Professional BoatBuilder Issue No. 153

February/March 2015 — Table of Contents

Professional BoatBuilder cover 153On the cover: Composites technician Mike Griffin marks the perimeter for the next layer of prepreg carbon fiber reinforcement to be applied where Comanche’s canting keel will attach to the bottom of the 100′ (30.5m) VPLP-designed sloop. Hodgdon Yachts’ first significant prepreg build, this ambitious 2014 project required reconfiguring the shop and infrastructure as well as retraining a crew already skilled in other advanced composite construction methods. Story on page 20.

Photograph by Onne van der Wal.


Building ComancheOnne van der Wal

Building Comanche. Page 20.

20  0 to 60
by Paul Lazarus
How Hodgdon Yachts adopted prepreg technology at the marine industry’s highest level—in one fell swoop.

Water heaters and tanks.Steve D’Antonio

Water heaters and tanks. Page 36.

36  To Heat and to Hold: Potable-Water Systems, Part 2
by Steve D’Antonio
Choosing materials and following design guidelines go a long way toward assuring the safety and effectiveness of a hot-water system.

Movable water ballastDudley Dix

Movable water ballast. Page 52.

52  Adding Water to Windward
by Dudley Dix
Movable water ballast can help designers of high-performance sailboats, but beware of the increased complexity of stability calculations.

Government boatsDan Spurr

Government boats at Willard. Page 58.

58  Willard Marine: Turn the Page
by Dan Spurr
The old-line trawler builder has evolved over the years into an important vendor to the U.S. Armed Forces.


4  Letters, Etc.
A reader comments on correct fixed fire-extinguisher placement.

8  Rovings
compiled by Dan Spurr
Joe Kitchell’s go-anywhere boatbuilders; exotic wood veneers; eight bells, Bill Green; Correct Craft buys PCM and Crusader; rudder repairs; bicycle built for pontoons; the 44-FCI; and capacitors.

46  Book Review
by Dudley Dawson
Donald L. Blount’s Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels is an essential guide.

80  Parting Shot
by Kim MacCartney
Why do so many surveyors overlook standards that apply to fixed fire-extinguishing equipment?


72  New Products and Processes

73  Connections

77  Classified Advertising

79  Index to Advertisers