Boatbuilding For YouTube

   As we await Lou’s return to the TotalBoat Sport Dory series (he’ll be back – we promise!), we have been enjoying finding, watching and promoting the fine boatbuilding skills and accomplishments of others who endeavor to also build a great boat in front of cameras for the internet!  There are plenty of boatbuilders out … Read More


Building Sea Dreamer

As you know, we’re suckers for backyard boatbuilders taking on these massive boat construction endeavors. Many of these builders are blogging, photographing and filming the whole process for us on YouTube. So we were thrilled to find a kindred spirit to Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella, with Scott Smith, a talented hobbyist woodworker … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Treasures from the Past

We’re back in Western Mass with Alix and Steve, the motived boatbuilding duo from Acorn to Arabella who are building their “dream boat,” an Atkins ketch, to be named, of course, Arabella. We loved their latest episodes, wherein they pick apart their newly acquired, tired old Atkins sailboat, Victoria. After carting her back to their … Read More


Happy New Year from TotalBoat

It was our best year yet and we have you, our awesome customers, to thank. Here’s to an even better 2018! Let us know how we can help make your boating and building dreams come true. We are here for you with live support M-F, how-to’s and videos galore. Thanks for your continued support. We … Read More


Episode 14 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

  This a big moment in the TotalBoat Sport Dory build, because in this weeks episode Lou will be gluing the plastic frames into the first layer of bottom.  The frames are made of UHMW plastic, which is very strong, but still bendable. Watch Lou’s latest in Episode 14 as the Dory starts to come … Read More


Episode 13: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Welcome back to Lou’s boat shop and to Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou is working on the transom, slowly and precisely adjusting the fit and bevel of the sides and bottom of the wood to fit the false bottom.  Using his electric and block planers, he moves slowly to get the … Read More


Episode 12: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We’re back with some holiday cheer for you in the way of some Louis Sauzedde that we are certain you’ve been missing.  Step back into the Open Door Boatshop and watch as Lou gets ready to install the stem on our TotalBoat Sport Dory.  You’ll remember a few weeks back, Lou steamed the first stem piece … Read More


He’s Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff!

When boatbuilder, Louis Sauzedde, was beginning the build of the TotalBoat Work Skiff, he hoped for an audience who would follow along and eventually, hopefully, build their own skiff. This could be accomplished, Lou believed, without plans for building, and by watching the 38 episode YouTube series. The series documented his build in great detail … Read More


Restoring Vela: Gone Sailing – The Final Episode

We can’t help but reflect back on this time last winter when the Graves Constellation, Vela was undergoing a full restoration in the TotalBoat Workshop.  It was an impressive undertaking with a highly skilled team, and being able to witness it and document the project was both educational and inspirational for us, and we hope for … Read More


Episode 10 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is switching things up this week and stepping away from the Dory mold to start steam bending the wood for the stem. It’s going to be made out of a nice piece of seasoned white oak that he is going to compression steam bend.  He’s using standard 6mil poly and will pull the piece of … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Steaming & Laminating Timbers

The response was overwhelming with admiration and awe for the backyard boatbuilders, Steve and Alix, from the Acorn to Arabella video series. We thought you might love another episode of Acorn to Arabella, as we take another break to let Louis and his video team get caught up.  As Steve and Alix pour over drawings … Read More


Episode 9: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back and he’s ready to get to work! With our jig complete, it’s time to start building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Lou starts by planing down the edge of the first layer of cedar bottom.  Using an electric plane and then a block plane, Lou continues the progressive bevel from the mold up … Read More


Boatbuilding from Scratch: Meet ‘Acorn to Arabella’

We got to meet with the insanely motivated 2-man crew of “Acorn to Arabella” last week and we think, like us, that you’ll appreciate what they have to share with the boatbuilding world. The young duo started filming their YouTube series “Acorn to Arabella” about a year and a half ago and they have been … Read More


Episode 8 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

In Episode 8 of Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, Lou continues with the building of the all-important jig that the Sport Dory itself will be built upon. In the last episode, Lou showed us how to size and cut the pieces of the three layer “false bottom” that will be used on this jig, and … Read More