Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time to Prime!

With the work skiff looking a lot like a boat that is ready to launch and get to work, it’s time to get to work priming the hull. Lou has filled the holes with TotalFair fairing compound and, once sanded and wiped, is ready to hide them beneath a few coats of Epoxy Primer.  But it’s not just the paint job getting attention this week, the breast hook gets a refinement and become a more useful part of this working skiff.

Your comments have been finding Lou and you might be pleased to know he takes each and every comment to heart – and considers how he can adapt to try to please his entire audience. While we know that is never going to be possible, we do know that Lou is delighting in hearing about how you might do something, and what you find faulty or might have a better way of completing.  As suspected, everyone seems to be an expert, and we are in an arena where many opinions might truthfully have more than one way to get the job done, and well.

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13 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time to Prime!

  1. We have sincerely enjoyed and appreciated this series. Amazing techniques and shortcuts that can be used on many woodworking jobs. Explanations were great, especially including and addressing the reasons why.
    One thought; a ratchet strap was used to pull the bottom together, we used inexpensive pipe clamps. By adding more lengths of pipe with pipe fittings as couplers we were able to reach out 40′. But if it works, use what you got. Thank you,

  2. Really nice job — but my eye keeps getting drawn to the forward edges if the covering boards. Do you plan on fairing them in any way?

  3. Another great video Lou. I see you sharpened your saw on the 3rd of last month. I have never thought about writing the date when I sharpen my hand saws, but it sure makes sense. Every time I watch one of your videos I learn something new. Thank you so much.

    John Minton

  4. Hello Lou – I have been following along the many steps of the skiff build. It’s been very informative and enjoyable watching you. There is one nagging question, please, how do you pronounce your name? Would you take a moment in your next video and mention the pronunciation ? Many thanks for a great series of videos.
    Ed Keene

  5. Hey, Lou. I’ve been following this skiff since you began with the first episode and loved every one of them. I’m not a boat builder, nor do I plan to build one, but I do build airplanes and much of your precision craftsmanship parallels what I do. Keep these coming, Lou. I’m always checking to see if you have a new video out.
    NE Michigan

  6. Hi Lou. I spent many summers on the Rhode Island shoreline when I was a kid, with much of that time spent poking around in a skiff, “PIG”, quite similar to the one you’ve been teaching us to build. I just wanted to say: Thank You! It has been an absolute pleasure to watch you work and to listen to your wonderful explanations. Few of us will ever build a skiff, or if we do, accomplish it with the ease, expertise and confidence that you demonstrate. That said, I plan to give it a shot…thanks to you.



  7. Glade to see you are Priming with Epoxy, the more coats, the better. Reminds me of some 25 years ago when I epoxy primed my 1966 Owens Grenada, DC Cruiser. I then top coated it with a 2-part urethane (Interlux). My critics said it would not hold up on wood, but (with little repairs) it still looks like fiberglass today and easily washes clean. Hope to see lots of epoxy sealed “Bright Work”. Sure it is a work boat, but it can still look like a yacht.

    1. I’m with you on that Lester. I coated some wood, fiberglass and aluminum 30 years ago with Awlgrip Linear Polyurethane both sprayed and brushed. still looks new today and that is quite an achievement given the harshness of the marine environment. I am totally sold on two part urethanes.

  8. Love the use of hand tools. One thing I have learned over the years is that “power tools help you make mistakes faster”.

  9. I am really enjoying the building of the skiff.
    I wish I had the skills that Lester has.

    Can’t wait for the next episode.

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