Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 40: Buying BIG Centreline Timbers!

January 16, 2019

Nate Rooks Nate Rooks

Watch Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched over a hundred years ago in England. This vessel, designed by Albert Strange, lies under a shed in Sequim, WA, that Leo built next to the shop/apartment he rejuvenated—helped out occasionally by Poncho the parrot and Brian the dog.

The backstories, and there are many, can be found on Leo’s website, his Facebook postings, and on the Albert Strange Association’s TALLY HO pages.

In addition, Leo wrote a piece on TALLY HO for SOUNDINGS Magazine – “Tally Ho, Adventure! The Quest to Put a 1927 Fastnet Winner Back on the High Seas”.

January 5, 2019 – Episode 40: Buying BIG Centreline Timbers!
We meet back up with Leo in the midst of unpacking one of his newest toys, a self-bought Christmas present. It’s a “Shelix” cutterhead for his planer which features several improvements over the typical blade setup. Not only is it easier to maintain and replace parts, but it has no problem cutting through Live Oak and makes significantly less noise than before. Leo’s present from the last episode, a tracksaw, makes quick work cutting the butts of the futtocks.

Leo then takes a field trip to Port Townsend, visiting two of our favorite places – The Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op and Edensaw Woods. He takes a walk through the WESTERN FLYER, the repurposed fishing boat which carried John Steinbeck on the trip which became the basis for The Log from the Sea of Cortez. At Edensaw, he inspects and pays for his new purple heart centerline timber. He’s redrawn how the different elements of the stem are arranged to avoid using any timber with boxed heart in it with the goal of maintaining strength and keeping the centerline timbers stable for generations to come.

His modifications to the plans continues with an explanation of why he is using double-sawn construction for the intermediate frames in the center section. Clever and practical as always, we can’t wait to see the framing continue and the stout stem come together.

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