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2014 Seminar Schedule

Friday, March 14th

  • 9:30 am - 1030 am
    Tim Taylor-Awlgrip/ Interlux - Gel Coat Blister repair Bld #7 PYS paint shop

Lectures beginning at 10:30 are open to all attendees.

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Rob Benson, Service Manager, Portland Yacht Services. “Show and Tell” We take the strangest things out of boats. An interactive examination of our growing collection.
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
    Eric Thibideau, Paint and Glass Shop Manager, Portland Yacht Services. After a vessel has been saved, see the process of working with insurance companies, surveyors and owners to get the boat repaired and back to the owner.
  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
    Jason Curtis, VP of Operations, Portland Yacht Services, and Mark Mitchell from Commar.Discussion on modern day Humminbird electronics.The latest and greatest technology of sonar including 2D sonar, down imaging, side imaging and 360 imaging. You will be amazed with what can be seen underwater.
  • 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
    Harold Burnham, Master Shipwright, “Lessons of Historic Ship Preservation Projects.” Harold A. Burnham is a 2012 N.E.A. National Heritage Fellow Master Shipwright. Select images of ship preservation projects will be shown with which Harold has been involved. Vessels include fishing schooners Adventure, Effie M. Morrissey/ Ernestina, Evelina M. Goulart and a number of others. Harold will talk about on the balance between historic integrity, seaworthiness, and financial stability. And how different approaches to preservation affect vessels in unique ways.
  • 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    Larry Kindberg, AccuTech Marine Propeller President. “Propellers 101 - Myth vs Reality.” This talk will include how marine propellers work, how they are made, defects and problems, Also, how propellers are repaired, the importance of tuning inboard props to ISO tolerances and a virtual tour of AccuTech’s facility.
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Richard Stanley, President & Master Boat Builder, Great Harbor Boatworks. “Varnish work.” Richard will touch on a variety of varnish topics, including techniques, philosophy, and how various types projects are can be approached most effectively.

Saturday March 15th

  • 9:00 - NOON
    Marine Trouble Shooting Competition. Saturday 9:00 am – 12 pm. Nine teams from 15 different high school technical programs will compete. The participants represent the next generation of leaders in the marine industry. Sponsored by Portland Yacht Services, MMI and UTI. The competition is timed. Competition is good for the industry. Let’s encourage these students!
  • 10:45-12:00
    Bruce Schwab, Vendee Globe Race Circumnavigator, will discuss energy needs. Discussion will include the importance of balancing fuel, solar and hydro generation needed to be energy-independent at sea.
  • 12:00-1:15
    Maine Island Trail, Brian Marcaurelle, Program Director.“A Journey along Maine Island Trail.
  • 1:15 - 2:00
    Jason Curtis and Steve Nichols, VP of Operations and Outboard Shop Manager respectively, Portland Yacht Services. “New Outboard Technology,” including direct fuel injection, 4-stroke technology and battery-less fuel injection.
  • 2:30- 3:45
    Rob Proctor and Mike Smith, Inboard Shop Manager and Systems Technician at PYS. “Diesel Engines: The Kit and Caboodle.” These Portland Yacht Services techs will roll in three or four diesel engines of different manufactures and discuss the ins-and-outs of simple troubleshooting, precautions and the kit you should have aboard to prevent or fix small issues underway.
  • 3:00 pm
    Offsite Movie: Raw Faith, A Family Saga - $6 St Lawerence Arts, 76 Congress Street, Portland: More Info, Click Here
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  • 3:45 -5:30
    Jon Johanson, Publisher, Maine Coastal News. “Remarkable Shipwrecks of New England, New York and the Canadian Maritimes.” Maine Boatbuilders Show 2014

Sunday March 16th

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    “The 6 Pack” Proper Planning and Preparedness Prevents Poor Performance ~ Words that can save a life!! Medical emergencies on the water can reach a whole different level then in your own home. Attend an awareness session with Portland Fire Departments’, Firefighter Edward Doughty, Advanced EMT and Instructor, and learn about Environmental Medical Emergencies, First Aid, and Medical Supplies. You are a mile off shore and 45 minutes from the nearest Marina, Wharf, Pier and you are confronted with a Medical Emergency. . . Call 911 . . . NO SERVICE . . . sounds all too familiar? Become knowledgeable in ways to prevent medical emergencies from occurring, learn skills to prevent further injury that will save life or limb and take a look at some basic equipment that you should not be without.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
    Eric Jorgenson, Service Manager, Portland Yacht Services. “Show and Tell” We take the strangest things out of boats. An interactive examination of our growing collection.
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Captain Eric Jergensen, Master, Arctic Schooner Bowdoin. Captain Jorgensen will give a presentation that will include Bowdoin's history (including Admiral Macmillan), Maine Maritime's voyages with the vessel (including the 2008 Arctic trip), and plans for Bowdoin's future.
  • 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Mark Corke, Marine Surveyor and Do It Yourself Expert. “What is epoxy resin and how is it used?” Mark will demonstrate in simple terms the uses of epoxy for boat building, coating and repair with different types of products, filling and fairing putties, and will include using epoxy with fiberglass.


PYS Fiberglass and Paint Shop Building # 7
Shop open for walk ins. A number of projects underway.Hours Friday- Saturday 9 am-6 pm Sunday 9am to 4pm. (One hour before the doors to the show open)

Tim Taylor the representative of Awl Grip and Interlux will show how his products are applied on the on going projects.

Saturday 11:00 am Special technical presentation designed for the marine trades industry, open to the public.
Awl-grip and International Paints representative Tim Taylor

PYS Rigging Shop, Building #6
PYS- Rigging shop open for walk-in questions & tours: Friday-Sunday 11 am-1 pm.
Contact us to place a rigging order for pickup at the Show. Call 207-774-1067 or email

New England Fiberglass, Building #10
Daily at 2 PM: Powder coating as a sensible way to restore and cover metal parts and some woods in the marine industry, discussion and demonstration right in the powder coating facility opposite the shows entrance.

58 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-1067 Click here to get more info about the show
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