Ship Scuttling

Here is something you don’t see every day! A ship scuttling with a few crew members left on board accidentally (we can only assume). In any case – Disclaimer would of course be: Don’t try this at home.

Using the GoPro to capture many angles and the underwater sinking, makes this particularly entertaining. The water looks lovely in this neck of Cape Kamenjak, Istrian peninsula, Croatia. Any one been to Croatia? It’s on my bucket list….cruising there is said to be insanely beautiful. One day… and i bet there will be some killer diving to be done around this shipwreck. Someday…. enjoy the long weekend!


Video of the Week: Boat Painting – Waterline & Cove Stripe

In part 4 of our Video of the Week series called Boat Painting 101, it’s time to put the finishing touches on the Black Watch 26’s hull. With the new topsides paint job completed, it’s time to paint the waterline, buff out a few runs and apply a cove stripe for a sharp, finished look. Brendan sprays on 3 coats of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Polyurethane and gets great results. The Quantum99 topside paint likes to be buffed when necessary to repair imperfections in the paint job or maybe a ding or scratch from a wild docking maneuver.

Follow along in this final video in the series and see how we get it done!

And hey! Have you subscribed to TotalBoat’s You Tube channel yet? Please do! Please like and share this video if you like it! Thank you!


Sailing Aboard a Viking Ship in the North Atlantic

Aboard the Draken Harald Hårfagre, bound for Iceland and ultimately America, it’s all hands on deck as they set out with a repaired rig and restored faith. We wrote about the transatlantic voyage here, and they have made their way to the Shetlands off the UK and are bound for the Faroe Islands – plopped right in the middle of the chilly North Atlantic. Check out this video of some gnarly sailing, some serious teamwork and muscle, and plenty of resolve to make it to America.

From their website: 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.


O’Pen Bic Sailboats – Summer Tour 2016

Jamestown Distributors and the TotalBoat squad had a BLAST last summer touring Southern New England, spreading the stoke for the super fun O’pen Bic sailboat. Again for summer 2016, JD and TotalBoat will be loaning out the O’pen Bic Road Show –  4 O’Pen BICs to be used in yacht club Junior Programs in RI or nearby CT/ MA for 2 days this summer (2 days for each participating YC).

The goal is to get more kids sailing O’Pen BICs, trying out a new boat and checking out a new way to experience junior sailing. It’s not all Optis and prams! You can rig easily, go way faster, and best of all – right yourself in seconds and have fun doing it!  YES! O’pen Bics actually make flipping your boat fun. Because righting it is no. big. deal. Kids who sailed both last summer made huge gains in Opti racing, and we think it’s because the boat handling skills gained with a boat like the Bic made more confident, skilled sailors in all conditions.

How it works:

  1. Sign Up!  Contact Mike Mills at Jamestown Distributors
  2. Request a week this summer when you want the O’Pen BIC summer tour to stop at your yacht club.
  3. A Jamestown Distributors employee will deliver the BICs to your yacht club.
  4. We will work with one of your instructors on rigging, and sailing.
  5. After 2 days of sailing, JD will return, check off the boats, pack the boats up and take them to the next yacht club.


  • O’Pen BICs need to be used in conjunction with sailing programs while they have them.
  • A representative of your yacht club Jr. program needs to meet with us, receive the boats, sign off on the checklist and waiver, get trained on rigging and sailing, and take responsibility for the fleet for 2 days.
  • Sailors must respect the boats and their fellow sailors
  • Boats need to be returned in the same condition as they were loaned!

What better way to show kids other boats, different boat handling and tons of FUN! Sign up or get in touch today to check out the boat, the fleet and to experience the fun!

AND Don’t Forget!:  Tiverton Yacht Club is hosting the 2nd Annual RI O’Pen BIC Intergalactic Championships.  Sailors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and RI are invited to sail in this A/B fleet O’pen Bic Regatta on July 28.   This event will be run “Un-Regatta” style, the best way to be! Check out the video below to to see how much fun it was last year!

O’Pen Bics can also be purchased at Jamestown Distributors (Click here). Add one to your fleet for fast familiy fun and some sweet racing, too!

Here She Comes – Donna Lange on the Homestretch!

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In less than a week, solo sailor and solo circumnavigator, Donna Lange, will pull back into Bristol Harbor right on time – as planned – well, at least for the calendar. She was meaning to be the first woman solo circumnavigator to go around the world non-stop, but breakdowns in the infamous Southern Ocean cut that dream short and sent her through the Panama Canal. She confesses on her blog though, that this diversion is all just fine with her. She met great sailors and friends, fixed her boat and regrouped to get herself home up the east coast of South America and onto the US east coast.

Should you like to help welcome Donna back to the solid ground,  please come to Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, RI for a welcome reception for Donna and Inspired Insanity (maybe she’ll change the name now, being a saner sailor!) on Friday – yes this Friday, May 27th at 5:30.

Details can be found mostly by following Donna’s blog HERE. You can follow her progress towards Bristol and track the end of her trip. Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat was proud to help Donna outfit her boat prior to her departure and we sure will be glad to see her coming back into the harbor! SAIL ON, Donna!

Video of the Week: Boat Painting 101 – Spraying Topcoat

After a very thorough prep and priming job on the BlackWatch 26, (see the prep video here, and priming video here) it’s finally time to apply the 2-part polyurethane Quantum 99 Topcoat. This paint is a high-solid topcoat which was chosen for its durability and ease of repair. Most imperfections in a Quantum99 paint job (from the paint job itself or from light damage to the hull and paint job) can be easily buffed and polished out of this superior 2-part paint.   Brendan will be spraying the paint, onto the hull, a fairly new process for him, and as such Jon Boswell of EMC paints is on hand to give him some tips and show him how it’s done.

Keep in mind, this is a pro doing his first spray job. We understand you might not have a spray booth set up in the garage – or have a compressor and spray guns at the ready, but this paint is easily rolled and tipped and levels itself nicely. We thought showing you how he was taught would be a great way to decide how you want to paint your own boat. And this was using a 3M spray gun bought at an automotive store. Nothing too fancy! Best of all is Quantum99’s repairability once hardened. And we will get to that in the next video! Thanks for watching!

Shop Night Opti Repair Clinic

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Shop Night has been the super repair clinic grounds for the Tiverton Yacht Club’s junior program. Their fleet of Optimists needed some love and lots of epoxy and fiberglass. And JD President / TYC Junior Program Grand Master, Mike Mills knew he had the resources. the shop space and all the TotalBoat products needed to help revive the fleet. With a dedicated work force of TYC volunteers and lots of Wednesday Shop Nights and Sunday Morning repair sessions, the boats are coming along nicely and just in time for junior sailing to get going in a few weeks.

Part of what is so cool about shop night is witnessing the different approaches and techniques everyone has to solve different boat repair problems. Experienced boat repair wizards, Wolf, Teresa, Chris and Mike, have been fascinating to watch as they set up a production line style, kamikaze attack on the beat up boats. Everyone is watching how and what the other guy thinks should be done next and the boats are getting prettier, stronger and most of all – sailable again!   Check out some pics from the Tiverton Yacht Club Opti repair clinic! It’s been fun to watch the progression as the boats and their badly damaged blades are repaired.

Customer Story: My Favorite Stripper

My Favorite Stripper

We came across this post on the blog of the SV Ramble On, a Tayana 37. This young couple has big dreams about what they hope to do with their boat and their life savings – and they are documenting their every step on their great blog here. They have great detailed TO-DO lists broken down by category, advice and awe about budgeting a big overhaul and what it really takes to do it all yourself. They are great customers and we thank them for grabbing some of the TotalBoat Stripper and TotalFair fairing compound, and reviewing it here. They liked it so much, of course we had to share with you. Here is what they wrote – or head over to RambleOn’s blog and read it for yourself. (or click above/ read below)

From RambleOn: This weekend I finally started working on stripping the coachroof paint.  Back at the beginning of Spring, I scraped off the top layer of paint.  It seriously took me only a couple of hours because the paint was such shit.  It was so bad I could no longer hose off the boat without hosing off the dock and any neighboring boats because the paint was flaking so badly it looked like it had snowed.  This boat has about four or five layers of paint on it.  The top layer was dingy white color with a gray primer.  Below those are two or three stronger layers of tan, lighter tan and darker tan.

A year or more ago Rich, using a heat gun and scraper, started scraping off all layers of paint and non-skid at the back of the coachroof where the mainsail and staysail winches are located.  I continued this effort with little effect.  I cleared about 12 square inches in an hour.  The original paint and non-skid are really tough.  Those Taiwanese probably used some super industrial and toxic paint that was banned in the U.S. before it was even invented.  Anyway, I told Rich if he wanted the coachroof scraped down to bare gelcoat, he was more than welcome to have at it.  Actually what I did was convince him that we could paint over the old paint and non-skid and it would look just fine.

TotalStrip and bubbled paint

So Rich did a solvent test on the three remaining layers of paint and the top layer appears to be a one-part paint.  We’re planning to use a two-part paint so we have to remove the one-part paint before we can do that.  I’ve been procrastinating this project because I’m tired of scraping (see previous scraping endeavors here, here, and here).  Then a couple of weeks ago Rich sent me a link to Jamestown Distributors for their TotalBoat TotalStrip paint stripper.  I originally didn’t want to use a chemical stripper because my experience with them is that strippers are smelly and messy; plus I didn’t want chemicals running into to the slough (obviously.)  There were no reviews of it and I couldn’t find anything about it on a web search.  But because I’m so done with scraping I said buy it and I’ll try it. Continue reading

Tips from A Shipwright: How to Measure & Cut a Bootstripe

Lou has some brilliant advice for how to get a new waterline stricken on a wooden boat. With some ingenious use of wood strips, a ruler and a saw, Lou is able to create a waterline on this wooden boat that will withstand the test of many coats of topside and boot stripe paint.

Another trick he employs once he has the waterline etched, is the protect the wooden planking of the stripped waterline stripe area with TotalBoat’s Penetrating Epoxy. This clear epoxy is thin and penetrates into the bare wood to protect it from years of saltwater abuse and potential rot. It’s a great solution to protecting and sealing bare wood and is a great application anytime you have stripped paint down to the bare grain. If Lou uses it, you can feel good knowing he understands the importance of adding this layer of protection. Enjoy!


Boat Painting 101: Priming the Hull

In Step 2 of our Boat Painting 101 series, (Watch part 1 here) we have reached the time to prime! The hull is ready for multiple applications of the TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer which will form a nice, thick but smooth surface onto which we can apply the topcoat. Brendan has prepared the hull perfectly and this next step goes smoothly as he rolls and sprays applications of the epoxy based primer to create the best painting surface possible on the Black Watch 26 hull.

If your hull isn’t fair and properly prepped, you can almost count on your topcoat being difficult and imperfect. A great topside paint job is easier to maintain and repair than many of the other professionally applied spray jobs, such as AwlGrip. Pay close attention to the directions on the can and data sheet for your product. Each paint is different and will have varied application instructions, induction times and prep requirements. Your attention to detail in this important priming step will ensure that your topsides have the best possible base for a killer paint job that will last and look great.