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Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference
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Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference
Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference
Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference Ocean Marina hosts Boat ConferenceThe third "Boat and Yacht Thailand" conference was held on 29th November 2015 on the last day of the fourth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. The conference provided a discussion platform for marine industry experts and boating enthusiasts to share their ideas about Innovation & Training for Boat Industry. Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference

Key figures in the marine industry - boat operators, builders, designers, equipment suppliers, researchers, marina developers, regulators, government authorities and industry experts – came together to discuss the future of the leisure marine industry in Thailand.

The Program
Scott Finsten, Ocean Marina's Harbour Master gave the welcome address, saying that he wished he had known about the opportunities available to people in the leisure marine industry when he was young. Kazuki Otsuka, the MD from Hull Thailand, was the first speaker and he spoke on "Common Problems with Marine Diesel Engine Installation & Service". Mr Kazuki is a longtime-member of the maritime industry of Thailand, representing Yanmar marine engines, Suzuki outboards and other brands. He shared his experience in supplying and commissioning engines and equipment for hundreds of boats, giving some valuable insights into installing, maintaining and operating engines.

Ray Ringuet, the MD for Aus-Thai Marine, then gave a speech on the "Economics of the Tourism Boat Operation". Ray has delivered over one hundred boats to 10 countries in recent years. Most of these boats are used for commercial charter, dive tours and passenger transport. Ray shared his experiences of construction enquiries, delivery sea trials and after-sales service, with special attention to how boats can be used more efficiently with lower fuel consumption.

Ray compared planning, semi-planning and displacement hulls and also discussed the safety benefits of catamarans and how to properly design a boat to minimize harm to passengers in the event of a collision or rough water. He also touched on the pros and cons of inboard and outboard engines and the long-term savings a diesel engine can provide.

Ekapob Suksudpaisarn of Chulalongkorn University then discussed "Learning from Yacht Design Fabrication for Marina Design & Development". Jordan Rumsey, the Sail Director at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club was next on the podium and elaborated on the "RVYC Experience" detailing the club's rich history, including its ties to the Thai monarchy, as well as RVYC's attempts to get more and more young people involved in sailing (Btw, the RVYC was recently awarded the right to host the World Optimists Championship next year).

Peter Jacops, an inspector for the Belgian-based International Marine Certification Institute, was up next and he talked about "Accessible Boating" and how we are all not doing enough to accommodate people with disabilities. Peter showed a short inspiring video on the handicapped sailor Hilary Lister, commenting "There's no reason people can't do what they want to if you are just prepared to work hard enough to get there."

After lunch, Dr. Albert Nazarov, the organizer of the conference, and the MD of Albatross Marine Design spoke. He gave a talk on "New Developments in the Small Power Catamaran Design" focusing on design approaches, research methods and factors to improve the yacht's performance. His company designs boats and yachts for builders worldwide. Albert lectures internationally at events such as IBEX and HSBO (www.amdesign.co.th).

Next up was Cheeraporn Wongchaiphanit and Pakasit Sungsawang from DIAB discussing "Composite Materials". This was followed by the "Basics of Yacht Styling" from Albatross Marine Design's Anon Laeprasert.

A coffee break was followed by the event's last three speakers: Patchara Suebyiw of Albatross Marine Design who spoke on the "Introduction to Marine Systems"; Nattachert Chongwilaikasem and Gantaphon Chimcharoen of Kasetsart University who talked about the "Solar Boat Competition in Yanagawa, Japan". The final speaker, Jeerapat Thongthamachad, also from Kasetsaet, discussed "Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles."

About BYThai
Boat & Yacht Thailand Conference (BYThai) is a professional event dedicated to yachts and small boats and intended for maritime experts, researchers, boat builders and operators, tourist companies and authorities. BYThai speakers are leading marine industry experts from Thailand and abroad.The objectives of BYThai are:
  • Bring awareness of issues related to small craft design, operation and regulatory work;
  • Provide discussion platform for marine and tourism industry on safety improvement, environment protection and other important matters;
  • Enhance reputation of boatbuilding, marine industry and tourism in Thailand. www.boatyachtThailand.com
Ocean Marina hosts Boat Conference
Albatross Marine Design, the Thailand-based design office, is developing a new design for a 38' cruising sailing catamaran especially suitable for small boatyards because of its easy-to-build construction. The boat is best suited for family cruising and possible commercial charter. There are plenty of hatches for ventilation and straight cabin windows to avoid direct sunlight in the saloon. The shapes are designed in developable panels enabling easy build, but it is still nice and pleasant looking with modernistic lines. The interior includes 4 cabins with 2 shared bathrooms and lockers. The saloon gives great space with sofas, a U-shaped galley and an office/chart table. The Master option is also available. Engine rooms are separate from living spaces ("the engine under the bed" solution is never used in Albatross' designs) - there's convenient access from deck hatches. The entire structure will be built in composite in pre-fabricated polypropylene sandwich panels. The panels are assembled on temporary frames. In general, the boat is designed for categories A/B of European RCD. www.amdesign.co.th