New head of Boat School resigns

Posted July 29, 2009, at 10:12 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — Just 12 days after being appointed the new director of The Boat School-Husson, Clinton 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 University, which took over The Boat School two years ago.

Tuttle is a veteran boat builder who 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 Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in Mystic, Conn., this year. He is the owner of Turcotte Yacht Design Co. in Topsham and has worked for Custom Composite Technologies and Even Keel Marine.

Turcotte already had been hired by The Boat School and therefore was able to step into the director’s position when Tuttle announced he was leaving.“Bob [Turcotte] 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 in a press release issued Wednesday from Eastport.“This is something I have always dreamed of,” Turcotte said in the release. “The opportunity to take on this responsibility is one that I enter into enthusiastically. With the record number of students we have coming in this fall, it is going to be a great school year.”

The school has 24 students enrolled for this fall, four times the number when Husson took over the school two years ago.

The Boat School was established in the 1960s. It was located in Lubec and Calais before settling on the edge of Deep Cove in Eastport.

In 2007 the state transferred the land and facilities to the city of Eastport, and Husson replaced Washington County Community College as operator of the school.

The Boat School offers one-year certificates in wooden boat construction and composite technology and will be moving into marine engines and systems and surfacing. The Boat School also owns the only travel lift in Down East Maine, operated jointly with adjoining Moose Island Marine.

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