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2019 Seminar Schedule

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Friday, March 22, 2019

  • 11:00 - 12:00: MINIBOATS ACROSS THE OCEANS, with Richard Baldwin, MiniBoat Research Collaborative. Miniboats are 5-foot unmanned sailboats that routinely cross the oceans. The small vessels are GPS monitored and can be equipped with computer steering, autopilot and scientific sensors. The collaborative works with schools, universities and ocean research centers worldwide. Miniboats have been launched in 16 states and 15 countries. This educational program appeals to all ages and is held in high regard by NOAA.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: SUSTAINABLE ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR SAILING AND POWER VESSELS, with Dick Vermeulen, designer and builder. Dick is the designer and builder of the new Maine Cat MC 38 LS-E electric powered performance cruising catamarans. He will talk about affordable electric propulsion. Examples of various system designs and costs will be presented with advantages of switching to electric propulsion. On sailing vessels, these systems have the added benefit of generating and storing large amounts of electrical power for high energy demand systems without the need of a genset. Run an air conditioner all night long without a generator! and

  • 1:30 - 2:30: LIFERAFTS 101: AN INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATION, with Mike Lyle, Chase Leavitt Co. Everything you need to know about life rafts, including common types, examples and an inflation demonstration. Canister systems, cradles, stowage, hard shell vs. soft packs. Inflation systems, painter length and stowage heights. Raft anatomy, sea anchors, ballast bags, PRV, topping off valves, equipment packs and lighting systems. Chase Leavitt services hundreds of life rafts every season. Understand the cost of servicing your raft and keeping your safety equipment maintained and ready.

  • 2:45 - 3:45: MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF LOWELL / FROST BOAT BUILDING, with Jamie and Joe Lowell, Even Keel Boat Yard. Will “Pappy” Frost is said to have built 700-1,000 boats between the early 1900s to 1950s. Then came the Lowells into the family and business by marriage. Three generations after Will Frost, Joe and Jamie Lowell continue to build. Plenty of slides and stories of projects from the past up through the present.

  • 4:00 - 5:00: SEVEN TRICKS TO LIVING HAPPILY AWAY FROM THE DOCK, with Emily Whebbe of TWIG Marine and Sailing the Bakery. Every cruiser longs to get off the dock and explore. Learn a few easy ways to live away from the dock and what to do before you leave. Discussion of energy management, anchoring, watermakers to reduce dependency on shore water, weather prediction, provisioning and keeping the boat organized while living aboard. &

  • 5:15 - 6:00: DANGEROUS WAVE TACTICS, with Phin Sprague, circumnavigator and owner of Portland Yacht Services. Many boaters plan to avoid storms and dangerous seas. What’s your plan if a bad situation cannot be avoided? Phin would like to share some of his own experiences (and a few oopses) in surviving large waves and confused seas, heaving-to (a forgotten art), running at speed vs. slowing down, form stability vs. weight stability, the physics of bad situations, vulnerabilities of different boat types, condition of the crew, surviving instead of sailing.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • 9:00 - 12:30: MARINE TROUBLE SHOOTING COMPETITION. These high school participants represent the next generation of leaders in the marine trades. This is a timed competition and is great for the industry. The effort is supported by The Landing School and Portland Ship Yard / Portland Yacht Services. Location for the competition to be announced. and

  • 11:00 - 12:00: THREE YEARS OF MAINE ISLAND TRAIL IN A 30 MINUTE VIDEO, with commentary by MITA Executive Director, Doug Welch. Over the course of several years, Doug started ocean rowing, built a wooden boat and set out on an island adventure. He packed a video camera throughout. Doug navigates islands, sea conditions, and personal life events, presenting a rich portrait of the Maine Island Trail and the adventures it inspires.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: CHOSING THE BEST CHARGE CONTROLLER FOR YOUR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM, with Tom Whitehead, OceanPlanet Energy. Solar panels are available in a greater variety of sizes, weights and applications and are much more powerful than they used to be. How do you set up these systems with the correct controller to most effectively charge your boat’s battery system? Should you put panels in series or parallel? What about wire runs and temperature compensation? These variables affect the choice of the solar charge controller and the performance of the system. Tom will present data you need to make these decisions, provide insight into best practices and show samples of available controllers.

  • 1:30 - 2:30: LET’S TALK ABOUT VARNISH, with Aleco Argario. Aeco is an independent marine varnishing contractor based in Antigua who travels with his team to service brightwork on many of the world’s finest yachts. Aleco will discuss the finer points keeping your vessel looking great.

  • 2:45 - 3:45: VOYAGE OF THE BAHATI, 5 YEARS AROUND THE WORLD, with Nat Warren-White. Nat will hit the high points on his 30,000+ mile Coconut Milk Run, which departed Maine in October, 2006 and returned in June 17, 2011 on a 43-foot, South Africa-built cutter, visiting more than a dozen countries. En route, Nat used his professional coaching and consulting skills to help finance and expand the scope and reach of the voyage. SV Bahati was refitted by Portland Yacht Services just prior to this voyage.

  • 4:00 - 5:00: CHOOSING THE RIGHT CREW FOR CRUISING, also with Nat Warren-White. Finding eager and competent crew while voyaging can be a challenge. The question of how many crew one should engage to help safely sail a small boat around the world is a tough one. It’s a matter of personal choice. Some sailors prefer to sail alone and others feel safer and happier with help on board. Bring questions and comments!

  • 5:15 - 6:00: CEDAR STRIP BOAT BUILDING, with Rose Woodyard of Newfound Woodworks. Rose will show slides, partially- and fully-built boats constructed with a cedar strip (epoxy) method. Canoes, kayaks and small rowing boats lend themselves well to this type of build, and the kits are engineered to be built using mostly hand tools.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • 11:00 - 12:00: TRADITIONAL ADIRONDACK GUIDEBOAT CONSTUCTION, with Christopher Woodward. Chris will share the history of the Adirondack Guideboat and show its traditional construction. Woodward Boatshop is the sole surviving original Adirondack Guideboat shop. Christopher plans to bring a newly-constructed guideboat to the show and copies of his new book, which was praised by a recent issue Wooden Boat magazine. The shop, created by the legendary Willard Hanmer in 1930, builds and restores traditional Adirondack Guideboats.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE MARITIME TRADES, A PANEL DISCUSSION. What’s the source of your skilled labor or vessel crew? Is it changing now or in the near future? Listen to a few observations and brainstorming from of few of those in the industry. Bring your comments and just come to listen.
    • Moderator: Molly Eddy, Adjunct Professor, Maine Maritime Academy; Mate, Sea Education Association
    • Shelly Conantonio, Freelance Yacht Finisher for Rockport Marine; Tall Ship Sailor
    • Garrett Eisele, Owner, Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding
    • Jon Johansen, Publisher of Maine Coastal News
    • Tim Leach, Asst Professor Marine Transportation, Maine Maritime Academy
    • Nikita Leiba, BA, International Business and Logistics, Maine Maritime Academy; Now pursuing unlimited deck license, MMA
    • Genevieve McDonald, Representative for Maine House District 134, Captain of F/V Hello Darlings II

  • 1:30 - 2:30: STEWARDSHIP FOR THE SCHOONER SYLVINA W. BEAL, with Master Shipwright Harold Burnham. The Sylvina W. Beal, an eighty-foot fishing schooner built by Frank Adams in East Boothbay, Maine, is a survivor. After commercial fishing for 69 years and carrying passengers as a windjammer for 33 years, her age caught up to her. She lost her certificate of inspection in 2013. Still, she was lucky to have an owner who cared. Captain Stephen Pagels put the stewardship of the Beal in the hands of Burnham Boat Building. She made her way under sail and engine from Bar Harbor to her new homeport, Gloucester Ma. She is currently hauled on the historic Burnham Brothers Marine Railway at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.

    With the expectation that the Beal will be put on the national historic register, a plan has been created for preservation in accordance with the Sectary of the Interior’s Standards for Ship and Vessel Preservation Projects. Beal will be rehabilitated into a sailing school vessel, research boat and passenger vessel. This talk will focus on the trip to Gloucester, the work done to the Beal so far and plans for her future. and

  • 2:45 - 3:30: EVER NEEDED A TOW BUT WORRIED ABOUT SALVAGE VS. REVOVERY? Let Bruce White of Sea Tow, Portland/Midcoast will clarify things. Is catching a tow line from a Good Samaritan giving them salvage rights? How the law applies to modern recreational boaters. The PowerPoint presentation will include a bit of history, how and when modern salvage laws came to be and how they are applied today. What constitutes a salvage, a simple friendly tow and what is vessel recovery. There will be plenty of pictures of boats where they don't belong. Questions are welcome.
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