A Fiberglass Fix for the Foredeck

Andy Miller is back on the foredeck of his Bertram Moppie that is in the midst of it’s second (or more) restoration. Andy is an expert and he knows enough to have doubts about the structural integrity of the deck surrounding the forward hatch. The best repair is one that will last for the rest … Read More


Framing and Upcycling with Acorn to Arabella

The Atkins ketch Arabella has rounded a corner in her “from-the-ground-up construction. As of this week, Arabella is fully framed, with all of the individual frames steamed and bent into their permanent home. Steve and Alix have been busy arranging for this part of the build as they await a donation of white cedar which … Read More


Small Boat Restoration: One Sailfish at a Time

TotalBoat Ambassadors, Kent and Audrey Lewis, go the extra mile when working in their tiny, cramped boat shop out back. It’s less that the shop is too small and more that it’s occupied by the amazing amount of boats and projects being refurbished or constructed  by the industrious couple. They are as official as it … Read More


Paul Jackman’s Life-Sized Nutcracker

TotalBoat Ambassador and savage woodworker, Paul Jackman, rarely does things in minimal fashion. Paul tends to go big – to “Jackman Size” his pieces, like the massive box cutter he made and now his latest build, a life-sized Nutcracker. Never shying away from labor intensive or complicated projects, Paul’s recent build was a true labor … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Sea Dreamer Project

Have you been over to the SeaDreamer Project’s YouTube Channel? Policeman turned Boat Builder, Scott Smith, has been busy building a 41-foot Diesel Duck Trawler for the past two years in his backyard boat shed. As a novice boat builder, Scott has spent these years learning as he goes, finding success and unforeseen challenges, too … Read More


Jackman’s Wavy Segmented Bowl (with Epoxy!)

It was fun to entertain our newest TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, last week. Paul was doing a New England tour, visiting his old stomping grounds of Rhode Island, and stopping off to see Grandma and some nearby family. We convinced Paul to join us for our weekly Shop Night and told him to invite some fellow … Read More


Holiday Making and Gifting with Epoxy

We were excited to discover that a few of our maker friends created holiday gifts using TotalBoat Epoxy. When TotalBoat Ambassadors Evan and Katelyn decided to team up with fellow YouTube Maker, David Picciuto from Make Something TV, resin crafting and creating was in full swing and the holiday spirit only added to the creativity. Check … Read More


Finishing the Frames with Acorn to Arabella

  Progress is steady in the Massachusetts backyard boatshop where Arabella is steadily looking more and more ‘yachty’ by the day. With every frame that is installed comes an easier view of the long sweeping sides that will soon bear planks.  But before planking can begin, this boatbuilding and video making duo must first prepare … Read More


Video of the Week: Steaming Frames for Arabella

Alix and Steve are building Arabella in their backyard and it’s no small task. They’re arguably at one of the most critical stages of their build, steam bending and installing frames, and like all the other tasks they take on, they have done serious research in advance.  Because this is such a monumental moment in … Read More


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