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Apr 8, 2018, 11:54 PM
In this episode, Leo is in southern Georgia , and I work with Steve Cross of Cross Sawmill to mill and grade lots of Southern Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) for Tally Ho’s framing stock – one of the most historically important and best-regarded shipbuilding timbers in the world, which is no longer often milled commercially due to its extreme toughness.
Mar 25, 2018, 11:35 PM
THIS episode, Leo meet the Grandson of Mark Spinks, who Skippered Tally Ho in 1927 when she famously won the Fastnet Race. ... and then travels around a bit.
Mar 12, 2018, 4:24 PM
In this episode, Leo visits local boatbuilder Luke Powell and his team, who are building an enormous Pilot Cutter called Pellew, which is a copy of the Vincent, originally built in 1852. Then he heads back to Butler & Co’s yard in Penpol, and explain how he fits a shutter plank into the hull of the new traditionally built Ferry that is being constructed there.
Mar 9, 2018, 2:46 PM
This episode, Leo does some work on an old yacht in the Butler & Co shed; BANDOR, a 1938 Dallimore designed sloop. The Epoxy lamination goes well, despite the cold. The new Ferry build progresses, and he visits some friends who are rebuilding an old fishing boat to start a business with. We also meet a likely candidate for the youngest boatbuilder in Cornwall!
Feb 12, 2018, 1:24 PM
In this episode, Leo travels to the UK to visit a family and do some work for a friend in his Boatyard, to save some funds to go towards Tally Ho. In Cornwall, he cuts Floor Timbers out of English Oak, to put into a new-build foot-passenger Ferry. The really interesting thing about this Ferry is that it is a real working boat – it is designed to load passengers by driving right up onto the beach (where there is a waiting tractor with some kind of gangplank). The ferry company tried using Steel and Fibreglass boats, but neither material lasted nearly as well as their older wooden boats – the steel boats would lose their paint and rust, and the Fibreglass boats just fell apart. So, when they needed replacements, they decided to go back to traditional wooden boats. Apparently the last boat that Butler & Co built for them is the fastest and most fuel-efficient boat in their fleet.
Jan 27, 2018, 10:55 PM
In this episode, Leo cuts and fits the big hook scarph in the Purpleheart for Tally Ho’s Keel timber. It’s a very dense hard wood, so it takes some time, and lots of tool sharpening, to get the faces nice and clear, fitting well. Moving these timbers around is a real challenge because of their weight (the larger one is about 1.5 tons), but is possible with lots of levers, jacks and rollers, and is "just the kind of work I enjoy."
Jan 27, 2018, 10:52 PM
In this episode, Leo makes his decision about Tally Ho’s Keel Timber, and heads off in search of some suitable timber. Once he's got hold of the Purpleheart, we have to figure out a way to move it! He talks about Scarph Joints and has to modify a chainsaw to do the job.
Jan 12, 2018, 3:00 PM
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Dec 18, 2017, 10:58 PM
In this video I talk about why I am rebuilding this boat, considering that it would probably be easier to build a new one. I also get some help to take off all the deck planks and demolish the deck beams, and I consider the next stages of work.