About The Builder

Welcome to my site.  My name is Zachary Wiest and I am the builder of the Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry that is showcased on this blog.  You can find out more about the Skerry and why I chose it by clicking on the Skerry navigation button above.

I am sure you are wondering why anyone would choose to build rather than buy a boat.  For me, it is the experience.  Ever since my Lego filled childhood, I have enjoyed building things.  I’ve built models, computers, and even started building an airplane, but I have never worked with wood.  Living in South Florida and realizing I am spending too little time on the water, I decided I needed a boat.  Hence came this project.  I plan to row her around my neighborhood’s canals, launching from my backyard dock.  I’ll eventually get a trailer and tow her to the Biscayne Bay for some sailing as well.

Just in case you are wondering more about me, I’ll fill you in.  I am an Active Duty U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Helicopter Pilot stationed at Air Station Miami.  I have been flying helicopters since I graduated high school in 2003, but began my Coast Guard service and military flight career in 2008.  Outside of flying, I enjoy sailing, cycling, and tinkering with technology.  I am originally from Pennsylvania, but have been living in Florida since 2009.  Feel free to shoot me an email about anything you see on the site.  I can be reached at zach@zachwiest.com.