Yacht designer to speak at The Apprenticeshop

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World-renowned yacht designer Chuck Paine will speak about designing sailboats and his new book "My Yacht Designs and the Lessons They Taught Me" at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine.

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Paine grew up in Jamestown, R.I., where he developed a love of boats. He and his twin brother, Art, spent their free time watching and making drawings of boats coming and going in Narragansett Bay.

After completing a degree in engineering from Brown University and a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in Iran, Paine was ready to launch his career as a yacht designer. His mathematical abilities and engineering background were key elements in his success at designing light, strong, fast boats, both power and sail.

After beginning his career with Dick Carter Yacht Design near Boston, Paine moved to Maine in the early 1970s and established his own shop in the mid-coast. An early connection with boatbuilder Tom Morris of Morris Yachts on Mount Desert proved to be a productive and career-long partnership.

During the course of his career, Paine produced hundreds of designs for an international customer base, wrote frequently for Yachting magazine and achieved global recognition as a master of his craft.

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Paine will talk about sailboats and his book, and share anecdotes from his long career and love of boating. Though retired from design work in 2008, he continues as a marine artist, displaying works in a variety of galleries in Maine and champions his former employees who have formed their own design shops.

The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship located at 643 Main Street in Rockland. Tickets are $5 at the door. A tour of current boat projects will be available after the lecture. Boats under construction include an 18-foot Buzzard's Bay sloop, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house) and two Susan skiffs. Two projects in the lofting phase are a 14-foot Skylark and a 10-foot Abeking and Rasmussen tender. For information, visit www.apprenticeshop.org or call (207) 594-1800.