Loading Events

CBMM Winter Speaker Series

February 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Chesapeake Light Craft and the Business of Building Boats.

Since 1991, Chesapeake Light Craft has manufactured and shipped more than 40,000 kits, helping thousands of boatbuilders assemble everything from dinghies to kayaks to teardrop campers. Owner and managing director John C. Harris traces his path from building boats in his parents’ garage to leading the largest build-your-own-boat-kit business in the world. He will talk about how he designs wooden boats accessible to amateur builders, and the contortions required to write assembly manuals for rank beginners—always difficult, sometimes futile, and often hilarious.

Stories of the Chesapeake