For Immediate Release 04-11
Contact: Caroline Chetelat, (410) 956-1050, x22
Westlawn Graduate Wins Bluewater Sailing Magazine
March 17, 2004, Edgewater, MD: The Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology is excited to announce that Westlawn graduate, Doug M. Frolich is
the winner of the current Bluewater Sailing Magazine design competition.
Judged by former Sparkman &
Stephens design chief Bill Langen and designer Rodger Martin (former chief
naval architect at Derecktor Shipyards, and himself a Westlawn alum), the Bluewater
Sailing competition’s brief was for a serious cruising sailboat that could
store a really good hard dinghy—a Walker Bay rigid-bottom inflatable; and in
addition, launch and retrieve it easily.
Dave Gerr, director of Westlawn explains: “Doug’s design (a
45-foot Bluewater Cruiser) solved the dinghy issue with a unique approach using
a cantilever jib boom to double as an electro-hydraulic dinghy-launch crane. You
can see from Frolich’s renderings, the design is also handsome, well
proportioned, and incorporates additional unique features.”
Doug credited his success in the competition to his Westlawn
completed your Yacht Design program in '98. I wanted to thank you for posting
the info’ regarding the Bluewater Sailing Magazine design competition. I
was recently contacted by the editor and informed that my design was chosen as
the winner. Thank you Westlawn. I would have never noticed this completion
without your website, and certainly would not have been capable of developing
the design without the know-how your course provided. Thanks again.
Working for North Sails for many years, Doug found the
Bluewater Sailing competition gave him an opportunity to develop an idea for a
cruising boat he’d conceived last spring while delivering a 52-foot raceboat
from Puerto Vallarta to San Francisco. No longer with North, Doug has recently been in charge of
projects like refits and repowers, such as for a 21-foot 70-mph bass boat, and
a 30-foot whale boat. He is currently working on a proposal for a 58-foot
long-range motor yacht for a long-time client.
We can look forward to more unique and exciting designs from
Doug Frolich and other Westlawn alumni in the future.
For More information on the 45-foot
Bluewater Cruiser contact:
Doug M. Frolich
Marshall Yacht Design
Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
is the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school
of small-craft design in the United States.
As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht
Council, Westlawn’s primary function is to assure a continual source of highly
skilled designers to the marine industry. To learn more about Westlawn, please
call (410) 956-7100 or visit the Westlawn web site at www.westlawn.edu.