Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Time for Planking (Episode 13)


Finally, it’s time to join Louis Sauzedde in his workshop to attach the first planks to the frames we saw him hang in last Friday’s Video of the Week. last week. With more of his special tricks up his [cut off] sleeves, Lou and Andrew carefully clamp, pre drill and attach the beautiful wooden planks to the frames.

If you recall from Episode 1, these planking boards were among the first steps of the build, chosen right away for their grain characteristics. This commitment to plank quality proves that Louis really does consider every inch of the boat, from the screws to the color and grain of each plank.

Welcome back as we get into the meat of the planking with Lou in Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff.


The NEW Newport Wooden Boat Show Is Coming Thursday – Sunday


Thursday, opening day of the Newport International Boat Show, will feature the inaugural day of the first ever Newport Wooden Boat Show. Featuring many of our favorite JD and TotalBoat customers, the show will offer in-water basin and land displays featuring Hinckley, Hunt and other Down East-style boats again this year, concurrently with the Newport International Boat Show and Newport Brokerage Boat Show. Additionally, show attendees will find a beautiful array of wooden boats (power and sail) in the water at Bowen’s Wharf Marina for the inaugural Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show. Admission is free to discover spectacular wooden craftsmanship from Pease BoatworksConcordia CompanyArey’s PondNewport Nautical TimbersInternational Yacht Restoration School. 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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TotalBoat Project – Photo Contest Winners!


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!


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

How to Scarf & Connect Wood to Repair or Replace a Plank

Here is our Video of the Week with Lou from Tips from A Shipwright. Watch as Lou masterfully shows us how to scarf in a new plank on an old wooden boat.

When a plank needs replacing on the topsides of an otherwise beautiful wooden boat,Lou doesn’t get discouraged about taking a saw to the hull! And if you have similar issues, this video will help you replace it with ease.

In this video of the week, Lou shows us how to get to that plank without removing the whole thing, and how to cut it, leaving room to create a perfect scarf to a new plank. Continue reading

Replica of a Lost Fife – From Classic Boat Magazine


In July of 2015, Wooden Boatworks, Inc., of Greenport, New York, launched a new plane-on-frame William Fife III 8-M. The yacht is named Invader, commissioned by Brian Hunt Lawrence of New York City and Oyster Bay, New York. Invader is 48 ft. 2 in. on deck. She carries a 30 ft. 8 in. waterline, an 8 ft. 6 in. beam, and a 6 ft. 6 in. draft, well representing a class with great international appeal in the first part of the last century. 8-Meters were, and still are, a competitive racing class and they formed an Olympic class from 1908 to 1936.

This contemporary Invader was constructed as a historical new-build of a 1930s era 8-Meter calledInvader II, which match-raced for the Canadian team in the 1932 Canada’s Cup. This competition was the freshwater equivalent of the America’s Cup, a decades-long rivalry between the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. Although the Canadians fought valiantly for over 50 years, the Rochester Yacht Club stubbornly retained the Canada’s Cup from 1903 to 1954.

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“Doris” Can Come Alive Again – Saving An Historic Yacht


Herreshoff Mfg Co’s largest all wood sailing vessel, built in 1905, has sat languishing and abandoned in a New London boatyard for over 30 years. DORIS, a five year documentary project, discovers the life and times of one of the great historical yachts as she’s returned to original specifications.

In this older TotalBoat Show post, we showed you Doris on her way this Fall to her refit at Snedicker Yacht Restoration in Pawcatuck, CT for what will be their largest restoration to date. It will be thrilling to watch a documentary about the refit once she is complete and to watch as the yacht is transformed in the coming years. YEs, years! And we will continue to keep you in the loop as they release other videos and updates.

Check out the history of this awesome yacht on her own blog page here,  and follow along on TotalBoat Show for more of the story.

Cambria Flies Again – From ‘Classic Boat’ Magazine

Cambria Flies Again

The much-loved cutter is in fine fettle after a challenging,
year-long restoration in Southampton.

Article courtesy of Classic Boat Magazine


It was said in an entirely different context, but Theodore Roosevelt’s advice to “speak softly and carry a big stick” is curiously apt in the case of Cambria. Her captain, Chris Barkham, never raises his voice, regardless of provocation, and her spruce mast is one of the largest and most impressive wooden yacht spars in the world.

In typical style, they have just completed a truly remarkable, major refit at Southampton Yacht Services (SYS) in Southampton, and then quietly departed back for the Mediterranean with hardly any fuss. The work was the culmination of several years of thought and evaluation by Chris and his team. Few captains know their charge as well as he knows Cambria; and it was apparent during the last refit in 2008 that the time was coming for major work.

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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.