Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bronze & Epoxy (Episode 35)

In case you think shipwright Louis Sauzedde isn’t listening to viewer comments – this video will assure you that he is not only listening – but also taking viewer comments to heart. So much so that Lou has removed the plastic hawsepipe that he installed in the skiff and replaced it with a modified bronze … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Applying Lust Varnish

The Open Door Boatshop has been busy this last week. After successfully applying the new Wet Edge Cold Cure Topside paint in Lou’s drafty and mostly unheated shop, he has decided to varnish the covering boards and the rub rail. It’s an instant upgrade to this working boat and will really show off the grain … 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


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


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


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Gunwales

Follow Lou out back to his lumber stack to check on the remaining boards left for the Work Skiff project. With only a few remaining pieces, Lou has the few boards he needs to create the gunwales. As in the past with the breast hook and the knees, Lou sought pieces of wood that had a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Guards

We’re finally back with Lou and the TotalBoat Work Skiff is looking very sharp with the spray rails, the inwales and the guards which have now been attached. There is plenty left to do, but each step is  that much closer to getting the skiff painted and then of course, out on the water.   In … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Steaming The Breast Hook

After selecting the most perfect timber he could scout from a fan’s wooded lot in New York, Lou is ready to cut, shape and steam the large piece of oak. In this episode, Lou once again shows off his eye for knowing the sweet spot for the sheerline. Work skiffs, in particular, require the perfect … 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


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Installing the Lift Rails

Welcome back to you and to superstar shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, who needed a long winter’s nap to stock up energy for finishing off the TotalBoat Work Skiff. We are past half-way and are about to see Lou attach pieces to the boat that are vital to a stable, dry ride and a smart looking work boat. … Read More


Q&A With Louis Sauzedde

  Lou Sauzedde is nearing the 25th episode of the series, Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff. So he thought it would be a good time to get to answering lots of the questions you have been posing in your comments here and on the YouTube videos. Have a look at this latest video where Lou … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Sheer Pleasure

With the skiff upright and ready for more work on the topsides, Lou gets right to work designing the sheer. This sweeping angle at the front of the boat is what will give the boat it’s pretty profile and will provide some needed protection from the waves when underway. Lou also likes a high sheer … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Flipping Her Over

If you caught last week’s episode 21,then you saw Louis Sauzedde selecting the planks for the runners. In episode 22, Lou is ready to attach the runners and apply some extra TotalBoat Spartan bottom paint to protect the raw wood. With the bottom mostly done, the skiff is finally able to be flipped over enabling … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Episode 21 – Ripping the Runners

Episode 21 finds Master Shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, with the perfect plank he needs to construct the runners he will be attaching to the bottom of the TotalBoat Work Skiff. Lou explains the reason a flat bottomed skiff like this one requires runners in a few specific places along the bottom.  Runners will prevent the boat from … Read More