New TotalBoat Series Shows How to Build a Sport Dory


Fans of the TotalBoat instructional web video series produced by Jamestown Distributors and featuring Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde will be delighted to hear that Lou’s next project will be a 14’ wooden sailing dory, incorporating his newest ideas and concepts. The TotalBoat Sport Dory series will feature 36 videos, released on Fridays, 6 of which will feature an audience Q&A where fans can ask Lou questions about the build and more.

The Sport Dory is designed to perform well under sail, but can also be trimmed as a rowing dory or outfitted with a small gas or electric outboard motor, which could be neatly hidden and used from a through-hull motor well. Lou will also incorporate an altogether different idea he has for avoiding the drag of a conventional rudder on sailing dories, and will use an oar instead, building a unique through-hull pivot port for an oar to better serve as the dory’s rudder.
In Episode 1, Lou discussed the tools he uses to create the drawings needed to build this sailing/rowing dory. He then takes you over to his friend’s saw mill in Exeter, Rhode Island, where he will select the proper log of Atlantic white cedar that he advises using for this boat.


Watch the first episode: