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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.
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!