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  • 111. DECK PLANKING – lining out

    It’s time to line out TALLY HO’s deck planking – deciding the positions and sizes of all the deck strakes, the cover boards, the king planks, and so on. To figure this out we take a look at a wide variety of different wooden boat decks in the yard, consider the different parts, and then […] More

  • 110. CEMENT in the bilge?! / Oak Stanchions

    Lots of progress on the boat this week – Firstly, the guys fill the bilge with hot pitch, followed by some cement! Although slightly disconcerting at first, cement is actually a really useful material in boatbuilding. Richard has been working on the Bulwark Staunchions, which are made of White Oak and will support the Bulwarks, […] More

  • 109. Finishing the Transom, Bulkheads & Mast Partners

    We’ve been busy! In this episode, we finish a bunch of big jobs that we’ve been working on for a while. All the athwartship bulkheads are now installed, the Mast Partner has been bolted into the deck structure and carved out to accept the mast, and the final Teak plank of the Transom has been […] More

  • 108. Mast Partners & Tie Rods

    In this episode I make the Mast Partners – a big chunk of Oak that holds the mast in place within the Deck Structure. Pete caps the Bulkheads and installs the tie-rods. Rowan and Richard keep making great progress on the remaining Bulkheads. In other news, I’m desperately looking for someone who is regularly importing […] More

  • 107. Bulkheads, bulkheads, bulkheads!

    In the last 2 weeks we’ve made a lot of progress on the bulkheads, and the construction process has become quicker and more efficient! As we install the Dug Fir double-diagonal boards, the space inside the boat gets a lot more defined. Also… a piece of history in the mail – some hardware from TALLY […] More

  • 106. The first Bulkhead / layout changes!

    This episode sees us getting back to some constructive woodwork! But first – I make some important changes to the interior layout mockup, before Rowan rips it all apart with great enthusiasm. We say goodbye to Patrick and welcome a new character to the team, and we suffer some inclement weather in the boatyard. Finally […] More

  • 105. Mocking up the interior

    This episode is all about planning for the interior of the boat. First we get hold of some beautiful Douglas Fir and mill it down to be ready for bulkheads. Then we take a look at the new drawings for the accommodation layout, and compare them with the original drawings from 1909. When I am […] More

  • 104. Back to work!

    In this episode we finally get back to work on Tally Ho! ….Leo and Pete fair the deck structure with power-planes, Rowan and Patrick pay the bottom-seams, and Pancho destroys anything she can lay her beak on. Meanwhile we meet some neighbouring craftspeople, watch some boats get launched, and discover the advantages of a concrete […] More

  • 104. Back to work!

    In this episode we finally get back to work on Tally Ho! ….Leo and Pete fair the deck structure with power-planes, Rowan and Patrick pay the bottom-seams, and Pancho destroys anything she can lay her beak on. Meanwhile we meet some neighbouring craftspeople, watch some boats get launched, and discover the advantages of a concrete […] More

  • 103. New Workshop! ..moving in & TOUR

    In this episode we move into our new workshop in Port Townsend – a beautiful old timber frame building next to the big steel shed where Tally Ho is located. Donate securely with PayPal – GBP Donate securely with PayPal – USD – For sneaky preview of what’s going on in between Episodes, follow my […] More

  • 101. Lead Pour Distaster

    In this episode we attempt to slightly enlarge the lead ballast keel by pouring a layer of molten lead on top of it. Before we actually pour I discuss the reasons for doing this and we fabricate a large “pig” to melt the lead in. Unfortunately when we actually pour the molten lead things do […] More

  • 100. Rebuilding Tally Ho – UP TO NOW!

    We look back at all the work that got this project to where it is now, from the very first glimpse of Tally Ho 4 years ago right up to her present condition as an almost fully rebuilt hull. I answer a few questions about the project and talk about some exciting plans for the […] More

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