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


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


Photo Contest – Winter Boating Projects From Your Workshop

Thanks to all of you hard working boat lovers who sent us your great winter boating projects going on inside your workshops. We have received many awesome submissions and want to share them with you all as well.  Scroll through and check out the great work being done on boats big and small, power and … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Sourcing the Breast Hook

Lou Asked and A Fan Answered  Lou Sauzedde’s Q&A video helped him to locate fan who had a perfect piece of tree to harvest and cut for the breast hook of the work skiff. Follow Lou into the woods of Eastern New York in episode 25 as he selects his timber and helps his new favorite fan mill it … Read More


Burr Brothers in Marion, MA. – State of the Art Boating Services

Long time TotalBoat customers from Marion, MA, Burr Brothers Boats Inc, has been caring for and maintaining boats since 1947. Located at the head of Sippican Harbor in Marion Massachusetts, they have developed a reputation as one of the best full service marinas in Buzzards Bay. With a brand new state-of-the-art paint booth facility, Burr … Read More