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


Building a Canoe with Jimmy Diresta

Woodworking superstar Jimmy Diresta has just completed building his first ever wood strip canoe. Built on a mold that he cut with his CNC machine, Diresta confesses to being “schooled” on this project, challenging his many finely honed woodworking skills and calling on some new ones, as well. Using fiberglass and epoxy resin together for the … 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


Video: Fixing and Fairing the Transom on a Boston Whaler

We were thrilled to hear that YouTubing boat repair superstar, Andy Miller, has decided that making his videos full-time is the new direction for Andy’s “Boatworks Today” YouTube channel.  In this recent video, Andy shows us how he completed the repair on the Boston Whaler patrol boat he has been working on. He is close … 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


Boatbuilding -LIVE NOW! On the TotalBoat Workshop Web Cam

It’s been a while since we have had something worth showing you from our Live Web Camera in the TotalBoat Workshop. But since you were all so riveted by the Vela Restoration that we did a few years ago in the workshop, we thought you might like to see what we’re up to now – … Read More


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 … 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


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Topside Paint

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is very close to completion and after today’s video, it looks ready to row!  Louis sanded down the 2-Part Epoxy Primer and is now ready to apply a thinned coat of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint. The secret is finding the right consistency for your project so that the paint flows … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 32 Priming the Dory

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is finally ready for some paint and today Lou will show us how he prepped the surface of the dory’s bottom before priming. Using TotalBoat’s TotalFair fairing compound, Lou filled in the weave on the carbon/ kevlar cloth on his bottom and gave himself a nice smooth and fair surface to … Read More


Meet “Miss-Behavin!”

A favorite JD Customer of ours recently was awarded the 2018 WoodenBoat Show Concours de Elegance-Professionally Built- Human Powered– Best in Show award. We were at the show and found their boat to be ingenious, especially knowing it’s a human-powered boat unlike any other we’ve seen. Have a look!  


Summer 2018 Photo Contest Winners

BEST PHOTO Montgomery Bauman We again had to choose more than one customer photo to win our Summer Photo Contest. Nearly every entry was worthy of winning something – but we had to settle on three and chose a winner in three categories: Best Photo (it is a photo contest, after all), Best Restoration and … Read More