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Friday, September 6 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Yacht Designers Panel

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Join us for a small panel of professional yacht designers who will field questions from those in the audience. This is your opportunity to ask your design questions of a panel of practicing yacht designers. Make up your questions and bring them to us; and we'll make up an answer for you... Truly a Festival highlight!


Jay Benford

Benford Design Group & Tiller
Jay Benford has been sailing since before he could walk. He apprenticed with John Atkin starting in 1962, worked for several boat building companies, and then on his own as a yacht designer in 1969. After spending 18 years in the Pacific Northwest, he moved to the Chesapeake Bay where... Read More →

Tad Roberts

TR Design
Born into a family of boatbuilders, architect/builders, artists, and sailors, Tad started drawing boats early.  He became a professional yacht designer in 1984 and in 2001 he opened his studio on Gabriola Island, BC, where he develops modern power and sailboats with strong traditional... Read More →

John Harris

Chesapeake Light Craft
John Harris owns Chesapeake Light Craft, the Annapolis-based purveyor of wooden boat kits and plans. The passion runs deep; his first successful boat design was launched at age 14. John’s work as a designer and builder ranges from dinghies to large multihulls and from kayaks to... Read More →

Sam Devlin

Devlin Designing Boat Builders

Friday September 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Technical Stage