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Friday, September 9 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Yacht Designers Panel Q&A

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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 1984. He has several books of his plans available, which can be found at tillerbooks.com.

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 38th!) and made numerous boat trips to Alaska.

Tad Roberts

In 1889 my grandfather's uncle Will Roberts pre-empted 160 acres at what became known as Roberts Creek on the Sechelt Penninsula of British Columbia. This property was inherited by my grandfather Harry Roberts, who had arrived from England in 1900. Harry ran a sawmill and built boats at Roberts Creek, as well as his landmark log house The Castle, until the Depression when he moved aboard his boat and sailed north. He acquired another 160... 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" to rebuild his family's wooden vessel in the South Pacific. His 34,000-mile Pacific circumnavigation with his wife, Wendy Hinman, is highlighted in her... Read More →

Friday September 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Cascade Room

Attendees (13)