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Source: BoatUS Press Room
October 23, 2013, Eastport, ME:
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technol-
ogy, the not-for-profit educational
affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht
Council (ABYC), welcomes RADM
Gordon G. Piché, USCG (Ret.) as
Dean of Naval Architecture. Piché was
also elected to Westlawn’s Board of
A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard
Academy, with a BSE in general
engineering, Piché holds an MSE in
naval architecture and marine
engineering and also an MSE in
engineering mechanics from the
University of Michigan.
“Gordon has already contributed
highly important technical reviews to
Westlawn’s new general structural
engineering text as well as to a new
aluminum text that is in the drafting
phase, and to the student technical
reference manual,” said Dave Gerr,
Westlawn Director. “It’s invaluable to
have someone with his expertise and
background on our team.”
During his 34-year career before retir-
ing from the United
States Coast Guard
(USCG), Piché
served as the
assistant Superintendent of the U.S.
Coast Guard Academy; Commanding
Officer of the Marine Safety Offices in
Honolulu, HI and in Cleveland, OH;
and Commander of the Maintenance
and Logistics Command Pacific. He
also served at Coast Guard Head-
quarters as Chief of the Merchant
Marine Technical Division, manager of
the Fishing Vessel Safety Task Force,
and led US delegations to the Interna-
tional Maritime Organization in
Following retirement, Piché served as
a consulting naval architect for indus-
try and government including The Port
of Milwaukee, The Ocean Develop-
ment Corporation in Miami, FL, and as
the Consultant Naval Architect to the
George Washington University
Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk
Management Project Team for The
Washington State Ferries Risk
Who Will Be The December 2013 Know It All Winner?
Email your answer to:
As the lead designer for ToughRider Boats, you’ve been asked to draw up the towing tower for their new wakeboard boat,
the DX WakeRocket 220. She is a 22-footer, with a 19-foot waterline and 8-foot 6-inch beam. The DX WakeRocket 220
displaces 4,600 pounds at average load. She will be powered with a standard 330-HP gas engine, with a high-power
option of 450 horsepower. Configuration is single-engine inboard V-drive.
The 450-HP engine runs at 5,500 RPM max, 3,500 to 4,200 RPM cruise. The boat will be fitted with a 1:75:1 gear driving
a 4-blade, 16-inch-diameter, 20-inch-pitch propeller, with heavy cup. Top speed is about 50 knots, but normal wakeboard-
ing operation is between 18 and 24 knots.
What design load should you use for the towrope attached to the tower, and why?
Want to see how much you know? Want to show everyone else how much you know? The
first three people to submit the correct answer to the following question will win a West-
lawn tee shirt and cap, and will also receive a Know It All certificate. The answer and
winners to be published in the next issue of
The Masthead.
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RADM Gordon G. Piché USCG (Ret.)
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