Fairlie 55 – Construction Video Diary

A short video of the entire build process, from lofting to launch, of the Fairlie 55.
It’s the culmination of 13 months filming at Fairlie Restorations in Hamble.

What a beautiful boat and an impressive project. This video shows the amazing amount of detail that goes into every inch of a classic build both above and below decks. If you have ever wanted to sit in on a total build project, watch this and in 12:28 you get the whole process and even a sail at the end.

When you are ready to build your own, come to Jamestown Distributors for all your boat building needs. Most every tool shown in this video can be bought in our online store or at our expanded retail location in Bristol, RI.

Northwest School of Boatbuilding – Time Lapse

Visit the school for more information: http://www.nwboatschool.org – This is a time-lapse video I created based on photos taken at 60 sec intervals for 4 months while at NWSWB. The large boat is a Cape Cod Catboat and behind it is an Edwin Monk Sunray Lake runabout.

Of course Jamestown Distributors sells everything you need for your boatbuilding project from stem to stern. Come see our newly expanded shop in our Bristol, RI location or visit our online store. Our call center experts are ready to help you with your order.

Watch This Guy Create a Beautiful Surfboard from Scrap Wood

Matt Gahan’s Story Board is a perfect illustration to the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While most see a wooden pallet like this as bonfire material, Donald Brink sees potential. He see’s the potential to create a unique surf craft that is fun, sustainable, and stimulates his artistic curiosities. Creating your own surfboard like this may seem a bit time-consuming, but let’s face it, surfboards aren’t exactly cheap. Plus, the non-recyclable materials and petrochemicals that are still being used by the majority of surfboard manufacturers today do not jive well with the environment. Not only is Donald Brink trying to undermine this approach to surfboard manufacturing, but he’s also revolutionizing surfboard design with his unique, asymmetrical shapes. So check out Matt Gahan’s latest installment and get inspired to build something of your own.

When you are ready to build something of your own, Jamestown Distributors offers a complete line of Grain kit surfboards to make it happen!  Order one, get building and then hop into the upcoming Grain East Coast Workshop Tour to check in with the pros. Or just to show off your sweet new ride.

How to Buff and Wax a Boat

Since spring is coming soon (no, really!) it is time to think about boat prep and launching. In this video Trevor demonstrates how to properly buff and wax a boat on a heavily oxidized 52′ Sea Ray with colored topsides.

Jamestown Distributors sells many lines of boat buffing and waxing necessities. TotalBoat TotalBuff Rubbing Compound and TotalBoat TotalShine Finishing Compounds are excellent products we have developed to maximize your shine and minimize your labor. Or get the whole Boat Polishing Kit – including a variable speed Angle Polisher/ Sander, polishing pads, gloves and more!

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There is always #training and product #testing and #learning going on around here. Betcha our competition can’t touch our staff’s depth of knowledge for every product we sell. #bottompaint #totalboat #interlux

Sailing on the Herreshoff Schooner, Eleonora

Too much snow covering your fine yacht? In the northeast the sailing season is a distant dream, and hoisting and trimming sails seems foreign to those muscles now reserved for shoveling. How to remedy this on a fine winter’s day in February? GO [virtually] SAILING!

Eleonora is a replica of the mythic Nathaniel Herreshoff schooner, Westward, built in Bristol, RI in 1910. She was the fastest schooner of her day and this replica built in Holland in 2000, also impresses with her speed and beauty.

Beautiful wooden yachts such as Eleonora, tend to require lots of paint and varnish and Jamestown Distributors has it all! As we wait for the snow to melt and the season to crank up, it’s a great time to be working on putting coats down on your teak and mahogany pieces. From tapes to rollers, trays, brushes and all the paints, varnishes and coatings you could need – our store staff and call center is ready to help you select the right tools for your jobs. Let our top rated customer service reps get you started…and finished! So you can hit the water and sit back and admire your winter work.  Until then – Enjoy the sail!

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Auckland to Itajai to Newport!

The final sprint to Auckland is on. With four days to go, all teams are getting ready to arrive in the City of Sails. And for New Zealander Ryan Houston, it takes a special meaning – Auckland is home. Team Alvimedica’s watch leader explains his role onboard.

As the teams near Auckland, it’s not too soon to think about the Volvo Ocean Race arrival in North America. In just a little more than 2 months, the race pulls into Newport where the stopover venue at Fort Adams and most support, spectator and recreational boats remain buried under feet of snow.

But don’t wait for the snow to disappear! Get your prep planned out now so you will be prepared to greet the boats and sailors in early May. Shop now for your bottom paint, rollers and brushes and everything you need to splash the boat early and get out on the water to greet the hometown guys on Team Alvimedica. They will appreciate seeing you at the finish line in Newport, and your boat will thank you for an early launch!

How to properly caulk tight seams for wooden boatbuilding

Watch Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde continue repairs on a Herreshoff 12 1/2 and share a few of his techniques for rolling cotton caulking into tight seams. Louis describes the tools used and how to handle caulking seams of different widths. Sauzedde’s years of experience make it look easy, and this video shows how his tried techniques are easy to follow, even for the novice boatbuilder.

Find products used in this video at Jamestown Distributors: Caulking Cotton, Caulking Irons, Mallet, Reefing Hook