It’s Time for the 2016 Bottom Paint Survey



How did your bottom paint work this season?

Tell us how your bottom paint performed this season. Your answers to this quick survey will be plotted on an interactive map, letting you see what paints others are using and how they fared across a wide range of boat types, usage frequency, and fouling conditions.

Last year, over 1,400 boaters completed our antifouling paint survey. You’ll be able to compare fresh data to last year’s results. Did you spend more, or less time on the water this year? Did you switch paint for 2016? Did you have your boat’s bottom cleaned during the season? Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time for Planking (Episode 13)


Finally, it’s time to join Louis Sauzedde in his workshop to attach the first planks to the frames we saw him hang in last Friday’s Video of the Week. last week. With more of his special tricks up his [cut off] sleeves, Lou and Andrew carefully clamp, pre drill and attach the beautiful wooden planks to the frames.

If you recall from Episode 1, these planking boards were among the first steps of the build, chosen right away for their grain characteristics. This commitment to plank quality proves that Louis really does consider every inch of the boat, from the screws to the color and grain of each plank.

Welcome back as we get into the meat of the planking with Lou in Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff.


Waterlust’s Kit Boat Construction & Epic Adventure

A 2-Month IntraCoastal Odyssey from Annapolis to Miami

The Waterlust crew has finally pulled into Miami, their home base. After a 2-month adventure, including boat building and lots of sailing (and pedaling), the team is home. Waterlust’s team of 4 built the 2 new kit boats in record time at Chesapeake Light Craft, and painted them to be beautiful specimens with our epoxy primer and topside paint. Then the team set off, bows pointing south.  A month-plus and a tropical storm later, (see video 3 in the series, as they took cover from tropical Storm Hermine)  the team reached their home port unscathed by the weather, and invigorated by their boat building experience, the sea and their odyssey. Continue reading

Aloft on A Classic Fife – Hold on!


Here is a little high-flying fun from atop the rig of the beautiful William Fife, Mariquita, under sail. Perfect for a Monday. Being aloft some 100 feet plus off the water is enough of a stunt for one day. Then add in balancing on a wooden spreader and helping to guide the spinnaker open – and it’s a regular tightrope or trapeze act.  Continue reading

12 Cool Things to See at the Newport Boat Show This Weekend


If you’re heading to the Newport International Boat Show this weekend, you’re welcome. Here is a great hit list of 12 very cool displays on land and in-the-water to check out while you’re there. If you weren’t planning on heading down on this perfect last summer weekend – rethink your plans.  It’s going to be a great day to wander the show and check out some amazing boats – both wooden and fiberglass, power and sail.

But as promised, here is a quick list of some great exhibits that caught our eye and camera. A curated collection of things that seem to matter “nautically,” are super cool or educational and are of interest to die-hard boaters (or wanna-be die-hards) is a valuable way to take a 4 hour tour of the show and get it done in half the time. Follow along on this little tour of what we thought was pretty rad. Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hanging the Frames (Episode 12)


In Episode 11, Lou showed us some clever tricks for cutting the frames that will be attached to the side planks. Episode 12 finds Lou using the metric tape-measure to mark along the boat and divide it up so he knows where each frame is going to be attached to the side planks. He then begins installing the frames using a plumb bar to level them so he is certain that they are straight up-and-down. And finally Lou will install them along the length of the boat, at each marked location.
Please share and comment. We love to hear what you think about the series and what you want to learn more about from Lou. Thanks for watching!

This Saturday: Schooner Races on Martha’s Vineyard


If you’re heading the to Vineyard this weekend for a perfect almost-fall getaway, you’ll be treated to an awesome sight as our beloved customers, Gannon & Benjamin, host the 28th Annual Pat West Gaff Rig and Schooner Race on Saturday, September 16.

All Gaff Rig boats and schooners are welcome to enter. The race is held each year in memory of Francis (Pat) West Jr, and benefits the non-profit organization, Sail Martha’s Vineyard.

You can even register to race in this Vineyard classic, aboard the 122′ Gloucester Dory Fishing Schooner Adventure! Continue reading

The NEW Newport Wooden Boat Show Is Coming Thursday – Sunday


Thursday, opening day of the Newport International Boat Show, will feature the inaugural day of the first ever Newport Wooden Boat Show. Featuring many of our favorite JD and TotalBoat customers, the show will offer in-water basin and land displays featuring Hinckley, Hunt and other Down East-style boats again this year, concurrently with the Newport International Boat Show and Newport Brokerage Boat Show. Additionally, show attendees will find a beautiful array of wooden boats (power and sail) in the water at Bowen’s Wharf Marina for the inaugural Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show. Admission is free to discover spectacular wooden craftsmanship from Pease BoatworksConcordia CompanyArey’s PondNewport Nautical TimbersInternational Yacht Restoration School. Continue reading

Foiling Week(end) in Newport, RI


Run to Sail Newport and Fort Adams this weekend to catch the final days of Foiling Week. The crazy flying boats have been on Narragansett Bay since Thursday and remain through Sunday, Sept. 11th. Spectators will see Wazsps, a prototype division and A-Class Catamarans, along with the International Moth class racing on the bay. The International Moths will be vying for the title of North American champion, and local Moth sailors will be hoping to take home the title after the three days of racing. Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Attaching the Frames (Episode 11)


Lou heard the cries for a longer video and you’re about to get it! The TotalBoat work skiff is really coming together and Episode 11 finds Lou very busy working on the many frames that are so important to the hull shape and structure. With another vintage tool from his shop, Lou uses his tried and true drill press to make holes in the frames that he then cuts out to make the frames fit around the chines.  He shows us how he divides down the length of the boat to find where the frames will be installed and then levels and attaches the frames to the chines and side plank.

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