HOWB 057 – Interview: John Harris – wooden boat builder/designer and owner of CLC Boats

by admin on October 17, 2012



Today’s interview is with John Harris of CLC Boats.  John spent his growing up years in South Carolina – the son of a “sailing obsessed father (and he still is)” who built stuff and was an engineer.   He sailed with his dad on inland lakes in a Snipe, Sunfish and other small boats.  John grew up thinking it was perfectly normal that if you needed a piece of furniture, you went out to your shop and built it.  When he was in his early teens, he wanted a boat, so he built one (a rowing shell)- and got addicted to the process of designing and building boats.

After college, John went to work for a boatshop in Maryland where among other things he cut out boat parts for Chris Kulczycki’s fledgling kit company, Chesapeake Light Craft.  In 1994 John joined up with Chris full time.  He loved the fact that he could mess around with wooden boats all day and somehow get paid for it.  In late 1999 John purchased CLC Boats from Chris and has grown the company to offer more than 100 different designs including kayaks, rowing boats, sailboats, paddle boards, and proas.

To listen to the full interview, click on green player button above.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):


John Harris – Boat designer/ builder and ownder of CLC Boats.


Reflections of a lapstrake beauty at 2012 Wooden Boat Festival.


Another beautiful Sam Devlin designed power boat. Sweet lines!

Thanks John for taking time to do the interview – and best to you with CLC Boats.

WOODEN BOAT TIP OF THE WEEK  –  To be continued next week….

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