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


Video(s) of the Week: A Whole Lot Of LOU!

Calling all fans of our resident shipwright, Louis Sauzedde. While Lou is taking a break to catch up with the TotalBoat Sport Dory building this week, we are taking you back to check out our collection of How-To Videos featuring Louis. We have been working with Louis and his video team for years and while … Read More


Patching a Hole in Fiberglass

TotalBoat Ambassadors Kent and Audrey Lewis from Small Boat Restoration in Florida did a great blog post about how to patch a hole in fiberglass. These pesky holes happen from time to time when boats are hit or damaged and a large hole is left in your otherwise smooth fiberglass hull. There is an “easy” … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 7

  Louis Sauzedde, our favorite master shipwright, promises that the strongback he built for the TotalBoat Sport Dory can support not only his weight, but also the weight of the 3 layers of plywood he is cutting for the dory’s false bottom. Lou mixes in a great tip on how to make a perfect scarf … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 5

In episode 5 we can see that the Sport Dory is starting to take shape – as in, we can see the shape of the boat by the end! In this episode, Lou begins the assembly of his production Dory jig using the sections he created in the last episode. The molds each have two … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 3

In Episode 3, Lou is getting into the math and measurements that will determine the shape and size of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. By using and transferring measurements from the table of offsets that he created, he is able to loft the dory at full size right on his temporary table, so he won’t have … Read More


Episode 2: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Episode 2 finds Lou at a bigger lumber yard that he refers to as more of a “production” yard where he is seeking more White Oak for the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Last week’s band mill was much smaller than this week’s rotary mill where Lou continues to find the perfect pieces of lumber for his … Read More