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On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, thirty-four students
and guests turned out for Westlawn Institute’s fifth annual stu-
dent meet—The Maine Meet. Held at Westlawn Institute’s East-
port, Maine campus, at The Boat School, and with valuable as-
sistance from Boat School instructors and staff, the event pro-
vided students with the opportunity to meet each other and
their instructors.
After morning coffee, the guests attended a very informative
seminar on travelift operation presented by Dean Pike of
Moose Island Boatworks and The Boat School. This was fol-
lowed by an in-depth seminar on stability for both power and
sailboats by Westlawn director Dave Gerr. This seminar not only
covered the detailed considerations involved in stability calcula-
tions and safety considerations, but included real-world exam-
ples of disasters that had occurred to boats that failed to meet
these criteria.
Following a break for lunch, attendees walked down to the
docks and travelift bay where they were amazed by the 25-foot
tides (a big drop when the tide is out!). Then, they returned to
the main building to view some of the beautiful boats built by
Boat School students the preceding year. After this, the crew
gathered in the shop for a hands-on vacuum-infusion demon-
stration presented by former Boat School director Bob Turcotte.
The first day’s technical portion concluded with students gath-
ering in the Westlawn office to review their drawings with West-
lawn instructor Eric Holohan and director Dave Gerr. Not only
was this a great opportunity to get immediate feedback
John Ames, Instructor Eric Holohan,
and Peter Banks at morning Coffee
Dean Pike’s Travel Lift Seminar
Dave Gerr Lectures on Stability Co
siderations and Criteria
Admiring a Whitehall Boat Built By
Boat School Students
Bob Turcotte’s Vacuum Infusion Dem-