Schedule of Events

Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference | December 8, 2016

The Maine Built Boats Global Outreach conference is a full day of workshops and networking opportunities. Each session is approximately 45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A period. We’ll also have representatives from national manufacturers and service providers who hope to speak with you during the workshop breaks. Please contact us if you have any questions about the seminars or the speakers.

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration. Coffee and pastries will be available.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Recent Composites Research and Development

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a world leader providing research, education, and economic development encompassing the material science, manufacturing and engineering of composites and structures. Learn from the center’s faculty about some of their composite research and capabilities that are directly applicable to the boatbuilding industry.

Speakers: Dr. Habib Dagher and Dr. Anthony Viselli (University of Maine)

10:30-11:30 a.m.

On-Board Digital Power Distribution

Digital switching, distributed switching or multiplexing: regardless of the terminology, on-board digital power distribution has attended finishing school and is worthy of consideration for vessels small & large, power & sail and custom or production. We’ll discuss the growing prevalence of digital switching systems, look at what a system might look like to the end user and to the installer and highlight the most common manufacturers in the U.S. market. Lastly, more advanced and marketable capabilities of digital switching will be detailed; monitoring, remote control and telematics.

Speakers:  Fred Berry (Hinckley Yachts)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Complimentary lunch for all registrants. During the lunch break, we’ll be holding Maine Built Boats annual meeting. While voting rights are only available to MBB members, we’d like to invite everyone — members and non-members alike — to be part of our meeting. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for the association’s success.

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Evolution of the Multihull Industry

Learn about the recent emergence of the performance cruising catamaran, and the opportunities it presents for Maine boat builders. Designer Dave McCollough will discuss pitfalls to avoid when bidding a performance cruising catamaran, construction challenges, and the support that a builder should expect from the yacht design team. Beyond sailboats, Dave will also outline some opportunities with foil-assisted power catamarans.

Speakers: Dave McCollough (McCollough Yachts)

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Maine Lobster Boat Hull

The Maine lobster boat hull has evolved into the pleasure and sportfish markets. This talk will open with a brief general history of the design and evolution of the Maine lobster boat hull, followed by a roundtable discussion by several notable lobster boat builders.

Speakers: Roundtable

Join the Fifth-Annual Global Outreach Conference