Westlawn Institute names design winners


The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology named the winners of the 2009 Westlawn/PassageMaker design competition, sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting with matching funds from ABYC.

The primary goal for this competition was to create an economical and affordable cruiser for the fictional couple Jane and Bob and their 65-pound black lab, Bart, to live aboard for two or three months while cruising such routes as the Great Circle or the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska, as well as tropical cruising in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Twenty-four designers submitted an assortment of concepts. Entries ranged from basic sketches to bound books of design calculations and drawings from a naval architect with a doctorate. Boat sizes ranged from 31 to 78 feet and were both monohull and multihull. Construction materials ran the gamut from fiberglass to aluminum to wood/epoxy and steel.

Yves-Marie de Tanton's LST.32 hard-chine hull lobster yacht took top honors.

"The judges were impressed that the design met all the criteria in one of the smallest and thus least expensive packages," ABYC said in a statement. "Not only does the boat have good deck access (with stairs gentle enough to even be used by a large dog) and a large outside flybridge deck with helm station, but the interior arrangement has a generous forward master stateroom with enclosed head and a completely separate shower."

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