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!

UNTIE THE LINES #9 – Charging Up The Batteries


Part 9 of WhiteSpotSpirate’s weekly sailing documentary, “Untie the Lines”:

“This week we are charging up our batteries in Bocas del Toro (Panama). A perfect short vacation with snorkeling, spearfishing and nice dinners with old and new friends before we head back to Shelter Bay to fix my good old Karl.”

Sailing the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup on Wally 100 Indio

Volvo Ocean Racers Shannon Falcone (Puma), Luke Molloy (ABN), and Gustav Morin (Ericsson 3) cross the Atlantic on the Wally 100 Indio in this documentary.

UNTIE THE LINES #8- Bocas Break

Part 8 of WhiteSpotPirates’ “Untie the Lines” series; a weekly sailing documentary:

“After all the trouble with Karl’s engine breaking down, I decided to take a little break and help Miguel to transfer Arctic Front to Bocas. Dimitrios and I were ready for a little break because we had been working quite a bit on Karl. It was just the perfect passage…but see it yourself!”

Sailing Aboard “Genesis Earthling”

This is a short documentary about a 20 day sailing trip across 2000 nautical Miles of the Pacific Ocean from Hilo, Hawaii to the Marshall Islands aboard the 38ft. Pearson Invicta “Genesis Earthling”.

UNTIE THE LINES #7 – Trying To Cut The Bungee Cord

Join me for the first real trial run with Karl and my friend Dimitrios, leaving Marina Shelter Bay and heading for Bocas del Toro. It will be an adventurous one, so be prepared!

Part 7 of WhiteSpotPirates’ “Untie the Lines”, a weekly solo sailing documentary.

UNTIE THE LINES #6 – With A Little Help From My Friend


Part 6 of WhiteSpotPirates’ “Untie the Lines” series, a weekly sailing documentary

“Sooo many things to do on KARL – and I am lucky, because I have had some great help from my friend Dimitrios this week. Check out a couple of our refit projects in this episode!:

UNTIE THE LINES #5 – Building a Nest


“One of my first refit projects on KARL was to get my front cabin nice and cozy so I have a place where I can feel at home whilst the rest of the boat is still a big construction site…See the change and find out why it is not so easy to do refits on boats in Shelter Bay.”

Part 5 of “Untie the Lines”, a weekly sailing documentary

Around the Globe with Mike Perham

Documentary spotlighting the world’s youngest around-the-globe sailor.


Part 4 of WhiteSpotPirates’ weekly sailing documentary, “Untie the Lines”

Come on board and get to know good old KARL, who is going to be my companion on the sea. I am still in the middle of his refit, but I thought I would give you a little tour so you get to know him better.