Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 54: The Life of a Futtock! Reframing 1910 Yacht

August 21, 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”.

August 17, 2019 – Episode 54: The Life of a Futtock! Reframing 1910 Yacht
Just as the stem and stern are actually complex geometric combinations of carefully chosen and fitted lumber, the 44 pairs of frames going back into TALLY HO are made up of multiple futtocks each. As Leo continues to improve the storytelling and quality of the videos (in no small part due to the addition of another videographer), we follow “the life of a futtock” as it makes its journey from rough-cut lumber to beautiful sculptural element. The video says there 8 steps, but that’s rather conservative; in fact, there are dozens of individual steps required to get them just right. But, as Leo points out, care taken here to make the frames as good as possible will pay off exponentially later. It’s clearly a ton of work, much of which we’re still not even seeing so that it’s not an hours-long video, but the payoff is coming in the form of a beautiful, clean skeleton inside TALLY HO. Remember when Leo was smashing hanging knees out of the hull?! It’s rewarding just to watch, so we hope in the midst of Leo’s efforts he’s enjoying the amazing work done so far.

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