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


Louis Sauzedde: Tomorrow Night 10/19 at Herreshoff Marine Museum

  “Tips From a Shipwright” with Louis Sauzedde & Halsey Fulton  October 19th, 2017 6:00 PM – TOMORROW NIGHT!  Come join Louis Sauzedde for an evening of Tips from a Shipwright. With over 55 working years as a professional shipwright under his rope-belt, Louis Sauzedde has a lifetime of knowledge when it comes to building … Read More


Always Telling You What To Do

Have you noticed the soft, witty voice behind our TotalBoat.com product descriptions?  We’re guessing not. But we think that it’s worth pointing out to you because our product description writer, Annette, works hard to make them not only as informative as possible, but also as entertaining as possible.  The mission of Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat … Read More


Video(s) of the Week: A Whole Lot Of LOU!

Calling all fans of our resident shipwright, Louis Sauzedde. While Lou is taking a break to catch up with the TotalBoat Sport Dory building this week, we are taking you back to check out our collection of How-To Videos featuring Louis. We have been working with Louis and his video team for years and while … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 7

  Louis Sauzedde, our favorite master shipwright, promises that the strongback he built for the TotalBoat Sport Dory can support not only his weight, but also the weight of the 3 layers of plywood he is cutting for the dory’s false bottom. Lou mixes in a great tip on how to make a perfect scarf … Read More


A Helping Hand for Hurricane Victims

Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat are pleased to be aligning ourselves with some well positioned industry leaders to lend a hand to those in need of rebuilding materials and supplies in the wake of Irma, Maria and let’s throw Jose in there, too. These three jerks have really messed up life for the Caribbean Islands who … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 6 – Q&A with Louis

Here we are at Episode 6 of the Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory series and already people have long lists of questions for Lou. There were lots of comments and questions about the lofting, a complicated process even for those who do it often, and certainly complex for those seeing or hearing it for the … Read More