NRG 2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

The 2018 Conference dates are October 25 – 27, 2018 and in the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV (phone: 702-367-2411). The hotel is just off the Strip and has free airport shuttle service on a set schedule with free shuttle service to and from the Strip.

To get the event room rate, you must say you are attending the Nautical Research Guild Conference and use the special rate code PCINRG1Call 702-367-2411 - DO NOT CALL THE 1-800 number for reservations (you can’t get the special price using the 800 #).

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Hotel Information

Room rates, including the $15.86 Las Vegas Resort fee, are $65.85 (+ tax) for Tuesday through Thursday nights and $125.85 (+ tax) for Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet access with a daily newspaper and admission to the exercise facility. Last date to get the special conference room rates is September 25, 2018.

The hotel has five restaurants and a Starbucks. The Feast Buffet is one of the best buffets in Las Vegas with breakfast, lunch and dinner – open from 7:00am to 9:00pm with $9.99 breakfast, $11.99 lunch, and $16.99 dinner prices ($3 to $7 less for Boarding Pass members).

The Grand Café is open around the clock and has very reasonable prices with breakfast available at any time or how about a cheeseburger for breakfast? Breakfast prices from $6.99 to $13.99, lunch from $6.99 to $10.99 and dinner from $8.99 to $17.99.

For the seafood lovers the Oyster Bar is open 24/7 with any seafood on the menu.

Fine dining is available at the Charcoal Room, open from 5:00pm until 10:00pm Sunday – Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

Little Tony’s offers a variety of Italian and American pizza styles, including Italian, American, Sicilian, New York, traditional Chicago, cracker-thin, and gluten-free. Additionally, a selection of pastas, calzones, stromboli, antipasti, and salads are offered, all with a focus on authentic Italian ingredients and organically-grown produce. Open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm Monday to Thursday, 4:00pm to 11:00pm on Friday, and 11:00am to 11:00pm Saturday.

Conference Events

The Thursday Tour is a trip to the Hoover Dam and a lunch cruise on Lake Mead on a sternwheel boat. The guided tour of the Hoover Dam includes the entire inner workings of the Dam, not just the exterior. The cruise, with lunch and beverage provided, provides a water side close up view of the Dam. There is also a cash bar on the boat for those wishing to have an adult beverage.

Informal gatherings on Thursday and Friday evenings with a cash bar will be an opportunity to gather and see old friends, make new friends and can serve as a meeting place for those going to dinner together.

The speaker line-up for our 2018 conference is almost finalized with an interesting group committed. As of press time almost all speakers are on board. Some names you will certainly recognize as being outstanding and respected members of the Guild or very well known in their areas of expertise.

  • Ken Foran will talk about soldering brass
  • Tony Devroude will talk about carving figureheads
  • Dr. Al Ross of BlueJacket will speak about kit development
  • Kurt Van Dahm will speak about model size table saw use and safety
  • Steve Wheeler will talk about some unique Colorado River boats and their construction
  • Doug Tolbert will talk about researching the 74 gun class Buckingham
  • Chris Dostal, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M’s Nautical Archaeology Program, will speak about nautical archaeological excavations and the use of 3D rendering of the artifacts
  • Justin Parkoff, an INA Associate and Ph.D. graduate from Texas A&M University. His talk will be Walking Beam Engines and Their Influence on the Eastern River Steamboats.

Daily Schedules (Tentative)

We will have a 90 minute lunch period on Friday and Saturday during which we encourage attendees to visit the vendors and check out the model display.

Friday – Technical Sessions

  • Ken Foran – Soldering Brass
  • Steve Wheeler – Lapstrake Hull Construction
  • Kurt Van Dahm – Table Saw Use and Safety

Afternoon will feature several round tables – topics and speakers to be confirmed.

The Annual Membership Meeting will follow the round tables.

Saturday – General Sessions

  • Tony Devroude – Carving Figureheads
  • Al Ross – Kit Development
  • Chris Dostal – Nautical Archaeological Excavations – 3D Imaging
  • Justin Parkoff – Walking Beam Engines and Their Influence on the Eastern River Steamboats
  • Doug Tolbert – Researching 74 Gun Class Buckingham

After dinner speaker will be NRG member and artist Peter Rindlisbacher whose talk will cover his use of ship models to help create his paintings.


Lunch on both Friday and Saturday will be sandwich and salad buffets where you can select your own sandwich and salads. This has been a very popular type of lunch for our members at past conferences.

Banquet meal choices are:

  • Sautéed Chicken Breast – Herb Roasted Marinade
  • Orange Roughy with Fresh Tropical Salsa
  • Traditional 6 oz. Filet of Beef

All dinners include rolls and butter, salad, vegetable, potato, coffee, hot and iced teas and desert.

If you have special dietary restrictions please let us know when you register so your needs can be accommodated. Special dietary needs can’t be accommodated if we are not notified at least a week before the event – due to the hotel’s requirements.


At press time there are two vendors confirmed. BlueJacket Shipcrafters and Train Troll will be attending and displaying their materials. The NRG will also have a sales table.

Model Display

Please bring a model; we will have a lot of space for model display. The model registration form is available by clicking here.

Las Vegas Activities

Las Vegas is a virtual playground and cultural center that can provide you and your family an entertaining and fulfilling vacation while attending the NRG Conference. Check out our guide to some of the activities available during your visit!

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