Save the Date for the JD Tent Sale (April 22)

Get Excited For the Season With The Lowest Prices Of The Year

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Come on down to the annual JD Tent Sale. It’s a great time to get deals on the items on your list of spring launching needs. Not only will we have deals on everything we sell – but we have tech experts on hand from TotalBoat and from many of our favorite manufacturers who are great resources for your project and product questions. Continue reading

Hooked on Louis Sauzedde, the Affable Shipwright

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We’re not the only ones loving Lou Sauzedde and his Tips From a Shipwright series on building the TotalBoat Work Skiff. Lou’s work and the work of videographer Halsey Fulton, has caught the eye of much of the world wide web, especially the crafty creatives over at Hand & Eye, a great website, blog and media company with a focus on the “maker culture.” Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bedding & Attaching the Bottom Planking (Episode 17)

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Everyone take a deep breath! Louis Sauzedde is AOK after a week of mad planking. We took last week off from our video series to let Lou and videographer, Halsey Fulton, catch up on the build. They needed some time to get all the planks bedded and attached to the skiff bottom. Yes – we are releasing these videos as fast as they are making them! This is real time, folks! Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Edging the Bottom Planking (Episode 16)

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The bottom planking on the TotalBoat Work Skiff is arguably the most important part of the boat as it’s submerged most of the time and will be charged with taking the brunt of any seas or swell that it will encounter.  Follow along in our latest episode as Louis explains how to cut the planks for length and accuracy. Using his electric joiner, Lou takes 1/16th of an inch off each side in a single pass to perfect the edges of each bottom plank. Continue reading

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Attaching the Frames (Episode 11)

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Lou heard the cries for a longer video and you’re about to get it! The TotalBoat work skiff is really coming together and Episode 11 finds Lou very busy working on the many frames that are so important to the hull shape and structure. With another vintage tool from his shop, Lou uses his tried and true drill press to make holes in the frames that he then cuts out to make the frames fit around the chines.  He shows us how he divides down the length of the boat to find where the frames will be installed and then levels and attaches the frames to the chines and side plank.

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Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Preparing the Frames (Episode 10)

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Louis Sauzedde has built many work skiffs in his career as a shipwright. He knows which materials and tools will help build a boat that will work hard and last, and he has the experience to cut corners, use heftier tools and make cuts that most of us might measure more than twice! In this latest installment, Lou uses the chine log as a guide to cut along the first plank, giving the bow it’s 4-inch rise which will give the skiff a better ride.

Lou then explains where and how he will be fastening the multiple frames to the inside of the skiff, in an order that might seem backwards to many who are used to planking on top of frames set up as stations.  But as the comments in the video suggest, Lou’s vast amount of boat building knowledge gives him an advantage (and us) as he has multiple methods of getting a job done, sometimes in a funky order, but always with good reason.

Ask your questions about the process, tools and Lou’s tips in the comments below and we will get you answers from Lou, himself.

 

How to Build the TotalBoat Work Skiff – Episode 7

Finally Louis Sauzedde, the master shipwright, is ready to put some planks along the sides of a single form to confirm that he really is building a work skiff. The 2 side planks alone, once joined to the bow stem and the newly constructed transom, show the form of the boat coming together and it is going to be a head turner, once completed. Check out this 7th video in the series and soak in Lou’s years of experience and confidence, that is allowing him to build this skiff without multiple forms and confusing plans.

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How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff – Chine Logs (Episode 6)

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Tips from a Shipwright *Star,* Louis Sauzedde, is back to explain how to cut and bevel the super important chine logs for the work skiff. As Lou explains in Episode 6, they are some of the most important pieces of lumber in the boat, as most of the lumber attaches to it and therefore it must be stable and solid and seaworthy for years. Lou explains the different bevels needed for the top and bottom of the chine log and some pretty good insight into why the top of the skiffs chine is at the particular bevel he has chosen.

Everyone seems to love Lou and his Tips videos. Do you? Let us know in the comments below – SHARE the Tips from a Shipwright playlist which has all of the videos in the list – and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for all the latest and greatest videos on boating how-to!

How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 4) Cutting the Transom

Louis Sauzedde is building the TotalBoat Work Skiff in his driveway and has been busy cutting the lumber he has hand selected for the sides of the skiff. In this episode, he gets busy working on the transom, which is arguably one of the most important pieces of the boat. With the side planks cut, he finds a board that will fit his transom and explains how and why he cuts the board with extra room for fitting. A specific angle is needed for mounting an outboard and Lou has some tips about how to best cut this very important angle without removing too much wood.  Continue reading

How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 3)

Finally Part 3 of our series on skiff building is here!

Follow the Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde, back to his workshop where he is sawing the planks for the TotalBoat Work Skiff he is building.  Lou has a great tip for cutting the adjoining planks so they align perfectly when fit onto the skiff.  Continue reading