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
There is one story left to tell in the epic Vendee Globe Race – with the final sailor still not yet across the finish line. However – one week ago on Feb 25th – another record setter crossed the finish line and that’s the story we want to share with you here. *With no disrespect to the final racer Sebastien Destremau… But we love the story of the Crazy Kiwi sailor, Conrad Colman, who is one of the 18 solo sailors who will have finished the race out of the 29 that started. Conrad’s finish – like all the others before him – is a massive victory (and like we said about Rich Wilson in this blog post, they are all winners for just finishing at all!) for a few special reasons. Continue reading
Photo by Olivier Blanchet/ DPPI
Congratulations and bienvenue to American solo sailor, Rich wilson, who has just completed his solo circumnavigation of the world in his 2nd Vendee Globe Race. We have already declared Rich the winner of the race, despite his actual 13th place finish in just over 107 days at sea. His interview below, done soon after he arrived on shore, shows just how tired, emotional and mentally exhausted the 66-year old sailor is after the race. However he learns, mid-press conference, that his own route mileage on the 29,000 course was the same as the race winner, Armel Le Cleac’h. And this put Rich amongst the leaders, just in a slower boat, and arguably in an older (and more experienced) body! 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
Greetings, fans of boatbuilding and time lapse. In the age of modern video and boatbuilding, there is no finer combo than speeding up a big, complex job to be just a few minutes. These boatbuilders at Lyman Morse in Maine make it look easy in real time, but once it’s sped up – it just takes a few minutes to lay down the layers of planking on this cold-molded hull. Continue reading
Providing that New Age Fun Alternative
You know we love the O’pen Bic and all it’s fast and fun glory for junior sailors. We love it so much that we have sponsored 2 TotalBoat O’pen Bic Summer Tours (2015 and 2016), traveling around Southern New England, offering junior sailing programs a few days of free Bic sailing and fun. We even hosted our own TotalBoat O’pen Bic Intergalactic Regatta twice! We continue to come across numerous articles and blogs discussing how kids are shifting towards this faster, more fun sailboat and it’s partner: the racing format of the UnRegatta. In fact, many of the clubs we visited over the past 2 years have taken the plunge and are offering O’pen Bic youth sailing classes to compliment the Optimists and their other Jr. sailing offerings. Here is another example of how the O’pen Bic really is gaining traction around the world and North America. Thanks to Scuttlebutt for the article! Read on! Continue reading
Water to wine: Nicer Cabin Shape for GRP Classic
When Mike Zani moved to the banks of the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island, he wanted a beautiful yacht for his mooring but was not willing to pay $50,000 for one of the fine-lined modern/classic daysailers on the market today, writes Chris Museler.
A cool $4,500 bought him a 1962 Cape Cod Marlin, a GRP derivative of L Francis Herreshoff’s Fish Class design, but with a blister cabin house and a strip of opaque GRP in place of portholes (ugh!).
Let’s be clear, there is a big difference between winning and getting first place. Every entry that gets to the starting line of the 2017 Vendee Globe race is an amazing competitor. And every skipper who crosses the finish line, regardless of placement, is a winner. Yes – there is only one first place and that belongs to Armel Le Cleac’h on Banque Populaire. Second place finisher, Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss, however is also a major winner… ratcheting up his collection of Vendee Globe hardware, adding this second place finish to the third place trophy he earned last time around. Leaving only the first place trophy remaining for his bookshelves. Continue reading
Once upon a time, Amaryllis II, a replica of the first catamaran ever to be built, was dangling from the ceiling in the impressive Hall of Boats at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. This boat was the brainchild of Nathanael Green Herreshoff, who was busy inventing other important yachts and marine innovations in the late 1800s when Amaryllis was “born.” This week, the Bristol, RI Herreshoff Marine Museum finally lowered the famous replica from the ceiling to maintain and clean the 1933 hull. It’s worth a trip to Bristol to see this amazing design and engineering feat. If you can come tonight, you’ll catch Amaryllis and also a great lecture on Boston Light. 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