Video of the Week: Making A New Hatch from a Mold

We’ve been busy touring you around cool backyard boat builders who are cranking out massive projects that most of you likely enjoy watching because let’s be honest, you won’t likely ever have to muscle a lead ballast keel into place, or approximate the amount of live oak needed to rebuild your historic sailing yacht. With … Read More


Video of the Week: Sea Dreamer’s Transom, Frames & A Name!

Today for our backyard boat shop tour, we’re back inside the boat shed of Scott Smith and the Sea Dreamer Project, a home built “Diesel Duck” trawler. Like many of our other favorite YouTube boatbuilders, Scott is finishing up the keel timbers and is excited to finally be adding parts that make his project resemble, well … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Keel Timber

It was such a pleasure to host the Acorn to Arabella filmmaking boatbuilders at our Tent Sale a few weeks ago. They were perfect guests, entertaining our customers who were intrigued by their planing work and their amazing story of backyard boatbuilding. They have made excellent progress, considering there is no boat being built quite yet, … Read More


How Grain Makes Wooden Surfboards

The Grain Surfboards team have been great customers of ours, buying epoxy and many consumables from JD to help with their surfboard building program. You can order yourself a ready to ride surfboard, or get your hands dirty building your own custom creation at one of their many workshops. And we think if you like building wooden boats or admiring them, that you’ll be an automatic … Read More


Supporting Stevens Institute Students Solar [Total]Boat Competition

    When the students from Stevens Institute of Technology reached out to ask if TotalBoat would sponsor their 2nd Solar Boat entry in the Solar Splash competition, we knew this was a great opportunity to help this motivated group of students.  We can see this talented group making it to the finals with their lighter hull and … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 20

If you can’t make it next Saturday the 14th to our Annual Tent Sale to meet Louis Sauzedde and see the Dory in progress, then we really hope you’ll tune in to watch Lou apply a special kevlar/carbon combo weave onto the bottom of the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Again, reaching for the TotalBoat 2:1 epoxy … Read More


Come to the 2nd Annual JD Customer Boat Show

Last April, prior to our Annual Tent Sale, we had the thought that our customers would enjoy seeing the fruits of each other’s labors by inviting local boatbuilding customers to our first ever Customer Boat Show. We recruited 5 busy customers, who were eager to show up and share their boats with the crowd that dreary … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest: What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On This Winter? Share your winter project photos and tell us about it for a chance to win a $50 JD credit! In the workshop or out, in progress or all done, tell us about your labor of love. Instructions:  Attach your high-resolution photo to an email. (One photo per email, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: How They Safely Poured A Lead Keel

There was an amazing buzz after we shared the Acorn to Arabella video of the two talented boatbuilding buddies doing some hard thinking about how to safely pour themselves a nearly 9000-pound lead keel for their Atkins ketch. Because Steve and Alix are building in their backyard, they have to be extra resourceful and thorough … Read More


Episode 16: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – The Bottom

  It’s time to put the bottom of TotalBoat Sport Dory together, but before Lou can do that, he has to get everything set up properly. The idea is that he’s going to layup everything at once, the two layers of bottom with the carbon fiber in between. You’ll remember Lou had glued the second … Read More


Episode 15: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Lou Is Back!

  He’s back! Lou has been under the weather, but he’s better and we are so glad he’s back and ready to carry on building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  In episode 15, Lou attaches the first garboard plank.  The first step is to apply some Totalboat 5:1 Epoxy Resin with the slow hardener to the … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Playing with Lead

  As we patiently wait for Lou Sauzedde’s return (APB! LOU IS OK! He will be back very soon – we promise!)  we have been excited to follow along with the Acorn to Arabella crew who are furiously working on the ballast keel for their boatbuilding project. These motivated youth have made great headway on … Read More


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