Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Topside Paint

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is very close to completion and after today’s video, it looks ready to row!  Louis sanded down the 2-Part Epoxy Primer and is now ready to apply a thinned coat of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint. The secret is finding the right consistency for your project so that the paint flows … Read More


Meet “Miss-Behavin!”

A favorite JD Customer of ours recently was awarded the 2018 WoodenBoat Show Concours de Elegance-Professionally Built- Human Powered– Best in Show award. We were at the show and found their boat to be ingenious, especially knowing it’s a human-powered boat unlike any other we’ve seen. Have a look!  


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


Prepare to Launch!

As you work through this nasty spring to prepare your boat for launch day, it’s been our experience that some of the best-laid plans for boating projects don’t always go as expected. Which is why Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat have spent years building a library of helpful How-To videos to help you get your important boating … Read More


Always Telling You What To Do

Have you noticed the soft, witty voice behind our TotalBoat.com product descriptions?  We’re guessing not. But we think that it’s worth pointing out to you because our product description writer, Annette, works hard to make them not only as informative as possible, but also as entertaining as possible.  The mission of Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat … 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


Waterlust: Painting the TearDrop Trailer – and Evacuating!

  When Waterlust filmed this latest video, they were adoring the “glorious weather” in Miami. As you read this, the team has evacuated with their newly painted Teardrop camper in tow, and they headed north – away from the dangerous Hurricane Irma that was bearing down on Miami. Good thing they got all their finishes … Read More


Restoring Vela: Episode 10 – Paint and Varnish

With the joinery mostly done and installed, Vela is ready for multiple coats of varnish on her beautiful brightwork, and lots of paint. Using Envy 2-Part varnish, Brendan and the team are able to apply 8 coats of varnish over just 2 days which gets Vela back to the paint booth at Itchiban Yacht Painters … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 7 – Priming

With Vela’s decks and cabin house on and fiberglassed, it’s time to apply primer and get a look at the new surfaces to gauge how much filling and fairing needs to be done. TotalProtect Barrier Coat is used on a number of Vela’s surfaces both above and below the waterline and the team makes quick work … Read More


Video: Lou’s Tips for Painting Your Boat’s Bottom

It’s that time of year for those of us who are not lucky enough to use our boats year round. As you get ready to launch your boat and wonder what to do about that little bit of gelcoat showing on the bottom, or which order to paint all the appendages – then here is … Read More


Video of the Week: Hows & Whys of Barrier Coat

Before you splash your boat, and as you inspect the bottom to prep for application of your seasonal Antifouling paint, take a good look at the condition of the bottom. If you have any bubbles or blisters, if you’ve sanded to or see any exposed fiberglass – then it’s time to step back and remember … Read More


Demos, Deals and Pro Advice at the JD Tent Sale

As spring is closer to being sprung from the depths of an odd winter, the time to dust off the tools and pull back the boat cover has almost arrived. And with that comes the annual work-list of things that need some attention before launching. Typically every list includes bottom paint – and we have … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Painting the Topsides

With a bunch of coats of 2-Part Epoxy Primer rolled onto the work skiff, Lou is anxious to now roll topside paint over the primer.  But not before he does a little more finish work to the cap rails – rounding the forward corners and showing us how they can be used as a chock. It’s … 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: Time to Prime!

With the work skiff looking a lot like a boat that is ready to launch and get to work, it’s time to get to work priming the hull. Lou has filled the holes with TotalFair fairing compound and, once sanded and wiped, is ready to hide them beneath a few coats of Epoxy Primer.  But … Read More