Summer 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Once again you all have treated us to a bounty of amazing images that let us peek into your workshops and see what you’ve been working on. There were so many inspiring submissions and some amazing accomplishments, and as is typically the case – we could not choose just one winner – so we chose … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Garboard Plank

It’s been a few years in the making and many more in the dreaming stages, but Arabella is finally ready for her first and most important plank – the garboard plank. This plank is of particular importance because it is the first plank laid and it ties the frames down to the centerline. This is … Read More


More Tank Talk with the Sea Dreamer Project

There seems to be a lot of interest in discussing the do’s and don’ts of building plywood and epoxy diesel and water tanks. The conversation continues this week as back yard boat builder, Scott Smith, shows us how he is building his Diesel Duck’s fuel tanks. Scott isn’t worried – in fact, he’s confident in … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: A Fly Fishing Drift Boat

  Woodworker and avid fly fisherman, Chris Schoenberg of Third Coast Craftsman, is building himself a hybrid drift boat. He’s combining two designs to build himself a drifter that he can attach a motor to, expanding his options for boating on rivers and lakes in his home state of Michigan. Chris starts his first wooden … Read More


Sea Dreamer Project: Building Plywood and Epoxy Diesel Tanks

Scott Smith hadn’t built a boat when he started constructing his own 41′ full displacement trawler. But he knows a thing or two about building as an avid woodworker, so he’s confident in his decision to build his backyard trawler with plywood and epoxy fuel tanks. This is NOT an option for storing gasoline, but … Read More


Collective Wisdom from TotalBoat Ambassadors

If you are one of the many customers who are missing our favorite shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, rest easy. Lou is alive and well and working on his next big thing. Lucky for us and for you, we have been working with Lou for years and as such have a great collection of videos he’s made … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

The backyard boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, are more than ready to move on to planking Arabella. It’s been years of precise measuring, cutting and planning to get them to this stage, and they are not rushing it. They are taking the time to be fully prepared for this next big step that will take weeks … Read More


Handrails and Hatches with the Salvation Navy

When you’re given a winter season to haul your boat and get into and underneath all the systems, it’s a great time to look at what’s failing and rethink how to make things better. Such is the luck for Matt Cline who feels smarter this season and is using his knowledge to update some repairs … Read More


Sea Dreamer Project: Installing Plywood Bulkheads

TotalBoat Ambassador, Scott Smith, is among our squad of backyard boatbuilders who are making great progress on their wooden boat builds. Scott has poured all of his time and energy into getting the George Buehler designed Diesel Duck trawler to this point, and he’s not stopping now! Using a boatload of Thixo and TotalBoat Traditional … Read More


TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube, specifically, has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Milestones & A Celebration!

We loved hosting Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella when they came to Rhody recently for the JD Tent Sale. Customers and fans were excited to meet the busy boatbuilding duo and lend a hand and some muscle making rivets with them under the tent. The YouTube celebrities will have much to celebrate at … Read More


Meet Acorn to Arabella Stars Tomorrow at the JD Tent Sale

Tomorrow, come by the Annual JD Tent Sale for a boatload of great deals on spring commissioning products – but stick around for the entertainment in the tent.  Backyard Boat Building TotalBoat Ambassadors, Steve and Alix from the Acorn to Arabella YouTube series, will be with us for the day. We are excited they will … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest Entries – Photo Album

In our post a few Fridays ago, we shared our Photo Contest winners with you. And with a resounding “WHY???” you asked, must we post the photo album on our Facebook Page. The simple answer is that this blog space doesn’t do a good job of sharing photo albums. Sharing them on Facebook widens the … Read More


Boatworks Today: Fixing the Helm Station

Boatwright and YouTuber, Andy Miller, left a lot of people wondering how he would repair the holes in his fiberglass helm station. He wants to reconfigure the layout of his instruments and electronics and needed to start with a clean surface that would allow him to drill new holes wherever they fit best, without being … Read More


Boatworks Today: Final Sanding of the Foredeck

Back in Andy Miller’s Boatworks Today boat shop, it’s likely no surprise to see him again up on the bow of his Bertram Moppie. With a few coats of TotalBoat’s TotalFair epoxy based filling and fairing compound, Andy is ready to do the final sanding work and prepare the surface for finish coats of primer and … Read More