How Do I Turn This Thing On?? David Broadbent’s Marine Systems Blog
Right around the time I left the work world I knew, 2 great things happened. First and foremost I proposed to my soon to be wife and was lucky enough for her to say yes, and I was able to take a crew position on an offshore delivery. I’ve always been one to believe that “with great risk comes great reward”, and as luck would have it the opportunity fell in my lap. We left from Newport in mid November bound for St. Maarten with a quick stop in Bermuda. Aside from a few squalls here and there we had a great sail down, along with a bit of exploring in Bermuda and maybe a Dark and Stormy or 2.
[Showing off a fish we caught while delivering a 64 ft sailboat to the Caribbean.]
One distinct memory from the trip had really helped define what I wanted to get out of my IYRS experience. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had spent some time servicing some winches and enjoying the weather about 300 miles from our destination, also 300 miles from land. The enjoyment came to a screeching halt when we realized we might be sinking. “Well boys, we better grab some buckets and start bailing til we figure this out.” said the captain as he began to troubleshoot. There was a lot of water in bilge, and none of the pumps were working, one of a boaters worst nightmares. He asked me to check on one of the bilge pump wires and hoses which seemed simple enough. The sheer volume of hoses and wires overwhelmed me. I was completely lost. I stumbled and yanked wires franticly trying to help to the best of my ability but I felt helpless. The importance of the schooling I would soon start was beyond clear. Don’t worry we didn’t sink. I am also happy to report that we are about a week away from taking our electrical certification exam!
[How times have changed! putting some final touches on my electrical panel.]
Coming into this course I was most looking forward to the electrical portion. The theory of electricity always amazed me and I was psyched to learn the how and why of it. We have been covering everything from DC to AC and everything in between. I have a whole new respect for amount of thought and work that goes into every single wire. I will never take a light switch for granted again!
[A month ago this would have looked like hieroglyphics.]
We have been working tirelessly constructing electrical systems and troubleshooting them to not only be able to wire systems, but also understand why. Some people would call my wiring a near obsession by the amount of work I put into the neatness of it, and by the zip tie massacre I leave behind. It was a labor of love, but I am happy with the results.
[A glimpse of some of my obsessive wiring habits, I should have bought stock in zip ties.]
[Ahhh yes the all mighty elusive bilge pump in the upper left corner, never to defeat me again!]
The story has come almost full circle now as the electrical portion of the course comes to an end. It still amazes me every day the amount of knowledge and skills I have been able to acquire in this course so far. Sometimes me and some classmates catch ourselves mid conversation talking about distribution panels and buss bars and all we can do is laugh and think about how ridiculous we would have thought it would be if someone said we’d be this knowledgeable now. More importantly, I think back to that day at sea and chuckle at myself for how at the time the task seemed impossible.
Dave Broadbent is a Spring 2015 student in the Marine Systems program. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army, where he continues to serve today in the reserves. Spending the last 4 years working in the corporate sales and management world, he was called back to his roots and took the plunge to pursue a career in the marine industry where his true passion lies. 04/28/15 Potential Health Benefits of Attending a Trade School
website, in our newsletters and in our videos we offer a lot of information. Job placement? Yep, we got it. Certifications? Mhmm, you’ll get those. Scholarships? Yes, there’s plenty. I wanted to think outside the steam-box about why you may choose to attend a trade school, so I got to thinkin’…are there health benefits to hands-on career training versus a traditional desk-job? In the Red Corner Josh Singer, Blogger & Marketing Ninja (OK, that’s not really my title but just go with it). Age: 26 Years Old Weight: 175 lbs Height: 5’6ish Office Space: Aquidneck Mill Building Administrative Offices, Newport, RI Typical Daily Functions: Spreadsheets, Typing, Clicking, Squinting at a Computer Screen, Walking (to the Printer and Back) and Lifting (the Phone to His Ear). In the Blue Corner Will Aurigemma, Boatbuilding & Restoration Student (and student blogger!) Age: 30 Years Old Weight: 195 lbs Height: 6’1 Office Space: Restoration Hall, Newport, RI Typical Daily Functions: Grunting, Sweating, Hammering, Occasional Head Bobs to Music, Drilling, Planking, Wood Planing, Lifting, and Varnishing
Beginning mid-April and through Launch Day, Will is wearing a Fitbit, a wearable physical activity tracker designed to help you become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn you into a healthier human being. We’ll be using the Fitbit to help us identify the physical activity that comes with attending a trade school, and comparing the data to that of an office worker.
Josh’s Average Daily Results After wearing the Fitbit for a week from the typical office hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., the following were the average results for Josh during a typical workday at a typical desk-job:
Steps Taken: 4,117
Heart Rate: 60 Beats Per Minute Miles Walked: 1.81 Calories Burned: 3,153 Floors: 1.5 Active Minutes: 83 Exercise Logged: None
Keep your eyes peeled on this blog as we track Will’s results and identify the potential health benefits of attending a trade school!
04/25/15 Art on Art
By Michael Cameron, Director of Admissions
I approach art with the notion that, regardless of the surface, the finished product will ultimately achieve the same result – a technically sound, conceptually rich product of artistic expression. But recently, with brush in hand and a mission to make, I realized that isn’t necessarily true. Sure, in this instance the subject matter would unfold accordingly, but little did I know it would be the surface that would make the outcome so special.
You see, I work for
IYRS School of Technology & Trades, a deeply craft-oriented experiential learning school in Newport, Rhode Island and home to IYRS’ School of Boatbuilding & Restoration. Each year, two cohorts of skilled students work alongside one another to meticulously restore eleven classic wooden yachts. Throughout the process of restoration, there’s no shortage of aged, beautiful wood in and around the shop that due to varying circumstances will be destined for the big blue dumpster. That’s when I shamelessly take a post-work dive and retrieve the quintessential example of one man’s junk being another man’s treasure.
Amidst countless hand-crafted planks, keels, transoms and rudders, I search for the diamonds in the rough. Most recently, I was immediately drawn to two planks, exquisitely textured with rich colors of timber and weathered bottom paint. They were truly works of art in their own right! What might they become? It’s usually a process of experimentation (as you see here with dried flowers) or perhaps an “ah-ha!” moment that determines their future. Soon enough, the planks would provide the next surface for my art. In essence, I would be making art on someone else’s art.
I don’t categorize this revelation as profound – artists like Banksy have long produced art on art, in his case painting upon buildings and other architectural structures. Whether painting on boats, buildings, bridges, and so on, we often overlook the deeper meaning found within the materials with which we create. Where did this timber grow? Who fed their family with the money earned from its milling? Who constructed and painted this yacht and where has she sailed? Those stories exist in all materials and surfaces, and it’s alive and well in these planks.
What you see here is the start of Art On Art, an exploration of surface with deeper meaning, and a humble acknowledgement that my creation is merely a reinvention of someone else’s art.
2015 Michael Cameron Oil on Art
Michael Cameron is an artist and the Director of Admissions and Marketing at IYRS.