Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

With the TotalBoat Sport Dory done and waiting for a nice fall day to show off her rowing prowess (next week!), Lou is back at the workbench, but this time he’s making some adjustments and showing us how it’s done on a brand new Ryobi Planer. The electric planer is a staple in Lou’s toolbox, … Read More


Boatbuilding -LIVE NOW! On the TotalBoat Workshop Web Cam

It’s been a while since we have had something worth showing you from our Live Web Camera in the TotalBoat Workshop. But since you were all so riveted by the Vela Restoration that we did a few years ago in the workshop, we thought you might like to see what we’re up to now – … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Teak Sealer – Episode 36

The day has arrived for TotalBoat Sport Dory – It’s finally completed – and the smile on Lou’s face says it all! Louis has finished the build and he’s shown us some great boatbuilding and woodworking tips along the way, as he’s been known to do.  From the beginning, this dory was meant to challenge … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 35 – Varnishing

With only a few steps remaining, today Lou applies TotalBoat Wood Sealer and Gleam 2.0 varnish to the guards of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou has suspended the boat upside down so that he doesn’t have to fight drips and drops on the interior wood of the dory, which he plans to oil, and not … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Topside Paint

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is very close to completion and after today’s video, it looks ready to row!  Louis sanded down the 2-Part Epoxy Primer and is now ready to apply a thinned coat of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint. The secret is finding the right consistency for your project so that the paint flows … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 32 Priming the Dory

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is finally ready for some paint and today Lou will show us how he prepped the surface of the dory’s bottom before priming. Using TotalBoat’s TotalFair fairing compound, Lou filled in the weave on the carbon/ kevlar cloth on his bottom and gave himself a nice smooth and fair surface to … Read More


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