Videos for Boaters

Happy Friday! We thought we would take a break from the Vela video series to remind you of all of the video work we do to offer you great boating tips and techniques with our weekly video offerings. Whether it’s the Tips From A shipwright Series with Louis Sauzedde, the Vela Restoration series going on … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 6 – Fiberglassing

With Vela’s deck attached and the beautiful cabin house sides created, it’s all about finishing the house roof and fiberglassing the decks. Using Thixo Flex, Dan and his team bond the house sides to the new house top, leaving plenty of corners that need fitting and finishing. Dan draws on the expertise of the composite … Read More


A Father’s Day Gift From TotalBoat and LOU

  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Especially to those of you who love boating and who love boat building. And as a special treat we are happy to announce the next series we will be sponsoring with Louis Sauzedde and the Tips from a Shipwright crew. If you missed the TotalBoat … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 4

Progress aboard Vela, the Graves Constellation undergoing a full restoration in our TotalBoat Workshop, is moving along nicely. The deck beams and carlins from episode 3 have been attached and glued in and this week we see the aft bulkhead shaped to prepare the boat for new decks. Once again, boatbuilder Dan Shea uses cedar … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 3

With Vela’s cabin house and deck fully removed, leaving only the deck flange and cockpit, Dan Shea is ready to construct, fit and glue in the deck beams that will support the new deck and house. Carlins, the longitudinal structural beams, are also fitted to bulkheads and to the side deck beams and Dan gives us … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 2

With Vela’s deck and cabin house removed, the 1965 Graves Constellation is ready to take some steps forward towards reconstruction. Boatbuilder Dan Shea’s first order of business is to cut strips of Douglas Fir to laminate into new deck beams. Then comes the careful job of measuring and fitting the beams to precisely fit the hull and … Read More


Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 1

When Mike Zani’s 1965 classic sailboat, the Graves Constellation, “Vela,” rolled into the TotalBoat Workshop we knew we had a great video series about to unfold right before our eyes. Welcome to video 1 in the series on restoring this beautiful keelboat. It’s a project that was too big for experienced yachtsman, Zani, who had previously … Read More


Video: Testing Varnishes on a Picnic Table

Around here we love testing products. We have the TotalBoat Workshop setup for testing all sorts of products to increase our understanding of how they work, how they work best, and how to help you use them with the best possible outcome. We test bottom paint in a scientific study with Marine Bio students from … Read More


Video: Lou’s Tips for Painting Your Boat’s Bottom

It’s that time of year for those of us who are not lucky enough to use our boats year round. As you get ready to launch your boat and wonder what to do about that little bit of gelcoat showing on the bottom, or which order to paint all the appendages – then here is … Read More


The Shop Show

The TotalBoat Workshop is in a frenzy to finish projects and get boats closer to launching. As the sun sets later and the breeze gets warmer, the hustle in the TotalBoat Workshop is a bit more frantic. As an owner of many boats I can attest to the comfort that accompanies access to the well … Read More


The TotalBoat Work Skiff: Final Thoughts from Lou

Now that the dust has settled and the skiff was almost sold – yes, almost – Lou wanted to reach out to his fans and cover a few items. Namely – you can still bid on the skiff until tomorrow (Saturday 5/6) at 6:55pm ET. The last sale was foiled by an issue with the auction and … Read More


The Skiff, The Fans & Big Deals

We had our best Tent Sale ever last Saturday, thanks, in large part, to Louis Sauzedde and the TotalBoat Work Skiff. Our distinguished guests drew a record crowd AND the police stopped by, wondering what we were giving away at this end of town. You know it’s a good party when the cops come – and it … Read More


Video of the Week: Hows & Whys of Barrier Coat

Before you splash your boat, and as you inspect the bottom to prep for application of your seasonal Antifouling paint, take a good look at the condition of the bottom. If you have any bubbles or blisters, if you’ve sanded to or see any exposed fiberglass – then it’s time to step back and remember … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Launch Day!

The day has arrived to put the last touches of bottom paint on the rails, to apply some of the TotalBoat Teak Oil to the otherwise naked interior wood, to attach a motor for a test run and then TO LAUNCH! The TotalBoat Work Skiff is complete and Lou couldn’t be more excited to share it’s … Read More