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

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

TotalBoat Hats for All

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Have you seen friends, sailors, lifeguards, kids, and fishermen sporting the TotalBoat trucker hat this year? It became quite a “thing” in 2016 and it just could be the perfect holiday gift…. for everyone on your list. Shove it in a stocking, hide it under the menorah – there is a color and fit for everyone!  FREE SHIPPING applies to these hot hats when you order from JD.com.   Continue reading

Blogging (& You) Are Heading to TotalBoat.com

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We have lots going on around TB HQ here at Jamestown Distributors. In our 40+ year history, never have we been stronger, had a bigger customer base or had more of our own product development and testing going on under our own roof. With all this experience selling the best marine supplies, we figured it was time to make some of our own marine products that work better, come with the best customer support and cost you a bit less. TotalBoat has been a labor of love based on this idea. And 5 years and more than 50 products later, TotalBoat has taken off.  Continue reading

Waterlust’s East Coast Odyssey – Part 1

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All photos courtesy of Waterlust

We have been big fans of Waterlust since we discovered their epic filmmaking with a purpose. This team of water lovers has been on a mission to “produce films and photography that capture the human experience with water as a platform to raise awareness about the environment,” and we have blogged about them often to bring their awesomeness your way.

So when they announced this most recent mission, to build a kit boat from scratch with Chesapeake Light Craft: Wooden Boat Kits then sail it 1000+ miles from Annapolis to Miami through the Intracoastal Waterway, we were all in. Continue reading

Preserving History: Restoring a Cypress Rowboat

Here is a customer story worth sharing. This happy customer has a cool story relating to saving and restoring this historical rowboat. For us here at JD and the TotalBoat Tech Team, it’s a testament to the customer service we try to provide each and every customer. Many have lots of questions – boat building and restoration can be confusing and challenging. Which is precisely why we work hard to get all the systems, products and processes down pat – so we can help you.
Here is Kent and Audrey’s note and a photo of their restoration project:

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New Oars for The Small Reach Regatta – By Richard Honan

Our Spring 2016 catalog featured Richard Honan, boatbuilder and signmaker and – as it turns out – rower extraordinaire. Richard has been building boats for years and we have blogged about his amazing accomplishments many times in this space. Richard has a serious following of jealous friends and he often sends them all email updates when he does something cool or builds something he is proud of (most everything he touches is worthy).DSCN3436

So when Richard told us he was heading to the Small Reach Regatta in Herrick Bay (home of Wooden Boat in Brooklin), we were thrilled to hear his newly fashioned oars were yet another TotalBoat project of his. These gorgeous oars were no afterthought and as Richard told us, he coated them with “TotalBoat Lust Varnish, my new favorite varnish.” Read on as Richard explains how he repurposed some old oars he had on hand for the Melonseed skiff he built and was planning to use for this fun regatta.  Continue reading

TotalBoat Project – Photo Contest Winners!

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We had such an outpouring of excellent entries to our TotalBoat Product Photo Contest, that we couldn’t choose just one winner. So we decided to award THREE entries as winner in three categories:
Best Photo, Best Project, and Most TotalBoat Products Used.
Each winner will get a $50 JD credit!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! 

You can check out all of the entries – and there were SO many great ones – on our Facebook page

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Our How-To Videos Help Get the Job Done

When Jamestown Distributor’s customer, Danny Thwaites, submitted these images of his boat and custom carbon fiber hard top rebuild after watching our How-To video on the process, we were thrilled to see that it looks like he was able to follow along and use our video series to construct his own hard top bimini. Which – of course – was our intention. But since everyone who can click “PLAY” on the YouTube video can’t necessarily do many of the tasks in the video, it’s great to learn about the boaters who dig in and go for it (with skill and some confidence).

Danny Thwaites writes to us about the process here and sent us a bunch of great photos about his project. Watch the video series then check out Danny’s photos. Continue reading

TotalBoat Photo Contest – Have You Entered?

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It’s been super fun to see the submissions coming in for our TotalBoat Project Photo Contest.  The variety of projects is fun to see and ranges from topside paint jobs using Wet Edge Paint to varnish boats, boards and hatches, lots of Boston Whaler restorations and bottom jobs.

If you have yet to submit to the photo contest – you still have time! We are accepting entries through July and will announce our winner. Continue reading