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News From
The Westlawn School of Yacht Design

For further information please contact:
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
c/o Mystic Seaport
PO Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355
Phone: (860) 572-7900
Fax: (860) 572-7939
Email: westlawn@abycinc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WESTLAWN SCHOOL OF YACHT DESIGN --
.............A CATALYST FOR INNOVATION

For more than 70 years, the Westlawn School of Yacht Design has served the pleasure boat industry as a source of design professionals prepared to meet the emerging needs of the marine marketplace.


As boat owners' need change, pleasure boat manufacturers must respond with new products offering relevant features, equipment, performance and style. Those builders whose boats best reflect those changing needs are the true leaders in design innovation, and many of these rely on Westlawn graduates to drive the development process.


Far from an exercise in blue-sky daydreaming, product innovation is a painstaking process, first of identifying emerging consumer needs and then applying learned skills to shape creative solutions in the form of a new model, a refined interior arrangement or a safer, more functional deck configuration. For a growing number of design professionals throughout the industry, those skills have been honed by intensive study through the Westlawn School.


"The Westlawn School currently counts more than 500 students engaged in marine design coursework," said school director Dave Gerr. "Westlawn graduates today serve on design teams throughout the industry, as employees of major boat builders and through independent design firms. Some have gone on to teach at the college level, and many serve as members of industry standards organizations."


As an institute of distance education, the Westlawn School offers a curriculum of intensive study covering principles of yacht design, aesthetics and utilization of design, construction methods, systems and equipment. Recently, the school introduced Yacht Design Lite, a continuing education course offering industry professionals a broad-based introduction to design principles.


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.