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2016 Seminar Schedule

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(207) 774-1067

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

  • 11:00 - 12:00: PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT AT SEA, with Capt. Mark Bologna, of Landfall Navigation. Personal AIS Beacons, Personal Locator Beacons, IPIRBS, life rafts, self-inflating life jackets, medical kits, etc. What do you need? or

  • 12:15 - 1:15: ONGOING HULL OVERHAUL OF THE HISTORIC SCHOONER ERNESTINA MORRISSEY, at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, with H. A. Burnham. Harold Burnham is serving as project owners representative and will give a presentation/update, on work being conducted to the 1894, Essex-built schooner under the supervision of Master Shipwright David Short. Ernestina Morrissey is the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a National Historic Landmark. The $6.3M project is being funded over three years.

  • 1:00 - 2:00: DISSECTING THE NEW EVINRUDE E-TEC G2 ENGINE (BACK OF BUILDING 4, NOT IN LECTURE HALL), with Jason Curtis, Portland Yacht Services. The G2 is the first 2-stroke block specifically designed for direct fuel injection, resulting in 15% better fuel economy than the competition and 20% better torque than others in class, per Evinrude. There is no scheduled maintenance for 5 yrs or 500 hours. Come hear the details. NOTE: This presentation will take place in the back of Building 4 (not in the Lecture hall).,

  • 1:30 - 2:30: BOAT WISDOM WITH CAPTAIN GIFFY FULL, drawing on fifty-five years of surveying boats. This time, Giffy is bringing videos. G.W. Full & Assoc are known for pre-purchase condition surveys, condition and valuation (C&V) inspections for financial institutions and insurance industry and damage claim investigations. GW Full is the only firm recognized by Heritage Preservation to conduct CAP surveys on historic vessels. Recognized wood expert by Lloyds Register of Shipping. You don’t want to miss this talk.

  • 2:45 - 3:45: CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR MARINE SYSTEMS, with Roger Hellyar-Brook, Handy Boat. Tips of the trade on raw water systems, starters, and fuel systems. Other topics may be added at no extra charge. Roger is a former systems instructor at The Landing School. or

  • 4:00 - 5:00: WHAT’S NEW AT BROOKLIN BOAT YARD, with Brian Larkin, Lead Carpenter and Project Manager. Brian will talk about a variety of projects at this well-known Maine yard. Including a new 65-foot offshore cold-molded sportfish motoryacht. A 22-meter sloop designed by Spanish firm Botin currently being built with wood, carbon fiber, foam and epoxy composite construction. And Aphrodite, the lovely 74-foot commuter yacht built 1937, restored in 2005.,

  • 5:15 - 6:00: PORTLAND TO CUTLER IN A 17 FOOT WHALER, with Maine Island Trail Association. Last summer, MITA Executive Director Doug Welch spent two weeks solo on the Maine Island Trail in his 17-foot Boston Whaler. Come see how you can travel the 375 mile trail connecting 200+ islands in a small boat. or


  • 9:00 - 12:30: MARINE TROUBLE SHOOTING COMPETITION. Nine teams from 15 different high school technical progra¬ms will compete. Participants represent the next generation of leaders in the marine trades. Sponsored by Portland Yacht Services, Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and organized in part by Portland Arts and Technical School (PATHS). This is a timed competition great for the industry. Let’s encourage these students!,,

  • 11:00 - 12:00: WHAT TO CONSIDER WITH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DOCK CONSTRUCTION, with Dale Dyer, Custom Float Services. Custom Float Services has been designing, building and supplying components for float & dock systems for 25+ years. Come to listen or bring your questions.,

  • 12:15 - 1:15: UPCOMING HINCKLEY YACHT PROJECTS, with Will Ratcliff, Yard Operations Manager. Talk details TBD but will include jet boat repowers (engine, electronics, JetStick), new life for older boats (Bermuda 40s), how Hinckley deals with replacing their own custom machined hardware and the refit of a Rhodes 41 yawl.,

  • 1:30 - 2:30: CNC MACHINING FOR THE MARINE INDUSTRY, with Gardiner Pickering of Hewes & Company. “For anyone who has cut planks from rough lumber or plywood stock, seeing a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine make short and precise work of the task is humbling,” ( Whether you’re in the marine trades or not, you will find this fascinating.,

  • 2:45 - 3:30: MARINE DIESEL KIT & CABOODLE (HELD IN BACK OF BUILDING 4 – NOT THE LECTURE HALL) Trouble shooting and maintenance basics, with Steve McGovern of Mack Boring & Parts Company. If you experience the same diesel headaches every year, let Steve answer a few of your questions.

  • 2:45 - 3:30: WHO’S BUILDING WHAT BOATS IN MAINE? With Jon Johansen, Maine Coastal News. Whether it’s a power or sailing yacht, commercial fishing boat, or sportfishing boat, if it’s under construction or restoration, Jon probably knows about it. Slideshow and behind the scenes info.,


  • 11:00 - 12:00: SHIPWRIGHT AND CAULKING TOOLS, Jeff Pearson. Jeff was a shipwright with Mystic Seaport Museum for 16 years. Vessels that have benefitted from his expertise include: whaleship Charles W Morgan, Steamship Sabino, sloop Regina M, sardine carrier (now passenger schooner) Sylvina W. Beal and others. Jeff now shares his knowledge of marine carpentry and related hand tools through his business J. Pearson Antiques.

  • 12:15 - 1:15: THE MERITS OF BUILDING WITH WOOD v. FIBERGLASS, with Richard Stanley, Master Boat Builder. Fiberglass hulls have proven to be hard on a fisherman’s body. Fiberglass doesn’t absorb vibration; it just passes it through the hull. A wood hull absorbs vibration and gives an easier rolling motion that’s a more comfortable working platform. Combine a wooden hull with a fiberglass top for ease of maintenance. Richard has been building boats for most of his life.,

  • 1:30 - 2:30: WHAT’S NEW AT BROOKLIN BOAT YARD, with Eric Blake, Project Manager. Brian will talk about a variety of projects at this well-known Maine yard. Including a new 65-foot offshore cold-molded sportfish motoryacht. A 22-meter sloop designed by Spanish firm Botin currently being built with wood, carbon fiber, foam and epoxy composite construction. And Aphrodite, the lovely 74-foot commuter yacht built 1937, restored in 2005.,

  • 2:45 - 3:45: HOW TO BUILD A WOODEN STAND UP PADDLE BOARD, with Kyle Schaefer of Tidal Roots Stand Up Paddle Boards. Tidal Roots can build you a hand-crafted wooden board, but if you prefer, come see how to join the handmade movement and build your own SUP – which comes with all the internal, CNC-cut ribs and spar for you to get right to work. This is an intro talk to building a sustainably-crafted board that is rugged enough to take a coastal beating.,


    Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Portland Yacht Services is refurbishing a 44-foot Sparkman & Stephens 1935 wooden yawl at its new boat yard and available for you to stop by for a look. Blue Heron was built by Lemos Brothers, Rhode Island. Currently, the deck is off and interior removed. Most of the frames are being replaced, along with the forefoot, sternpost and some planks. The Blue Heron project is available for viewing during select times. Carpentry will be on hand working and will be happy to answer questions. The project will be convenient to check out if you are parking at our new yard for the show and taking the shuttle to the show ($5). Or, just stop by for a few minutes without paying to have a look – 100 West Commercial Street. Enter the large red building on the west side nearest the waterfront. Other boats inside for maintenance may also be available for walk-arounds.


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