Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 3

With Vela’s cabin house and deck fully removed, leaving only the deck flange and cockpit, Dan Shea is ready to construct, fit and glue in the deck beams that will support the new deck and house. Carlins, the longitudinal structural beams, are also fitted to bulkheads and to the side deck beams and Dan gives us … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 1

When Mike Zani’s 1965 classic sailboat, the Graves Constellation, “Vela,” rolled into the TotalBoat Workshop we knew we had a great video series about to unfold right before our eyes. Welcome to video 1 in the series on restoring this beautiful keelboat. It’s a project that was too big for experienced yachtsman, Zani, who had previously … Read More


Listen: Around the Buoy Podcast

One of our favorite customers, Carter from East Passage Boatwrights, was excited to tell us about the new podcast he has been working on. Around the Buoy is in its infancy, but it’s quickly becoming popular amongst Carter’s customers, and he has some pretty awesome boats and clients on his list.  The monthly podcast features … Read More


Teaching Small Boats with Joe Youcha (& TWSBA Conference)

The March 2017 JD Catalog featured a boatbuilding legend worth sharing again (and in more depth) here on the blog roll. Joe Youcha has spread the art & enjoyment of boatbuilding to more humans than most of us will ever understand, and the curriculum he has built is responsible for also generating enthusiasm in the educational process that … Read More


Getting Busy at Shop Night

Shop Night has been extra busy these last few weeks and last night was no exception. The extra energy must come from the buzz around the call center, the JD store, on the website and in the back of the increasingly busy warehouse.  Boaters are waking up and getting ready to get the boat ready. Shop … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Hardware

It must be almost springtime in New England, because Lou Sauzedde is thinking about dock lines and cleats for the TotalBoat Work Skiff. As the skiff nears completion, and before the paint is applied, it’s a great time to sort out where the important hardware will go so the finishing brush strokes are tight. Lou – … Read More


Scott Roberts: DIY Boatbuilder

Customer Scott Roberts’ Home-Built Candlefish 13  Scott Roberts Location: Houston, TX (and Harpswell, ME) JD customer since: 2013 Summer 2016 TotalBoat Photo Contest Winner and March 2017 JD Catalog featured customer story  Scott Roberts has always loved boats and being on the water. He grew up sailing Hobie Cats and Sunfish, and spent several summers … Read More