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
Everyone take a deep breath! Louis Sauzedde is AOK after a week of mad planking. We took last week off from our video series to let Lou and videographer, Halsey Fulton, catch up on the build. They needed some time to get all the planks bedded and attached to the skiff bottom. Yes – we are releasing these videos as fast as they are making them! This is real time, folks! Continue reading
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
A 2-Month IntraCoastal Odyssey from Annapolis to Miami
The Waterlust crew has finally pulled into Miami, their home base. After a 2-month adventure, including boat building and lots of sailing (and pedaling), the team is home. Waterlust’s team of 4 built the 2 new kit boats in record time at Chesapeake Light Craft, and painted them to be beautiful specimens with our own marine epoxy primer and topside paint. Then the team set off, bows pointing south. A month-plus and a tropical storm later, (see video 3 in the series, as they took cover from tropical Storm Hermine) the team reached their home port unscathed by the weather, and invigorated by their boat building experience, the sea and their odyssey. Continue reading
If you watched Part 1 of the Waterlust Odyssey, you saw them build a very cool sailing canoe with the folks at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. Mike Mills from JD was on hand to help them crank these boats out inside of their 3-week window and to provide some priming and painting expertise. Using the TotalBoat Topside Primer and some sweet colors for the topside paint, Mike set the team up with some technique and some product and got his hands dirty in the process. Continue reading
This week we are back with Lou in his workshop, and he is bedding the chine log that he cut and fit to the skiff last week. Again, he has created a special tool for the job at hand – a jig that helps him perfectly line up the screw holes with the chine log that is hiding behind the plank. Lou’s techniques follow, as he put it, the “Old Man’s Method,” and as such we have to remind you that while Lou might not exhibit approved safety methods in his shop, we urge you to use common sense and err on the side of caution when using saws and blades and power tools. We prefer the “new school method” but Lou’s been at it a while so we trust his hands know their way around the saw blades. Enjoy! Continue reading
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
Everyone seems to be loving Louis Sauzedde and his skiff building and finally the planks and chines are coming together and the project is beginning to resemble a skiff. Lou has plenty left to do, but this is a big step as the chines and chine logs are vital to the shape and structure of the skiff. These first chines will dictate the placement of the rest of them, which will be attached next. Fitting the chine log in is tight, but it’s imperative that it be a secure fit, and of course Lou has some of his “tricks” up his sleeve to get these pieces into place easily and with a perfect fit. Continue reading
Watch the Waterlust team live on the CLC ShopCam and check out the finishing touches being added to their expedition boats.
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we have been helping get the Waterlust Video and Adventure Team out on the water in their newly built custom boats, built on site at Chesapeake Light Craft. (check out our most recent post here) The design is pretty sweet and simple for a kit boat that can be rowed, foot paddled and sailed. The hull colors have been painted with Wet Edge Topside Paint – in derivatives (aka custom colors) they invented with White and Boston Whaler Blue colors. The boats have been named ‘Anna’ and ‘Mia,’ for the cities where the boats will begin and end their maiden voyage (Annapolis and Miami). And the Waterlust fingerprint water drop has been imprinted on their mizzen for full branding effect. (And It looks super cool). Continue reading