Meeting Notices


A Life of Yacht Design and Yacht Engineering




Virtual Webinar


7:00 PM- Speaker
8:00 PM- Adjourn


Free for Members, $5/non-member



Please join the Hampton Roads Section for a presentation by Bruce Marek, P.E., on life as a Yacht Designer and Engineer.

As many of us know, the sailing industry/yachting industry has its ups in downs, and Bruce has managed to transition between boats and “real” world engineering, sometimes in the same sentence.

Come and listen to Bruce's story.

Presenter:  Bruce Marek, P.E.
Bruce Marek, P.E. is a Yacht Designer/Yacht Engineer who has resided in Wilmington, NC for the past 30 years. He is a Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture (actually Ship Design Engineering as the first national NCEES Exam was labeled in 1999), as well as Civil, Structural I and Mechanical Engineering. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where he was Captain of the Sailing Team for 1973 & 1974, and Commodore of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association in 1975. Collegiate sailing lead to many friendships and ongoing connections in the marine industry.

In 1978 he co-founded Nelson/Marek Yacht Design in San Diego, with fellow Midwest intercollegiate sailor and three time All American from U of Michigan, Bruce Nelson. They were involved with many very successful race boat projects, which will be discussed in the webinar. Bruce Marek’s first powerboats were the 82’ aluminum catamaran ferries Patriot and Ranger, for Bald Head Island, NC. He still is involved with engineering several USCG Subchapter T passenger vessels, including doing the structural engineering on a currently under construction 50’ titanium hulled “Off The Beach” 49 passenger sailing cat for Honolulu.



Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Meetings


Bruce Marek

A Life of Yacht Design and Yacht Engineering





John Rosborough

Sinking of the USS San Diego





Hampton Roads Google News Feed

Latest Discussions

There are no discussions to which you have access

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.

Recent Shared Files

No Data Found

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.

Recent Blogs

Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.


  • 2020-2021 Call for Content

    The Hampton Roads Section of SNAME is preparing its schedule for the 2020-2021 season.

    We are looking for technical presentations and papers

    This is your opportunity to share your knowledge with the community and gain recognition.

    Potential topics include:
    • preliminary design
    • set based design
    • sailing craft
    • military vessels
    • service craft, stability
    • hydrodynamics
    • shipbuilding 
    • autonomous vehicles
    • structural analysis
    Please send abstracts or descriptions to Davy Hansch at dhansch@vt.edu.

    David Hansch
    Chair Hampton Roads SNAME Section
  • The Mariners’ Museum Hosts Special Lecture on The Apprentice School

    In case you missed him presenting to us last fall.  Bill Fox, a SNAME fellow from the Hampton Roads Section is presenting at the Mariner's Museum.  Their description of the event is below.

    On Saturday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m., visit The Mariners’ Museum for the Hampton Roads History Lecture, The Apprentice School: Celebrating a Century. The lecture, presented by William A. Fox, P.E., will discuss the impact and influence of The Apprentice School, which has educated and trained more than 10,000 craftsmen and women, middle managers, and company executives over the last 100 years. Fox’s ties to Newport News Shipbuilding run deep. A respected naval architect, professional engineer, researcher, and writer, Fox was honored when the company asked him to write the centennial history of its renowned and nationally recognized Apprentice School. A book signing will follow the presentation. The lecture is free to Museum members and included in $1 Museum admission. Visit marinersmuseum.org/lectures for more information.