Video of the Week: Replacing a Transom on a Boston Whaler

Andy Miller from Boatworks Today YouTube show always makes boat repairs look easy and straightforward. But as boat owners, we know otherwise. You can count on Andy to show you a few shortcuts to simplify complicated jobs, like this transom replacement on a 25-foot Boston Whaler. With the right tools, a good plan and proper … Read More


Independence, Boating & Summer Photo Contest

Today is a day to reflect on our freedom. Freedom to think and speak as you like. Freedom to be a power boater or a sailor or maybe a jet-skier or kiteboarder. Maybe you like wooden boats – maybe you like steel – maybe you like fiberglass. We love all boats and we are happy … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 26 – The Wooden Boat Show

The Wooden Boat Show brought together Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde with many of his fans. The TotalBoat Sport Dory greeted people at the door and attracted new followers who admired her beautiful lines and marveled at her plastic frames.  In Episode 26, come and follow Lou around the grounds of the Wooden Boat … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Neighbor’s Kids

TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, recently emailed us to share the news of his latest self-built boat, once again completed in his basement. This time, Richard was assisting, or maybe directing, as the neighbor and his son were about to learn the ins and outs of building your own boat. Richard shares some photos and his … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 24

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is looking pretty sporty with her second binder strake attached. In today’s video, Lou shows us a revolutionary solution to a problem he was having clamping the pattern and the planking onto the boat. Using an aluminum bracket that he is attaching to the sides of the molds, Lou has created a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Fastening the Binder Strake

We’re back with another episode of the TotalBoat Sport Dory build. Our master shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, is working to shape and fasten the binder strake on the Dory. Using his block plane and everyone’s favorite, the electric planer, Lou expertly matches the bevel of this new plank and slides it into place so that he … Read More


Ship Saws and Boat Builds

Many of our salty, sawdust encrusted friends who are building backyard boats have discovered that a piece of equipment that is paramount to a successful boat build is the ship saw.  Unlike a regular band saw, which has a table that can be set at different angles, with a ship saw, the whole thing tilts while the … Read More


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