Beetle Cat Champions – Ages 5 & over 85!

By John Howell, Warwick Beacon They haven’t really changed with time, and that’s what gives Beetle Cats appeal. The wooden hull boats are made the same way today as when 87-year-old Herb Browne started sailing them as a kid, although it is unlikely Herb took to the tiller as young as Ben Fallon. Both Ben, … Read More


Green Energy on the Ocean Blue: Blue Isles Power Docks

When our customers have great ideas, we get like the proud parent and need to share it with you. Such is the case with Blue Isles, a company in its infancy in age, but not in idea. Blue Isles has invented “Power Docks,” which could revolutionize how we store, charge and power our boat’s electrical … 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


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


Photo Contest Time! Let’s See Your Projects!

We love seeing your projects and how you have used TotalBoat products. Send us your best photos of your projects and be entered for a chance to win a $50 credit to Jamestown Distributors.  Many of our customers are busy with boat projects that we think are fun to share and compare. How did someone … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 4

Progress aboard Vela, the Graves Constellation undergoing a full restoration in our TotalBoat Workshop, is moving along nicely. The deck beams and carlins from episode 3 have been attached and glued in and this week we see the aft bulkhead shaped to prepare the boat for new decks. Once again, boatbuilder Dan Shea uses cedar … Read More


Meet Us (and Lou!) At the Wooden Boat Show

While there is no bad time for a visit to Mystic Seaport, the end of June is a particularly beautiful time as the grounds will be packed with wooden boats on shore and on the water for the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Show.  We are so excited to announce that not only will Louis Sauzedde … Read More


Andy From ‘Boatworks Today’ Loves TotalFair

We were thrilled to find this video released a few days ago by YouTube boatwork guru, Andy Miller of Boatworks Today. He apparently has been testing our TotalFair behind the scenes, among other TotalBoat products, and he liked it enough to use it on the foredeck of his current project. Andy is in the midst … Read More


The TotalBoat Work Skiff: Final Thoughts from Lou

Now that the dust has settled and the skiff was almost sold – yes, almost – Lou wanted to reach out to his fans and cover a few items. Namely – you can still bid on the skiff until tomorrow (Saturday 5/6) at 6:55pm ET. The last sale was foiled by an issue with the auction and … Read More


SATURDAY! Tent Sale – Louis & the Skiff – Customer Boat Display

If you’re within driving distance of 02809 this Saturday, plan to stop by our JD Annual Tent Sale! It’s a great event that we hold annually to empty the warehouse, to give our customers the best pricing on launching needs and this year – we have a special guest coming: Louis Sauzedde and the TotalBoat … Read More


Transom Time at Shop Night

If it’s still light out when you leave work, you know it’s time to get crackin’ on the boat projects. Such was the prognosis at last week’s Shop Night. The crowd was big, the projects were ambitious and the pace was frantic! Seems like the perfect time to dig into the project of beefing up … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest Winner(s)!

When you see these 2 projects, you’ll understand how they HAD to be a tie for best winter project. Bruce Hays from Annapolis has a story about his winter project that brings life to all of the unfinished boats and little to-dos hiding in our workshops. Bruce’s project brought tears to our eyes -adding salt to … 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


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


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Inwales & A Banana

Episode 28 finds Lou making beautiful cuts on a banana to offer his sage advice on how to get to the best grain in a log. He is seeking this premier part of his timber to find the best piece for his inwales on the TotalBoat Work Skiff. (The Inwale is a horizontal timber binding together the … Read More