Join us for SHOP NIGHT on the TotalBoat LIVE Shop Cam

As Shop Night gets underway for the 2016-2017 season, we invite you to come behind the scenes into the TotalBoat Shop via our new LIVE ShopCam.  We meet every Wednesday evening to get dirty and get our boats in better condition for next summer.  Our ShopCam can move around, and if you like something you see, we can move the cam closer to let you see more.

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Shop Night 2016 – Projects in Progress

Shop Night in the TotalBoat Workshop is in full force right about now as people prepare for spring and warmer, sunnier days when launching day doesn’t seem so far away. It’s T-Minus about one month til the newly painted Black Watch 26 gets launched and usually she goes first, and the rest of us scramble to prep and paint and tweak so we can get out there, too.

Below are some photos of the projects we have conquered over the winter – some big, some small. With a full video series coming on how the BlackWatch was transformed from a white hull to a dashing dark black, shiny beast of a boat.


Ready for the Essex River Race

This weekend the Essex River Race will take over the shoreline and waters near Ipswich, Massachusetts.  And our TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, will be front and center with his beautiful, home built Adirondack Guide Boat.

After months of building and gallons of TotalBoat paints and epoxies, Richard is read to take his beautiful boat to the river. Check out the info below about the race and Richard’s boatbuilding page on TotalBoat Shop.

The Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Participants row or paddle small boats through one of the most scenic tidal areas in New England. Occasionally the water can be very rough, with strong winds and currents. As with all on-water activities in such conditions, safety should be the first concern of all participants and organizers. The orderly, safe and sportsmanlike conduct of this event is your personal responsibility, and is essential to guaranteeing the future of the Essex River Race.

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Fixing the Deck Crazing on a 13′ Boston Whaler

Boston Whalers are like the Ford F150 of boats: bomb proof, reliable, made in America! and popular to those who like a simple but proven boat for harbor cruises, trips back and forth to the boat, or for some water sports adventuring. When the TotalBoat Shop got an “offer” to get in on the deck restoration of a vintage 13′ Whaler who was suffering from crazing and cracking all around, we knew that it was a chance to show the Whaler groupies about one of the great ways to restore this important part of the boat.

No one wants to go boating on any sized craft and see little cracks all around the structure of the boat. Boats and cracks are NOT meant to hang together and so when the owner of this boat settled on a pretty major refit from stem to stern, we got involved for the deck refurbishing and got our Boston Whaler Blue WetEdge Topside paint involved. While that was the final coat after many hours and layers of important steps underneath, it was the icing on the Whaler cake because it took a nasty looking formerly white (ish) interior and added that famous “Whaler Blue” color and resulted in a brand new looking hull.

Underneath the topside paint is plenty of sweat and hard work. Lots of grinding and fairing led up to the final coat and we leaned heavily on TotalFair Fairing Compound and 2 Part Epoxy Primer to get the job done and make it last for the next 25+ years.

Watch our video about the repair and restoration process of the crazed interior. Something so ugly can be easily fixed to like-new using the right tools and process. Enjoy!


Kemosabe Hardtop, Part 2

Kemosabe’s new hardtop is coming along great.  Recall, Part 1 of our project blog last month covered all initial materials, design and construction of the hardtop through two complete layers of glass/epoxy on the underside and topside where we left off.  Since then, we have sanded a ton, faired, glassed, sanded and sanded some more.  Learning as we go is an understatement and we are psyched to share project update Part 2 with you here.  Check it out.

Kemosabe Hardtop, Part 2:
TotalFair was used on the underside of our top wherever the more significant construction went down to support the pipework.  The TotalFair here was awesome as a profiling filling and fairing putty that mixed well, feathered well, and did not pinhole.  The areas that are green in pictures below are where we used TotalFair.  Once cured, we sanded and prepped both the underside and topside with layer of TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy mixed with phenolic microballoons, shown in pictures as the overall brown coating that was perfect once cured to sand to a consistent smooth surface all around.

As time and scope is always the name of game with any project, we were multi-tasking throughout this sanding & fairing part 2 phase of the project.  As the fairing compound was curing and in between initial fairing/sanding coats of microballoons, we built our light boxes.  The pictures below show the basic construction, glassing, fairing and sanding of the light boxes.   We added the boxes to the top during final stage of Part 2 in order to complete the final fairing coats of epoxy/microballoons over the entire underside with everything in order to sand smooth all together.

With the topside and underside completely faired and sanded we are on to the next phase of project….   the edges and paint prep…  stay tuned.

ThixoPro Chines and Transom

Check it out, Thixo rules!  We rebuilt the chines and filled in the transom of this 13′ whaler using Thixo and a little wax paper for shape.  After 24hours thixo was hard, sandable and paintable.   Very cool.