Extra: GenNEXT at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Measure twice, sail once
Originally begun as the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), the school has broadened its focus to include not only boatbuilding and boat restoration work but also working with composite materials applicable to many trades. Richard spoke with the school’s executive director, Terry Nathan, who noted that building a boat is great training for building just about anything in terms of the attention to detail and multiple steps that it involves.
Richard himself has some history with IYRS; back when the school was converting the early-1900s industrial building in which it is located, Richard consulted on the design and installation of the HVAC system. Today, students work in the soaring brick-walled main building, and learn the importance of detailed work done to an exacting level. (In the photo above, Richard is talking to Bill Kenyon, one of the instructors.)
Programs include composites technology, digital modeling and fabrication, and marine systems, with graduates continuing on to work in not only the marine industry, but aviation, wind energy, furniture-making, and house construction.