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


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: TotalFair for the Fasteners

Louis Sauzedde worked hard to put the fasteners for the TotalBoat work skiff in just the right location, and at just the right depth. And now to prepare for painting the bottom and the topsides, he needs to fill every one of the screw holes so they disappear underneath the paint job that is about … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hang Over & Cut Off (Episode 18)

We are finally back in the Open Door Boatshop with Louis Sauzedde and his TotalBoat Work Skiff project. It’s time to trim the bottom planking that was attached and left hanging over the side. As Lou explains, he prefers to let the boards on the skiff “hang over” beyond where they will be trimmed, and … Read More