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Events will bookend SNAME annual meeting

Two off-site networking and fundraising events — a golf tournament and a regatta — are scheduled in tandem with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting & Expo, which runs Nov. 6-8 in Bellevue, Wash. The golf tournament will be held Nov. 5 at the Glendale Country Club. Registration covers all costs,…more

Maryland man builds boat from duct tape

Add “boat” to the long list of things that duct tape is good for building. Roy Burke, a computer technician from Frederick, Md., began building a Viking ship from duct tape in May and has plans to sail it 100 miles later this summer, according to the Frederick News-Post. Burke told the News-Post he spent…more

Registration opens for SNAME meeting

Registration is now open for the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers’ 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo Nov. 6-8 in Bellevue, Wash. SNAME said it has continued to revise and update the format of the meeting, emphasizing networking opportunities, enhanced rigor and timeliness of the technical program, and an expanded set of continuing education…more

IYRS raises funds at annual summer gala

The International Yacht Restoration School’s annual summer gala raised $885,000 for the school and included a special live performance by Jimmy Buffett and his band. On the evening of July 6 more than 600 people gathered at the IYRS in Newport, R.I., to help support technology and equipment purchases that keep students on the forefront…more

New York solar-boat builder starts production

The Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co. officially began the assembly of its 10-passenger, solar-assisted electric pontoon boat known as the Loon. The company, which moved from Ontario, Canada, to Rome, N.Y., a little more than a year ago, received about $300,000 in business incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, according…more

Nautor’s Swan marks production milestone

When the new Swan 90S, Freya, was launched Tuesday at the Nautor’s Swan facility in Pietarsaari, Finland, it was the 2,000th new Swan built since the company was founded. Nautor’s Swan said it has delivered 95 models of Swan, from the first Swan 36 to the new Swan105, during its 46-year history. The very first…more

The Moorings offers new Pacific Northwest charters

The Moorings announced this week it will now offer power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest with preferred partner Anacortes Yacht Charters. The power catamarans are expected to appeal to customers who seek to enjoy the natural splendor and cosmopolitan atmosphere offered by a two-country itinerary in U.S. and Canadian…more

Connecticut firm designs Great Lakes research vessel

JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn., completed the contract design for a fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center. The FRV Grayling will replace the existing R/V Grayling and will be a member of a five-vessel fleet owned and operated by the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.,…more

Retiree builds 50-foot sailboat in his yard

Retiree Earl Rentmeester of Green Bay, Wis., has constructed a 50-foot, ocean-rated sailing yacht that he built himself. The project started in his garage in 2006 and the boat was recently launched. Rentmeester, 64, a retired general contractor who spent his life building upscale homes and advanced into commercial construction, decided that he wanted to…more

Company sponsors build-a-boat program

Sika Corp. announced that it will again sponsor the Sikaflex Challenge Cup build-a-boat program this summer. The event challenges contestants to design, build and race a small boat, utilizing limited plywood, lumber and only Sikaflex-291 as the adhesive and sealant. Prizes are awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishers in the actual sea trials. The…more

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