TotalBoat Shop Night 2017 | Update On Vela, Century Resorter, & Hobbie Hull

Time to bed and attach the forward port rub rail. Joe is using a caulking gun attachment to his drill to apply the BoatLife Polysulfide bedding compound.

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 shop is once again busting at the seams with boats – from “Vela” still under serious restoration, to the two blue Seacrafts sitting side by side with dead engines, to Lorelei’s 1957 Century Resorter and Ozzie’s Hobie hull, which is thankfully less “TotalFair Green” and now more “like the old gelcoat” white.  

Grinders were spinning and dust was flying. (and grinders were being gobbled up, too – the meaty, mayo-y kind…) The beauty of Shop Night is that if you just want to come hang out and watch – you’re welcome to. However no one guarantees that you won’t be put to work, so you better look busy!

Here’s a little look around the shop at what we had going on inside there last night. If you like boats, power tools, cold beers and fun with co-workers, check out the photos below. You can always try to stand and watch, but you’ll never stop learning at shop night.

DanO does some heavy Opti lifting. Operation “Opti Hospital” is underway again for 2017.

Melanie is stripping paint off this apothecary cabinet shelf.

Rick built this hood for the mitre saw to extract dust.

Lorelei and Joe expertly fit the new rub rail to the bow section.

Chris is Chief of Opti Repair Operations. Striaght to the Thixo he goes!

Joe does an expert job matching up the two new rub rails at the bow.

Stephan, a composite specialist, is way over qualified to be fixing this repair – but he is always willing to help out.

The bow of Lorelei’s Century Resorter.

What’s Shop Night without SHOP DOGS! Elwood de SuperDog and BUSTER! Woof!

Um. #Watching! Lots of opinions!

Time to bed and attach the forward port rub rail.

Lorelei and her bung chisel.

Ozzie finally gets to paint the Hobie hull! 2 Part Epoxy Primer is first to go on!

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