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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!
Feb 27, 2022, 9:37 AM
Having cast the 17,000lb Lead Ballast Keel, we finally break it out of the mould and take a proper look at it! After trimming the ends and cutting a key with a chainsaw, we have to figure out a way of moving it around, in order to get it underneath the boat.
Feb 12, 2022, 10:38 PM
After a huge amount of preparation, we finally attempt to pour Tally Ho’s Lead ballast keel!
Feb 5, 2022, 6:55 PM
Pouring a Lead Keel (Pt 2)
Jan 29, 2022, 9:00 PM
Finally, the time has come to begin working on Tally Ho’s new Ballast Keel!
Jan 15, 2022, 7:07 PM
This week we take on a job that we have been putting off for many months - to sand back and varnish the entire deck structure. It’s a little crazy to try and varnish in such cold weather, but it’s going to be a lot easier to do this before we install the deck blocking and deck planks! Luckily we have plenty of hands, with Patrick returning for a third time, Jake’s final week, and some extra help from our friend Nina. We also continue to process the Yellow Cedar deck stock, adding the caulking bevel and chamfers and painting the underside. Backtrack makes a rare appearance at the lunch-table, and the travelift rumbles past the workshop with another unwieldily load.