14. Part 1; Buying a New Keel Timber / Chainsaw Modification

THIS episode, I make my decision about Tally Ho’s Keel Timber, and head off in search of some suitable timber. Once I’ve got hold of the Purpleheart, we have to figure out a way to move it! I talk about Scarph Joints and have to modify a chainsaw to do the job.



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14. Part 1; Buying a New Keel Timber / Chainsaw Modification – Rebuilding Tally Ho EP14.PART1.


71 thoughts on “14. Part 1; Buying a New Keel Timber / Chainsaw Modification

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  30. Hi Leo,

    Many years ago I watched Coronet go into the shed at IYRS. She was in pretty tough shape and over the years the students at the school have made slow but steady progress bringing her back to life. Though I love wooden boats and sail/race them when in Newport, the environment where I live (Colorado mountains) is not kind to them leaving me stuck with a plastic one.

    Tally Ho will test your tenacity (and wallet) but based upon your previous exploits, I’m confident you’ll prevail.

    Carry on and Cheers, DB

  31. Why not employ epoxy to solidify and waterproof the scarf joint, as well as filling any gaps left by small imprecisions in the cut? I’m sure you want to respect the traditional craft and materials of TALLY HO, but I think some occasional interventions of modern materials would improve the vessel without altering her spirit.

    I’m amazed and inspired by your skills and resourcefulness. Thanks very much for documenting this restoration. I’ll soon be contributing. Best of luck to you.

    Larry C.
    Whidbey Island, Washington

  32. Great job Leo. I don’t know much about Purple Heart, where does it sit in the list of timbers for a keel, as good as teak? I have heard of Green Heart for keels so curious about the timber selection. Looks damn hard and heavy. Thanks for your videos. If you are ever back in UK I have some fittings that you might like for the boat. Some really old jelly mould lights and some vintage bunk lights. I salvaged them for a project back in the 80’s but never used but I would love to see them used in such a worthy project like Tally Ho. Regards. Andy