“Launch your ships, launch your career” was the closing remark to the International Yacht Restoration School’s graduating class of 2015. On May 30 the now renowned boat building and marine systems and composite programs graduated 15 students at their beautiful facility and school on the Newport waterfront. Nestled in the working wharves along Newport’s waterfront, the students launched restored and new beetle cats, a restored Fisher’s Island 23 from 1934 with a total of eleven boats launched into Newport Harbor as fifteen students graduated from the School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, a two-year program in advanced wooden boatbuilding.
After a 2 year program, these students have completed what many regard to be the highest level of industry training. It’s not just boatbuilding either, Students get intense training in project management, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and advanced woodworking skills throughout their two years in the program. Completing the restoration of two wooden boats, students learn various techniques including measuring, drafting, lofting, steam-bending, planking, spar making, and advanced joinery; not to mention project surveying and various business-related skills and career preparation.
If you love wooden boats and are hungry for more woodworking skills, composite or marine systems knowledge and training or even a new career – check out this amazing school in the heart of Newport Harbor. Their annual graduation is a celebration of their success as they launch students of all ages into a new appreciation of wooden boats and their building process and create some genius boatbuilders who adopt their new skills as a career. It’s a success for the school, for the Ocean State and for the students who can sail off to new horizons following graduation. These highly skilled students are ready to take on the world of wooden boats!
IYRS also has composites technology, marine systems training and more. With campuses in Bristol and Newport, it’s a great excuse to go to school again in the beautiful boatbuilding – centric state of Little Rhody!