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Hall inducts new group of designers

MARCH 16 -- The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology recently announced that John Alden, Nathanael G. Herreshoff and C. Raymond Hunt were inducted into the North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame.

"It is truly an honor for us to induct these significant designers into the North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame," Westlawn director David Gerr says in a statement. "The creation of the Hall of Fame last year has provided us with a vehicle to not only highlight the accomplishments of some of the world’s most excellent designers, but to also educate people on the importance of this field and how the visions of our inductees have greatly contributed to our maritime heritage."

In his 52-year career, Alden produced more than 900 yacht designs, according to a news release. Nearly 150 of those designs were schooners — often referred to as "Alden’s schooners." The most notable of them was the Malabar X.

Next to Olin Stephens, Herreshoff designed the largest number of winning America’s Cup yachts, the release says. He was also a "pioneer and innovator" in construction methods, in catamaran design and early torpedo boats.

C. Raymond Hunt was recognized for having developed the deep-vee hull form, the release says. Hunt also designed a number of sailboats, cruisers, racers and motoryachts.

Last year Phil Rhodes and Olin Stephens were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 2006 inductees were announced Feb. 15 at the American Boat & Yacht Council annual meeting held at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, Fla.

-- Jason Fell