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Jul 9, 2019, 9:37 AM
In this episode we finally dry fit the purpleheart bow assembly timbers. In other news, we come up with a short-term solution to a damaged Babbitt bearing in the Ship-saw, and we remove Tally Ho’s Transom. We say goodbye to Jack and Joe, but meet two new volunteers, Renaud and Rowan. The chicks are growing up and Leo nearly drops a big timber on his head.
Jun 23, 2019, 7:36 PM
…in which they finish the templates for the bow assembly and cut out all the pieces with the chainsaw jig. Meanwhile, Leo has to deal with a damage to a power-plane, the Shipsaw, a chainsaw, part of his camera, and his wallet! Jack and Joe lose their minds organising all the fastenings in the workshop, and Leo gets to do a bit of amateur furniture-making with a mirror-stand for Cecca. We plane everything in sight, and eat our lunch on a very expensive boutique purpleheart table.
Jun 10, 2019, 7:03 PM
After a holiday on a beautiful yacht in Turkey, Cecca and Leo head back to the US, where Tally Ho is waiting. Leo gets two new volunteers, Joe and Jack, who start off by making Frame Templates for the bow. In preparation for the new Bow Assembly, we cut the old Frame Heels and Hood End Fastenings, spring out the planks and frames in the bow, and remove the old Stem and Forefoot.
May 25, 2019, 6:15 PM
This week we continue with the 2nd part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club presentation. This part of the talk focuses more on Leo's own story before he began working on Tally Ho – from spending his late teens travelling abroad and busking on the street, to his first sailing and boatbuilding experiences, and his journey in a 1947 Folkboat from Cornwall across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
May 18, 2019, 6:39 PM
This episode is a little different from usual – it is part of Leo's recent presentation about the Tally Ho project at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London. In this part of the talk he explores Tally Ho’s history, beginning with her designer Albert Strange, leading on to her Fastnet Race win of 1927, her collision with a reef in the 1960s, and her transformation from classic yacht to commercial fishing boat and back again.
Apr 27, 2019, 6:47 PM
We enter the final week of intensive Frame Production, with the team of volunteers going at full swing to finish reframing the entire stern of TALLY HO before our deadline. Spirits are high, and we celebrate by throwing a party in the workshop, and then organizing a very small dinghy regatta in the nearest bay. The fully-framed stern of the boat looks amazing, and it’s time for a short break - so after all the volunteers have left, Leo packs up his own things and heads back to the UK for a couple of weeks.
Apr 7, 2019, 10:35 PM
EPISODE 46. After weeks of hectic preparation, we begin the big push to re-frame the stern of Tally Ho! For these 3 weeks, we have 10 people (including myself) working full-time on the boat: Kirt (USA), Finn (UK), Arnaud (Belgium), Thom (UK), Pat (USA), Max (USA), Robert (UK), Glenda & Bill (USA). After a few days spent training all the new members of the team, we get into full-swing frame production, and are able to achieve our goal of getting one pair of frames made and bedded per day! There is a great sense of camaraderie in the yard, and after making 7 frames we celebrate our progress by taking our little gaff-rigged dinghy out for a lazy Sunday sail.
Mar 24, 2019, 9:56 AM
Before the rest of the volunteers arrive, we have to get the huge timbers of the Stern Assembly bedded and fastened into the stern of Tally Ho. First we drill the holes for the bolts, using a 6’ long drill bit in a custom-made jig. Then we lift all the pieces with jacks and ropes, and fill the gaps with Tar and Felt. When they are back in place, the bronze bolts are driven through and tightened up, and lo and behold – the Stern Assembly is ready to accept new Frames, just in the nick of time! The last weeks have been especially hectic, so this video is a little shorter than usual, and hasn’t covered all the amazing work that Arnaud, Finn, Thom, Kirt and Tim have been doing to prepare for our intensive Frame-raising period, which is just beginning! Next video we will meet all the volunteers, old and new, and start mass-production of the stern frames.
Mar 9, 2019, 10:56 PM
With the deadline of the “Frame-raising party" looming, the race is on to try and get the Stern Assembly into the boat! With a strong team now, we are able to lift most of the pieces by hand, but have to make use of hydraulic jacks to lower the Sternpost Tenon into the Mortise. We also make improvements to our Treenail making process, build a new frame (16a), and Leo takes a trip to the Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop to thread Silicon Bronze bolts with one of their machines.
Feb 23, 2019, 10:26 PM
The yard is full of deep snow, but we have no time to spare! Finn and Leo cut out all the remaining Stern Assembly pieces from the huge Purpleheart timbers, and then use power-planes, hand-planes, chisels, and a new router sled, to shape them to match the templates as precisely as possible. Then we have to try and assemble this extremely heavy and expensive jigsaw! Once they all fit together, we use the forklift to hoist the whole Stern Assembly upright so we can check all the joinery from both sides.