My name is Leo Sampson Goolden. I am a Boatbuilder, Sailor and Writer from Bristol, England.


Right now, I’m on a mission to rebuild a 107-year old English sailing yacht called Tally Ho. Designed by Albert Strange in 1909, she is a well-known and important historic vessel – but after many adventures she was left in a remote port in Oregon to rot for decades, despite some valiant attempts to rescue her. I bought her and moved her to the Olympic Peninsular earlier this year, and am now starting to rebuild her from the keel up. Eventually I hope to sail her back to the UK. You can support the project here.


I started the Sampson Boat Co in 2013 as a platform through which to work as a self-employed Boatbuilder. Since then I have also started writing about my sailing and boatbuilding projects, so this website has become a kind of blog, as well as a display of my work.


Many of my adventures were aboard the 1947 Folkboat Loremawhich I rebuilt in Cornwall and then sailed to the Caribbean with no engine or GPS, frequently breaking things, getting lost, and making a fool of myself along the way.


I also had some ridiculous escapades working as Skipper of the 95′ Classic Ketch Sincerity, and as Bosun of the 217′ Schooner Adix.


While I definitely have my hands very full with Tally Ho, I will continue working every now and then to fund the project. I can be commissioned as a commercial skipper (200GT), yacht crew / navigational officer (3000GT), or for writing or boatbuilding work. Please see the relevant pages for more information.


Email me at leogoolden@gmail.com