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2020 Seminar Schedule

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Friday, March 20, 2020

  • 11:00 - 12:00: THE VIRGINIA PROJECT: MAINE’S FIRST SHIP (1607),with Orman Hines. This organization is building a 51-foot reconstruction of the pinnace Virginia (a pinnace is a smaller boat with sails or oars forming part of the equipment of a larger vessel.) Virginia is a 30-ton sailing vessel originally built more than 400 years ago down the Kennebec River at Popham Colony. The project has a launching goal of June 2020. Lots of photos of the build.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: MERGING HISTORY WITH HIGH-TECH: BUILDING ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S PILAR IN THE 21ST CENTURY,with Eric Stockinger, Brooklin Boat Yard. A modern interpretation of Hemingway's renowned fishing boat, PILAR, a Wheeler 38 “Playmate,” is underway in Maine. Crafted from wood to the same dimensions as the original boat but using cold-molded construction and cutting-edge innovations like digital switching and gyro stabilization, Brooklin Boat Yard is constructing this spirt of tradition powerboat. Designed by Bill Prince, the boat is being built for the new Wheeler Yacht Company, started by the grandson of Pilar’s designer/builder. Join us for a conversation about merging 21st century technology with a 1930s legend.

  • 1:30 - 2:30: YACHT INTERIOR DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS WITH REFITS,with Kate Seremeth, Tack Studios. Learn how concept sketching, interior layout, material selection, custom outfitting, and yacht branding can help you express your unique style. Photos showing a variety of past projects from this Maine-based studio. See why Tack is selected for designs locally and internationally. Bring your dreams and your questions.

  • 2:45 - 3:45: WORLD’S LARGEST 3D PRINTED BOAT, with James Anderson, UMaine Advanced Structures & Composites Center. The 25-foot, 5,000-pound composite vessel is the largest 3D printed object in the world and was produced by the world’s largest 3D thermoplastic printer. A hull this size normally takes weeks or months to build, but this printed hull took a little more than 70 hours. See how this type of advancement might affect the future of boat building. The boat will be on the show floor. James Anderson is formerly Director of Engineering for Hodgdon Yachts and now is Senior R&D Program Manager, Advanced Structures & Composites Center, UMaine.

  • 4:00 - 5:00: OUTBOARDS ON LARGER, HEAVIER BOAT MODELS,with Kevin Burns, Sabre and Back Cove Yachts and Jason Curtis, Portland Yacht Services. In 2020, Back Cove will have two new models powered with outboards, a 34-foot and 39-foot. Outboards on mid-size boats can mean 30% more room in the interior. Designers and builders are making advancements in engines and rigging to accommodate OBs on larger boats. Hear the origin of this trend and how will it may evolve. Pros & cons of OB vs. other driveline types. Kevin Burns studied engineering in USCG, graduated the Landing School Design Program and is now VP Design & Product Development for Sabre & Back Cove.  Jason Curtis is former manager of the outboard shop and now VP Operations at PYS.,,

  • 5:15-6:00: HOW TO AVOID THE SALVAGE GUY,with Captain Jim Harkins, of Captain Jim's Marine Salvage & Nautical Antiquities. Tips on how to properly secure your boat to keep it off the rocks during a storm. Pieces of boats that weren't so lucky will be shown with an explanation on what failed. Interesting stories with an animated speaker. Bring your boat and marine treasures to the speaker’s booth on the show floor (not the seminar) for an appraisal, Antiques Road Show-style.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

  • 9:00 - 12:30: MARINE TROUBLE SHOOTING COMPETITION  These high school participants represent the next  generation of leaders in the marine trades. See a timed competition (written and troubleshooting) that is great for the marine industry. The effort is supported by Portland Ship Yard/ Portland Yacht Services, Lakes Region Community College, NAPA, Hamilton Marine, Snap-On, The Landing School, West Marine. Competition on the show floor.,,,,,

  • 11:00 - 12:00: FIRST AID AFLOAT,with Captain Rob Russell. Hear how a career firefighter/EMT recommends you prep for possible medical situations while boating near shore, whether a daytime outing or extended cruise coastwise. The talk will discuss common injuries aboard and how to address things for 1-2 hours until help arrives. In addition to his firefighting career, Rob is six-issue captain (25+ years), licensed engineer of steam vessels (inactive), and lifelong sailor and power boater.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: MOTOR YACHT CRUISING: INLAND WATERWAYS & CANADIAN MARITIMES  Captain John Worth and Trish Worth recently completed an inland trip on their 36-foot Grand Banks Trawler, Good Company. Up the Erie Canal and back through Lake Champlain. They will talk about that trip and their voyage planning for their summer 2020 cruise to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes. Captain Worth has been working on the water for over 40 years (MMA professor, ret.) and is now active-retired as a ferry and tug captain, but concentrating on cruising.

  • 1:30 - 2:30: RESPONDING TO GROUNDING SITUATIONS,with Captain Daniel Parrott. If you spend enough time on the water, sooner or later you will touch bottom. Since most groundings are not catastrophic, having some tricks up your sleeve to get yourself afloat can save a lot of frustration and possibly expense. This talk examines some simple tactics for handling typical grounding situations. Captain Parrott is the author of the books Tall Ships Down and Bridge Resource Management, is a Fulbright Scholar, holds 1600T Oceans license and is a professor at Maine Maritime Academy.

  • 2:45 - 3:45: CARING FOR YOUR DIESEL ENGINE with Phin Sprague, Portland Yacht Services Owner. Last summer Phin spent three months sailing to Newfoundland to look for icebergs. Come hear a few stories, what worked, what didn’t.

  • 4:00 - 5:00: THE TOUGH LIFE OF A BOATING WRITER,with Pim Van Hemmen, Executive Editor, Soundings. Pim fell into a job at Soundings magazine and gets paid to bum around on boats. Pim grew up boating in the Netherlands after his father built a small wooden dinghy. He raced dinghies, restored a boat or two and after nearly 50 years of boating - including a short stint with an America’s Cup campaign—stumbled into a job at Soundings magazine. His boss kindly entertains his far-fetched story proposals, which have gotten him aboard a Norwegian rescue boat north of the Arctic Circle, a weeklong charter in the BVI aboard the world’s first electric catamaran and other adventures.

  • 5:15 – 6:15: FILM SCREENING OF “CELESTIAL”, The story of SV Tabor Boy’s First Marion to Bermuda Race, sailed entirely with celestial navigation. Film directed by Jack Gordon. Tabor Boy’s Captain, Cruising Club of America member James Geil will be in attendance to speak about the race and answer questions. For exact location of screening, look for signage inside show.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

  • 11:00 - 12:00: TARGETING TROPHY STRIPED BASS  with Brian Coombs, Get Tight Sport Fishing.  This talk will cover targeting trophy striped bass in New England waters. Using both live and artificial lures. Selecting and rigging gear. When and where to apply specific tactics. The talk will be hands-on.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: BUYING AND SELLING TIPS FROM A YACHT BROKER, with Willie Thomas, of Thomas Yacht. Wilie plans to discuss the overall boat sale process: offers, contracts, sea trials, what to expect, how to plan. Sellers: does your boat have what it takes? Values & conditions.  Buyers: know what it takes to be successful, where to look. Boat care: record keeping, preventative maintenance and why it matters. Willie has been brokering yachts for 30+ years.

  • 1:30 - 2:30: COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION IN THE AMERICA’S CUP, with Richard Downs-Honey, President, The Landing School. Richard is one of the back room boys who helped New Zealand become established in the America’s Cup. His expertise is composite construction. He lead the team that designed and built the first fiberglass 12M yachts and produced the largest advanced carbon yacht structure to date: the K-boat. Richard helped write the IACC class rules.  He will entertain us with tales of the days of composite construction, explain how quickly the technology developed, the challenges – both technical and other. Richard maintains NZ didn’t cheat by using carbon in the construction of KZ-7.

  • 2:45-3:30: HELPING YOUTH FIND PURPOSE ON THE WATER, with Captain Chris Davis, Coastwise, Inc. One of the most significant challenges facing the marine industry is the declining number of youth entering the marine trades. Youth don't find a higher purpose on the water if they are only recreational boating. How do we integrate purpose with training? What processes have worked and what have not? Come listen, share your experiences, and together we can help move the mark towards greater youth involvement. Coastwise’s mission is to conduct youth leadership training and support the sea scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America in the state of Maine.

Subject to Change. Roundtable discussions to follow each seminar for continued Q&A at a location outside the lecture hall. Look for signs. Each roundtable 15-30 min, depending on speaker availability. In addition to seminar roundtables, informal discussion tables on a variety of topics to occur during show. Come join a meeting of the minds – talk to people who share the same interests. See signage on show floor for topic updates.

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