Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, with support from the Cruising Club of America and the Ocean Cruising Club, hosted 120 people at a designers forum on Saturday.
Nine recognized naval architects participated. Guests came from throughout New England.
“We think the industry has a lot to talk about right now — whether it is the America’s Cup going back to monohulls; the state of our sport; or what’s next for all of us in this business,” Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse, said in a statement. “This has been a great day and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.”
The event began with an open house at Lyman-Morse in Thomaston, Maine. Designers showcased their latest work. After a break for lunch a capacity crowd gathered at the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Wyeth Center for a panel discussion and a question-and-answer segment.
The themes for the 45-minute discussions were “Yachting Today” and “Yachting Tomorrow.”
John Hanson, founder and publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, was the moderator of the “Today” segment.
Doug Zurn, of Zurn Yacht Design, Chuck Paine, of CW Paine Yacht Design, Jay Paris, of Jay E. Paris Naval Architecture, and Robert Stephens, of Stephens Waring Yacht Design, covered topics that included the pros and cons of custom versus production boats; designing to the rule; and the place of sailing and boating in today’s busy world.
Aaron Porter, editor of Professional BoatBuilder Magazine, led the “Tomorrow” session. The panelists were Peter Boyce, C. Raymond Hunt, David McCollough, of McCollough Yachts; Scott Jutson, of Jutson Marine Design; and Jim Taylor, of Jim Taylor Yacht Designs.
Catamarans versus monohulls in the America’s Cup and the effect on the market; the greening of the marine business; and the types of boats we’ll see in the future were some of the topics covered.