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The Westlawn School of Yacht Design
For further information please contact:
Westlawn Institute of
c/o Mystic Seaport
PO Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355
Fax: (860) 572-7939
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTLAWN INTRODUCES NEW COURSE
FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
The Westlawn School of Yacht Design has introduced a new design
course specifically intended for professionals in the marine industry
who seek to improve their performance through a broader knowledge
of design and construction disciplines.
The new curriculum, called Yacht Design Lite, was developed as a
concentrated course of study offering insights into the basic principles
that affect the design of boats and yachts. Topics included in the
course include hydrostatics, stability, resistance, hull lines and
"Intensive study across a range of interrelated subject areas
will give our students an appreciation of what the yacht designer
must address as a new design is developed," said Westlawn director
Dave Gerr. "For example, an understanding of hull lines is
of value in being able to 'read' a bottom in determining why a hull
may act one way or another.
Among those who would benefit from this new course, according to
Gerr, are boat-building company executives, yacht surveyors, industrial
and interior designers, insurance adjusters and manufacturing personnel.
Included topics also would complement studies in naval architecture
and marine engineering, Gerr noted.
Within its distance-education structure, Yacht Design Lite offers
considerable flexibility, allowing the student to complete coursework
at home while ensuring ready access to faculty for questions or
discussion regarding course material. Students who follow recommended
schedules can complete the course in less than one year, Gerr said.
Located in Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, the Westlawn School
of Yacht Design offers specialized education to students throughout
North America and worldwide. The school, an affiliate of the
American Boat & Yacht Council, is approved by the Connecticut
Department of Higher Education, and accredited by the Distance
Education and Training Council.