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Aug 18, 2019, 10:17 PM
In this episode we follow the life of a single Futtock, from being marked on a template to being installed as a finished frame. Frame-raising 2.0 is going well, with more than half of the last section of Frames installed already! In other news, Cecca finds out that Janice is actually a boy…
Aug 3, 2019, 6:23 PM
Having installed the new Stem, it’s time to replace all the frames in the bows of the boat! Eight awesome volunteers show up and we get straight to work, training them to build double-sawn Live Oak frames. We start out at half-speed while everyone learns their jobs, and then gradually increase the pace. Leo's old friend Joe is helping out with filming and editing, while his girlfriend Nadine cooks for us. Leo has a feeling that the tea-break banter is going to be strong, this month!
Jul 20, 2019, 6:03 PM
A worrying thunder-shake in the new stem means Leo has to make and install a large graving piece. After making some wedges and cutting notches in the scarph joints, we assemble the Stem, Knee, Forefoot and Mast Step in the bow of Tally Ho… lifting the gigantic stem overhead with the forklift is quite an amazing sight! After a tiny bit of trimming we drill and counterbore the holes for the bolts, and then cover everything (including ourselves, of course) with a thick layer of tar before putting it together for the final time and bolting it up - the centreline is complete!
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.