Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Sourcing the Breast Hook

Lou Asked and A Fan Answered  Lou Sauzedde’s Q&A video helped him to locate fan who had a perfect piece of tree to harvest and cut for the breast hook of the work skiff. Follow Lou into the woods of Eastern New York in episode 25 as he selects his timber and helps his new favorite fan mill it … Read More

Out Late, Out Back

The beat goes on out back, behind TB HQ in the TotalBoat Workshop on Shop Night. After a few weeks off around the holidays, attendance was at an all time high for the first Boat Shop Night of 2017. Everyone seemed recharged and psyched to either advise on, help with or dive into projects. The … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Installing the Lift Rails

Welcome back to you and to superstar shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, who needed a long winter’s nap to stock up energy for finishing off the TotalBoat Work Skiff. We are past half-way and are about to see Lou attach pieces to the boat that are vital to a stable, dry ride and a smart looking work boat. … Read More

Q&A With Louis Sauzedde

  Lou Sauzedde is nearing the 25th episode of the series, Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff. So he thought it would be a good time to get to answering lots of the questions you have been posing in your comments here and on the YouTube videos. Have a look at this latest video where Lou … Read More

Using White Knight Stain Remover

A problem most boat owners can’t deny is the inevitable ugly color stain that finds your waterline after a few months in the water. Some areas water makes this unsightly stain worse than others, but with the right tools and product it’s simple to remove.  White Knight, TotalBoat’s new stain remover, starts working as soon as … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Sheer Pleasure

With the skiff upright and ready for more work on the topsides, Lou gets right to work designing the sheer. This sweeping angle at the front of the boat is what will give the boat it’s pretty profile and will provide some needed protection from the waves when underway. Lou also likes a high sheer … Read More

The Shop Night Hustle

There is a buzz at shop night every Wednesday in the TotalBoat Workshop. Whether it’s the dogs begging for pizza crust scraps, or the pop of Narragansett beer cans, or maybe it’s the hum of the sanders, heat guns, planers and video cameras – each work bay has at least one running over the course … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Flipping Her Over

If you caught last week’s episode 21,then you saw Louis Sauzedde selecting the planks for the runners. In episode 22, Lou is ready to attach the runners and apply some extra TotalBoat Spartan bottom paint to protect the raw wood. With the bottom mostly done, the skiff is finally able to be flipped over enabling … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Episode 21 – Ripping the Runners

Episode 21 finds Master Shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, with the perfect plank he needs to construct the runners he will be attaching to the bottom of the TotalBoat Work Skiff. Lou explains the reason a flat bottomed skiff like this one requires runners in a few specific places along the bottom.  Runners will prevent the boat from … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: TotalFair for the Fasteners

Louis Sauzedde worked hard to put the fasteners for the TotalBoat work skiff in just the right location, and at just the right depth. And now to prepare for painting the bottom and the topsides, he needs to fill every one of the screw holes so they disappear underneath the paint job that is about … Read More

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hang Over & Cut Off (Episode 18)

We are finally back in the Open Door Boatshop with Louis Sauzedde and his TotalBoat Work Skiff project. It’s time to trim the bottom planking that was attached and left hanging over the side. As Lou explains, he prefers to let the boards on the skiff “hang over” beyond where they will be trimmed, and … Read More

Restoring a Classic: The Graves Constellation, “Vela”

  Step into the TotalBoat Workshop for a super up-close look at a total refit on a 1965 classic, the Graves Constellation, “Vela.” Her owners are no strangers to yacht racing and when they found this hull for sale, they knew it was a chance to bring an old classic up to modern racing form. … Read More

Envy 2-Part Varnish: A Durable Coating for your Brightwork

Keeping your brightwork looking great is a chore that requires constant upkeep. With varnishes, most people expect to apply seasonal coats to keep the varnish looking good and doing the work of protecting your wood from sun, salt and general abuse.  But if you have never used a 2-Part varnish on your brightwork, then we have a great … Read More

Shop Night Shenanigans

Only a few Wednesdays into Shop Night season, the enthusiasm is mounting and the projects are piling up. With a short list of a few more shop upgrades to work on, the record setting crowd worked together to build a paint table (complete with paint mixer hard mounted to the base), construct extra “curtains” for … Read More