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

Restoring Classic Hulls in the Workshop

 Water to wine: Nicer Cabin Shape for GRP Classic

When Mike Zani moved to the banks of the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island, he wanted a beautiful yacht for his mooring but was not willing to pay $50,000 for one of the fine-lined modern/classic daysailers on the market today, writes Chris Museler.

A cool $4,500 bought him a 1962 Cape Cod Marlin, a GRP derivative of L Francis Herreshoff’s Fish Class design, but with a blister cabin house and a strip of opaque GRP in place of portholes (ugh!).

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Boats Worth Restoring – SeaCraft City

We love old boats around here. Wooden boats, fiberglass boats, power or sail – we love [mostly] all of them and a good portion are worthy of your time reading about them here… and our time restoring them, making them perform better, be safer and ALWAYS look better.


We bring you this video below of the restoration of a 23-foot Seacraft becuase the folks at Metan Marine are like-minded pros who see the value in saving, bettering and bad-assing up these classic hulls. Older Seacrafts are somewhat of a cult classic – and I say so, because I speak from experience. As the owner of a 1974 Potter built SeaCraft Sceptre, we have invested time and money into preserving this awesome hull and plan to continue to upgrade each system until it’s like-new.  Continue reading

Shop Night Opti Repair Clinic

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Shop Night has been the super repair clinic grounds for the Tiverton Yacht Club’s junior program. Their fleet of Optimists needed some love and lots of epoxy and fiberglass. And JD President / TYC Junior Program Grand Master, Mike Mills knew he had the resources. the shop space and all the TotalBoat products needed to help revive the fleet. With a dedicated work force of TYC volunteers and lots of Wednesday Shop Nights and Sunday Morning repair sessions, the boats are coming along nicely and just in time for junior sailing to get going in a few weeks.

Part of what is so cool about shop night is witnessing the different approaches and techniques everyone has to solve different boat repair problems. Experienced boat repair wizards, Wolf, Teresa, Chris and Mike, have been fascinating to watch as they set up a production line style, kamikaze attack on the beat up boats. Everyone is watching how and what the other guy thinks should be done next and the boats are getting prettier, stronger and most of all – sailable again!   Check out some pics from the Tiverton Yacht Club Opti repair clinic! It’s been fun to watch the progression as the boats and their badly damaged blades are repaired.

Video of the Week: Making a Plug for a Mold – Part 5


In this final part of our video series on making a plug for a mold, Stephan finishes up with a very sleek layup of carbon fiber in the plug, producing a herringbone pattern which is not as hard to accomplish as one might imagine.  Stephan’s expertise with composites, epoxy and plug construction is easily adapted to make a plug for any parts you might need to build. And with this 5-part video series, you, too will look like a pro when you create a piece that is masterfully executed,  as shown in these videos.

Watch all 5 videos in the series here.

Hope you enjoyed this video series! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and SHARE it on your social networks, if you liked it!

Shop Night 2016 – Projects in Progress

Shop Night in the TotalBoat Workshop is in full force right about now as people prepare for spring and warmer, sunnier days when launching day doesn’t seem so far away. It’s T-Minus about one month til the newly painted Black Watch 26 gets launched and usually she goes first, and the rest of us scramble to prep and paint and tweak so we can get out there, too.

Below are some photos of the projects we have conquered over the winter – some big, some small. With a full video series coming on how the BlackWatch was transformed from a white hull to a dashing dark black, shiny beast of a boat.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: How to Make A Plug for a Fiberglass Mold – Part 2

In the first part of this video series, Stephan showed us how to use pink insulation foam and a homebuilt hot wire cutter to create the first part of a perfect plug. In this next video we look at the next steps of laying down fiberglass and 5:1 epoxy to create the plug, and some important parts of the process that should not be overlooked. Tips in this second video from someone who has made many plugs and molds, will help to speed up your own process and avoid common mistakes and hangups.

Stephan offers simple and clear advice for making his plug for a motorcycle seat, but you can use this video to make just about any form with ease.  Follow along in Part 2 and be sure to watch Part 1 of the series, if you missed it.

Then stay tuned for Part 3 coming next week!



Video of the Week: How to Make A Fiberglass Plug from a Mold – Part 1

In this video series we have called on composite expert, Stephan Vaast to show us a clever way to create a plug for a mold. Making a plug is the first step in the process of making a fiberglass mold to build parts and pieces. Typically, a plug is a mock up of the finished part, and you can even decide to use the actual part as the plug for the mold.

There are many important steps in the mold making process, and getting the first step of plug fabrication right, is paramount to the ultimate success of your project. Stephan shows us a few tricks for making a plug, and considering the many angles and surfaces that must be perfectly executed, he offers a great idea for building a part using insulation foam and an ingenious home built cutter to get perfect edges and angles off the template.  Follow along in this 5 part video series and learn from an expert.

Video of the Week: Building a Kayak – Part 3

Back in the TotalBoat Workshop, the kayak build of a Chesapeake Light Craft 17 is coming along and with the deck ready for fiberglassing, the boat is using up plenty of TotalBoat products, part of our goal in this training and team building project. This video shows the TotalBoat Tech Team working with fiberglass on the newly attached deck and follows them as they cut hatches in the deck, attach the cockpit combing and try out the brand new TotalBoat Crystal Clear Hardener (Coming soon!) with the TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy. 

Building a small kayak or rowboat should not be intimidating. The scale of the project is workable and you can learn quickly as you go through the various steps of the build. Most of these skills translate well to bigger scale projects and and leaves you in the end with a very cool boat. And a whole host of great skills to take you and your boating projects to a new level.  Enjoy!



VIDEO: Removing Amine Blush from Cured Epoxy

Frequent users of epoxy, such as the TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy, will know this dilemma all too well. Amine blush appears after a perfect epoxy job has cured and adds another step to what is most likely a multi-step process to begin with.  It’s easy enough to clean the blush off – and it’s imperative! Leaving it on the cured surface will pretty much guarantee that any coatings applied to the epoxy will not cure or adhere.

There is confusion about how to best remove the blush from cured epoxy, however. Most people assume reaching for a solvent like acetone or mineral spirits will remove the blush and solve the problem – however this is not the case. Using a solvent only worsens the problem, spreading the blush around the finish and possibly even embedding it into the cured epoxy.

Watch the helpful, short video above to learn about how to easily make this problem disappear. And then share the video, comment on it below or on YouTube and let us know what you think. We want to know and we make these videos to demystify seemingly straightforward processes like epoxy application.