TotalBoat Gear for the Holidays

Belts and hats and tees and more for the TotalBoat enthusiast or You can be a star this holiday for wearing or gifting a TotalBoat belt, hat or tee. Many of you are familiar with the TotalBoat belt, worn by Lou in the Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory series. Lou’s belt gets a lot of … Read More


Episode 10 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is switching things up this week and stepping away from the Dory mold to start steam bending the wood for the stem. It’s going to be made out of a nice piece of seasoned white oak that he is going to compression steam bend.  He’s using standard 6mil poly and will pull the piece of … Read More


Episode 9: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back and he’s ready to get to work! With our jig complete, it’s time to start building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Lou starts by planing down the edge of the first layer of cedar bottom.  Using an electric plane and then a block plane, Lou continues the progressive bevel from the mold up … Read More


Louis Sauzedde: Tomorrow Night 10/19 at Herreshoff Marine Museum

  “Tips From a Shipwright” with Louis Sauzedde & Halsey Fulton  October 19th, 2017 6:00 PM – TOMORROW NIGHT!  Come join Louis Sauzedde for an evening of Tips from a Shipwright. With over 55 working years as a professional shipwright under his rope-belt, Louis Sauzedde has a lifetime of knowledge when it comes to building … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 7

  Louis Sauzedde, our favorite master shipwright, promises that the strongback he built for the TotalBoat Sport Dory can support not only his weight, but also the weight of the 3 layers of plywood he is cutting for the dory’s false bottom. Lou mixes in a great tip on how to make a perfect scarf … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 5

In episode 5 we can see that the Sport Dory is starting to take shape – as in, we can see the shape of the boat by the end! In this episode, Lou begins the assembly of his production Dory jig using the sections he created in the last episode. The molds each have two … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 4

  Lou is getting his hands dirty in Episode 4 as he tackles the important job of converting his table of offsets, to actual cuts on pieces of wood he is using to construct the stations for the dory. The stations will form the mold that his beautiful planks, sourced in episodes 1 and 2, … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 3

In Episode 3, Lou is getting into the math and measurements that will determine the shape and size of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. By using and transferring measurements from the table of offsets that he created, he is able to loft the dory at full size right on his temporary table, so he won’t have … Read More


Episode 2: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Episode 2 finds Lou at a bigger lumber yard that he refers to as more of a “production” yard where he is seeking more White Oak for the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Last week’s band mill was much smaller than this week’s rotary mill where Lou continues to find the perfect pieces of lumber for his … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 1

Calling all Louis Sauzedde super fans, boat builders, tinkerers, hobbyists, sailors, rowers, woodworkers and dreamers!  Season 2, Episode 1 of Louis Sauzedde’s new series, Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, is here, to once again grace your inbox every Friday. This time though, the Tips from a Shipwright star of the TotalBoat Skiff build video series, is sourcing Atlantic White … Read More


Video: Tips from Louis on Calking with Cotton

  There’s just one more week until Louis Sauzedde’s next boatbuilding series begins, entitled Building the TotalBoat Dory. (launching here on August 25th) But Lou is not sitting idle in the meantime – he has been busy working on a Herreshoff 14 in his shop, when he’s not pouring over Dory designs, that is. The … Read More


Video of the Week: Lou’s Intro to Dory Designs

We know you are counting down the days until Lou and the next great boat building project and video series get underway. We are too, and to prime you for the occasion, we give you this little overview from Lou of dory designs. As he pours over many popular dory designs already penned, he considers … Read More


Videos for Boaters

Happy Friday! We thought we would take a break from the Vela video series to remind you of all of the video work we do to offer you great boating tips and techniques with our weekly video offerings. Whether it’s the Tips From A shipwright Series with Louis Sauzedde, the Vela Restoration series going on … Read More