Moth Sailor – Victor Diaz de Leon’s TotalBoat Update

The full report from Victor and his MOTH Worlds experience in Japan last month:        image10Victor is a world class sailor competing at a very high level in the foiling Moth sailboat,  requiring serious skill on the water and in the “boatyard” each night after racing.

Read this race report from Victor: The Moth Worlds in Japan last month was a full time project for me that took several months.

In order to prepare, I spent time practicing at home and doing local U.S regattas where I had a chance to test my gear and experiment with new techniques and settings.

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Building The Totalboat Work Skiff


Louis Sauzedde, the expert shipwright from our sponsored series of How-To videos, “Tips from A Shipwright,” is in love with the classic work skiff. So much so that he is building one from scratch in his driveway.
“It’s easy,” promises Lou.  And in this new video series, Lou will show you exactly how to build one of your own with ease.  In this first episode, Lou breaks down the lumber needed for each part of the boat, as well as some history of the heritage of the Rhode Island work skiff and how to go about best constructing a boat yourself at home. Continue reading

TotalBoat Photo Contest! Submit Your Winning Photo by July 31st

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It’s time for our summer Photo Contest! We want to see project boats and boat projects that involved TotalBoat products. Show us your paint jobs and layups, your fancy bottom paint and your ugly repairs.  It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it does have to be a TotalBoat project and the winning photo will have to be good!

Every summer we look forward to the influx of great boating photography that floods in after our Photo Contest opens. Be a part of it and submit your best project photo(s) using our TotalBoat products. It can be a messy DIY moment or a perfectly applied, mirror-like paint job in process. We would love to see photos of projects in process or completed – and don’t be shy – send a few. (one per email, please)

We love it all because we know what it takes to get these boat jobs done – and sometimes, it is a work of art – a masterpiece. Other times, less so. And we’ll leave it at that.  Follow the instructions below and send in your winning photo.  Continue reading

Chaos and Champagne in the 50th Newport-Bermuda Race

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In this 50th edition of the famous ocean race, an early forecast threatened the fleet with nasty wind and waves in the Gulf Stream, but it didn’t stop ‘Comanche’ from setting a new course record. The rest of the racers now battle light air instead of gales, with most only halfway to Bermuda.

Comanche, the super fast 100-footer built by Hodgdon Yachts of Boothbay, Maine was built to shatter records and she has done just that with a new course record for the Newport – Bermuda Race. In this 50th anniversary running of the race, Comanche finished the 635 race in 34hrs 42min 53sec, almost five hours ahead of the previous record of 39:39:18 set in 2012 by George David in Rambler. Continue reading

Why You Should Use TotalBoat Epoxy Resin – An Honest Review

We found this review online from an enthused user of TotalBoat Epoxy. It’s ease of use and application makes it a favorite for boatbuilding, boat repair and lots of jobs around the house, too!

It’s so nice when someone else tests and reviews products and processes so you can cut to the chase and get your work done on the boat or at home. Mister Pirate Booty has done just that, as he prepares to fiberglass the port ring that goes around the porthole (window) to his boat.   Continue reading

How to Scarf & Connect Wood to Repair or Replace a Plank

Here is our Video of the Week with Lou from Tips from A Shipwright. Watch as Lou masterfully shows us how to scarf in a new plank on an old wooden boat.

When a plank needs replacing on the topsides of an otherwise beautiful wooden boat,Lou doesn’t get discouraged about taking a saw to the hull! And if you have similar issues, this video will help you replace it with ease.

In this video of the week, Lou shows us how to get to that plank without removing the whole thing, and how to cut it, leaving room to create a perfect scarf to a new plank. Continue reading

Come See Us at the Wooden Boat Show June 24-26 at Mystic Seaport

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Jamestown Distributors will be there in Tent A – Booth 22A with our TotalBoat Pros, the latest products from TotalBoat, and a boatload of know-how!

Next weekend in Mystic, CT, inside the confines of beautiful Mystic Seaport, the 25th Annual Wooden Boat Show rolls into town. Complete with in-water displays, a family boatbuilding tent and plenty of land based vendors and sweet boats, the show is a mecca of wooden boats and wooden boat products and gurus.  If you love wooden boats, this is a must-see!  Continue reading

Launching Day! Time to Go Boating!

Ladies and Gentlemen – start your engines, raise your sails, point your bow towards your home port and GO! Boating season is upon us and here in the northeast, we have been off to a slow start. This past weekend, when many of us planned to launch, Mother Nature blew up a steady 20+ knot front and whipped up the harbors into a frothy and unwelcoming scene. Continue reading

From Timber to Tide

Happy Weekend. Here is a sweet little video to start off your Sunday morning. It’s another testament to the magic of boatbuilding. Like real boatbuilding with hand tools and paper drawings and rulers and a sweet little shop to house the maker and his vessel and tools.

Have you built your own boat? Share your story with us – your photos, your screw ups, your victories, the lessons and tribulations of it all – and then share the thrill you have when you are out at “sea” aboard your own hand-made boat. It’s unlike any other feeling. Salt, (or freshwater), some sawdust and the simplicity and satisfaction of building and using your own boat…. It can’t be beat!

Video of the Week: How to Use Teak Oil

If you have recently cleaned teak that you’d rather not varnish, but want to protect, teak oil is a great option. In just one application you can see the wood absorbing the oil, protecting the grain from salt, sun and other harmful exposure. Teak oil is easy to apply with just a rag and needs little upkeep, other than a few coats every few months to keep it’s bright appearance.
See how easy it is to transform your teak with TotalBoat Teak Oil.

See you on the water!