Chuck Paine will help kick off the Camden Windjammer Festival with an appearance at the Camden Public Library to talk about his book “My Yacht Designs and the Lessons They Taught Me.” Paine will present a talk and slide show Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.

Paine of Tenants Harbor is one of the world’s famous yacht designers, active from 1971 through 2008. He worked for designer Dick Carter from 1971 through 1973, then ran C. W. Paine Yacht Design, Inc. in Camden for 35 years. Although he retired from designing in late 2008, as a result of a heart attack and the financial crisis of that year, he remains active in the boating field as a lecturer on the subject of design at yacht clubs and major boat shows; and at libraries in support of his book.

Well over 1000 individual yachts have been built to date to Paine’s designs. He specialized in the high end of the market designs. These included custom yachts, both sail and power, and semi-production yachts. He has said he only cared that his designs be beautiful. His semi-production builders included Morris Yachts, Bowman Yachts (U.K.), Cabo Rico Yachts, Classic Boat Shop, Able Marine, Victoria Yachts (U.K.), Cape Dory Yachts, Kanter Yachts (Canada), Loomis Yachts and others.

Paine’s custom designs have been built at Palmer-Johnson, Lyman Morse, Concordia, Boston Boatworks, RKL Boats, Johannson Marine, York Marine, North End Marine, Damian Mc Laughlin, French and Webb, Dave Corcoran Boats and Multi-Composites in the United States; Kanter Yachts in Canada; Kelly Archer Boatbuilding and Diverse, Ltd. in New Zealand; Gouwerok in Holland; McConaghy and Brisbane Yachts in Australia; Hans Christian Yachts in Thailand; and Bendie in France.

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