TOMORROW – Open House At IYRS

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Open House Tomorrow Morning 10/28 at IYRS 

Maybe you’re bored with working on Wall Street. Maybe the grind of your desk job is exhausting your creative energy. Regardless of your “maybes,” there is hope for those of us who aren’t afraid to try something new – to learn a new skillset and to embrace the possibilities of being a “maker.” The International Yacht Restoration School has been just this to many people of all ages: a Dream Maker.

Open House:

Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | Newport, RI

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O’pen Bic Worlds Expose Junior Sailing Stars

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Fresh from defeat in the America’s Cup in Bermuda, Oracle Team USA Boss, Russell Coutts went to beautiful Arco, Italy to cheer on his son Mathias (and to coach the NZ kids there)  who was the eventual winner of his first world championship in the O’pen Bic class. Our friend from Hawaii Kai Boat Club, LP Lattanzi, finished as the top American with a very respectable 5th place overall. JP and his mom, Karen and sister, Pearl, came to Rhody this spring to spread the stoke about the class and to give some top level tips from these world class racers.  Continue reading

O’pen Bic Blast

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 4.58.36 PMYesterday was the 3rd O’pen Bic Intergalactic UnRegatta and it was the perfect day for this fun event. This crazy event is held in quiet and protected Blue Bill Cove in Portsmouth, RI across from the host Tiverton Yacht Club’s HQ on the Sakonnet River. Conditions and spirits were in top form for a great day of racing with nearly 50 kids and 28 boats on the course. Continue reading

O’pen Bic Intergalactic Regatta – August 3rd!

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It’s time again for the super fun, super fast O’pen Bic Intergalactic Regatta! Grab your sailors and your friends and come participate in the summer’s most fun regatta!  The “UnRegatta” format makes the races less stressful and puts the focus on sportsmanship, sweet sailing, super fun courses and challenges for the sailors and plenty of smiles!
When: Thursday, Aug 3rd – Skippers Meeting at 10:30am
Where:  Blue Bell Cove – Portsmouth RI
Who:  Anyone is eligible!  Bring a friend and sail 2 per boat, or have them sail B division!
Tons of: short races, swag, water fights, and fun!
$40 per sailor – Pay at the regatta with cash, check or CC.

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America’s Entry in the Volvo Ocean Race

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TotalBoat Ambassador, Charlie Enright, has what it takes to circumnavigate the globe – twice! His new Volvo Ocean Race entry for the 2017-2018 edition of the race is sure to be a contender for the overall trophy. The Vestas 11th Hour Race team was just assembled and announced and we are thrilled that we have not ONE but 2 TotalBoat Ambassadors in the race aboard the Vestas 11th Hour boat. Nick Dana, on his 4th edition of the race, once as shore crew and twice already onboard, is another great brand ambassador for TotalBoat with his own boat restoration going on at Newport Shipyard. Dana is restoring a Holland 32 Lobster-style boat and is looking for a buyer – altho he admits to wanting to use the beautifully redone boat first!

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Building a Teardrop Trailer with Waterlust

teardrop1If you follow us here, you know we love Waterlust and their great videos, and we also love a good kit boat and the folks at CLC (Chesapeake Light Craft) never disappoint when it comes to great kit builds for all abilities.  We got a chance to check out CLC’s Teardrop at the Wooden Boat Show this past weekend, and it’s even cooler than we had expected. Yes – we need a teardrop camper and so do you!

The Waterlust team has been working on this Teardrop Camper build, built just like their other kits, but trailerable and beautiful on the road, not the water, for once. The Waterlust team is getting close to completion with fiberglass laid and epoxy flowing. They claim to have few skills in the boatbuilding category – but this video proves they have more than the skills needed to build this awesome land yacht!  Continue reading

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

America’s Cup Preview at Herreshoff Marine Museum 5/3

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Wednesday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM swing your local selves over to the Herreshoff Marine Museum for some background and a preview of what’s going on in Bermuda for the upcoming America’s Cup racing. It’s only 30 days away and it’s sure to be impressive, fast and furious!  Continue reading

JD Tent Sale to Feature “Mini” Boat Show

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Next Saturday’s JD Tent Sale is always a big hit with the local and sort-of local customers. Why not road trip on a spring Saturday to come check out the deals and offers and to take in some of our special seaside town, here in Bristol, RI. The Tent Sale IS a great excuse to visit the JD and TotalBoat HQ, and this year even moreso because we will have Louis Sauzedde from the TotalBoat Work Skiff video series here. Everyone seems to want to meet Louis, but we suspect they want to check out his amazing skiff and with that in mind, we got to thinking that there are other customers doing amazing boat building. And most likely, customers like you want to see those projects, too. Continue reading

Preparing to Launch!

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As springtime draws closer and the fading sunlight greets us after work, it’s a reminder that it’s time to get busy on the boat to-do list. With longer, warmer days (Exception being this awesome New England March snowstorms) comes increased daydreaming about getting the boat launched and using it! Time to check your supplies, peek under the cover and get ready to be very busy for the  next few months.  Continue reading