fall
  • All-inclusive Kit - its all in the box!
  • East to install with complete instructions - Video available

You can view and order some Barton Marine hardware via our website. While there is currently a limited range on our website, we can supply any Barton hardware and are confident you will find what you need in Barton's extensive catalogue. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements.

Contact Us


Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contact form to discuss your next boat or project.


Please note, all prices listed above are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

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