Topic Archives: Projects

Support Tally Ho

Aug 11, 2018, 10:40 PM
In this episode, Leo works with some volunteers to cut out more futtocks, and assemble the first pair of Frames using Southern Live Oak – to replace the old English Oak frames that Tally Ho was built with. To fasten the futtocks we use Black Locust Treenails (Trunnels/Trennels), which are traditional wedged pegs, used for centuries in ship-building and timber-framing. We also get some more of the copper fastenings removed, build some adjustable trestles, and establish the centerline of the boat. Finally, Cecca and Leo takes an overdue little holiday to the furthest reaches of the Olympic Peninsula.
Jul 30, 2018, 6:42 PM
In this episode, Leo gets some more help to remove a lot of Tally Ho’s hull planking. The volunteers grind and hammer copper rivets, while he finishes lofting the intermediate frames inside the workshop. Finally he makes the first frame template, and cut the first futtocks for that frame, shaping the Live Oak timber using the huge ship/bandsaw, a large circular saw, and the custom sawzall assembly.
Jul 18, 2018, 7:28 PM
In this episode, Leo has a number of interesting volunteers and visitors, who help him out with various aspects of the project – a welding machine, a sign for the shed, some much-needed modifications to the massive ship-saw, a forklift service, and a ride in a classic muscle car. Meanwhile, he continues lofting inside the shed, and we are nearly ready to start re-framing!
Jul 2, 2018, 3:06 PM
In this episode, Leo continues lofting the lines of the 1910 Gaff Cutter, Tally Ho – enlarging them to life-size on the new 50’ lofting floor in the workshop. He gets some help from a young Australian Shipwright, and has another very special surprise visitor!
Jun 16, 2018, 11:05 PM
In this episode, Leo takes some more measurements of Tally Ho’s current shape compared to her original lines, and makes a big decision about how to go about bringing her back to a more authentic and elegant shape. He have a visitor from England and they set about building a lofting floor in the workshop, making some very long battens, and beginning the actual process of lofting the original plans up to full size.
Jun 3, 2018, 1:15 PM
This episode, Leo investigates the part of Tally Ho’s history where she was almost wrecked on a remote Pacific Atoll, in 1968. Amazingly, he has been given photographs of Tally Ho high and dry on the reef, taken from the boat that towed her to safety! Because of the accident, part of the hull was rebuilt, but unfortunately not to the original lines. Leo assess the change in shape, does a little bit of lofting, and removes a lot of hull planks to give him space to rebuild the boat back into her original shape. Unfortunately, he also discovers that the other side of the boat isn’t perfect either.
Jun 3, 2018, 1:13 PM
This episode, Leo investigates the part of Tally Ho’s history where she was almost wrecked on a remote Pacific Atoll, in 1968. Amazingly, he has been given photographs of Tally Ho high and dry on the reef, taken from the boat that towed her to safety! Because of the accident, part of the hull was rebuilt, but unfortunately not to the original lines. Leo assess the change in shape, does a little bit of lofting, and removes a lot of hull planks to give him space to rebuild the boat back into her original shape. Unfortunately, he also discovers that the other side of the boat isn’t perfect either.
May 19, 2018, 10:12 PM
In this episode, Leo takes some measurements and consider the hogging of the hull of the 1910 yacht TALLY HO, and then uses jacks to bend the whole boat back into shape, having removed some of the Iron Floors first. He borrows a forklift, and then starts the process of moving and restoring a massive vintage ship-saw – which is like a huge bandsaw but with a static table and a rotating cutting band. This impressive tool could be over 100 years old – perhaps even older than TALLY HO herself!
May 6, 2018, 7:45 PM
In this episode, Leo works on turning an enormous lump of Purpleheart Timber into a new Keel for the historic sailing vessel, Tally Ho. He makes a plywood pattern from the old keel, then planes the surfaces of the new wood, before using a custom chainsaw jig to cut the rolling bevels. Poncho the parrot watches as we manoeuver the heavy timber underneath the precariously balanced 20-ton boat, using jacks, rollers and levers. Finally – fresh timber in the boat!
Apr 21, 2018, 10:38 PM
In this episode, Leo drives the 3000 miles back to Tally Ho from South Georgia, where Steve Cross has been milling Live Oak for him. He beds and bolts the 6’ Scarph in the new keel timber together, and the Live Oak arrives by flatbed. Then we create a framework inside to boat to spread the load of the props while Leo removes the Keel Timber from underneath it, all the while hoping that nothing breaks and that the boat doesn’t deform at all in shape.