Summer 2018 Photo Contest Winners

BEST PHOTO Montgomery Bauman We again had to choose more than one customer photo to win our Summer Photo Contest. Nearly every entry was worthy of winning something – but we had to settle on three and chose a winner in three categories: Best Photo (it is a photo contest, after all), Best Restoration and … Read More


Always Telling You What To Do

Have you noticed the soft, witty voice behind our TotalBoat.com product descriptions?  We’re guessing not. But we think that it’s worth pointing out to you because our product description writer, Annette, works hard to make them not only as informative as possible, but also as entertaining as possible.  The mission of Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat … Read More


Video(s) of the Week: A Whole Lot Of LOU!

Calling all fans of our resident shipwright, Louis Sauzedde. While Lou is taking a break to catch up with the TotalBoat Sport Dory building this week, we are taking you back to check out our collection of How-To Videos featuring Louis. We have been working with Louis and his video team for years and while … Read More


Waterlust: Painting the TearDrop Trailer – and Evacuating!

  When Waterlust filmed this latest video, they were adoring the “glorious weather” in Miami. As you read this, the team has evacuated with their newly painted Teardrop camper in tow, and they headed north – away from the dangerous Hurricane Irma that was bearing down on Miami. Good thing they got all their finishes … Read More


Video: Testing Varnishes on a Picnic Table

Around here we love testing products. We have the TotalBoat Workshop setup for testing all sorts of products to increase our understanding of how they work, how they work best, and how to help you use them with the best possible outcome. We test bottom paint in a scientific study with Marine Bio students from … Read More


The Shop Show

The TotalBoat Workshop is in a frenzy to finish projects and get boats closer to launching. As the sun sets later and the breeze gets warmer, the hustle in the TotalBoat Workshop is a bit more frantic. As an owner of many boats I can attest to the comfort that accompanies access to the well … Read More


Demos, Deals and Pro Advice at the JD Tent Sale

As spring is closer to being sprung from the depths of an odd winter, the time to dust off the tools and pull back the boat cover has almost arrived. And with that comes the annual work-list of things that need some attention before launching. Typically every list includes bottom paint – and we have … 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


The Shop Night Hustle

There is a buzz at shop night every Wednesday in the TotalBoat Workshop. Whether it’s the dogs begging for pizza crust scraps, or the pop of Narragansett beer cans, or maybe it’s the hum of the sanders, heat guns, planers and video cameras – each work bay has at least one running over the course … Read More


Envy 2-Part Varnish: A Durable Coating for your Brightwork

Keeping your brightwork looking great is a chore that requires constant upkeep. With varnishes, most people expect to apply seasonal coats to keep the varnish looking good and doing the work of protecting your wood from sun, salt and general abuse.  But if you have never used a 2-Part varnish on your brightwork, then we have a great … Read More