Guess who’s back? Building ORCA with Lou Sauzedde

In the world of boat building, few names command as much respect as Lou Sauzedde, the master shipwright behind "Tips From A Shipwright." After some time away, the anticipation for his return was palpable among enthusiasts eager for updates on his latest project, ORCA: a full size replica build of Orca from JAWS.  True to form, Lou didn't disappoint, delivering an insightful and captivating video detailing the meticulous process of crafting the transom for ORCA.

The video opens with Lou in his element, surrounded by drafting tools in his drawing room. With an excited sparkle in his eye, he sets about transferring the lines of the transom from the drawing board onto the loft floor. This crucial step lays the foundation for the full-size construction of ORCA's transom, a process that Lou approaches with both precision and passion.

One key aspect Lou emphasizes is the importance of a well-prepared surface for drawing. He opted for TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint, not just for its sleek finish but also for its practicality in erasing pencil lines without damaging the surface. It's a testament to Lou’s attention to detail and his knack for combining functionality with aesthetics.

As Lou meticulously traces the lines onto the loft floor, he elucidates the significance of each measurement and mark. From body plans to water lines, every detail is carefully translated from the drawing board to the workshop floor. It's a process that highlights Lou’s deep understanding of naval architecture and his commitment to craftsmanship.

The heart of the video lies in Lou’s innovative approach to creating a pattern for the transom. Using a simple yet ingenious method involving nails and cardboard, he demonstrates how to transfer the precise shape onto lumber with remarkable accuracy. With each tap of the hammer and careful placement of nails, Lou showcases his expertise honed through years of hands-on experience.

As the video draws to a close, Lou stands back to admire his handiwork, the first pieces of ORCA's transom taking shape before his eyes. It's a moment of quiet satisfaction, tempered by the knowledge that this is but one step in a journey filled with challenges and triumphs.

In the world of boat building, Lou Sauzedde is a beacon of inspiration, illuminating the path for all who dare to dream of setting sail on the open seas. With each video he shares, he not only imparts wisdom but also kindles a flame of passion that burns bright in the hearts of all who watch. Be sure to subscribe to Tips From a Shipwright to follow along the ORCA boat building journey as it serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of a man whose love for the craft knows no bounds.


Craftmanship at its best. Lou is surely an inspiration to all of us.

Warren F Peluso

Glad to hear Lou is back in action!

Ed Schnepf

Great to see Lou back at it. He is a national treasure and I have been hoping he is ok and ready to get the party started (again).

Roger Laureno

Fantastic to see that Lou is back on Video! He brings a knowledge and skill to the process that is truly inspiring. I am building a Work Skiff myself, featured in season One, and the video series has been invaluable. Thanks to Lou and the folks at Total boat for making all this great content possible.

Brad Hanson

I am glad to see Lou has returned. But don’t you think that Lou’s audience deserve an explanation as to where has been for the last couple years. It is either medical or criminal.

john c. darst

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