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Talkin’ boats with Dave Gerr


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.

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LOCAL WATERS

Welcome Summer

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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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute
www.captains.com

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Red Reflections

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM
Shutter speed: 1/160th second
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 400

This photo image originally appeared in the August 2011 issue.

   

Crew takes correct steps in Alaska rescue

The 60-foot Bayliner motoryacht Nordic Mistress sank in the Gulf of Alaska earlier this year. All five crew were rescued, and the Coast Guard praised them for being prepared.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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