Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Teak Sealer – Episode 36

The day has arrived for TotalBoat Sport Dory – It’s finally completed – and the smile on Lou’s face says it all! Louis has finished the build and he’s shown us some great boatbuilding and woodworking tips along the way, as he’s been known to do.  From the beginning, this dory was meant to challenge conventional boat building by using plastic frames on the hull.  Lou’s used this technique before and today, seeing the completed boat ready to launch, you can believe those frames will continue to do their job for many years to come, just as Lou planned. Enjoy!

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25 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Teak Sealer – Episode 36

  1. Lovely boat Lou!!!!
    One thing that bothers me- While working on “Cygnus” there where some scrapes of rib material laying out and I noticed some UV damage.
    Looking forward to the skiff!

  2. Nice. The darker color brought out by the oil makes it looks like it’s framed on whale bones. Cool. Looking forward to the next project. Always excellent workmanship and an opportunity to learn new things. Cheers!

  3. One way to lower the level of oil or varnish in a can so that it becomes easier to pour is to use a turkey baster. Squeeze the rubber bulb to draw the finish into the polyethylene tube and then put your finger tip over the end to transfer without dripping..

  4. I was thinking of the whalebone motif also. Makes me wonder if the old time whalers ever did use whale bones for structural parts of their boats.

    Great job, Lou!

  5. Hi Lou thanks for the Master class in boatbuilding and woodworking,I’m a Dory nut so I love the boat!! There is one other thing I’ll comment on and that’s your Ability to clearly and effectively communicate to us what you are doing and why,your easy natural manner is great ,it’s no nonsense,honest and humble.Thank you

  6. As much as I have enjoyed the skiff build and now the dory build, I am very excited about the new build. The shape is similar to one I drew in drafting class as a term project back in 1965. I have had a love of skiffs since I was a young boy. I have too many right now. The one I drew was 21 ft and I drew it to have an I/O rather than an outboard. I couldn’t bring myself to put the outboard cutout in an otherwise beautiful curved mahogany transom. Your method of cross planked bottom reminds me of the Huckins yachts and PT boats of long ago. I can’t wait the 3 months!!!

  7. Great series, Lou. I just got my Tips from a Shipwright hat, which I will wear at all the boat shows from now on. Can’t wait to see you out rowing the Dory – beautiful job. I made a pair of oars for my lapstrake dinghy some years ago and found it a real challenge to get them the same weight and balance. I’m looking forward to learning your technique.

  8. Again an excellent presentation. As Mr. Fehn commented above…..”your Ability to clearly and effectively communicate to us what you are doing and why,your easy natural manner is great ,it’s no nonsense,honest and humble….” is so true. You’re an impresario.

  9. Your next boat will be of White Cedar. Where did you source the cedar? I want to build an Adirondack guide boat, using White cedar

  10. Your next boat will be of White Cedar. Where did you source the cedar? I want to build an Adirondack guide boat, using White cedar, if I can find a source.

  11. I’m refurbishing a cedar plank 18′ Peterborough right now. Can’t wait
    for your cedar build. Enjoy your tutorials. Looking forward to more.
    Art 153

  12. Thanks for another great build Lou.
    I get so excited each week waiting for your video do come out.
    I’m looking forward to the next build.
    I have been wanting to build a boat like this for about 20 years. This just might be the inspiration I need to get it going.
    I bought the plans for the console skiff from Glean L about 15 years ago and they have just been sitting in my file cabinet as the stitch and glue method just didn’t appeal to me as much as I thought it would. I enjoy working wood far more than wiring it together. To fill my need for a boat I build a lumber yard skiff to hold me over and its great but it’s a flat bottom and rough on my old bones. It’s time for an upgrade.
    Keep up the great work we love it.


  13. Lou~

    Thanks again for another wonderful series. As others have stated so well above, your natural abilities as a teacher make your work so easy to follow and so useful. I especially appreciate your sharing your thinking that goes into every task. I have learned lots!

    All the best,


  14. I particularly enjoyed the last episode on painting the hull and the oil finish on the inside. The devil’s in the details and too often there is a rush to get done. Nice to see the way you approach the job with new materials from Jamestown folks. In my “bliss” I probably would have tried to varnish . Thanks for the eye-opener.

  15. Great Job from the start and right to the finish! If you get to name the Dory, “Bones” could be a name to reflex her personality!

  16. I know TotalBoat uses other labels or knocks-offs of other products on occasion, so I have to ask. The teak sealer looks a lot like Cetol’s teak product. Is it similar, licensed, or a knock-off of Cetol Natural teak sealer?
    No offense. It is your sponsor after all.

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