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I'm curious what some of the folks in the boat construction and repair/restoration business have to say about some of the schools out there, and how much they would value an employee with a diploma vs. a hard worker learning on the job.

I've worked at my grandfather's lumber company since I was a child, ( also Lumber companies in California, Lewiston Maine, etc..) but the last 15yrs consecutive at the family business. Things may be changing here, now in my late thirties I see an oppurtunity to change paths. I've always preferred working with wood and metal over selling product.

Any constructive advice is welcome.
 

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I'm curious what some of the folks in the boat construction and repair/restoration business have to say about some of the schools out there, and how much they would value an employee with a diploma vs. a hard worker learning on the job.

I've worked at my grandfather's lumber company since I was a child, ( also Lumber companies in California, Lewiston Maine, etc..) but the last 15yrs consecutive at the family business. Things may be changing here, now in my late thirties I see an oppurtunity to change paths. I've always preferred working with wood and metal over selling product.

Any constructive advice is welcome.

I'm not in the marine buisiness but i'll tell you what all my friends and friends of the family told me that are in the trade when i told them i want to get into it. " Your F'n retarded" However as stupid is what stupid does, i'm still trying to find a niche market. If your as good with wood work, find and old shipwright, its a dying trade and a good shipwright commands good pay.
 
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There are many oppurtunities in boatbuilding and restoration, and a shortage of skilled workers. The average age of the workforce is 54-55. Education wise, The Boat School in Eastport offers the best value and a great program. I have an employee that interned with me last year and recently graduated from the 2 year program
 

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Thanks, I know it's a tough time for a lot of people. I figure if I'm going to struggle I'll do it pursuing something I feel strongly about.
 

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There are many oppurtunities in boatbuilding and restoration, and a shortage of skilled workers. The average age of the workforce is 54-55. Education wise, The Boat School in Eastport offers the best value and a great program. I have an employee that interned with me last year and recently graduated from the 2 year program


Thank you. This is very helpful.
 

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As a boat owner and one who has had Bob from South Shore Boatworks do several projects on RELENTLESS I would have to say go for it. You have a background in lumber and a desire to learn. There is a shortage of skilled craftsman out there and highly recommend go spend a day with one and see if this is what you want to do. I also have a great appreciation for their talents.

Dave
 

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I hope this relates to you. As a cabinet Maker and Carpenter, I've worker with many people that said they would never let their children enter the trades. With that said, both my children are in the trades and both make over $100, 000 per year. I myself have raised 2 kids, bought multiple new cars, traveled thru out this country,bought 2 houses, have owned a few boats, all with working as a Blue Collar trade [not bad for a High School dropout]. Right now I work for NYC as a construction inspector and I collect a pension from the Carpenters Union [not to mention Health Benifits]. Of course their are people who did'nt do as well as me, and people who have done better. If you are really serious about learning a trade, in my opinion you will always make a decent living. Your either commited 100% or don't bother. Hope that helps...

Joe D
 

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