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Sep 24, 2022, 6:49 PM
After a quick review of our open house weekend, we meet the main characters who will be responsible for Tally Ho’s electrical system, as well as the other systems in the boat - plumbing, heating, diesel, etc. Tyson makes a great start with the electrical supply and distribution system, wiring in loads of shiny and exciting blue boxes from Victron. We also catch up with Patrick and George, who have both been busy with other projects on the boat, including some satisfying bronze-work and a Cherry cabinet / wardrobe in the aft cabin.
Sep 10, 2022, 5:59 PM
In this episode we install the Aquadrive thrust bearing (which requires an extremely shiny and strong custom stainless steel bracket), the coupling, the stuffing box, the prop shaft, and the propeller! Our neighbour Dylan help us with lots of machining work as we cut the shaft to length, cut the keyway, face the coupling, and so on.
Aug 27, 2022, 6:13 PM
In this video we finally get the batteries installed in the boat! But first we have to build the battery locker and a heavy-duty purple heart rack to hold them. We also install a lot of sole boards, bunk-sides, and a secret locker… There are also a few important announcements, including an open house during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival - Saturday 10th September, 10am - 1pm, @ Port Townsend Boat Haven.
Aug 20, 2022, 6:21 PM
Leo's video on How To Sharpen Edge Tools. This isn't really about Tally Ho per se, but is important and pertinent none the less.
Aug 20, 2022, 6:15 PM
Not actually about Tally Ho, but included to explain Leo's jump in episode numbers. The Western Flyer is a 73’ purse seiner built in 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. In 1940 she was chartered by author John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts for a marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California. Steinbeck’s book about their journey, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, is considered one of his most important works. After a hard life of fishing, the Western Flyer sunk and was left for dead… until a marine geologist named John Gregg stepped up and purchased the boat. The Western Flyer arrived in Port Townsend in 2015 and since then has been painstakingly rebuilt and restored by the Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop. On the 29th June 2022 she was pulled out of the shed on rollers, launched, and towed to Seattle for engine and systems installation.
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.