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Apr 24, 2021, 5:37 PM
This episode is all about Caulking (or Corking, depending on your location). Leo starts by visiting Port Townsend, which has an unusual number of very skilled and proficient Corkers. We briefly discuss the history of Caulking and we meet Brad from the Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op, who is putting together a crew to help us Caulk Tally Ho! Brad and Paul (Shipwrights Co-op) Jordan Bard (Bard Boatworks) join us for a Saturday and demonstrate the amazing skill and rhythm of a highly practiced Corking crew, getting over a third of the boat Caulked up in one day. Huge thanks to these guys for getting involved and spending their free time helping us out! After that it is down to Pete (another very highly skilled Corker) and Leo (a highly UNskilled Caulker) to finish the hull. Along the way we discuss the different traditional tools, methods and materials that are used for this fascinating and hypnotic process.
Apr 10, 2021, 6:06 PM
In this episode we take on the glamorous and exciting job of fairing the hull! We start with power-planes and then use a variety of grinders and sanders for our initial fairing, taking off the worst of the high spots and shaping the outside of the boat into a smooth curve. Fairing can be a surprisingly complex and difficult job, but is essential for the next steps of the project, which we discuss - caulking, sealing, painting, and so on.. Meanwhile, Rowan makes a ridiculous quantity of bungs and David works inside the boat, taking off the sharp frame corners with a spokeshave.
Mar 27, 2021, 5:52 PM
In this episode we hang the last of the regular planks and start making “shutter planks” - the planks that fill a gap between already fastened areas of planking above and below. These require more careful patterning, but are extremely satisfying to hammer into place if they fit properly - but will they ? Before we hang the very final plank (the Whisky Plank!) Leo trims the plank ends flush with the transom, which really visually transforms the boat. Finally the Whisky plank is hammered into place, and the crew celebrates with a well earned wee dram.
Mar 13, 2021, 6:05 PM
Okay, we have a lot of BIG news! These developments only really happened yesterday, so this is fresh off the press, and I was up all night finishing this video. It seems we might have resolved our issues with the county, but we are going to have to make some big changes - which will be very challenging, exciting, and hopefully positive in the long run! Also - Rosie has her own exciting news, Pete tells us what he's doing, Rowan tries to remember what he's doing, and chickens get incarcerated.
Feb 28, 2021, 5:35 PM
After the snowstorm last week, we start this video with Tally Ho full of snow! But it quickly melts and we get back to the business of cutting and hanging planks. Leo makes some blocks to go between the sheer strake and the beam shelf in the bow, and then pattern and make the sheer strake (the very top plank) from Angelique. Leo also receives a large and worrying envelope from the Clallam County (our local county council) ORDERING me to stop making videos and receiving donations online! Can they do this?! Will I keep making videos? Will the boat get finished? Leo tells the WHOLE story.
Feb 14, 2021, 10:38 PM
In this second part of the video we continue to hang more planks on the boat, getting closer and closer to closing up all the gaps and making the hull watertight. We discuss more questions that have been asked about planking, and an adventurous chicken closely inspects our work. Matt explains the new Butt-Block clamp, Pete talks about Whisky planks, and Pancho struts her stuff in the snow.
Feb 13, 2021, 5:45 PM
After 5 long weeks, it’s time for a planking update! There was so much footage to work through and edit, and so much information to cover, that Leo’s making this episode in two parts. In this first part, as well as catching up with the planking progress, we strength-test the copper rivets - initially using a very dodgy forklift/lead setup, and then subsequently on a 250-ton hydraulic ram! We also discuss plank widths and caulking/corking bevels, Rosie cuts out her first plank, and Pancho finds her way to the rooftop. Part 2 of this video coming very soon!
Jan 30, 2021, 5:53 PM
In this episode we start by looking at sailing yacht rigs in general - we discuss some of the most common types of sails and rigs and how to tell them apart, with help from some examples in Port Townsend. Then we have a closer look at Tally Ho’s original sailplan before meeting some of the people who have been involved in planning her new rig. We have to do some detective work to determine the changes that were made to Tally Ho’s rig in 1927 - the year she won the Fastnet race - but finally we are confident in the dimensions and ready to draw a new sailplan and order the sail cloth that will become Tally Ho’s sails.
Jan 9, 2021, 10:44 PM
Well, what IS Pete doing? In the last video we got to know part of the crew a little better, and now it’s time to learn a bit more about Pete Stein’s story. We start the New Year by taking his boat out for a sail with the whole crew, before getting back into planking Tally Ho. In between cutting out and hanging planks, Pete shows us his own workshop and tells us a bit about his train-riding days, including a pretty wild accident that changed his life for ever. In other news, drills are broken, rivets are peened, Pancho enjoys the staircase, and Rosie receives a large box of Shipwright’s tools from a local legend.
Dec 27, 2020, 10:49 PM
It’s holiday season, so happy Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, or whatever! As Saint Nicholas screams overhead in a pandemic-proof jet-powered sleigh, the Tally Ho crew are are merrily cutting planks and pounding rivets. In this episode we get to know the voluntary crew a bit better as we learn new things about Clench Rings, Butt Blocks, and Bucking Irons (it may sounds dirty, but Leo promises these are legit boatbuilding terms). On Christmas day we have 31 planks on the boat!