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Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Boat Building News

Over 50 percent growth in 2011
Daily News Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:47 AM PST
The boat building industry in Sri Lanka is showing signs of being one of the dominant sectors to develop the countryâs economy. The industry is predicted to record 50 percent growth in 2011. 

Fountain on the rise
Washington Daily News
He said he wanted to return to the “roots” of the boat building process, stating key differences in opinion and philosophy between the current owners and ...

Hope spotted on the horizon for Britain's boating industry
The Guardian
With unemployment set to rise and calls by ministers for the wealthy to share the pain, an Abramovich-style boat turning up at the London international boat ...

Boat school in Port Hadlock to name new building in honor of Jeff Hammond
Port Townsend Leader
Just a few weeks after breaking ground on a 6300-square-foot building, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding announced that the new classroom and ...

Bremerton Port, Safe Boats in Talks for New or Expanded Facility
Kitsap Sun
By Rachel Pritchett Talks between Safe Boats International and the Port of Bremerton could lead to the port building a new or bigger facility for its tenant ...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boat Building News

This one is  bit long but could have a large impact on Yachts visiting the European Union countries.
EU's 100% rule on inspections may hit yachts
The Triton
This could have a significant impact on yachts. Historically, yachts were not incorporated into the inspection scheme due to the 25 percent goal and th

The true history of the Westman Marine shipyard
Blaine Northern Light
While I am very sorry to hear about that happening, I was also struck with some inaccuracies concerning the shipyard and the boat building industry here in ...

Boat Building Center needs some help
Coos Bay World
The Coos Bay city-backed Boat Building Center is in need of volunteers to get the job done. In a rush to get things going before they were ready, the Boat ...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Boat Building News

Marlow Yachts owner wants to buy boatbuilding school
Trade Only Today
Marlow plans not only to create a state-of-the-art yacht and boatbuilding facility in Eastport, but also has offered to upgrade the two-year curriculum at ...

Marine manufacturing centre would create 700 jobs
Daily Echo
The new plans are thought to be mixture of boatbuilding facilities and offices. This will complement a £500m development of 1600 new homes plus shops and .

Boat sales drop again in third quarter
Trade Only Today
The decline in boat sales during the third quarter of 2010 increased as the recession-racked economy continued to bedevil the marine industry.

Rowboat Donated To Shop Class
We'll get to enjoy the boat as a finished project, on the water in a race.” Mr. Deans hopes to encourage members of the island's boatbuilding community to ..

Cruisers, Thompson boat rally
Green Bay Press Gazette
This humble beginning led to one of the largest and most prolific boat building endeavors in America. Just one-mile inland from the waters of Lake ...

Boat Building Center in temporary quarters
The World Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:21 PM PST
The Boat Building Center is temporarily moving off the water

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Boat Building News

An excellent article in Forbes Magazine on Ethanol. There is an ad first then the article.

Biggest Battle Yet for Biofuels Begins

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A coalition of small-engine, automobile and boat manufacturers are challenging the U.S. EPA’s recent approval of a waiver that would allow use of E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol with regular gasoline,  in cars and light trucks manufactured in 2007 or later.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Boat Building News

Fountain CEO strives for excellence
Washington Daily News
Boat shows, boating venues and boat races are something that Reggie does better than anybody.” Walker is constantly out on the floor with the employees of ...

Diana Yacht Design unveils second yacht in 3 TIMES A LADY series
World Interior Design Network
The Netherlands-based Diana Yacht Design has launched The Diana 190, the second yacht in a series of three yachts created under the working title '3 TIMES A ...

Maine-made sailboat continues to get accolades
BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) -- A Maine boat company continues to receive awards for its latest sailboat design. Cruising World magazine has awarded a special ...

RS100 is Sailing World's 2011 Boat of the Year winners
Sail World
Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry

Auto, boating industry groups launch legal assault on EPA ethanol waiver
The Hill (blog)
By Ben Geman - 12/20/10 10:36 AM ET A coalition of auto and boating industry trade groups is asking a federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection ...

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boat Building News

Shipwright Alwyn Enoe Passes the Torch
All At Sea
Visitors to Carriacou can learn the history of local boatbuilding from a sign at the roadside or stroll along the beach of Watering Bay and see it first ...

MetalCraft Marine lands deal for patrol boats
Kingston This Week
By KTW Staff Kingston's tie with its boat building past has been confirmed with a new deal that will see the production of aluminum high performance patrol ...

Denmark. Tuco Marine joins Extreme Materials for Extreme Environments
BYM News (press release)
In recent years Tuco Marine Aps in Faaborg, Denmark, has focused on the most technically advanced materials within boatbuilding and production of composite ...

Small Boat Building Kits? - This is Your Chance!
There's a way that enables you to download small boat building plans, so i'll try to make this set of guidelines quick and to the point. Find out how to make boats in your free time by perusing these few paragraphs - you will surely ...
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Publication picks its top sailboats for 2011
Trade Only Today
The RS100 and five other new boats won awards from an independent panel of experts that tested 17 nominees after the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., 

Nautical Software Solution Acquires Third Boating Industry Software Program to Provide Business Solutions to Small- to ...
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:01 AM PST
Marinas join dealerships and service facilities as latest companies to get day-to-day business operations software and consulting help from NSS, a new division of Alliance Management & Consulting Group. 

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference 2010
Zawya Fri, 17 Dec 2010 02:20 AM PST
The Second International Superyacht Coatings Conference organised by the Informa Yacht Group was held in Estoril on 14 and 15 December. A good cross section of the industry was represented.  

Gallery: Boat-builders take inaugural paddles around Rockland harbor
Bangor Daily News Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:10 PM PST
PHOTOS: On a beautiful morning, apprentices at a nonprofit wooden boat building school launched six boats into the Rockland Harbor

Portsoy boat festival embarks on expansion
Press and Journal
Proposals have been revealed for a new catering facility near the Salmon Bothy meeting and heritage centre and for the development of a boat building and ...

Eastport council fields offer to buy the Boat School
Bangor Daily News
The majority of Eastporters want to see the Boat School remain, he said. “There are thousands of boat building staff out of work,” Southern said. ...

USA. Introducing Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28 new trailerable pilothouse cruisers
BYM News (press release)
... a family-operated boat building business since 1958, saw an opportunity to build an efficient, trailerable cruising boat that will offer stability and ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Boat Building News

Boat Shop Revamps Classic Chris Craft
Other restoration projects under way at the boatyard include completely refinishing the teak deck on a sailboat built by Brooklin Boat Yard, and repowering ...

Morning Read: Kingston boat builder expands in Clayton
North Country Public Radio (blog)
The North Country has been a boat-builders' mecca for a century and a half, and the St. Lawrence River town of Clayton — with its Antique Boat Museum — is ...

Ferretti Group Is Top Producer of Yachts 80' (24 m) +
The group consists of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line brands. Azimut-Benetti ranked #2 and the Azimut brand itself accounted ...

How 50 suppliers combine to create a luxury Oyster
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
It has also supplied Norfolk boat builders Sheerline Motorcruisers, Haines Marine and many other local boatbuilders and hire boat operators. ...

Plans move forward to establish a Canadian Antique Boat Museum
EMC St. Lawrence
EMC News - The Thousand Islands Antique Boat Museum Trust announced the next phase of its plans to establish a Canadian Antique Boat Museum in partnership ...

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Cruising World's Boat of the year 

Message from ABYC President

On The Drawing Board

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News and Views

Tech Article
Controling Corrosion

Book of Dave Martin - Part 3

Award Winning Fire Boat

Continuing Education

Training Links & Events

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The Masthead.....The Journal of the
 Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
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Dear Peter, 
The new December 2010 issue of The Masthead is now posted and ready for you.  

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Excerpts from this edition: 
Two Westlawn Alumni Take Boat of the Year Awards
Continuing decades of success in design competitions by Westlawn students and alumni, Gerry Douglas, president and chief naval architect of Catalina Yachts and Rodger Martin, of Rodger Martin Design, both had designs selected for awards 2010.

Tech Article
Controling Galvanic Corrosion
By Dave Gerr
It's a sad but inescapable fact that metals corrode in seawater.
Corrosion problems lead to repairs. This adds up to down time and expense. Of course, some metals are more resistant to corrosion than others; but those that corrode least almost invariably cost most. Worse still, even highly corrosion resistant metals, like silicon bronze, 316 stainless steel, Monel, and Aquamet alloys, can corrode or cause
other metals to corrode if they're all attached to the same hull underwater. Accordingly, it pays dividends-literally-to spend the time and money needed to understand and control corrosion before it starts controlling you.

Fire Boat Wins Workboat Award
MetalCraft Marine was awarded the prestigious "Boat of the Year" fromWorkBoat Magazine at the International Work-Boat Show, In New Orleans, on December 1, 2010, for the design and craftsmanship of their FireStorm 70 fire boat, built for Jacksonville Fire/Rescue. A principle member of the design team was Westlawn alumnus Ryan Hunter, who had an important role in the development of the 2009 version of this vessel, the first Firestorm 69 (also recognized as a "Great Boat of the Year" by Marine News Magazine in 2009). In 2010, the MetalCraft design team modified this to the Firestorm 70, with Ryan Hunter overseeing Westlawn Elements of Technical Boat Design graduate, Rami Laitila, who made the necessary changes for the new project.

The Book of Dave Martin Part 3
A New Hull Form for the New Century
On this, my first design of the new millennium, I was determined to develop a new hull form that had a much smoother ride than my twentieth-century designs without losing any speed or fuel economy. Three models were made to 1/2":1' scale.

The third model was an entirely new radical departure from anything previously done by me. It had considerably more deadrise than the other two models. There were two deep lift strakes with a 33-degree down angle. Both lift strakes were farther apart forward than they were aft.
Read the full articles and much more inside this issue.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Boat Building News

Adriel Design creates unique atrium design for Oceanco's 90m yacht
World Interior Design Network
Adriel Design is developing a unique atrium concept for Dutch yacht builder Oceanco's 90m yacht project, which will offer full visibility from the lowest ...

Dugout canoe replica stretches Freeland boat builderâs creativity
South Whidbey Record Sun, 12 Dec 2010 12:23 PM PST
Brad Rice has built and restored classic wooden boats for 30 years, but this time he went right to the source

Cape hit by 400 fires in 1 week
Cape Argus Mon, 13 Dec 2010 08:43 AM PST
A fire has gutted a multimillion-rand yacht building factory and several workshops in the latest blaze to rip through Cape Town in the past week

Historic birchbark canoe found in UK storage shed
National Post
“Moving the canoe is the beginning of a whole new journey back to Canada for this incredible find,” Andy Wyke, boat collections manager at the Cornwall ...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boat Building News

Reggie Fountain resigns as president of Fountain Powerboats
(more) Fountain founded the company more than 30 years ago and developed it into the world's leading high performance boat builder. ...

Chesapeake Light Craft Open House & Workshops
Annapolis Capital
Following coffee and donuts, we'll have boatbuilding demonstrations throughout the day including fiberglass, cedar strip-planking, and varnishing. ...

Catalina 355 Named Best Sailboat for 2011
PitchEngine (press release)
Catalina has proven their ability to build quality sailboats time and time again. The award-winning 355 will undoubtedly carry on the tradition.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Boat Building News

Boksa Marine Design, Inc. Refocuses on Custom and Semi-Custom Yacht Industry
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Thu, 09 Dec 2010 06:01 AM PST
Design Firm, Boksa Marine Design, refocuses on the custom and semi-custom yacht industries with the release of their 105 ft. (32.0 m) Raised Pilothouse Motor Yacht

Students learn to build boats at Alma Bryant High
Press-Register - (blog)
Bob "Bo" Conklin is using his business and professional acumen to teach students at Alma Bryant High School in a program that combines boatbuilding skills .

Boat of the Year Awards: Catalina 355 takes the prize
Sail World
Topping this year's list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the American sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. ...

BREAKING NEWS: Reggie Fountain resigns as CEO
Trade Only Today
Fountain's statement did not seem to rule out his return to the boating industry. "Although I'm not able to announce any firm plans moving forward, ...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Boat Building News

Just Plain Stupid!

Sinking yacht motorboat causes a stir
Motor Boats Monthly
Described by some as an "accident that has already happened," the boat has been formed from the aft section of a small yacht, tilted at an angle of 45 ...

Boat Building News

Create a Canoe from a Single Sheet of Plywood
Hannu Vartiala is a man in love with the science of boat building. His personal site is a trove of information about DIY boat building, properties of wood, ..

Chesapeake Light Craft Ships 20000th Boat Kit (press release)
The smallest kit is an 8-foot, 22-pound kayak for kids; the largest is an 850-pound trailerable cruising sailboat. Annapolis, MD, December 05,

WorkBoat show shows that the shipbuilding industry is anticipating recovery
New Orleans Times-Picayune Sun, 05 Dec 2010 07:03 AM PST
Though buyers remain cautious, exhibitors at this year's International Work Boat Show find reason for guarded optimism 

USA. Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island receives first boat donation through ...
BYM News (press release)
... and the development of traditional marine skills such as navigation, sailing and boat building, all of which have a place in OHPRI's education programs. ...

Boat Builder Knierim Mills Large Parts with WorkNC CADCAM
ThomasNet Mon, 06 Dec 2010 05:51 AM PST
WorkNC CADCAM software has made it possible for German boat builder and composite mold manufacturer Knierim Yachtbau GmbH and its subsidiary, Knierim Tooling GmbH, to machine structures up to 30m long, in-house. Located on the Knierim dockyard on the Kiel Canal, its facility covers 20,000 m2 and has been building luxury boats and racing yachts for over 40 years. Gunnar Knierim became the second ... 

Volvo, Yamaha Motor cooperate on boat control system
Trading Markets (press release)
... Penta and Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor Co (TYO: 7272) have entered into a technological agreement to jointly develop a boat control system. ...

Boat builders went from pontoons to monohulls
Hawke's Bay Today
Wayne McKinley built his first pontoon-designed aluminium boat for a friend more than 30 years ago and set up his first boatbuilding yard soon after in ...

Lecture Series at IYRS
The International Yacht Restoration School hosts a lecture series exploring the boatbuilding methods of yesterday, today and tomorrow. ...

NMMA to roll out show exhibitor magazine
Trade Only Today
A new free national magazine for boat show exhibitors, titled Boat Show Exhibitor, will launch in February to an initial estimated 20000 people throughout ...

Judge won't toss conviction in boat builder death
WFLX FOX 29 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:38 AM PST
Associated Press - December 8, 2010 3:34 AM ET MIAMI (AP) - A judge in Miami has refused to toss out the conviction of a racing boat driver in the 1987 slaying of millionaire power boat builder... 

An early Erie Canal boat found buried in NY river
Wall Street Journal
AP FULTON, NY — Underwater explorers have discovered an early version of a 19th-century Erie Canal boat buried beneath the Oswego River in central New York ...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Boat Building News

Burnham zeroes in on completing new schooner
Gloucester Daily Times
Tomorrow, he plans to hoist another four 9000-pound frames into place on location at HA Burnham Boat Building, adjacent to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. ...

See what West Michigan ship builder is developing for Coast Guard search-and ...
Michigan Business Review -
BYRON TOWNSHIP — The US Coast Guard has turned to boat builder here to build a fleet of airboats designed for search-and-rescue operations in severe ...

Boatbuilder a craftsman of a bygone era
The Jefcoate family moved to Governor's Bay near Lyttelton when Lionel was 17 and he began a boat building apprenticeship with Miller Brothers soon after. .