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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Boat Building News

Experienced Professional Yacht Designer Wanted
Trade Only Today
Renowned yacht design office is looking for an experienced, mature marine yacht designer with experience in all phases of yacht design, proficient in CAD, ..

Bellingham Marine helps complete yacht facility in Fiji
Bellingham Herald
Designed to cater to mega yachts and to meet the growing demand for slips in the Fijian Islands, the new jetty at Port Denarau Marina offers 46 berths ...

Staying afloat: Entrepreneur recalls his career path from snowboarding to ...
"I never studied boat building, it was just trial and error, and I had friends who taught me." In 2001, LaVecchia became a project manager for Lake ...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Boat Building News

Sport, commercial operators welcome to boat engine troubleshooting course at ...
Port Townsend Leader
Sponsored by Washington Sea Grant, Jefferson County WSU Extension, Jefferson Education Center and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, the workshop ...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Boat Building News

Sri Lankans have limited access to their own seas-industrialist
Mr Fernando said that the harbours in Sri Lanka are built to provide anchorage for fishing vessels, but to expand the boat building industry as a whole, ...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Boat Building News

Students participate10-week boat building course at the arboretum
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum's boat building class, led by Executive Director Jim Peck, has been underway for two weeks. The attendees consist of students ...

vancouver: what to do, what to do? | yoyomama
By Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit
Visitors of all ages are invited to drop in and help construct an updated Fraser River skiff as part of the exhibit Build-a-Boat: Wooden Boat Building on the Fraser. Though best suited for kids over eight we suspect little ones will ...
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Boat Building News

New home for sanctuary's boat builders
The Alpena News Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:42 PM PDT
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's community boat building program will have a permanent home in the near future. The sanctuary advisory council learned Tuesday a building that was once a part of the nearby former Fletcher Paper Co. is being renovated to become the new home for the boat building program along with being used for other purposes. 

Boat Company Celebrates Fresh Start
9&10 News
In February, Glastron Boat Company announced they will move their production to the Four Winns facility in Cadillac, which means the boat companies will ...

Tavares welcomes 23rd annual antique boat festival
Orlando Sentinel
By Christine Cole, SPECIAL TO THE ORLANDO SENTINEL TAVARES - Before the 23rd annual Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival opens to the public at 9 am Friday in ..

Monday, March 22, 2010

Boat Building News

Fairline continues to expand yacht range
Times of Malta Sun, 21 Mar 2010 02:17 AM PDT
Luxury motor yacht manufacturer Fairline Boats has launched its new Squadron flybridge motor yachts. The first in a series of new models, the Squadron 55 is one of Fairline's most successful boat launches to date, with 35 boats sold from early drawings alone. 

Palm Beach International Boat Show insiders say industry is rebounding
Palm Beach Post
latest money news » From The Post and AP By Allison Ross WEST PALM BEACH — After turbulent economic times, boat show organizers and exhibitors are ...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Boat Building News

Nod for boating complex
Daily News Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:36 PM PDT
The boat building industry has become a major money spinner for the country. The export value contributed by the boat building industry has doubled in 2009 to Rs 4.5 billion. It was Rs 2.24 billion in 2008. 

Chesapeake Light Craft Adds 14-Footer to Popular Line of Recreational Kayaks (press release)
The Wood Duck 14 is an ideal first boatbuilding project. Construction begins by joining the plywood hull panels with “puzzle joints” to reach the 13'9” ...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Boat Building News

The Good News Is...

As with many other industries in the U.S. and around the globe, the boating industry has felt the effects of the depre -ssed economy.  But could this be the
year for the long awaited economic revival to begin? While we still have to face a steep  uphill climb, leading indicators are encouraging.
In his annual State of the Industry address at the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami this February, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, stated "we clearly are beginning to see that consumers are tiring of deferring their boat purchases, and we're seeing more buyers coming to the shows. That seems to indicate to me that in the next couple of months, particularly as we enter the height of the selling season for the boating industry, we should see some increase in the sale of new boats." Companies are starting to ramp up in anticipation of increased demand for their products. 
Read the message from the Prisident of ABYC on Page 3 of the March Masthead to learn about new and important plans that are in the works for ABYC and Westlawn

72 ft. Sportfisherman Designed by Westlawn Alumnus Walter Hahn
American Custom Yachts 
72 ft. Sportfish Designed by Walter G. Hahn,
The Masthead.....The Journal of the
 Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Dear Peter,
The new March 2010 issue of The Masthead is now posted and ready for you.  

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 Highlights in this edition:
  • Westlawn Moves to Eastport, Maine
  • Message from ABYC President
  • TrawlerFest 2010
  • South Atlantic Cruise
  • Splashes / New launchings by Alumni
  • Mail Boat
  • December Know-It-All Answer 
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  • Tech Article: The BMF Power Skiff
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  • Tech Article: All About Cores Part 3
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Book of Dave Martin Designs
by David Martin
He paused a moment as he confidently felt the firmness of a Colt 38 automatic firmly tucked in his shoulder holster. As he proceeded unnoticed toward the Atlantic City ghetto, he gave a sidelong glance at his gleaming new custom Packard, left purposely at the station so that everyone in the town would think he had remained in New York for the night. He couldn't help but chuckle at the sight of it. He had banged his head about a month ago and then ordered his chief boat builder to remove the Packard body and replace it with a new Martin designed body with full headroom. It was the only full headroom Packard in the world.
Read the entire article in this issue 
The "BMS Power Skiff"
by Jerry D. Burkett
The BMSLong.Step™ concept was a result of being intrigued by the Westlawn Text 117, page 25, which discussed the concept of the "ideal beam for different speeds." The total residual resistance of the boat with the "low chine beam which is unrealistic in  practical terms" is substantially lower than the full beam width boat and the porpoising margin increases. The David Taylor Model Basin work referred to in the text was led by Eugene Clement. He has since retired but gave me a copy of the test reports that proved to be essential to my development work. Other essential pieces were the Daniel Savitsky porpoising limit analysis and his performance prediction analysis including the calculation of CG rise, which he kindly explained.  The idea on how to take advantage of the ideal beam concept came to me in 2001 and the patent was awarded in 2007.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Boat Building News

Port Townsend's rich shipyard past retold at library
Peninsula Daily
Wooden boat building and repair also created a market for specialty wood. Charlie Moore, a graduate of the first School of Wooden Boat Building class in ...

Tradeshow opens today
Times and Transcript
Matthew Boutilier, of Long Beach Boat Building Ltd. in Port Morien NS, adjusts some of the electronic equipment on a 40-foot fishing boat for lobster and .

Promotion and planning
"The Atlantic Marine Trade Association have partnered with the Nova Scotia boat builders and they've developed boat building certification programs and ...

How to Start a Yacht Building Company |
Some of the equipment you'll need for a boat building shop includes table saw, band saw, shaper, planer, spray equipment and compressor, exhaust equipment ...

Bertram Yacht names new president
Trade Only Today
He was president of Hatteras Yachts from 1985-1996 and held various roles in executive management positions with brands such as Palmer Johnson, Tiara Yachts ...

Major Hamilton blaze
NZCity Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:19 PM PDT
14 March 2010 The Fire Service is battling a major blaze north of Hamilton. Thirteen appliances have been dispatched to the tackle fire at a boat builder's yard in Te Rapa. 

Fairhaven boat builder makes change in leadership
The Bellingham Herald Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:52 PM PDT
BELLINGHAM - Looking to ride out a difficult economic climate, a Fairhaven boat-building company is 

NMMA cancels 2010 Liberty Boat Show
Trade Only Today
The Liberty Boat Show will not take place this year because of the economic climate, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said. ...

Nod for boating complex
Daily News Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:39 PM PDT
The boat building industry has become a major money spinner for the country. The export value contributed by the boat building industry has doubled in 2009 to Rs 4.5 billion. It was Rs 2.24 billion in 2008

Boat-builder who admits to bank robbery wanted to do right thing, lawyer says
Peninsula Daily
By Tom Callis TACOMA -- Port Townsend boat-builder Michael John Fenter pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to four bank robberies in Washington state ...

Chesapeake Light Craft Build Your Own Boat Classes Coming to Michigan This Summer (press release)
The Great Lake Boat Building School is located in the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands of northern Michigan, on the Upper Peninsula. ...

Changing Places
Trade Only Today
Formerly president of Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, Turner will manage the company's TCM Composites division, where Kenway is developing temperature-controlled ...

Seminole Marine buys SouthWind
Trade Only Today
... brand of saltwater fishing boats, announced the formation of Seminole Marine Group to explore additional opportunities in the boatbuilding industry. ...

Wooden Boat Women
And when it comes to building anyone who is of the opinion that wooden boat building is a male preserve should check out Gail McGarva. Gail is one of the very few people who builds wooden boats “by eye”. And then there's Julia, ...
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Boat Building News

New order for superyacht builder Alloy Yachts
By Ellie Brade New Zealand has produced another new superyacht order, this time from Alloy Yachts. This is very encouraging news considering the lack of new ...

Boat builders weather slow economy
Outer Banks Sentinel
Dare County boat builders have taken a hit since their most recent hay days in 2006 and 2007 when business was booming. Bigger and better boats were being ...

In-Water Boat Show Features Local Builders
Canada Views
The Dory Shop, on Lunenburg's working waterfront, is one of the oldest continuous commercial boat building shops in North America. ...

Boat manufacturer eyes expansion
Trade Only Today
Seminole Marine, manufacturers of Sailfish saltwater fishing boats, formed the Seminole Marine Group to explore additional opportunities in the boatbuilding .

USA. Senator Jack Reed announces federal funding for new IYRS program
BYM News (press release)
The International Yacht Restoration School offers technical training for the marine industry through three full-time programs in Boatbuilding & Restoration, ...

Businessman blisters relationship with boat builder
Business Day Wed, 17 Mar 2010 06:02 AM PDT
Sometimes it doesn't matter how rich you are, you still can't get exactly what you want.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Boat Building News

United Arab Emirates: New entrant to yacht codes
The Triton
By Jake DesVergers We have a new player in the ever-increasing field of international standards for yacht safety. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) joins the ...

Hazardous materials: Now, you spill it — you pay
A hazardous-materials leak sparked a fire at a boat-building facility that cost the fire department $8000 to put out: Two sets of turn-out gear, fire hose, ...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Boat Building News

Westport lays off cabinet shop workers
Peninsula Daily
Officials with the yacht-building company did not return several calls requesting comment. But a prepared statement, written Thursday, was faxed to the ...

Fire contained at Hamilton boat building factory
Radio New Zealand
The Fire Service says a large fire at a boat building factory in an industrial suburb of Hamilton has been contained. The Fire Service says it was called to ...

Boat builders needed
Newstalk ZB
Young people are being urged to take up boat building as a career. Unitec lecturer and yacht designer Rob Shaw says employers are snapping up all the ...

Fairline continues to expand latest generation models
Malta Independent Online
The same sense of space and 'big boat' luxury is further enhanced by the extra large flybridge and the openness of the cockpit. The Fairline boat building ..

Boat show indicates improving economy
WCAX-TV Vermont Sun, 14 Mar 2010 07:15 AM PDT
The organizer of the pleasure craft show at the Essex Junction Expo Center says boats are selling after two bad years.

School trains students in art of building vessels
San Antonio Express
The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, Wash., blends traditions from around the world. Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock serves everything .

Boat Building News

Builder calls luxury sportfisher a 'dream boat'
San Diego Union Tribune
We don't have any aspirations of being a large boat builder, but we know there's a niche for a boat like this. “I'm just very lucky to be where I am. ...

Employers sought for Landing School job fair
Trade Only Today
Students from The Landing School's boatbuilding, yacht design, marine systems and composites programs will be available to meet potential employers. .

Coast Calendar for March 13, 2010
Mississippi Press (blog)
Wednesday -- An introductory boat building class, "The Stitch & Glue Method," will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm Wednesdays and 10 am to 12:30 pm,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Boat Building News

Manufacturers must change how they sell yachts to survive in 2010 according to ...
"The global yacht industry has undergone fundamental changes in terms of product demand and customer behaviour. As the region's largest and internationally ...

Local boat builders make fibreglass boat
The News International
By Jan Khaskheli Local boat builders have built a functional fiberglass boat for fishing purposes at the Younisbad Boatyard. The boat makers are trying to .

Shortage of students studying boatbuilding in NZ (press release)
Unitec Institute of Technology lecturer and yacht designer, Rob Shaw has observed a shortage of skilled boat builders in New Zealand and says there are not ...

Montreal's Quays of the Old Port Hosts 2010 Classic Boat Festival
Sail World
activities include an introduction to vintage boating, painting and racing of mini sailboats, miniature vintage boat building, remote control power ...

Boat sales tread water as dealers wait for economy to rebound
Shore News Today
By ANN RICHARDSON OCEAN CITY – With declining sales and tougher credit standards, industry analysts predict a tough year for the boating industry. .

Industry Joins Forces to Grow Boating & Fishing Lifestyle « AFS Blog
By grassam
ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 11, 2010) – This summer, industry organizations are coming together to grow the boating and fishing lifestyle and get more people out on the water. To kick off boating and fishing season, the Association of Marina ...

DC foundation receives boating council grant
Trade Only Today
Additionally, they will learn about the physics of boatbuilding, engineering, science and math that will augment their school studies.

Boat Building News

Manufacturing & Fabrication
The Landing School invites boat builders and repairers to annual job fair

Boating IndustryFriday March 12, 2010

ARUNDEL, Maine — The Landing School is inviting representatives from boat shops and yards around the world to meet its graduating class of 2010 at its annual Job Fair, Fri., April 2.

Marine employers will have direct access to more than 80 educated, enthusiastic students who are seeking employment in the marine industry following their June graduation, stated the company in a recent release. Students from The Landing School’s Boatbuilding, Yacht Design, Marine Systems and Composites programs will all be available to meet potential employers, and they will be allocating time for private one-on-one job interviews with select companies.

All marine businesses are invited to attend The Landing School Job Fair at no cost. This annual event is held for the benefit of the students and the marine industry. Representatives from marine businesses are invited to set up their literature tables at The Landing School on April 2 at 11:00 a.m. and then join staff and faculty for a tour of the facility and lunch. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., representatives will have the opportunity to present information about their companies to groups of students, and arrange for short interviews later in the day.

“We’re getting feedback from the industry that business are starting to turn a corner and new work orders are coming in,” said Barry Acker, president of The Landing School. “With growing business comes demand for well-trained professionals graduating from our programs.”

Marine companies can confirm their attendance at The Landing School Job Fair by downloading a participation form from its Web site,, and returning it completed before March 19. Space is limited and will be allocated to companies in the order in which they respond. Employers who are unable to attend but would like to have a presence at the Job Fair can forward their company literature and open-job descriptions by March 26 so they can be made available to students.

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Learning the skills for an industry that is foundering
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    MTI officials still saw boat building as the best way to teach manufacturing and the use of materials like fiberglass. They hoped companies would stay if ..

    Boat manufacturers hope for buoyancy in Middle East market
    By Nadia Saleem, Staff Reporter The 18th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show was launched on Tuesday by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al ...

    Norway. Oslo International Boat Show to be opened by minister of trade and ...
    BYM News (press release)
    NORBOAT, the Norwegian Marine Federation will at their stand show the various boatbuilding techniques from old wooden rivet building, to the most modern ...

    Boat builder seeks protection from creditors
    Houma Courier
    By Kathrine Schmidt HOUMA — A Houma boat-building company accused of failing to pay its workers and creditors has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Market Outlook
    School debates future of boat-building class

    Boating IndustryTuesday March 9, 2010

    BRADENTON, Fla. — With boat building jobs now scarce in Florida and across the country, Florida's Manatee Technical Institute is considering dropping the boat-building class it started in early 2008, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

    When the program started, MTI officials saw boat building as the best way to teach manufacturing and the use of materials like fiberglass – plus they hoped companies would stay if the area had more trained workers. Now, with students struggling to find jobs, the Herald-Tribune reports that school officials are considering whether to scrap the class and wondering how to keep their other manufacturing programs relevant.

    The number of students studying welding and machining at MTI has stayed flat even while enrollment at the school has risen by 16 percent over the past two years, the paper reports. The school has expanded programs like health care and information technology, where jobs are still available.

    Still, they fear if they stop producing skilled workers for manufacturers, they will drive away local companies or other prospective employers.

    "We're not going to stop training people for jobs that we can anticipate some opportunity for if not this moment at least sometime in the future," spokeswoman Maura Howl told the paper.

    Nearby Sarasota County Technical Institute closed its last manufacturing program, machining, in June 2007, and plans to begin a program in welding and soldering computer boards are on hold.

    SCTI Director Todd Bowden told the paper: "We would produce 15 to 30 graduates a year, and we have to ask: Is there a job market to absorb that?"

    To read the Herald-Tribune's complete report, click here.

    Monday, March 8, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Falmouth teenager loves his boatbuilding
    Falmouth Penryn Packet
    By Stephen Ivall » A Cornish teenager is knuckling down to his new apprenticeship boatbuilding job this week, thanks to tailored ESF (European Social Fund) ...

    Floating mansions: Big-dollar houseboats dock at expo
    Louisville Courier-Journal Sun, 07 Mar 2010 19:22 PM PST
    About 6,000 boating fans, from buyers to dreamers, spent the weekend at the Kentucky Exposition Center touring houseboats รข mostly higher-end ones, crammed with plasma flat-screen TVs, granite-laden kitchens, electric fireplaces, wood floors and leather sofas.

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Peninsula's boat-building industry suffering like rest of economy
    Peninsula Daily
    The boat building industry in the entire Pacific Northwest has suffered through the same economic doldrums as the rest of the economy, Jim Vleming, ...

    Local boat builders busy again
    Charleston Post Courier
    The boat builder now has 110 employees. Last year, the company produced between 350 and 400 boats. Potts expects to double that number this year. ...

    Maine boatbuilding school changes its name
    Trade Only Today
    Atlantic Challenge, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, Maine, is official renaming its organization The Apprenticeshop. ...

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    Boat Building In The US - Industry Market Research Report - New Report Published
    OfficialWire (press release)
    by Press Office This is the replacement for the July 2009 edition of Boat Building in the US report. This Industry Market Research report provides a ...
    Revisions To Boat Building Qualification « South African Boating Blog
    By boatingsa
    The revisions to the Boat Building qualification were submitted to the Standards Generating Body (SGB). A working group committee was appointed to make amendments to the documents to bring them inline with SAQA requirements. ...
    South African Boating Blog -

    Registration opens for American Boating Congress | Great Lakes Boating
    By glbm
    Online registration is open for the 2010 American Boating Congress, which runs May 5-6. Organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, ABC is the recreational boating industry's premier legislative conference, ...
    News -

    Boating in a Recession
    Recreational boating has been tipped as the measure by which a looming recession can be predicted. When boat sales begin to sink, take care elsewhere, ...
    Brunswick expects big boost in boat manufacturing
    Plastics News
    By Rhoda Miel | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF MIAMI (March 5, 10:40 am ET) -- After two years of restructuring and production shutdowns, boat maker Brunswick Corp. ..

    S2 Yachts chairman optimistic despite drop in demand for luxury goods
    Michigan Business Review -
    By Myron Kukla | The Grand Rapids Press Mark Copier | The Grand Rapids PressS2 Yachts founder Leon Slikkers speaks at Hope College for the Meijer Lecture ...

    Boat-building contest proves a big success
    Portsmouth News
    BOAT builders of the future took part in a competition to see who could design the best powerboat. Eight teams of 13 to 16-year-olds took part in the first ...

    RI.I. boat builders urged to branch out
    Providence Journal
    By Andy Smith BRISTOL — Rhode Island's boating industry should leverage the world-class skills it already has to take advantage of the growing green economy ...

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Peninsula Daily
    He likes skin and frame construction, he said, because it's a free-form boat-building style that can use whatever you've got on hand. ...

     UK. Company opportunities for marine apprentice places
    BYM News (press release)
    The scheme provides funding to support Apprenticeships in Marine Engineering, Boatbuilding, Marine Electrical and Painting and reduces costs for local ...

    Louisiana Festivals for October of 2010
    Official site Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival Oct. 23 - 24, 2010. Water Street along the Tchefuncte River. Boat-building demonstration and contests, ...

    Peninsula College expands certificate, associate degree programs
    Peninsula Daily
    Peninsula College also will expand offerings at the Port Townsend campus: welding, through the Northwest School of Boatbuilding, and a commercial driver's ...

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Boat Building News

    Outdoors Rowing
    Scotsman (subscription)
    Since launching the project, boat kits have been purchased, from Ullapool to North Berwick. The idea has set in motion a nationwide boat-building race, ...

    CMI receives grant from 1772 Foundation
    Cohasset Mariner Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:25 AM PST
    Cohasset Maritime Institute, CMI, has received a restricted grant in the amount of $15,000 from the prestigious 1772 Foundation to revive Cohassets historic craft of traditional wooden boat building

    Explosion, fire destroy Steuben boatyard building
    Bangor Daily News
    Pinkham said the building housed all of the boat company's molds, which are used to pour the fiberglass hulls in boat building. “We lost all the molds. ...

      Nichols Brothers unveils plan for future of Freeland shipyard
    Seattle Post Intelligencer
    By ROY JACOBSON Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is ready to go after its long-awaited master-plan permit from the county, but first it wants to hear from the ...