Bottom Paint Research – Mid Season Update

This spring we told you about the RWU marine science students who had been busy building barges and painting panels with bottom paints to test. That was quite a process, but it’s nothing compared to their current and most recently quite busy process, with biweekly visits to each of the 5 barge locations. Every other week they check on every single panel, recording each panel’s growth, and any and all changes with notes and photos. They then swipe them clean and back into the water they go.

Jamestown Distributors will learn a lot from these scientist’s findings once all the data has been collected. We will receive a report on their findings and use the results to help us better advise our customers on which paint will perform better based on location, use and other factors. We like to think we are the experts on bottom paint, from our customer service advisors, to actually manufacturing our own TotalBoat bottom paints.  With this insight we will do a much better job as our knowledge base increases. Early results point – as expected – to the great differences in growth according to boat location. What works in one harbor might not work in your own area.

In case you thought we’re giving it all away before you’ve even watched the video, don’t worry! The students have taken this study to a whole new level and we are thrilled to have been able to film them as they build and check the barges. But the real carrot at the end here will be the results. And just like you, we can’t wait to learn about what the RWU students learned.

in the meantime, please become a part of the study and enter your own pre-season info into our short survey. Plugging in these customers survey results alongside the RWU research will present a very powerful picture at the end of the season. Be a part of it! Take the survey now and when you haul your boat later this season – circle back and fill in your own results. It’s all science and it all helps us help you find the most effective bottom paint for your boat.

Summer Fun Photo Contest – Entry Gallery (so far!)

Enjoy the entries to our latest Photo Contest as they fly in on email.

To enter follow these directions to be considered as an entry to win a $50 credit to Jamestown Distributors

(email pics of your Summer Fun on the boat to, include your name and address, include the boat length and type and any work you did to the boat. Please include your location in the photo)

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Summer Fun Photo Contest! Win a $50 Credit!

Are you living it up on the boat this summer? Could be that you’re locked in the shed or workshop making the boat better or even building something new to enjoy another summer. And we are cut of the cloth that might find working inside on a boat project or restoration to be something *fun!*

These days it’s rare that a super *fun* event passes without someone snapping a few pics on their smartphone or tiny camera. Pick your favorite photo or 2 and send them our way for our Summer Photo Contest! You could be chosen by our  panel of *fun experts* as the winner and get a $50 credit at Jamestown Distributors!

It’s easy:

  1. Attach your high resolution photo to an email. (One photo per email please)
  2. Include your full name and address — so that we can verify your account
  3. Provide a short caption – Tell us your story!
  4. Send your email to

That’s all you have to do & you can send as many photos as you like to increase your chances of winning.

This contest will run until Friday September 4, 2015 when we will announce our winner.

We look forward to seeing your pictures!


All submitted images become the property of Jamestown Distributors and may be used in future marketing collateral. Entrants must be willing to provide high resolution copies of their images.


The Wooden Boat School Alumni

Maine beckons those of us who love the rugged coast of New England and boating! It’s rich boatbuilding history is steeped in traditional wooden boatbuilding methods and there are many standout schools in the great northern state that attract the very best wooden boat enthusiasts. The Wooden BoatSchool is at the forefront of the pack of excellent schools in Maine, and this video lets their alumni explain what brings them back to the school years after their graduation.

From YouTube Page: The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, offers classes in boatbuilding and seamanship from June to September: Each spring, a few lucky alumni of the School from all over the United States return to the school to help commission the campus and boats for the season. For two weeks, they paint, hammer, chisel, and saw. In the process, they bring the place to life while honing their skills and forging deep friendships.

Anyone who completes a class at the WoodenBoat School is considered an alumnus and is eligible to participate in Alumni Week. So many people want to work for free we have to hold a lottery. The ones who are selected consider themselves lucky.

Maybe you can join them. Become a student at

Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat situated in the Bronx, NY, has brilliantly reached out to kids who might need distraction in the form of function, art and certainly boating! Read about “Rocking the Boat” and watch the video about their admirable mission to get kids into and conquering projects they never thought possible.

Jamestown Distributors has been donating to this amazing program for years and they, in turn, have been excellent customers. It is so satisfying to be able to contribute to organizations like Rocking the Boat and see the love for hand crafting, wood working and boating be passed along to kids who might never have had the chance to hold a tiller or a plane. Constructing and rowing your own boat is a project that reaches so many important levels of being a responsible human. There are lessons in crafting, woodworking and in life that manifest themselves throughout a build project and getting kids excited about it all is even more of a victory than the finished product.

From RTB Vimeo Page: Adam Green believes in teaching 21st century job and life skills through old fashioned wooden boat building.

The idea first infected him as a Vassar College student in 1996, when he spent a “semester abroad” volunteering at a middle school in East Harlem—one of the U.S.’s poorest urban neighborhoods at the time. Despite having no prior boat building experience, he worked with students to make “Dolphin,” an 8 foot wooden dinghy which was launched in the school swimming pool.

After graduating, Green returned to New York City with a certificate to teach, but gave up that plan to launch Rocking the Boat—a boat building and environmental education program which now serves 2,000 youth and community members annually in the South Bronx. The aim is not to turn kids into professional boat builders, but to help them recognize abilities they possess that will help them thrive in school and beyond.

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves.

Kids don’t just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.

HOW COOL IS THAT? Support Rocking the Boat by donating here.

Father’s Day Gifts for the Nauti Dad

If your dad loves boating or fishing or just being on the water, we have some cool gear that will make your Father’s Day shopping much easier. There are lots of cool ways to keep dad safe and happy and on the water this year – so check out the pics, descriptions and links to buy listed below.

Father’s Day is NEXT WEEKEND – June 21st – so get shopping!  You’re welcome!

ACR AquaLink 406 Personal Locator Beacon
    Keep Dad safe and alive when Dad goes overboard or goes boating alone. A PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) will give his exact position to USCG and local marine authorities in the event of a mishap aboard. The ACR AquaLink 406 MHz PLB is a fully buoyant, lightweight personal locator beacon for use in emergency situations anywhere in the world. In the event of an emergency, simply deploy the antenna and turn on. The Aqualink 406 will immediately activate the GPS and transmit LAT/LON to local SAR using a powerful 406 MHz signal.

Trailer Mounted Boat Lift
    The TotalBoat Trailer-Mounted Boat Lift is a safe, stress-free way to raise a boat weighing up to 10,000 pounds up to 12″ above the bunks or rollers, by yourself. Do routine maintenance with your boat still securely attached to the trailer.
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Reach the Bottom of your Trailered Powerboat

We already told you about the cool new TotalBoat Trailer Mounted Boat Lift that the boat trailering and bottom painting experts at Jamestown Distributors dreamed up… Well they are flying off the shelves because – as we say in Little Rhody – they are WICKED awesome and super helpful for getting under the boat for bottom painting and trailer work.

This new video we just produced shows you how easy it is to use the Trailer Mounted Boat Lift. You can single-handedly crank up the boat with your bare hands (turning the screw handles) and it’s safe and easy and it works on boats of all sizes and up to 10,000 pounds.

Sold in kits of 4, it’s not insane to think that you could get a set of the stands and share around the ‘hood, the club or even at the ramp as fellow boaters swoon at your perfectly painted boat’s bottom!

Available at here.

Timelapse of Building Melonseed Skiffs

Time lapse videos of long projects are super fun. It’s akin to watching grass grow: never to be done in realtime – super fascinating and riveting in time lapse. Such is the tale of the boatbuilding time lapse. The process on a day to day basis is so interesting ethereally – but not something to sit around and watch. Every step is as precise and important as the last and the next step – and to see the whole thing sped up so you can actually see how and what makes a boat build come together is suddenly riveting.

These melonseed skiffs were built over a span of two and a half years and have been compressed into 300 seconds! Barry Long is yet another JD Customer putting the products we sell to excellent use.

Check it out!

And you can check out Barry’s own blog here:  and a video of the Melonseeds out for a sweet sail here.  Great work, Barry!


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 ( 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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Palm Beach Vintage Regatta

Time to give some props to the vintage powerboating crowd. Owner or ogler, who doesn’t love to stare down a good old classic powerboat that has been painstakingly restored? Some serious revelers from Palm Beach, Florida decided to pay homage to their city’s yachting history and round up as many beauties as they could to participate in the reinvented Palm Beach Cup.  In 1917 a yacht regatta and gathering evolved into the Palm Beach Cup, which, at the time of the gilded 20’s, was a whos-who of yachting and Palm Beach lifestyle.  The idea to bring this event back to the Pam Beach waterfront was met with excitement and owners of classic powerboats from the area jumped on board agreeing to participate.

The lineup of boats was impressive, from the Presidential Yacht, Honey Fitz, best known for JFK’s use of her and her place in history as the last presidential yacht. The Palm Beach Regatta attracted the finest yachts of her day and this seemed like the year to revitalize the event and to “hopefully regain the attention of potential boaters and rekindle the flame for the older yachtsman and boaters alike.”

A few weeks ago marked the Inaugural Antique Yacht Exhibit and Sail Races. Over 20 vintage yachts were showcased for all to see. Aficionados, hobbyists and boat lovers flocked to the public event in downtown Palm Beach and confirmed what the organizers had suspected: there is still an appreciation for classic yachts and if they can’t be paraded or regatta-ed – then line ’em up and let the people stare.

Today’s video highlights the event and reinforces the notion that wooden boats can really draw a crowd. Enjoy!