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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Boat Building News

Canadian boat builder plans to expand to Eastport, creating 50 jobs

Bangor Daily News - ‎Mar 29, 2013‎
New Brunswick-based Millennium Marine has been building boats in Escuminac since the 1940s and now produces a line of custom-built fiberglass boats that range in hull size from 25 to 60 feet. The firm's inventory of boat options caters to the nautical ...
Boating Industry - ‎Mar 22, 2013‎
PHILADELPHIA, PA - March 25, 2013 - SureShade, the designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, is now available as a standard factory-installed feature on Grady-White's all-new Freedom 375.

Jeanerette boat builder to expand, adding 88 jobs

The Advocate - ‎Mar 18, 2013‎
JEANERETTTE - A boat builder in Jeanerette announced Monday it plans to increase the size of its shipyard and add 88 jobs in a $1.52 million expansion to accommodate more orders for police, military and commercial marine vessels, according to a news

The art of boat-building

Weekly Times Now - ‎Mar 19, 2013‎
He agrees that to be a traditional boat builder requires a degree of insanity. "If you aren't mad about boats, you can't work in this industry, because it's hard, dirty and challenging, not an easy artisan trade to be in.

Maine native still builds boats at 92

Trade Only Today - ‎Mar 29, 2013‎
Part of the appeal of the shop is a regular visitor, a neighborhood boatbuilder named Steve Spurling, still going strong at 92.

Boatbuilders mark production milestones

Trade Only Today - ‎Mar 28, 2013‎
The 32,000-pound boat project is the second-largest vessel for designer and builder Sam Devlin of Devlin Designing Boat Builders of Tumwater, Wash., a company that has pioneered the wood-and-epoxy boat design. “It's gorgeous,” owner Ed Schulman of ...

Homer's Bay Welding celebrates milestone of building boats for Kachemak Bay

Alaska Dispatch
Mar 29, 2013

Written by
Michael Armstrong

Bay Weld is calling P/V Churchill its 100th boat, but looking at the shiny aluminum hulls under construction and nearing completion, it won't take long to pass that milestone.

Expert teaches kayak-building course at Cortez museum

Bradenton Herald - ‎Mar 16, 2013‎
"As a maritime museum, boat-building is par for the course," Beale said. "This boat is easy to build.

Traditional American Craft Revived at Boat Building School

St. Ignace News (subscription) - ‎Mar 19, 2013‎
Boat building. It's a perfect blend of science and art,” said Ed Greiner, a second-year student at Great Lakes Boat Building School, during a short break from the bustle of transforming wood into watercraft Wednesday, February 27, in Cedarville. Mr.

Boat Building Industry in Lakshadweep Islands

Press Information Bureau (press release) - ‎Mar 18, 2013‎
The boat building industry in Lakshadweep Islands is not dormant due to shortage of funds. As reported by Union Territory of Lakshadweep Administration (UTLA), boat building has been taken over by the people in Lakshadweep Islands and the quantum of ..

Bahrain Boat Show to draw over 18000

Trade Arabia - ‎15 hours ago‎
Thousands yesterday flocked to the Bahrain Boat Show at the Amwaj Marina. Event organisers are expecting 18,000 visitors, 3,000 more than last year, and 30 per cent of them are expected to be from neighbouring GCC countries, said a report in the Gulf ...

Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show Sails Into Jack London April 11 - ‎Mar 27, 2013‎
The 2013 Strictly Sail Pacific all sailboat boat show will sail into Jack London Square with everything that is hot in the world of sailing

Rob Doyle Design is launched

Superyacht Times - ‎Mar 27, 2013‎
Rob Doyle (42) has today announced the establishment of a new yacht design, naval architecture and engineering company, Rob Doyle Design, and the 'takeover' of the offices and staff of Ron Holland Design in Kinsale, Ireland

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Boat Building News

Young boat builders bond over spring break - ‎8 hours ago‎
Volunteer mentors offer their time and knowledge in teaching basic boat building skills. The students spend the entire week crafting the paddle boards to a very high standard of quality, valuing the boards at about $4.500.

Boatbuilders mark production milestones

Trade Only Today - ‎3 hours ago‎
The 32,000-pound boat project is the second-largest vessel for designer and builder Sam Devlin of Devlin Designing Boat Builders of Tumwater, Wash., a company that has pioneered the wood-and-epoxy boat design. “It's gorgeous,” owner Ed Schulman of ...

Interior Ministry Participates in Bahrain Boat Show

Bahrain News Agency - ‎8 hours ago‎
Manama-March28(BNA)The Interior Ministry is taking part in the 4th International Boat Show 2013 which opened today. The three-day exhibition is being held at Amwaj Islands Marina under the patronage of Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed ...

Maine boat show: 'Wall-to-wall eye candy' for boaters

Press Herald - ‎Mar 14, 2013‎
Dave Hackett, head of the woodshop, and Robert Flight, project manager with the Portland Yacht Club, set up an area around a 1926 sailboat that is undergoing restoration at the Yacht Club as they set up for the Maine Boatbuilders Show on Wednesday, ..

Boating rebound helping spur Protomet growth, president says

Knoxville News Sentinel - ‎Mar 26, 2013‎
With a resurging marine industry - which Bohanan said saw its business plummet some 80 to 90 percent during the Great Recession - Protomet has begun developing and marketing proprietary products such as boating mirrors, wakeboard towers and grab .

Asia Boating Awards will be handed out Friday

Trade Only Today - ‎Mar 27, 2013‎
The annual Asia Boating Awards was created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in 2005. The aim is to recognize the best of the high-end yachting industry in Asia and internationally, and the awards are considered a benchmark for the ...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Boat Building News

Boat sales suffer setback in February

Trade Only Today - ‎2 hours ago‎
A year ago, spring arrived early in many parts of the country and the recreational boating industry rode a large and early wave of customers to strong results in February.

Grady-White First U.S. Boat Builder to Offer SureShade as Standard Feature

PR Web (press release) - ‎17 hours ago‎
SureShade, the designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, is now available as a standard factory-installed feature on Grady-White's all-new Freedom 375.

Jeanerette boat builder to expand, adding 88 jobs

The Advocate - ‎Mar 18, 2013‎
JEANERETTTE - A boat builder in Jeanerette announced Monday it plans to increase the size of its shipyard and add 88 jobs in a $1.52 million expansion to accommodate more orders for police, military and commercial marine vessels, according to a news ..

Boat builder shuts down local factory

Florida Today - ‎Mar 5, 2013‎
MERRITT ISLAND - Sea Ray Boats, one of the world's largest manufacturers of pleasure craft, is ending it decades-long run of building boats in Brevard County. On Monday, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based boat maker announced it was consolidating its

Planning board issues repair permit to Boothbay boatbuilder

Boothbay Register - ‎Mar 11, 2013‎
On March 6, the Boothbay Planning Board granted boatbuilder David Stimson a permit to repair boats, but he will not be allowed to finish building the 50-foot steel schooner that has sat dormant in his barn since August.

Begnet's Boat-Building Currach Project Bound for Dalkey Island

Afloat - ‎Mar 19, 2013‎
Murray has assigned a team to construct the pair of 'racing' currachs and they are to be led by boat-builder Mark Reddon. In addition the community are invited to take part in accompanying projects, one in which includes a 'St. Begnet's Cookbook' which ..
CFCC boat builder comes home to teach
WECT-TV6 - ‎Feb 28, 2013‎
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Mark Bayne started his boat building career as the first student in the Cape Fear Community College boat building class back in 1977. Today, he's back in the classroom as a teacher. Bayne left Wilmington and spent 26 years as a ..
Bradenton Herald - ‎Mar 16, 2013‎
McHugh, who splits his time between Florida and Maine, should be able to reach that goal considering he has professional boat-builder Dave Gentry at his side. Gentry is working with the museum this weekend and next weekend to offer a kayak-building ...
New China builder launches Grand Prix race boat
Sail World - ‎Feb 28, 2013‎
The first of the new production HH42 high performance grand prix racing yachts built by Hakes Marine, a division of Hudson Yacht and Marine Co. Ltd, and designed by Judel Vrolijk was launched today in Xiamen, China. Oystercatcher XXX, represents the ..

Teen center offers boat-building program

Exeter News-Letter - ‎Mar 21, 2013‎
EXETER - New Outlook is offering an innovative boat building program to help youth integrate classroom knowledge into practical hands on experience.

Zephyrhills helps buoy boat manufacturer - ‎Mar 13, 2013‎
The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously to provide a $25,000 grant to boat manufacturer All Craft Marine. The company, based at 40047 County Road East in Zephyrhills, will receive $15,000 up front and $5,000 per year for the next two fiscal years.

Swedish boat manufacturer goes into administration

Practical Boat Owner Magazine - ‎Feb 27, 2013‎
Staff at Nord West & Najad in Henan on Orust have told of their shock at the news. The company, which launched a new powerboat model at a boat show in Gothenburg just a few weeks ago, was formed when the boat manufacturer North West in October ..

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Boat Buidling News

New yacht-building starts in Cowes
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013 06:20 AM PDT
Shipwrights in Cowes, Isle of Wight have started building the first, of what they hope will be many, new 35ft steel yachts. Voyaging Yachts are building a demonstrator Wylo 35.5 for their first customer.
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Palm Beach Boat Show opens Thursday
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013 07:21 AM PDT
The 28th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show begins Thursday at noon. The boat show features at least 600 boats, ranging in size from 8 to 233 feet long, according to event organizers. But, they say, there is more to the event than just boats.
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Premier Marinas Easter Boat Show at Swanwick
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013 06:50 AM PDT
Premier Marinas are hosting their annual Easter Boat Show at Swanwick Marina, on the Hamble River, from 29 March to 1 April.
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Phukets international boat show comes of age
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013 05:52 AM PDT
Opening the show were (L to R): Mr Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of the Royal Phuket Marina; Mr Maitri Inthusut, Governor of Phuket; Mr Andy Dowden, Show Director; and Mr Charnchai Duangchit, Director of the TAT, ...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Boat Building News

Boating group seeks to buy $1.8M schooner
Sat, 16 Mar, 2013 02:06 PM PDT
Chris German, executive director of Connecticut Community Boating in Bridgeport, Conn. standing aboard the "Mystic,"which is docked in Mystic. German is hoping to raise over $250,000 for a down payment to purchase the $1.8 million boat and keep it in Connecticut. 
Mainers look forward to Boatbuilders Show
Sat, 16 Mar, 2013 03:48 PM PDT
After a long, cold winter, a weekend boat show has many thinking about summer. The finest boats crafted by the finest Maine boat builders are on display over the weekend in Portland. "Especially today, it is beautiful," Falmouth resident Ann Lafond said. "It makes you think about being on the wa...
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Jeanerette shipyard will expand, add 88 direct jobs
Tue, 19 Mar, 2013 12:52 AM PDT
A Jeanerette boat manufacturer announced Monday a $1.52 million expansion of its shipyard in Iberia Parish that is expected to create more than 200 jobs. 
";The Art of Wooden Boat Repair: A Boatwright's Secret Tricks of the Trade" by Allen Cody Taube, An Updated, Revised ...
Wed, 20 Mar, 2013 12:31 AM PDT
This new book, based on the experience and insight of the author's 40 years of boat building, is sure to become the wooden boat owner and wooden boat lover's favorite classic. (PRWeb March 20, 2013) Read the full story at
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Online Courses
Spring 2013

ProBoat E-Training has a variety of web-based courses. If you have suggestions for new offerings, please send us an email. Thanks!

Remember: As well as offering you online training opportunities, ProBoat E-Training also sponsors a weekly podcast and produces a blog full of tips about making better presentations with PowerPoint and other tools for trainers and educators. 

Current Course Descriptions

Rhino for Marine Designers (Six-week course, starts March 31): Learn to enhance your boat and yacht design skills with Rhino 3D Modeling software. We'll teach you how to work with curves, then surfaces, then we'll move into fairing a simple chine hull, followed by a more complex sailing schooner hull. Finally, when you have mastered the skills necessary for the foregoing projects, you'll go on to a self-directed project of modeling a complete hull/deck/superstructure of your own design. Note: You must have access to a copy of Rhino to complete this course.
Price: $390 (student discount available on request)
Instructor: Cliff Estes

Intro to Marine Electrical Systems Part One (Four-part course, work at your own pace.): Here you'll gain an understanding of the terminology, theory, and practical knowledge regarding marine electrical systems. Since this course is an overview, there is no hands-on component involved. If you have wired a boat, or assisted in wiring one, then this class will complement that experience. If you have not had any hands-on experience, that is fine too as this course's purpose is to teach you the theoretical knowledge involved in designing and specifying marine electrical systems.
Price: $200
Instructor: Ed Scott

Intro to Marine Electrical Systems Part Two (Five-part course, work at your own pace.): In this course, you will learn terminology, theory, and practical knowledge regarding marine electrical systems, specifically batteries, circuit protection, distribution panels, and wiring design. Again, there is no hands-on component involved. The purpose of this course is to teach you the theoretical knowledge involved in designing and specifying marine electrical systems.
Price: $200
Instructor: Ed Scott

Designing Yacht Interiors (Introduction): This interactive course in interior design will introduce you to a number of elements and details to be considered when making decisions about materials, colors, textures, furnishings, and work flow. At present, we are only offering the first component: The discovery process, which focuses on dealing with a new client.
Price: $75
Instructor: Judy Bell-Davis

Color-Matching Gelcoat (Four-part course, work at your own pace):Here you'll learn about types and causes of damage, how to document your repair work, and how to prepare the surface. For each segment, you will have lab work to complete, and at the end of the course, you will send your color samples to your instructor for evaluation.
Price: $200.
Instructor: Charlie Teran

Load Capacity and Flotation (Five-part course, work at your own pace): This highly technical course covers the  rules and standards for maximum weight capacity of small boats; calculating displacement weight and maximum weight capacity; testing a boat for displacement and maximum weight; rules, calculations, and installation procedures for flotation; and USCG and ABYC regulations.
Price: $300
Instructor: Peter Eikenberry

Propeller Selection for Boats and Small Ships
(Three-part course, work at your own pace.): Materials for this course include a 32-page text, as well as prop-calculating formulae and spreadsheets created by the instructor. First you'll study the text, then work on problem solving, then finally review your solutions and compare them with the instructors conclusions.
Price: $79
Instructor: Christopher Barry

The Marine Survey Report (Four-part course, work at your own pace.): A survey is only as good as the report that communicates the work of the surveyor, and a good surveyor's findings (and reputation) can be lost in a poorly written report. This course will help you bring your writing skills up to a new level.
Price: $200
Instructor: Patricia Kearns

The Marine Survey Report Practicum Looking for more of a hands-on-the-keyboard experience? Our instructor will critique one or more of your existing survey reports, showing you exactly where you need to improve your work, and how to do it.
Price: $95 per survey
Instructor: Patricia Kearns

Tech for Trainers (Three segments): This course if FREE to you if you are willing to help create new short courses for ProBoat E-Training. We'll explain how PBE-T works, we'll introduce our learning platform (MOODLE), and we'll describe best practices for teaching online. Much of this material can be adapted to both classroom and in-house training programs.
Price: $200
For more info, contact instructor: Barbara Jean Walsh

ProBoat E-Training Open House 

If you have ever wondered what a ProBoat E-Training course really looks like, visit the Online Open House to sample all of PBE-T's currently available offerings. The Open House is set up as an online course, so you'll have the chance to see what a class might be like. (No homework, though.)  

To access the Open House, click here
  1. Log-in with your PBE-T username and password  
  2. Or . . . Sign up as instructed
  3. Select the Open House from the list of courses
  4. Enter the key OPENUP when prompted
If you any questions at all about  
ProBoat E-Training,  
don't hesitate to contact us:

Barbara Jean Walsh, ProBoat E-Training manager
.41 WoodenBoat Lane, Brooklin, Maine 04616

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Boat Building News

Sexual molestation case involving intellectually disabled woman goes to jury
Sun, 10 Mar, 2013 01:39 AM PST
PITTSFIELD -- A jury will begin deliberations Monday in the Berkshire Superior Court trial of a 72-year-old retired boat builder from North Dartmouth accused of molesting a 24-year-old woman who has the mental abilities of a child. Closing arguments in the trial ended Friday.

  BAJA MARINE, boat building headquarters
Sun, 10 Mar, 2013 03:55 AM PDT
BAJA MARINE, boat building headquarters for BAJA/DONZI/FOUNTAIN and Proline boats is accepting applications from individuals at its 1653 Whicard's Beach location in Chocowinity, NC. If you possess the skills listed in the descriptions below, please stop by, complete an application or you may call 252-975-7017 for more details on how to apply.

Family-owned boat shop stays afloat
Mon, 11 Mar, 2013 04:24 AM PDT
Many think the yachting industry appeals to the one percent, but according to Marine Industries Association of South Florida, recreational boating supports the 99 percent, which is small businesses. Whether it was speed boats or fishing boats, we saw crowds flock to the Miami International Boat Show, willing to shell out. Behind some of what powers these vessels is a family-owned, Fort ...

  Digby man has spent 20 years hand-crafting yacht
Mon, 11 Mar, 2013 02:20 PM PDT
For 20 years a Digby County man has been painstakingly, hand carving a beautiful replica of a 17th century Dutch yacht.

  Three High-Profile European Brands Select Miami-based AMGW Agency Mon, 11 Mar, 2013 01:52 PM PDT
Ferretti Group, Safilo & Bâoli Miami Join Firm's PR Client RosterMiami, FL (PRWEB) March 11, 2013 A leading European yacht manufacturer, a global eyewear leader from Italy and a high-profile French restaurant group recently selected AMGW Agency to connect with key Latin American and U.S. markets. “More and more European companies are realizing the tremendous importance and buying power of the .

  Bill Holland keeps Biloxi's boat building tradition alive Mon, 11 Mar, 2013 08:45 PM PDT
As a child growing up in Biloxi in the 1940s Bill Holland enjoyed building model boats. He built his first skiff at age 9 and his first cat boat at age 12