StanCraft’s Wicked Ski Boat

Quick follow up to the post today – a video of the sweet StanCraft ski boat/ bowrider that caught my eye… check out the smooth ride and sweet tricks the wetsuit man pulls off.

Summer is here, peeps. Get out there!  Happy Friday!


StanCraft Boats: Passion for the Past

StanCraft Boats in Northern Idaho have been building gorgeous wooden powerboats for over 80 years. The boatbuilder was very busy building wooden runabouts up until WW2, when you couldn’t buy lumber, much less employ anyone to build boats. In the years following the war’s conclusion, StanCraft got busy building again and has been cranking out amazing wooden boats ever since.

A family business, the boats are made exclusively from African Mahogany and the boat’s designs are not old designs – but rather StanCraft has infused new technology and needs into their newer designs. Like the boat below that has to be THE COOLEST looking ski/ surf boat I have ever seen. The idea of modernizing these classic looking wooden powerboats is brilliant. What wooden boat aficionado wouldn’t want modern technology and systems aboard a very classic and beautiful wooden boat? (Yes – these people exist. You can yell at me in the comments below…)

So check out the video and their beautiful website and keep your eyes peeled along the coastal US for these boats. Not sure how many have made it to the coastal communities – but I am betting there are lakes in the US that are jam packed with these beauties.


Stripping For Varnish

Lou Sauzedde, the Tips from a Shipwright mastermind, is back at it with some good tips on how to get your wood back down to bare grain in preparation for varnishing. Tis the season to lay on multiple coats, and whether you start from bare wood or not – preparation is key for adding coats for good UV protection in the sun and marine environment.

Lou covers how to remove stubborn spots and the various steps of surface prep before you are ready to lay down your varnish. Watch and learn from Lou!

Concordia Boats

If you can pronounce the name Padanaram, you’re either from the area or you know all about Concordia Yawls. This isn’t to say there are not other reasons to know about this famously fabulous yacht yard near Buzzards Bay, MA. Since 1926 beautiful yachts of many shapes and sizes have emerged from this yard, from Beetle Cats to frostbiters to the most famous of all, the coveted Concordia Yawl. Penned by the father of the deep-V hull, C. Raymond Hunt designed the Yawl and was partial owner of the yard for decades before moving onto more power driven pursuits in the wake of his revolutionary powerboat design, the deep-V hull.

The company changed hands many times, and is most currently held by Stuart MacGregor whose father Brodie owned the yard from 1981 – 2012 when he sold it to Stuart.  A former employee of the company, Stuart knew the company well as he had served as General Manager for years before deciding to buy his dad out and carry on the Concordia legacy. But his dad didn’t get too far and he remains a fixture at the yard as part of the brokerage team. Often this requires time spent aboard customers boats, and he delights in keeping watch over the company Yawl, (#57 Javelin) and a 1979 Surf Hunter 25.

It’s a big responsibility to carry the torch of the much adored and revered Concordia Yawl. From 1938-1966, one hundred and three Concordia Yawls were built – all on the same lines drawn by CR Hunt.  Most of the yawls were built in a co-op agreement between Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany who would do most of the build and then send them across the Atlantic to Concordia for finishing.

The Concordia Yawls came to represent the amazing handiwork and attention to detail coming from the sheds in Padanaram. A&R moved on to build super yachts and commercial vessels and Concordia Yachts dug into the legacy they had created, offering top quality yacht and yard work, much of which revolves around upkeep and restoration of many of their Yawls.

We featured Snowy Owl, Concordia Yawl #91, in the Jamestown Distributors Summer 2015 Catalog as she was in the midst of some plank replacement when we visited and it was amazing to see her so beautifully refit and repaired. If a wooden boat didn’t give away her facelifts and replanking until the wood had fully swollen tight to neighboring planks, you would never know Snowy Owl had been touched. The planks that were replaced were perfectly assimilated into the hull and she is ready for another season on Buzzards Bay and off her home port of Wianno, MA.

When asked, Stuart MacGregor proudly explains that to him, his family, and his dedicated staff in Padanaram, Concordia represents the most enduring class of yachts as well as quality and simplicity of boats from previous generations.  He has embraced the traditional, tried & true methods that have made the Concordia Yawl the prettiest boat on the harbor and on the hard.

The History Of Chris Craft

I was raised on a Chris Craft, so I, like many of you who loved wooden boats in your youth before you knew what it meant, have a sweet spot in my heart and memory bank for the wooden lines and lapstrake planks of my dad’s old Sea Skiff. Growing up on a wooden power boat (summers of my youth – winters spent ashore in Connecticut) forged long memories of LOTS Of paint jobs, seepage seeking, ding and dent repair and the other joys of wooden boat ownership. In the 70s when we cruised our SeaSkiff up and down the New England coastline, boats like ours were a dime a dozen.

Just like the super stylie Chris Crafts that can be seen on lakes and even ponds around the US, the boats are head turners and they define an entire historical segment of the wooden powerboat coming into its own in America. So take a trip into the history of these iconic American boats and understand that as Riva is to the Italians, Chris Craft has succeeded in becoming a cult classic amongst a market full of beautiful wooden boats.



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.

Restoring the Mathis Trumpy “Freedom”

Nestled between the super sheds of Hinckley and Hunt Yachts in Portsmouth RI is the more unassuming, yet equally impressive shed of McMillen Yachts. If you appreciate fine yacht restoration and the sweetness of American Motor Yachts – Trumpys, to be exact, then check out the painstaking attention to detail taken by the restoration experts at McMillen Yachts/ Mathis Yacht Building.

Under the leadership of classic yacht enthusiast, Earl McMillen, these guys have invented – or reinvented – the idea of fractional yacht ownership. Want a gorgeous classic yacht but don’t have 100% of the time or money required? Own a fraction of the yacht – and a beautiful yacht, at that. Check out the details on their website.

Then watch this video by Alison Langley of Maine ( about their restoration of Freedom and check out the write up they got on TotalBoat Show last year.  And then look for their spiffy yacht lineup all around the East Coast. Not just motor yachts, either – the 12 Meter “Onawa” is part of their collection, seen often sailing off Newport. Eye candy – all of it!


Timelapse of Building Melonseed Skiffs

Time lapse videos of long projects are super fun. It’s akin to watching grass grow: never to be done in realtime – super fascinating and riveting in time lapse. Such is the tale of the boatbuilding time lapse. The process on a day to day basis is so interesting ethereally – but not something to sit around and watch. Every step is as precise and important as the last and the next step – and to see the whole thing sped up so you can actually see how and what makes a boat build come together is suddenly riveting.

These melonseed skiffs were built over a span of two and a half years and have been compressed into 300 seconds! Barry Long is yet another JD Customer putting the products we sell to excellent use.

Check it out!

And you can check out Barry’s own blog here:  and a video of the Melonseeds out for a sweet sail here.  Great work, Barry!


Building an Adirondack Guide Boat (and Racing it…)

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for "I Built it Myself" category

Richard Honan Winner of 2014 Best in Show for “I Built it Myself” category

When the 2015 Wooden Boat Show rolls into downtown Mystic, CT in late June, you can bet you will find Richard Honan and his newest accomplishment front and center. After winning the 2014 Best in Show in the “I Built It Myself” category with his sweet little sloop, Proud Mary 2, Honan went right back to work building his next great floating thing, An Adirondack Guide Boat.

This will be Honan’s 10th boat building accomplishment. He is building the boat to compete in the six mile Essex River Race ( From there, It’s off to Mystic Seaport and the Wooden Boat Show in June, where he will again show his boat in the “I built It Myself” exhibit. Perhaps the best part of this story is not that this guy is a MAJOR fan of TotalBoat and JD (=winner), but that this particular boat for him is a labor of love with his grandkids. He is involving them with the build, and is naming the boat after his 2 granddaughters, Anna & Emily(Double Happiness). Awwww.

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Palm Beach Vintage Regatta

Time to give some props to the vintage powerboating crowd. Owner or ogler, who doesn’t love to stare down a good old classic powerboat that has been painstakingly restored? Some serious revelers from Palm Beach, Florida decided to pay homage to their city’s yachting history and round up as many beauties as they could to participate in the reinvented Palm Beach Cup.  In 1917 a yacht regatta and gathering evolved into the Palm Beach Cup, which, at the time of the gilded 20’s, was a whos-who of yachting and Palm Beach lifestyle.  The idea to bring this event back to the Pam Beach waterfront was met with excitement and owners of classic powerboats from the area jumped on board agreeing to participate.

The lineup of boats was impressive, from the Presidential Yacht, Honey Fitz, best known for JFK’s use of her and her place in history as the last presidential yacht. The Palm Beach Regatta attracted the finest yachts of her day and this seemed like the year to revitalize the event and to “hopefully regain the attention of potential boaters and rekindle the flame for the older yachtsman and boaters alike.”

A few weeks ago marked the Inaugural Antique Yacht Exhibit and Sail Races. Over 20 vintage yachts were showcased for all to see. Aficionados, hobbyists and boat lovers flocked to the public event in downtown Palm Beach and confirmed what the organizers had suspected: there is still an appreciation for classic yachts and if they can’t be paraded or regatta-ed – then line ’em up and let the people stare.

Today’s video highlights the event and reinforces the notion that wooden boats can really draw a crowd. Enjoy!