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BMC Speaker Series Presents: A Brief History of Watercraft Design

Outdoors, it looks pretty bleak and snowy today, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t turn our thoughts to boating. That’s because one of this city’s most accomplished boat builders and nautical artists – Dr. John Montague – has set a date to discuss the art and science behind boat design.

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have been figuring out ways to stay afloat on the water, no matter the culture. Now, Montague will share his knowledge of boats pertaining to:

  • Evolution of methods of propulsion
  • Techniques of directional control (the rudder)
  • The effects of available materials
  • Construction techniques
  • Local geographical and maritime conditions
  • Cultural milieu

Montague will illustrate the evolutionary dynamics of successful boat building on Saturday, March 14 (10am) at the Buffalo Maritime Center (90 Arthur Street).

Come meet the man who has been a staunch advocate for Buffalo’s waterfront rejuvenation, and hear his thoughts on boat design. You will come away with a whole new understanding of “watercraftsmanship”.

A $5 suggested donation at the door is appreciated. Space is limited to 75 seats – click here to reserve your seat/s today.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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