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For Immediate Release 05-02

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

[email protected]





Hargrave Custom Yachts to Sponsor

Westlawn 75th Anniversary Celebration

Renowned Westlawn Alumnus’s Support is Deep and Long-Lasting


January 7, 2005, Edgewater, MD:  The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is pleased to announce that Hargrave Custom Yachts will be sponsoring Westlawn’s 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Hargrave Custom Yachts president, Mike Joyce made this generous contribution to Westlawn, in late December 2004. Going back nearly half a century, this is a continuation of long-standing support from Hargrave, including the Hargrave Design-Competition scholarship to Westlawn.


Naval architect, Jack Hargrave enrolled in Westlawn in June 1954 at the age of 32. He graduated a few years later and went on to build one of the most prominent design offices in the world, producing drawings for both yachts and commercial vessels and working for companies like Hatteras and Bertram, among many others. The Hargrave legacy lives on in Hargrave Custom Yachts (www.hargrave-usa.com), where among other things, recent Westlawn Graduate, Ben Dodarell is a member of the design team, continuing the successful partnership of Westlawn education with the Hargrave office. A new biography about Jack Hargrave, written by Showboats Editor Marilyn Mower will be presented to the public for the first time at the Westlawn dinner and will provide valuable insight into one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century.


For more information on the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology's 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, sponsored by Hargrave Custom Yachts or to request an invitation, please contact Westlawn’s Director, Dave Gerr at [email protected].


Event Details:

Date:                Thursday February 17, 2005

Time:                5:30 - 8.30 pm; Award presentation at 6:30

Location:           The Bass Museum of Art

2121 Park Avenue

Miami Beach, FL  33139

(This is a few blocks from the Miami Beach Convention

Center building.)



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 and explore the Westlawn web site, www.westlawn.edu.