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Jul 30, 2022, 10:49 PM
In this video we take a tour of Tally Ho’s interior, which is coming together pretty quickly now! George has been building some beautiful bunk-sides from the original 112-year-old Teak planks. Richard is building bunks and Oak cabinetry, and Patrick has fit a lot of Ash sole-boards. Meanwhile, Leo works on figuring out the companionway steps and battery locker, Clifton fits the Skylight sills, and Pete adds some more Purpleheart to the Centerline… there’s a lot going on!
Jul 16, 2022, 5:42 PM
As Tally Ho's king planks get installed and the covering boards get trimmed and rounded-over, there is a dramatic change as the deck suddenly starts to look like the real thing. Also in this video; we meet the new shipwright on the team, we get a visit from Pancho the macaw, Leo catches the dreaded virus, and Pete launches his boat.
Jun 26, 2022, 9:16 AM
It seems like Tally Ho may be nearly finished… but is she really? And when will she finally be re-launched? In this episode we take a look at the work left to do, the steps left to take, the order of tasks, and the likely timeframe. We also catch up with the progress over the last couple of weeks, with a lot of interior joinery, a sliding bunk mockup, drip-tray and sole board installation, and a mysterious teddy bear.
Jun 11, 2022, 7:02 PM
Pete and Zeal fit the covering boards… these wide planks go around the outside of the deck and cover the connection between the deck and the hull. They are a very complicated shape due to all the plank-nibs, and they are cut out of huge boards of Teak.
May 28, 2022, 6:45 PM
There has been so much going on in the workshop this week! …and to top it off, I think this is one of the best videos I’ve made! The other guys aren’t back yet, so it’s just been me and Patty holding the fort. We’ve been working on sole-boards, engine drip-tray, chain locker cladding, cockpit design, diesel tank design, fitting the stern tube, painting bulkheads, varnishing cypress/oak panels, and sailing Stromboli!! This is actually a pretty normal couple of weeks around here, but in this video I’ve tried to give a sense of all the different things happening at once, rather than focus on one specific subject.
May 16, 2022, 9:37 AM
This episode may not be for everyone - It is all about the basic theory of sailing boat stability, and the details of the stability calculations that we have done to ensure that Tally Ho floats properly to her designed waterline and maintains her original sailing characteristics. I’ve been back in the UK for a month and no physical work has been done on Tally Ho during that time, so this video is entirely dialogue and diagrams! However, this less glamorous work is extremely important for authenticity and sailing performance.
Apr 23, 2022, 5:38 PM
In this episode we focus on the interior of the boat - finishing the engine-access hatch, building bunks and slats, and making corner posts and partitions. We also add more coats of varnish to the hull interior, and even get a visit from our old friend Pancho! Finally, it’s time for me to take a trip back to the UK.
Apr 9, 2022, 5:48 PM
At last, it’s time to bolt the ballast keel to the bottom of the boat - before we sail off without it! Auger bits get welded, counterbores get sharpened, and a series of huge holes are drilled through hardwood and lead before Aluminium-Bronze bolts are driven in. In other exciting news, we lift the engine into the boat, paint the engine beds and bilge, cut an access hatch, and fit the stanchions - it’s been a busy couple of weeks!
Mar 26, 2022, 4:02 PM
After so much design and preparation, the time has finally come to lay the deck strakes! It’s a hugely exciting and rewarding process and it goes pretty well. We also take a close look at The Lady Washington (Washington’s State Ship), and build a mezzanine deck for better working access to Tally Ho.
Mar 12, 2022, 5:16 PM
Catching up on all sorts of work that has been going on whilst we were casting the keel - deck strapping, engine bed bolts, bulkheads, and so on!