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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: [email protected]


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 interior design.

"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.