Customer Spotlight – Bill Benson

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New York artist Bill Benson blew us away with his beautiful work. We looked him up on his website,, and his artwork is just as fabulous as the work he’s done on this sailboat. Bill tells us that this 36′ wooden sloop arrived in his yard in November of 2007, and that all of this work on this sailboat was done by turning his back deck into a portable workshop! For the past six summers, he’s moved all his power tools out there to work on large pieces of the boat, whose major changes included entirely replacing not only the cabin walls, but the interior and cockpit areas as well.  After so much time spent on her, Bill says he knows this sailboat inside and out, and he should hopefully have her in the water by this summer.

Customer Spotlight – Brooke Seckel

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Brooke Seckel sent us a whole powerpoint of photos for this contest! The Seckels renovated nearly every part of their 1972 Lyman Islander; starting from the inside out. They repainted the entire 32-foot hull; using TotalBoat Wet Edge for topside paint and JD Select Bottom Paint for below the waterline, and replaced the entire top deck as well. In addition, they also replaced and varnished their Lyman mahogany helm (not shown). Both the interior and exterior of the boat’s cabin was redone; as well as the boat’s transom. This included an enormous amount of new brightwork and varnish, as well as replacing rotted wood in the window frames and in other areas. The Seckel’s dog also helped too! During the renovation process, you could almost always find Zephyr hanging around the shop and supervising everyone’s work. Unfortunately, we couldn’t use all of their fantastic photos here, but we’ve tried to highlight some of the most drastic changes, and we couldn’t resist leaving Zephyr out of the photos.

Customer Spotlight – Luis Fierros

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Luis Fierros entered his 16-foot Sundowner Micro-Skiff Explorer in our image contest all the way from Miami! This little flat-bottom skiff get used every week in the Miami shallows, and is great for bay and backcountry trip in nearby areas. Luis says she is in prime condition, and he had a great experience using TotalBoat Polyurethane Wet Edge primer and topcoat to maintain her. The photos show his maintenance on the bow deck of the skiff.

Customer Spotlight – Kevin Guglielmello

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Kevin Guglielmello purchased his first boat only a few months ago, and has been renovating it ever since. The photos above only show his fantastic work on the cockpit floor of this Tanzer 22 swing keel, but Kevin has replaced and repaired much more of his new project, and says he uses the TotalBoat products for much of the work. In addition to the floor renovation, Kevin’s repaired the boat’s windows and transom; and he’s entirely replaced the mast step support beam. As you can see from the photos he sent us, he’s also included some of the TotalBoat products he used on the cockpit floor; including both our slow- and fast-hardening epoxy systems and our TotalTread non-skid deck paint.

Volvo Ocean Race: Deck Developments

Exclusive tour of the Volvo Ocean 65’s deck and the new features that will make it the safest Volvo boat yet.