Director of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Dave Gerr is the director of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and a naval architect and yacht designer. He is known for the diversity of his work, and his designs include a 76-foot tunnel-drive aluminum motoryacht, a 60-foot ultralight racing sailboat and a 41-foot jetdrive express cruiser.
Gerr grew up in New York City, surrounded by boating books, and he built his first pleasure craft when he was 18 — a Phil Bolger-designed sharpie. A Westlawn graduate, Gerr, 58, started designing megayachts and commercial vessels at the age of 26 in 1979 at MacLear & Harris, a prestigious design office in New York.
Fireboats enter Virginia's Norfolk Harbor June 10 during the annual Harborfest Parade of Sail down the Elizabeth River. The celebration featured a variety of vessels, including tall ships, Coast Guard cutters and the USS Normandy.
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This photo image originally appeared in the August 2011 issue.
The Coast Guard praised five boaters who were rescued this spring after their 60-foot motoryacht sank in the Gulf of Alaska, saying the crew was well-prepared for the emergency and the conditions.
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