Hey Everybody, My name is Andy Miller and I am the creator of Boatworks Today..Β  A little bit about myself and this show~

I went to college at St. Norberts just outside of Green Bay (GO PACKERS!) and finished up there with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. Finding out a little too late into the curriculum, I decided that I didn’t really want to spend the rest of my life listening to people complain about themselves (yea, I had some internships that left a bad taste in my mouth). So, after graduation I was off to figure out what it is that I REALLY wanted to do with my life.

I bounced around a bit, met the lovely person who is now my Wife, bought a sailboat and we lived on it for a while. Became a scuba instructor, but decided that boats were something that called out to me. I took an entry level apprenticeship position at one of the local marinas and after roughly 7 years with them I decided to pull the trigger and venture off on my own. Miller Boatworks was created, and the rest as they say is history! MBW focuses on cosmetic repair (gelcoat, paint, fiberglass) as well as custom woodworking & refinishing and complete boat restoration..

It’s 7 years later, I have a cool little girl (she’s the one at the end of all my videos) and I am finding myself wanting to find a way to spend more time with my family and less time away from home. So, being the gambling person that I am; I thought, “why not give the podcast idea a shot? I’m doing the work anyway, I should tape it and see what happens!”

So, here we are.. Time is going to pass regardless of what you’re doing, might as well spend it doing something productive! Right??

You might fall down on your face, roll the dice and have some faith!
~Zac Brown Band

Well, lets see what happens. Hope you join me for the ride!


71 Responses to “ABOUT US
  1. Aaron says:

    Yeah, I can relate. After my first couple of jobs out of college I realized thar I didn’t want to work with troubled youth because, well, they are troubled and are not going to stay out of trouble!

    Cool webpage.

    • Harry De Elle says:

      Hi Andy
      I am very impressed with the quality of your video productions and the craftsmanship approach to your trade. I have recently purchased two monohull dinghys , National E class, one is timber and the other a fibreglass construct which need a bit of TLC .

      I look forward to viewing more of your videos and touching base with you as we’ll.

      Best wishes for the festive season.

      Harry, Melbourne , Australia

    • Don says:

      I really enjoyed your videos. Very educational and very kind of you to share your knowledge. I did have a technical question. I am restoring a fiberglass sailboat circa 1979. I’m not sure what the procedure should be for addressing some blisters on the steel keel? Not sure what product should be used. Metal primer? Epoxy? Fiberglass. Also I have a small hair line crack where keel meets the hull. Not sure how to address that as they are different materials.

      Any nice videos. Nice family. Good luck

      • ~Andy ~Andy says:

        Dish out the blisters and fill with thickened epoxy. Pettit ez-fair works great for this. The crack between the keel and hull is where the two are joined. Depending on the size of the boat this seam may be glassed, or not. Look in the bilge and you should see some large keel bolts. Best thing to do would be to loosen these bolts, raise the boat so the keel separates from the hull, clean both mating surfaces and re-mount using pettit flex-poxy. Tighten the bolts as much as possible and feather in the exterior with ez-fair.

        You’ll need to build a brace for the keel as the boat is lifted so it doesn’t move!

        When you have a chance try emailing me a pic so I can see what’s going on..

        • Juliamarie Palero says:

          I bought a 33ft Morgan Islander. I have alot of repairs to do. I also have some exposed areas where there wasnt any gelcoat applied. I would prefer to paint them than hassel with gelcoat. There arw some other areas woth waxed gelcoat how do i prepare that.?????. Also the idiot that sold me the boat painted the interior laminate bulk heads with regular acryilic paint so it peels off and can be scraped off easily. What paint do you recommend.?????? I was looking at rustolium cabinate kit. What doyou think. Lmkp

  2. Singer says:

    Great! thanks for the share!

  3. Jimy says:

    Stumbles across your fiberglass repair series searching for “How To”. I have taken on restoring my first boat, a 1967 Larson Lapline. I don’t mean my first boat restoration, I mean this is the first boat I have owned.

    Any chance of you doing a quick series on transom replacement, or extensive transom repair? Have you ever worked with something called Seacast?

    • ~Andy Andy says:

      I will be doing a full transom repair on a smaller runabout, but unfortunately not until this Winter or late Fall.. Right now I am busy trying to keep up Summer projects..

      As far as Seacast and other similar products, I have definitely heard of them but they are not something I personally would use or recommend. I called this show ‘Boatworks Today’ to give the feel of taking a modern approach to repairs and maintenance (utilizing modern products and techniques) but on some things I am still very much a traditionalist; transoms are one such area πŸ™‚

      The transom is such an important aspect of the boat (both for function and safety) that I do not feel there is any way to improve on doing a ‘proper repair’. Some areas of building and repair have had terrific advances with technology, but transom repairs are best left to tried and true techniques in my opinion.

      Others may disagree, but I have yet to find someone that does quality marine repair for a living say otherwise..

      If you’re able to hold off on your projects, there should be some good stuff for ya this Fall πŸ™‚



  4. Chris Rollins says:

    Hey Andy I’m having trouble finding your email address. I just finished your series and I have a few questions for ya! Thanks in advance, Chris

    • Alan Hall says:

      Hello, I love your tutorials.

      I have a boat that I am doing away with the side windows (not the port holes). I’m doing this because the material used for the windows keeps cracking due to the curves in the hull and the glass under them have many wide spider cracks. So I figured since we have never had light from these I would just fill them in.

      They measure about 48 inches long by 5 inches high by one quarter inche thick.

      All the videos show how to fill a large hole but there is always parts of the fiberglass intact so it is used as the starting point. In my case they are holes with nothing to start with.

      I was told by a glass man to make a sheet about the same thickness of fiberglass, let it cure then cut pieces to fit inside the window openings. Then place the cut out pieces into the opening, support the back on the inside of the boat then fill in around the pieces with epoxy.

      Would this be solid or strong enough to do it this way or do you suggest a different way?

      I am enclosing a couple of pictures.

      I awaite your advise

      Al Hall

  5. Mark A. Williams says:

    Dear Andy,
    Working in Germany but hope to come home to Michigan shortly. Thinking about building an AuSable river boat when I get back. Haven’t found any good plans. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Love your tutorials. Thought fiberglass was a complicated process until I saw your show. Thanks.

  6. Chuck says:

    Hi Andy,
    Loved your videos.. I have a 2000 23′ Well Craft my first boat, now with some soft spots on the floor, now a crack between the seats…. Everyone told me to lose it, and that’s probably good advice but, I’ve done a lot of drywall and some auto body work along with a lot of woodworking and this looks like an adventure. I got a couple of books and they basically said the same as you but I would have missed the part about leaving the bottom skin and reusing the cut out top if it wasn’t for you… so thanks. It’s always easier when you see somebody do the project.
    I’ll take some pix if I do the project…

  7. David Berry says:

    Hi Andy,
    Came across your videos on YouTube as I’m about to start on a major overhaul of a boat I’ve had for a few years but not had the time (or the weather!). I’ve found your videos very useful, and I’m looking forward to starting as soon as my boat is lifted out if the water (hopefully next week).
    I’ll send you some photos so you can see what I’m attempting!
    Keep up the good work!
    All the best,
    (Isle of Man, UK)

    ps any chance of moving the “share banner” from your site, as it’s difficult to view your page properly when using a tablet, either that or have a mobile version of the site!

  8. Aaron Jensen says:

    I recently noticed discontinuity in the hull of my Livingston 15.5′ about 2/3 down from the bow. The hull is not uniform like most hulls since it is a catamaran. I tried looking for specs on the thickness of the hull but was unable to find any. I read online that for every 1/32” of hull thickness, add 1 layer of fiberglass. My question for you-How many layers of mat and cloth should I apply to make sure I have a stronger hull in that region. The dimension are roughly 2”x2”x?. The boat is currently on a trailer so I will have to jack one side of the boat up to access this discontinuity area. I want to make sure I apply enough fiberglass so I will not get cracking/a hole in the future b/c of the pounding the boat takes.I am unable to fiberglass from the deck side of the boat because there is a foam filled cavity in between the hull and the deck. Also, should alternate between fiberglass mat and fiberglass cloth? start with Matt (mat/cloth/mat/cloth/mat) and finish with Matt in the end? Any info would be great! I can also send pics if you are interested in seeing the area.

  9. Andy, sorry for using the wrong name in another topic. (gelcoat is comming soon)

    thanks for your other videos. I enjoyed it.

    We have a lot in common Andy, psychology, diving and boatrepair.

    best wishes Johny mc Miller

  10. bob kehoe says:

    Hi andy, enjoy your podcasts and learn a lot from them . I was wondering if you have any experience with gelcoat over epoxy. Most of my suppliers and gelcoat folks say dont do it, but west( that’s what i use for epoxy) says it will be ok. I just finished fairing in a cockpit in a little oday widgeon that i had ripped completely out and replaced and i am too the point where i either paint it or gelcoat it. Your opinoon would be appreciated thnx

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Bob,

      Generally speaking it’s an accepted rule of thumb NOT to use gelcoat overtop of epoxy. That being said, I have done it on small areas with success. Don’t know that I would try it on a large area for the fear of having to come back and re-do it because something failed πŸ™‚ I plan on doing some test video’s on this very topic but I haven’t gotten that far yet (too many irons in the fire)..

      I’d say if you wanted to try it on a separate area as a test to go ahead, but if you want to make sure there won’t be any issues down the road then painting would be a sure bet..

      Hope this helps!


  11. Bill Baisden says:

    Greetings Andy,

    I have subscribed to Boatworks Today and enjoy your insight on the various topics you cover. You are definitely providing valuable information to the DIY as well as others in the industry! I was shocked to see that you live up in the Great White North, as for me I am in the Detroit area. I have started a small boat company (I really need to update my website) and right now it is part time as I have 1 year prior to me retiring from the US Army. Currently, we (my father and I) are building a 20′ Trimaran (which I will post some pics on my website and new Facebook page (under construction as well). Anyways keep up the great work and I look forward to bouncing ideas and or sharing various techniques.

    Keep it up


    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Bill,

      “Great White North”… Heh, you’re not kidding! We’ve gotten slammed with 3 storms in 3 weeks totaling close to 3 feet of snow :-O Did I mention that it’s April??? Personally I’ll take it. Adds a bit of calm-ness to the Spring rush πŸ™‚

      Going to look you up on FB; the tri you’re building sounds pretty cool! Look forward to watching the progress!


  12. Kurt says:

    Just wondering when your going to post your next gelcoat video. I love the videos, checking all the time for your next post.


    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Kurt,

      I will be following up with the series but at the moment (and for the past month or so) my Wife and I are about to have baby #2; however she’s been on bed rest for the last 2 months of her pregnancy which has really made things interesting. If you’re on Facebook please check out my page and give it a like. I tend to post updates there regularly so people know what’s going on! Here’s the link:

      As soon as baby comes i’ll be getting back on track!

      Thanks for your patience πŸ™‚


  13. Byron Schluter says:

    Dear Andy,

    I’d like to know where you get the nylon carpet brush you use in the non-skid cleaning video. I’m extreamely interested in trying this on my son’s cuddy(lots of non-skid). Any info would be great. Also, what buffer are you using and what kind of pad?

    Great videos keep it up.



  14. charles says:

    How would you recomend replacing a mast step on a 12’oday. I can send you pics.

  15. Steve Roseman says:

    Hey Andy, I just wanted to say thanks man, Your videos are a true help, Ive found myself after year of doing home construction unemployed, In order to make ends meet I started doing marine salvage, and now my boss and I are doing boat restoration of the vessels we’ve salvaged I would have been completely lost if I hadn’t watched your video

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Steve,

      Glad you found some of these vids helpful! Good luck in the future, don’t hesitate to drop a line if you have any questions πŸ™‚


  16. Erik Mosher says:

    Hi Andy,

    I have enjoyed your series, “There’s a Hole in My Boat.” I just watched the two videos on color matching gelcoat. Is there a third video showing the gelcoat application? I can’t find it.


    Erik Mosher
    Yeti Home Improvements

    PS – On my tablet, there is a little tab on the right side of your screen entitled “Share”. I can’t get it to go away. It’s in the way… just FYI.

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Erik,

      The next video on applying the gelcoat is what’s next. I still need to edit so it will likely be another week or so before it’s available πŸ™‚ As far as how the webpage is displaying, I need to find someone who knows a lot more about html coding that I.. On some devices it displays fine but on others the layout is off.. Not sure how to fix it yet…

  17. So, here we are.. Time is going to pass regardless of what you’re doing, might as well spend it doing something productive! Right??

    Actually I would say that you might as well spend it doing something you enjoy and I applaud you for making that happen. “Jobs” are everywhere and most people don’t love theirs. Loving what you do in life is the ultimate satisfaction!

    Thanks for all of your videos. I have watched many of your videos multiple times and have learned a lot (and spent a lot) but have been loving everything I do with my boats. There is so much satisfaction in 1: Doing the work myself, and 2: knowing that it is being done right and not just made to look right.

    I have a new project on my Grady I just started and would like to ask a quick question or two and send some pictures. Do you have a preferred method of contact?

  18. Jim Groth says:

    Hello Andy,

    I really enjoy your videos, fantastic job!!, I have looked for the link on spraying Gel-Coat and can’t find it any help would be great. Thanks Jim ps Keep up the good work

  19. Mark Copithorne says:


    Thank you for the informative videos! Being a visual and hand-on type of learner your videos are by far the best I have watched. I have picked up an older 26 ft Duffy built in Maine and have quite a bit of restoration/modification to do. Your video has given me a heck of a lot more confidence to tackle the job at hand. In some videos you use west system products and in others you opt for alternative products. Is there any brand/sytem that you feel is more dummy proof yet high quality, that would be a good choice of product for a novice like myself to stick with from beginning to end?


    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hi Mark,

      West System is about as simple and high quality as you can get. I would recommend using their pumps for dispensing the resin and hardener. As far as a product to use from start to finish, that’s a little tricky. If you’ll be finishing the repairs with gelcoat then you’re limited to using poly based products from start to finish (no epoxy). But if you’ll be painting then it opens the door to using epoxy.

      I personally like to use poly resin for glasswork as it sets up faster and is less expensive, then if I’ll be painting I’ll use epoxy with a fairing filler as it’s easier to sand (and you have longer working time before it sets up).

      Another great product I’ve started using for epoxy fairing is Pettit’s EZ-Fair. I’ll have more info on that in the coming rudder vids..

      Duffy’s are great boats! Congrats πŸ™‚

  20. Mark Burnett says:


    I have been going through videos on You Tube and found yours to be some of the best for my latest project. I bought a 12ft Hi Laker with a rotten transom and the deck and hull are in poor shape, mostly the gel coat. I haven’t ever done this kind of work before but actually having fun doing it. The transom is replaced and bonded in now looking to venture into the gel coat sanding. I do have a question… This boat is a 1973 and the gel coat looks blistered, the blisters seem to go all the way into the fiberglass. Will I be able to cover these spots with gel coat and sand off and be safe from blistering?

    Anyway, I figured I needed to send you a BIG THANK YOU for posting your videos. They have been very helpful.

    Best wishes to you and your family (Go Seahawks!!)

  21. Bruce T. MARTENS says:

    Firstly, you have a GREAT personality for the ‘videos’ you are presenting. So, my two questions..

    . 1). Color matching finish gelcoat; You don’t mention anything about the color “changing when it dries. Comments please…

    2). I have been building custom wooden bright finished kayaks for several years & have always been told NOT to use acetone for prep’ing as it will leave a residue which could affect the bonding.of F/G cloth and/or epoxy. Again, please comment.

    Again, GREAT job on your presentations !!!!! ~Bruce~

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Bruce,

      As long as the gelcoat is catalyzed at the proper ratio the color shouldn’t change much. If it’s mixed too hot (over catalyzed) then it can (for lack of better words) ‘burn’ the gel and darken it somewhat. If it’s under catalyzed then it has a tendency to somewhat lighten it and not fully cure. What I tend to do is when mixing, lay up the color swatch and let it air dry to dull the gloss (un-catalyzed) and compare the color again. It’s somewhat of a trial and error process. It’s best to layup a small batch on a repair area (catalyzed) let it cure and sand it off to verify color before laying up larger areas. Fine tune and necessary πŸ™‚

      As far as the acetone issue you raised, simply not true. Acetone is the only cleaner that is tried and true; and leaves no residue. When working with teak, it’s actually the recommended cleaner just before finishing because of the fact that it pulls the top layer of oils out of the wood promoting a good bond. Same applies to composites.

      One exception is that acetone is not a ‘de-greaser’ which is a separate topic. When working with new repairs (unless it’s in an engine compartment) it’s almost a non-issue πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps!


      • Bruce T. MARTENS says:

        Andy…. Thank you for the information. Keep up the presentations. They are VERY enjoyable & informational….. ~BRUCE~

  22. Ilkka Saarinen says:

    Thanks for the great, well done and really useful series of boat repair.
    I was just about to start to work on my foam cored, damaged rudder to Farr 36 -76.
    Now I know , how to, thanks to you.
    Btw, is there part 4, too?
    Funny thing at the same time, I happen to be building my first ever xylophone.
    Key pieces of larch are drying at the best…

    Best regards.


    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Part 4 of the rudder vids will be out as soon as I get some time to edit πŸ™‚ With Spring around the corner it’s crunch time to get the Winter projects finished on time. Would love to see your xylophone when it’s done! Feel free to post some pics on my FB page


  23. Bill Anderson says:

    I recently bought a 73 Seaswirl for a couple hundred bucks due to the bad deck and a hull full of foam soaked in say 200 gallons of water :p….I have the new deck just about done and am wondering about the best approach for painting the topside. This boat sat in the sun and it shows in the crazed gelcoat literally everywhere the sun has hit it. I have zero experience with gelcoat. If I sand lightly but stil have some crazing can I use an epoxy resin thickened slightly to create a fairing compound and fill the tiny cracks before painting (roll & tip two part epoxy paint). I have watched your videos and can see if the cracks were from stress they would probably come through the new paint ….will the tiny cracks from age and the sun do the same?

  24. Jose says:

    Hi Andy,
    First i want to say thanks for the awesome videos!!! They are really helpful and have refreshed my memory on a few things. I have to make a repair at the bow (starboard side) but cant really access the inside. I have a stress crack there. Any tips you can give me??

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Most likely you can address the repair from the exterior; just double the taper around the damage so the new glass is able to span a larger area. You only need to address repairs from both sides if the damage goes all the way through the glass laminates of the hulll. Stress cracks rarely do this πŸ™‚

  25. Steve Plotner says:

    Good morning Andy:

    First, I also would like to say ‘ Thank you ‘ for the videos, website and your time to share your knowledge and experience with all avid lovers of boats. I have a Aquarius 21 that I am rebuilding. I basically have the cabin gutted out looking at CSM, resin and screw and nut bodies. If you were to remodel the walls (all surfaces for that matter) what would be your choice of surface that you would create for this type boat. I have plans to do all of the cabinetry and cushions. I’m a detail kind of a guy so, I want it to be something attractive and at the same time not a presidential yacht interior. Thank you in response for your time.

  26. Perry Middlemist says:

    I just discovered your videos and they are awesome! They have been exactly what I’ve been looking for to clean up my 1977 26′ Islander Bahama. I thought your accent sounded familiar and found out that we are in the same backyard! I live in Duluth, but have my boat at Red Cliff. I’ll probably have questions for you (with a donation of course) as I get into it. The boat is in very nice shape, but I want it to shine. I’ve got some minor gelcoat defects to remove, speakers to remount in the cockpit and teak to refinish. And speaking of teak, do you know where I can get teak to replace my companionway boards? Is this something you would sell, or should I go to a lumber company or online?

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hey Perry! Accent? What are you talking about πŸ˜‰ If you’re looking for teak, you can buy it from a couple places; I order my material from boulterplywood.com and have it delivered, but you can also get it in the Cities from a place called YoungBlood lumber. They are pricey, but carry good material.

      Hope this helps!

      • Perry says:

        Thanks for the tip Andy. I didn’t think we had accents up here until I stopped in a coffee shop in Topeka, KS. They asked me if I could say Minnesota a couple of times for them. They thought the way I said it was really cool.

  27. Noel Kelly says:

    Hi Andy
    Just came across your videos on youtube .Thanks for sharing your knowledge ,experiences.

  28. Alfonso Vargas says:

    Hey thanks for all the time and information, I’m working on my first real project. Bought a 1986 bay hawk center console and I am going to take the rug off the floor and gel coat if u have any suggestions for this I would like to hear from you. Have other questions but still looking at your video’s.
    Also do u all sell hats with your logo? would like one if u do

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hi Alfonso,

      Only suggestion I can make at this point would be to make sure that the core of the deck is dry before proceeding with the gelcoat. Would be a shame to go through all the work for nothing :-/

      Working on hats now, but can’t find a brand I like that is still reasonable.. When I do I’ll have them available on my store http://www.BWTstore.com

      Thank you!

  29. Dustin says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I find your videos SO helpful! You really have a great way of explaining things! Keep up the great work!
    I have to say the only thing wrong is that your a Packers fan, but hey, we can’t all be Seahawks fans!
    Thank you for your efforts!

  30. Patrick Brewer says:

    Thank you for all your videos. I have a 1997 Catalina Capri 22 that had the mast step damaged when the boat was laid over on it’s side during a tornado. I thought I fixed it, but this fall I found a nice crack at the edge of the mast step plate. I also noticed a divot in the area. If you haven’t guessed already, I have a rotten core. I’m getting ready to cut the top layer of the deck off (1′ x 1′) to get to the rotten core. Thanks to your video’s I feel comfortable in doing this, in fact this will be the second time I fix an area on my boat with rotten core, but I’m going to fix the gelcoat myself this time. I do have a question, have you ever used Gibco Flex-Mold for non-skid surfaces? This is the only thing that makes me nervous, and also color matching the white gelcoat. Any thoughts would be great!

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      What’s the condition of the gelcoat now? Wondering if it would be possible to cast a mold of the nonskid before cutting it off? I’ve not used the flex mold, but would like to. I reached out to them this Summer to see if they would be willing to send me some samples to play with but they never responded πŸ™

  31. Thomas says:

    I am restoring a sailboat and there is a 4″ chunk that was broken off the lip on the transom. Should I just place a support under the lip then lay it up with polyester and glass like I would with a blister? Then remove the support and smooth out the area below the lip?

    Here is a pic: http://i.imgur.com/Vp7OZvl.png

  32. Spence says:

    I’ve been wanting to repaint my old 12.6 SUP board but I’m unable to find any information about the subject. Therefore, I was wondering if you had any advice or could advise me to someone that specializes in the process. Thank you for your time.

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Seems like it would be very similar to painting the hull of of boat? One suggestion would be to use a paint that can be rolled / tipped (unless you’re set up for spraying). Address one side at a time and after the painting is done come back and lightly wetsand the seam around the perimeter of the board and polish πŸ™‚ Just make sure that the paint you use is designed to be 1) rolled and tipped 2) able to be buffed. If you would like some suggestions please let me know!

  33. Capt. Stan says:

    Hello Andy,
    Nice article about you and your results on one of your YouTube videos in Gougeon EPOXYWORKS. Very complimentary of you and your skills. You are producing valuable D-Y-I videos for the boating industry. It is nice to be recognized by other experts in the field.

    Keep up the great work and keep producing those videos.

    Fair Winds,
    Capt. Stan

  34. Derek says:

    Would purchase a window sticker if it was in the BWT store.
    Never miss a vid. One of my Favorite channels by far.

  35. Matthew Koshinski says:

    Hey Andy, do you have any videos on deep through hull cracks?? Most of the videos related to that subject I see seem to be top gel coat cracks. Any help is appreciated??

  36. David Gumm says:

    Just wanted to say that you are an outstanding craftsman and I really have been enjoying the videos. Thank you Sir.

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