Ship Saws and Boat Builds

Many of our salty, sawdust encrusted friends who are building backyard boats have discovered that a piece of equipment that is paramount to a successful boat build is the ship saw.  Unlike a regular band saw, which has a table that can be set at different angles, with a ship saw, the whole thing tilts while the … Read More


Video of the Week: Sea Dreamer’s Transom, Frames & A Name!

Today for our backyard boat shop tour, we’re back inside the boat shed of Scott Smith and the Sea Dreamer Project, a home built “Diesel Duck” trawler. Like many of our other favorite YouTube boatbuilders, Scott is finishing up the keel timbers and is excited to finally be adding parts that make his project resemble, well … Read More


How Grain Makes Wooden Surfboards

The Grain Surfboards team have been great customers of ours, buying epoxy and many consumables from JD to help with their surfboard building program. You can order yourself a ready to ride surfboard, or get your hands dirty building your own custom creation at one of their many workshops. And we think if you like building wooden boats or admiring them, that you’ll be an automatic … Read More


Supporting Stevens Institute Students Solar [Total]Boat Competition

    When the students from Stevens Institute of Technology reached out to ask if TotalBoat would sponsor their 2nd Solar Boat entry in the Solar Splash competition, we knew this was a great opportunity to help this motivated group of students.  We can see this talented group making it to the finals with their lighter hull and … Read More


Saturday – Sunny with A Chance of Super!

  Unlike the raw, frigid weather that greeted us for our Annual Tent Sale last year, this Saturday’s event promises to be sunny and warmer, with a chance of SPRING! There are plenty of reasons to come to the Tent Sale, and each year we build upon the successes of the prior year to make … Read More


Come to the 2nd Annual JD Customer Boat Show

Last April, prior to our Annual Tent Sale, we had the thought that our customers would enjoy seeing the fruits of each other’s labors by inviting local boatbuilding customers to our first ever Customer Boat Show. We recruited 5 busy customers, who were eager to show up and share their boats with the crowd that dreary … Read More


Save the Date! JD Tent Sale is April 14th

Save the Date – April 14th from 8 am – 3 pm swing over to the Annual Jamestown Distributors Tent Sale.  There are many reasons to come for our massive One-Day Event, so don’t miss out. Once again, Louis Sauzedde, our favorite shipwright building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, will be here to meet and greet … Read More


Catching Up with the Keel Makers

The backyard boat shops of the SeaDreamer and Arabella builders have been busy with heavy work. And by heavy, we mean laden with tons (literally) of lead and laminated wood pieces.  Scott Smith of the Sea Dreamer Project and Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella have been doing some hard thinking about what goes under … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest Winners!

  Once again we refuse to pick just one winner, thanks to all of you and your inspiring submissions of your busy winter workshops. We found three winners that we feel embody what most of you look for in a good winter boat project – a restoration, a cool new build and an inspirational resurrection, we’ll … Read More


Episode 17: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is back this week and is ready to glue up the bottom of our TotalBoat Sport Dory. But first, he has to create two broadstrake planks, one for each side.  This is the next plank up from the garboard, or next plank down as the boat is being built upside down.  In order to make … Read More


Behind the Scenes in Your Busy Winter Workshops

  When we asked our customers to submit photos to our Workshop Photo Contest, we knew we would see all sorts of excellent projects being worked on over the New England winter. But we were blown away by the over 100 submissions, and the variety of amazing builds going on behind workshop doors. TODAY IS … Read More


Video of the Week: Acorn to Arabella Moves Their 4.5 ton Keel

Of course, the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, had a plan when they poured their nearly 9000-pound lead keel into plywood molds in the ground. The plan was: figure out a way to move it. These ingenious men had no doubt they could move the lead to the crib built in their boathouse. … Read More


Pour Me A River [Table]: Epoxy Resin Gets Artsy

Something amazing is taking shape in the world of epoxy resin. Turns out, epoxy isn’t just for boatbuilding and woodworking – it’s for art, too. And as producers and sellers of epoxy resins, this is pretty darned exciting to us. We have been immersed in the world of River Tables recently, which are currently taking … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest: What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On This Winter? Share your winter project photos and tell us about it for a chance to win a $50 JD credit! In the workshop or out, in progress or all done, tell us about your labor of love. Instructions:  Attach your high-resolution photo to an email. (One photo per email, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: How They Safely Poured A Lead Keel

There was an amazing buzz after we shared the Acorn to Arabella video of the two talented boatbuilding buddies doing some hard thinking about how to safely pour themselves a nearly 9000-pound lead keel for their Atkins ketch. Because Steve and Alix are building in their backyard, they have to be extra resourceful and thorough … Read More