Author: Dan Spurr

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Welcome to Westlawn 2.0

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 154 Compiled by Dan Spurr A West Coast sailor heard the alarm sounded in PBB No. 152 warning that the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology… Read more »

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Hull Vane for Efficiency

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 154 Compiled by Dan Spurr The Dutch firm Van Oossanen & Associates (VO&A) is a world leader in optimizing hullforms for ships and motor-yachts. We… Read more »

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The Dibber Dilemma

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 154 Compiled by Dan Spurr A PhD student at the University of Bristol, at the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, in the U.K., has… Read more »

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The Power of Starch

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 154 Compiled by Dan Spurr Cleaning hulls and molds with pressurized abrasive media is a relatively recent development, considering that such industrial processes have been… Read more »

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Hit-the-Road Jack

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 154 Compiled by Dan Spurr It’s only logical that Brownell developed a hydraulic boat stand. The company is a leading manufacturer of boat transport trailers… Read more »

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Racing Yacht Rules: A Primer

It is the narrowest of niches, designing sail racing yachts according to the various handicap systems promulgated by governing organizations such as the Offshore Racing Council (ORC). You probably can… Read more »

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On a Grand Scale

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 153 Compiled by Dan Spurr During a recent visit to Southern California, I stayed at a Long Beach hotel with a view of the Queen Mary, launched… Read more »

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Pedal Boat Improved

from “Rovings,” Professional BoatBuilder No. 153 Compiled by Dan Spurr Pedal-powered boats have been around for years. The small boats at resorts and amusement parks are lucky to achieve even the speed… Read more »