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IYRS lecture to focus on hybrid technology

Nigel Calder, a marine technology expert, veteran cruiser and internationally known authority on hybrid technology for boats, is speaking Nov. 10 at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I.

John Stier, marine systems instructor at the school, said there have been numerous attempts to adapt hybrid technology to propulsion in recreational boats in the last 15 years. But none of them had translated into technically or commercially successful products until recently.

Several new hybrid systems have broken through barriers during the last year to make this technology available to boaters.

"Nigel is coming to speak to IYRS students and the public to tell us what has changed with the adoption of these hybrid systems and the dramatic implications for the world of recreational boating," Stier said. "This is a rare opportunity for individuals looking for the latest information on hybrid technology to hear from someone at the forefront of these developments. ... We are very proud to have him as a speaker here at IYRS."

Calder's lecture will be at the school's Bristol campus. The event is free for members of the school; non-members will pay $10.

Calder will spend the following day working with students at the school and briefing them on the emerging technology.