Boaters Are Heroes in the Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

When the helicopters and air lift operations can’t keep up, it’s time to call for more boaters. Search and rescue operations are maxed out in Texas after Hurricane Harvey has dumped close to 50 inches of rain in the area. Boats seem to be the only way to evacuate people quickly and in mass numbers, and even that isn’t doing enough to help the thousands of stranded people along the Texas coast. But the boaters are coming from nearby and faraway places, boats in tow, using exit ramps as boat launches.

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Mystic, CT: Wooden Boat Show THIS WEEKEND!

This video is from a few years ago, but it showcases the wooden passion exhibited at the annual Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport. This weekend, (June 26-28 from 9-5p daily) the 24th iteration of this popular wooden boat event will take place and our good friend, TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan (featured in recent TotalBoat Show blogs) will be on hand to show his latest craft, his Adirondack Guide Boat. He will be defending his 2014 title for winner of the “I Built it Myself,” Contest. Stop by and wish Richard well and tell him TotalBoat Show sent you!

Other fun events include a Concours d’Elegance, including Judges’ Choice, Innovation, and People’s Choice awards; and skua races, demonstrations, boatbuilding and woodworking supplier booths (Sorry, No JD booth this year) and much more.

Event details here: The 2015 Wooden Boat Show 

It’s always a great time! Let us know if you make it there by sending us a pic of your favorite boat to images@jamestowndistributors.com

 

 

The Essex River Race – He Did It!

Richard Honan has been hard at work all winter long in his boat building workshop (a TotalBoat Shop!) building this beautiful Adirondack Guide Boat. We have been following his build and have a page dedicated to Richard’s latest masterpiece building endeavor here.

We are so proud of Richard and his hard work and hope you will check out the full gallery of photos and his updates on our TotalBoat Shop page and here.

His update – sent Sunday evening – presumably after a tiring but exhilarating day, was as follows:

RH: What a wonderful day yesterday at the Essex River Row, six mile race starting across from Woodman’s Seafood Restaurant, down the Essex River, to the back side of Cranes Beach and then back up the river to the finish line. It was extra special because after six months of constructing of my Adirondack Guide Boat, this was the baptism, the first day in the water. Joining me on the water were my brother Bill Honan and nephew Matthew W Honan rowing in my 15’00” Duck Trap Wherry, the “William & Anthony”. Continue reading

Ready for the Essex River Race

This weekend the Essex River Race will take over the shoreline and waters near Ipswich, Massachusetts.  And our TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, will be front and center with his beautiful, home built Adirondack Guide Boat.

After months of building and gallons of TotalBoat paints and epoxies, Richard is read to take his beautiful boat to the river. Check out the info below about the race and Richard’s boatbuilding page on TotalBoat Shop.

The Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Participants row or paddle small boats through one of the most scenic tidal areas in New England. Occasionally the water can be very rough, with strong winds and currents. As with all on-water activities in such conditions, safety should be the first concern of all participants and organizers. The orderly, safe and sportsmanlike conduct of this event is your personal responsibility, and is essential to guaranteeing the future of the Essex River Race.

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Building an Adirondack Guide Boat (and Racing it…)

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for "I Built it Myself" category

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for “I Built it Myself” category

When the 2015 Wooden Boat Show rolls into downtown Mystic, CT in late June, you can bet you will find Richard Honan and his newest accomplishment front and center. After winning the 2014 Best in Show in the “I Built It Myself” category with his sweet little sloop, Proud Mary 2, Honan went right back to work building his next great floating thing, An Adirondack Guide Boat.

This will be Honan’s 10th boat building accomplishment. He is building the boat to compete in the six mile Essex River Race (http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/Essex). From there, It’s off to Mystic Seaport and the Wooden Boat Show in June, where he will again show his boat in the “I built It Myself” exhibit. Perhaps the best part of this story is not that this guy is a MAJOR fan of TotalBoat and JD (=winner), but that this particular boat for him is a labor of love with his grandkids. He is involving them with the build, and is naming the boat after his 2 granddaughters, Anna & Emily(Double Happiness). Awwww.

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