Vixen’s Voyage

Here is some more fodder for those of you who are dreaming of a live aboard life. The boat doesn’t have to be fancy or large, just solid and seaworthy. This family of four has toured the world aboard their 34′ wooden sailboat, sparing themselves from monthly bills, a mortgage and best of all – real 9-5 jobs.

Take a little glimpse into the enchanted and simple yet gratifying life of this family. Enjoying the simple life seems to work for them and their family. Boat repairs and maintenance, the most important safety concern, are not tedious because of Dad’s boatbuilding skills. And home-schooling and child rearing is made enjoyable with lots of help from Mother Nature and gifts of culture and humanity from around the world.  Would you raise a young family aboard a 34′ boat?

The Elegance of Classic Wooden Motorboats

I love a lazy Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and the latest TotalBoatShow.com post… don’t you? Well, after reading up on the day’s latest blog post I try to tune into the serene news program I have come to love: CBS Sunday Morning. There is rarely a stressful, controversial news story offered by the veteran news team led by Charles Osgood. Instead, they focus on the pleasures of American life. And a few weeks ago they hit the nail on the head: Conor Knighton dug into the passion we have for beautiful wooden boats. Powerboats, to be exact. He credits On Golden Pond and Chris Craft for keeping us enamored with these fine vessels and all the work, varnish and love that goes into owning one.

So, even though it’s only Wednesday – grab your cuppa joe and enlighten yourself in 4 minutes of sublime Americana. The wooden kind. It’s a rare treat to have a major news program focus on our watery world that we already appreciate. But to share in the enthusiasm from the popular media somehow gives merit to our brush strokes and planking tribulations. And we get to delight in knowing we can enjoy the real thing for more than just 4 minutes.

Danish Teak Sealer: Easy to Use and Effective

We just made this video about a product we have been getting rave reviews about: TotalBoat Danish Teak Sealer. In this video it is used on a teak deck and brings an older boat back to it’s beautiful teak decked glory.

Not all wood needs to be varnished or even protected. Many choose to leave teak and mahogany to grey and “fade” in the sun, which is certainly an option. But your wood is thirsty and will absorb water and thereby start to produce mold and mildew and this is when a teak oil or sealer will be very handy.

Easy application helps make a case for applying a few coats each season to extend the life of your wood. And right now – near then end of the summer – is a great time to add a coat to your wood. Give it a nice bath and then an easy coating or two of this great product. Your wood will thank you!

3D Computer Imaging a Herreshoff S-Boat

Captain Nat Herreshoff probably never imagined someone (like his grandson, Halsey Herreshoff) would be taking the measurements off of his molds to make 3D computer images of the boats lines. For certain he envisioned them being used to create boats to the millimeter of his scaled models, but the computer 3D imaging – never! Don’t misunderstand though, Capt. Nat was at the forefront of yachting’s technological movement at his time, developing the first light steam engine and creating the first fast steam torpedo boats for the US Navy.

 

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: Laminating Wood

Louis Sauzedde, the master shipwright and YouTube star, has shown us many ways to make boat work easier with the Tips from a Shipwright video series. In this follow up video to an earlier Part 1 video, he goes deeper into the steps for laminating wood with epoxy, in this case on the frames of his own 8-Meter sailboat in the midst of a total restoration.

Let us know what you think of Lou and his ‘Tips from A Shipwright’ videos. He certainly presents lots of experience and some sage advice in each and every one and we like to think that even though you might not also be restoring an 8 meter or laminating planks on your wooden boat, that these videos have great appeal to those of us who are enchanted with all boats. Are we right? Or are you in the midst of this very project awaiting this video to tell you how to make it through these steps? Probably not, but just like you might not be overhauling the family station wagon, you might be one of the lovers of TV shows like Monster Garage or Pimp My Ride for the entertainment value. And we think there is none better than LOU for our own wooden boat building version of these how-to shows.

So have a look and enjoy the project at hand, especially if you don’t have to worry about every detail on laminating your own boat’s frames.

How to Pinstripe the Deck of a Chris Craft

Even when watching this video it looks difficult to achieve a straight line when painting a pin stripe on your boat’s deck. However the painter gives a few key tips and doesn’t seem stressed by the job at hand.  He takes his time, seems to have NOT had 5 cups of coffee to keep a steady hand and I am guessing has experience with previous jobs.

Make sure to practice on a similar set up to what you will be pinstriping so that you get the feel for the tool (he is using a Beughler pin striping tool) and sign makers paint but our WetEdge Topside paint (one part polyurethane) should do the trick nicely.

If you have other ways to pinstripe or ideas that would help get the job done, let us know in the comments section below. We love to hear about the many ways our customers get their boats dialed in and on the water.

 

 

The Wooden Boat School Alumni

Maine beckons those of us who love the rugged coast of New England and boating! It’s rich boatbuilding history is steeped in traditional wooden boatbuilding methods and there are many standout schools in the great northern state that attract the very best wooden boat enthusiasts. The Wooden BoatSchool is at the forefront of the pack of excellent schools in Maine, and this video lets their alumni explain what brings them back to the school years after their graduation.

From YouTube Page: The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, offers classes in boatbuilding and seamanship from June to September: Each spring, a few lucky alumni of the School from all over the United States return to the school to help commission the campus and boats for the season. For two weeks, they paint, hammer, chisel, and saw. In the process, they bring the place to life while honing their skills and forging deep friendships.

Anyone who completes a class at the WoodenBoat School is considered an alumnus and is eligible to participate in Alumni Week. So many people want to work for free we have to hold a lottery. The ones who are selected consider themselves lucky.

Maybe you can join them. Become a student at www.thewoodenboatschool.com

Grain’s Northeast Hand Plane Tour = Bodysurfing Magic

In Grain’s world, handplane shaping is like a gateway drug.  And their traveling handplane workshops are short and sweet opportunities to try your hand with some fun edge tools and come away with a sweet little surf-craft complete with the coolest strap system you’ve ever seen.

This summer, we’re celebrating 10 years of building and sharing by visiting shops in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York where they’ll set up our communal handplane shaping table and bust out some shavings.  Check here for more info and sign up online to ensure a spot at the table.

Tuition includes the wood, handstrap and hardware, our guidance and the use of all the tools necessary to create your own wave sliding masterpiece.

Here’s the list of stops on the handplane tour, including some local pals down along the coast at Water Brothers in Newport and Matunuck Surf Shop. Check out a workshop and get addicted to bodysurfing with a handplane. (and to shaping it yourself!)

Maine Surfers Union   July 9th          2-6pm    (Portland, ME)
Greenlines                  July 23rd        4-8pm    (Montauk, NY)
WaterBros                  July 26th       10-2pm   (Newport, RI)
Matunuck Surf Shop  July 31st        3-7pm     (Matunuck, RI)
Noreaster                   August 2nd    10-2pm   (Scituate, MA)
Sick Days                   August 4th     3-7pm     (Wellfleet, MA)

Mystic, CT: Wooden Boat Show THIS WEEKEND!

This video is from a few years ago, but it showcases the wooden passion exhibited at the annual Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport. This weekend, (June 26-28 from 9-5p daily) the 24th iteration of this popular wooden boat event will take place and our good friend, TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan (featured in recent TotalBoat Show blogs) will be on hand to show his latest craft, his Adirondack Guide Boat. He will be defending his 2014 title for winner of the “I Built it Myself,” Contest. Stop by and wish Richard well and tell him TotalBoat Show sent you!

Other fun events include a Concours d’Elegance, including Judges’ Choice, Innovation, and People’s Choice awards; and skua races, demonstrations, boatbuilding and woodworking supplier booths (Sorry, No JD booth this year) and much more.

Event details here: The 2015 Wooden Boat Show 

It’s always a great time! Let us know if you make it there by sending us a pic of your favorite boat to images@jamestowndistributors.com