Episode 11 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We hope you’ll be thankful that Lou is back this week – and a few days early – so you’re not pacing around the turkey table waiting for the Thursday night upload. In episode 11, Lou is working on the garboard plank and shows us a helpful tip about how to transfer the pattern of the curvature of the plank onto his board. Using Lou’s clever technique of making impressions of nail heads into the wood, he gets a perfect result and is able to nicely shape and tune the edges with his block plane.Lou gives us a walk-through of how the different layers of cedar bottom planking and carbon fiber and kevlar will overlap and work together to give the bottom extreme strength with little weight and nothing in your way on the bottom of the boat.

Using an adaptation of an earlier patterning technique Lou shows us how he lifts the size and shape of the plank off the mold.  He then works that plank down to the proper size before scarfing it onto another piece to complete the first garboard plank on the boat.
As another treat, Lou introduces us to Willow, his silver lab and new best friend and co-worker at the Opendoor Boatshop. Enjoy episode 11 and have a very happy Thanksgiving from Lou, the Tips crew and everyone at TotalBoat.

16 responses to “Episode 11 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

  1. Lou, I’ve always respected your craftsmanship. Seeing you with dog… well, that makes you more than special. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Enjoy that wonderful awesome dog! As always it is a pleasure to watch you work and learn some great techniques for pattern making. Can’t wait for the next episode and looking forward to watching your puppy grow into an adult lab. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday

  3. Another great video Lou, enjoy your thanks giving ( I do believe it was started by the English a long time ago ) Love that little dog. cheers Keith.

  4. Thank you Lou, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ( fans too )
    Your videos are wonderfully informative and your enthusiasm is infectious…..

  5. These videos are great love to watch them have learned a lot. Going to use your steaming method to bend new bow rub rails for my 1957 Chris Craft Constellation

  6. Lou, Your videos continue to fascinate me. You make things look so easy and effortless. Good luck with the new puppy and looking forward to continuing the build.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  7. Lou, Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship. Growing up, I would ride my bike past four boat builders. Not today. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  8. Lou, Thanks for the education. I learn a new thing in just about every clip. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your new pup.

  9. Lou, if watching your video was a pyramid scheme, I’d be an area distributor! Love to watch and learn from you. When you pick your next boat, consider a Hampton boat, tradional,legendary small Maine fishing boat…

  10. Lou,
    You have obviously built one of these before. Great to watch all your tricks of the trade. Willow the silver lab (!) is a keeper, everyone needs a shop-dog. Also enjoyed episode 10 with the steam bending i am planning on doing some bending someday and some of the mystery of that particular magic has been revealed thanks to you.


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