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 The Apprenticeshop on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

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 attaining a degree in engineering from Brown University and a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in Tehran, 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 north of Boston, Paine moved to Maine in the early 1970s and established his own shop in the Midcoast. An early connection with boat builder Tom Morris of Morris Yachts on Mount Desert proved to be a productive and career-long partnership. Widespread interest in Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for traditional wooden sailboats, with its “Spirit of Tradition” class developed specifically for that race, provided an important forum and continuing demand for wooden sailboat design. Over 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.

For The Apprenticeshop’s Second Thursdays lecture series, Paine will talk about sailboats, 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 the Midcoast, and champions his former employees who have formed their own design shops.

“I stand ready to consult with my former employees should the need arise,” said Paine in a news release. “Who knows, should the economy rebound and my heart get some much-needed rest, you may find me once again at my drawing board.”

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