Great Wave at Maverick Hits a Fishing Boat

There are a few rules to follow as a boater – most revolve around safety and oh – ya know – staying in the boat. The very core of this video is upsetting for a few reasons. It just looks wrong to put a boat (full of people hanging off the sides) near, much less in front of, massive waves. We’ve seen the nuts on jet skis towing in surfers at big wave venues and that too looks so crazy, but they hustle out of the way with their speed and you rarely hear about them getting clobbered.

But this viral video is making its way around screens because it’s crazy, nuts, wild and insane. And dangerous. And crazy. Look and see. And let’s not even talk about the danger of putting spinning propellors near swimmers, surfers and massive boat-redirecting waves. I’m sweating just seeing the frozen YouTube still from the video.

What do you think? I’ve known fishermen to put powerboats inside a rock or shallow cove for the right casting position. But I try to keep my vessels and passengers free from breaking waves that might LAUNCH them over the sides. It’s just safer. Really.

New 2015 : Ships in Storm – Monster Waves of The Sea

Grab some dramamine and hold on to your hat, because we are guessing you might click and watch the full length of this video even though 99% of us would never dare to go to sea in these conditions. Why is it so entertaining? For the same reason people chase ambulances, probably: It isn’t our problem. Safe and dry at our computer – it sure is hard to imagine what it would be like to ride these massive waves. Even when the video is shot from the bridge of a giant tanker or ship, it is hard to translate to how we might survive these conditions in our own little (by comparison) boats…. and yet we watch.

TotalBoat show is here for you for just that reason. While we want every one of you to run out and try our TotalBoat products (have you?), we mostly want to find and filter for you the best, most interesting and awesome boating videos and news. All in one place. Every day. All salty or steamy (as in steam bending steamy….) boatbuilding, boat loving or boating tips that we deem “awesome” will be delivered to this page just for you.

So how can you give back to your boat lovin friends at TotalBoat Show? Please like and share and comment and report back to us on any and all posts which touched you. Maybe you learned something about how to do a job that is parked on your to-do list. Or maybe you like following shipwrights who make it look easy til you get your tools out and try your hand at planking or planing an old classic. Or maybe you just like to chase ambulances. If so – we got you covered. Just have your puke bags at the ready…..

Thanks for reading and watching.

Badass Amphibious Beach Boat

Bill Springer of Swizzle Media kinda likes this badass boat and files this report about the Sealegs Tender. Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat Show loves Sealegs too: they are great customers and what’s not to love about this rad ride?

Swizzle: The Sealegs 7.1 Meter amphibious RIB is way, way more James Bond than your average yacht tender. In fact, the Sealegs 7.1 is really just a commercially available, 165-horsepower-badass-amphibious-military-assault-vehicle that any aspiring SEAL, or more accurately, anyone who wants to take their tender game to the next level, can drive up the beach!

I mean really.  What could be a better yacht tender than a commercially available 165-horsepower-badass-amphibious-military-assault-vehicle? Ummmm. Nothing.


And in fact, there are some very real advantages to being able to drive up the beach in addition to being utterly badass. Especially if you live on, or close to a beach but not necessarily to a dock. It’s like a Range Rover that doesn’t need a ferry to get to Nantucket or even a lauch ramp. The whole range of Sealegs (from 6.1 meters to 7.7 meters, some even have enclosed space) scratch a very specific itch. And think what the neighbors will say when they see you driving this bad boy down the road on the way out for a day of fishing or just hanging out on an outer beach with friends. Who wouldn’t want to drive ashore without ever getting your feet wet?

And what better way to test such military-grade badassness than during a particularly nasty day when the wind never dipped below 20-knots, and the sun was to scared to shine. I’m mean look at sand being whipped across the beach in these photos. This was a badass test day for a badass boat.
Underway, it performed beautifully. Its powerful 165-horsepower outboard made it easy for us to punch it up to almost 30-knots and carving turns through the steep chop was simply, fun.
The boat’s clever design allows the wheels to be fully retracted when underway so, apart from just a little extra weight (and seeing big, beach-friendly wheels in weird places), they have virtually no impact on the boat’s on-the-water performance.
 And then, you simply push a button, the wheels rotate into position and bang….you simply drive out of the water.
And there’s more of this to come. Tune back in soon for more disruptive boats at SwizzleSportsMedia. And thanks for the report,  Mr. Swizzle.

Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story – Making a Futtock

It isn’t hard to be impressed with wooden boatbuilders Ross Gannon & Nat Benjamin. For nearly 40 years G&B have launched pristine wooden boats that they have painstakingly designed and built, refit or repaired from their impressive marine railway in Vineyard Haven harbor on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

A few years ago, a documentary film named Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story, was released. It can be viewed in its entirety online here, on DVD or in short pieces, like the one featured above.

TotalBoat and Jamestown Distributors are proud to feature the work of Gannon and Benjamin in our latest catalog, on the Go Deeper page of TotalBoat Show and here. If you find yourself in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to go check out the shop and the very cool working marine railway. Few yards still employ the railway technique of launching boats in favor or a Travelift, and when you find a yard with a busy railway – it most surely is a sign of badass boatwork going on nearby. When you find G&B or a cool railway, be sure to tell them (all of them) that TotalBoat Show sent you! Enjoy!

Sunday Funday! The Ultimate Sailing Speed Test

Kite vs. Moth vs. Nacra F20 FCS vs. Marstrom 32

Sit back, grab another cuppa and hold on because here is a break from the sanding, the planking and steam bending of the old beauties. Come for a ride on 4 of the fastest rides around the water. It’s fast and furious and foiling!  Any bets before you hit play of who might win this one?

Happy Sunday! Enjoy!