Award-Winning Film ‘Vanishing Sail’ launches online with Vimeo on Demand.

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The Art of Sail

We’ve told you in past blog posts how much we adore this beautiful film about boatbuilding as a way of life in the Southern Caribbean islands. Now you can watch it on your own big screen at home as you stream it from Vimeo’s On Demand service. We can’t wait to watch it again, after seeing the boat, meeting the filmmaker, Alexis Andrews, and of course thoroughly enjoying a screening at the Wooden Boat Show last June.  Continue reading

Drones Are Winning the Volvo Ocean Race

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With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet firmly planted in the middle of the Southern Ocean, again, screaming towards Cape Horn, we have been treated to some spectacular video footage from aboard the boats. Most notably, the brave On Board Reporters (OBRs) are getting braver crazier with their drones, risking their equipment as they send back stunning aerial footage taken in excess of 40 knots of wind. The rockets boats are barrelling down massive waves as they gybe along the ice gate, an imaginary boundary preventing the teams from sailing too far south and into danger of colliding with icebergs.  This is not to say that the walls of water that come crashing into the cameras are not satisfying enough to us armchair sailors, it’s more that the opportunity is now there to get great aerial footage in the middle of nowhere as the boats are charging down waves at 37 knots. And that is something new and very appreciated.  Continue reading

Providence Boat Show Weekend (Go Pats!?)

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Providence Boat Show Highlights Easy, Affordable Paths into Boating

Look for the TotalBoat Boatbuilding demo in the lobby before you go in. Students from a local RI High school. Stop by and check out their progress and tell them TotalBoat sent you!

Scheduled for this weekend, YES! Super Bowl Weekend, the three-day Providence Boat Show presented by Washington Trust plans on joining in the spirit of the “Big Event” with an appearance by former New England Patriots Defensive Lineman and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green. Green will be cooking up his Oceans 97 Shrimp at the show’s “Sea to Table” demonstrations on Friday and Saturday (February 2 and 3) and signing autographs. The show, operated by Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), starts Friday (February 2) and offers one-stop shopping at the Rhode Island Convention Center for every kind of boating enthusiast. Continue reading

Tragedy off Hong Kong in Volvo Ocean Race Collision

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There is more that we don’t know about what happened to our friends aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing as they approached an epic finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. A long leg of the Around the World race saw them holding onto their sweet position in the front of the fleet for most of the way from Melbourne to just outside Hong Kong. And that’s when things went terribly wrong. What we do know is below – and in the days since the tragedy, there has been little concrete info added to the story – but there sure has been plenty of speculation. So we are offering you the facts as they are now – and a few others we wanted to throw at the story because these guys and gals are our friends, and we have 2 TotalBoat Ambassadors involved with this team, and we know that no news doesn’t necessarily mean good news.  Continue reading

Hard Water Riding

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Typical for New England, the super cold Arctic blast chilled down the harbors, ponds and bones of all of us who enjoy the water -even in the winter – turning them to rock solid ice – and then it was gone. But while it lasted – some 2+ weeks, there were plenty of us who grabbed our skates, kites and iceboats and RAN to these frozen places. Most know it doesn’t last, and in many winters it doesn’t even arrive once. So when you get a few weeks to play with your ice toys – you better make the most of it.  Continue reading

Boatbuilding and Systems Training (and more!) at the IYRS Open House

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We love boatbuilding, Beetle Cats, craftspeople and any version of this story where they all meet up. Having the International Yacht Restoration School down the Bay from us in Newport, is quite a boon for the local marine trades around the bustling boating towns and sheds around Rhode Island and New England.  IYRS has fed quite a few talented boatbuilders, composite technicians and systems engineers into the marine trades, and they continue to offer courses that appeal to all ages, all skill sets and all ambitions. Do you have ambitions to learn about boatbuilding and marine systems? If so, read on! The IYRS Open House is right around the corner.  Continue reading

Acorn to Arabella: The Vlogging Boatbuilders

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In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock without wifi for the past few years, the hot trend for those under 70 with a boat to build, is to document it on video. Sharing the build on YouTube is the plan for most “vloggers,” (Video bloggers are called “Vloggers”) and we couldn’t be happier about this! We have a long list of these boatbuilding vloggers that we like to follow, and amongst them is the dynamic young duo from the Acorn to Arabella series.

Over on our other blogroll, at TotalBoat.com, the readers have been eating up these updates from the Arabella work shed, a backyard bimini set up (ok, fine, it’s better than a bimini, it’s a full blown, shrink-wrapped workshop) in the back yard of the builders, Alix and Steve. These motivated men have decided that despite their lack of sailing ability (as in, they have never sailed. Ever!), that they are building an Atkins Ketch from scratch.

In the most recent episode we featured, they toured us through a rotting Atkins hull that they picked up and plan to use for all the beautifully intact bronze bits and pieces. These two are into recycling at it’s very best, and you’ll know if you watched our Vela Restoration series (and you should…), that we love it any time you can recycle old parts (or old hulls, as was the case with Vela). Giving new life to old things is worthwhile, especially when boats are involved. You’re better off with the “tried and true,” as opposed to the “brand new” often times with boating. If a part or piece has been through the ringer in the marine world, most likely it’s built to last, because most parts that aren’t, are long gone by now.

Head over to TotalBoat’s blog and catch up there with our Acorn to Arabella posts and see what we’re so excited about.

 

 

Podcasting for Mariners

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If you love a good listen on your radio – um – er – I mean computer – then tune in now and listen to our good friends at Around the Buoy as they speak with another friend of TotalBoat Show, photographer Tyler Fields.

We featured a photo of Tyler’s in our 2017 Jamestown Distributors catalogs, and since that time, he’s been on our radar as a prolific and talented marine photographer, nestled firmly amongst an impressive field of old-timer photogs, who seem to congregate in this corner of New England. And we think we know why. Continue reading

Gabart: On Top of the Sailing World at Age 34

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Scuttlebutt offered up this story about just another amazing French solo sailor. But this time, this young man has not only accomplished his goal of setting a new solo circumnavigation record, but he smashed the former record! Read all about it here!

At 34 years of age, François Gabart obliterated – in his first attempt – the singlehanded round the world record. Gabart reduced the previous record by over six days, setting new standard of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

From November 4 to December 17, Gabart and his 30m MACIF trimaran covered 27,859.7 miles at an average speed of 27.2 knots. His top speed was 39.2 knots, and his top speed over a 24 hour period was 31.8 knots. Epic!

Gabart was welcomed triumphantly in Brest (FRA) this morning (Dec. 18) and shares some thoughts on this remarkable achievement.

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Screaming Along in the Southern Ocean

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The Southern Ocean threatened to deliver the Volvo Ocean Race a punishing leg 3 packed with damaging wind and dangerous waves, and she sure delivered. With the fleet about halfway to Melbourne, conditions have calmed a bit from nearly a week of raging seas and winds delivered by a massive low pressure system which delivered an excess of 50 knot winds. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing, reported seeing over 60 knots and got the boat going a blistering 38 knots!!!  Akzo Nobel reported breakage to their mainsail/ mast track and elsewhere the insane amount of water washing over the boat accidentally deployed PFDs and is wearing down these salty souls. Mostly the fleet has remained in one piece so far, but there is plenty more icy ocean between the fleet and the finish. Continue reading