Quinn Connell’s Custom Carbon Kayak

In the back of his mind, Quinn Connell had been dreaming up the ultimate whitewater kayak for as long as he can remember. While finishing his engineering degree at Dartmouth College, Quinn pitched a study in kayak design, focusing on fluid dynamics: the study of water. Quinn was able to make his dream come true … 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

Shop Night Shenanigans

Only a few Wednesdays into Shop Night season, the enthusiasm is mounting and the projects are piling up. With a short list of a few more shop upgrades to work on, the record setting crowd worked together to build a paint table (complete with paint mixer hard mounted to the base), construct extra “curtains” for … Read More

Beetle Boat Shop: A Legendary Customer

Customer since: 2000 Location: Wareham, MA Specialty: Sole Builders of the Beetle Cat The Beetle Cat boat is a 12 foot, gaff-rigged wooden sailboat first built in 1921 by the Beetle family of New Bedford, Mas- sachusetts. John Beetle patterned the boat’s design on the 20 to 30 ft catboats used for shallow water fishing … Read More

LIVE TotalBoat Shop Cam Featuring ‘TB Shop Night’

Now you can tune into the weekly pow wow we call Shop Night.  Employees pour into the TotalBoat Workshop after 5pm each Wednesday for a few beers over boats and ideas, marine and home or yard projects and plenty of shop talk. With a few major restorations planned for the winter, there will be plenty to see … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff with ‘Tips from A Shipwright’

Louis Sauzedde has been building wooden boats for longer than he can remember. So when he and filmmaker Halsey Fulton approached us to help them make a series on building the ultimate work skiff using TotalBoat adhesives, paints and primers, we knew we had a winning combination.  In this series, Lou and his apprentice go … Read More

Video Series: Making a Mold From A Plug

In this video series we have called on composite expert, Stephan Vaast to show us a clever way to create a plug for a mold. Making a plug is the first step in the process of making a fiberglass mold to build any number of parts and pieces. Typically, a plug is a mock-up of … Read More

Customer Stories: We Love Them All! Send Us Yours

  Our customers are both commercial and DIY boaters and as such, both offer really cool insight into how TotalBoat is used and what people think. We want honest feedback and a fair shot up against our competition in all the major areas of use. And then, we really want pictures, stories and videos about … Read More

Thixo for a Curved Wood Coaming

SV Ramble On has a great blog where the owner gets into the massive amount of work they have made for themselves (via a long to-do list) aboard their Tayana 37. Jeni & Rich do a great job of tackling jobs that they have never before attempted and they typically come out, not only alive, but with a … Read More

Joel Hanneman – Total Restoration of a Steiger 25

Joel Hanneman found an engine in great shape that was ready for many more years of boating. But it was attached to a hull that needed lots of help. He purchased the Steiger25 “Escort” with a plan to gut and restore the whole interior, and in the end be the proud owner of a renowned, solid 25 … Read More

Coronet Restoration Partners – Saving an American Yachting Icon

The Coronet is a mighty schooner with an impressive history and an important place in American History as part of the Gilded Age. She is called “America’s Most Historic Yacht,” and for this reason she was saved from her demise and a full and massive restoration is underway at the International Yacht Restoration School.

Donna Lange – Refit for a Solo Circumnavigation

Donna Lange is no stranger to solo circumnavigation. She successfully completed her first solo rounding in 2007 aboard the same Southern Cross 28, Inspired Insanity, that she refit this past summer in preparation for her second departure. But this time Donna is a much more experienced solo sailor and had time to think about changes … Read More

Michael P. Smith – Building Rooster Class Sailboats

Michael P. Smith, Commander, United States Navy (retired) designed and built boats all of his life, from boats on the Clinton River in Michigan to prams and skiffs on Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The first boats he built were a series of prams on the third floor of Quarters “E” in Cloyne Court, Newport Naval … Read More

Richard Honan – Building an Adirondack Guide Boat

When the 2015 Wooden Boat Show rolled into downtown Mystic, CT in late June, Richard Honan and his newest boat building accomplishment were there, front and center. After winning the 2014 Best in Show in the “I Built It Myself” category with his sweet little sloop, Proud Mary 2, Honan went right back to work … Read More