Jay Hockenberry grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, where he picked up a copy of WoodenBoat magazine as a teenager and discovered boat building. Always a maker, Jay found boat design and building to be creative, challenging, hands-on, useful, and beautiful. He found and restored a Blue Jay (#2135, built from a kit in the 1960’s) and interned at the Rockport Apprenticeshop when it was located in Rockport, ME. It was there that Jay built a Susan Skiff and discovered all the things that go into traditional wooden boat construction and the joy of launching a boat you built. Jay had a short stint at Hatteras Yachts in High Point, NC, and started working at Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) in 1999. After a five-year break, Jay returned to CLC in 2010, and serves as part of the bridge between the idea and the reality in the design/kit development side of things. As the third-longest tenured employee at CLC, Jay has a thorough understanding of past and current models. When not working, Jay is always willing to get outside and into any kind of boat.