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!
If 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
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
First Ever Customer Boat Display at JD Tent Sale
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
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
We have shown you the inner workings of our own TotalBoat Workshop – a busy scene with lots of R&D, restorations and little, boat projects and lots of Shop Night fun. Now it’s your turn to show us what you have going on in your own workshop. We want to see the saw dust and sticky messes from your workbench. It’s all part of the beautiful building and tinkering process, the victories and the mistakes and mishaps – all of it. Send us your image(s) with a caption about what your photo is about and we will include you in our photo album of Workshop Pictures on our Facebook page and on TotalBoat.com. (Contest Photo Album to come soon!) Continue reading
Winter is only just getting going, and with comes the need to keep busy and reminisce to sunnier boating days of summer. One solution to beating the winter blahs is to take a field trip to Bristol, RI to check out the amazing Herreshoff Marine Museum. By day, it’s a museum of America’s coolest and most important preserved classic yachts that is absolutely worth checking out. Some boats are even hanging from the ceiling, like the famous first-ever catamaran, Amaryllis, an 1875 NG Herreshoff design and invention, with other boats on stands with ladders so you can climb aboard. By night, the museum hosts galas, regattas and weddings – but come wintertime, you’ll find the museum hosting the Winter Lecture Series. The series is full of great speakers and storytellers. The next one, coming THIS THURSDAY the 19th (tomorrow!), features a great presentation on the history of Boston Light by the Keeper herself, Sally Snowman. Continue reading
With the Vendee Globe solo ocean racers closing in on day 70, both the predictable and the unpredictable has happened. Quite predictably, 11 skippers and yachts have retired from racing with only 18 left to race to the finish line off Les Sables D’Olonne, France. And quite unpredictably, Alex Thomson, who is not far off the pace, pushing hard behind the leader, Armel Le Cleac’h on “Banque Populaire VII,” has set a new 24-hour for distance and speed covered in 24 hours on a monohull with a blistering average speed of 22 knots! Continue reading