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Cruising World Magazine Features Westlawn Grad

Bob Buckís Design in the November 2008 Issue

Studentís Design-Thesis Boat Becomes a Beautiful Reality


November 5, 2008, Mystic, CT:† When Westlawn graduate Bob Bock enrolled in Westlawn to study yacht and boat design, he hadnít planed to build his dream boat. For his final exam design thesis sailboat project, he decided to draw up his dream boat. One thing lead to another and somehow he ended up building his beautiful 52-foot yawl, Abigail.


Abigailís varnished transom


The exquisite lines of this sensible rugged design speak volumes about Bobís design ability and how Westlawn training can hone and focus raw talent into top-notch design skill. In fact, Bobís Abigail was so handsome that Cruising World magazine featured the boat, the designer, and the design in itís November 2008 issue. Click here to read the story in full, including magnificent photos of Abigail under sail and of her fine interior.


Abigail at her mooring



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 and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft naval architecture.

■ 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-industry professionals.

To learn more about Westlawn, please call (860) 572-7900 or visit the Westlawn website at: www.westlawn.edu.