Drones Are Winning the Volvo Ocean Race

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With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet firmly planted in the middle of the Southern Ocean, again, screaming towards Cape Horn, we have been treated to some spectacular video footage from aboard the boats. Most notably, the brave On Board Reporters (OBRs) are getting braver crazier with their drones, risking their equipment as they send back stunning aerial footage taken in excess of 40 knots of wind. The rockets boats are barrelling down massive waves as they gybe along the ice gate, an imaginary boundary preventing the teams from sailing too far south and into danger of colliding with icebergs.  This is not to say that the walls of water that come crashing into the cameras are not satisfying enough to us armchair sailors, it’s more that the opportunity is now there to get great aerial footage in the middle of nowhere as the boats are charging down waves at 37 knots. And that is something new and very appreciated.  Continue reading

Podcasting for Mariners


If you love a good listen on your radio – um – er – I mean computer – then tune in now and listen to our good friends at Around the Buoy as they speak with another friend of TotalBoat Show, photographer Tyler Fields.

We featured a photo of Tyler’s in our 2017 Jamestown Distributors catalogs, and since that time, he’s been on our radar as a prolific and talented marine photographer, nestled firmly amongst an impressive field of old-timer photogs, who seem to congregate in this corner of New England. And we think we know why. Continue reading



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!

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