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Friday, September 8 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Yacht Designer's 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 sailing since before he could walk. He apprenticed with John Atkin starting in 1962, worked for several boatbuilding companies, and then on his own as a yacht designer in 1969. After spending 18 years in the Pacific Northwest, he's been on the Chesapeake Bay since... Read More →

Sam Devlin

With over 30 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 39th!) and made numerous boat trips to Alaska.

Dudley Dix

Dudley Dix is an award-winning yacht designer, working in all types and materials but with a special affinity to amateur projects. He has built three large boats and many smaller ones, all from marine plywood. His boats are being built by amateur and professional builders in nearly... Read More →

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 →

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 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Technical Stage Maritime East