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The Masthead
News & Views —
Sept. 2012 Page 22
Research and innovation in yacht building central to
HISWA Symposium
The 22nd edition of the biennial international HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht
Construction at Amsterdam RAI is scheduled for 12 and 13 November 2012 and will focus on
science, innovation and research for and in the (Dutch) yacht building sector.
The renowned symposium will pay attention to the latest insights and developments in the field of yacht
design and building for both sailing and motor boats. This year, the focus will be on research and innova-
tion. Speakers from around the world will discuss the state of the art concerning design and propulsion.
They will also concentrate on the application of glues in yacht building.
Timber construction is nothing new except if it concerns a 141 meter (462-ft.) long, 4-masted sailing
yacht. The construction challenges this unique project entailed will be highlighted. The quality of the
presentations will be safeguarded by international cooperation with universities and renowned insti-
tutes such as The Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Carl Cramer, publisher of
Magazine, will chair the day: “The symposium is a renowned
event among yacht designers and builders, and is one of the oldest initiatives in this field. It should be
cherished.” As a leading yacht-building country,
the Netherlands has a strong position
internationally. Knowledge development
and ties with professional practice are
becoming increasingly crucial to
retaining this position. Knowledge
often comes about in dialogue
with the industry that needs to
capitalize on this knowhow.
The biennial HISWA Symposium
was first organized in 1967. The
program is of interest to yacht
builders & designers, (R&D)
technicians, managers and
students with an interest in
the yacht building industry.
The HISWA Symposium on
Yacht Design and Yacht
Construction is a HISWA
Vereniging, TU Delft and
Amsterdam RAI initiative
and is co-supported by
Huisman and FEADSHIP.
For further information
and registration: