Closing in on La France, Quickly!

HugoBoss Record

With the Vendee Globe solo ocean racers closing in on day 70, both the predictable and the unpredictable has happened. Quite predictably, 11 skippers and yachts have retired from racing with only 18 left to race to the finish line off Les Sables D’Olonne, France. And quite unpredictably, Alex Thomson, who is not far off the pace, pushing hard behind the leader, Armel Le Cleac’h on “Banque Populaire VII,” has set a new 24-hour for distance and speed covered in 24 hours on a monohull with a blistering average speed of 22 knots!  Continue reading

Hooked on Louis Sauzedde, the Affable Shipwright

Lou Ep 18 Get Smart, Get Motivated With Tips from a Shipwright

We’re not the only ones loving Lou Sauzedde and his Tips From a Shipwright series on building the TotalBoat Work Skiff. Lou’s work and the work of videographer Halsey Fulton, has caught the eye of much of the world wide web, especially the crafty creatives over at Hand & Eye, a great website, blog and media company with a focus on the “maker culture.” Continue reading

KiteWing: Flying on Ice


Right alongside foiling SUP boards, kite foiling and flying boats comes this cool video from former TotalBoat Intern and super video maker, Annie Tuthill. Annie loves to fly on ice with her Kitewing sail which can be used with skis, as she does, or with skates, rollerblades or even snowboards. Watch this video and then picture yourself flying with a Kitewing over snowbanks, frozen lakes or even with a skateboard! (although not condoned apparently by Kitewing…) I mean who doesn’t want to harness the power of the wind to go faster on land, hard water or even pavement?  Continue reading

Hydrofoil Cruising – Why Not Fly?


Why not fly behind the boat instead of being dragged? Imagine if Orville and Wilbur Wright had said, “No thanks, we’re happy just towing the plane behind the … car? Foiling is taking off as the latest waterborne craze and we are right there with it.  We love being out on the boat and being towed on surfboard, wakeboard, tube or waterskis. So why not get some lift involved? Continue reading

Happy New Year from TotalBoat Show!


2016 has been an awesome year for us at TotalBoat Show. We launched a video series with Tips from a Shipwright that you all seem to love, as well as lots of new products to make your boat better and your wallet heavier. We also launched with tons of How-to info to help you get the job done right. We have been busy in the TotalBoat workshop with product testing and research and lots of cool restorations and projects. Are you following along with us? Subscribe to our blogs on to keep up with all the action!  Continue reading

A Year of TotalBoat Workshop


2016 has been very kind to the team at With Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde working on the TotalBoat Skiff and providing videos weekly (ok – we gave him this week and last week off…), we have a growing fanbase for Lou and his skiff build and for all thing TotalBoat.

Catch up on all 23 episodes of the TotalBoat Workskiff so far by binge watching them on this playlist – so when January 6th rolls around, you are up-to-date and ready to watch episode 24.  Continue reading

A Cape Horn Christmas

Photo sent from the boat Famille Mary - Etamine du Lys, on December 19th, 2016 - Photo Romain AttanasioPhoto envoyée depuis le bateau Famille Mary - Etamine du Lys le 19 Décembre 2016 - Photo Romain Attanasio

Photo sent from the boat Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys, on December 19th, 2016 – Photo Romain AttanasioPhoto envoyée depuis le bateau Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys le 19 Décembre 2016 – Photo Romain Attanasio

The frontrunners of the Vendee Globe fleet are closing in on or even rounding Cape Horn today, a feat for all sailors, no matter how many times you pass it to port. A christmastime rounding will be especially emotional for many skippers as they find themselves increasingly alone at the Horn.  As predicted, the attrition rate is going up as the skipper count goes down.  As of yesterday, you can add to the list of disqualifying events, another dismasting, a sinking and a self-rescue. 
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Happy Holidays From TotalBoat


Lou is taking a holiday break this week and next but he will be back in 2017 to keep building the TotalBoat Work Skiff. In the meantime, we wish you very Happy Holidays from TotalBoat and the whole crew at Jamestown Distributors. We are so thankful that you come here to our blog to learn about products and processes, to learn about the boating world and to share your own progress and questions with us.  Continue reading

TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen, Pacific Ocean Explorer


Photo from MV Gazette/ Mark Lovewell

Adapted From the Vineyard Gazette – Heather Hamacek

TotalBoat Ambassador Brock Callen is a pro sailor, avid kite foiler and all around ocean lover. Along with his father, Brock Callen senior, the father-son duo has already made a name for themselves on Martha’s Vineyard where they live year round.  As the head of Sail Martha’s Vineyard, Callen senior shares a healthy love for the ocean with his son, and soon they will be sharing much more – a cabin on the 272-foot ocean research vessel, the Falkor.  Continue reading

Tell Us About Your Varnish


If you’re like most boat owners – somewhere on your boat you have some varnish to maintain. And it’s either a very rewarding experience looking at your beautifully finished wood pieces or it’s a boon. We sell the best varnishes out there and with TotalBoat, we also make some, too. We want to know which varnish is your favorite. We want to know how many coats and what kind of brush you use and how often you touch it up and add coats. Our Varnish Survey asks you 12 short questions that might take you 2 minutes to answer. CLICK HERE to take the VARNISH SURVEY Continue reading