Announcing the TotalBoat Summer Photo Contest Winners 2020

Summer Photo Contest 2020 Winners

Best Boat Build – Rob Funk – Wood Strip kayak 

Best Furniture/ Woodworking Build – Tim Gallagher  – Adirondack Chairs  

Best Restoration   –  Mark Baragar – “LaFenice”  1964 56′ Chris Craft Roamer 

Congratulations to the winners of our JD Summer 2020 Photo Contest! We love picking a few winners when we have so many awesome entries for our photo contests, and again the entries did not disappoint.  It seems like the lockdown/ quarantine kept many of you busy with new or old projects and with some new found skills that were put to good use. We invite you to check out all the great photo entries we got in the public Facebook album below. (You don’t have to have an account to check out the photos!) We got submissions of old boats, new skills, new uses of an “old” product and some fun builds that are not the run-of-the-mill that really made us smile.  Be sure to let us know what inspires you to get back to something forgotten or pick up something entirely new! Leave us a comment below or send us some photos. We love to see what you’re working on and how we can help!

Click on the Facebook “F” below to see all the photos in the album.  Each winner will receive a $100 JD Credit on their account plus a TotalBoat hat and t-shirt!

Posted by Jamestown Distributors on Monday, August 10, 2020



Tim Gallagher – Best Furniture/ Woodworking Build  – Adirondack Chairs  

Adirondacks: reclaimed redwood bleachers for arms; local red cedar, and TotalBoat Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer and amber Halcyon Varnish of 5 coats. Paul Jackman design. 

I am a school teacher and fiddle and mandolin player who lost all my gigs this summer, gigs that were in the family budget. I was cleaning out buildings in April when I rediscovered some antique redwood bleachers I saved from the dump. Wanting to always build adirondacks I found Paul Jackman and purchased his design and finish recommendation to use Total Boat. I was successful in building 10 chairs, 8 of which I sold and was able to save myself from leaving the house too much and get a job away from my family. This has been such a great experience and outlet for my creative energy usually dedicated to being a professional musician.


Mark Baragar – 1964 Chris Craft Roamer – Best Restoration

Over the last 2 years I’ve been restoring/refitting, or whatever you want to call it, this 1964 56’ Chris Craft Roamer. Most of the products are from TotalBoat. You can thank Andy for that. I’ve been consulting with him throughout most of this project as I knew nothing about fiberglass, epoxy, or painting before I started the project. I have hundreds of photos at a Facebook page:



Rob Funk – The Yak-noe Build – Best New Build 

I just took my final project (Covid-19) out onto the water this morning.  The float/ride was too much fun.  I’ll piece together the story, as well as provide links to my YouTube channel that documents the process of building a Featherweight Canoe from “Mac” McCarty’s book. This is my first attempt as a wood strip boat.

The details about the Wee Lassie; I used local Beetle Kill pine to build the 1/4″ wood strips.  There are 3 distinct boards used, and they define each side of the boat.  I only needed a few strips for the bottom, so that is why it doesn’t look like it blends in all that well.  However, the contrast is still fun.  Most of the beetle holes are filled with crushed turquoise to add a bit of flair to the wood.  The thwart, foot braces, and gunwale spacers are made from Purpleheart, to bring contrast to the pine wood.  

The featherweight canoe, double paddle canoe, or as I like to call it, a Yak-noe, weighs in a 31 pounds.  This is one pound over the target weight for Mac’s design.  We will try to shed some pounds on our next 2 builds.  The paddle is made out of leftover bead/cove stock and fiberglassed on both sides. The carbon fiber tubes keep the paddles incredibly light.  The paddle weighs in at 1.5 pounds.   And the drip rings are 3D printed on our little budget printer at home. 

Last week I just finished applying the Gleam 2.0 varnish, 4 coats outside, 3 inside.  I did struggle with the spray gun, leaving a dry, satin look.  So I ditched the sprayer and grabbed a foam brush for the last 2 coats. Might have been the weather. Maybe an old, outdated spray gun.  Or just me.  I haven’t posted the finishing videos yet as I am still editing them.  




Well done and thanks to all who submitted photos. It’s worth checking them all out in the album, as there are some inspiring projects and accomplishments in there! Enjoy!

21 responses to “Summer Photo Contest 2020 Winners

    1. Hi friend, I noticed in the text there is indeed a link to a photo gallery with over 100 pictures:

  1. Love all these projects! I happen to have gotten one of Tim Gallagher’s Adirondack chairs and I can’t say enough good things about it, it’s fabulous!

  2. Well the s trip builds are…lacking no care taken to wood itself it’s all hodge podge. Designs are. Meh. Kit builds don’t impress me.

    The Chris craft sorta interested me till I saw it was Fiberglass .

    The Adirondack chairs uhm just no. It’s been done to death and to be honest they are not easy to get out of or that comfortable.

    Also where are all the photo entries there is like eight on the page

    1. I don’t want to be the “debbie downer”, but I have to agree with your comments. Especially the chairs. Busted up folks like myself have to fall into those and pray for someone to help me out. Down here in FL I’m not sure they’d last.

    2. Good Evening Jacilynn, Not sure what you mean by “by Hodge Podge”, but the strips were numbered as they were cut on the bandsaw. This is how they were ordered from top to bottom in the building process. If you look at the blue colored fungus stains, you can see how it ran across the board. The boards were also staggered slightly due to the beetle holes, but not too far to miss the wood grain continuity. No need to have a weak area in the wood shell. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

      1. Hodge podge means dark light dark light in alternating patterns. Instead of using a stain to make it look like one piece of wood or at least all from same type of tree.

        Many people use curved router bits to cut grooves in the strips for ease of assembly, doesn’t really add any strength but sure shows up each and every strip.

        Don’t get me wrong she is a beautiful canoe. I just find that the glaringly obvious strips to be not appealing.

        Just out of curiosity did you use 6 oz or s glass? Btw the rudder kits make it much easier to get some speed.

        1. Good Morning Jacilynn, Thank for the clarity. My Covid project was a demonstration for students in my Innovation & Design class (how hobbies lift us up through tough times). The Canoe is not stained. West Systems “extra clear” was used. and then the Gleam 2.0. I was amazed at how little yellowing occurred. I’m sold on both products. Fiberglass? I had 8oz left over from another project, and I ran into several issues. The next 2 builds will have 4oz, with 8oz in the abrasive prone areas. Here is the link to my YouTube series for my students: . The project is about the process, not the product, since so many students are focused on a grade, rather than their work ethic.

          1. Believe it or not I’ve been building a sailing canoe of my own design. Never built one before and have learned a lot. Each strip is planed to fit the next no grooves makes them almost invisible.

            My bf and I sail in shallow creeks and rivers I wanted something more suited to sailing but portable. Also no lee boards.

            I have panic anxiety disorder so I don’t spend a lot of time on it due to massive amount of panic attacks.

            My next build will be a double wide sailing canoe/ dingy so two or more can sit in it while sailing or whatever.

            So far my sailing canoe, built entirely out of wood people threw away, is looking quite nice I think.

    3. Sorry if it’s confusing – Click the F for Facebook in the top right – which takes you to the whole album – regardless of whether you have a FB account or not. that will take you to the whole album.

      Every boat and build and butt is different so try to see the effort and the story that was shared. And what’s wrong with a fiberglass boat?

      Also, many entries don’t follow the rules for being considered winner, so please follow the rules if you submit.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      1. Chris craft wooden boats, either factory made or kits for diy in fifties are quite incredible and beautiful, the Fiberglass ones,while still quite nice, we’re not as well uhm hand crafted, hard to explain.

        1. This was not a contest for only handcrafted boats! Our customers build all sorts of boats and furniture. There’s a project out there for everyone

          Let’s be kind and encourage ALL the making and building and use of tools and brainpower that we can – that’s our mission here: to spread inspiration, ideas and project support.

          1. I didnt enter contest.

            You asked whats wrong with fiberglass boats I answered as kindly as possible. It was not a “dig” at fiberglass boats. It was a comment on that it was not a classic wooden chris craft, which is the usual case when someone restores one.

            Each and every boat that is restored or worked on has many hours behind it. This is a given really. But what is truly inspiring, and what I try to get out of people when I can, is the story behind it.

            Seeing a picture of ONLY the finished product can be anything from a bad repair with a paint job to truly inspiring restoration with loving care.

        2. We have customers with many types of boats – metal, fiberglass and of course wood. We love all the boats!

          1. You folks do a great job. And…so did all of you who contributed your pictures and took the time to tell everyone about your work

            Imagine working on something for months, having the honor of a reputable company choose to highlight your project and hard work, only for it to be taken apart by rude, anonymous strangers.

            The nature of the internet unfortunately means cranks and trolls are attracted like moths to a flame. I don’t suppose there is an easy solution 🙁

  3. Some really nice pieces. I especially like the idea of using the reclaimed redwood for the Adirondack chairs and also using the beetle kill pine for the Wee Lassie build. Nice work! As far as the Chris Craft, I can’t begin to comprehend how much work went into that restoration. Good job, Mark!
    Again, congratulations to all three winners! Your pride shows through all three winning projects.

  4. Poured epoxy per directions, 5 to 1. Poured it twice and epoxy cracked! Getting damned expensive. Had to router it out both times. Tells me mix is to hot. Any suggestions?

    1. Roger 3, I think I would need more information about your project. Maybe even the working conditions(shaded, hot temperatures etc)? What are you building? What exactly do you mean when you said that you poured it and it cracked?

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