May 17, 2020, 9:43 AM
In this episode we face a major dilemma - having found that one of the White Oak logs had porous grain (bad news!) Leo has to make the painful decision of whether or not to replace 19 deck beams that we already made from it. Meanwhile, Tally Ho’s planking stock arrives and is stacked ready for planking. The frames get faired and the bilge stringers get made, scarphed, and finally bent into the hull of the boat. Finally all is well, and Patrick teaches us some useful boat terminology.
May 3, 2020, 9:42 AM
In this episode we finish building the majority of the deck structure! We cut lots of dovetails, and the deck layout emerges as we add carlins and half beams one by one. We also begin making the templates for casting the solid bronze floors, and start the renovation of one of the original teak hatches - which I am hoping to reuse on the the deck. In other news, Pete’s dog meets Pancho, and Cecca does some metalwork.
Apr 18, 2020, 10:45 PM
It’s time to start building the Deck Structure! Firstly Leo takes a look at the old Beam Shelves and analyse the 110 year-old joinery of the original boatbuilders. He decides to replicate these joints and they start fitting the King Beams, starting at the stern and working forward. Pete cuts out the Carlins and Half-Beams before joining Leo fitting the main beams, and Patrick starts with planing and sanding the beams prior to install. After lots and lots of chisel-work fitting the main beams, Leo looks at the original Carlin joints, and then fits the aftermost Carlins that make up the Lazarette hatch.
Apr 4, 2020, 6:58 PM
Leo's very excited and grateful to welcome another Shipwright onto the Tally Ho rebuild! They also have a new volunteer there, so the 3 of them and Cecca get to work making bolts, fastening the Beam Shelf, and making Deck Beams to span the the boat and support the deck itself. Meanwhile, Pancho has a stand-off with some chickens and Cecca reintroduces herself… sort of. They also have a discussion about deck camber, and what “constant camber” means when constructing the deck of a yacht.
Mar 23, 2020, 7:06 PM
Leo finishes twisting the beam shelves into place, bending them into their final positions forward and aft. He receives the repaired part of the pipe threading machine in the mail back from Keith Rucker, who brazed together the broken pieces and replaced the bushings. After reassembling the threading machine, it works wonderfully. Finally, Leo needs to work out an efficient way to fabricate bolts to fasten the beam shelves to the frames, and so he makes a few haphazard jibs to help. Pancho takes a bath, and Leo find another Shipwright to work on the project with him!
Mar 8, 2020, 4:51 PM
In this episode, Leo finishes planing the beamshelves, move them into the boat, and start the process of bending them around the inside of the frames - creating some big loads and some scary creaking noises… Meanwhile, Marshall helps by cleaning up the vintage threading machine, and we send a broken part to Keith Rucker for repairs. In other news, the StarBoat finally finds a great new home, and Leo has some really exciting news about the future of the project!
Feb 23, 2020, 9:52 AM
Back to work on Tally Ho! After returning to the West Coast, Leo starts by planing and bolting the beam shelf scarps joints. In the process, he buys a vintage pipe threading machine and use it to thread the bolts. After a 3500 mile journey across the USA, a Pink Fireman arrives with a trailer-full of White Oak for TALLY HO’s deck beams, which we unload with the help of a forklift and a stubborn parrot. It’s good to be back!
Feb 8, 2020, 6:04 PM
In this episode, Leo returns to Cornwall to catch up with Luke Powell and his team, who are getting ready to launch the replica Pilot Cutter PELLEW. Luke talks about how this project came about, how to start a career in boatbuilding, and why we should all be building wooden boats!
Jan 6, 2020, 9:49 AM
In this episode Cecca and Leo travel to New York, where they house-and-dog-sit for some friends. Leo drives up to Connecticut to meet Duke at New England Naval Timbers, who supplies large pieces of semi-seasoned White Oak. Leo selects enough curved and straight logs to make Tally Ho’s Deck Structure, and then they mill it into the appropriately sized flitches. They also get a ride on a state-of-the-art New York Tugboat (courtesy of McAllister Towing), and Leo even tags along with a Harbour-pilot while he navigates a huge container-ship out of NYC harbour.
Dec 1, 2019, 5:50 PM
In this episode Leo and helpers install the Fashion Pieces, which will form the connection between the hull planking and the transom. They have to cut the heels, drill and chisel the notches in the centreline, and bed them with Red Lead paint and bedding compound (Dolfinite & pine tar). Rowan also works on fairing the bottom of the frames in preparation for the cast bronze floor templates. Finally, Leo works on adjusting the frames to be fair at the sheer line, in preparation for the beam shelf (sheer clamp) and bilge stringer.