Immediate Release 06-08
Contact: Caroline Chetelat at ABYC
Legendary Designers Inducted Into Boat
Designers Hall of Fame
March 14, 2006, Annapolis,
MD: The Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology recently announced the 2006 North American Boat Designers (NABD)
Hall of Fame inductees. Dana C. Hewson, Vice President for Watercraft
Preservation and Programs at the Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and
the Sea, accepted the awards on behalf of the inductees.
Sponsored by Westlawn,
The Landing School, Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea
and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the NABD Hall of Fame was
created to permanently recognize achievement in the field of boat design. Each
year, typically two or more leading designers who have demonstrated exceptional
long-term and important contributions to the art and science of boat design are
inducted into the Hall of Fame. The hall will be housed at Mystic Seaport
where a crystal engraved plate will be on display to commemorate each inductee
along with photos, drawings and historical reference material. Below is a list
of the 2006 inductees:
John Alden – John Alden designed almost every type of boat
imaginable over a 52-year career. His office produced over 900 yacht designs
plus numerous workboats. Of these designs approximately 150 were schooners.
In fact, Alden’s cruising schooners were so widely admired and so handsome that
such vessels were often called generically “Alden schooners.” The most famous
of these was the Malabar series capped by Malabar X.
Herreshoff – Nathanael Greene
Herreshoff, also known as “Capt. Nat” is probably the single most dominant
figure in U.S. boat design history. Except for Olin Stephens, Nat
designed more winning America’s Cup boats than anyone else. He was also a pioneer
and innovator in everything from steam engines and early torpedo boats, to
construction methods and catamarans.
C. Raymond Hunt – C. Raymond Hunt is generally credited with the
development of the deep-vee hull form, which revolutionized offshore planning
boat design and powerboat races. At the same time he developed the deep-vee
hull form, Hunt was also designing beautiful sailboats, cruisers and racers,
and motoryachts of every type. His international 110s are still found sailing
all over the world.
Between last year, with
the induction of Phil Rhodes and Olin Stephens, and this year, five designers
have been inducted into the recently established Hall of Fame.
Dave Gerr, Director of
Westlawn said, “It is truly an honor for us to induct these significant
designers into the North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame. The creation of
the Hall of Fame last year has provided us with a vehicle to not only highlight
the accomplishments of some of the world’s most excellent designers, but to
also educate people on the importance of this field and how the visions of our
inductees have greatly contributed to our maritime heritage.”
The North American Boat
Designers Hall of Fame nominating committee, composed of magazine editors,
lifelong designers and educators, as well as leaders at various
design/boatbuilding schools and museums, selects nominees each year. Judges
then vote for their recommended candidates in order of preference, which is
combined with the number of mentions among the judges to produce the winners.
Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and
the Sea – is the nation’s leading maritime museum presenting the American
experience from a maritime perspective. Located along the banks of the historic
Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut, the Museum houses extensive collections
representing the material culture of maritime America and offers educational
programs from preschool to post-graduate. For more information, call (888) 973-2767
or visit www.mysticseaport.org.
Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is
the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, The mission of
the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
■ To provide our students with the skills knowledge
required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft
■ To support continued growth of the recreational
and small-craft marine community through the development of well-trained,
safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for the benefit of
the boating public.
■ To provide continuing education to marine
To learn more about
Westlawn, please call (860) 572-7900 or visit the Westlawn website at www.westlawn.edu.