Earlier this week, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology acquired the rights use course material of the former Yacht Design Institute Schools (YDI) in its own curriculum.
Between 1969 and 1988, YDI taught small-craft naval architecture via distance learning using a similar model as Westlawn. Under the guidance of designer Ted Brewer, YDI pioneered many innovations and improvements in teaching small-craft design.
Founded in 1930, Westlawn is the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States. The school is currently sponsoring a design contest for Cruising World readers, the submission deadline for which is March 1, 2007.