Canoe-Lapse and the TotalBoat Workshop

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We are getting ready for winter by prepping the TotalBoat Workshop with a time lapse setup. We have a few pretty nifty restorations up our sleeves and we wouldn’t want you to miss a minute of the process. So we are in the midst of setting up the shop, the boats and the cameras to capture the whole thing – from the second the boats are rolled into the shop – to their first cruise back on the water next spring. Continue reading

Building a Wood Strip Canoe

Happy Monday. This canoe was beautifully built in a make-shift boat shop presumably on a breezy back deck with some plastic enclosure and lots of wooden strips and power tools. What a beautiful canoe this focused builder created for himself in these 2 videos.

Have you built your own boat? Do you dream of moving the cars and bikes out of the shed or garage and turning the space into a boat shop? This winter the crew at TotalBoat Show will be building a kit kayak and we will be videoing the process. It will be a great way for the TotalBoat staff to use and understand the products we sell and a great opportunity for teamwork and some good fun at work. Everyone is looking forward to it. The big question is: how to fit everyone inside the kayak? Guess we need a sign out sheet!

Watch Part II of the strip canoe build here. And don’t ignore your dreams. Get yourself a kit or some plans and start building a cool boat! You don’t need a super shop! Just the will and some wood… and maybe a few other things. GO!

 

 

Tips from A Shipwright: A Plan for a 12 1/2

Master Shipwright and sage video tipster, Louis Sauzedde, has his work cut out for him with this sweet little Herreshoff 12 1/2. She was washed up on the rocks and has some pretty serious damage that will require Lou’s expert work on her stem, planks, frames and bulkheads. So yeah, pretty much most of the boat needs some Lou love.

But he is not daunted by the task and in this video he goes over what his plan of attack is and how important it is to take the boat apart in pieces to retain the hull shape that makes it such a beauty and a pleasure to sail.  This little boat is lucky to be “alive” and is even luckier to have landed in Lou’s capable shop.

TotalBoat Shop Night: Every Tuesday, Whether You Need it or Not!

We already told you all about the awesomeness of every Tuesday night that is Shop Night in this fun post from a few weeks ago… and the party hasn’t slowed down back there. In fact, it’s heating up. Boats are nearing completion and readying for the big dunking and the messy, frenzied state of the shop indicates heads are down, tools are in use and project lists are shortening.

This little video gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of a few of the projects going on – and we will continue to enlighten you with our Shop Night product testing and boat project madness as we go. We even have big plans to take you on the water as the boats launch and see what they get into over the summer.

Judging by the projects that have been brewing all winter, these vessels will be brightly varnished and painted, buffed to the max and ready for any and all action that comes their way on the water. And you’re coming along for the ride…hold on tight!

Steve is using WetEdge Topsides Paint on his Sunfish.
Brendan is using TotalTread non-skid paint on the “Dingleberry” tender
Rob is installing a Pop-Up Cleat on his Seacraft 20 “Flotsam”
Oliver and Oscar – they are using up scraps and delighting in touching every single tool in the shop…and making guns….

 

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Brendan applies some TotalBoat #topside #primer LOVE to the #stonehorse in the #shop

Brendan applies some TotalBoat #topside #primer LOVE to the #stonehorse in the #shop