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Bay Area Marine Institute (BAMI)

1979 - 1983


Tay Vaughan & Kathy Jones


Marine Services Technician
Class Photo, 1980

Presentation by Tay Vaughan
At the California Maritime Academy Annual Industry Symposium, 1980

Thank you very much, distinguished panel and distinguished guests. I think it is perhaps appropriate to thank Admiral Rizza and the CMA staff for a fine lunch. Classically, a symposium consists of food for both body and mind, and so far today we have had ample quantities of both.

I head up the Bay Area Marine Institute at San Francisco. BAMI is a teaching facility with two primary thrusts: during the daytime we operate a serious full-time vocational program for marine services technicians, teaching subjects which include woodworking and fine joinery, fiberglass technology, electrical system installation, painting and coatings, engine mechanics... Those skills which are used in the manufacture, repair and maintenance of small craft. Evenings we operate an adult education program with courses open to the public. These include, for example, celestial navigation, piloting and coastal navigation, gas and diesel mechanics, lofting, sailmaking, boatbuilding, fishing, and yacht racing tactics among others...

Full presentation available HERE.

From:, (Paul Kamen)
Subject: Re: Boatbuilding/Sailing Accounts
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 1994 07:55:12 GMT

Welcome aboard, Tay!

(How long you been lurking around, anyway? 'Bout time you posted something!)

As you may have guessed, I know Tay from way back. Sometime around 1980, he invited me to a Saturday afternoon "planking party." He was building a Monomoy (for local "whaleboat" racing). Now, I had seen a movie about the the building of a wooden 12-meter many years before that, and remembered the ceremonies associated with the fitting of the "shutter plank," the last plank to be fastened on the hull. They made speeches, they took pictures, they popped in the last plank, and then everybody got drunk. Sounded like a fine time.

When I got to the shop, what I saw was a bunch of upside-down frames, a couple of stringers in place, and piles of wood, epoxy, nail guns, and saws. And lots of people working real hard. Spent the whole day trimming strips of wood to the right size for nailing on, and we had maybe one-quarter of the hull planked by the time the "party" was over. Not exactly what I had in mind....

I did get invited to the launching, however, and that *was* a great party.

-"Call me Fishmeal"-