DIY Boat Painting Day – Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow in the TotalBoat Workshop for Quantum99’s DIY Demo Day. This event is structured to help the avid DIY boater get a professional looking paint job with a superior shine and lasting finish. The Quantum99 polyurethane is easy to repair when damaged in spots (unlike other finishes) and with the right technique, the paint is easy to apply with excellent looking results. Let us show you how easy it can be!

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DIY & PRO Boat Painting Days – NEXT WEEK – Dec. 13 & 14

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Is your boat in need of a fresh topside paint job? Gelcoat can get pretty old and tired and with a good 2-part paint, like EMC’s QUANTUM 99 finishes, you can apply a professional looking paint job on your own. It’s a big job that can be intimidating, and we get that, so we have invited the pros from EMC paints to come to the TotalBoat Workshop for a DEMO DAY.   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

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bedding & Attaching the Bottom Planking (Episode 17)

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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

Join us for SHOP NIGHT on the TotalBoat LIVE Shop Cam

As Shop Night gets underway for the 2016-2017 season, we invite you to come behind the scenes into the TotalBoat Shop via our new LIVE ShopCam.  We meet every Wednesday evening to get dirty and get our boats in better condition for next summer.  Our ShopCam can move around, and if you like something you see, we can move the cam closer to let you see more.

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Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Edging the Bottom Planking (Episode 16)

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The bottom planking on the TotalBoat Work Skiff is arguably the most important part of the boat as it’s submerged most of the time and will be charged with taking the brunt of any seas or swell that it will encounter.  Follow along in our latest episode as Louis explains how to cut the planks for length and accuracy. Using his electric joiner, Lou takes 1/16th of an inch off each side in a single pass to perfect the edges of each bottom plank. Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Prepping for Bottom Planking (Episode 15)

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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

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Checking for Symmetry (Episode 14)

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Louis Sauzedde is feeling the love from his fans and is plugging away at getting the skiff completed. We are releasing these videos at almost the same pace as the skiff build, which allows Lou to address some of your questions in the videos themselves. In this episode, Lou gets right to addressing your concerns over what exactly was making his drill put on a smoke show in Episode 13. Once he consoles you and your power tools, he checks to be sure that the side planks of the boat will not influence attaching the bottom planks. Lou’s biggest concern is that the skiff is being built symmetrically – and he takes the time in this episode to check his work thus far. Twice.

Enjoy! And leave your comments and questions for Lou below. We always pass them on and try to answer!

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hanging the Frames (Episode 12)

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In Episode 11, Lou showed us some clever tricks for cutting the frames that will be attached to the side planks. Episode 12 finds Lou using the metric tape-measure to mark along the boat and divide it up so he knows where each frame is going to be attached to the side planks. He then begins installing the frames using a plumb bar to level them so he is certain that they are straight up-and-down. And finally Lou will install them along the length of the boat, at each marked location.
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Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Attaching the Frames (Episode 11)

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Lou heard the cries for a longer video and you’re about to get it! The TotalBoat work skiff is really coming together and Episode 11 finds Lou very busy working on the many frames that are so important to the hull shape and structure. With another vintage tool from his shop, Lou uses his tried and true drill press to make holes in the frames that he then cuts out to make the frames fit around the chines.  He shows us how he divides down the length of the boat to find where the frames will be installed and then levels and attaches the frames to the chines and side plank.

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