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For Immediate Release 05-06

Contact: Caroline Chetelat, (410) 956-1050, x22

[email protected]



Three Westlawn Alumni Win Design Competitions in 2004

Westlawn Graduate Ben Dodarell Wins Camper & Nicholson/Boat International

“New Concepts” Design Competition


February 8, 2005, Edgewater, MD: The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is proud to announce that 2004 Westlawn graduate Ben Dodarell won the 2004 Camper & Nicholson/Boat International “New Concepts” Design Competition, in the 45-60 meter motoryacht category.  Dodarell is the third Westlawn alumni or student to win a design competition prize in 2004.



Dave Gerr, Director of Westlawn said, “In addition to Ben, graduate Doug Frolich took first prize in the 2004 Blue Water Sailing Magazine design competition, and current student Charles Magnan won honorable mention in that same competition.  We are extremely excited about the accomplishments of all our students, and I know we will see more exciting and solid work coming from Ben, Doug and Charles’ drawing boards in the future!”



Ben’s design is 56.39 m (183 ft.) LOA; 51.18 m (167 ft.) DWL; 10.97 m (36 ft.) beam; and 3.35 m (11 ft.) draft. Power is twin 2,250-hp Caterpillar diesels, for a top speed of 17.5 knots and a cruising speed of 12.5 knot, with a 4,500 mile range. The design is to be classed to ABS A1, with MCA approval.


About eleven years ago, Ben began his career in the marine industry as a welder for Broward, where he worked his way up to the design department. For the past five and a half years he has been part of the design team at Hargrave Custom Yachts. Thus, Ben is continuing a long Westlawn tradition, as the renowned Jack Hargrave is one of Westlawn’s most distinguished and successful graduates. Hargrave Custom Yachts carries on the Jack-Hargrave legacy, and Ben Dodarell extends the Westlawn and Hargrave tradition of fine design into the twenty-first century.


Those interested in more information can contact Ben directly at:

2424 N.E. 9th Street, #305

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 954-401-9642



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, Westlawn’s primary function is to assure a continual source of highly skilled designers to the marine industry. To learn more about Westlawn, please call (410) 956-7100 or visit the Westlawn website at www.westlawn.edu.