Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time to Prime!

With the work skiff looking a lot like a boat that is ready to launch and get to work, it’s time to get to work priming the hull. Lou has filled the holes with TotalFair fairing compound and, once sanded and wiped, is ready to hide them beneath a few coats of Epoxy Primer.  But … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Hardware

It must be almost springtime in New England, because Lou Sauzedde is thinking about dock lines and cleats for the TotalBoat Work Skiff. As the skiff nears completion, and before the paint is applied, it’s a great time to sort out where the important hardware will go so the finishing brush strokes are tight. Lou – … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Gunwales

Follow Lou out back to his lumber stack to check on the remaining boards left for the Work Skiff project. With only a few remaining pieces, Lou has the few boards he needs to create the gunwales. As in the past with the breast hook and the knees, Lou sought pieces of wood that had a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Guards

We’re finally back with Lou and the TotalBoat Work Skiff is looking very sharp with the spray rails, the inwales and the guards which have now been attached. There is plenty left to do, but each step is  that much closer to getting the skiff painted and then of course, out on the water.   In … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Inwales & A Banana

Episode 28 finds Lou making beautiful cuts on a banana to offer his sage advice on how to get to the best grain in a log. He is seeking this premier part of his timber to find the best piece for his inwales on the TotalBoat Work Skiff. (The Inwale is a horizontal timber binding together the … Read More


Vela: A Story Best Told From the Bow

When Vela, the Graves Constellation, rolled into the shop back in the fall, the scope of the restoration that was to take place seemed to be fairly massive – but certainly not daunting to Master Shipwright, Dan Shea. This was to be “massive,” like buying an old house and ripping out everything but the exterior … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Steaming The Breast Hook

After selecting the most perfect timber he could scout from a fan’s wooded lot in New York, Lou is ready to cut, shape and steam the large piece of oak. In this episode, Lou once again shows off his eye for knowing the sweet spot for the sheerline. Work skiffs, in particular, require the perfect … Read More


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