Episode 15: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Lou Is Back!


He’s back! Lou has been under the weather, but he’s better and we are so glad he’s back and ready to carry on building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  In episode 15, Lou attaches the first garboard plank.  The first step is to apply some Totalboat 5:1 Epoxy Resin with the slow hardener to the back of the plank where it touches the bottom and also to the bottom itself where it will touch the garboard plank.  Then, Lou puts the plank into position and fastens it into place with screws and some nails and allows it to dry overnight.  Once the glue is dried Lou removes the fastenings and can then cut off the excess plank at each end as well as plane down the garboard where it extends beyond the bottom.

Jump back into the Dory building series by re-watching the episodes prior to 15. This playlist puts them all in one place, where you can binge watch and rewind and rewatch as new episodes are added.   Thanks for bearing with us in Lou’s absence. We hope you enjoyed the other great videos we showed you. It gave us great hope to know there are so many motivated home, DIY builders out there taking on these ambitious projects in their shops. We can all watch and learn from Louis, but only the smallest portion of us will actually attempt to build a boat. And we want you to know it’s not that unachievable. Why not give something challenging like boatbuilding a try? We will be here for you with your products and project support every step of the way.

Enjoy Episode 15! Heeeeere’s LOUIS!!




15 responses to “Episode 15: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Lou Is Back!

  1. Welcome back Lou, you had us all worried there for a while. It’s such a great privilege to see and hear you work, many thanks, Keith.

  2. It is interesting to see the flex in the building form. I am surprised it does not create a problem during the build. As all your videos this is most enjoyable. Thank you

  3. Lou, As always I am loving your building skills and creative solutions to every problem. I do wish my block plane worked as well as yours! You must have some sharpening tricks. Can you share in a future video?

    I used UHMW on my sailboat as a slide surface for my companionway hatch. After a few years the UHMW started getting hard and cracking. I am wondering if your ribs will be open to daylight or if you have a plan to protect the polyethylene from the UV / sunlight.

  4. “music to one’s ears”……a block plane on the edge ! Thanks Lou. Coffee never tasted better while watching your videos.

  5. Good to see you, Lou. Why the combination of nails and screws? The screws are much better at holding than the nails and just as easy to remove. Also, the video shows that sometimes flat washers were used and at other times they were omitted. What is that about?

  6. Very interesting Lou. You are a fine craftsman . I have built a number of boats myself here in Alaska and learn something from you at each episode . I am skeptical about the uhmw frames because sleds I have used this material on must be protected from the sun. It is amazing material however.

  7. Hi Lou. So glad that you are back. Selfishly because I so enjoy listening to you and watching you do your magic. But more to know that you are feeling well enough to be up and about and doing what you love to do. Glad you are feeling better.
    John Clemons

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