Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 44: Timber Boat Building – Installing Stern Assembly

March 10, 2019

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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”.

March 9, 2019 – Episode 44: Timber Boat Building – Installing Stern Assembly
With the stern assembly dry fit outside of TALLY HO, Leo beings the process of fine-tuning the pieces to fit them within the hull. It really is something to see the massive purple heart pieces fit so neatly into the stern, providing a stark contrast to the remaining original planks hanging at the stern.

While Leo fine-tunes the stern assembly, his latest group of assistants prove their mettle getting the frame assembly line tuned up as well. One addition, Tom the cabinetmaker, seems to be a real catch, showing his experience immediately in making a series of jigs to make treenails faster, safer, and more uniform. We also get a hint here as to how Leo chopped off that finger…

Leo also makes a journey to the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op (you can view our walkabout of the PTSC here), where they gave him use of their lathe and dies to thread bronze rod massive bolts. Like the Co-op itself, the TALLY HO project is displaying exemplary teamwork, delegation, and the embrace of hard, rewarding work with boats.

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