The Deeper The Better: Making with Diresta

An old friend of the Maker Godfather, Jimmy Diresta, once said “There’s more than one way to build a boat,” and so he used plastic for a wooden boat’s frames and made makeshift steaming bags so that his wood could be bent in place. Convention has no place in the workshops of Louis Sauzedde and … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Milestones & A Celebration!

We loved hosting Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella when they came to Rhody recently for the JD Tent Sale. Customers and fans were excited to meet the busy boatbuilding duo and lend a hand and some muscle making rivets with them under the tent. The YouTube celebrities will have much to celebrate at … Read More


Varnishing with This Old House and Jimmy Diresta

Kevin O’Connor of This Old House has visited our friend Jimmy DiResta at his upstate NY farmhouse a few times for special projects. They have built a few dining tables, a sign and in this video, they refresh the old favorite, Adirondack Chair, with some steel and of course, some TotalBoat varnish on old barn boards. … Read More


Meet Acorn to Arabella Stars Tomorrow at the JD Tent Sale

Tomorrow, come by the Annual JD Tent Sale for a boatload of great deals on spring commissioning products – but stick around for the entertainment in the tent.  Backyard Boat Building TotalBoat Ambassadors, Steve and Alix from the Acorn to Arabella YouTube series, will be with us for the day. We are excited they will … Read More


Boatworks Today: Reinforcing the Transom

When boat repair wizard, Andy Miller of YouTube channel, Boatworks Today, bought this recently restored Bertram Moppie, he was not expecting to redo most of what the previous owner had already restored.  But a close examination of the repairs didn’t make Andy confident in the work that had been done, so redoing it was his best … Read More


Winter Workshop Photo Contest Entries – Photo Album

In our post a few Fridays ago, we shared our Photo Contest winners with you. And with a resounding “WHY???” you asked, must we post the photo album on our Facebook Page. The simple answer is that this blog space doesn’t do a good job of sharing photo albums. Sharing them on Facebook widens the … Read More


Boatworks Today: Fixing the Helm Station

Boatwright and YouTuber, Andy Miller, left a lot of people wondering how he would repair the holes in his fiberglass helm station. He wants to reconfigure the layout of his instruments and electronics and needed to start with a clean surface that would allow him to drill new holes wherever they fit best, without being … Read More


2019 Winter Workshop Photo Contest Winner!

  Congratulations to 2 young customers who are on a mission.  Glenn Sawyer, Jr. (age 14) and Matthew Strauss (15) are both winners of our 2019 Winter Photo Contest. Both teens have taken on 13-foot Boston Whaler restorations which is arguably the dream of any young mariner. Read below about their restoration efforts and how they were … Read More


Video: The Making of Jackman’s Giant Epoxy Screwdriver

Our email to you last week promised a video to follow up and show the ingenious process used by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, in the making of his giant epoxy screwdriver. Rotocasting his resin parts using our super clear High-Performance Epoxy Resin, Paul was able to avoid showing any lines or layers of the epoxy. He … Read More


Pouring a Giant Epoxy Screwdriver – Part 1

We know you like boats better than river tables and epoxy art. We’re curating our best videos to share with you here, in hopes of showing you some interesting and often times advanced techniques being used by makers, craftsmen and boaters, too. This week we share Part 1 of TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman‘s making of … Read More


Boatworks Today: Final Sanding of the Foredeck

Back in Andy Miller’s Boatworks Today boat shop, it’s likely no surprise to see him again up on the bow of his Bertram Moppie. With a few coats of TotalBoat’s TotalFair epoxy based filling and fairing compound, Andy is ready to do the final sanding work and prepare the surface for finish coats of primer and … Read More


Fairing A Fiberglass Deck

With ample time, polyresin and fiberglass applied to the foredeck, Andy Miller’s Bertram Moppie is well on its way to becoming a better boat. The next steps are sanding, filling and fairing the fiberglass weave using an ample coating of TotalFair and the Flexisander Fairing Board. In only two coats of fairing compound, Andy is able … Read More


Restoring Tally Ho: An Update from the Boatyard

We’re back on the West Coast in Washington State where experienced boat builder and sailor, Leo Goolden is completely restoring an older English Channel Cutter. “Tally Ho.”  Leo knew he had a big project on his hands but wasn’t planning on reframing the whole boat – a project he is halfway through. He is relying … Read More


A Fiberglass Fix for the Foredeck

Andy Miller is back on the foredeck of his Bertram Moppie that is in the midst of it’s second (or more) restoration. Andy is an expert and he knows enough to have doubts about the structural integrity of the deck surrounding the forward hatch. The best repair is one that will last for the rest … Read More


Framing and Upcycling with Acorn to Arabella

The Atkins ketch Arabella has rounded a corner in her “from-the-ground-up construction. As of this week, Arabella is fully framed, with all of the individual frames steamed and bent into their permanent home. Steve and Alix have been busy arranging for this part of the build as they await a donation of white cedar which … Read More