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Friday, September 7 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Yacht Designer Panel

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A small panel of professional yacht designers will field questions from those in the audience. This is your opportunity to ask your design questions of a panel of practicing yacht designers. Make up your questions and bring them to us; and we'll make up an answer for you...a Festival highlight!


Jay Benford

Jay Benford has been doing yacht design work since 1962. He apprenticed with John Atkin in Connecticut, worked for several boat building operations, and opened his own yacht design office in 1969. After living and cruising in the Pacific Northwest for 18 years, he has spent the last... Read More →

Sam Devlin

With over 40 years as a boat designer and builder, his expertise with stitch & glue construction is highly respected. Sam has participated in virtually all of the Wooden Boat Festivals (this is his 41st!) and made numerous boat trips to Alaska.

John Harris

JOHN C. HARRIS owns Chesapeake Light Craft, the Annapolis-based purveyor of wooden boat kits and plans. His long tenure at CLC was preceded by a passion for boatbuilding and smallcraft that stretches back to earliest childhood. His first successful design was launched at age 14. More... Read More →

Michael Kasten

Yacht designer Michael Kasten learned yacht design by building boats, independent study, working with talented yacht designers, and creating his own designs.  Although the majority of Kasten’s designs are intended for construction in steel and aluminum, he has also had the opportunity... Read More →

Tad Roberts

A full time yacht designer and naval architect for over 30 years, with about half that time spent at Bruce King Yacht Design in Maine, and 17 years on my own in British Columbia. Experience with mega yachts, sail and power, high-speed production boats, home built plywood cruisers... Read More →

Garth Wilcox

Garth Wilcox is an MIT-trained Naval Architect. He has been designing ships, tugs, barges, ferries, fishing and research vessels for more than 30 years. He has voyaged offshore more than 80,000 miles, including a global circumnavigation, during which he was shipwrecked had the "opportunity... Read More →

Friday September 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Technical Stage NW Maritime Ctr