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


TotalBoat Gear for the Holidays

Belts and hats and tees and more for the TotalBoat enthusiast or You can be a star this holiday for wearing or gifting a TotalBoat belt, hat or tee. Many of you are familiar with the TotalBoat belt, worn by Lou in the Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory series. Lou’s belt gets a lot of … Read More


Episode 10 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is switching things up this week and stepping away from the Dory mold to start steam bending the wood for the stem. It’s going to be made out of a nice piece of seasoned white oak that he is going to compression steam bend.  He’s using standard 6mil poly and will pull the piece of … Read More


Welcome Back to Shop Night!

    The weather here in New England is finally indicating that it’s fall after a long, perfect indian summer, well into this first full week of November. With fall comes the hauling of boats and the arrival of Shop Night once again. The work lists are being tweaked and winter projects await almost every … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Steaming & Laminating Timbers

The response was overwhelming with admiration and awe for the backyard boatbuilders, Steve and Alix, from the Acorn to Arabella video series. We thought you might love another episode of Acorn to Arabella, as we take another break to let Louis and his video team get caught up.  As Steve and Alix pour over drawings … Read More


Episode 9: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back and he’s ready to get to work! With our jig complete, it’s time to start building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Lou starts by planing down the edge of the first layer of cedar bottom.  Using an electric plane and then a block plane, Lou continues the progressive bevel from the mold up … Read More