Congratulations to Al & Vance, Interlux Photo Contest Winners

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Here is the story of Al and Vance’s Shields restoration. The boat sure has come a long way and has plenty of #interlux on her hull! Wonderful work done by this Vermont couple. We wish them luck with the boat and look forward to seeing pics of them on the water! Congratulations to Al and Vance! A $500 Interlux credit has been reserved in their names.

Here is the complete restoration photo album:  Jamestown Distributors is pleased to have provided most materials and all #interlux products for this restoration, as well as some Tech Help and advice along the way! Well done! Almost time to sail!!

 

Tips for Cleaning Your Varnish Brushes

Hopefully you are ready to lay some coats of varnish on your boat’s woodwork in preparation for spring launching. Any good varnisher will tell you that you need a good brush for great varnish jobs and it would be wasteful to use a new brush for each coat. With proper care of a good brush you can make it last beyond just one project. So spring for that badger brush and watch this video about how to care for it to make it last!

Lou has been really pleased with the TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish and has been using it with success for a few years now. If you have yet to try it out – now is a great time. It has great UV resistance and is available in clear or satin finish. Be a TotalBoat Gleam Varnish fan like Lou and check it out!

 

New TotalBoat Trailer Mounted Boat Lift

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This 20′ classic Seacraft powerboat has an issue that is not unfamiliar to most trailering boaters – power or sail.   Because she lives either in the water or on the trailer, it has been years since we have been able to paint her bottom where she sits on her trailer bunks. There are growth and barnacles from where “Flotsam” sat on the trailer for the last many season’s paint jobs – and even the power washer couldn’t get under those bunks in the fall when the boat was pulled out of the water.

Enter TotalBoat Trailer Mounted Boat Lift: An idea hatched by Mike Mills of Jamestown Distributors, Mike knew that many boaters struggle with this issue every year as he too trailers a 20′ powerboat. Working with the masters of boat stands at Brownell, the TotalBoat Trailer Mounted Boat Lift was designed and a brilliant idea was born! No longer is the bottom of a trailered boat unreachable. The pieces easily attach to the trailer and effortlessly lift up to 10,000 pounds of boat safely while attached to the trailer the whole time. (2500 pounds on each stand). They are fully adjustable to fit a wide variety of trailers and boats and are mounted and operated easily by oneself or with a helper.

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Check out the NEW TotalBoat Trailer Mounted Boat Lift at Jamestown Distributors. Sold in a 4 pack, it’s a great item to buy with a few boating pals and share as bottoms are prepped and ready for painting.      Make your bottoms happy, folks!

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Hillary hand carves these babies. How cool is she? #wood #carve #sailboat #girlpower #sherocks #shopnight #totalboat #gleamvarnish

Hillary hand carves these babies. How cool is she? #wood #carve #sailboat #girlpower #sherocks #shopnight #totalboat #gleamvarnish

Tips from A Shipwright – Part 12: How to Caulk A Wide Seam

More expertise from resident shipwright, Louis Sauzedde. If you have been following along with the series, we left off with a video on how to caulk tight seams. But when the seam is too wide for cotton caulking – it’s time to rethink. Watch as the master, Lou, shows us how to handle this common wooden boat problem.

We love Tips from A Shipwright. Thanks to Lou for sharing his knowledge. Thanks to you for sharing this video post if you too love Lou!

 

 

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Martha's #grain #surfboard is almost ready to ride the waves... Leash tie and vent installed. Lookin sweet! @grainsurfboards now we just need some #sun and #surf!

Martha’s #grain #surfboard is almost ready to ride the waves… Leash tie and vent installed. Lookin sweet! @grainsurfboards now we just need some #sun and #surf!

A Sailing Adventure Aboard the S\V Delos – Waterfalls, Witchdoctors, and Cockfights

Let’s face it. We’re all ready for bikinis and cockfights. The crew from SV Delos is traveling the world – most recently in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.  Take a little 20+ minute our with the youthful crew and get a glimpse of the vagabond cruisers life. The good life, despite their age and questionable exposure to the hard knock life many of us turn to cruising to escape.

In any case, it’s fun to watch their escapades and watch a bit of what seems like a slice of good old reality TV…. Just remember, It’s all about perspective….

 

Webcam Roundup…Cool Spots to Spy On

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Heritage Boat Works Cam                           North Light, Block Island webcam

Here is a list of some great webcams to bookmark. Whether it’s shooting boatbuilding inside a cool shop or catching harbor traffic or even the view from inside a lighthouse – it’s fun to travel the world from your desk. Here is a sweet little list of the coolest webcams we could find.  ENJOY!

Newport Harbor, RI – Fort Adams

Narragansett Bay, Hyatt Cam, RI
(Great view for Volvo Ocean Race start & VOR Race Village)

Block Island, North Light

Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, Maine

Chesapeake Light Craft – Shop Cam

Boston TeaParty Museum

Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard

New York, Brooklyn Bridge Park

View from the Bridge of the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2

Fiji, Castaway Beach

Pusser’s Webcams – Tortola, BVI

Positano Harbour, Italy

The Grande Canal – Venice, Italy

Port of Gustavia, St. Barth’s  – French West Indies

Seldovia, Alaska – Homer webcam at the Spit

Catalina Island, California

Port of Miami, Florida

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

RRS Ernest Shackleton Research Ship Webcam

Bird Island Research Station Cam – Antarctica 

Crissy Field – San Francisco Bay

HAVE FUN Exploring!