15-foot wooden tender, in three separate pieces, sitting on a seaweed-covered launch ramp. That’s how George and Lindsey Hill started their morning one day last October, preparing for their favorite regatta of the year. The couple bolted their home-built nesting dinghy together as kids skipped rocks across Massachusetts’ Westport River. Forty-eight other craft, all equally as unique as the Hills’ classy, varnished pulling boat with its lug rig, began to appear on the sandy riverbank. This was the Hills’ seventh time at the Archipelago Rally, held annually across Rhode Island and last fall in Massachusetts. For those in southern New England who love just messing about in boats, this late-season event induces giddiness. Continue reading
Are we a broken record of loving cool timelapse videos? When you mix in boat building to the time lapse, it takes a long and somewhat broken up process and makes it into a symphony of smooth, simple and successful steps. The mishaps (we all have them…) are invisible, buried inside of a quick clip. The success is evident when, in the end, the long laborious project is – VOILA! Done!
When accidents happen between boats, the concern is usually the repair process and how and where to get a good, quick repair executed. When the damage is on a youth sailing dinghy like an Optimist, you might suspect it is not the last time the boat will need a touch up or repair on the fiberglass. Don’t be intimidated by small fiberglass repair jobs. With the right tools and techniques, small repairs can be quickly and easily executed, especially when the boat is not a specimen of perfection. Continue reading
As Shop Night gets underway for the 2016-2017 season, we invite you to come behind the scenes into the TotalBoat Shop via our new LIVE ShopCam. We meet every Wednesday evening to get dirty and get our boats in better condition for next summer. Our ShopCam can move around, and if you like something you see, we can move the cam closer to let you see more.
This Saturday, October 22nd, from noon – 4pm send your junior sailor to a half day O’pen Bic Clinic in Bristol, RI at the Bristol Yacht Club. World Champion sailor Lars Guck and the East Bay Sailing Foundation will be hosting this clinic inside Bristol Harbor, with chase boats and on the water coaching.
For only $20 you can come to this clinic with your own O’pen Bic or charter one for the day from the TotalBoat fleet. ($25 cash to the TotalBoat team on site) Continue reading
It’s been a great season out on the water for the TotalBoat team, but the time has come in Southern New England to put the boats away and get to work on improvements, general maintenance or upgrades for next summer.
Check them out here… Continue reading
The bottom planking on the TotalBoat Work Skiff is arguably the most important part of the boat as it’s submerged most of the time and will be charged with taking the brunt of any seas or swell that it will encounter. Follow along in our latest episode as Louis explains how to cut the planks for length and accuracy. Using his electric joiner, Lou takes 1/16th of an inch off each side in a single pass to perfect the edges of each bottom plank. Continue reading
We are getting ready for winter by prepping the TotalBoat Workshop with a time lapse setup. We have a few pretty nifty restorations up our sleeves and we wouldn’t want you to miss a minute of the process. So we are in the midst of setting up the shop, the boats and the cameras to capture the whole thing – from the second the boats are rolled into the shop – to their first cruise back on the water next spring. Continue reading
Red Bull Foiling Generation Racing
Back-to-Back US Qualifier and World Finals
October 15+16 and 22+23
A super exciting 11-day foiling event will be hosted by Sail Newport this coming weekend with racing to be held along the western shoreline of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island. Clinic racing starts on October 12 to prepare sailors for the US Qualifiers October 14-16. Sailors will compete to earn a berth at the Worlds which follows October 21-23. This is a “don’t miss” and thrilling event to watch, set up in a similar “Sailing Village” set up to the Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour.
Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors, ages 16 – 20 with the opportunity to advance their careers through top-notch hydrofoil racing. The competitions serve as training waters for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which caters to competitors ages 19-25. Both competitions train youth sailors from all over the globe on smaller versions of catamaran racers with foils, like those used in one of the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup.
The Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will host both the Red Bull Foiling Generation US Qualifier on October 15 and 16 and the World Finals for the world to see on October 22 and 23. The seaside location is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters.
Each weekend, competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM, followed by an Awards Ceremony.
With Louis Sauzedde nearly ready to attach the bottom planking on the TotalBoat Work Skiff, it’s the last opportunity to check the angle of the chine log. This last check gives Lou the chance to plane the bottom edge one last time to make certain the bottom planks will lie completely flat. As usual, Lou has some tricks to share with his fans, one of which makes his electric plane perform better. He also shares a trick for marking your boards with marker to make sure you don’t remove too much of the bevel off of the chine log. A mistake that couldn’t easily be repaired. Continue reading