Boatbuilding and Systems Training (and more!) at the IYRS Open House

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We love boatbuilding, Beetle Cats, craftspeople and any version of this story where they all meet up. Having the International Yacht Restoration School down the Bay from us in Newport, is quite a boon for the local marine trades around the bustling boating towns and sheds around Rhode Island and New England.  IYRS has fed quite a few talented boatbuilders, composite technicians and systems engineers into the marine trades, and they continue to offer courses that appeal to all ages, all skill sets and all ambitions. Do you have ambitions to learn about boatbuilding and marine systems? If so, read on! The IYRS Open House is right around the corner.  Continue reading

Acorn to Arabella: The Vlogging Boatbuilders

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In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock without wifi for the past few years, the hot trend for those under 70 with a boat to build, is to document it on video. Sharing the build on YouTube is the plan for most “vloggers,” (Video bloggers are called “Vloggers”) and we couldn’t be happier about this! We have a long list of these boatbuilding vloggers that we like to follow, and amongst them is the dynamic young duo from the Acorn to Arabella series.

Over on our other blogroll, at TotalBoat.com, the readers have been eating up these updates from the Arabella work shed, a backyard bimini set up (ok, fine, it’s better than a bimini, it’s a full blown, shrink-wrapped workshop) in the back yard of the builders, Alix and Steve. These motivated men have decided that despite their lack of sailing ability (as in, they have never sailed. Ever!), that they are building an Atkins Ketch from scratch.

In the most recent episode we featured, they toured us through a rotting Atkins hull that they picked up and plan to use for all the beautifully intact bronze bits and pieces. These two are into recycling at it’s very best, and you’ll know if you watched our Vela Restoration series (and you should…), that we love it any time you can recycle old parts (or old hulls, as was the case with Vela). Giving new life to old things is worthwhile, especially when boats are involved. You’re better off with the “tried and true,” as opposed to the “brand new” often times with boating. If a part or piece has been through the ringer in the marine world, most likely it’s built to last, because most parts that aren’t, are long gone by now.

Head over to TotalBoat’s blog and catch up there with our Acorn to Arabella posts and see what we’re so excited about.

 

 

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

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

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: Time for Planking (Episode 13)

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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.

 

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Preparing the Frames (Episode 10)

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Louis Sauzedde has built many work skiffs in his career as a shipwright. He knows which materials and tools will help build a boat that will work hard and last, and he has the experience to cut corners, use heftier tools and make cuts that most of us might measure more than twice! In this latest installment, Lou uses the chine log as a guide to cut along the first plank, giving the bow it’s 4-inch rise which will give the skiff a better ride.

Lou then explains where and how he will be fastening the multiple frames to the inside of the skiff, in an order that might seem backwards to many who are used to planking on top of frames set up as stations.  But as the comments in the video suggest, Lou’s vast amount of boat building knowledge gives him an advantage (and us) as he has multiple methods of getting a job done, sometimes in a funky order, but always with good reason.

Ask your questions about the process, tools and Lou’s tips in the comments below and we will get you answers from Lou, himself.

 

How to Build the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Installing the Chine Logs (Episode 8)

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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

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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How to Build the TotalBoat Work Skiff – Episode 7

Finally Louis Sauzedde, the master shipwright, is ready to put some planks along the sides of a single form to confirm that he really is building a work skiff. The 2 side planks alone, once joined to the bow stem and the newly constructed transom, show the form of the boat coming together and it is going to be a head turner, once completed. Check out this 7th video in the series and soak in Lou’s years of experience and confidence, that is allowing him to build this skiff without multiple forms and confusing plans.

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