Vanishing Sail at the Wooden Boat Show: A Boatbuilding Film

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The Journey of Summer Wind, the inspiration for Vanishing Sail
No.8 Antigua Slipway, 2008

After sailing Summer Wind up and down the islands for 8 summers, I had decided to build a larger sloop with Alwyn and his sons and sold the vessel to a gentleman who began his own love affair with her. And after several years getting to learn her particular ways and also running aground on most of the reefs surrounding Antigua, she required a considerable amount of repairs. Originally fastened with house nails, they had been slowly but surely rusting away in her deck beams allowing rainwater to seep in and cause plenty trouble & rot. This is the story of Alexis Andrews and Vanishing Sail. 

Stop by our booths in Tent A, Come meet shipwright Louis Sauzedde and see the TotalBoat Work Skiff, then catch a screening of Vanishing Sail. It’s an amazing story of Caribbean boatbuilding and preserving a trade and a family tradition that risks falling by the wayside.

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Cruising, Crashing and Cupping – Marion to Bermuda

Corinthians Race to Bermuda to Catch the America’s Cup

pesca bdaThis Friday, June 9th marks the start of the 40th anniversary of the fabled Marion to Bermuda Race. This 21st running of the race has been rescheduled to an earlier start date to align the arrival of the fleet in Bermuda with the America’s Cup final races in mid June. Alternating every other year with the Newport Bermuda Race, the Marion race has long been more of a cruisers delight, with the high-tech race boats that frequent the Newport version heading to Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week on these “off” years.

Of course Team TotalBoat will be rooting for our friends on Pescatore, a Hinckley Sou’wester 59 hailing from Mattapoisett, Mass. Racing in the Youth Challenge division (a certain number of crew need to be below age 23- so in their case- 5 crew under 23), Team Pescatore is hoping to beat their record from the last Marion Bermuda Race, when they were 3rd over the line, and finished 2nd in class. We will be following the boat on the race tracker and will report from Bermuda. If you’re around town and spy the TotalBoat ensign flying on Pescatore, knock on the hull and ask Captain Twice for a TotalBoat hat. Tell him we sent you.  Continue reading

O’pen Bic Ocean Crossing

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Amidst the chaos and excitement of the America’s Cup will be a stellar youth event featuring our favorite junior sailing machine: the O’pen Bic. Beginning on June 14th, the America’s Cup will feature the Endeavour Regattas, an awesome addition to the last cup races in San Francisco and a great opportunity to get the kids psyched about the sport.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Action is Underway in Bermuda

 Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

As in the past, when there is amazing culture and obscene wealth to be discussed in the sailing and yachting world, it’s a topic best left to those who, like Bill Springer, are already writing the story. Such is the case again with Billy Swizzle, contributor to Forbes and expert on all things “yachting” and “fabulous.” If there is an intersection of the two – be certain Swizzle has his finger on it.  And for certain, all fabulous eyes are on Bermuda this month as the  America’s Cup rolls out the red carpet for the teams, the spectators and for those of us watching (if you are able) from our armchairs at home.

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On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at Mystic Seaport

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The Rosenfelds (father Morris and sons) were prolific marine photographers in the 20th century in America. Morris Rosenfeld and sons were the preeminent American gents on the water chasing all the glorious boats of the Rockefellers and all of the yacht racing they could find. The Rosenfeld Collection is an astonishing monument to the lives of a family, a father and three sons, who revered the ocean and the boats that call it home. For more than 111 years they photographed the complete maritime experience including the finest racing yachts often during America’s Cup Races. Continue reading

Waterlust – Building a Land Yacht

When the team from Waterlust spent part of last winter in the shop at Chesapeake Light Craft, (CLC) they built their first kit boat and apparently took a serious liking to the whole boat building process. But they built 2 boats for exploring, put some miles on the 2 sailing craft, and were let hungry for more. This time however, their adventures will be land based and I would venture to guess that although they are out to build a super-cool and trendy since the 60’s tear drop camper, that you might find an array of boards strapped to the top for their salty addiction. Continue reading

Remembering Carlo Riva, Designer of the World’s Most Beautiful Boats

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Thanks to our friends at Classic Boat Magazine for this excellent report on Carlo Riva who died earlier in April. We once shared a video on TotalBoat Show that was very popular amongst our readers, and so once again in honor of the man himself, we share the video at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Preview at Herreshoff Marine Museum 5/3

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Wednesday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM swing your local selves over to the Herreshoff Marine Museum for some background and a preview of what’s going on in Bermuda for the upcoming America’s Cup racing. It’s only 30 days away and it’s sure to be impressive, fast and furious!  Continue reading

JD Tent Sale to Feature “Mini” Boat Show

First Ever Customer Boat Display at JD Tent Sale Runabout tent sale

Next Saturday’s JD Tent Sale is always a big hit with the local and sort-of local customers. Why not road trip on a spring Saturday to come check out the deals and offers and to take in some of our special seaside town, here in Bristol, RI. The Tent Sale IS a great excuse to visit the JD and TotalBoat HQ, and this year even moreso because we will have Louis Sauzedde from the TotalBoat Work Skiff video series here. Everyone seems to want to meet Louis, but we suspect they want to check out his amazing skiff and with that in mind, we got to thinking that there are other customers doing amazing boat building. And most likely, customers like you want to see those projects, too. Continue reading

Spring Catalogs are Here – Just in Time for Spring Weather

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Spring Jamestown Distributors catalogs are here!

Request a catalog if you don’t already get one in your mailbox!
The JD catalog is full of great items and features three very amazing boat building personalities. Our storied customers range from Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde, to mastermind of youth boatbuilding programs – Joe Youcha, and featuring Scott Roberts, a DIY garage builder who cranked out an impressive skiff. Continue reading