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 111-year old (as of 2021) 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.
If you are interesting in supporting this mission you can do so 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 Lorema, which 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.
Sampson Boat Co is not a commercial entity at this time, and is simply the name of this Blog / YouTube channel.
Email me at email@example.com