Roughing-out the Stem / Timber Decisions (Tally Ho Ep 56)

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    Rebuilding a historic sailing yacht - Roughing-out the Stem / Timber Decisions
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    EPISODE 56.
    After the busyness of the Frame-raising, it’s just me and the boat again for a while. I have some tough decisions to make as I look into ordering the timber for the deck-structure and planks. After a slow week of theorizing and office work, I finally get back onto the tools, and mark the position of the Rabbet and start cutting the shape of the cutwater into the stem.
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    56. Roughing-out the Stem / Timber Decisions (Tally Ho EP56)

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    1. Chris Debono

      I can't watch the chainsaw on the stem, did it turn out ok?

    2. bart deVos

      How many tons of sawdust and shavings have you produced in the restoration.

    3. Slashley gibbins

      Wow, she looks amazing.

    4. David Holdman


    5. Pointpilot

      A double attaboy for using your hearing and breathing and eye protections. This will make your mature life just that much better. Pointpilot

    6. JayBee

      Poncho is pure gold

    7. MustObeyTheRules

      I want all of your Purple Heart trimmings please :D

    8. IcyMidnight

      How much do you pay Poncho to ham it up for the camera?

    9. thomeatsok

      Always tie your shoe on a ladder before using a chainsaw on a pallet held up by a fork lift.

    10. Tom Oakhill

      As I watch Leo marking the top of the prow, I can't help but think of the Phoenicians setting sail west across the Mediterranean 4,500 years ago. It is just wonderful to see this. What a long tradition.

    11. Colin Stevens

      Please don't plank it, its a thing of beauty the way she is!!

    12. Dan Capps

      What kind of knot is that at 1:26 ?

      1. Dan Capps

        Dang, and another cool knot at 9:49 ...

    13. Steve Miller

      Cutting on the Stem with the chainsaw made me extremely anxious!

    14. Vinícius Rennó

      2:44 - Every time I see Leo escape from been hit by a timber I think that is the spirit of Mr. Albert Strange protecting him. :)

    15. Samuel Brown

      you mentioned that the original deck beams had “iron sickness”, what does that mean?

      1. Chris Debono

        It means the nails have rotted and loosened up the planks, I once had an old DD lifeboat, there were thirty thousand copper nails and most had rotted away, £2 each. 😪

    16. Y T

      The millennial tennis ball safety thing is highly amusing.

    17. Heid Bumbee

      Gotta love Pancho, king of the chickens!

    18. bill ibbotson


    19. Doug Dorn

      Please always wear your chaps when running a chain saw! You’re too smart not too! Remember your finger....just that quick. Great work otherwise!

    20. Bruce Henry

      2:46 - I'd have needed a new pair of pants! Yikes.

    21. Влад Цебеш

      Hello everyone! Someone explain please what a rabbit is in shipbuilding. I can't find an analog in the translator. Thx.

    22. Peter Brickwood

      Moving beyond superb craftsmanship into artistry. Pancho is a camera hog.

    23. Steve Green

      There is a jazz song played around the 10 minute mark. Anyone know what its called?

    24. George Mcnaughton

      Thank you for the free content

    25. George Mcnaughton

      Thank you for the free content

    26. Mathias Falk

      Pancho is a star!

    27. Music Remedy

      You are really doing a great job! It is so awesome to see the shape getting into dear old Tally Ho. And Poncho gets me every time haha

    28. Will Thomas

      pancho at 17:07 tho

    29. jthepickle7

      Cables, big come along, dinky, stretchy rope - wasting time. Masking tape stem to stern - wasting time.

    30. John Chattaway


    31. duh

      12:11 What was that, that shot through the hull top left. also picked up by the mic.

    32. constantinos schinas

      as a musician commented, apart from the wonderful work, editing, narration and character, it is the music scores that make this series also shine. keep up the good work. happy boat building.

    33. Tim Currid

      Incredible work Leo.

    34. J Greenseed

      I can't imagine who would dislike this video, or any video

    35. Biesel3

      Wish I had the confidence in anything that it must take to rip into that bow stem with a chainsaw after all that work. Mistakes simply cannot happen at this point. I would constantly question myself and freak out a bit.

    36. Andrew Bailey

      Thanks for that explanation, I now understand what the rabbet is! There's so much terminology, sometimes it's hard to keep up

    37. Wayne Jorgensen

      Great work guys! I’ve built several clinker boats in Oz but none to your scale and appreciate the daunting amount of work and detail.. I have always liked Strange’s lines - he had a good eye... It has also been a good exercise for me to think what Australian timbers I would have used e.g. spotted gum, tallow wood, hoop pine, Huon pine etc. Finally the quality of the joinery is a credit to you..

    38. JF Designs inc. Innovations,Ideas,Production

      How the heck are u gonna keep the water out with all those holes and just a skeleton? Won’t it just be flooded ? Or does the wood help it float enough deck level?

    39. Richard Curtis

      Excellent choice on the new turnbuckle. As your fellow youtuber Tom Lipton says, nothing built too strong ever broke.

    40. William Lewis

      hello Leo great video. i've been watching your progress with delight. tell me please what's the name of the credit line song please. i can't find it with the names listed. pisco ou gunnar olsen ? cheers

    41. Truth Hunter

      What are unique craft that would be very interesting to build a boat like that at such an achievement in life God bless you and great sailing ahead I captain

    42. anthony white

      Nice video thanx!

    43. lindsey lew

      more wood..omg...ill catch up to date on videos later love the videos

    44. DundaBluebone

      please tell me Pancho has his own Instagram page!

    45. Ken Klaus

      Is there a difference between a "ship builder" and a "shipwright"?

      1. thisnicklldo

        Shipwrights have body piercing and drink real ale.

    46. Giacomo de Gasparis

      It seems as if Leo is measuring in inches? This would appear to mean everything is Imperial as opposed to metric. Must be a bit of a bother one would think.

    47. Michael Poulin

      Sure I want to see Pancho over the chainsaw

    48. Chris Sometimes

      So - you feel the need to wear chainsaw chaps when half the time you are working overhead and not wearing a helmet?

    49. Michael Haddleton

      Sell the Parrot.

    50. Todd Abrahamsson

      I can’t seem to get an email so as to contact you. I may have some hardware / equipment that you could use on your vessel. Please contact me.

    51. Larry Giust

      It is incredible to see such a large amount of talent in so many younger people. My hat is off to all who have taken the time and energy to have such talent developed. Leo you also seem to be a very good teacher passing on the knowlege

    52. Randall Smith

      Live watching you do the calculations, lay out the patterns and making the cuts. Have you estimated the productivity increases that using modern tools has brought for the restoration versus the original construction?

    53. Rudibaba 1984

      Das hier ist typisch linkes "Arbeiten" keine Ahnung, kein Plan, Rohstoffvernichtend!!, Hauptsache "Hi Five", und ganz wichtig: Irgendjemand anderes bezahlt den ganzen Unsinn!! SCHADE um das schöne Holz!!

    54. Manvillebrady

      Nerve wracking seeing you cut into that timber with a chainsaw after all your hard work, getting to this point. Impressive!

    55. Patrick

      I've forgotten, what's the name of the parrot?

    56. Patrick

      Leo, do you feel a great reluctance about doing things like reshaping the stem since as long as you don't there can't be any mistakes? Or does your brain work differently from mine? I always have to push against that reluctance. It will be fun no matter where you answer lies, since I love seeing how complicated we humans are.

    57. Patrick

      Who doesn't wish that they knew what Leo knows about knots?

    58. Patrick

      One of the funnest things, to tell you the truth as a dweeb and a dork and a geek is to see Leo using specialized measuring and constructing tools. It seems to content my heart to see super long scale rules instead of the more usual tape. It's the scale of things that changes the required tools, isn't it? For a good illustration of this sort of feeling see Leo say he does not know why anyone would make a turnbuckle out of aluminum. That's exactly where my joy lies, in using things that you wouldn't assume were fucked up by their nature. Also I like the taking seriousness of using appropriate safety equipment like guy lines and particulate filters. You are a good example, Leo. Good on you. Many cut all of the corners, but as far as I understand to see, you are doing things just right. Good on you mate. Plus who doesn't love that someone can figure out how to use trig for their work. Could you add a bit of derivative calculus too? (Got to say I laughed for joy to see you use a french curve.) 17:34 - seeing the elegance of the catching the clamp with the foot movement -- perfection -- that's all we want

    59. Patrick

      Just an odd thought, is a parrot more likely to eat a chicken, or is a chicken more likely to eat a parrot. Of course I don't mean just if you threw a carcass down. They'd all eat a carcass. They're the dinosaurs left on earth for peet's sake.

    60. Harland Mayes

      Extremely well done...and the parrot adds an amazing touch!

    61. DR Dan

      Is there anything of the original boat left or did he just use the old parts as a guide for a completely new boat?

    62. Robin Bailey

      What is that knot (bend) you use at 1:22? Looks like a reef knot with an extra twist.

      1. Sampson Boat Co

        Surgeon's knot

    63. Tim Brown

      "A bit more heavy duty" he says. The next turnbuckle is approximately 1000 times stronger! That must me the infamous English gift for understatement!

    64. Michael Brind

      keep on keepin on, good worx

    65. D Mert

      16:48 LMAO!! "SQUIRREL" !!!!

    66. Rosemyster75

      Leo, "Never saddle a dead horse." That's the phrase that we use to know not to put the "saddle" (part closest to the nuts) on the end that is the stub end of a wire cable. The "stub end" is the end that has been cut. I just want you to know for future uses of wire cable; that if incorrect the cable can slip out of the wire clamp. You should also always use three wire clamps to ensure safety. I love the videos!!!

      1. Rosemyster75

        Sorry...I just saw the first clip before making this comment. For the rest of the video Leo had the wire clamps correct. He may have just made a mistake at first; then corrected it. I like that he mentioned chainsaw chaps and other safety equipment.

    67. Alex Jonson

      I just went through 56 episodes in what feels like a heartbeat. Great stuff can't wait to see future updates and all the best with the build!

    68. Thomas -W

      17:07 This frame describes the entire series.

    69. Jerrod Whittington

      So is there going to be anything original left on the boat? Is it truly a rebuild? Would it have been easier to just start from scratch?

    70. Ken Trough

      What happened to videos 4, 5, & 6? Sorry as probably answered several times already. I just cannot find the answer.

    71. Izaz Khan

      Has tally ho sailed to United Kingdom ????

      1. Tony Grimes

        How could it sail as it's not finished yet!!!!

    72. Kevin Behr

      Rabbit or rebate??? you're an Englisman please explain if using Americanisms.

      1. Kevin Behr

        @Tony Grimes Thanks Tony, I understand now :) :)

      2. Tony Grimes

        @Kevin BehrReply by Leo to an earlier coment *On a boat, the joint between the planks and the centreline is called the Rabbet (although of course it is a type of rebate)*

      3. Kevin Behr

        @Tom Audet In the UK it's just called a rebate Tom. He's English so should use that IMHO.

      4. Tom Audet

        rabbet (also called a rebate)

      5. Tom Audet


    73. Peter Kuckhoff

      Hi what`s about ep 57 ?

    74. Kip Leitner

      Hi viewers ! I became a Tally Ho Patreon supporter a while back and wanted to explain the three reasons why I did to encourage others to sign up as well (No, Leo didn't put me up to this. No, I haven't worked on the boat. No, I don't live nearby. No, I don't know Leo other than in his online presence). First, I like the way Leo treats people in general. It's a model for success. Even the county building inspector who forced him to provide a structural drawing of the boat shed received a pleasant hearing. Volunteers who show up get nice food and ample airtime on Leo's videos. We get to know a little about them, why they wanted to work on the boat. Leo meets with a wide range of people and treats them all the same (at least on those shown in the videos) all the way from the top end Albert Strange Premium Yacht Afficionado Historical Society of the Most Very Yachters down to the local county bayou sawyer who sold Leo the live oak and who definitely should have been interviewed by Studs Turkel for his book "Working." Those live oak people liked Leo so much they built him the original funky chain saw tilt-jig thingy. Second, I appreciate Leo's thoroughness and attention to details. Since I am an engineer, I find this especially appealing, yet I think everyone can appreciate that doing thing properly has an immense payoff not only in terms of the end "product," but also that it set up an internal attitude in oneself of acting with care, no matter what you're doing, whether it be mortising the keel for frames, cooking and washing dishes or explaining to a child why people share with one another. There are time worn ways of knowing how to do things well which I find appealing. I live in a run-down area of an urban east coast U.S. city whose Streets Department takes 9 weeks after being notified to show up and poorly patch a two cubic foot pothole, so I can appreciate watching someone measuring to a tolerance of 0.5 mm on a wooden boat. I even bought the 6 inch Japanese metal rule Leo recommended and have used it much more than I thought I would in my own wood restoration projects. And last, I like the idea of the project itself -- rescuing an old dilapidated boat about to fall apart and resurrecting it. This represents a kind of respect for an age gone by, for history itself, a way of honoring and valuing a time period not our own, when people lived different types of lives according to the capabilities of their own age. Leo showed respect for this early on when he researched the history of the boat and the trials she had been through and suffered, including her grounding and hull warping via a barely adequate earlier rebuild. She could have been left to rot in an Oregon dry dock. But no, she gets a second life. And lastly again. I like the way Leo wears his hair, since I have discovered one thing held in common by all deeply successful people -- and this is it: they all have one unique thing in their lifestyle, towards which they give the opinions of others not even the slightest concern. Wanna be successful? Click the link below and signup.

      1. SV Chineel, Junk-Rigged Schooner Sailing

        I would if I wasn't spending all y time and money on my own ship and family :P

      2. Steve Green

        Beautifully said

    75. Randall Watson

      Leo, how's the contraction of that cable during winter going to affect the stem to stern distance and stresses?

      1. Frederick Stibbert

        An interesting question ! My rough calc (100 degF temp change & 50 ft length) gives an 11 mm change in the steel wire. The wood (parallel to grain) will change length about 1/4 to 1/3 as much. So the differential change is ~8 mm or 5/16". That will certainly put stress on the centerline, but not, to my mind, anything that would bother the timbers or their fastenings. No doubt Leo checks the shoring regularly, I'm sure he'll keep an eye on that wire's tension.

    76. Richard Brind

      great to see such dedication and craftmanship

    77. cjpreach

      What a great project! Love it! I wish you great success.

    78. Jeff Maul

      Roughing the cutwater with a chainsaw is scary to even think about

    79. Matthieu Seassau

      Thank you so much again Leo to let us following your wonderful work !

    80. David Dutra

      Great job on all aspects and accounts... I've been on board from day one and plan to support you when I can. In the mean time I'll continue watching ads as a way of support. Thanks!

    81. Philip Gee

      Does anyone know what happened to Louis Sudette of Tips from a shipwright? He was due to start a new build then disappeared??

    82. Current Batches

      3:45 - The tennis balls only reduce the bleeding. 18:15 - Yes. Having done personal projects spanning years, that's the reason to do them. My occupation required managing them; I could leave that for the after-hours and weekends.That is a skill worthy of learning, but for me, did not have the same satisfaction.

    83. The Iron Foot

      Ok, I stumbled across the channel and I've binge watched the whole series to date in less than a week! Loved every episode. Shame I didn't find it sooner as I was recently on the islands off Seattle and could've popped in! Fan from Manchester, UK.

    84. conrad jelinger

      Leo, please send me an idea of how you intend to wire Tally Ho for both electric and communications. If I get an early look at it, I could be of some help.

    85. Timothy Eldridge


    86. Tedd Ill

      Leo, If you have a chance, check out the 9/27/19 upload of SAILCARGO INC. HUGE sawn frames on the boat! Thank you for sharing your adventure with the Tally Ho.

    87. Don Idler

      just wondering if you know about SAILCARGO INC. something else to watch in all your spare time.

    88. budgoeke

      I love the videos and wish there were more. But I was wondering if you could explain in one of the videos on why it was worth bringing in the old yacht and taking it apart and replacing it in place every part. I was wondering if all the cost of buying and transporting could have been better used on the new ship. I am not second guessing you , because I don’t know anything about what you do. But I love watching . I know there’s reasons for everything and I was just wondering. Thankyou for one of the best building channels I have seen .

      1. Frederick Stibbert

        In May 2017, most of the planking & longitudinal beams were re-usable. Parts of the centerline seemed sound, as well as the teak keel. Alas, after the keel was fully exposed it proved irreparable. See ep13 @ about 15-1/2 minutes - this is probably the only time in all the videos that Leo appears worried & downcast.

    89. 327/365hp

      Leo, what's that knot at 1:22?

      1. 327/365hp

        Thank you Ed!

      2. Ed Horan

        surgeon's knot

    90. twcstransam

      I noticed you were mounting your wire rope clips incorrectly with insufficient clips on your lap splice, this video explains the proper techniques.

    91. Mick King

      kinda had a random incomplete thought. But maybe a way to generate some revenue would be to either sell some of the scraps to woodturners/woodcarvers, or find a way to contract with a few to make pens or file handles or whatever to sell on an etsy or ebay shop. I'd buy a box of purpleheart and live oak, and that stuff in the kiln looks interesting too. Just fill a priority box.......

    92. tim bastable

      I bet stripping all the masking tape off the rest of the frames felt sooooo good! Brilliant as always!

    93. Theophilus Jedediah

      So confused as a woodworker as rabbits aren’t square but a bit more to the fluffy side!

    94. Mini Builder

      Hi Leo , i did A lot of work with western cedar , its great to work with but its half the strength of Fir larch, also knots will reduce that even more, if you are able to source clear that might be an option but my mill never pulled clear cedar ( I did as i ran the re-saw if i saw a premium board so i have a pile of 16 foot clear RS 1-1/8 WRC 8-12 inches wide ) we just graded it into #1, one face, and culls. So it might be hard to find that much clear cedar??..

    95. Virgil Grillone

      It takes balls o’ steel to take a chain saw to that stem post! Nice work Leo!

    96. Denis Scully

      You need help. Caprails .com

    97. M B

      I'm tuning in late. How much of the original Tally Ho is actually still there? Kinda looks like you've rebuilt a whole new boat!

    98. Shaggydude

      As long as the name remains, it will be Tally Ho, a boat is it's name, not the materials used to make it, except the ships bell and helm, compass, the brass is the spirit, according to naval history.

    99. kairon156

      Hearing you say "not to scale" reminded me of Back to the Future movie series

    100. Anonymous Coward Insensitive Clod

      This video series has can be summed up as "How to turn on old boat, a large collection of nice timber, and some tools, to make a large pile of saw dust."