Q&A Time with Louis on the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is getting pretty close to finishing up and launching his TotalBoat Sport Dory!!! In this week’s Episode, Lou answers some great questions from the audience as well as taking a close look at how he installs the guards and inwales.


Episode 29: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Welcome back to the Open Door Boatshop, where Louis Sauzedde is busy making progress on the TotalBoat Sport Dory. In this episode, Lou determines the height and location of the seat risers and seats for the dory. The positioning of the seats is very important for stability and for efficiency when rowing.  Getting this placement … Read More


Walking the WoodenBoat Show with Lou – Part 2

Part 2 of Louis Sauzedde’s walk around the WoodenBoat Show brings you along for a row on the Mystic River. It’s Lou’s first time being on the waters off of Mystic Seaport, and his first row in years. Again, Lou finds inspiration in the many great hulls and DIY builds at the boat show as … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 26 – The Wooden Boat Show

The Wooden Boat Show brought together Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde with many of his fans. The TotalBoat Sport Dory greeted people at the door and attracted new followers who admired her beautiful lines and marveled at her plastic frames.  In Episode 26, come and follow Lou around the grounds of the Wooden Boat … Read More


Episode 25 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

This is it!  It’s finally time for Lou to remove the TotalBoat Sport Dory from the jig and flip it over!  We have put all the planks on it the boat now, the final two had to go on in two pieces with a scarf in the middle because they had such a radical twist.  … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 24

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is looking pretty sporty with her second binder strake attached. In today’s video, Lou shows us a revolutionary solution to a problem he was having clamping the pattern and the planking onto the boat. Using an aluminum bracket that he is attaching to the sides of the molds, Lou has created a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Fastening the Binder Strake

We’re back with another episode of the TotalBoat Sport Dory build. Our master shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, is working to shape and fasten the binder strake on the Dory. Using his block plane and everyone’s favorite, the electric planer, Lou expertly matches the bevel of this new plank and slides it into place so that he … Read More


Louis and the TotalBoat Sport Dory are Back!

Episode 22 finds Louis Sauzedde back in the Open Door Boatshop where he is fitting a binder strake to the TotalBoat Sport Dory. With some hollowing, planing, and adjusting, Lou adds this latest plank to the dory with some extra tricks for getting a super tight fit to the bow stem and to the existing plank.  … Read More


Video of the Week: Making A New Hatch from a Mold

We’ve been busy touring you around cool backyard boat builders who are cranking out massive projects that most of you likely enjoy watching because let’s be honest, you won’t likely ever have to muscle a lead ballast keel into place, or approximate the amount of live oak needed to rebuild your historic sailing yacht. With … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Keel Timber

It was such a pleasure to host the Acorn to Arabella filmmaking boatbuilders at our Tent Sale a few weeks ago. They were perfect guests, entertaining our customers who were intrigued by their planing work and their amazing story of backyard boatbuilding. They have made excellent progress, considering there is no boat being built quite yet, … Read More


Prepare to Launch!

As you work through this nasty spring to prepare your boat for launch day, it’s been our experience that some of the best-laid plans for boating projects don’t always go as expected. Which is why Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat have spent years building a library of helpful How-To videos to help you get your important boating … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 20

If you can’t make it next Saturday the 14th to our Annual Tent Sale to meet Louis Sauzedde and see the Dory in progress, then we really hope you’ll tune in to watch Lou apply a special kevlar/carbon combo weave onto the bottom of the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Again, reaching for the TotalBoat 2:1 epoxy … Read More


Episode 19: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

It’s Q&A time! Tune in to Episode 19 to get answers to many of the pressing questions being asked of Louis Sauzedde and his unconventional dory build. Some unusual boat building is leaving many of you wondering how he plans to bring it all together, and if some of Lou’s unique methods will work out … Read More