Each shop is well outfitted and unnaturally tidy. The yards I served in as a young designer had a bit more character — in a Superfund site sort of way. I thought of a few of the boatbuilder characters I had worked with as Jacques explained the school’s strict attendance policies. Students punch in and out on a time clock and must be tidy, sober and ready to work. “Most of our students are highly motivated selfstarters. In fact, we set limits for the amount of overtime they can invest in their projects.” I guess times have changed. In the 1980s racing-sailboat game, a boatbuilder I knew seasoned his creativity with loud rock music and essential herbs, and I’ve known more than one Down East master who took his sundowners at noontime with his lobster roll. Such behavior is not tolerated, explains Jacques, although she admits that a few students always seem to come down with the flu when it’s time to fair a fiberglass plug.