On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at Mystic Seaport

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The Rosenfelds (father Morris and sons) were prolific marine photographers in the 20th century in America. Morris Rosenfeld and sons were the preeminent American gents on the water chasing all the glorious boats of the Rockefellers and all of the yacht racing they could find. The Rosenfeld Collection is an astonishing monument to the lives of a family, a father and three sons, who revered the ocean and the boats that call it home. For more than 111 years they photographed the complete maritime experience including the finest racing yachts often during America’s Cup Races. Continue reading

Waterlust – Building a Land Yacht

When the team from Waterlust spent part of last winter in the shop at Chesapeake Light Craft, (CLC) they built their first kit boat and apparently took a serious liking to the whole boat building process. But they built 2 boats for exploring, put some miles on the 2 sailing craft, and were let hungry for more. This time however, their adventures will be land based and I would venture to guess that although they are out to build a super-cool and trendy since the 60’s tear drop camper, that you might find an array of boards strapped to the top for their salty addiction. Continue reading

Remembering Carlo Riva, Designer of the World’s Most Beautiful Boats

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Thanks to our friends at Classic Boat Magazine for this excellent report on Carlo Riva who died earlier in April. We once shared a video on TotalBoat Show that was very popular amongst our readers, and so once again in honor of the man himself, we share the video at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Preview at Herreshoff Marine Museum 5/3

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Wednesday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM swing your local selves over to the Herreshoff Marine Museum for some background and a preview of what’s going on in Bermuda for the upcoming America’s Cup racing. It’s only 30 days away and it’s sure to be impressive, fast and furious!  Continue reading

JD Tent Sale to Feature “Mini” Boat Show

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Next Saturday’s JD Tent Sale is always a big hit with the local and sort-of local customers. Why not road trip on a spring Saturday to come check out the deals and offers and to take in some of our special seaside town, here in Bristol, RI. The Tent Sale IS a great excuse to visit the JD and TotalBoat HQ, and this year even moreso because we will have Louis Sauzedde from the TotalBoat Work Skiff video series here. Everyone seems to want to meet Louis, but we suspect they want to check out his amazing skiff and with that in mind, we got to thinking that there are other customers doing amazing boat building. And most likely, customers like you want to see those projects, too. Continue reading

Spring Catalogs are Here – Just in Time for Spring Weather

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Spring Jamestown Distributors catalogs are here!

Request a catalog if you don’t already get one in your mailbox!
The JD catalog is full of great items and features three very amazing boat building personalities. Our storied customers range from Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde, to mastermind of youth boatbuilding programs – Joe Youcha, and featuring Scott Roberts, a DIY garage builder who cranked out an impressive skiff. Continue reading

Save the Oceans with a Cora Ball

Cora Ball, the first microfiber-catching laundry ball launches on Kickstarter

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JD and TotalBoat helped support the amazing Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean this past summer as they tested the Cora Ball on a cruise that went from Maine to the Hudson River. They were able to confirm that trace amounts of fleece and fibers from our laundry DO make their way to water ways and it’s not good news. Here is the latest on the amazing CORA BALL and some info on how you can help – besides buying and using one! Check out their Kickstarter to help fund the Cora Ball and dive into their mission for the ball below.  Continue reading

Save the Date for the JD Tent Sale (April 22)

Get Excited For the Season With The Lowest Prices Of The Year

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Come on down to the annual JD Tent Sale. It’s a great time to get deals on the items on your list of spring launching needs. Not only will we have deals on everything we sell – but we have tech experts on hand from TotalBoat and from many of our favorite manufacturers who are great resources for your project and product questions. Continue reading

5 Years of Waterlust

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It’s been awhile since we blissed out on the magic that is Waterlust. These guys just released a video about the past 5 years of their videography and marine environmentalism. And as expected: It’s awesome! We thought it might be a perfect weekend blog post for you – to enjoy as you ponder what your own watery summer will hold.  Continue reading

Newport’s Big Volvo Ocean Race News

Press Conference and Pep Rally TODAY, Tuesday, Mar. 21

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Volvo Ocean Race Press Conference TODAY

Maybe you’re not local – in which case – watch this space and our Facebook and Instagram pages for the big reveal of Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race’s big news. We will share the announcement as we get word at the press conference. Our best guess is that a local team will be announced as the 4th boat to enter the race, and our hopes are set on seeing our own local hero, Charlie Enright, skipper of Alvimedica in the last VOR, involved with a Rhody based team. Stand by – or head over to Bel Mer on Goat Island for the big news break. Newport has already been announced as a stopover in the next race due largely to the major enthusiasm the area showed for the race and the participants. Adding a local team to the mix would be a major boon for Rhode Island and for the sailing industry.   Continue reading