Classic Yacht Symposium at Herreshoff Marine Museum

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Now that it’s MAY, pencil this great event into your calendar if you love wooden boats as we do….

The Herreshoff Marine Museum invites you to its 7th biannual Classic Yacht Symposium from May 20th to 22nd. Attracting owners, designers, builders and enthusiasts, the day of talks and two additional days of related events is a highlight in the Museum calendar with a special collaborative atmosphere amongst participants.

Included are ten talks by experts in a range of classic yacht activities from sailing to restoration to building some of the great designs representative of the maritime heritage which is celebrated today. This year also features a special panel discussion about what constitutes the breadth and boundaries of Classic Yachts. This will be undertaken with a panel of highly recognized experts and opinion leaders in the field and held at the Museum on the Friday evening. Visits to active projects at boatyards will take place on Friday. Sunday activities will include tours of the Museum Exhibits and visits to several key yachts and boats on display. Roger Williams University will be the site of Saturday’s full day of talks and discussions. 

TotalBoat Team @ the O’Pen Bic North Americans

Kids from all over our American map flocked to Charleston last weekend for the O’Pen Bic North American UNRegatta. We know all about these cool regattas since we hosted one of our own last summer and plan to do so again this summer – read about it here). So we sent down some sailor spies to get the skinny and do some reconnaissance for us and their report: AWESOME FUN!

Watch this video and you will see right away that kids enjoy the sport and fun and not as much of the crazy stressful competition. That is not to say our TotalBoat reps who were sailing were not competitive – on the contrary….they represented Team TotalBoat and finished in the top of the fleet.

Check out the website from the event and then grab yourself or your kiddo an O’Pen Bic of their own (we sell lots of them!) and you will see the massive fleet growth that is taking place almost weekly, especially in the northeast where we are spreading the word and stoke via our Demo program which was an awesome success last summer.

Hop aboard and hold on tight!





Video of the Week: Tips from a Shipwright – Planking Remora

Inside Lou Sauzedde’s boat shop, he is busy replanking the Herreshoff 12 1/2 ‘Remora’ as part of a full restoration of this popular little sailboat from the 1900s. Lou has come up with a few ingenious tricks to get the planks to fit together nice and tightly, and another trick to attach the sheer plank to the deteriorating sheer clamp. By using oak pieces attached with TotalBoat Thixo, Lou can give the sheer clamp extra heft between the frame heads, without replacing the whole length of wood.

Lou and his “Tips from a Shipwright” series always offers up an ingenious way to get the job done by saving time, resources and energy while still achieving a perfect result.



TotalBoat Around Town

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If you made it to our [best ever] tent sale, then you know we were madly giving away free, cool TotalBoat hats and t-shirts with your purchase. Lots of happy customers left with mega deals and a sweet hat and t-shirt. And as we travel around the marine world, we hand out hats and tees to our pals and to those spreading the good word about TB products they love. Like Onne van der Wal, pictured above. This local legend is an acclaimed nautical photographer who has recently fallen in love with TotalBoat Thixo and TotalBoat Seal. He wrote us to say so and then we found this cool blog from North Sails about his recent boat restoration – and we see he loves his TotalBoat tee, also!

So – If you are wandering about town in your tee or hat, be sure to shoot us a photo and we will enter you in a contest to get a FREE TotalBoat product of your choice (up to $25 value). You can email us the pic, post it on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@TotalBoat). Show us the love! Tag us!

We love seeing our hats and cool logo flying around marinas, boatyards, chandleries, sail lofts, back yards, supermarkets; I even saw one at Fenway Park recently. We know about some scattered around Mt. Sunapee, Bromley Mtn. and even near the Mt. Hope Bridge in Bristol. This guy below even dragged his tee and hat to ICELAND…


So what if you didn’t get one? EASY! Send us a pic of you using your TotalBoat product and we will send you a hat! email to and then snap a pic of you wearing your duds or a sticker you spot and you will be entered into the drawing to win $25 worth of TotalBoat products. Spread the word, wear the word, sticker the world!

Ocean Masters Are Coming to Newport


This time last year, we were watching the Volvo boats blasting up the South American coast and calculating carefully when in early May they might arrive in Newport – just down the road from TotalBoat HQ here in Bristol, RI.  We were thrilled that not only the hometown hero driving Team Alvimedica, Bristol’s own Charlie Enright, would be pulling into home port, but also that a full fleet of the Volvo 70s would be in town and would stage their restart right here in our awesome sailing mecca – Narragansett Bay.

This year around this same time as last year – we again watch the horizon for some of the Ocean Masters solo sailors who are making their way across the chilly Atlantic Ocean, and are actually bound for New York. Many though, have their bows pointed towards Newport where the Newport Shipyard will serve up first class dockage, services and hospitality as well as a great base for executing repairs.

On or around May 15, these IMOCA 60’s will blaze into Newport in much the same way the VOR boats did: possibly one by one – possibly stacked atop each other – salty as all get-out from a solo crossing from Europe, and ready to get some solid food, solid footing and a bed that doesn’t rock and roll. They won’t stay long, as they have to head to NYC in time for a May 29 TransAtlantic start, racing from New York back to the Lizard in the UK. Back across the Atlantic they go – but this time it’s not a delivery – it’s a race to add to the list of ocean races these sailors are tallying called the Ocean Masters Series. With a similar boat (the IMOCA 60), a running score and a long list of ocean races they compete in, one sailor will emerge victorious – Best Sailor in the World: the Ocean Master – from the whole series – and that includes the completely nutty solo, non-stop circumnavigation that starts in the fall – the Vendee Globe.

The IMOCA 60 boats used for the Ocean Master series is a type of monohull administrated by the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) and they are 60′ long with a box rule that does not limit design, but keeps all boats inside this rule with strict requirements for stability, weight and performance. And the Ocean Master? Well, their website bills it like this:

Over a period of 24 months the best sailors in the world test their will, skills, endurance, their art, their limits on IMOCA 60 racing yachts in legendary solo and double-handed races under the harshest conditions – across oceans and round the globe – with dramatic passages around the most famous capes.

Over 1000 people have climbed Everest, over 500 have been into space…but less than 100 have ever sailed single-handed non-stop around the world.

The Vendee Globe, the Fastnet Race, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre, and Barcelona World Race are some of the spectacular legs in this IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship.

So – If you are nearby Newport mid May – and you, like us, enjoy meeting boats who have put some miles behind their transoms – then keep your eye on the Atlantic horizon or this website – as we will try to give you tracking and arrival info should you want to go meet these crazy solo sailors. At the same size as the VO 60’s – it should be a sight to see just one sailor aboard where the Volvo boats sail with 8 crew. And they will be tired, salty and ready for a crowd to greet them. See you there!

(You can follow along with Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss who is already 5 days out heading west towards NYC. Doesn’t look like Alex will be coming to Newport, though.)


Wooden Boatbuilding – A Film

This film is a beautiful look at wooden boatbuilding and all of the work, pieces and thought that goes into bringing a once great boat boat back to life.

It’s a bit long, but it’s riveting and beautifully filmed and touches on all of the bits and pieces we know about building wooden boats. It’s a nice start to a Sunday morning and will hopefully motivate you to get to work on your own launching.


Video of the Week: Making a Plug for a Mold – Part 5


In this final part of our video series on making a plug for a mold, Stephan finishes up with a very sleek layup of carbon fiber in the plug, producing a herringbone pattern which is not as hard to accomplish as one might imagine.  Stephan’s expertise with composites, epoxy and plug construction is easily adapted to make a plug for any parts you might need to build. And with this 5-part video series, you, too will look like a pro when you create a piece that is masterfully executed,  as shown in these videos.

Watch all 5 videos in the series here.

Hope you enjoyed this video series! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and SHARE it on your social networks, if you liked it!

How to Watch the America’s Cup in NYC (May 7-8)


Are you near NYC on May 7-8? If so, be sure to check out the sure-to-be-amazing city front spectacle that will be the America’s Cup World Series. Here is some advice from the AC website on how, where and when to watch. And if you can’t get to NY, don’t worry – you can watch it live on the internet and on TV.


Head to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza to experience the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York Event Village, featuring entertainment, food vendors, sponsor activity and hospitality. The Event Village main stage will host the Dock-Out Shows, where fans can cheer the teams before they head out to the race course, and the Awards Ceremony. Big screens near the stage will also broadcast racing live.

The Event Village is free and open to the public from May 6-8.

Brookfield Place is located at 230 Vesey Street, along the iconic Hudson River waterfront and across from the Statue of Liberty.

Racing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York will take place on the lower Hudson River, just in front of Brookfield Place. The race course will be set just off the Battery Park City Esplanade, between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south.

The Esplanade stretches the length of the race course and offers 1.2 miles of free public front-row seats. It runs along the Hudson River from the top of the race course and Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the way south to Historic Battery Park.

Click HERE for public transportation details.

If driving, SP+ offers convenient parking for Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. More details HERE.


Circle Line, Manhattan’s iconic sightseeing cruise line, is the Official Spectator Boat of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, offering unparalleled first-class access to watch racing on the Hudson River. Aboard the Circle Line spectator cruise, guests will have the opportunity to view the races as up close as possible with premium front-and-center positioning.

Two levels of ticketing are available – a Spectator Ticket and a VIP Ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or the Circle Line Box Office.


Enjoy the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series digital experience via the AC+ app and website. To download and for more information visit: Territorial restrictions apply.

A Viking Transatlantic Voyage

In May 2016 Draken Harald Hårfagre, the worlds largest viking ship built in modern times, will leave her home port in Haugesund, Norway and sail off for a challenging voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean.

The aim is to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages – the first transatlantic crossing, and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than a thousand years ago. History tells us about the Viking explorer, Leif Eriksson, who discovered America over 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
 The expedition is all about exploring the world, just like the Vikings did.

The project will, like Leif Eriksson, create cross-border meetings and inspire people to go beyond the horizon in a modern Viking saga.  Along the traditional route, the ship will pass Viking settlements and new archaeological findings.

Reaching the American continent,  Expedition America 2016 will sail on visiting ports in Canada and USA.

Check out this video of her under sail in the North Sail last summer. Amazing footage and incredible video from onboard this amazing viking ship.



Stop by the JD Tent Sale today from 8-4pm.

There are mega deals, exhibitors, Lou Sauzedde from Tips from a Shipwright, boats, Dan Shea from Bristol Boatworks, live demos with varnish and epoxy and sanding/ stripping. Manufacturers like Torqueedo and Vetus and others will be on site and we are very pleased to have Dr. Scott Rutherford from RWU on site. He will be set up with bottom paint info and results from the research conducted last summer in the area.

It is a beautiful, sunny day in Bristol! Take the drive to JD and save serious coin. We’ll even have lunch ready for you!

17 Peckham Drive, Bristol, RI 02809

Read more here about the Tent Sale