Stylishly Solves the Weekend Yacht Racer's "Where to Sleep" Challenge
For diehard single and doublehanded racers on the weekend regatta circuit, the CLC Teardrop Camper offers a highly suitable sailor slumber option. Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) owner and CEO John C. Harris says that teardrop units have been available for quite awhile--there are ads for kits and plans in magazines from the 1930s and 40s. Some of the plans have been splendid; some pretty clunky. In 2014 Harris asked, "What if we take the same boatbuilding materials and techniques we've been refining for 25 years at Chesapeake Light Craft and build a teardrop trailer? And the same sculptural approach that we bring to boat design?"
Design Builder's Options
With a finished outside dimension of 5' x 8,' there's enough interior space to toss in a 60" x 80" (queen-sized) air mattress for your post-race crash. The design features large doors on both sides and a roof hatch for ventilation. Need lights to study race rules after dark? The camper may be outfitted with an onboard electrical system capable of powering interior lights, a fan and smaller electric accessories.
There's space to sleep two. Add bikes, a canoe and other gear on the roof (rack required--load limit of up to 150 pounds) too. Customize your aft--the designers have devised a shelving unit system (kit option) that drops into place. Your transom can double as a galley, additional storage area or heck maybe even a tailgaters' counter.
Ready to Run
Mode of transport was well thought out too, with a goal to tap what many sailors already have or can get their hands on--a small flatbed boat trailer. Alternatively, a Trailex Sport Utility Trailers lightweight aluminum model is being developed for the Teardrop.
When completed, the CLC Teardrop Camper weighs roughly 250 pounds. It may be purchased as a full kit with base retail $1,995 (plus shipping; trailer not included). Another option is to purchase the wood-parts-only kit for $1,299. Components may be purchased from CLC to pretty-up the build. The company will also offer full-sized patterns and a step-by-step instruction manual in the future.