Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

With the TotalBoat Sport Dory done and waiting for a nice fall day to show off her rowing prowess (next week!), Lou is back at the workbench, but this time he’s making some adjustments and showing us how it’s done on a brand new Ryobi Planer. The electric planer is a staple in Lou’s toolbox, … Read More


Organizations We Support: Youth Summer Boatbuilding School

For over 40 years, Jamestown Distributors has been helping people love their boats more. Whether it’s about helping the handy DIY owner tackle a tough project – or if it’s helping the novice build their first boat, we have a soft spot for helping out those who share our passion for boats, and for building, and making … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 35 – Varnishing

With only a few steps remaining, today Lou applies TotalBoat Wood Sealer and Gleam 2.0 varnish to the guards of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou has suspended the boat upside down so that he doesn’t have to fight drips and drops on the interior wood of the dory, which he plans to oil, and not … Read More


Episode 28: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back for Episode 28 in his series on Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory. With a fresh coat of Penetrating Epoxy applied to protect the wood, Lou gets to work making the bow stem. By laminating the wooden pieces for the stem using our TotalBoat High Performance 2:1 Epoxy, Lou shapes the glued pieces … Read More


Walking the WoodenBoat Show with Lou – Part 2

Part 2 of Louis Sauzedde’s walk around the WoodenBoat Show brings you along for a row on the Mystic River. It’s Lou’s first time being on the waters off of Mystic Seaport, and his first row in years. Again, Lou finds inspiration in the many great hulls and DIY builds at the boat show as … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 26 – The Wooden Boat Show

The Wooden Boat Show brought together Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde with many of his fans. The TotalBoat Sport Dory greeted people at the door and attracted new followers who admired her beautiful lines and marveled at her plastic frames.  In Episode 26, come and follow Lou around the grounds of the Wooden Boat … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Neighbor’s Kids

TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, recently emailed us to share the news of his latest self-built boat, once again completed in his basement. This time, Richard was assisting, or maybe directing, as the neighbor and his son were about to learn the ins and outs of building your own boat. Richard shares some photos and his … Read More


Louis and the TotalBoat Sport Dory are Back!

Episode 22 finds Louis Sauzedde back in the Open Door Boatshop where he is fitting a binder strake to the TotalBoat Sport Dory. With some hollowing, planing, and adjusting, Lou adds this latest plank to the dory with some extra tricks for getting a super tight fit to the bow stem and to the existing plank.  … Read More


Video of the Week: Sea Dreamer’s Transom, Frames & A Name!

Today for our backyard boat shop tour, we’re back inside the boat shed of Scott Smith and the Sea Dreamer Project, a home built “Diesel Duck” trawler. Like many of our other favorite YouTube boatbuilders, Scott is finishing up the keel timbers and is excited to finally be adding parts that make his project resemble, well … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Keel Timber

It was such a pleasure to host the Acorn to Arabella filmmaking boatbuilders at our Tent Sale a few weeks ago. They were perfect guests, entertaining our customers who were intrigued by their planing work and their amazing story of backyard boatbuilding. They have made excellent progress, considering there is no boat being built quite yet, … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 20

If you can’t make it next Saturday the 14th to our Annual Tent Sale to meet Louis Sauzedde and see the Dory in progress, then we really hope you’ll tune in to watch Lou apply a special kevlar/carbon combo weave onto the bottom of the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Again, reaching for the TotalBoat 2:1 epoxy … Read More


Video of the Week: Acorn to Arabella Moves Their 4.5 ton Keel

Of course, the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, had a plan when they poured their nearly 9000-pound lead keel into plywood molds in the ground. The plan was: figure out a way to move it. These ingenious men had no doubt they could move the lead to the crib built in their boathouse. … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: How They Safely Poured A Lead Keel

There was an amazing buzz after we shared the Acorn to Arabella video of the two talented boatbuilding buddies doing some hard thinking about how to safely pour themselves a nearly 9000-pound lead keel for their Atkins ketch. Because Steve and Alix are building in their backyard, they have to be extra resourceful and thorough … Read More


The Ice Man Shreddeth

Today, we welcome guest blog star and TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen. Brock lives on Martha’s Vineyard and sails all over the globe. But his heart thumps fastest when he’s going as fast as possible on water – be it the warm, wavy kind – or more recently, this hard and icy variety. Read all about … Read More