Acorn to Arabella: Testing Epoxies

When we got the call from the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders about their Resorcinol problems, we wanted to help out. We’ve been supporting the boatbuilding duo since they started by offering supplies and support, so we were, of course, happy to oblige them by shipping them a variety of epoxies to test out.  We know … Read More


Third Coast Boat Building: Chine Logs and Scarfing Sides

Chris Schoenberg from Third Coast Craftsman YouTube Channel is up at his shop in Michigan making great progress on his fly fishing boat. He’s planing the chine log on his skiff using a power plane and his #6 hand plane. Using cardboard, Chris makes a pattern for the Okume plywood he will have to fit … Read More


Gone Cruising: Meet the Spoondrifters

Todd and Tammy Smith have purchased a hurricane-damaged 1981 Morgan 462. This ketch-rigged sailboat will be their home, their school and their vehicle to take their family on a round-the-world voyage. But first, they have to fix it and bring it back to sailing condition. They have a lot of work to do and not … Read More


Jackman Works: The Perfect DIY Adirondack Chair

TotalBoat Ambassador Paul Jackman is determined to share his clever – maybe even revolutionary – woodworking designs and plans with the world. If he’s not collecting pallets to upcycle into woodworking masterpieces, you can count on him using some cool wood he salvaged to make something useful. Kind of like the Epoxy Resin Screwdriver that … Read More


More Tank Talk with the Sea Dreamer Project

There seems to be a lot of interest in discussing the do’s and don’ts of building plywood and epoxy diesel and water tanks. The conversation continues this week as back yard boat builder, Scott Smith, shows us how he is building his Diesel Duck’s fuel tanks. Scott isn’t worried – in fact, he’s confident in … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: A Fly Fishing Drift Boat

  Woodworker and avid fly fisherman, Chris Schoenberg of Third Coast Craftsman, is building himself a hybrid drift boat. He’s combining two designs to build himself a drifter that he can attach a motor to, expanding his options for boating on rivers and lakes in his home state of Michigan. Chris starts his first wooden … Read More


Sea Dreamer Project: Building Plywood and Epoxy Diesel Tanks

Scott Smith hadn’t built a boat when he started constructing his own 41′ full displacement trawler. But he knows a thing or two about building as an avid woodworker, so he’s confident in his decision to build his backyard trawler with plywood and epoxy fuel tanks. This is NOT an option for storing gasoline, but … Read More


TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube, specifically, has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There … Read More


The Deeper The Better: Making with Diresta

An old friend of the Maker Godfather, Jimmy Diresta, once said “There’s more than one way to build a boat,” and so he used plastic for a wooden boat’s frames and made makeshift steaming bags so that his wood could be bent in place. Convention has no place in the workshops of Louis Sauzedde and … Read More


Video: The Making of Jackman’s Giant Epoxy Screwdriver

Our email to you last week promised a video to follow up and show the ingenious process used by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, in the making of his giant epoxy screwdriver. Rotocasting his resin parts using our super clear High-Performance Epoxy Resin, Paul was able to avoid showing any lines or layers of the epoxy. He … Read More


Pouring a Giant Epoxy Screwdriver – Part 1

We know you like boats better than river tables and epoxy art. We’re curating our best videos to share with you here, in hopes of showing you some interesting and often times advanced techniques being used by makers, craftsmen and boaters, too. This week we share Part 1 of TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman‘s making of … Read More


Fairing A Fiberglass Deck

With ample time, polyresin and fiberglass applied to the foredeck, Andy Miller’s Bertram Moppie is well on its way to becoming a better boat. The next steps are sanding, filling and fairing the fiberglass weave using an ample coating of TotalFair and the Flexisander Fairing Board. In only two coats of fairing compound, Andy is able … Read More


Restoring Tally Ho: An Update from the Boatyard

We’re back on the West Coast in Washington State where experienced boat builder and sailor, Leo Goolden is completely restoring an older English Channel Cutter. “Tally Ho.”  Leo knew he had a big project on his hands but wasn’t planning on reframing the whole boat – a project he is halfway through. He is relying … Read More


Boatbuilding with Thixo Flex

Back inside Andy Miller’s Boatworks Today boat shop in Wisconsin and the upstate NY boat shed of Scott Smith and his Sea Dreamer Project, are two men hard at work on their dreams. Both dream of warmer days and nights on their boats that will have been lovingly restored in Andy’s case, and home- built … Read More


Filling Screw Holes with Thickened Epoxy

Andy Miller of the Boatworks Today YouTube channel is back on board his Bertram Moppie today with some advice about how to best fill old screw holes that either need to disappear or might be better off re-drilled and reset. This tends to be a challenge that almost every boat owner will face when you … Read More