Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Launch Day!

The day has arrived to put the last touches of bottom paint on the rails, to apply some of the TotalBoat Teak Oil to the otherwise naked interior wood, to attach a motor for a test run and then TO LAUNCH! The TotalBoat Work Skiff is complete and Lou couldn’t be more excited to share it’s … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Drilling & Transom Knees

It’s not over yet! Lou has to attach the knee to keep the transom boards from warping or twisting – especially with the weight of the outboard engine that will hang off the back.  Lou masterfully cuts another beautiful slab into a refined looking knee and drills holes for bolting in the already installed quarter … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bronze & Epoxy (Episode 35)

In case you think shipwright Louis Sauzedde isn’t listening to viewer comments – this video will assure you that he is not only listening – but also taking viewer comments to heart. So much so that Lou has removed the plastic hawsepipe that he installed in the skiff and replaced it with a modified bronze … Read More


Transom Time at Shop Night

If it’s still light out when you leave work, you know it’s time to get crackin’ on the boat projects. Such was the prognosis at last week’s Shop Night. The crowd was big, the projects were ambitious and the pace was frantic! Seems like the perfect time to dig into the project of beefing up … 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


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Painting the Topsides

With a bunch of coats of 2-Part Epoxy Primer rolled onto the work skiff, Lou is anxious to now roll topside paint over the primer.  But not before he does a little more finish work to the cap rails – rounding the forward corners and showing us how they can be used as a chock. It’s … Read More


Getting Busy at Shop Night

Shop Night has been extra busy these last few weeks and last night was no exception. The extra energy must come from the buzz around the call center, the JD store, on the website and in the back of the increasingly busy warehouse.  Boaters are waking up and getting ready to get the boat ready. Shop … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time to Prime!

With the work skiff looking a lot like a boat that is ready to launch and get to work, it’s time to get to work priming the hull. Lou has filled the holes with TotalFair fairing compound and, once sanded and wiped, is ready to hide them beneath a few coats of Epoxy Primer.  But … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Hardware

It must be almost springtime in New England, because Lou Sauzedde is thinking about dock lines and cleats for the TotalBoat Work Skiff. As the skiff nears completion, and before the paint is applied, it’s a great time to sort out where the important hardware will go so the finishing brush strokes are tight. Lou – … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Gunwales

Follow Lou out back to his lumber stack to check on the remaining boards left for the Work Skiff project. With only a few remaining pieces, Lou has the few boards he needs to create the gunwales. As in the past with the breast hook and the knees, Lou sought pieces of wood that had a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Guards

We’re finally back with Lou and the TotalBoat Work Skiff is looking very sharp with the spray rails, the inwales and the guards which have now been attached. There is plenty left to do, but each step is  that much closer to getting the skiff painted and then of course, out on the water.   In … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Inwales & A Banana

Episode 28 finds Lou making beautiful cuts on a banana to offer his sage advice on how to get to the best grain in a log. He is seeking this premier part of his timber to find the best piece for his inwales on the TotalBoat Work Skiff. (The Inwale is a horizontal timber binding together the … Read More


Vela: A Story Best Told From the Bow

When Vela, the Graves Constellation, rolled into the shop back in the fall, the scope of the restoration that was to take place seemed to be fairly massive – but certainly not daunting to Master Shipwright, Dan Shea. This was to be “massive,” like buying an old house and ripping out everything but the exterior … Read More