New Boat School director resigns

Posted July 29, 2009, at 12:31 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — Just 12 days after he was appointed the new director at The Boat School-Husson, Clint Tuttle resigned Wednesday.

He is being replaced by Robert Turcotte, a 1982 graduate of the school

Tuttle, 65, of Perry is leaving for personal and health reasons, according to Julie Green, a spokesperson for Husson.

Tuttle is a veteran boat builder who has taught the craft in Washington County for nearly 15 years. Since 1995, Tuttle was lead instructor and director of the boat-building, navigation and seamanship program at Washington Academy in East Machias.

Turcotte, a native of Woolwich, will complete his diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from ABYC affiliate Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in Mystic, Conn., this year. He is the owner of Turcotte Yacht Design Co. located in Topsham and has worked for Custom Composite Technologies and Even Keel Marine.

Turcotte had already been hired by The Boat School and was therefore able to step into the director’s position when Tuttle announced he was leaving.

“Bob is a naval architect and a craftsman in composites and woodworking with a focus on small boat construction. He is also a natural leader and is busy preparing and meeting with the staff to be ready for a record Boat School enrollment this fall,” Husson University President William Beardsley said Wednesday morning from Eastport.

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