John C. Harris owns Chesapeake Light Craft, the Annapolis-based purveyor of wooden boat kits and plans. John’s 29-year tenure at CLC was preceded by a passion for boatbuilding and small craft that dates to infancy. His first successful design was launched at age 14. In 1994, fresh out of college, John’s first job was cutting boat kits for Chesapeake Light Craft. Since then, CLC has shipped 45,000 wooden boat kits to more than 70 countries and become the largest such company in the world. John’s work as a boat designer and builder ranges from dinghies to large multihulls and from kayaks to powerboats. He lives on Kent Island in Chesapeake Bay.