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Where tradition meets technology

The Landing School covers all facets of boatbuilding, from plank-on-frame to fiberglass composites.

As part of the Wood Composite course, instructor Rick Barkhuff works with students to loft the Arundel 27.After a visit to The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, I, like most first-time visitors, came away thoroughly impressed with the school, the staff and the students.

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Fostering a sense of fulfillment, passion

John Burgess turned his passion for boat building into a platform for teaching the skills to others.When John Burgess got out of college in 1970 he decided to do something different before taking over the family business, starting with getting a job at Rumery's Boatyard in Biddeford, Maine.

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Fly Fisher 22: the fruit of their hard work

Students work on a cold-molded Fly Fisher 22 center console designed by Van Dam Custon Boats for saltwater flyfishing in the Northeast.This year the Wood Composites students built three Fly Fisher 22 saltwater center consoles. Designed by Michael Berryer at Van Dam Custom Boats, in Boyne City, Mich., they have moderate freeboard and moderate deadrise, making them suitable for comfortable inshore use in a 1- to 2-foot chop, and will typically be fitted with a 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke or Evinrude E-TEC 2-stroke.
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The art of high-tech powerboats

Boston BoatWorks and MJM Yachts team up on vessels that marry the best attributes of speed and weight

The first MJM 40 powers around in Boston Harbor outside the BBW shop. When you get four sailors together to build powerboats, interesting things can happen. In my experience, sailors tend to develop an appreciation for and sensitivity to the elements that many powerboaters never do - wind and current, set and drift, stage of the tide, phase of the moon. Powerboaters, with the advent of GPS, may be aware of where they are geographically, but not necessarily nautically and situationally to the degree sailors are.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of design

Compromises make it important to know what to look for - and what to avoid - when comparing boats.

In my travels around the waterfront, I'm always on the lookout for the good, bad and just plain ugly in boat design. During the last few months, I've been to a number of boat shows in the United States and Canada and I'm both tickled with the positive innovations and dismayed at some of the bad ideas on display.

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