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New Propeller Text Advances Westlawn’s Systems and Equipment Course. Written by Dave Gerr, Propellers Incorporates Gerr’s Latest Research and Conclusions on the Subject, as a Result of the Last Twenty Five Years of Experience.

Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology adds RADM Gordon G. Piché USCG (Ret.) as Dean of Naval Architecture

Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Extend Funding for Wood Scholarship for a Fourth Year! Students can continue to receive financial assistance through 2013!

Westlawn Reduces Education Costs: New 20% Discount for ABYC Members, Zero Interest Tuition Financing, Huge Discounts on Software

Westlawn Institute Receives the Third-Year Donation of its Most Substantial Grant and Scholarship Program Ever! The Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Provide Generous Financial Support

ABYC and Westlawn Institute Announce a New Online Forum for ABYC Certified Marine Techs – The ABYC Tech Forum

DETC (Distance Education and Training Council)  Reaccredits Westlawn for the Ninth Consecutive Time with Flying Colors and no Conditions!

Westlawn Institute Receives the Second-Year Donation of its Most Substantial Grant and Scholarship Program Ever! The Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Provide Generous Financial Support

The Royal Institution Of Naval Architects and Westlawn Institute Of Marine Technology Announce RINA Accreditation of Westlawn Institute’s Yacht & Boat Design Program!

Yachting Magazine,  May 2011, Runs a Feature Story on Westlawn Institute in Recognition of Eighty Years of Training Successful Boat Designers!

Two Westlawn Alumni Win Cruising Boat of the Year Awards for 2010. Gerry Douglas’s Catalina 355 is Domestic Boat of the Year. Rodger Martin’s Presto 30 Takes the Cruising Spirit Award!

Westlawn Student Jon Ames Wins the Professional Boatbuilder/WoodenBoat Design Challenge - Westlawn’s Students and Alumni Have Won More Design Competitions Than Those from Any Other School!

Mad Mariner, the Online Daily Boating Magazine, Interviewed Westlawn Director, Dave Gerr, on July 20, 2010. Click on the Links Below to Listen to the Full 26-Minute Interview and Watch the Slide Show of Over a Hundred Boats Designed by Westlawn Alumni.

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Distance Educaton and Training Council (DETC) Approves Westlawn’s New Eastport, Maine Campus, Officially Completing Westlawn’s Move to Maine

Westlawn Announces its Most Substantial Grant and Scholarship Program Ever! The Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Provide Generous Financial Support

Two New Instructors Join the Westlawn Institute Faculty. Nicholas Di Matteo and Eric Holohan Bring Decades of Experience with them to Share with Students

Westlawn Moves it’s office to Eastport, Maine! Many Connections Lead to Opening Our Office in the Boat School Campus

Results of the Westlawn PassageMaker Design Competition Sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting – Three Amazingly Different Boats are Finalists

Westlawn’s Fourth Annual Mystic Meet Draws 47 - Youngest Graduate Receives Diploma - First Cum Laude Graduate - Another Graduates in just 2-1/2 Years!

Westlawn Announces Recipients of 2009 Owens Scholarship - Famous Maryland Boatbuilder, Norman G. Owens, Supports Excellence in Marine Education.

Westlawn Offers Boat Interior Design Reference to the Public – Text Offered for Sale for the First Time – Interior Design Methods for Yacht Design and theBoat Building Industry.

Westlawn Drives Down Costs for Students: Students Can Save Thousands of Dollars on Software – Tuition Held at Last Year’s Level.

Westlawn Students Granted All Three Of NMRA’s First Scholarship Awards. National Marine Representative’s Association Offers Financial Support To Marine-Industry Students.

Cruising World Magazine Features Westlawn Grad Bob Buck’s Design in the November 2008 Issue  -  Student’s Design-Thesis Boat Becomes a Beautiful Reality

ABYC & Westlawn Announce Joint Continuing Education Program - The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology jointly announce the two organizations have bundled a number of courses together to create recommended continuing education offerings.

Westlawn Institute and PassageMaker Magazine Announce Design Competition - Challenge to Craft an Efficient Cost-Effective Cruiser To Advance Boating Sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting

Imtra Marine Lighting Sponsors Grants For New Enrollments in Westlawn Courses - Industry Leader Provides Tuition Assistance for New Students

Westlawn Holds “Mystic Meet” - Rod Johnstone Talk Highlights Third Annual Student Gathering

Two Industry Leaders Sponsor Westlawn Scholarships - Hargrave Custom Yachts and The Taylor Made Group Support Westlawn Students

Designing Boats & Careers: Westlawn and Tom Fexas Yacht Design - Working Together for Over Four Decades

Legendary Designers Jack Hargrave & Dick Newick Inducted Into Boat Designers Hall of Fame

Westlawn Offers Financial Aid to Students - Tuition Financing Through TFC Credit Corporation Lowers Student Payments

PropTalk, the Chesapeake’s powerboat magazine, features Westlawn in it’s September 2007 issue. Click here to read the article.

Island Packet Yachts Sponsors Scholarship for Westlawn Students. Top Boatbuilder Provides Funding to Assist Westlawn Students.

Westlawn Holds Second Successful “Mystic Meet.” Distance-learning institute’s faculty and students interact in person

Westlawn Introduces a New Curriculum Upgrade for 2007 - New Course Material on Control Stations, Steel Construction, and Multihull Design

The Westlawn/Cruising World Design Competition Results - With Sponsorship from Island Packet Yachts, Westlawn and Cruising World Hold the First Design Competition in Over Fifteen Years

Hargrave Custom Yachts Celebrates Yet Another Graduate in a Long Line of Westlawn Students - Evaluation of Former YDI Student Leads to Westlawn Diploma

Yachts International, in its 10th anniversary May 2007 issue, features an article on Westlawn director Dave Gerr. Click here to read the article.

Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and SUNY Maritime Announce Joint Marine Continuing-Education Program - Combined With ABYC Courses, Your Source for Marine Training

L. Francis Herreshoff, Legendary Designer Inducted Into Boat Designers Hall of Fame. Westlawn Also Announces Two Norman Nudelman Awards,

Westlawn Announces Reaccreditation With High Marks. DETC Finds Top-Notch Boat-Design Training at Westlawn.

Westlawn Announces Acquisition of Yacht Design Institute Schools Material. Addition of Valuable Course Material and Expertise to Further Enhance Westlawn Curriculum.

Westlawn is Pleased to Announce Mystic-Seaport Membership for Westlawn Students. Membership Benefits in Historic Museum Enhance Learning.

Westlawn Announces Design Competition in Conjunction With Cruising World Magazine & Island Packet Yachts

Distance Learning School Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology Announces Successful Mystic Meet - Westlawn faculty and students interact off-line

Legendary Designers Inducted Into Boat Designers Hall of Fame

Westlawn Announces Recipients of 2006 Owens Scholarship Awards

Soundings Trade Only, “The Boating Business Newspaper,” Features Westlawn in the November 2005 Issue.

Westlawn Alumnus Makes Waves Sailing on Land. Rodger Martin Yacht Design Makes Waves In Boston.

Mystic Seaport Announces Affiliation with Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. Westlawn Moves Connecticut Office to Mystic Seaport.

Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology Gets .edu URL. Official Westlawn Web Site Now www.westlawn.edu.

Edson Offers Classic Bronze Spline Weights for Yacht Designers and Students

Westlawn Receives Prestigious National Award Saluting 75 Years of Excellence in Distance Education

Westlawn Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Year by Inducting Two Designers into Newly Established Hall of Fame

DETC (Distance Education and Training Council) December-2004 Global Report Spotlights Westlawn

The First COMITT (Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training) Brings Industry and Marine Educators Together

Three Westlawn Alumni Win Design Competitions in 2004! - Westlawn Graduate Ben Dodarell Wins Camper & Nicholson/Boat International “New Concepts” Design Competition

Westlawn Announces “The One-Quart-Cup Challenge” Scholarship in Conjunction with Boating Magazine

Hargrave Custom Yachts Sponsors Westlawn 75th Anniversary Celebration

Westlawn Announces the Largest Single Curriculum Upgrade in It’s History

Westlawn Signs Joint Education Agreement with Maryland’s Cecil Community College to Offer Students an Associate’s Degree

The Year Three Westlawn Alumni Duked It Out For The America’s Cup!!

Westlawn’s Oldest Student Makes Contact After 74 Years!

Westlawn Offers Job Listings for Industry and Westlawn Alumni and Students

Westlawn Website Upgraded!

Westlawn Graduate Wins Bluewater Sailing Magazine Design Competition

ABYC and Westlawn at IBEX 2003

ABYC Standards & Membership Included With Westlawn Enrollment

FLASH!! ABYC Acquires Westlawn - Exciting Developments on the Way!

New! ABYC Members to Get Discounts on Westlawn Courses

Westlawn -- A Catalyst for Innovation

Who Studies at Westlawn?

New Course for Industry Professionals

Taylor Made Group Adds Sealand Employees' Scholarship Fund For Westlawn Students

 

The Masthead

The Quarterly Journal of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology:

Click Here for a Combined Index of All Back Issues of The Masthead

32) The Masthead - Volume 8, No. 4 – December 2014: Design for Series Production, IBEX 2014, Translation Aids, Boating Trust Fund, William H. (Bill) Shaw, Development of Stepped Planing Hulls, One the Drawing Board – Neilsen’s Destino 25, Under Construction – Henseval’s 11.8m, Cutting Costs for Students, ABYC Tech Notes –Testing Isobutanol, We Get Mail, Know It All Answer on Limbers in Bulwark Frames, Know It All Question – Identifying Sailing Rigs, News & Views, and More

31) The Masthead - Volume 8, No. 3 – September 2014: The First To Fly; Development of the Planing Boat, IBEX 2014, Martin’s Yarns, On the Drawing Board – Dibley’s 45’ R/C Yacht, Cutting Costs for Students, ABYC Tech Notes – Electric Exhaust Sensor, Useful Acronyms, Know It All Answer on Speed-Length Ratio and Reynolds Number, Know It All Question on Bulwark Frames, News & Views, and More

30) The Masthead - Volume 8, No. 2 – June 2014: America’s-Cup 72 Catamaran Drawings Unveiled, Westlawn Moves to the Maine Maritime Museum, Cutting Costs for Students, IBEX 2014, Splashes – Bigot’s 12-M Outboard Power Cat, New Westlawn Instructor, New Westlawn Student Services Coordinator, Know It All Answer on Planing-Hull Trim Control, Know It All Question: Towing Model Speed, Orca3D Tip, ABYC Tech Notes – H-41 Ladder Length, News & Views, and More

29) The Masthead - Volume 8, No. 1 – March 2014: Flags of Convenience, ABYC President’s Message, Cutting Costs for Students, New Textbook — Principles of Resistance, Westlawn Profiles Luc St-Onge, ABYC Tech Notes — Minimum Wire Size and LED Lighting, On the Drawing Board: Erdevicki’s 80-ft. Power Cat, Fundamentals of Battery Management, Know It All Answer on Wakeboard-Boat Towing Tower Loads, About The Landing School, Know It All Question: Trim Control, and More

28) The Masthead - Volume 7, No. 4 – December 2013: Alumn Manages Cruise-Ship Repairs, ABYC President’s Message, IBEX 2013, New Propeller Textbook, New Westlawn Online Library, Splashes: Cerney’s Hill 16 and Henseval’s Bay Dream Tri, Sailing Multihull History, Part 2, Orca3D User Tip – Pour Line for Ballast In Fin Keels, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, ABYC Tech Notes – Battery Installation 101, The Best Shaft Angle, Jack Hornor Memoriam, Know It All Answer: Nine Types of Wooden Planking, Know It All Question: Wakeboard Boat Towing Load, and More

27) The Masthead - Volume 7, No. 3 – September 2013: A Brief History of Sailing Multihulls, ABYC President’s Message – Broadening Boating’s Base, ABYC Wins IBEX Innovation Award, Self-Righting Craft – Principles and Design Requirements, On the Drawing Board – Corentin Bigot’s 12 M Power Cat, Orca3D User Tip – Docking Orca3D Toolbars, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, ABYC Tech Notes – Thermal Appliances, Dick Newick Memoriam, Know It All Answer: On Localized Paint Degredation, Know It All Question: On Planking Methods, and More

26) The Masthead - Volume 7, No. 2 – June 2013: Wood Scholarship Extended for a Fourth Year!, U.S. Boating Industry Uptick and NMMA Boating Economic Study, ABYC President’s Message – Boating Fatalities Down, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, On the Drawing Board: Laurie McGowan’s Hercules, Orca3D User Tip – Foreshortened Views, The Importance of Simple Systems, Water Heater Installations, ABYC Tech Notes – Standards and Common Sense in Design, Know It All Answer: On Lifting-Keel Hoist Cable, Know It All Question: Identifying a Localized Paint Degredation, Martin’s YarnsHonesty in Design, News & Views, Alum Wins Superyacht Design Award, and More

25) The Masthead - Volume 7, No. 1 – March 2013: The First Powerboats, ABYC President’s Message – Corrosion Experiment, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, On the Drawing Board: Persak & Wurmfeld 44M Schooner, Westlawn Profiles Krisha Naroski Plauché, MV Lyubov Orlova, Orca3D User Tip – Creating a Bow Cone, ABYC Tech Notes – ABYC S-30 and Heavier Outboards, Know It All Answer: On Finding the Weight and CG of an Existing Boat, Know It All Question: On Sizing a Lifting Keel Hoist Line, We Get Mail: More on HINs. Martin’s YarnsNavigator Sea Trials, May Day 1940, News & Views, Masthead Combined Index, and More

24) The Masthead - Volume 6, No. 4 – December 2012: Classic Dutch Yachts and the Real James Bond, METS and IBEX Shows, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, On the Drawing Board: Chevalier’s Wally Cento and Maxi Scow, Understanding HIN Numbers, Learning from a Tragic Capsize, Splashes: Persak & Wurmfeld’s Motive Tri 25R, Orca3D User Tip, ABYC Tech Notes – Electric System Trends, Know It All Answer: On Scupper Size, Know It All Question: On Finding the Weight and CG of an Existing Boat, Martin’s Yarns – The Evening Star Yacht Club, News & Views, Masthead Combined Index, and More

23) The Masthead - Volume 6, No. 3 – September 2012: Annual Student Maryland Meet, ABYC's First Annual Boating Safety Clinic, Westlawn Drives Down Education Costs, Westlawn Profiles Laurie McGowan, On the Drawing Board: Erdevicki's 175-Footer, Splashes: Theo Danel's Rùm, ABYC Tech Notes: Designing for Serviceability, Know It All Answer: On Wire Size, Know It All Question: On Cockpit Scuppers, Planing Craft Analysis: Static vs. Dynamic Trim, News & Views, Masthead Combined Index, and More

22) The Masthead - Volume 6, No. 2 – June 2012: Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Drawings, Wood Foundation Scholarships - Year 3, Lessons from the Capsize of the Sail-Training Vessel, Concordia, The Maryland Meet, Westlawn Profiles Steven & Patrick Pollard of Specmar, Know It All Answer - On Chainplate Welds, Know It All Question on Wiring Size, ABYC Tech Notes - Ignition Protection, New ABYC Tech Forum, New Masthead Combined Index, and More

21) The Masthead - Volume 6, No. 1 – March 2012: Westlawn Reaccredited, U.S. Park Service Requires ABYC Standards, Engine Power Curves, Orca3D Tips, Wrong Way Martin and Stephens, Know It All Answer – On Gasoline Engine Vents, Know It All Question – On Chainplate Welds, Cerny’s L’Arche Dinghy, On The Drawing Board – Allison and Leech Projects, New Ownership at The Boat School, Herreshoff Symposium, and More

20) The Masthead - Volume 5, No. 4 – December 2011: The New Era of Gasoline Fuel Installations – ABYC H-24 & H-25, Westlawn at IBEX and METS, Four Designs from Westlawn Selected as Notable in WoodenBoat “Design Challenge III,” Know It All Question and Answer, On the Drawing Board, Westlawn Profiles Michele Ansaloni, News & Views, New Blog from D’Antonio, Single versus Twin, and More

19) The Masthead - Volume 5, No. 3 – September 2011: WESTLAWN-ALUMNI DESIGN FIRMS IN CHARGE OF TWO SUPERYACHT PROJECTS: Persak & Wurmfeld Mange the 281-Foot Cakewalk V, Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture Designing a 129-Footer for Burger, Did You Know “Cabotage,” Maine Meet 2011, 12 Volts vs. 24 Volts, Know It All Question and Answer, Splashes, ABYC Tech Notes on H-5 Load Capacity, News & Views, Proper Bootstripes, The Scow Schooner Lily, Adventures of a Young NA, and More

18) The Masthead - Volume 5, No. 2 – June 2011: Westlawn’s Yacht & Boat Degin Program Accredited by RINA, The Efficient Powerboat – Part 2, Splashes – Zurn Marblehead 22, ABYC Tech Notes – Nav Lights, Know It All Question and Answer, MLC Labor Pains and Crew Requirements, The Rebirth of the Ida May, Bill Garden – In Memorium, and More

17) The Masthead - Volume 5, No. 1 – March 2011: SPECIAL EFFICIENCY ISSUE: The Efficient Powerboat, Hybrids are not the Answer, Westlawn Alumni on the Drawing Board, Know It All Question and Answer, Splashes, ABYC Tech Notes – On LED Nav Light Refits, Controlling Corrosion – Part 2, Unique Alumni Design – Sliver, Super Fuel Efficient Powerboats, New USCG Passenger-Weight Rule, and More

16) The Masthead - Volume 4, No. 4 – December 2010: Two Westlawn Alumni Win Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards for 2010, Two More Westlawn Alumni Contribute to 2010 Award-Winning Fire Boat Design, Westlawn at IBEX and METS, Westlawn Alumni on the Drawing Board, Westlawn Profiles David Pugh, Controlling Corrosion – Part 1, The Book of Dave Martin – Part III, and More

15) The Masthead - Volume 4, No. 3 – September 2010: Westlawn Student Jon Ames Wins the Professional Boatbuilder/WoodenBoat Design Challenge, Mad Mariner Magazine Radio Interview of Westlawn Director, Westlawn Alumni on the Drawing Board, Rodger Martin’s Presto, Westlawn Profiles Mark Bowdidge, Understanding ABYC Standards, NMMA Certification, The Book of Dave Martin – Efficiency Under Power, and More

14) The Masthead - Volume 4, No. 2 – June 2010: Westlawn Announces its Largest Tuition Grant and Scholarship Program Ever!, Two New Instructors Join Westlawn, Westlawn Alumni on the Drawing Board, Westlawn Profiles Richard McBride, A Tribute to Jimmy Lombard III, Electric Shock Drowning, The “S” Number for Evaluating Sailboats, and More

13) The Masthead - Volume 4, No. 1 – March 2010: Westlawn Moves to Eastport, Maine, South Atlantic Cruise, Westlawn Profiles Dudley Dix, All About Cores – Part 3, The Book of Dave Martin Designs, The BMS LongStep™ Hull Form, Splashes, ABYC Tech Notes, Know-It-All Contest, and More

12) The Masthead - Volume 3, No. 4 – December 2009: Results of the Westlawn/PassageMaker Deisgn Compeitition, Westlawn’s 80th Birthday!, The End of the Planimeter, Student Builds His Design, Westlawn Profiles Patrick Bray, ABYC Offers 2 New Regulation Manuals, All About Cores – Part 2, ABYC Tech Notes, USCG Warning on Rigs, and More

11) The Masthead - Volume 3, No. 3 – September 2009: Two Remarkable Students Graduate at the Fourth Mystic Meet, Student Graduates in Just 2-1/2 Years!, Owens Scholarship 2009, MotorBoating Features Westlawn Alumni, Westlawn Profiles Eric Henseval, All About Cores - Part 1, A Designer With a Different Perspective, Design Diaster!, Roderick Stephens Book, and More

10) The Masthead - Volume 3, No. 2 – June 2009: Interior Design Reference Text Offered to Industry, Yacht Racing, Reducing Education Costs, Life on the Ocean Wave - Part 2, Fin Keel Bending Moment Calculations, Westlawn Profiles Jeremy Wurmfeld, Marine Metals - Part 2, Robert Harris Biography, and More

9) The Masthead - Volume 3, No. 1 – March 2009: Reducing Education Costs-Students Can Save Thousands!, Know It All Winner and New Contest, Did You Know?, Splashes, Westlawn Profiles, Life on the Ocean Wave, Marine Metals – Part 1, Stainless, Training Links, and More

8) The Masthead - Volume 2, No. 4 – December 2008: NMRA Schoarship Winners, Know It All Winner and New Contest, ABYC/Westlawn Joint CE Program, The Yawl Abigal, PassageMaker/Westlawn Design Contest, Westlawn Profiles, Finaical Aid, Noise Reduction Techniques And Methods, Training Links, and More

7) Yhe Masthead - Volume 2, No. 3 – September 2008: Design Competition with PassageMaker Magazine, Tuition Grants for New Students, Destino - FIRE!, Westlawn Profiles, Know It All Contest and Winner, Speed & Powering Update, Conducting Speed Trials, Training Links, and More

6) The Masthead - Volume 2, No. 2 – June 2008: Two Industry Leaders Sponsor Scholarships, Tom Fexas Yacht Design and Westlawn, Know It All Contest, Tuition Assistance, Profile - Rodger Martin, Speed and Powering Calculations, and More

5) The Masthead - Volume 2, No. 1 – March 2008: Designers Hall of Fame Inductees 2008, Student Designs a Rocket, Know It All Contest, Tuition Assistance, Profile - Dieter Blank, Metal Corrosion Course, On Tons & Tonnage, and More

4) The Masthead - Volume 1, No. 4 – December 2007: New Financial Aid Program, Island Packet Scholarships, Grad Builds His Final Exam, Profile – Doug Zurn, Powerboat Stability, Another Continuing Education Course Announcement

3) The Masthead - Volume 1, No. 3 – September 2007: Cruising World Design Competition Results, Mystic Meet 2007, Profile - Massimo Gregori, Sailing Yacht Stability - Part 2, Continuing Education Course Announcement

2) The Masthead - Volume 1, No. 2 – June 2007: Joint Continuing Education Program; IBEX 2007; ABYC Course Schedule; Profile - Andrej Justin; Stability – Part 1

1) The Masthead - Volume 1, No. 1 – April 2007: Westlawn Reaccredited; NABD Hall of Fame; Design Tips; Ventilation Fundamentals; In Memoriam

 

Alumni Profiles:

D.C. Reiher Builds A Career On Westlawn Training

Westlawn Course Complements Engineering Skills For Marine Designer David Pugh