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  • 72. Bilge Stringers / Oak problems!

    In this episode we face a major dilemma – having found that one of the White Oak logs had porous grain (bad news!) I have 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 […] More

  • 71. Building the Deck Structure!

    In this episode we finish building the majority of the deck structure! Lots of dovetails are cut, 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 […] More

  • 70. Fitting Deckbeams!

    It’s time to start building the Deck Structure! Firstly I take a look at the old Beam Shelves and analyse the 110 year-old joinery of the original boatbuilders. I decide to replicate these joints and we start fitting the King Beams, starting at the stern and working forward. Pete cuts out the Carlins and Half-Beams […] More

  • 69. Making Deck Beams / Hiring another Shipwright!

    I’m very excited to welcome another Shipwright onto the Tally Ho rebuild! We also have a new volunteer here, so the 3 of us 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 […] More

  • 68. Bending Beams / Pipe-threader Repair

    In this episode, I finish twisting the beam shelves into place, bending them into their final positions forward and aft. I receive 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. […] More

  • 67. Installing Beamshelves / BIG plans!

    In this episode, I finish 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 […] More

  • 67. Installing Beamshelves / BIG plans!

    In this episode, I finish 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 […] More

  • 66. East Coast Oak and a Pink Fireman

    Back to work on Tally Ho! After returning to the West Coast, I start by planing and bolting the beam shelf scarps joints. In the process, I buy 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 […] More

  • 66. East Coast Oak and a Pink Fireman

    Back to work on Tally Ho! After returning to the West Coast, I start by planing and bolting the beam shelf scarps joints. In the process, I buy 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 […] More

  • 64. “TALLY HO’s first voyage?” – and other questions

    As I’m away from the boat for a while, this is a Q&A episode! Will TALLY HO sail with a GPS? Where will her first (post-rebuild) voyage be? Will I be building a replica of the original tender? Could a dolphin, if properly trained, operate my forklift?! For answers to these THRILLING questions, and more, […] More

  • 64. “TALLY HO’s first voyage?” – and other questions

    As I’m away from the boat for a while, this is a Q&A episode! Will TALLY HO sail with a GPS? Where will her first (post-rebuild) voyage be? Will I be building a replica of the original tender? Could a dolphin, if properly trained, operate my forklift?! For answers to these THRILLING questions, and more, […] More

  • 63. Milling White Oak in New England

    In this episode Cecca and I travel to New York, where we are house-and-dog-sitting for some friends. I drive up to Connecticut to meet Duke at New England Naval Timbers, who supplies large pieces of semi-seasoned White Oak. I select enough curved and straight logs to make Tally Ho’s Deck Structure, and then we mill […] More

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