Leo's Story (RORC/ TALLY HO EP48-Pt2)

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    Rebuilding a historic sailing yacht - Leo’s Story (RORC presentation / EP48(Pt2).
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    EPISODE 48 (Pt2).
    This week we continue with the 2nd part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club presentation. This part of the talk focuses more on my own story before I began working on Tally Ho - from spending my late teens travelling abroad and busking on the street, to my first sailing and boatbuilding experiences, and my journey in a 1947 Folkboat from Cornwall across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
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    48 (Pt2). RORC Presentation / Leo’s Story (Tally Ho EP48-Pt2)

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    1. Flatten The Curve

      Super Gay.

    2. Sage Smith

      Leo = 32 tally Ho = 33 Gaff cutter = 44 Sampson Boat Co= 144 www.gematrinator.com/calculator/index.php

    3. John Wishart

      reminds me of triggers broom

    4. Poingy

      After watching Leo demonstrate his skills I figured he must be 140 years old.

    5. John B

      Iv met this guy swear he was going to import an American school bus and convert it to live in like 2014

    6. coug96fan

      Leo: Boat builder and a sailor (And a historian, story teller, craftsman, adventure seeker, living life to its fullest!) World needs more like Leo.

    7. CaptainRon1913

      What? You did deck work on Kelpie? I used to sail on Kelpie in southern California in the 90's. The Alden Schooner Kelpie

    8. George Lewicki

      Answering the question why not just build a new boat? From watching episodes of rebuilding the Tally Ho, I would suggest that before anyone build new, one should first restore a well-used boat as a prerequisite to building new. To be able to see first-hand the impact of the forces that bear upon the boat's structure can only add to a boat builder's appreciation on where his boat will be most vulnerable. Restoring an aging boat is probably the best experience for an apprenticing boat builder for gaining a deeper intimacy of his craft. But of course the apprentice wouldn't at first have that perspective going into his craft, so one is then open to romanticize in the notion that the young apprentice was guided by the spirits of all the boat builders that went before him in taking the best route to becoming a fine boat builder.

    9. sandy baby

      leo is a genius

    10. Tom Oakhill

      Leo, at 26:00 you explain about how a well-maintained wooden boat will over time lose all of its original wood, yet still be the same boat. I agree with my whole heart. You are speaking to the Royal Ocean Racing Club, founded in 1925. You state that this is the SAME club that was founded to run the initial You and everyone in that room seems to think this is true, BUT not one person who founded that club is still alive, so this is NOT the SAME Royal Ocean Racing Club, which is a ridiculous statement, because it IS the same. So why it is different for a wooden boat? The Exact Same Continuity is there in a wooden boat, and in a club: parts get old and die, and are replaced by new parts, and the same boat or club continues.

    11. The Talent

      You joke about the owner of Adix having a Picasso on board, but then I read this: www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/oliverwilliams1/2020/01/17/spanish-billionaire-sentenced-for-smuggling-with-his-superyacht/amp/

    12. Johnny yaughn

      You are quite unique for a young man of these times, and the most wonderful part is that you dont know it! It is just what you do!

    13. Gossak Gossland

      Leo ! I think we met briefly in Lidl's Monti Gordo at the mouth of the river Guadiana. I spotted the Ketch when you arrived & really inspired me, I was so happy to bump into you & say hello, little did I know you were going on to great things.

    14. jamierodg1

      Next time you give this lecture: "I'd just gotten back to the UK from wandering the world as a street musician, naturally I came home and built a treehouse, as one does..."

    15. Phillip Wareham

      Leo seems to have done a great deal just by following his passion in a level-headed way. How expensive is it to learn to sail a cheap old boat in a marina? How much does it cost to work for free in a boat yard? What does it cost to sail a little boat around the coastline and fix it yourself? None of these things are even that hard if you just take them one step at a time. It's so easy to be over-awed by a task and not start it, but Leo just gets on with stuff.

    16. Mark Hunt

      Im not a sailor but have sailed in Corfu and Croatia as a crew member. Really impressed with how you've done this.

    17. niklar55

      I've never really been inspired by boats and sailing. My only boat-build was a kayak, in the 1950's from a design in a French paperback of 1944, (I couldnt read French so just worked from the diagrams) and the materials were mostly off-cuts scrounged from building sites, ( a lot of those in England after the war) plus screws and canvas, my dad scrounged from his works, a ships chandler in London. It cost me about 5 Quid (£) to build, and I sold it about 5 years later to my Local Scout troop, for 5 Quid! I canoed down the Thames from Oxford to Putney, over a week, with a mate with a near identical kayak, from the same plans, camping on the way. My dad took us to Oxford with the company's van, with a mattress on the roof and the canoes tied on, with rope through the open windows. The tent was made from old WW2 camouflaged Parachutes, and one night after pitching the tent in a field, we returned from the pub (we were under age) at around dusk, we couldnt find it! Luckily I'd left a dixy lid with butter in, outside the tent, and that eventually led us to it. Another night I found I'd parked the canoe over an underground wasps nest, and got badly stung on returning from shopping for evening food. After that, it was motorcycles! I restored some, improved some, and built my own from bits, but never went back to boats. (I'm not a good swimmer, but I have no trouble walking, should the need arise;-)

    18. Jennifer WhiteWolf

      I have now learned that keeping 20 board feet of an old transom and replacing the rest of the boat, qualifies as "restoring" a vessel, not building "new". Reminds me of the old car story of removing radiator cap, replace everything under it. It IS an amazing project and great fun to watch along.. Learning a lot with every video.... Sorry I am not able to financially contribute, but I do join with many others in the same situation in sending our best wishes and highest hopes.

    19. CHELLIE2408

      Subscribed :) I am doing a Complete restore on a 1973 Ford Ranchero that I bought back in 1973, complete engine overhaul, trans, rear end, front suspension, body work and paint and I thought that was going to be a lot of work :) by Comparison its hardly nothing :) Keep up the Very Nice Work, Take care, Chellie

    20. DigitalMan269

      Hi Leo. I've watched most of your videos (the ones I can find on YT) and really appreciate the time you have spent to give the world an insight into being a shipwright, and all the good, and bad, that goes with it. What I haven't come across, or just plain out missed, is how you came up with the name, 'Sampson Boat Co'?

    21. TalkinAboutTheDude

      picasso problems on the Adix

    22. Teej 1000

      The Grain Barge :) My favorite pub

    23. Peter Brickwood

      Great presentation and I enjoyed hearing about your adventures.

    24. saturnguytwelve SG12

      This video has been sponsored by Life Experience.

    25. David Dooley

      This. Is. The. Best. Content. On. IThomes.

    26. Bob Bailey

      Your doing a great job and the quality of your build/rebuild reflects that. This will lead to bigger and better projects for you. Good luck and fine sailing ahead.

    27. dgretlein

      I totally relate your story of building a new boat versus getting caught up on a boats maintenance. It is heartwarming and a beautiful thing to watch your project over this lengthy time. You are a very passionate craftsman - which is rare. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

    28. Jonsey

      Leo, do you read for personal satisfaction?

    29. Yayan Ruhyana

      I want detail picture...

    30. Sergey Tyukin

      I am so jealous man! You're living the dream!

    31. Bob Frazier

      Amazing person, with an amazing story. Will Leo own this boat outright when completed?

    32. billyl allen

      I hope that someday you get to travel through the French canals in a boat. I lived in Foug, France, when I was a kid and we lived near the canal, by a tunnel and between the tunnel and the locks, we would see boats tied up, waiting for their turn. One day we saw a sailing yacht, with an American flag and we ran down to them, yelling hello. They thought we were French kids and told us bon jour, we told them, we were Americans and they invited us on a tour of their boat. We went through one lock with them and they explained that they were from Los Angeles, that they sailed through the Panama Canal, in the Gulf and southern states, up the East Coast and across to France. That is a trip I’ll never get to take, I am a old man now, but it is still something you could enjoy. I miss Foug, France, just a small village, but I have many great memories as a kid living there, it was only for a year and a half, but still a great memory.

    33. N. VanCool

      Is it possible to get plans for your self-steering gear?

    34. Chris Jones

      So you'd never sailed; bought a boat; broke it; fixed it; sailed it across the Atlantic solo; no GPS; no engine; won a race and ended up as bosun on a $30m yacht. Incredible. Boy's Own stuff. What an inspiration you are.

    35. Michael Tuckerman

      My goodness you are one incredible young man

    36. Robert Mecalis


    37. nick viner

      Very very well spoken.

    38. Lundyjack

      Very interesting story. I;m currently studying Music Technology at college and I don't think it's for me as it's just sat down all day. I feel I want to do something hands on. I've always had an interest in boats but have always owned fibreglass boats. Unfortunately there isn't anyone, that I know of, that builds boats locally but wooden boats do have a soul and maybe I should learn more about my passion.

    39. anthony white

      Great presentation. Thanx

    40. Eckhard Koehler

      Your story is the classic Joseph Campbell example of the "hero". I believe Part of the reason so many people are fascinated is because we all want to be, know, learn from that hero. You went into the dark and found something in yourself, you went to do it again and brought us into the fold. Thank you

    41. iMyKoi Gmail

      Wow!... good for you Sailor....

    42. Focused on the Road

      apparently there are about 113 people trolling the internet disliking people’s hard work.. Not sure why? If you doing like the video... just don’t watch it.. or maybe send Leo a private massage and give some constructive advice... Leo, you’ve done a fantastic job of recording and editing these videos.. takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication.. Keep it up! Cheers!

    43. Stuart McMichael

      You probably gained more knowledge of your carpentry skills working in the boat yard hands on than going to boat building college.

    44. Menewa

      What a rich life you've had this far. I really enjoy watching your videos and think you for sharing.

    45. dusty

      Again Excellent!

    46. The Turtle Carpenter

      One way of thinking about choosing rebuilding vs new construction is, It’s like finding an old Ghost that has been trapped to a life of past dreams and setting her free to a new life. Just a project, much more !🎩👍

    47. NPC S/N 1579325

      What size Tupperware was the microphone in?

    48. pangrac1

      Wow that was interesting and funny. 👍

    49. Saoirse N Mikey

      So what was the tougher gig Leo: A -Busking in the street B - Standing up in front of that lot going through your life story I’m going for B

    50. Sjoerd Bleeker

      Hi Leo! You are a huge inspiration for my girlfriend and I. We are restoring a steel classic yacht. Unfortunately the history of our yacht is unknown but she is build beautifully and we are hoping to sail her again in a couple of years. We post updates of the restoration on our website www.sailingyachtemma.com Good luck with the build!

    51. Andy C

      I can't tag you in a vid I've just watched but please watch this at 13.40 in before you bolt in some nasty old diesel smoke box into Tally Ho.. I know I keep banging on about it in your videos but....... ithomes.info/net/0sehrsyGlYisjaA/video

    52. Giacomo Murari Bra'

      There's nothing simple in what you did and in what you tell, but you make things simple. Probably it's a lesson for life :) Buon Vento, as we say in Italy.

    53. arqibanez@yahoo.com

      Desde Colombia veo este canal con gusto. Aprendo mucho sobre el diseño y construcción del casco. Agradezco inmensamente este aporte que alavez es muy divertido. Los subtítulos en español podrían enriquecer esta información ampliando el conocimiento a toda la comunidad hispano parlante que somos millones de personas. Un besito para la mascota del programa.

    54. I at 80

      well done - thanks

    55. raz

      i am glad you managed a haircut- finally ;) this in mind ithomes.info/net/r9Go1c2QfIlhioo/video

    56. Roger Martin

      I'm so glad you included these two episodes. As a boy I dreamt of doing what you are doing and the background story was as interesting if not more interesting to me than Tally Ho's. When I was a young boy I once tried to volunteer aboard a tall ship that visited Melbourne. I got turned away and I gave up. The difference between you and I is that when I was dreaming, you were doing. What a great story. So humble but justifiably proud of yourself. Well done Leo.

    57. maroso100

      You were in Galicia??? Next time you're invited to some beers. Nice job!!!

    58. Sean O’Donnell

      Leo, this was a very fine presentation but now that you are two years into the build on Tally Ho, are you wondering what you got yourself into? Progress has been amazing and we are fascinated by your zeal and efforts. Kudos to you.

    59. Norman Forshew

      Leo, I sent a link to your Gmail address of my Dropbox with new renders of the 3d model to the decking stage, you probably have a lot of traffic so might not pick up on it so am taking this opportunity to comment here. Take care.....Norm from Botswana

      1. Frederick Stibbert

        Thanks for the link. I will enjoy reviewing the race tabs, but I'm already impressed by the amount of your research, & that you include links to source materials. I have a few suggestions for changes / additions to the chart in the Tally Ho Calculations tab, if you'd like to send your email addy to me - [removed]. I've read recently that Leo has ordered wood (Wana & Angelique) for hull planking & internal beams. So more changes will be needed, as we learn more from his videos.

      2. Paris Trout

        @Frederick Stibbert Hey Frederick. Thanks for the response. It's nice to know I am not the only one slightly obsessed with this boat from afar. You are SIGNIFICANTLY more qualified to be doing these calculations, so I will defer to you on specifics, I was just doing some back of the envelope numbers. The Centerline timber weight change did seem off to me as well. I had actually forgotten that the keel timber was Teak and not Elm, as called for in Strange's drawings, so I based my calculations on that. Elm, has a density of ~35 lb/cu ft., and the new purple heart has a density of ~56 lb/cu ft. Thats where I got the 60% number from. You can see my numbers here: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jOV7xh-IkczdIi7EKyxo_Y77Owuy316mnWK5NLt1QN8/edit#gid=1073990766 That is a google doc I created. The page linked here one of the sheets where I did the numbers, but the majority of that link is something much different. That is actually a list of the 109 yachts I have identified that raced the fastnet from 1925-1939, and all of the technical info I could find on them.. (flip through the tabs at the bottom, each race has it's own page, in addition to the master list).

      3. Frederick Stibbert

        Hi Paris, I have a bit background in structural statics & strength of materials, & like you, I enjoy thinking about Tally Ho's materials & structure. So the %age numbers you mentioned jumped out to me as too high!I looked up specific gravity figures for the different timber species (0.NN) in use. The values I found were for 'oven-dried, 12% moisture content' samples, of course the numbers for a boat in the water will be different. Frames: the original White Oak (0.68) is lighter than the new Southern Live Oak (0.88), that's 30% more - your 33% estimate is not out of line. Centerline: the original spec was for American Elm (0.50) but the keel was made of Teak (0.70) - I assumed the old centerline was made from half of each (0.60). The new Purpleheart (0.71) is only a 19% increase, not 60% ! I agree that the partial pine-wood decking might have been based on weight-reduction - the SG for Kauri is 0.44 - 0.54. Interested to read your response.

      4. Paris Trout

        Hey Norman, If I am reading this correctly, you have created a 3d model of Tally Ho? I am curious if you have done any calculations about the weight of the boat with the new timbers? I have done some rough calculations, and it appears changing the Frames to Live oak will up the weight of them by about 33%, and the centerline timbers will be about 60% heavier. After watching Leo's RORC video, where he questions why Strange choose to use 2 different woods on the deck, I suppose it was done to reduce the weight of the boat at such a high point in the framing. Have you done any calculations of Center of Gravity of the boat? I am curious how much of a difference it makes with the lighter wood in the center of the deck.

    60. John Duncan

      Well done Leo!! Tally Ho is over a hundred years old so how old do you think the trees were when she was built? 50-100? Maybe someone watching could carbon date some of the timbers.

    61. Sapele Steve

      Excellent video series Leo! Your ship building/woodworking talents are truly awe inspiring! I can see a good book coming out of your endeavors. Sign me up for the first autographed copy!!

    62. Luis Neto Hair Design

      Cape Verde

    63. MikeAG333

      Leo, I'm sure you must dip into "From Acorn to Arabella" now and then. You'll probably therefore have seen that they have taken on a video editor, and I wondered if you have given any thought to doing the same yourself. Your editing is superb, but it obviously time away from the build. Maybe if you could get someone to help out with the videos you'll finish the boat earlier, and maybe even be able to put out a video every week.

    64. Robert Simmons

      Wonderful video Ian. Wish I could help.

    65. Immanuel Lasker

      A good story that I'll remember. Very well narrated. Thank you.

    66. Mark Peacock

      Any thoughts on Tally Ho T-Shirts to raise funds? Or Merch as the Americans call it.

    67. renov ferme

      Excellent Leo. May be you did talk about it off camera, but I see something in Tally Ho restoration that is beyond the happiness that you probably feel restoring her, it is the transmission of your knowledge and that you meet people helping you restoring her which is probably even more greatfull. A big fan of you and your work. Stephane

    68. owen kirby

      Did you know vick reeves was going to be sitting in the front row leo,,,joking aside ,i have and still are loving the tally ho journey,your an inspiration,,many thanks

    69. Thomas Brown

      Do you still have Lorema?

    70. Theophilus Jedediah

      As quite a fiddly woodworker over the last 40-ish years I’ve become committed to approaching every job with only the tech and tools that existed at the time the original was built. I mix my own natural pigments, distillery my grain alcohol for blending stains and lacquers and have researched over 60 finish recipes and pigments from research of ancient books or scrolls. I am fascinated by your project and have wished I could help the work from the beginning. It’s very nice to see you honoring the original design and construction intended.

    71. Rich Lungren

      Well Done, Leo! Hey Folks, If every subscriber donated US$1.00 every month for several months, I think Leo wouldn't have any more financial worries finishing the rebuild.

    72. Mr Mudslide

      Really nice job. You chose a different path and are making quite an impressive run at it.

    73. jayebyrd00

      When she is done, she will still be Tally Ho. The only difference will be she is YOUR Tally Ho.

    74. JC S

      Good 2 part series Leo, Thank you for sharing!

    75. Thomas Bonde

      Thank you Leo for another super interesting video. Quite impressed with your journey on your Folkebaad. All the best with your next projects on tally ho

    76. Willem Hekman

      How heavy was the wooden boat you sailed across the atlantic? I find the concept of a light, 'rowable' and seaworthy boat very appealing, I am considering building something similar!

      1. Sampson Boat Co

        2 tons, unladen

    77. PF

      i really don't get why he always says he doesn't want to build a new boat because he wants to keep it authentic and all that. And then goes to replace every single piece. Seriously, what's left of the original hull?

      1. Jaime Saenz

        Ballast keel, some of the planking, the windlass, and some various fittings. He's trying to rebuild a boat with historical significance and he's using the designer's plans down to the millimeter. It's one of those things you either get it or you don't. Like he said, practicality has no place in the wooden boat world.

    78. Trent Young

      Enjoyed hearing your journey to this point

    79. Marshall Murrell

      Reminds me a bit of the octogenerian who commented that he had the same axe for sixty years. He only replaced the handle four times and the head twice.

    80. Jas Ward

      And I thought I was getting ripped off getting paid £20 per day although it paid off in the long run

    81. Brian Hinton

      Nice presentation's Leo, part's 1 & 2 and all the best with Tally Ho keep um comin !!!

    82. Richard Mason

      Great video . Thanks for posting. Wish you had some footage of your Atlantic crossing on the Folk Boat, that would have been epic. ---- Kudos-----.

    83. Bradley Doolittle

      I bet most of the sailors in that room would’ve turned back when the self steering broke. Not Leo! Solve the problem and press on! Elegant solution by the way! On top of everything else, you appear to be quite adept at the craft of filmmaking! I’m curious how that skill developed? Cheers mate! Can’t wait for next week!

    84. John Treadway

      Great story, just amazing!

    85. Matthew Harding

      Wow, you've lived! Love the fact it all started in the boat yard next to my old sea cadet's in Bristol. Really enjoyed the presentation and looking forward to seeing more of your adventures with Tally Ho!

    86. Barney Google

      Great presentation, Leo. You're a natural speaker as well as being a boatbuilder and sailor. Well done.

      1. Gottenhimfella

        Indeed -- and I for one think that having him speak to real people in a real room is far more effective (on this YT format) than speaking "to camera". But the classy splicing in of high quality graphics, including animations of sailing routes, means that we have the ability to pore over the fantastic images in our own time, which helps compensate for missing out on the undoubted benefits of seeing a person tell their story in the flesh ... so to speak.

    87. johnnypk1963

      Enjoyed hearing your story Leo.

    88. Moss M

      Did you use a gps when you crossed the Atlantic?

      1. Frederick Stibbert

        He used sextant navigation & dead reckoning to make that crossing, no gps! But I don't doubt he used his phone as the time-source.

    89. mgmcd1

      I hope you’re able to bring her on tour to Annapolis or Baltimore, MD, both about a half hour from me. I’d paid to board her or experience a couple hour sail. Even though some of the parts have been replaced, she still occupies the same space as her soul. See all the kerfuffle between the Constellation and Constitution camps on the east coast. 🤓🤓🤓

      1. Keith Staton

        It's not that big a deal after Chappelle published his book. Constitution is the 1798 frigate. Constellation was broken up in Norfolk Naval Yard in the late 1850's and re-built as a sloop of war, different armament, different stern, using perhaps a few original large timbers. It was only some politicians in Baltimoron city who wanted to pretend they had a much older ship than what was always there. "Pride goeth before"...

      2. mgmcd1

        That’s a great book.

      3. Jaime Saenz

        Six Frigates

    90. Stu N

      Well done Leo...you seem to have achieved a great deal in your young life so far...and I’m looking forward to seeing you complete the rebuild of Tally-Ho...but please try and keep that mop of yours under control...lol...👍🏻

    91. Deserthelo

      you do a great job of speaking and explaining your passion to others...Thank you..

    92. Roland James

      Like you said, you were catching up. Is it the same boat? When are we asking this question? After one frame was replaced wan't she the same boat with one new timber? So then she got another new timber. Those are now hers... and so on. You are not replacing her, you are restoring her. Now if you were to completely tear her down, put her in a pile, and then use her as templates for a new boat, well I might see the argument that she is not herself, but you are literally taking it step by stem piece by piece... which is what rebuilding is. Not to mention I am sure you saved some of her original jewelry, and will re-use some of the removed wood, possibly re-purposed, for the living space and so on. That is my take anyhow.

    93. spinnaker5514

      Leo, I know you're a very busy guy but I wonder if I might ask a huge favor. I'm starting to varnish the inside of my 49 year old trawler and I really really want it to come out great like pictures of restored wood boats you see on the internet. I wonder if I might borrow on your expertise on how to get the results I'm looking for? If you prefer, I can be reached at sailingwithbill@msn.com I would appreciate any instruction you could provide. I see what you are doing with Tally Ho and some of the other boats you have worked on and know you can steer me in the right direction! Thanks so much Bill S.

      1. Frederick Stibbert

        Hi Bill, Leo started a facebook group, 'Sampson Boat Co Friends'. If you join in & post there, wood-boat folks will answer your questions & cheer your efforts!

    94. Sailing with Kukumatz

      You are amazing Leo, keep on that great job!!!

    95. Ontario Senior 77

      some how a documentary needs to be done about your life and this project. This needs a bigger audience of people who have no idea of what you sir are doing to make this a better world. Every kid in school should be exposed to what amazing people can accomplish.

    96. Gregg

      Like many sailors i learned to sail on low budget old boats , we could never afford a reliable motor so we learned to sail in and out of the slip and all about . It made us good sailors i dare say .

    97. Norman Boyes

      Well done Leo 👍⛵️

    98. James Mitchell

      Thanks for sharing your story.

    99. Teabone Bones

      Leo, once you were underway with the great build I could see that I had missed your abilities when I thought the project would overwhelm you eventually. Having seen this presentation I now realize you are a very special person born with some type of artistic sailing and shipwright genius genes that I will never forget once the project reaches its final conclusion.

      1. Jaime Saenz


    100. Mark Otis

      Thank you Leo for your courage in sharing your story.