Video of the Week: Part 4 – Finishing Up the Kiteboard

Part 4 of the Kiteboard Building Video series is the final look at the building of Dan’s kiteboard in the TotalBoat Workshop.  He shows us how he cleverly locates the binding mount holes once the carbon is cured with a simple trick that saves him time and aggravation.  He also goes over fairing with TotalFair and then shows the clear coating job he sprayed onto the nearly completed carbon fiber board. With a few unexpected surprises and hiccups, Dan finds some work arounds to make the board look great and he doesn’t get discouraged when his plan needs some last minute tweaking.

If you missed parts 1-3, you can watch them on the TotalBoat YouTube Channel HERE.




“Classic Boat” Feature: Cambria Flies Again


The much-loved cutter is in fine fettle after a challenging,
year-long restoration in Southampton.

Article courtesy of Classic Boat Magazine

It was said in an entirely different context, but Theodore Roosevelt’s advice to “speak softly and carry a big stick” is curiously apt in the case of Cambria. Her captain, Chris Barkham, never raises his voice, regardless of provocation, and her spruce mast is one of the largest and most impressive wooden yacht spars in the world.

In typical style, they have just completed a truly remarkable, major refit at Southampton Yacht Services (SYS) in Southampton, and then quietly departed back for the Mediterranean with hardly any fuss. The work was the culmination of several years of thought and evaluation by Chris and his team. Few captains know their charge as well as he knows Cambria; and it was apparent during the last refit in 2008 that the time was coming for major work.

Cambria is composite, with steel frames and backbone all riveted together; it is an integrated form of construction that makes restoration work very challenging, and in some hands this might well have resulted in a multi-million-pound complete rebuild of the whole hull. With the support of a loyal owner, and despite the “expert” opinion often ranged against him, Chris’ approach was diametrically opposed to that; the guiding mantra throughout the work was to repair and retain original material wherever possible. The overwhelming success of the work owes much to this ethos, and to the intelligent and dedicated work of the team in interpreting and implementing it.

Chris’ loyal, long-serving crew and subcontractors worked alongside the skilled workforce of SYS, many of whom, such as lead shipwright Barry Argent, had forged close ties with the boat during previous works. It was a set-up that allowed a prodigious amount of work to be coordinated successfully in a tightly controlled program, and the result sets a new benchmark for how to approach major composite hull restoration work.

Cambria’s first refit at Southampton Yacht Services took place during the winter of 2008/2009. The work mainly involved engineering, and included a redesign of the engine room—which, incidentally, is forward of the saloon and accommodates a single engine driving the two sets of sterngear hydraulically—as well as rewiring throughout and a new navigation area.

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Frostbiting Rules To Live By

Frostbiting Rules To Live By


From Sailing Scuttlebutt 

For those that endure real winters, there are three types of sailors. One type is scanning the Scuttlebutt calendar for any excuse to catch a flight to Florida for short pant sailing. A second type is holding their travel cards and embracing their local frigid frostbite schedule. The third type is on the fence.

For those considering the local scene, or would just like to embrace it more, the SpinSheet magazine shares these tips…

Rule #1: Cotton Kills
Cotton fibers absorb water, are slow to dry, and quickly drain your body of heat when wet. Read labels and stay away from cotton blended fabrics unless they contain less than 15 percent cotton fibers.

Rule #2: Stay Dry
Staying dry means more than just “Don’t Fall In.” Remember, in some racing boats your feet, lower legs, and hands get wet quickly from water entering the cockpit. Your body also gets wet from perspiration during strenuous activity, which can be just as dangerous if you fail to follow Rule #1.

Rule 3: Fashion Does Not Equal Function
Your new jacket may be the latest in trend wear, have a designer label, show your sail number, and match your crew’s outfits, but is it made for the sport? Be careful when shopping, as many brand names carry several lines of clothing which might look similar, but cater to different sports or extremes of environments. For example, some kayaking dry tops, while similar to sailing dry tops, only stay dry when attached to a kayak spray skirt as opposed to being layered over pants. Ask your salesperson the difference between items. Remember: when you wipe out skiing, you don’t (usually) go for a swim.

Rule #4: Wear a PFD (aka Lifejacket)
If you do fall in while frostbiting, or if your boat capsizes, a lifejacket is critical to buoy you in icy, cold water. If you end up in the water and you have followed Rules #1, #2, and #3 but get knocked unconscious, you had better have followed Rule #4.

Proper frostbite attire works as a system composed of three layers… read on

JamestownDistributors carries lots of the right gear to make Frostbiting comfortable and warm and dry, regardless of the conditions.  If you are looking for GILL SAILING GEAR to make your frostbiting experience more fun and less frosty, CLICK HERE and check out our selection. We have lots in the Bristol STORE that is on sale – including drysuits. Call us (800-423-0030) for a complete selection of the DISCOUNTED Drysuits and Gill sailing apparel.

Tips from A Shipwright: Chainsaw Advice

So, maybe you have your own method for starting a chainsaw – but there are many dangers with an open “blade” made of revving chain and therein lies the issue. Accidents, when they happen, are not planned and do not come with warning (most times) so prudent safety measures and a little extra diligence will assure that you, and your limbs, remain in one piece.

Most likely if you are engaged in wooden boatbuilding, as Lou, the Super Shipwright is, then you have need for a chainsaw when your beautiful slabs of wood come in from the mill and you need more than a table saw to cut and shape them.

Everyone seems to love Tips from A Shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, regardless of his “tip” of the day. His gentle manner compliments his wizard-like advice on wooden boatbuilding, tools, and tips for just about any workshop. Let us know what you think of Lou and his “Tips” series. We hope to work more with Lou in the near future and get lots more going on in his workshop and with videos about his great boat restorations. Almost a tease, the Herreshoff 12 1/2, “Remora” sits idle in the background of this video, begging for attention and for viewers to pipe in and demand more from the boatbuilding side of Lou’s shop.

But until then – check out this fun video. And mind your chainsaws….

Admiring the Legacy of Marshall Catboats

Admittedly, we have a soft spot for Marshall Catboats. As a great customer of JD for years, and as an owner of a Marshall 22, there is great joy to be had with one giant mainsail and plenty of room for a crowd in the cockpit, as well as ample cruising accommodations down below.  She can handle a stiff breeze and chop or a swell and rarely do you uncomfortably find yourself holding on for dear life while heeling.

We are not alone in our love for these great catboats. With popular models like the Sanderling and the 22 seen in most harbors along the New England and mid Atlantic coast, sailors recognize the appeal in this sturdy little cat and the fan club is large and appreciative of her sweet sailing form.

Check out this video and if you find yourself near South Dartmouth, MA – stop in to say hi and tell them, of course, that TotalBoat Show sent you.

Video of the Week: How to Build A Kiteboard – Part 3

In this third video we are back in the TotalBoat Workshop with Dan who has shown us in the 2 videos prior, how to create the form and camber for a “home made” wake or kiteboard.  In Part 3, he gets into laminating the board with Carbon Fiber and TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy, and he goes into detail about how to best vacuum bag an odd shaped form such as this board by making an envelope. Follow along in this how-to video and watch as this board gets closer to riding the waves.

Watch Part 1 of this video series HERE and Part 2 HERE.

And make sure you subscribe to the TotalBoat YouTube page to be kept up to date with all the Friday video releases.

Frostbite Bash This Saturday at Herreshoff’s Hall Of Boats


This coming Saturday the 6th is the fourth annual Frostbite Bash! Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away in the historic Hall of Boats (A must see!),  bid on items in the live and silent auctions, and snap photos with your friends in our photo booth. A night you’re sure not to forget!

Herreshoff Marine Museum uses this party as a major fundraiser for their great year-round programs. From adult and junior sailing and seamanship programs in their fleet of 12 1/2’s, to a lively winter lecture series and many fun and educational events at the museum – there is something for everyone.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.

The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation’s most important historic maritime treasures. We regularly host classic yacht regattas, sponsor symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operate an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults. We celebrate excellence in design, innovation, education, and technology.

Immerse yourself in exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the America’s Cup, and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world. Participate in our extraordinary events and expand your horizons. Visit, join, and be a part of a great tradition.

The Bash will also be your first opportunity to witness the unveiling of the RELIANCE Model, a 30 foot, museum quality model of the America’s Cup winner, RELIANCE.

Need a place to stay the night of the Bash? Be sure to check out The Inn at Mount Hope Farm. They are offering a special rate called “From Bash to Bed” for $99 with continental breakfast. This deal will run out fast so get it while you can. Call to make your reservation now at 401-254-1745. Mt Hope Farm, if you have never been, is a pristine, wonderful location on Mt Hope Bay in Bristol.

Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame's photo.
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Head to the Providence Boat Show This Weekend


Maybe you thought you would be skiing this coming weekend…but look outside – if you live anywhere near New England, you might have noticed that it appears to be more like a boating day (and week) than a winter ski week. So take that springtime energy and head over to the Providence Boat Show at the RI Convention Center. There are some very cool new boats, Paddle Boards, fishing gear and tackle and lots more to see there. Plenty of awesome vendors are packed up and moving in over the next few days and of even more interest – is the super cool “Youth Boat Build” sponsored by Jamestown Distributors.

The Youth Boat Build is a great example of how the marine industry is reaching to the youth and tomorrow’s workforce to create interest in the marine trades. Youth from the Ocean State are turning their passion for boats and building into high-tech, high-paying career paths in engineering, design, advanced composites manufacturing and the other marine trades.  Marine Trade students from programs at Chariho Career & Technical Center and Warwick Area Career & Technical Center will be doing a Live boat-build during the show near the front entry lobby. In addition, you can meet with staff from the New England Institute of Technology and from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) School of technology and Trades. Both provide top notch marine instruction and a career path that is well grounded in Rhody and the surrounding New England community.

You can pick up tickets and  more show info at their website here, and when you get to the show, look for the TotalBoat banner and the boat under construction and tell them TotalBoat Show sent you!


Tips From A Shipwright: How to Steam Bend In A Plastic Bag

Well, if this isn’t one of the most clever ideas you’ve never thought of – then please tell us what is! People invent plenty of crazy ways to steam bend wood when building or restoring wooden boats, but few have used or even considered using a plastic bag. Also extremely clever is how Lou demonstrates his method for progressive bevel cutting. Check it out!

If Louis Sauzedde isn’t the ultimate wooden shipwright and movie star, then who could it be? He has turned wooden boat restoration into a video series attracting lots of attention and fixing up some special boats along the way. We love that he attacks his projects with confidence and traditional sense, but is not afraid to try out a new material or new idea that challenges everything he was taught about his profession.

Follow along with the rest of this 4 part (so far) video series on the restoration of “Remora” here and delight in watching Lou work and in his super wicked Rhody accent. So killa!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Using 5:1 Epoxy Pumps

In doing a video release EVERY Friday (that’s right! A NEW video from us every Friday!) we thought it was important to tackle questions and project issues that arise often in the TotalBoat Tech Help Center. Turns out, they get lots of inquiries about the proper way to use the TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy pumps – so here you go! This should answer any questions a user might have and sort out uncertainties with the pump colors, the straws that are included and how to attach and trim them and of course the BIG CONFUSION – How many pumps of each resin and hardener to use to get the 5:1 mixture right.

The answer: ONE pump of each. The different pumps are calibrated to deliver 5 parts of the resin with ONE pump, and ONE part of the hardener with a single pump.

Could it be any easier? This video will guide you through installing new pumps and using them. Hope you enjoy! And may your 5:1 epoxy always be just that – 5 parts resin to one part hardener!

And of course, for bigger jobs, you can always pour and measure with our handy TotalBoat mixing cups. You have choices, people! Go for it!

Happy (new video) Friday!