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

TotalBoat Workshop: Skiff Building & Boat Restorations

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Don’t forget your Friday Video of the Week and the latest installment of the TotalBoat Work Skiff build with Louis Sauzedde can be found on TotalBoat.com’s blog roll now.

Be sure to sign up there for a subscription so you don’t miss any of the great content we are posting on our new website. We are featuring lots of great boat projects as well as a full refit of a Graves Constellation racer/ cruiser being documented on our TotalBoat Workshop blog. Plenty to see and read there so head on over and have a look.  Continue reading

Louis Sauzedde, The Master Shipwright

 

We hope you have been following along with Louis Sauzedde as he builds the TotalBoat Work Skiff. We have been publishing the mostly weekly videos in this space, and announced last weekend that we are moving the blog posts to our new TotalBoat.com blog page. We hope you’ll follow us there and continue to find great boating and boatbuilding news in this space. 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: Time for Planking (Episode 13)

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Finally, it’s time to join Louis Sauzedde in his workshop to attach the first planks to the frames we saw him hang in last Friday’s Video of the Week. last week. With more of his special tricks up his [cut off] sleeves, Lou and Andrew carefully clamp, pre drill and attach the beautiful wooden planks to the frames.

If you recall from Episode 1, these planking boards were among the first steps of the build, chosen right away for their grain characteristics. This commitment to plank quality proves that Louis really does consider every inch of the boat, from the screws to the color and grain of each plank.

Welcome back as we get into the meat of the planking with Lou in Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff.

 

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.

 

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bedding The Chines (Episode 9)

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This week we are back with Lou in his workshop, and he is bedding the chine log that he cut and fit to the skiff last week. Again, he has created a special tool for the job at hand – a jig that helps him perfectly line up the screw holes with the chine log that is hiding behind the plank. Lou’s techniques follow, as he put it, the “Old Man’s Method,” and as such we have to remind you that while Lou might not exhibit approved safety methods in his shop, we urge you to use common sense and err on the side of caution when using saws and blades and power tools. We prefer the “new school method” but Lou’s been at it a while so we trust his hands know their way around the saw blades. Enjoy!  Continue reading