Leslie Gibbons-Neff at ABYC
Dave Gerr at Westlawn
Two Westlawn Alumni Win
Cruising Boat of the Year Awards for 2010
Catalina 355 is Domestic Boat of the Year.
Martin’s Presto 30 Takes the Cruising Spirit Award
December 14, 2010,
Annapolis, MD and Eastport, ME: The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
pleased to announce that—continuing decades of success in design competitions by
Westlawn students and alumni—Gerry Douglas, president and chief naval architect
of Catalina Yachts and Rodger Martin, of Rodger Martin Design, both had designs
selected for 2010 awards by Cruising World magazine.
and produced under Douglas’s watchful eye, the Catalina 355, was
recognized by Cruising World judges, in a category where all boats were
designed to be comfortable and easy to sail.
“The interior layout
works, and this is the kind of boat that people who love sailing will enjoy.”
The judges spent much time
debating all the boats entered, but, when it came time to pick the one that
stood above the rest, it was the Catalina 355. In 9- to 11-knots wind,
boat speed was in the 5-knot range. The judges found the vessel’s handling
forgiving and responsive, with predictable upwind tacking and a nice extra turn
of speed off the wind using the cruising gennaker tacked to the removable
The integrity of the
construction also impressed the judges, and they felt that Douglas did an
excellent job of creating an interior space that seems bigger than found on
most 35-footers, including a large galley with excellent storage and even a
powered adjustable bunk in the main cabin forward, which tilts up to make it
more comfortable to read in bed.
Winning details included:
Superior quality construction; innovative well-thought-out design details; good
performance under sail; and “a lot of boat for the buck.”
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The Presto 30
Featured in the September
2010 issue of The Masthead, Rodger Martin’s Presto 30 was
selected by the Cruising World judges for the 2010 Cruising Spirit
Award. The judges asked:
“Is it fair to punish a good boat
that defies categorization? In the end, the answer was no, and the judges, at
their own discretion, responded by giving the Presto 30 the Cruising
Spirit Award for being a boat unlike any other that also has the potential to
attract a whole new group of sailors to a different way of doing things.”
With its cat-ketch rig,
unstayed carbon masts and wishbone booms, the Presto 30 is quite
distinctive. Add in extremely shoal draft, beachability, and easy trailering,
and you have a cruising boat that encourages adventure, and at a reasonable
Not only were the judges
impressed with how easy the split rig made wing-and-wing downwind sailing, but:
“Above all else, they felt the boat
produced the visceral joy of sailing that embodies all the reasons we set off
for a journey or a daysail.”
Winning details included:
centerboard and kick-up rudder that make the boat easy to launch from a trailer
and extremely shoal-water friendly.
sail, the boat was light, responsive and sneaky quick.
interior isn’t fancy, but it does have all the cruising comfort you’d need to
head out on any adventure.
in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology is the only nationally accredited distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. Westlawn is accredited by
the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), in Washington DC, and is listed
as an accredited school by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council
for Higher Education Accreditation. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate
of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the mission of the
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
· To provide our
students with the skills and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in
the profession of yacht and small-craft naval architecture.
· To support continued
growth of the recreational and small-craft marine community through the
development of well-trained, safety-oriented, boat designers developing better
products for the benefit of the boating public.
· To provide continuing
education to marine-industry professionals.
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