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


Episode 18: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is back and like you, he’s anxious to progress on the worklist for his TotalBoat Sport Dory.  With the first false bottom attached, it’s time to sharpen Lou’s composite skills and tools, and apply a layer of carbon fiber to the bottom. This unique idea will add strength and durability to the bottom for … Read More


The Ice Man Shreddeth

Today, we welcome guest blog star and TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen. Brock lives on Martha’s Vineyard and sails all over the globe. But his heart thumps fastest when he’s going as fast as possible on water – be it the warm, wavy kind – or more recently, this hard and icy variety. Read all about … Read More


Episode 16: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – The Bottom

  It’s time to put the bottom of TotalBoat Sport Dory together, but before Lou can do that, he has to get everything set up properly. The idea is that he’s going to layup everything at once, the two layers of bottom with the carbon fiber in between. You’ll remember Lou had glued the second … Read More


Episode 15: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Lou Is Back!

  He’s back! Lou has been under the weather, but he’s better and we are so glad he’s back and ready to carry on building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  In episode 15, Lou attaches the first garboard plank.  The first step is to apply some Totalboat 5:1 Epoxy Resin with the slow hardener to the … Read More


Episode 14 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

  This a big moment in the TotalBoat Sport Dory build, because in this weeks episode Lou will be gluing the plastic frames into the first layer of bottom.  The frames are made of UHMW plastic, which is very strong, but still bendable. Watch Lou’s latest in Episode 14 as the Dory starts to come … Read More


A TotalBoat Holiday

Twas the last Shop Night before Christmas, and all through the shop The sanders were spinning, the chop saw went “chop,” Crafty ornaments were made by the people with care, with Wet Edge paint here, and some varnish on there. Chuck’s slapping coats on his tired old oars, Eric’s adding shelving and neatening drawers. Ozzie … Read More


Episode 13: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Welcome back to Lou’s boat shop and to Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou is working on the transom, slowly and precisely adjusting the fit and bevel of the sides and bottom of the wood to fit the false bottom.  Using his electric and block planers, he moves slowly to get the … Read More


Episode 12: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We’re back with some holiday cheer for you in the way of some Louis Sauzedde that we are certain you’ve been missing.  Step back into the Open Door Boatshop and watch as Lou gets ready to install the stem on our TotalBoat Sport Dory.  You’ll remember a few weeks back, Lou steamed the first stem piece … Read More


Restoring Vela: Gone Sailing – The Final Episode

We can’t help but reflect back on this time last winter when the Graves Constellation, Vela was undergoing a full restoration in the TotalBoat Workshop.  It was an impressive undertaking with a highly skilled team, and being able to witness it and document the project was both educational and inspirational for us, and we hope for … Read More


The Complete TotalBoat Sport Dory Playlist

We are thankful for those of you who love Louis Sauzedde, the Tips from A Shipwright star, as much as we do. Everyone was enthusiastic about his first TotalBoat series, Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff – which you can rewatch on your day off – all 38 episodes in a row, binging yourself on all … Read More


Episode 11 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We hope you’ll be thankful that Lou is back this week – and a few days early – so you’re not pacing around the turkey table waiting for the Thursday night upload. In episode 11, Lou is working on the garboard plank and shows us a helpful tip about how to transfer the pattern of … Read More