customer story Archives – TotalBoat

Boat Building with Pops

TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, has been sending us updates of his most recent boat building project, a 13′ Peapod. Richard is a talented (and award-winning) artist, woodworker, and retired signmaker who has invited his young neighbor and his 2 granddaughters into his basement woodshop to assist with the build of this most recent boat. His … Read More

Lorrie Nowlan: Winner of the Epoxy Artist’s Challenge

Lorrie Nowlan started Wood Design by Lorrie 2 years ago when she started working with live edge wood and epoxy resin creating functional art and small tables.  She needed a creative outlet for her upcoming retirement and stress relief from a very busy nursing career. And look at her now!  When Lorrie saw the call … Read More

2019 Winter Workshop Photo Contest Submissions Album

In our post a few Fridays ago, we shared our Photo Contest winners with you. And with a resounding “WHY???” you asked, must we post the photo album on our Facebook Page. The simple answer is that this blog space doesn’t do a good job of sharing photo albums. Sharing them on Facebook widens the … Read More

2019 Winter Workshop Boat Photo Contest Winners Announced

  Congratulations to 2 young customers who are on a mission.  Glenn Sawyer, Jr. (age 14) and Matthew Strauss (15) are both winners of our 2019 Winter Photo Contest. Both teens have taken on 13-foot Boston Whaler restorations which is arguably the dream of any young mariner. Read below about their restoration efforts and how they were … Read More

Steam Bending and Installing Frames on the Arabella

Alix and Steve are building Arabella in their backyard and it’s no small task. They’re arguably at one of the most critical stages of their build, steam bending and installing frames, and like all the other tasks they take on, they have done serious research in advance.  Because this is such a monumental moment in … Read More

Fixing a Transom on a Boston Whaler With TotalFair Fairing Compound

We were thrilled to hear that YouTubing boat repair superstar, Andy Miller, has decided that making his videos full-time is the new direction for Andy’s “Boatworks Today” YouTube channel.  In this recent video, Andy shows us how he completed the repair on the Boston Whaler patrol boat he has been working on. He is close … Read More

BOO! Halloween Resin Ghosts – Make at Home

Have you been envying the spooky Halloween decorations that are homemade and not Dollar Store variety? Are your resins collecting dust under your workbench or in your boat shop, waiting for the next big project?  We thought it would be fun to share this recent video from YouTubing Epoxy Master, Peter Brown, which might inspire … Read More

Varnishing Slab Table Using Gleam Varnish & Penetrating Epoxy

As Lou rows his new TotalBoat Sport Dory off into the sunset (and into a new owner’s possession), we take you to the backwoods, upstate NY shop of another favorite maker of ours and of Lous: Jimmy Diresta’s workshop. Jimmy is hard at work on a massive cedar slab that, as he points out, resembles a big … Read More

Organizations We Support: Youth Summer Boatbuilding School

For over 40 years, Jamestown Distributors has been helping people love their boats more. Whether it’s about helping the handy DIY owner tackle a tough project – or if it’s helping the novice build their first boat, we have a soft spot for helping out those who share our passion for boats, and for building, and making … Read More

Meet the JD Team at the Newport International Boat Show

For the first time in many years, Jamestown Distributors will have a booth at the very popular Newport International Boat Show! Next Thursday through Sunday, come down to the heart of boating in the Northeast: Newport Harbor, in Little Rhody! Meet members of the TotalBoat Tech Team and ask questions about a pesky problem or an … Read More

Jimmy Diresta Makes Canoe Paddles Using TotalBoat Epoxy & Varnish

YouTube superstar, Jimmy DiResta, is no stranger to “making” things by hand. He would never order a pair of paddles for the canoe he’s building when he can order some fancy, spalted maple, and walnut to carve, plane and sand into submission. DiResta is a legend when it comes to being a ‘Maker.” In fact, … Read More

2018 Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show Award

A favorite JD customer of ours was recently awarded the 2018 Wooden Boat Show Concours de Elegance-Professionally Built- Human Powered– Best in Show award. We were at the show and found their boat to be ingenious, especially knowing it’s a human-powered boat, unlike any other we’ve seen. Have a look!

2018 Summer Customer Boat Project Photo Contest Winners

BEST PHOTO Montgomery Bauman We again had to choose more than one customer photo to win our Summer Photo Contest. Nearly every entry was worthy of winning something – but we had to settle on three and chose a winner in three categories: Best Photo (it is a photo contest, after all), Best Restoration and … Read More

Jamestown Distributors Summer Boat Photo Contest 2018

Our JD Summer Photo Contest submission date has come and gone. We thought you might like to see all of the amazing entries we received when we asked you, our customers, what your summer boating projects looked like. We were pleased to see lots of photos of boats on the water, and out of the … Read More