Collective Wisdom from TotalBoat Ambassadors

If you are one of the many customers who are missing our favorite shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, rest easy. Lou is alive and well and working on his next big thing. Lucky for us and for you, we have been working with Lou for years and as such have a great collection of videos he’s made … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

The backyard boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, are more than ready to move on to planking Arabella. It’s been years of precise measuring, cutting and planning to get them to this stage, and they are not rushing it. They are taking the time to be fully prepared for this next big step that will take weeks … Read More


Handrails and Hatches with the Salvation Navy

When you’re given a winter season to haul your boat and get into and underneath all the systems, it’s a great time to look at what’s failing and rethink how to make things better. Such is the luck for Matt Cline who feels smarter this season and is using his knowledge to update some repairs … Read More


Sea Dreamer Project: Installing Plywood Bulkheads

TotalBoat Ambassador, Scott Smith, is among our squad of backyard boatbuilders who are making great progress on their wooden boat builds. Scott has poured all of his time and energy into getting the George Buehler designed Diesel Duck trawler to this point, and he’s not stopping now! Using a boatload of Thixo and TotalBoat Traditional … Read More


Comparing Varnishes with Boatworks Today

Andy Miller knows a thing or two about boat work and marine finishes. He put a few of our TotalBoat varnishes to the test when he compared them to the top selling brands – and in the end, he liked TotalBoat Gleam best.  Often times selecting your varnish is about brand preference and past experience, … Read More


Meet The Salvation Navy: Boating Videos & How-To’s

TotalBoat customer & filmmaker, Matt Cline, wrote a review to tell us how much he loves using TotalBoat on his 1973 Herreshoff America Catboat restoration.  This sweet little catboat is not Matt’s first restoration, so he’s no stranger to the various jobs that can be involved with restoring an older fiberglass hull that has suffered … Read More


Making a Fiberglass Panel with Boatworks Today

Last week Boatworks Today marine repair wizard,  Andy Miller, started a great conversation about which resin system is preferred for fiberglass boat repairs: epoxy resin or polyester resin. Today, Andy takes us further into the issue as he lays up a panel of fiberglass using our TotalBoat Polyester Laminating Resin.  Andy contends that both ways … Read More


Clever Fiberglass Repair Tricks with Boatworks Today

Clever solutions to tricky problems are best shared with our customers so you can get right to your repairs without the guesswork and pitfalls of trial and error. Count on Andy Miller to demonstrate this brilliant method of fiberglass repair that can translate into many solutions for hard to repair areas. Using 1708 fiberglass and … Read More


TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube, specifically, has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There … Read More


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