Tips from A Shipwright Archives – TotalBoat

Louis Sauzedde Shows Us How to Make a Good Set of Saw Horses

After building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, Lou took some time off to find a new shop and reinvigorate the Tips from a Shipwright video plan. The YouTube channel, with over 140,000 subscribers, has obviously hit home with many of you. And like you, we were excited to see that Lou is back at it making … Read More


Shipwright Talk: Lou Sauzedde Pays a Visit Acorn to Arabella

Shipwrights like Louis Sauzedde have massive amounts of experience that has taken years to amass. It’s a pleasure to see how that knowledge is shared with newer shipwrights who don’t have the benefit of trial and error. Steve and Alix are well-read, self-taught shipwrights with no prior experience, so a visit from Lou during the … Read More


Tips from A Shipwright: Lou in the Chilean Boatyards

If boatbuilding is a universal language then you can expect our friend, Louis Sauzedde, to be fluent. In this third episode from his South American visit, he’s discovered another very busy boatyard on the Chilean Coast where he delights in sharing knowledge and stories. It’s fair to say even Lou picked up some tips from … Read More


Tips from a Shipwright: Another Chilean Boatyard Visit

Louis Sauzedde’s famous stature as a boatbuilding video star extends far beyond New England and the United States. Chileans in the town of Lota flocked to meet Louis when he visited their local shipyard on the shore during his visit there last year. The press and locals were there to interview the superstar and get some … Read More


Collective Wisdom from TotalBoat Ambassadors

If you are one of the many customers who are missing our favorite shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, rest easy. Lou is alive and well and working on his next big thing. Lucky for us and for you, we have been working with Lou for years and as such have a great collection of videos he’s made … Read More


TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers, and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There is … Read More


Diresta’s Workshop: Using Epoxy to Make a Knife Handle

An old friend of the Maker Godfather, Jimmy Diresta, once said “There’s more than one way to build a boat,” and so he used plastic for a wooden boat’s frames and made makeshift steaming bags so that his wood could be bent in place. Convention has no place in the workshops of Louis Sauzedde and Jimmy … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Launching & Rowing

We have finally reached the episode you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to launch the TotalBoat Sport Dory and take her for a row. Lou is excited to finally sit in the boat, pull on the oars, and feel the Dory sliding easily over the water. Catch the final episode in our series with … Read More


Q&A Time with Louis on the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is getting pretty close to finishing up and launching his TotalBoat Sport Dory! In this week’s episode, Lou answers some great questions from the audience as well as taking a close look at how he installs the guards and inwales.


TotalBoat Sport Dory Episode 29: Seat Risers & Seats

Welcome back to the Open Door Boatshop, where Louis Sauzedde is busy making progress on the TotalBoat Sport Dory. In this episode, Lou determines the height and location of the seat risers and seats for the dory. The positioning of the seats is very important for stability and for efficiency when rowing. Getting this placement … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 26 – The Wooden Boat Show

The Wooden Boat Show brought together Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde with many of his fans. The TotalBoat Sport Dory greeted people at the door and attracted new followers who admired her beautiful lines and marveled at her plastic frames.  In Episode 26, come and follow Lou around the grounds of the Wooden Boat … Read More